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," charismatic hosts Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Zay Harding, Megan McCormick and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages.
Globe Trekker Previous Broadcasts
Western Canada (Episode #401)
KQED World: Sat, Feb 4, 2006 -- 8:00 PM
Zay Harding visits western Canada, a vast landmass that is home to a mere nine million people. He starts in Saskatchewan, where he canoes through the Prince Albert National Park, takes a train across the Great Plains to Saskatoon, then flies to Edmonton in Alberta. Here he checks out the province's biggest tourist attraction: the West Edmonton Mall, which is the size of New York's Central Park! Instead of shopping, Zay goes bungee jumping, swims and walks with the penguins. He hitches a ride to Calgary for the world's greatest outdoor event: the Calgary Stampede, and then heads to Lake Louise, known as the "Jewel of the Rockies," where he participates in a grizzly bear study in Jasper National Park. Zay takes a day trip to Whistler, a world-renowned ski resort, where he goes "ziptrekking," a unique way of seeing Whistler's old forest. His last leg takes him to the beautiful but isolated province of Yukon, where he rides the rapids on the Tatshenshini River.
- KQED Channel 9: Mon, Feb 20, 2006 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 6, 2006 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 6, 2006 -- 8:00 AM
Ultimate China (Episode #430)
KQED Channel 9: Mon, Feb 13, 2006 -- 4:00 AM
Zay Harding, Megan McCormick and Justine Shapiro visit this land of 1. 3 billion citizens. Megan starts out in the old capital, Xianyang, which was established more than 2000 years ago and is the home of Emperor Qin's mausoleum with its army of terra cotta warriors. Megan, Justine and Zay visit the forbidden city of Beijing and learn about the centuries of Imperial reign, which was brought to an end by the Opium wars with Britain and the series of revolutions that followed, culminating in the Communist revolution under Mao Zedong. As China begins to open up, religion and traditional practices and philosophies are returning. The hosts visit Buddhist and Taoist temples, mosques and churches and see a stunning festival to the Goddess of the sea, Mazu. Away from the cities, Justine visits the beautiful Miao people of the southwest and sees the swinging festival of the Akka people; and Zay sees the extraordinary Tolou, mud homes of the Hakka people of Fujian.
Tahiti and Samoa (Episode #408)
KQED World: Mon, Feb 27, 2006 -- 9:00 AM
Ian Wright goes island hopping in the South Pacific, where he helps judge the Mr. Tahiti contest and dives among sharks and manta rays off Bora Bora. He goes diving for black pearls in the Tuamotu islands, sees what inspired artist Paul Gauguin in Tahiti and visits the remote island of Tubuai, where the "Mutiny on the Bounty" crew stopped over. Ian ends his journey to paradise with a trek up Tahiti's Mount Aorai.
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 27, 2006 -- 12:00 PM
Sydney City Guide (Episode #404)
KQED World: Sat, Feb 25, 2006 -- 8:00 PM
Justine Shapiro takes a ferry tour of Sydney, the gateway to Australia and the first port of call for the convict ships of the 1800s. She scales the Sydney Harbour Bridge and explores the city's history at The Rocks, an early settlement, and at the Colonial House Museum. Next it's off to Bondi Beach, the place to flaunt the body beautiful, as well as Tamarama Beach and Bronte Beach, two more spectacular sites. Justine tours the suburb of Cabramatta, populated by the Vietnamese community, and learns about the cultural aspects of aboriginal life. She ventures outside the city to Katoomba, gateway to the Blue Mountains, where she tours the rainforest region and communes with kangaroos. Back in town, Justine attends a performance at the world-famous Sydney Opera House, inspired by the architect's childhood memories of billowing sails in Danish shipyards. She makes a day trip to Bundeena, a calm backwater away from the urban sprawl, and joins in Sydney's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 27, 2006 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 27, 2006 -- 8:00 AM
Southeast China (Episode #412)
KQED World: Sun, Feb 19, 2006 -- 7:00 PM
Zay Harding starts in Guanzhou - China's fourth largest city - where he visits a Buddhist temple, learns about the Opium War and tours the Qingping market to sample the unusual fare. Zay flies to the province of Hunan, where he hikes through the Wulingyuan National Park and climbs one of its many rock pinnacles. Later it's off to Shaoshan, the birthplace of Mao Zedong, and then to Nanchang, the historic revolutionary city, where Zay learns about the infamous chairman. Next he travels to Ruijin, the city where the Communist army started the Long March and where Zay meets a surviving marcher. He tours the extraordinary houses of the Hakka people near Yongding, inspects the world's biggest tea market in Anxi and discovers incredible ceramics in Dehua. In the ancient port of Quanzhou, Zay observes the Mazu Festival and then finally it's on to the stunning beaches of Hainan Dao, a tourist resort and home to the minority Li group.
