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Midmorning: Rail travel and the lands of the Bible

Posted at 7:49 AM on May 31, 2007 by Bill Wareham

At 9 a.m., Kerri Miller and her guests discuss the future of rail travel. Nearly 40 years ago, railroad deregulation nearly ended passenger rail service in America. Now, high gas prices and growing congestion on the road and in the skies are fueling a new interest in passenger rail. Kerri's guests include Tom Downs, president and chief executive officer of the Eno Transportation Foundation. He was chairman of Amtrak from 1993-1998; Don Phillips, columnist for Trains magazine and former transportation reporter for the Washington Post; and Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport. She represents Minnesota on the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission.

At 10 a.m, Kerri's guest is author Bruce Feiler, whose new book explores modern day Biblical lands and the landscape of faith. He'll talk about his journeys to Israel, Iran, Iraq and how his travels drew him away from structured religion. Feiler's latest book is Where God was Born.