Watch for announcements of trips to Greece and London.

Dear Public Radio Friends,

Here’s hoping you can join me and other public radio enthusiasts next March for a trip to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., March 19 – 24, 2014. We’ve got a great trip planned—chock-full of history, culture, media and current events. We’ll do it all, from historic monuments to the state-of-the-art Newseum. Minnesota Public Radio’s president Jon McTaggart will join us at National Public Radio headquarters where I’ll have a chance to interview some of your favorite NPR correspondents, exclusively for our group. We’ll also enjoy a private reception at the U.S. Capitol with members of the Minnesota delegation. And, if all goes according to plan, we’ll even get a chance to see those famous cherry trees, which are supposed to be in bloom during our trip.

Prior to the trip, we’ll get together for a dinner at Minnesota Public Radio headquarters—a great chance to meet fellow travelers and discuss the book and movie, “All the President’s Men,“ a riveting account of one of the most important events in recent American history. Plus, as part of an MPR fellowship program, I’m happy to say that we’ll have a young travel scholar join us who will offer insights and inspire you with his/her passion for the subject. Finally, we’ll gather one more time at MPR HQ about a month after our trip for dinner, a video presentation of our adventure and a few laughs.

I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to do a job I love for 45 years and I’m truly touched that a group of public radio lovers might want to join me for a fun tour of one the greatest cities in the world. Since space is limited, I hope you’ll reserve your place—and get one of those free “Eichten” baseball jerseys—right away.

Thanks!! It’ll be a heckuva trip!!

-Gary Eichten

Your Host

MPR News Editor-at-large and retired host Gary Eichten has worn many hats during his 45-year career at Minnesota Public Radio. This award-winning journalist has served as host for MPR’s live special events news coverage, and has hosted all of the major news programs on MPR, including Midday, which he hosted for more than 20 years. Journalist David Brauer describes Gary as “a prince of a guy, genuinely revered for his crusty decency and patient interrogatories.” listeners have long admired his blunt inquiries coupled with a warm humanity while interviewing. In addition to politics and history, Gary loves to talk baseball over a couple of beers.