San Francisco City Guide (Episode #413)
KQED World: Sun, Feb 26, 2006 -- 7:00 PM
Justine Shapiro travels by cable car to Chinatown and then it's on to the Italian Quarter, hangout of the beat poets and still a thriving literary scene. She visits the infamous Alcatraz prison and joins the Space Walk - an underground art event that stages guerilla-style art attacks. Justine takes a day trip to Muir Woods, home to the Giant Redwoods; and she cruises the gay neighborhood of Castro, which includes a poignant visit to the Names Project. Exploring the city by bicycle, she finds herself in the midst of Critical Mass, a monthly cycling protest designed to snarl traffic and infuriate motorists. In the Mission District, Justine witnesses the Day of the Dead, a festival during which Mexicans connect with their ancestors, remember the dead and parade through the streets in ghoulish guise. Finally, Justine heads for Pacifica, the beach for surfing beginners, and catches a wave.
Rome City Guide (Episode #411)
KQED World: Sun, Feb 12, 2006 -- 7:00 PM
Estelle Bingham visits the Eternal City of Rome, taking in awe-inspiring sites like the Forum, Coliseum and Pantheon, before trying on the latest in clerical fashions. She takes in the treasures of the famous Villa Borghese galleries, Michelangelo's beautiful Capitoline museum, and Bernini's gorgeous statues along the Bridge of Angels. After a day trip to the World War II site, Anzio, Estelle visits the charming Tuscan countryside for a duck derby. She ends her trip to Rome by lunching with one of Fellini's leading ladies. (This program was produced prior to the death of Pope John Paul II, April 2, 2005.)
Rio De Janeiro City Guide (Episode #410)
KQED World: Sun, Feb 5, 2006 -- 7:00 PM
Ian Wright travels to Rio de Janeiro, the Carnivale capital of the world and the home of samba and soccer. He checks out the beach at Copacabana and treks to the top of Corcovado, the 2,200-foot mountain that is home to the statue of Christ the Redeemer, the most enduring postcard image of Rio. Ian takes in Taguca National Park, a tropical rainforest in the heart of the city, and then hang glides off the edge of Pedro Bonita for a breathtaking aerial view. He ventures into the favellas, or shanty towns; visits the open-air markets to samples de sharta, a 40-proof sugar cane liqueur; and attends a soccer match at Maracana Stadium. Ian treks to the colonial town of Parati, renowned for its coffee though nowadays better known for cachaca, a potent alcoholic beverage. Back in Rio, Ian learns how to samba in preparation for Carnivale celebrations. His last stops are the Copacabana Palace Ball, where the elite party the night away, and the Scala Gay Ball.
Pacific Northwest (Episode #402)
KQED World: Sat, Feb 11, 2006 -- 8:00 PM
Sami Sabiti sets off through the sparsely populated Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon - an area of immense, awe-inspiring natural beauty and high-tech cities. He begins in Seattle, where he samples its markets, conquers his vertigo on the Space Needle and visits the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He ventures to the westernmost point of the United States, where he meets Native Americans at La Push and cooks a traditional salmon barbecue. Then it's south to the logging town of Hoquiam for the annual Loggers Play Day, as Sami competes in timber-sawing and log-rolling. He visits the town of Astoria, last stop for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and then heads to the Oregon Dunes for a dune-buggy ride. Sami drops in on the Pendleton Round-Up, where the highlight is Native American bareback racing, before heading over to Mount Hood. He explores the eco city of Portland by bike, and pops into Mount Angel's Oktoberfest celebration. Sami's last stop is a climb to the snow-capped top of Mount St. Helens.
