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Rudy Maxa's World Previous Broadcasts

Hong Kong, Part 2 (Episode #405H)

KQED Life: Thu, Dec 14, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

The iconic photo of Hong Kong is a wall of skyscrapers against Victoria Peak with the city's harbor as a foreground. But on the other side of the island there are beaches and miles of forest hiking trails. Travel journalist Rudy Maxa and Washington, D.C. restaurateur Daisuke Utagawa explore both sides of the island, from the frenetic night life of the "mid-level's" bars and restaurants behind those skyscrapers to the calm waters of Repulse Bay on the quiet side of Hong Kong. Dramatic photography by renowned shooters Karel Bauer and Joe Pontecorvo bring Hong Kong into viewers' homes as never before.

Korea (Episode #207H)

KQED Life: Wed, Dec 13, 2017 -- 11:30 PM

With their misty mountain temples and uber-modern cities, Koreans mix an abiding sense of history and tradition with a zeal to achieve global success in technology and other industries. (Remember when the American public sneered at Kias?) Rudy samples both the delights of cosmopolitan Seoul as well as the tranquility of temples tucked into lush mountains where monks invite guests to stay overnight and give evidence of the country's other name: The Land of the Morning Calm. And, yes, there's a healthy serving of Korean barbeque and kimchi.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Dec 14, 2017 -- 5:30 AM

Hong Kong, Part 1 (Episode #404H)

KQED Life: Wed, Dec 13, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

A bastion of capitalism under the umbrella of China, a city with a stunning array of architecturally interesting skyscrapers, and a city where shopping and dining are varsity sports, Hong Kong certainly ranks as one of the world's great cities. Host Rudy Maxa and Washington, D.C. restaurateur and chef Daisuke Utagawa enthusiastically eat their way through Hong Kong, from cheap but authentic, hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurants to Michelin-starred palaces. Along the way they illustrate the excitement, stunning topography, and energy that defines Hong Kong.

Kyushu (Episode #403H)

KQED Life: Tue, Dec 12, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

It was still snowing when the Rudy Maxa's World film crew shot in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. But just short flight away, on one of Japan's most southernmost islands, Kyushu, the cherry blossoms were out and beach goers were burying themselves in the hot sand-heated by the island's volcanos-on beaches. Host Rudy Maxa and Washington, D.C. restauranteur and chef Daisuke Utagawa introduce many viewers to this lush island with luxurious resorts and a history of providing the world with Wagyu beef, black pork, and other delicacies that have made Japanese cuisine well known around the world.

South Africa: Garden Route & Wine Country (Episode #206H)

KQED Life: Mon, Dec 11, 2017 -- 11:30 PM

Surely one of the world's most beautiful drives, the Garden Route has nothing to do with gardens and everything to do with a wild, rugged, gorgeous coastline. Its name comes from the astounding variety of plant species found here, many indigenous only to the region. Surfers brave enormous waves, exotic birds watch visitors climb serpentine paths that rise above the coast, and charming, seaside resort towns accommodate guests. Shot during whale season, this episode stars 50-ton Right Whales performing their mating dances. And capping this visually stunning episode is a visit to heart South Africa's lush wine country, the village of Franschhoek.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Dec 12, 2017 -- 5:30 AM

Hokkaido (Episode #402H)

KQED Life: Mon, Dec 11, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

The northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido is the home of the international food favorite, ramen. Known as Japan's "soul food," ramen is revered in Hokkaido, where it enjoys a long history. Host Rudy Maxa and Washington, D.C. chef Daisuke Utagawa explore the island that's a world-class skiing venue-Sapporo, Hokkaido's capital, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972. Along the way, they track down the multi-generational families that produce the ingredients of ramen and visit the island's stunning lakes; one of the island's premier ski resorts, as well as a whiskey distillery that helps makes Japan's award-winning spirits.

Tokyo (Episode #401H)

KQED Life: Fri, Dec 8, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

Rudy Maxa's World takes a second look at the vibrant city of Tokyo, this time with an emphasis on Tokyo's cuisine. "There are more Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo than in Paris and New York combined," notes Washington, D.C. chef and restaurant owner Daisuke Utagawa. "And it's well known that Japanese chefs are highly regarded around the world. But it's also the commitment, or the kodawari, of producers of many of the food products those chefs use that helps makes the cuisine what it is." Utagawa joins show host Rudy Maxa to bring the concept of kodawari to the screen, visiting the producers of the food that's made Japanese cuisine so famous.

