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

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 -- 10:30 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."

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

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 29, 2012 -- 10:30 AM

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.

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

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 28, 2012 -- 10:30 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.

Mozambique, Africa (Episode #413H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 -- 10:30 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.

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

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 -- 10:30 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.

Cappadocia, Turkey (Episode #411H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 -- 10:30 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

Gathering In Scotland (Episode #410H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 -- 10:30 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

Fredericksburg, Texas (Episode #409H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 -- 10:30 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

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

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

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

KQED 9: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

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.

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

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 -- 10:30 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

Thailand - Rediscovering Bangkok (Episode #407H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 -- 10:30 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

Victoria, Australia (Episode #402H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 17, 2012 -- 2:30 PM

Joseph catches the urban beat of Victoria's capital, Melbourne, then heads out on the Great Ocean Road to take in the natural scenery and survey the village scene in coastal towns. From the Shipwreck Coast through Victoria's wine country to the heart of Grampians National Park he travels in search of the best of Victoria. In addition to his town adventures, his journey takes him from one natural area to another in hot pursuit of Australia's wildlife where he has close encounters with kangaroos, koalas and emus. Along the way he is introduced to the original inhabitants and stewards of this great big land down under -- Australia's aboriginal people.

Crossing The Swiss Alps (Episode #401H)

KQED 9: Sat, Nov 17, 2012 -- 8:00 AM

From cosmopolitan Geneva to the UNESCO heritage Aletsch Glacier Joseph travels through Switzerland by bus, train and lake steamer. In Geneva Joseph explores a city that has remained in the forefront of innovation and change and visits Lake Geneva's fascinating lakeside villages such as the Olympic city of Lausanne. While in the sun-rich, car-free, 7,000-foot atmosphere of Bettmeralp Joseph enjoys a typical Swiss experience that is filled with glacier treks, colorful festivals, local cuisine, the beauty of the rural countryside and warm Alpine hospitality.

Germany's Winter Carnival (Episode #406H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 16, 2012 -- 10:30 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!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Nov 17, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 16, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

New Brunswick's Acadian Festival (Episode #405H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 -- 10:30 AM

New Brunswick is Canada's only bi-lingual province and the peaceful co-existence between the French Acadian culture and the English Loyalist culture gives visitors two experiences for the price of one. Yet all the world's French in August during the Caraquet Acadian Festival -- a two-week cultural celebration that culminates in a mardi-gras style street party. Joseph heads to the Acadian Peninsula to trace its Acadian heritage, meet modern day Acadians and, during their national day of celebration, join in their festival and Laissez les bon temps roulez -- Let the good times roll! During his journey he also partakes of New Brunswick's natural beauty and the world of adventure that awaits every visitor to this Canadian province year round.

Swiss Roots (Episode #404H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 -- 10:30 AM

Joseph joins his producer and wife, Julie, on her search for her Swiss roots in and around Lucerne, Switzerland. Their hunt takes Travelscope atop Mount Pilatus where they scale the local peaks, try their hand at cheese making and then travel across Lake Lucerne to historic alp horn and handoergeli (Swiss accordion) shops in the village of Schwyz. In Ebikon and Koelliken Julie takes a walk in her grandparents' footsteps and shares a glass of local wine and a pot of fondue with her long-lost and newly-met Swiss relatives.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

Tasmania, Australia (Episode #403H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

Joseph continues his Aussie adventure in Australia's island state -- Tasmania. From the capital of Hobart and its harbor, markets and elegant neighborhoods he heads out across the state and traces Tasmania's convict origins in the prisons of Port Arthur, hikes Cradle Mountain National Park, rides out the ups and downs of a fast paced eco-cruise along Tasman National Park's spectacular coastline and meets the devil -- the Tasmanian Devil, that is. Along the way he samples the best of the local food and wine and gets to know Tasmania's colorful and multi-cultural inhabitants.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

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

KQED 9: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

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.

Tasmania, Australia (Episode #403H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 -- 10:30 AM

Joseph continues his Aussie adventure in Australia's island state -- Tasmania. From the capital of Hobart and its harbor, markets and elegant neighborhoods he heads out across the state and traces Tasmania's convict origins in the prisons of Port Arthur, hikes Cradle Mountain National Park, rides out the ups and downs of a fast paced eco-cruise along Tasman National Park's spectacular coastline and meets the devil -- the Tasmanian Devil, that is. Along the way he samples the best of the local food and wine and gets to know Tasmania's colorful and multi-cultural inhabitants.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

Victoria, Australia (Episode #402H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 -- 10:30 AM

Joseph catches the urban beat of Victoria's capital, Melbourne, then heads out on the Great Ocean Road to take in the natural scenery and survey the village scene in coastal towns. From the Shipwreck Coast through Victoria's wine country to the heart of Grampians National Park he travels in search of the best of Victoria. In addition to his town adventures, his journey takes him from one natural area to another in hot pursuit of Australia's wildlife where he has close encounters with kangaroos, koalas and emus. Along the way he is introduced to the original inhabitants and stewards of this great big land down under -- Australia's aboriginal people.