- KQED Channel 9: Mon, Feb 27, 2006 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 13, 2006 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 13, 2006 -- 8:00 AM
New Zealand (Episode #405)
KQED World: Mon, Feb 6, 2006 -- 9:00 AM
Ian Wright discovers that New Zealand is a land of wonderful landscapes, ancient Maori culture and extreme sports. He arrives in Auckland and gets to know the city in true Kiwi style - "rack jumping" down 13 stories of a skyscraper. Ian travels through the city by scooter, samples possum in a Chinese restaurant and takes in the nightlife. Heading north to the diving spot of Matauri Bay, Ian hitches a ride on an old house truck to the final resting spot of the "Rainbow Warrior," the Greenpeace ship blown up by the French in 1985. The Maori community in Raffaty invites Ian to undergo the pofori ceremony to determine if he's friend or foe. He next arrives in Rotura, where he experiences "zorb," or rolling through the countryside in a giant, transparent sphere. Ian works on an emu farm near Wellington, visits Queenstown for more extreme sports and ends his visit with a hike to the top of Fox Glacier.
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 6, 2006 -- 12:00 PM
Hawaii (Episode #406)
KQED World: Mon, Feb 13, 2006 -- 9:00 AM
Megan McCormick begins her journey on Kauai, one of the least explored Hawaiian islands. She takes part in a hula ceremony, lends a hand with the harvest and kayaks down the Wailua River to the rainforest. Megan's next stop is Oahu, where she takes a surfing lesson, visits the Honolulu fish market and attends a ceremony commemorating the Pearl Harbor attack. She flies to Maui and drives to the Haleakala Crater, where she witnesses a stunning sunrise before heading into the crater's desolate landscape. From there she's off to Hawaii, the "Big Island," where she goes hula pipi, rounding up cattle with the paniolas, or cowboys. Megan finds some peace after a long day at the nearby Buddhist bed and breakfast before hiking to Halimaumau, an active crater. There she sees the spectacular work of Pelli, the fire goddess and legendary creator of the islands.
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 13, 2006 -- 12:00 PM
Egypt (Episode #403)
KQED World: Sat, Feb 18, 2006 -- 8:00 PM
Megan McCormick begins her journey in the sprawling city of Cairo at the bazaar of Khan al-Khalili, open for business since the Middle Ages. From here she visits the mosque at Ibn Tulun, the legendary spot where Noah's Ark came to rest. Megan's next stop is Giza and the Great Pyramids, built as tombs for three pharaohs. She arrives in the oasis town of Siwa, famous for its olives and dates; then stops off in Bahariyya, where she is greeted by the mayor; and treks to Luxor for a hot-air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings. Her final destination is Abu Simbel, the gateway to southern Egypt and home to the massive Sun Temple of Ramses.
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 20, 2006 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 20, 2006 -- 8:00 AM
Cameroon (Episode #429)
KQED Channel 9: Mon, Feb 6, 2006 -- 4:00 AM
Zay Harding veers off the tourist trail to explore the Central African country of Cameroon. Here he meets many different ethnic groups - from the Kirdi of the north who predict his fortune using crabs and the hunter-gatherer pygmies of Djoum to the chiefdom of Oudjilla where he meets not only the king but also his 50 wives. In Cameroon, Zay attempts to complete the grueling and steep Mount Cameroon marathon, tries his hand at Bakweri wrestling, visits a vibrant market in Torou and comes face to face with all sorts of wildlife including hippos and gorillas.
Beijing City Guide (Episode #407)
KQED World: Mon, Feb 20, 2006 -- 9:00 AM
Megan McCormick tours the famous Forbidden City, a Tibetan lama monastery and Tiananmen Square, home to Mao Zedong's mausoleum and the Great Hall of the People (as well as the site of the 1989 student uprising). She visits the underground city of restaurants and clubs and goes shopping in the city's famous antique market. Megan's day trips take her to the Great Wall and to Marco Polo's Bridge and the site where Peking Man bones were found.
- KQED World: Mon, Feb 20, 2006 -- 12:00 PM