Josh Bernstein, the host of the History Channel's hit series Digging for the Truth and my first guest on tonight's show (at 7:30; repeated on Friday night at 10:30), has many fans. For instance, not only is there an unofficial Josh Bernstein website, there's even a website for his groupies! What might account for this popularity? It could be his on-camera savoir faire as he goes on death-defying adventures to solve great archaeological mysteries. Or it could be his telegenic good looks. Perhaps it has something to do with his abortive studies at rabbinical school. Maybe it's the ruggedness he's earned in the course of running his own outdoor survival company. My best guess, however, is this: it's because he has a great first name.
As for my other guest, Teresa Rodriguez Williamson, the only mystery is why she is not yet president of the entire world. So much energy! You can imagine how this former model and dating-game chaperone needed to take on a project commensurate with her ambitions. Her baby is the website Tango Diva, which gives women the tools to confidently travel the world alone. For those of you who crave the solidity of book knowledge, she's just come out with a volume titled Fly Solo: The 50 Best Places on Earth for a Girl to Travel Alone, containing all the essentials. (I did think of asking her why she uses the word "girl," rather than "woman," but I figured she knew what she was doing -- and anyhow, as an interviewer and a feminist, I guess I'm not that kind of boy.)
Starting off the program is a very silly archaeological dig that, in honor of Mr. Bernstein, I conducted at KQED. For some real history of our great station, you can check out this page on our website.
February 12th, 2007