Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom
Explores 13 major American holidays and gatherings: the history, folklore and rituals that have become central to those events. Special attention is paid to different ethnic groups and how they brought their own traditions to the occasions.
Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom Previous Broadcasts
New Year's (Episode #105)
KQED Life: Sat, Dec 27, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
The moment when the old year turns into the New Year is always dangerous - it is the instant when the past and the future meet. We prepare for it by taking stock of our own strengths and weaknesses and making plans for our future. In this program Burt Wolf explains why we celebrate New Year on January 1st, how noise keeps the evil spirits away, what makes a champagne cork go pop and why caviar is an acceptable food to eat on New Year's Eve but not on New Year's Day.
Hanukkah (Episode #102)
KQED 9: Sun, Dec 21, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Every year Jews throughout the world light Hanukkah candles in memory of a miracle. In this program Burt Wolf uncovers the history of the holiday, visits the largest and most comprehensive collection of Hanukkah lamps in the world, explains why potato pancakes and doughnuts are served at Hanukkah and discovers the secret of the spinning dreidel.
Christmas (Episode #103)
KQED Life: Mon, Dec 15, 2014 -- 10:30 PM
In the northern hemisphere, we celebrate Christmas at the coldest and darkest time of the year when the fields are barren. Accordingly, the central message of Christmas is "no matter how dark and how cold it looks now, light, warmth and growth will return". Join Burt Wolf and learn how the Christmas tree got indoors, what the former First Lady is doing for the holidays, how department stores create their magical windows and what Santa has to say about all of this.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 -- 4:30 AM