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
Pacific Islands: Fiji, Vanuatu & Solomon (Episode #1315)
KQED Plus: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 -- 11:00 PM
Ian Wright visits the Pacific Islands, once infamous among explorers because of head-hunting and cannibalism. In Fiji, he is welcomed with a local tribe's Kava-drinking ceremony. Later, he goes diving on the Astrolabe Reef, known as one of the finest dive destinations in the world. Visiting the Solomon Islands, he dives down to the Tao Maron, the most intact of the many World War II shipwrecks that now litter the seas around the islands.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 -- 5:00 AM
Switzerland (Episode #1322)
KQED World: Sat, Oct 18, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Brianna observes cutting-edge scientific discoveries in Geneva, visits Charlie Chaplin's house in the lakeside town of Vevey, golfs in Riederalp, hikes the gruelling Gemmi Pass, acts out the story of William Tell in Interlaken and tours the Einstein Museum in Bern. Other highlights include a tour of the military fortresses along Lake Lucerne, a trip through the Gotthard Pass, a journey on the Glacier Express, an alpine beard competition in Chur, a look at the banking industry in Zurich and herding cattle with the yodelling farmers in Appenzell.
Barcelona City Guide (Episode #1314)
KQED Plus: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 -- 11:00 PM
When you think of Barcelona, you think of the architect Gaud?, and Megan visits some of his most famous creations, including El Park Guell, Casa BatllO and the spectacular basilica, Sagrada Familia, still under construction more than 120 years after the first brick was laid. Megan also takes in the works of artists Picasso and MirO, enjoys the colorful atmosphere of Las Ramblas, shops at the Barr? Gotic, explores the mysterious magic shop known as El Rey de La Magia and takes day trips to Cadaques (home of Salvador Dal?) and Sitges, known as a favorite destination for gays from all over Europe.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 -- 5:00 AM
Central America: Costa Rica & Nicaragua (Episode #1321)
KQED World: Sat, Oct 11, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Neil Gibson visits the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, where he gets caught up in election fever, samples traditional cuisine and visits volunteers trying to combat poverty in the city. He cruises to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and encounters tarantulas, deadly snakes and rare birds before arriving at Volcan Arenal, where he relaxes in the hot springs. In Liberia, he attends a bull fiesta where tries his hand at being a cowboy. He crosses the border into Nicaragua and stops at El Castillo, site of the only castle in Central America. Neil plays baseball on the island of Mancarron, rolls cigars in Granada and explores Managua, site of the devastating earthquake. He ends his trip at the Volcan Masaya, known by the Indians as the "land of the gods" and by the Spanish as "the mouth of Hell."
Midwest U.S.A. (Episode #1320)
KQED World: Sat, Oct 4, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Justine travels to Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin, known as "America's Cereal Bowl." Here she finds a beautiful land of miles-long lakes and mountains, lumberjacks and Native American tribes; strange, experimental aircraft and Harley Davidsons; Mark Twain; and the world's first McDonald's. And that's all before she visits the metropolises of Chicago and Detroit with their fascinating history of gangsters, Motown music and automobiles.
Globe Trekker Food Hour: Spice Trails (Episode #1302)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 1, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
Merrilees Parker, Padma Lakshmi, Tyler Florence and Peter Gordon travel the world to see how control of the spice trails has made great cities and destroyed ancient civilizations. Our guides travel from the Molucca Islands of Indonesia, the original home of cloves and nutmeg, to the Indian province of Kerala, with its native pepper and cardamom. Leaving behind Sri Lanka's sublime cinnamon, they cross the oceans on Arab dhows, Chinese treasure junks and Portuguese caravels, in search of the world's flavor. Other stops along the trail include Venice, Beirut, Cairo, China, Spain and the Caribbean. Viewers will discover the secret spice blends that define the great cuisines of the world, including Jamaican jerk seasoning, Indian garam masala, Chinese 5-spice powder and Middle Eastern harissa.