This series transports viewers to unforgettable destinations through its stunning photography, rhythmic indigenous music and spirit of adventure. In each episode, one vibrant young traveler ventures off the beaten path to soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. In keeping with their aim of "living as the locals do," the charismatic hosts and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages.
Globe Trekker Previous Broadcasts
Antarctica (Episode #1406H)
KQED World: Sat, Nov 28, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
Zay's epic adventure in Antarctica begins with sea kayaking and penguin watching in Paradise Harbor, sails to historic Port Lockrov where he observes the work of Ukrainian biologists, unsuccessfully attempts to climb the treacherous Mount Scott, meets with U.S. scientists at Palmer station as he learns about the effects of global warming and the plight of the Adelie penguin and finally crosses the perilous Drake Passage on his way back to the South American mainland.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 29, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Globe Trekker Food Hour: The Story of Cheese (Episode #1425H)
KQED Life: Mon, Nov 23, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
Rosie Lovell visits the Cheese Makers Market in Beaconsfield, England, a farm in the Cotswolds and the oldest cheese monger in London to observe British techniques. Justine Shapiro travels to northern France to unearth their secrets while Christina Chang heads to Roquefort in the south for a look at the aromatic caves where that eponymous cheese is aged. Megan McCormick takes us to Parma, Italy for a taste of Parmigiano Reggiano while Bobby Chinn tours Sicily and discovers what makes ricotta so special. Brianna Barnes visits Gruyere, Switzerland to enjoy their glorious cheese while Rosie explores Castilla La Mancha in Spain and samples Manchego. Other destinations include Athens, Lebanon and Istanbul.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 24, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
Myanmar (Episode #1405H)
KQED World: Sat, Nov 21, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
Megan starts her journey in Yangon with a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Next she visits Inle Lake and then heads to the Shan Palace in the town of Hsipaw, where she uncovers a centuries-old tribal rivalry. Megan travels by train to Mandalay to visit the golden Mahamuni Buddha and to try her hand at puppetry. She makes her way to the Chin State and then on to Bagan, once the capital city. Megan's last stop is the Rahkine State where she boards a boat to Ngapali Beach, the ultimate beach destination.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 22, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Ukraine (Episode #1424H)
KQED Life: Mon, Nov 16, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
Holly discovers an unusual beer hall in Lviv, visits a shaman in the Carpathian Mountains, witnesses the joyful pilgrimage of Hassidic Jews to Uman, encounters a former Cold War missile base in Pervamaisk, observes a bride agency in Kherson, visits the Livadia Palace in Yalta, meets up with Crimean War buffs in Sevastopol, explores the capital of Kiev and ventures to Chernobyl, site of the 1986 nuclear disaster.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 17, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
Globe Trekker Road Trip: Patagonia (Episode #1428H)
KQED World: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
Zay continues his journey along Ruta 40 by climbing Volcan Lanin, the highest peak in the area. Traveling down the Seven Lakes Drive, he passes through the Lake District in San Carlos de Bariloche, heads next to the former hippie colony of El Bolson, boards the La Trochita steam train, searches for Butch Cassidy's hideout in Cholila and drives on to Trevelin, a town founded by Welsh immigrants that maintains that culture. Zay then makes the long trek to Cueva de las Manos to admire its incredible rock art, reaches El Chalten for the spectacular view of Mount Fitz Roy before the final leg that takes him to the Cabo Virgenes lighthouse, the last stop on Ruta 40.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 15, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Turkey (Episode #1423H)
KQED Life: Mon, Nov 9, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
Adela encounters whirling dervishes and tranquil tea gardens in Konya, treks along the Lycian Way, relaxes on the sun-kissed beaches of Myra, visits the Sabanci Mosque and samples exquisite cuisine in Adana, explores the bustling bazaars and cafe culture of Gaziantep and experiences Kurdish culture in the basalt-walled city of Divarbakr.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 10, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
Globe Trekker Road Trip: Andes (Episode #1427H)
KQED World: Sat, Nov 7, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
Inspired by Che Guevara's "The Motorcycle Diaries," Zay begins the 3, 000 mile trip along Ruta 40 through the Andes. Starting his trek near the Argentina-Bolivia border, he crosses into the brilliant white salt flats of the Salinas Grandes, takes in the kaleidoscopic natural wonders of 7 Colors Hills, stops at the oldest continuously inhabited city of Tilcara, explores pre-Columbian ruins in Pucara, drives the hair-raising roads to the little town of Cachi and visits the National Park of Leoncito. Zay next makes his way to the green valleys of Mendoza Province where he fuels up at the ultra-modern O'Fournier bodega before ending his journey beneath Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the western and southern hemispheres.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 8, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Papua New Guinea Islands (Episode #1422H)
KQED Life: Mon, Nov 2, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
The trekkers explore New Britain Island, the largest in the Bismarck Archipelago of Papua New Guinea. Inhabited by the indigenous Papuans and the Austronesians, the island was captured by the Japanese during World War II. Today the island's traditional cultures are diverse and complex but there are several ancient traditions which remain active today, especially the Dukduk Secret Society. Next, we visit the township of Rabaul, once the provincial capital until it was destroyed in 1994 by a massive volcanic eruption. Rabaul is still a superb location for scuba diving, snorkeling and wreck dives. Capping off the tour is the stunningly beautiful island of Bougainville, named after a French navigator, and an excellent location for wreck-diving and sea kayaking.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 3, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
South Atlantic (Episode #1404H)
KQED World: Sun, Nov 1, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Zay Harding takes an epic adventure to the ends of the earth, voyaging to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Orkneys, South Shetland Islands, Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. Following in the footsteps of countless explorers, adventurers, naturalists and conservationists, from Captains Cook and Scott to Captains Amundsen, Shackleton and Darwin, Zay explores the South Atlantic's frozen, wind-swept, white wilderness.