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
Around The World - East to West: Istanbul to Vienna (Episode #1208)
KQED 9: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
Ian Wright takes up the journey in Istanbul following historic trails through the heart of Europe and the Balkans, where once the Ottomans pushed into Europe. Crossing the Black Sea into Bulgaria, he explores vampire myths before continuing to Serbia, where the Nis Skull Tower stands as a reminder of Ottoman raids and rule. After a ride on the ? argan Eight Narrow Gauge Railway, it's on to the Croatian coast and a road trip to Dubrovnik, Split and Rijeka. After a quick dip in the world's largest thermal lake in Hungary, his journey ends in Vienna, old world capital of wide avenues and wedding cake mansions that withstood Ottoman attack and that stands in full splendor until this day.
- KQED Life: Fri, May 31, 2013 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED 9: Thu, May 30, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Around The World - Silk Road: Kashgar to Istanbul (Episode #1207)
KQED 9: Wed, May 22, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
Holly Morris takes over the journey in Central Asia, where silk was traded for "flying horses" from the fertile Ferghana Valley. Crossing the Jiptik Pass to Osh, she then explores the ancient Kingdom of Samarkand and Bukhara before crossing the stony desert of Turkmenistan to the lost city of Merv. Then it's on to the modern capital of Baku in oil-rich Azerbaijan, her last stop before reaching the caravanserais of Turkey and finally the rich bazaars of Istanbul.
- KQED World: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED Life: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED Life: Thu, May 23, 2013 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED 9: Thu, May 23, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Around The World - Silk Road: X'ian to Kashgar (Episode #1206)
KQED 9: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
In China, Megan McCormick follows the legendary trade route along which caravans of treasures once found their way into Europe. Starting at the silk capital of Xi'an, she passes Jiayugan and the Jade Gate, once frontier towns on the edge to the uncivilized western world. Passing through the Flaming Mountains, she stops to sample the wines and grapes of Turpan, one of the lowest and hottest places on earth. After visiting a 1,000 Buddha cave in Kuqa, she ends her journey at the famous Kashgar Market where wares from east and west are still traded today.
- KQED World: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED Life: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED Life: Thu, May 16, 2013 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED 9: Thu, May 16, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Around The World - Pacific Journeys: Tonga to New Caledonia (Episode #1205)
KQED 9: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
Zay's island-hopping escapades take him now to the independent Kingdom of Tonga and then on to multi-cultural Fiji, once home to cannibals and Indian plantation workers that were brought to the islands to harvest sugar cane. In Norfolk Island, we learn about its convict past while the hills of New Caledonia make a perfect setting for an island trek to the country's native inhabitants. Zay ends his journey in Noumea, where the Kanak people's culture is celebrated at the Tibijao Cultural Center, an architectural marvel that combines ancient knowledge with modern techniques.
- KQED World: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED Life: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED Life: Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED 9: Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Around The World - Pacific Journeys: Santiago to Pitcairn (Episode #1204)
KQED 9: Wed, May 1, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
Zay Harding begins his Pacific journey in Santiago de Chile, gateway to the culturally unique Easter Island. From here he heads to Tahiti, the Polynesian paradise that enticed Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, Captain Cook and Captain Bligh and his Bounty mutineers to stay longer than planned. Zay embarks on an ocean voyage along the waters charted by these famous explorers, including a perilous crossing to Pitcairn Island, which the descendents of the Bounty mutineers call home today.
- KQED World: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED 9: Thu, May 2, 2013 -- 5:00 AM