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Nearly 4 million people are members of CouchSurfing.org, and can find a host in every country — including Antarctica and North Korea — free of charge.
New Yorker staff writer Patricia Marx became a member recently, and stayed with seven friendly strangers, from a graduate student in Iowa City to a couple in Bermuda in their sixties. She wrote about her experience for the magazine.
NPR's Neal Conan talks with Marx about why people, on both sides of the couch, use the service, and the surprising moments in her couch-surfing adventures.