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Taiwan - The Culture of Tea (Episode #507H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

The mystery and majesty of tea is explored when Joseph spotlights the culture of this royal beverage on Taiwan. During this adventure he travels to Lujang to join in the creation of traditional tea snacks, visits an Assam tea farm in Nantou, participates in a formal tea ceremony in Tainan and tops it all off with a visit to the annual Lantern Festival in Chiayi. Along the way he meets the masters of Taiwan's pottery, tin-sculpting and lantern-making arts.

Switzerland - Celebrating St. Moritz (Episode #503H)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

For hundreds of years St. Moritz has been a Swiss resort with the emphasis on "the Ritz" -- a place where the royal, wealthy and famous can recreate in luxury and where the term "Champagne Climate" refers to more than the 300 plus days of sunshine each year. Joseph travels to St. Moritz in the Engadine Region of Switzerland to discover the Romansch soul beneath the five-star hotels, the sparkle of high-end shops and the Rolls-Royce fashions. Along the way he gets above the St. Moritz's surface attractions by trekking into the Rhaetian Alps above 6,000 feet where there's mountain peaks, alpine meadows and "everyone is a friend."

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

Ireland - The West Is Best (Episode #506H)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

Joseph starts his Ireland adventure in the town of Shannon and then heads southwest to the Dingle Peninsula. While on the Peninsula he uncovers a few important Irish secrets like how to draw a proper pint, spout a wee bit of Gaelic without getting tongue-tied, how to root for your horse home at the Dingle races and which pub has the best Irish soda bread and stew. Then he heads to the Puck Festival in Killorglin on the Ring of Kerry for some Irish merrymaking. Joseph also learns about the Irish emigration to America and hears the story of the Blasket Islanders - a modern-day Irish migration saga.

Thailand - Bangkok and the River Kwai (Episode #210H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

Joseph begins his Thailand adventure in its bustling capital, Bangkok, with visit to markets, palaces and temples and then heads out of town to camps on the River Kwai in order to walk through Hellfire Pass and ride the Death Railway.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

Guatemala's Semana Santa - Easter Week (Episode #505H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

Throughout Guatemala, Easter Week (Semana Santa) is celebrated as the most significant and festive season on every religious and social calendar. Joseph travels to Guatemala City, Antiqua and Lago de Atitlan and discovers that while the observance is rich in Roman Catholic ceremony and tradition, at the same time it leaves room for the popular devotion and beliefs of the indigenous Mayan culture. In addition, the communal creation of hundreds of beautiful alfombras -- flower-strewn, multi-colored "carpets" -- that line the streets in front of the religious processions is something to behold. The pomp, color, emotion and devout expression all combine to create an once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

New Brunswick (Episode #209H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

Joseph travels along the Miramichi River Route in New Brunswick, Canada in search of spring salmon and fishing tales. At a rustic river lodge he samples local cuisine and in nearby Doaktown explores the Miramichi's fishing and lumber history.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

Switzerland - Scaling The Jungfrau Region (Episode #504H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

Surrounded by Switzerland's mountain landscape, it's easy to see why the Swiss understand the value of nature. It is not a luxury reserved for a few, but a treasure shared by all. Joseph travels into the Grindelwald Valley to experience the grandeur of Switzerland's most typically-Swiss region - the Jungfrau. Constantly shadowed by the towering heights of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks, all above 12, 000 feet, Joseph partakes of Swiss mountain culture at local street fairs and festivals. He gets to take part in a cheese-making demonstration and run with the goats through the streets of Wengen, a car-free mountain town. To get an up-close experience with the peaks he hikes to the Gleckstein, a mountain hut for climbers, and literally tops off his adventure with a train journey to the highest train station in Europe, the Jungfraujoch.

South Africa (Episode #208H)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

Joseph heads out on safari at the Shamwari Wildlife Preserve then visits the town of Alicedale - where people power is thriving. Along the way he visits a Capetown area winery for some rest, relaxation and wine tasting.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

Switzerland - Celebrating St. Moritz (Episode #503H)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

For hundreds of years St. Moritz has been a Swiss resort with the emphasis on "the Ritz" -- a place where the royal, wealthy and famous can recreate in luxury and where the term "Champagne Climate" refers to more than the 300 plus days of sunshine each year. Joseph travels to St. Moritz in the Engadine Region of Switzerland to discover the Romansch soul beneath the five-star hotels, the sparkle of high-end shops and the Rolls-Royce fashions. Along the way he gets above the St. Moritz's surface attractions by trekking into the Rhaetian Alps above 6,000 feet where there's mountain peaks, alpine meadows and "everyone is a friend."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

Cappadocia, Turkey (Episode #411H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

Cappadocia, in Turkey's rural heart, is a natural wonder and a cultural treasure chest. It is where the East and West seem to have collided and "fairy chimneys" -- fantastic volcanic ash formations -- have risen from the land and tower over beautifully carved valleys. As part of his journey through the Cappadocia Region, Joseph floats in a hot air balloon above the homes and underground cities that are carved out of the limestone rock of the Goreme Valley. He visits holy mosques and ancient churches, delights in Cappadocia's slower, gentler lifestyle and meets the artisans of the region's traditional arts and crafts -- rug weaving, ceramics and water painting.