Guatemala - Seeking The Past In Tikal and Yaxha (Episode #310H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 10, 2012 -- 2:30 PM

Joseph combines the legendary with the natural when he explores Guatemala's Mayan legacy at the temples of Tikal and Yaxha and then discovers the wonders that wait at the El Quetzal Biotope Nature Reserve.

Crossing The Swiss Alps (Episode #401H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 9, 2012 -- 10:30 AM

From cosmopolitan Geneva to the UNESCO heritage Aletsch Glacier Joseph travels through Switzerland by bus, train and lake steamer. In Geneva Joseph explores a city that has remained in the forefront of innovation and change and visits Lake Geneva's fascinating lakeside villages such as the Olympic city of Lausanne. While in the sun-rich, car-free, 7,000-foot atmosphere of Bettmeralp Joseph enjoys a typical Swiss experience that is filled with glacier treks, colorful festivals, local cuisine, the beauty of the rural countryside and warm Alpine hospitality.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Nov 10, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 9, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

Madhya Pradesh, India - India's Rural Heart (Episode #313H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 8, 2012 -- 10:30 AM

Joseph continues his passage through the heart of India with an expedition to Bandhavgarh National Park's tiger reserve. He then visits the princely town of Maheshwar where he celebrates sunrise and witnesses morning rituals along the holy Narmada River. In the city of Indore he joins the crowds for the Diwali Festival - a celebration of good over evil and the glory of light.

Madhya Pradesh, India - The Heart of India (Episode #312H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 7, 2012 -- 10:30 AM

Joseph begins his adventure in India's capital, Delhi, and then makes a pilgrimage to the ancient Hindu and Jain temples of Khajuraho with their erotic life-affirming 1,000-year-old carvings. His journey of discovery draws him from rural villages to palace ruins.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 8, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 7, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

Williamsburg, Virginia - America's Historic Triangle (Episode #311H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

Travelscope traces America's birth in Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown, Virginia. Yet, this adventure covers more than the past as Joseph kayaks the Chickahominy River, sails on a four-masted schooner past modern-day ocean-going vessels and partakes of the area's family fun.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 7, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

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

KQED 9: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 -- 2:00 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."

Williamsburg, Virginia - America's Historic Triangle (Episode #311H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 -- 10:30 AM

Travelscope traces America's birth in Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown, Virginia. Yet, this adventure covers more than the past as Joseph kayaks the Chickahominy River, sails on a four-masted schooner past modern-day ocean-going vessels and partakes of the area's family fun.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 7, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

Guatemala - Seeking The Past In Tikal and Yaxha (Episode #310H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 5, 2012 -- 10:30 AM

Joseph combines the legendary with the natural when he explores Guatemala's Mayan legacy at the temples of Tikal and Yaxha and then discovers the wonders that wait at the El Quetzal Biotope Nature Reserve.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 5, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful (Episode #305H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 -- 2:30 PM

In the New River Gorge Joseph paddles the gentle New River and then battles to stay afloat on the raging Gauley. Along the way he bikes up a mountain trail, rappels down the gorge's face and experiences West Virginia's coal mining past.

Guatemala - The Maya of the Western Highlands (Episode #309H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 2, 2012 -- 10:30 AM

Joseph visits the ancient Spanish colonial capital of Antigua before climbing volcanoes and heading into Guatemala's Mayan highland villages for hard bargaining in the local markets, a leisurely visit to a coffee plantation and a weaving lesson on a traditional back-strap loom.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 2, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

Italy - Friuli Venezia Giulia - Italy's Hidden Region (Episode #308H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 1, 2012 -- 10:30 AM

Joseph embarks into the little known region of Friuli Venezia Giulia on the Slovenian border where a multi-cultural heritage thrives. He straps on his helmet before hoping a Vespa for a two-wheeled tour through the region's wine country where he meets generations of winemakers and their fellow Dionysian devotees.

Papua New Guinea - Cultural Encounters in an Ancient World (Episode #307H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 1, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

Joseph heads to Papua New Guinea's remote highlands for cultural encounters with the Huli Wigmen and then journeys to the Sepik River for a tropical rendezvous with the ancient people of its riverside villages.

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