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You Can Check Out Anytime You Like, But You Can Never Leave

Andrew Deacon
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Most of the characteristics we associate with hotels -- the welcoming yet alienating effect they have on our psyches -- we absorbed from the artists, musicians, and filmmakers who have long been fascinated with the relationship between our physical travels and our spiritual journeys.

Hotels like Mariott and Hilton are jumping into the microhotel market that up to now, has been dominated by small operators like Arlo, YOTEL, and Pod, for the past decade. But millennial demand for more communal spaces, smaller rooms, and lower cost is forcing the big chains to freshen up their brand and drop their costs.   

This hour, a look at hotels.


  • Hannah Sampson - Staff writer at The Washington Post
  • Suzanne Joinson - Senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester in West Sussex, England, and the author of A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar and The Photographer's Wife
  • Leo Mazow - The Cochrane curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the author of Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

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Colin McEnroe, Cat Pastor, and Khaleel Rahman contributed to this show.

Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.
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