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Globe Trekker Previous Broadcasts

Food Hour: Southern China (Episode #1618H)

KQED Life: Mon, Aug 28, 2017 -- 10:00 PM

Celebrated New Zealand chef Peter Gordon discovers the roots of Cantonese cuisine. Peter's journey takes him north to Lianzhou, the mountain home of the Yao tribe, where he cooks succulent spiced pork. Next, he walks the rice fields of the Pearl River Delta, meets traditional medical doctors in Foshan, cooks up a strength-giving feast for dragon boat racing crews in Guangzhou, shops in the fabled market of Qingping, samples street fare in Chaozhou, visits the tea mountains near An'xi, stops in the glittering city of Xiamen and ends his journey in Daya Bay for simple soul food.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Aug 29, 2017 -- 4:00 AM

Road Trip: Rust Belt Highway 2, USA (Episode #1602H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 28, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

In part two of the Rust Belt Road Trip, Globe Trekker Megan McCormick spans the American Midwest and its Great Lake states in search of the innovations that ignited an industrial revolution and united America after the divisive conflict of a bloody civil war. The so-called "Rust Belt" region was coined back in 1984 by former Vice President Walter Mondale to describe a hinterland of collapsed industrial manufacturing. But on her travels, Megan discovers that this is also a region bristling with life, for as young people are moving in, regenerating the once monumental metropolises of America's gilded age with their enterprise and zeal.

Food Hour: Ireland (Episode #1611H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 25, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

Globe Trekker Bobby Chinn samples oysters in Galway, fishes for salmon in Connemara, plays a tune or two with The Chieftains in Westport, visits the Nenagh Agricultural Show, judges a baking competition in Tipperary, and learns the history of Guinness in Dublin.

Tough Boats: The Arctic (Episode #1617H)

KQED Life: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 -- 10:00 PM

Globe Trekker Ian Wright travels to the high Arctic from the coast of northern Norway, working his passage on a trawler fishing for cod before continuing his voyage on a specially ice-strengthened vessel around Spitsbergen, the world's northernmost inhabited islands. Ian's tough Arctic journey starts in fishing port of Tromso, more than 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. From here, aboard the fishing trawler Hermes, he travels another 300 miles north to rich fishing ground near remote Bear Island. Among his expeditions across the Arctic Ocean, Ian transfers to a small, but beautiful, 1950s-era Arctic cruise ship, The Stockholm, taking just a dozen or so passengers around the islands in search of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Aug 22, 2017 -- 4:00 AM

Road Trip: Rust Belt Highway, USA (Episode #1601H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

Globe Trekker Megan McCormick takes to the road to explore the industrial heartland of America. This atmospheric and evocative road trip goes through some of America's most underrated regions and beautiful country sides. Megan goes through the cities of Pittsburgh, Detroit and Flint, Michigan, along the famous Highway 61 before we skirt the shores of the Great Lakes. In Ohio, she visits Cleveland, Toledo and Akron, the former Rubber Capital of the World. This episode looks at what remains of the industries that made America great, and how the Rust Belt is transforming itself, and looking to the future in the 21st Century.

Tough Trains: Cuba's Sugar Railroads (Episode #1610H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 18, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

Cuba was one of the first countries in the world to build a railway, starting all the way back in 1837. At the time, Cuba was the world's largest sugar producer, and its early railways were designed not with passengers in mind, but to transport sugarcane to the mills and refined sugar to the ports. In this episode, host Ian Wright goes on an eye-opening and hair-raising train journey across the Caribbean island of Cuba. The communist country's railway network is dilapidated and very unreliable, but it ends up being a fantastically enjoyable trip.

Myanmar (Episode #1616H)

KQED Life: Mon, Aug 14, 2017 -- 10:00 PM

Megan McCormick 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 -- 4:00 AM

Delhi & Agra (Episode #1620H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 14, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

Delhi is an incarnation of seven cities all born out of a bloody history. It is a city teeming with extraordinary life flowing through the 22 million+ Hindu and Muslim inhabitants who make India's capital one of the most vibrant in the world. It's also what attracts Globe Trekker Ian Wright to explore Delhi's old quarters, bargain bazaars, Imperial Mughai monuments, and last remaining outposts of British occupation. In this lively city guide, Ian takes in spectacular visits to the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the holy town of Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

Top 10 South American Adventures (Episode #1609H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 11, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

In this Globe Trekker special, Ian Wright, Holly Morris, Elis Nevitt, Matt Young, Megan McCormick and Zay Harding travel all across South America - to Guyana, Venezuela, Columbia, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil - in search of the continent's Top 10 adventures, which include white water rafting in untamed waters, searching for giant anaconda snakes, trekking to the world's highest waterfalls, and climbing to the snow-capped summit of the Lanin Volcano in the Andes Mountains.

Tough Trains: Bolivia (Episode #1619H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 7, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

Since the 1860s, Bolivia has lost land to all its surrounding countries, leaving it landlocked and without vital access to coastal ports. As compensation, both Chile and Brazil agreed to build railways from Bolivia to their coasts, but they have not received proper investment since. Zay Harding travels along these railways from the Brazilian Pantanal to the Chilean coast. The first stop is Bolivia's agricultural heartland of Santa Cruz, followed by the constitutional capital of Sucre. Zay then heads to Potosi, where he turns his hand to being a miner for the day, followed by a journey to Uyuni, where he visits the Salar de Uyuni - a salt flat rich in both salt and lithium. Zay heads to Bolivia's administrative capital, La Paz, before concluding his trip at the Pacific coast.

Nigeria (Episode #1608H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 4, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

Adela Ucar kicks off her visit in the capital of Lagos, an anarchic and electric city with a vital nightlife. Next she journeys to Yoruba Land in the southwest, thought to be the site of the Queen of Sheba's tomb. Adela later meets witch doctors in Oyo, travels to the historic walled cities in the north, hunts for bargains in the ancient Kurmi Market, visits the traditional Fulani village of Chafe and encounters a rare mountain gorilla in Nigeria's eastern highlands.

Food Hour: The Story of Beer (Episode #1615H)

KQED Life: Tue, Aug 1, 2017 -- 4:00 AM

Beer is the world's oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic beverage. In fact, it's the third most popular drink overall, after water and tea. China is currently the world's leading beer producer, whereas the Czech Republic is the biggest consumer, with an average of 143 liters of amber gold each year per person! These are some of the beer facts that will be shared in this informative and entertaining episode hosted by Globe Trekker Judith Jones. Together with fellow travelers from around the world, Judith uncovers the extraordinary popularity behind the favorite alcoholic beverage of millions of people worldwide.

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