Manzanillo, Mexico & The Costa Alegre (Episode #101)

KQED 9: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 8:00 AM

Rosendo explores Mexico's Costa Alegre - "the happy coast" - and Manzanillo, the resort village made famous by the movie "10". He highlights the state and city of Colima with its rain forests and active volcanoes, joins an on-going fiesta in Comala and discovers some of the coast's elegant resorts.

Istanbul - at the Crossroads of History (Episode #502H)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

From its days as the capital of the Roman Empire in the 4th century to its selection as the European Capital of Culture in 2010, Istanbul has been a significant city and major crossroad between East and West for thousands of years. Its geopolitical location has created a vibrant metropolis rich with a wide range of cultural attractions. Joseph investigates the city's past and meets Istanbul's diversity head on in the bazaars, restaurants, churches, mosques and alleyways of Istanbul's many historic neighborhoods.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 12, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 12, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

St. Vincent & the Grenadines - Close to Home, but a World Away (Episode #501H)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

Thirty-two beautiful islands, off the beaten track, yet in your backyard, is what Joseph discovers on his St. Vincent & the Grenadines adventure. These stunning Caribbean isles offer a wide range of water activities from snorkeling and diving to swimming and sailing. Yet, the best adventures are the natural and cultural ones and Joseph experiences them from searching for the St. Vincent Parrot to swimming with endangered sea turtles and dancing to the drums of the Union Island Maroon Festival.

Valencia, Spain (Episode #207H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 10, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

Travelscope goes to sunny Valencia to rub shoulders with the locals at their cafes, pubs and local markets. Joseph visits the city's textile and ceramic artisans and gets the inside story on Las Fallas - Valencia's yearly fiery celebration.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

Mozambique, Africa (Episode #413H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 10, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

On Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago Kuta Katila means, "Roll your reed mat out on the sand, lay back and relax." Always ready to follow local customs, Joseph does exactly that at the Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa on Bazaruto Island and at the Azura Resort on Benguerra Island. Joseph continues to practice the fine art of Kuta Katila on the sparkling beaches and in the turquoise waters of the Bazaruto Marine National Park. Snorkeling, sailing, horseback riding and sand-boarding down 100-meter high dunes are activities that are all on the agenda, as well as, a sunset swim with horses. Activities aside, as always, the highlight of the show is Joseph's friendly encounters with the islands' people and the opportunity to share cultural experiences.

Ottawa, Canada (Episode #206H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 9, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

Travelscope celebrates Canada and the Canadians in the nation's capital. Joseph canoes beneath Parliament Hill, survives the War Museum and samples the cuisine at Cordon Bleu - the world's most prestigious culinary training ground.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 10, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

South Africa - On Safari! (Episode #412H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 9, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

Joseph gets an elephant-sized helping of the African wild on safari at the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve adjacent to South Africa's famed Kruger National Park. Using the elegant Lion Sands accommodations as his home base he heads out in search of the Big Five and encounters lions, African elephants, Cape Buffalos and Black Rhinoceros. He rounds out his wildlife tour at Camp Jabulani when he literally rubs shoulders with two Cheetahs at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre then joins other camp guests atop a team of rescued elephants on safari through the African bush. As an important complement to the animal adventures, he visits the local villages and schools in order to understand more about the native culture and discover how they coexist with and benefit from tourism.

Taiwan - The Natural Side (Episode #205H)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

Joseph continues his Taiwan discoveries when he explores the country's natural pleasures in its national parks and beautiful Taroko Gorge - Taiwan's own "Grand" canyon.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 9, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

Cappadocia, Turkey (Episode #411H)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

Cappadocia, in Turkey's rural heart, is a natural wonder and a cultural treasure chest. It is where the East and West seem to have collided and "fairy chimneys" -- fantastic volcanic ash formations -- have risen from the land and tower over beautifully carved valleys. As part of his journey through the Cappadocia Region, Joseph floats in a hot air balloon above the homes and underground cities that are carved out of the limestone rock of the Goreme Valley. He visits holy mosques and ancient churches, delights in Cappadocia's slower, gentler lifestyle and meets the artisans of the region's traditional arts and crafts -- rug weaving, ceramics and water painting.

Germany's Winter Carnival (Episode #406H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

Joseph dons his jester's cap and heads to the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg for Fasnet -- Fasnacht -- Carnival. Each town may call it by a different name, but they all agree it's a non-stop community party that celebrates local culture and chases away the winter blues. Some of the historic carnival characters, like the Narro, date back to the festival's beginning 500 years ago while others are the products of lively modern-day imaginations. From Konstanz on the shores of Lake Constance to the Black Forest villages of Villingen, Oberndorf, Gengenbach, Elzach and Rottweil, Joseph uncovers the festival's history and rejoices in the controlled chaos of tolle tage -- Crazy Days!

