In The Americas with David Yetman
11,000 miles separate the North Pole from the tip of Tierra del Fuego in Chile. Between those two points lie North and South America, the islands of the Caribbean Sea, the Hawaiian archipelago and the Galapagos Islands. This series takes a fresh look at the lands that make up much of the Western Hemisphere, and showcases the landscapes, peoples and history of the Americas - from the stories of a small village of Japanese immigrants in the Amazon to descendants of poor Italians in Chile, from Mayan temples in Guatemala to ancient fortresses in Mexico, and from the frigid, glacier-carved barrens of northern Canada to the timeless villages of the altiplano in Peru. Along the way, host David Yetman meets people from all walks of life, and hears their stories.
In The Americas with David Yetman Previous Broadcasts
Argentina's Route 40: from the Steppes to the Lake (Episode #404H)
KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 28, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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.
Brazil's Pernambuco: The Forgotten Interior (Episode #504H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 24, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
Unlike much of Brazil, the interior of the northeastern state of Pernambuco is an arid semi-desert. Away from the great R?o San Francisco, the countryside is called the sert?o, an often drought-stricken scrubland. The inhabitants have fashioned their own culture and history, and still commemorate their fabled bandit-hero, Lampi?o. Their great interior market recapitulates this history.
Panama's Wild West (Episode #403H)
KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 21, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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.
Mexico City's Markets: A Millennium of Trade (Episode #503H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
The ancient Aztec capital city of Tenochtitl?n was home to several great markets. As David and his team travels through Mexico City, which sits on the foundations of the ancient Aztec home, they make a night stop in the historic flower market, brave their way through the controversial market of witches, and contemplates a bewildering array of merchandise at a flea market. Finally, they follow the route of ancient canals and board a boat for a ride through the market's historic source, the floating gardens of Xochimilco.
Yakima: The Quest for Hops (Episode #402H)
KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
The explosion of craft beer brewing across the United States has created a widespread interest in the process of beer making. A beer festival in Tucson, Arizona, leads to some local brewers and sends David on a quest to the origin of what makes beer different - hops. Nearly all of the hops in the U.S. are cultivated around Yakima, Washington where the team follows the annual harvest and sample as many products of hop production as possible.
Trinidad and Tobago: Where East Meets West (Episode #502H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 10, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
The island of Trinidad and its small companion, Tobago, form the most ethnically diverse nation in the Caribbean and are home to an extraordinary variety of wildlife species. David samples Trinidadian food with its strong East Indian roots, and is reminded of African traditions as he watches stilt walkers practicing and steel bands rehearsing. He hears the haunting calls of oilbirds and watches leatherback sea turtles excavating their massive beachside nests.
Reefs, Ruins, and Revivals: Belize's Melting Pot (Episode #401H)
KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 7, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
Belize has a decidedly different history and culture from the rest of Central America. English is the first language of this small nation, reflecting its British ancestry, yet Belize retains deep historic connections among its many residents of Mayan ancestry, and is proud of its strong African roots among the Garifuna people. Belize also has world-class archaeological sites, vast tracts of intact rain forest, and some of the world's richest marine treasures.
A Gaucho Gathering In Uruguay (Episode #501H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
Each year several thousand gauchos - Uruguayan cowboys - gather in the interior town of Tacuaremb for a festival and parade. David travels to a ranch deep in the interior and follows the gaucho life and their preparations for the parade.