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Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope Previous Broadcasts

Passage Through Chile's Tierra Del Fuego Around Cape Horn (Episode #613H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jun 22, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

The spirit of Magellan, the worldwide traveler, is alive and well as Joseph circumnavigates the tip of South America on an expedition passenger ship. He sails through Tierra del Fuego and around Cape Horn on Travelscope's latest Chilean adventure. As the ship follows Darwin's watery trail, he travels into the Beagle Channel and through "Glaciers Avenue" where the majestic Spain, Romanche, Germany, Italy, France and Holland glaciers seem close enough to touch. Along the way he encounters Elephant Seals, Magellanic Penguins and sea birds aplenty. A highlight of the show is a stop on Isla Del Horno - Horn Island - where Joseph stands at the end of the Americas and visits the memorial to the ancient mariners who lost their lives attempting to make the Cape Horn passage.

Christmas In Switzerland (Episode #612H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Travelscope heads to Lausanne, Montreux and Basel, Switzerland to bask in the glow of a Swiss-style Christmas at some of the country's best Christmas Markets. Joseph's adventures include a visit to a Christmas ornament artist, samplings of Swiss culinary specialties, a journey to old St. Nick's village and a close encounter with Father Christmas himself and his trusty companion the Schmutzli, who's been checking his list to find out who's been naughty or nice. A full slate of holiday fun is guaranteed for all!

Cruising The Mediterranean (Episode #611H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Joseph climbs aboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner for a Mediterranean cruise adventure. Onboard he joins other Public Television and NPR journalists on a PTV at Sea cruise experience -- meeting, greeting and speaking with his Public Television viewers. Onshore he sets out on a journey of discovery and captures the enduring beauty that is Venice, the history of Croatia, the multi-culturalism of Malta and the heart and soul of Sicily and Tuscany. Along the way he visits medieval towns, bustling markets, regional restaurants and local wineries where he expects and finds the unexpected.

Hungary, Austria and Germany - Sampling the Danube's Delights (Episode #902H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jun 19, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Joseph samples the delights along the banks of Europe's second-longest river when he travels from Budapest, Hungary through Austria to Nuremberg, Germany on the Danube. The river is a watery avenue that rivals Paris' Champs-Elysees in offering a never-ending array of fascinating and eye-catching treasures. Along its course a mosaic of magnificent cities, quaint villages, fields and forests unfold and each stop along the way reveals a piece of Europe's ongoing cultural tale. It's a region where so much has happened and the past continues to affect the present. Join Joseph in historic markets, world-heritage vineyards, swank cafes, elegant parks and along the medieval streets of Hungary, Austria and Germany's old towns.

Bhutan - Part 1 - Gross National Happiness (Episode #709H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jun 16, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Travel is a life-changing experience, though often these changes come when least expected. Joseph heads to the Kingdom of Bhutan, a devout Buddhist country, fully aware of the possibilities for enlightenment that Bhutan offers him and his viewers. His trip through the "Land of the Thunder Dragon" begins in Paro with a conversation with an esteemed Buddhist master and an invitation to watch a local thangka (spiritual art) artist at work. From there he travels to the Bhutan capital of Thimphu where he is confronted by the modern pressures that ancient Bhutan faces as it strives to preserve and promote its cultural heritage, pristine environment and the "Gross National Happiness" of its people. In dzongs and monasteries, in shops and schools, in valleys and on mountaintops, every experience becomes a journey of discovery. And in a country where the traveler is surrounded by prayer - prayer flags, prayer wheels, prayer walls, sacred memorials and historic monasteries - every encounter is a blessing.

