Rudy Maxa's World
Building on his past seasons of travel shows featuring Europe and the Pacific Rim, award-winning travel journalist Rudy Maxa broadens his horizons, and those of his audience. In this series, Rudy offers his sophisticated take on a destination's history, culture, architecture, politics and cuisine, while also turning a journalistic eye to the people and lifestyles of Russia, Estonia, Turkey, India, Argentina, Japan and Thailand.
Rudy Maxa's World Previous Broadcasts
Korea (Episode #207H)
KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 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.
- KQED Life: Sat, Sep 20, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
South Africa: Garden Route & Wine Country (Episode #206H)
KQED Life: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
South Africa: Cape Town (Episode #205H)
KQED Life: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
Uzbekistan (Episode #204H)
KQED Life: Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
London (Episode #203H)
KQED Life: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 -- 11:30 PM
Roam what Rudy Maxa calls the "best market visitors rarely see in London," the Borough Market where locals gather Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings to shop among pyramids of cheese, baskets of oysters, and other displays of fresh fish, game, and pastries. There's been a market on the site since the 1st century AD, when the Romans tied on the feedbag there while sacking the city. This episode features a look at London that goes beyond the postcard city, with visits to the ethnic neighborhood of Spitalfields, a speedboat ride along the Thames, and bar hopping in Soho and Camden Town.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 12, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
Edinburgh & The Scottish Highlands (Episode #202H)
KQED Life: Wed, Sep 10, 2014 -- 11:30 PM
"Rudy Maxa's World' timed the shooting of this episode with the Edinburgh International Festival, a madcap and colorful, three-week event that says "theater" in every sense of the world. The world's largest arts festival features theater, comedy, dance, music, operas, street performances, and the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a stunning evening performance of martial music and precision marching performed by military bands from around the world in the city's 1,400-year-old Edinburgh Castle. A trip north to the Highlands includes a ride on the so-called "Harry Potter Train," as well as a look at the wild beauty of the Isle of Skye and a side serving of the local delicacy, haggis.
- KQED Life: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
South Africa: Safari (Episode #201H)
KQED Life: Tue, Sep 9, 2014 -- 11:30 PM
The 2010 World Cup put South Africa on the map for travelers in a major way, and a South Africa safari is a wonderful way to visit the country. The opportunity to see lions, giraffes, elephants, and dozens of other animals close up in their natural habitat is a special experience. "Going on safari," Rudy Maxa says, "always reminds me where I rank in the food chain. And it removes a traveler completely from his or her everyday world." This brilliantly shot episode by award-winning wildlife photographer Joe Pontecorvo brings the excitement of the wild into the homes of viewers.
- KQED Life: Wed, Sep 10, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
Kyoto, Japan (Episode #113)
KQED Life: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 -- 11:30 PM
The spiritual heart of Japan, Kyoto offers a glimpse of Japanese life as it used to be, primarily because it was never bombed during World War II. Tiny streets with wooden homes, impressive temples, and a dedication to ancient Japanese traditions make Kyoto one of Japan's most visited cities. We check into a ryokan, or Japanese inn, and talk with one of Japan's best-known designers of kimonos to learn why his craft is still thriving. Rudy invites viewers to join him at a tea ceremony and learns that the Japanese attention to detail even extends to incense that locals use for a variety of purposes. Experience the tranquility of not only a rock garden but also a moss garden, retreats that help lend this city in a valley its Zen-like peacefulness.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 5, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
Tokyo, Japan (Episode #112)
KQED Life: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 -- 11:30 PM
An urban marriage of high tech and age-old customs makes Tokyo a fascinating destination, from teenagers playing "cos," or costume games, to adults taking dinner at tiny yakatori restaurants, where the kitchen is a small grill dedicated to cooking skewers of meat. Tour the city's massive wholesale fish market, Tsukiji Market, before dawn to watch the daily auction of massive torsos of tuna fish destined for sushi restaurants around the world. Check out space-age toilets at the showroom of Toto as proof that cutting edge technology permeates every aspect of Japanese life. Go shopping in a department store with more than 100 shops catering to young Japanese women to whom fashion is all important. From bathing in the neon lights of the Shibuya neighborhood at night, to marveling at the city's spring explosion of cherry blossoms, to learning your fortune by consulting a joss-stick at a Buddhist temple, Tokyo offers a rainbow of experiences guaranteed to fascinate.
- KQED Life: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
Mendoza, Argentina (Episode #111)
KQED Life: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 -- 11:30 PM
The heart of Argentine wine country is nestled in a valley beneath the snow-capped Andes whose iconic summit, Aconcagua, is the highest in the Western hemisphere. Glacial runoff from the mountain range feeds the miles of vineyards that, along with fruit and vegetable farms, blanket the lowlands. Rudy drives into the thin air of the Andes, visiting the graveyard of those who died trying to summit Aconcagua. His choice for high-altitude adventure: getting soaked while whitewater rafting. Back at sea level, he meets winemakers whose well-priced and elegant Malbecs are shaking up the world's wine market. A lunch of grilled meats prepared by gauchos in the middle of a vineyard is a reminder that the cowboy life is very much alive in this stunning region.
- KQED Life: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 -- 5:30 AM