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The Spice Trail Previous Broadcasts

Vanilla and Saffron (Episode #103H)

KQED 9: Fri, Oct 11, 2013 -- 3:58 AM

Kate Humble visits Morocco and Spain to uncover the story of saffron, the world's most expensive spice. She joins a farmer and his family in the Atlas Mountains as they harvest their crop, and meets a man who conducts DNA tests to make sure the substance is genuine. Kate also heads to Paplanta in Mexico to learn about the history of vanilla, which was introduced to Europe by conquistador Hernan Cortes.

Nutmeg and Cloves (Episode #102H)

KQED 9: Fri, Oct 11, 2013 -- 2:59 AM

Kate Humble travels around the Spice Islands in Eastern Indonesia in search of nutmeg and cloves, two aromatic substances that caused bloody wars and shaped empires. European explorers visited the volcanic islands in search of great wealth, but their voyages led to massacres of local people and the decimation of their culture. Kate meets those who have rebuilt their communities around the cultivation and trade of the spices.

Pepper & Cinnamon (Episode #101H)

KQED 9: Fri, Oct 11, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Noted BBC presenter Kate Humble uncovers the story of the most heavily traded spice in the world - pepper in India - then she heads south to the cinnamon lands of Sri Lanka, a place shrouded in mystery for Europeans until the Portuguese accidentally landed on its shores.

Vanilla and Saffron (Episode #103H)

KQED 9: Thu, Oct 10, 2013 -- 9:58 PM

Kate Humble visits Morocco and Spain to uncover the story of saffron, the world's most expensive spice. She joins a farmer and his family in the Atlas Mountains as they harvest their crop, and meets a man who conducts DNA tests to make sure the substance is genuine. Kate also heads to Paplanta in Mexico to learn about the history of vanilla, which was introduced to Europe by conquistador Hernan Cortes.

Nutmeg and Cloves (Episode #102H)

KQED 9: Thu, Oct 10, 2013 -- 8:59 PM

Kate Humble travels around the Spice Islands in Eastern Indonesia in search of nutmeg and cloves, two aromatic substances that caused bloody wars and shaped empires. European explorers visited the volcanic islands in search of great wealth, but their voyages led to massacres of local people and the decimation of their culture. Kate meets those who have rebuilt their communities around the cultivation and trade of the spices.

Pepper & Cinnamon (Episode #101H)

KQED 9: Thu, Oct 10, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

Noted BBC presenter Kate Humble uncovers the story of the most heavily traded spice in the world - pepper in India - then she heads south to the cinnamon lands of Sri Lanka, a place shrouded in mystery for Europeans until the Portuguese accidentally landed on its shores.

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