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Now displaying: July, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Ihab Zaki is the President of Spiekermann Travel Service, a Michigan-based travel agency established in the 1940's.

It was only natural that Ihab selected a career in the travel industry. His mother is one of Egypt's top Egyptologists/guides who instilled in her son a love of history and travel. He began his career working in a travel agency in Egypt handling inbound visiting tourists from all over the world.  

After moving to the U.S. and purchasing Spiekermann in 1991, the Cairo native decided to expand the business beyond his familiar Egypt. He began scouting nearby destinations which at the time were obscure and seldom visited by Americans, including Jordan and Syria. It snowballed from there where every year or two he would offer new destinations. 

Today, Spiekermann's repertoire includes adventures to all of the Near East from Morocco to as far as Central Asia, plus the Balkans and little visited countries in East and West Africa and South America.

Spiekermann has established its reputation as being a leading operator of private and group tours to some of the world’s most exotic and least know locations.  Their claim to fame is for running adventures to some of the world’s diciest and scariest destinations. Their clientele has mushroomed through the years with many guests becoming repeat customers.  In fact, a few have even taken 20 or more trips with Spiekermann!

Ihab earned both his B.A. in Economics and his M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from The American University in Cairo.

In this episode, Ihab shares his one way ticket to continuous travel! In so doing, he talks about journeys to some of the places he'd like to revisit including: Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Armenia, Saudi Arabia, and his native Egypt.

Ihab is just one of the accomplished guests featured on The One Way Ticket Show, where Host Steven Shalowitz explores with his guests where they'd go if given a one way ticket, no coming back! Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary or a state of mind.

Steven's guests have included: Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President Jose Ramos-Horta; Legendary Talk Show Host, Dick Cavett; Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz; Broadcast Legend, Charles Osgood; International Rescue Committee President & CEO, David Miliband; Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty; Journalist-Humorist-Actor Mo Rocca; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; Abercrombie & Kent Founder, Geoffrey Kent; Travel Expert, Pauline Frommer, as well as leading photographers, artists, chefs, writers, intellectuals and more. 

Jul 17, 2018

A graduate of the Sorbonne in Paris, Mohamed is an expert on Punic and Roman Civilizations, Islamic and secular architecture and eastern decorative arts.  

Mohamed is a skilled polyglot and has served as a translator and interpreter for the French Government for over 15 years.

The Tunis-born Mohamed is also the President of the Cultural Tourism Federation of Tunisia. He currently resides in Paris.

In this episode, Mohamed shares his one way ticket to Madrid! He also talks about his guiding for Spiekermann Travel Service to Tunisia, Algeria and Mauritania and the treasures found in each of those countries.

Mohamed is just one of the accomplished guests featured on The One Way Ticket Show, where Host Steven Shalowitz explores with his guests where they'd go if given a one way ticket, no coming back! Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary or a state of mind.

Steven's guests have included: Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President Jose Ramos-Horta; Legendary Talk Show Host, Dick Cavett; Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz; Broadcast Legend, Charles Osgood; International Rescue Committee President & CEO, David Miliband; Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty; Journalist-Humorist-Actor Mo Rocca; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; Abercrombie & Kent Founder, Geoffrey Kent; Travel Expert, Pauline Frommer, as well as leading photographers, artists, chefs, writers, intellectuals and more. 

Jul 3, 2018

In a theatre career that was launched in the early 1950’s, Joel Grey’s credits include Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout); Anything GoesWickedChicagoGeorge M! (Tony Award nom.); Cabaret (Tony Award). 

He was Ned Weeks in the Public Theatre’s original off-Broadway production of Larry Kramer’s seminal play, The Normal Heart, in 1986, and co-directed the Tony Award-winning Broadway premiere in 2011. 

Mr. Grey's film credits include Cabaret (Academy Award), Buffalo Bill and the Indians, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Dancer In the Dark, The Seven Percent Solution and many more

He is also an internationally exhibited photographer with four published books, Pictures I Had to Take (2003), Looking Hard at Unexamined Things (2006), 1.3 – Images From My Phone (2009), and The Billboard Papers (2013).  Mr. Grey's work is part of the permanent collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art. His memoir, Master of Ceremonies, was released in 2016 (Flatiron Press). 

Joel Grey made his professional debut at the age of nine as Pud in the Cleveland Playhouse production of On Borrowed Time.

In this episode, Mr. Grey shares his one way ticket to be hunkered down in his apartment with his family! Grey also sings a little ditty penned by his father, the entertainer, Mickey Katz, whom he lovingly recalls. Plus, he sheds light on the relevancy of the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, the US premier of the Yiddish version which he's directing for the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.

Joel Grey is just one of the extraordinary guests featured on The One Way Ticket Show, where Host Steven Shalowitz explores with his guests where they'd go if given a one way ticket, no coming back! Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary or a state of mind.

Steven's guests have included: Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President Jose Ramos-Horta; Legendary Talk Show Host, Dick Cavett; Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz; Broadcast Legend, Charles Osgood; International Rescue Committee President & CEO, David Miliband; Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty; Journalist-Humorist-Actor Mo Rocca; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; Abercrombie & Kent Founder, Geoffrey Kent; Travel Expert, Pauline Frommer, as well as leading photographers, artists, chefs, writers, intellectuals and more. 

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