Chile - The Driest Place On Earth (Episode #304H)

KQED 9: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 8:00 AM

Joseph travels north to the driest place on the planet, Chile's Atacama Desert. He finds that the desert, though it appears dry and barren, is alive with varied wildlife and vibrant cultures. During his journey he encounters the friendly Atacameno Indians and witnesses spouting geysers, endless sand dunes and the area's breathtaking natural beauty.

Gathering In Scotland (Episode #410H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 5, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

Scotland has been a part of the United Kingdom for more than 300 years, yet it has managed to maintain its distinct customs, culture and character. Joseph dons his tartan and joins the Scottish clans for a bit of culture and fun at The Gathering in Edinburgh where hundreds of clans and thousands of people come together for sport, folk dancing, arts, crafts and bag piping. During his travels Joseph explores Glasgow, imbibes a dram or two of the local product at an island whiskey distillery and meets his grace, the Duke of Argyle, at Inverary Castle during the Campbell clans' Highland Games.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines - Close to Home, but a World Away (Episode #501H)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

Thirty-two beautiful islands, off the beaten track, yet in your backyard, is what Joseph discovers on his St. Vincent & the Grenadines adventure. These stunning Caribbean isles offer a wide range of water activities from snorkeling and diving to swimming and sailing. Yet, the best adventures are the natural and cultural ones and Joseph experiences them from searching for the St. Vincent Parrot to swimming with endangered sea turtles and dancing to the drums of the Union Island Maroon Festival.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 5, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

Fredericksburg, Texas (Episode #409H)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

It's time for barbecue, German beer tasting, fine wine sampling and guitar pickin' when Joseph explores Fredericksburg, Texas. Located midway between Austin and San Antonio in beautiful Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg offers visitors hundreds of bed and breakfasts, scores of dining establishments, historic attractions, varied activities and a deep-rooted German heritage. From tracing its Germanic roots and climbing Enchanted Rock to sipping some local brews and getting down-home with some Texas Roots Music, Joseph enjoys a taste of Germany, a heap of nature and a whole lot of Texas.

Taiwan - City and Culture (Episode #204H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

Travelscope searches for the heart and soul of Taiwan among the attractions of its capital, Taipei, and through his experiences with the country's remaining ethnic minority people.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

Thailand - from Golden Triangle to White Sands (Episode #408H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

From vibrant Bangkok Joseph travels south for a bit of rest and relaxation in the turquoise waters and on the fashionable beaches of the Krabi Peninsula. There he observes the ongoing efforts to preserve nature, indigenous cultures and ancient customs in the face of widespread tourism. After the short respite he heads north to the border of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos to continue his Thailand adventure in the infamous Golden Triangle. From a coffee, tea and macadamia nut plantation to a thriving elephant camp, he uncovers what Thais are doing to transform the Triangle's ancient opium production to pursuits that will improve the lives of the area's many Hill Tribe people.

Naturally Los Angeles (Episode #203H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

While most visitors head for Hollywood or Rodeo Drive, Joseph introduces viewers to some of Los Angeles' little-known treasures from hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and wine tasting in Malibu to the Venice Beach drum circle - a weekly celebration of the city's diversity.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

Thailand - Rediscovering Bangkok (Episode #407H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

It's hectic, it's crowded, it's the epitome of diversity and filled to the brim with exciting things to see and do. Joseph takes a path less traveled as he explores Thailand's capital city -- Bangkok. During his urban adventure he wanders the back roads and waterways of old and new Bangkok. He participates in morning Buddhist rituals at a local temple, checks out an up-to-date wellness center, tries his hand at the ancient art of crafting a monk's alms bowl, roasts Thai coffee at a 100-year-old Chinese market and scours a local Thai market for the perfect indigenous ingredients to spice up his gourmet Thai cooking class.

Germany's Holiday Markets (Episode #202H)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

Travelscope celebrates the season with Joseph's explorations through Northern Germany's Christmas markets where there's more than baubles and trinkets to the joy of Christmas.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

Germany's Winter Carnival (Episode #406H)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

Joseph dons his jester's cap and heads to the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg for Fasnet -- Fasnacht -- Carnival. Each town may call it by a different name, but they all agree it's a non-stop community party that celebrates local culture and chases away the winter blues. Some of the historic carnival characters, like the Narro, date back to the festival's beginning 500 years ago while others are the products of lively modern-day imaginations. From Konstanz on the shores of Lake Constance to the Black Forest villages of Villingen, Oberndorf, Gengenbach, Elzach and Rottweil, Joseph uncovers the festival's history and rejoices in the controlled chaos of tolle tage -- Crazy Days!

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