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Chicago: Episodes Focus and Hoover Dam

chicago: Baer is based in Chicago, where he works for the local public television station WTTW and also gives tours for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, according to The Chronicle Herald. He spoke about the show and the backstory of some of the monuments featured in the episode airing July 17 in an interview with AP Travel's weekly podcast Get Outta Here ! Here are some excerpts from the podcast, edited for brevity and clarity. In addition to famous monuments, other episodes focus on streets that changed America like New York's Broadway and on modern marvels like the Hoover Dam. MOUNT RUSHMORE When cars were a new form of transportation, a state official in South Dakota really didn't think in the early days of the road trip that scenery was going to be enough to lure people to drive all the way there, Baer said. Originally the carvings were going to depict heroes of the American West, but that wasn't deemed a big enough draw, so the concept was changed to presidents. So he decided to create the world's biggest roadside attraction. ( As reported in the news.