Four Great Cities of Asia (Episode #306H)

KQED Life: Thu, Dec 7, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

Only three per cent of the world's population lived in cities in 1800s, but that number will swell to 70% by 2050. Cities in Asia underwent rapid growth in the past century, and "Four Great Cities of Asia" examines the remarkable evolution of the mega-city. From the world's largest city, Tokyo, to the colorful chaos of Delhi, and from the modern miracle of Seoul to the teeming streets of Bangkok, "Four Great Cities of Asia" is a passport to the high-tech marvels and back-street secrets of four of the world's most amazing cities.

Food, Drink & Place (Episode #305H)

KQED Life: Wed, Dec 6, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

At Istanbul's Spice Market, persimmons are split open, their insides resembling melting rubies. Brown-gold paprika is carefully molded into the shape of a pyramid. Cinnamon, cumin, ginger, and cardamom infuse the air with the fragrance of the East. From haggis in Scotland to soba and tea in Japan, from asada in Argentina to bibimbap in Korea, food and drink help illustrate the culture of a place and its people.

South Africa: Cape Town (Episode #205H)

KQED Life: Tue, Dec 5, 2017 -- 11:30 PM

Cape Town is a nexus of cultures in a setting so stunning, it's called the "new California" or "Africa's Riviera." Where else in the world can you wake up in a cosmopolitan city, spend the afternoon with penguins, ride a funicular to the edge of a continent, and watch the sun set from a beach with a glass of local wine in hand? From the dizzying heights of the city's iconic symbol, Table Mountain, to the rugged cliffs and wild flowers of the Cape Peninsula, this episode captures the natural wonders that surround this city where an urbane waterfront contrasts with the nearby townships where most of Cape Town's three million residents live. This is an intimate look at a city reinventing itself as residents and government work to put the injustice of apartheid behind them.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Dec 6, 2017 -- 5:30 AM

Nova Scotia & Newfoundland (Episode #304H)

KQED Life: Tue, Dec 5, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

From the charming fishing towns of Nova Scotia to the vast wilderness of Newfoundland, these are the last great. open spaces of Eastern North America. A touch of New England, a dash of Germany, here a British fort, there an Irish brogue, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are mixed-up worlds peopled by the descendants of hardy colonists who came to fish and trade fur. Lighthouses sweep the skies, the seas are littered with shipwrecks whales cruise the coastline in the summer, storms rage in the winter, but the warmth of the hardy people who live in these two provinces makes the lonely landscape beautiful rather than forbidding.

Uzbekistan (Episode #204H)

KQED Life: Mon, Dec 4, 2017 -- 11:30 PM

In what is perhaps the series' most colorful and exotic episode, Rudy Maxa takes viewers along the Silk Road in this country that's an emerging economy in Central Asia. Marvel at eye-popping mosques built centuries ago and impeccably restored during Soviet occupation of the country. Rudy joins friends for the preparation of the national dish, plov, and visit the simple yurt of a young family living on an isolated desert plain. Explore trade-route cities whose names summon images of ancient times: Samarkand, Khiva, and Bukhara. This is a front-row seat on a country trying to balance Islam with modern society, an autocratic government with democratic demands.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Dec 5, 2017 -- 5:30 AM

Montreal & Quebec City (Episode #303H)

KQED Life: Mon, Dec 4, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

Two of the most unique and appealing cities in the world are just north of New England. You'll find brie, pate, jewel box-patisseries, and "s'il vous plait" right along with bagels, maple syrup, hockey, delis, and bocce ball. A modern skyscraper might be cheek-by-jowl with a 17th century, stone nunnery. The people who forged Montreal and Quebec City 400 years ago braved frigid winters, wars and famine to make these beautiful, multi-cultural cities of the world.

The Islands of Polynesia (Episode #302H)

KQED Life: Fri, Dec 1, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

French Polynesia's far-flung collection of about 130 islands range from lagoon-ringed islands with green volcanic spires to low, coral atolls with very little land, to heavily forested, rugged beauties. This is a place of dreams, a culturally rich, geologically fascinating group of islands surrounded by azure waters teeming with marine life, as lavish underwriter photography illustrates.

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