Historic library on Martinique was part of the World Fair in Paris.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

St. Augustine

Learning about the places that shaped and inspired writers and musicians can add deeper understanding to a work of literature or a song.  Because of the significance these works have in our lives, traveling to explore the life of a famous writer or see the creative communities that produced music that defined a generation can touch and enrich travelers in profound ways.

Explore the historical and cultural impact on literature and music as you travel the globe.  Literature and music go hand in hand, the beautiful verses when played with tunes bring out the most enjoyable renditions.


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Visiting Austin: The Live Music Capital of the World

By Courtney Campbell

Officially deemed the “Live Music Capital of the World” in 1991, Austin, Texas is a city ripe with musicians, politicians, authors, activists, artists, and other creative types   Read more

United States Literature & Music The Arts
The outside of the Florence Alabama Music Enterprises or FAME. Photo by Kathleen Walls

Music Made for All in The Shoals

By Kathleen Walls

Perhaps no place in America has merged music from artists of all races more than The Shoals area, which consists of Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama.   Read more

United States History Literature & Music
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Shakespeare and Company: A Literary Legacy

By Sugato Mukherjee

A quiet stroll through the stretch of Rue de la Bûcherie has led me up here at Shakespeare and Company, arguably the most famous independent bookstore in the world, a literary institution that began its journey in 1919.   Read more

France History Literature & Music
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Five Books about Travel (That You Probably Haven’t Read Yet)

By Breana Johnson

In fact, we can do what armchair travelers have been doing for centuries: find a good book and let it transport us to the sights, sounds and smells of somewhere far away.   Read more

The World Literature & Music
White House Christmas. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

World Footprints Holiday Music Special

‘Tis the season with the gift of holiday music.  As you enjoy the musical selections from around the world, please accept our gratitude for your support of World Footprints over the years.    Read more

The World Events & Festivals Literature & Music
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Philanthropist and Author David Rubenstein on Leadership and Travel

David M. Rubenstein, author of The American Story, visionary cofounder of The Carlyle Group, and host of Bloomberg TV’s The David Rubenstein Show returns to World Footprints to discuss his newest book: “How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers.”   Read more

United States Literature & Music Social Responsibility
Pianist Kendol Bacchus gives the gift of music during covid-19

St. Vincent pianist, Kendol Bacchus, shares healing music and updates from the island

Pianist Kendol Bacchus, who hails from the island of St. Vincent, is riding out the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida. He had a concert tour planned when he arrived in the U.S. two months ago so he is hunkering down until he can resume his concert schedule. Until that time comes, … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Literature & Music The Arts
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TODAY IN HISTORY: King James Bible published (May 2, 1611)

On this date in the year 1611, the King James Version of the Bible was first published. The year 2011 thus represents 400 years of the KJV’s influence on the English language. The King’s Printer, Robert Barker, began the probject in 1604 at the command of King James I who … Read more   Read more

The World History Literature & Music
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TODAY IN HISTORY: Founding of the Library of Congress (April 24, 1800)

President John Adams signed into law an act establishing the Library of Congress on April 24, 1800. The same act transferred of the seat of government of the United States from Philadelphia to the District of Columbia. The law made available the sum of $5,000 “for the purchase of such … Read more   Read more

North America History Literature & Music
Little free library box. Photo: Breana Johnson

Books for Nomads: Little Free Libraries

By Breana Johnson

I don’t need to keep my voice down to use this library. I don’t need a library card, and I don’t even need to go inside. Actually, I can’t go inside, because the building, elevated to eye-level by a sturdy post, is only about 18 inches wide— big enough to … Read more   Read more

The World Literature & Music
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UN Foundation’s Girl Up! conference

On today’s World Footprints radio show we will showcase some remarkable young women who are doing extraordinary things. World Footprints was invited to attend the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.  Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation that gives American girls the opportunity to become … Read more   Read more

United States Study or Teach Abroad Events & Festivals Literature & Music Humanity
Museum of Free People of Color in New Orleans photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick

New Orleans’ Hidden Black History

New Orleans has been the backdrop of many dark chapters in American history, but perhaps none so shocking as the slave rebellion of 1811.  We will explore the history of America’s largest slave revolt with author Daniel Rasmussen who organized his research in his book, American Uprising:  The Untold Story … Read more   Read more

New Orleans History Literature & Music
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Celebrating Black History – In Literary Color

Step into the words and paintings of award-winning writers and artists as we celebrate black history in literary color. Award-winning artist Michele Wood’s work reflects a deep sense of history and place. As a painter, illustrator, designer and writer, she has gained wide recognition and has earned multiple awards including … Read more   Read more

United States History Literature & Music
"Love Out Loud" at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland a Washington DC suburb. Photo: Daniel Baldwin

Washington DC: An Exploration of a Thriving Poetry Scene

By Daniel Baldwin

Poetry is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Washington DC. Despite its storied literary history, diverse music communities, and world-renowned museum system, visitors and residents alike have trouble seeing beyond the shadow of Capitol Hill.   Read more

United States Literature & Music The Arts
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National Geographic Adventure, Born To Explore & Cherry Blossoms Centennial

Today we’ll go on some remarkable adventures and we’ll review the history of friendship between the United States and Japan. Mary Anne Potts has worked in the adventure travel editorial space for more than eleven years. She started on the editorial staff of National Geographic Adventure magazine in 2001 and … Read more   Read more

United States Adventure Events & Festivals History Literature & Music