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In The Americas with David Yetman Previous Broadcasts

From Vaquejada to Jangada: Into Rural Ceara, Brazil (Episode #406H)

KQED Life: Fri, May 26, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

A small state in Brazil's dry northeast, Ceara is home to a variety of traditions not found in the rest of the vast country. The inland bush, called the sertao, is home to cowboys and and odd rodeo, while the coast supports fisherman whose wooden boats are little changed over the last several centuries. Ceara is home to Brazil's most important religious shrine, its last lace-weavers, and a startling array of tropical fruits.

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  • KQED Life: Sat, May 27, 2017 -- 1:30 AM

Heart of the Wilderness: Wyoming's Wind River Rang (Episode #405H)

KQED Life: Fri, May 19, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

The Wind River Range in western Wyoming is the state's largest mountain range, nearly one hundred miles from north to south. With dozes of massive peaks, it is also home to the wildest country in the lower 48 states. Much of it is protected in wilderness, which David and his team commemorate on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964. On arriving, they visit ancient foothill sites where Shoshone Indians left examples of their art, historic locations of Indian battles, and scars of mines and ghost towns before plunging deep into the wilds of the Wind Rivers - on foot.

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  • KQED Life: Sat, May 20, 2017 -- 1:30 AM

Argentina's Route 40: from the Steppes to the Lake (Episode #404H)

KQED Life: Fri, May 12, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

Argentines maintain that Patagonia begins at the Rio Colorado in the Province of Neuquen. Traveling south, they cross that river on Ruta 40 (Route Forty) in a volcanic landscape amidst a vast desert, the majestic peaks of the Andes always present on the right. Within the slopes of the Andes are myriad lakes and towns constructed by European immigrants and expatriates, but never far from the arid, windswept steppes of Patagonia. More secluded are the Mapuches - Indians who resisted the European onslaught and today struggle to retain their culture. In Patagonia, all roads lead to San Carlos Bariloche, the crown jewel of Ruta 40, a Swiss-type resort on the shores of the great Lake Nahuel-Huapi. On a sailboat, David travels westward, passing from desert scrub on the shoreline to the lush rainforests and snows of the Andes.

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  • KQED Life: Sat, May 13, 2017 -- 1:30 AM

Favelas & Samba: Brazil (Episode #410H)

KQED Plus: Tue, May 9, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

The shanty towns for which Rio Janeiro is famous (or notorious) play a pivotal role in the city's cultural history. Favelas, as they are known, rise precipitously from near the ocean far up the hillsides. Often bereft of minimal municipal services, they are home to a rich cultural life, their own social organization, and along the way in their history, have provided the artistic and dramatic talent for Brazil's most important international artistic contribution, Carnaval in Rio. David visits favelas and speaks with residents there.

Panama's Wild West (Episode #403H)

KQED Life: Fri, May 5, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

An hour or so distant from Panama's burgeoning capital and its great canal, a broad peninsula juts into the Pacific Ocean. The Azuero Peninsula is home to traditions, landscapes, and people different from those of the capital and its suburbs. Residents of Azuero celebrate what sets them off from the rest of Panama. And they are huge fans of baseball.

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  • KQED Life: Sat, May 6, 2017 -- 1:30 AM

The Brazilian State of Ceara (Episode #510H)

KQED Plus: Fri, May 5, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

From dazzling beaches to verdant mountains to parched scrubland, Ceara exhibits many of the attractions and also the contradictory currents that Brazilians face. David visits the old sections of the capital city of Fortaleza, a once-isolated beach town, the sweltering inland semi-desert, and the lush mountain range that forms the state's garden basket.

Coffee and Culture In Oaxaca (Episode #409H)

KQED Plus: Tue, May 2, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

The state of Oaxaca is home to 16 different Indian groups among whom can be found more than 60 different languages. Each group retains much of its ancient culture. They visit a Zapotec market, navigate the mangrove watercourses on the coast, and participate in the harvesting, drying and roasting of coffee in the fog forest.

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