Ontario, Canada's Niagara Peninsula - Toronto And Beyond (Episode #610H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jun 15, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

On his visit to the Canadian province of Ontario, Joseph sets out to prove there's more to the Niagara Peninsula region than world-famous Niagara Falls. To prove his point, he begins his wandering in Toronto, Canada's largest and most cosmopolitan city. He finds that besides being a cultural Mecca for art, theater, film, music, fine dining, as well as one of the greenest cities in North America, it is one of the world's most multicultural cities. Italian, Irish, Indian, Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese -- the ethnic diversity matches the seemingly never-ending list of world-class attractions and activities. From gentle bicycling along Lake Ontario's shore to kayaking to the Toronto Islands or hanging 116 stories above the ground from the edge of the CN Tower, Joseph finds out there's never a dull moment in this young, vibrant and ever-evolving town. And, if that isn't enough, a day excursion to the Niagara Peninsula wine region and the quaint town of Niagara-On-The-Lake keeps Joseph sippin', nibblin', pickin' and hoppin' through the more than 60 wineries that have sprouted up in one of Canada's most scenic regions, at one time described by Winston Churchill as, "the prettiest Sunday drive in North America." During this episode Joseph and his viewers are truly on a movable feast for all the senses.

San Miguel De Allende, Celebrating in the Heart Of Mexico (Episode #609H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jun 14, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Joseph makes his way to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the annual Fiesta de San Miguel, a celebration in honor of its patron saint. While taking part in miles of processions, enjoying the world's greatest fireworks display and dancing the night away accompanied by the music of dozens of local bands, he takes time to acquaint himself with the history and beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage colonial city which is famous for its artistic soul. During his stay he models for the artists at the famous Instituto Allende, soaks in the mystical Mayan Baths, steams with a shaman in a sweat lodge, sails across the city in a hot air balloon and parties with the best of them in El Jardin, San Miguel de Allende's main plaza. To top off his stay, he meets Chef Felipe of the Casa de Sierra Nevada, one of the town's top chefs, in the main market to pick up the fixings for his one-on-one cooking class featuring local cuisine. Vive Mexico!

Dreamin' California's Coast - Malibu to Big (Episode #608H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jun 13, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Joseph and Julie are California Dreamin' as they celebrate their anniversary along the state's romantic coast. They join up with a California Luxury Tour which begins in Southern California in their hometown of Topanga and travels to the nearby Getty Villa where they partake of the glory that was Greece and Rome. From there they follow the winding coast to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County and then northward to the edge of the Big Sur. Highlights of their adventure include wine tasting in the sampling rooms of some of Malibu's little-known, but star-studded wineries, visiting Santa Barbara's famous mission, horseback riding on the Pismo dunes, soaking their bones at Sycamore Hot Springs and strolling the peddle-strewn beaches of Cambria. California Dreamin' takes on new meaning when they imagine life among splendor that is Hearst Castle in San Simeon - where the rich and famous once played at being common folk. The sun dramatically sets on their adventure at the world-famous Point Dume State Beach in Malibu.

South Korea - A Winter Journey (Episode #901H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jun 12, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

On Joseph's second visit to South Korea he discovers that apart from the many attractions of the capital city of Seoul, once you get out into the countryside many treasures await you. From world heritage temples to Olympic venues from historic towns to great food, he finds a world of surprises. The gems are many and each has a particular charm all its own. And, of course, the greatest treasures of all are always the people and the gracious warm-hearted welcome they offer. It's the kind of experience that keeps one excited to find out what they would discover on their next visit to South Korea.

The Bonin/Ogasawara Islands - A Land Far, Far Away (Episode #708H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jun 9, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

On the Bonin or Ogasawara Islands Joseph is reminded that travel is a treasure hunt. Even though one is told where the riches are buried, the real gems have to be discovered on their own. On this voyage to Tokyo's most distant possessions - more than 600 miles and 25 hours by ferry from the mainland - Joseph partakes of kayaking, snorkeling, trekking and whale watching. Yet, in spite of all the activities, he discovers that interactions with the islanders and what one learns by exploring their heritage are the most cherished souvenirs. His personal discoveries among the islanders, whose roots lie in an American past, open up a world still shrouded in mystery and little-known to the casual day tripper.

Sechselauten - Switzerland's Spring Festival (Episode #607H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jun 8, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

We find out what Sechselauten really means when we join Joseph on his springtime visit to Zurich, Switzerland. Considered a dry, formal, business town, Zurich casts off the stereotypes and its residents slough off their inhibitions when they welcome spring in celebration with the town's historic medieval trade unions. On parade day Joseph dons a baker's cap and joins the Bakers Guild for a romp through the streets of Zurich to the square where the Bogg (snowman) who, in observation of the end of winter, loses his head in a burst of firecrackers. Once he is engulfed in flames winter is banished and the citizens of Zurich use the glowing embers of his pyre to roast sausages, along with quaffing local wine and partying well into the night.

Land without Limits - The Cariboo-Chilcotin-Coast Region of British Columbia, Canada (Episode #606H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jun 7, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

It may seem hard to say, but this little known region of British Columbia, Canada offers travelers a world of adventures. "Land Without Limits" is the areas' slogan, and, in this case, it's right on target. From the ocean to the mountains, Joseph crosses the region having experiences that range from smoking salmon with the First Nations Nuxalk people, fishing for prawns with local fisherman, hiking through the wilderness to Canada's third highest waterfall and stepping back in time at the roaring gold rush town of Barkerville. Throughout the journey Joseph comes face to face with the region's expansive, remote beauty and wildlife that includes hundreds of species of birds, Grizzly and Black Bears, as well as a mother moose and her calf. It's an adventure without limits that is close to home.

Northern Ethiopia - Ancient History and Spiritual Present (Episode #605H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jun 6, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Joseph travels to Northern Ethiopia to uncover its ancient history and discover its spiritual present thorough cultural adventures, myths and legends. His path takes him from the monasteries of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia, to the castles of King Fasiladas in Gondar, to the stelaes of Axum and the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. There are World Heritage sites and surprises galore as Joseph traces the lineage of Ethiopia's kings back to the days of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. In the ancient town of Axum he stands at the threshold of the chapel where Ethiopians believe the Ark of Covenant is housed. In Lalibela he prays with a pilgrim before visiting a local school that is being supported by children in the United States.

Eastern Europe's Treasures - From Budapest to Bucharest (Episode #815H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jun 5, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Joseph seeks the surprising and the little-known, as well as hits the highlights as he hopscotches his way through some of the best and undiscovered of Europe. Along the way there's always time for a taste of the region's culinary gems and to take time to share a drink and a chat with the locals. Join Joseph on a colorful kaleidoscope of adventures in the heart of the heart of Europe.

Tokyo, Japan - Celebrating The Past and Present (Episode #707H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jun 2, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Like every other first time visitor, Tokyo's idiosyncratic pop culture, flashy neon-lights, garish billboards and hoards of people threaten to overwhelm Joseph's sensibilities, yet it doesn't take long for this episode to find its cultural center. Ancient temples, revered practices, natural beauty and graceful personal exchanges take the lead as this episode unfolds. On his Tokyo journey Joseph learns that while the glitz and glamor of modern Tokyo excites the senses, the heart and soul of the Japanese is found in their ancient customs and honored traditions.

Southern Ethiopia - Tribal Lands and Primeval People (Episode #604H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jun 1, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Joseph's adventure begins along the shores of Lake Abaya and Chamo, two of the lakes of the 2,400 mile Rift Valley where modern man is said to have originated. After becoming acquainted with the lakes' fishermen, birds, crocodiles and hippos, he soldiers on across dry, wide stretches of savannah and forests that hug the river beds into the Lower Omo Valley. During his stay in the valley he has close encounters with the Konso, Hamer and Mursi people, mostly nomadic tribal people who still live untouched by modern inventions and amenities. In the towns, markets and tribal camps he meets the people and shares in their ancient customs and ceremonies. Although not without its challenges, this Travelscope adventure offers an unforgettable look at prehistoric cultures in transition.

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