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Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions Previous Broadcasts

Taiwan (Episode #501)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

The island of Taiwan just off the coast of mainland China has held on to most of the ancient principles of Chinese culture while incorporating the most modern aspects of western society. We visit the most important temples, find out how the gods direct your future behavior, and discover the secrets of getting the best flavor when you make a cup of tea. We also find out what's cooking.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

Jungfrau Region, Switzerland (Episode #406)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

In the heart of Switzerland, the Jungfrau region is considered to be one of the most remarkable spots for lovers of nature. You'll take a steamer to the ancient villages on Lake Thun, visit the site of Clint Eastwood's film The Eiger Sanction, ride the highest railroad in Europe to a research station that is studying the earth atmosphere, and climb inside a million year old waterfall.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

Eastern Switzerland (Episode #405)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

One of the best-kept secrets in European travel, Eastern Switzerland is picturesque and uncrowded. You'll visit the finest Baroque abbey in Switzerland, a textile center that still produces some of the best embroidery, and one of the greatest couture houses in Europe. You meet a group of sculptors who are uncovering the history of a famous Greek statue, discover how dulcimers are made and played, and see the ultimate democracy in action.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

Yucatan, Mexico (Episode #404)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 18, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

The Yucatan peninsula, on the east coast of Mexico, juts out into the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf. It is home to the most impressive concentration of Mayan ruins. Burt takes us to Uxmal, the intellectual and cultural center of the Maya, tells us the best places to shop for hammocks and panama hats, explores the capital which at one time had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world, and explains what makes flamingoes pink.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 18, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

Winter In Valais, Switzerland (Episode #403)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

The most mountainous region in Switzerland, the Valais has some of the highest peaks in Europe including the Matterhorn. Since the middle of the 1800s, the snow, the blue skies and Swiss hospitality have attracted tourists to this area. You'll see 24 of the world's best snowboarders drop down 10,000 feet of uncharted mountain, travel along with the Glacier Patrol as they race across the top of the Swiss Alps, learn the art of curling, discover the secrets of dog-sledding, tend the Dalai Lama's vineyard and take a train ride through some of the world's most beautiful country.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

What's Cooking In Rome? (Episode #1303H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

Burt visits the Coliseum and discovers that it had a roof that could be pulled into place during bad weather - 2000 years before the Houston Astrodome. We find out why the Pantheon was never broken down for its marble, look into the best places for pizza, and ice cream, discover a new hotel in the finest part of town and take a private tour of the Vatican, St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel.

Winter In Lake Geneva Region, Switzerland (Episode #402)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

One of Europe's finest locations for a family winter holiday. You'll join Burt for a balloon trip over the snow covered Alps, meet a team of amazing skiers who specialize in making sports available to the handicapped, paraglide from the top of one of Switzerland's most famous mountains, and visit an ancient castle that's been turned into a museum for wine lovers and a restaurant for food lovers.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

Luzern for Fun and Profit (Episode #1305H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

For a while, Burt lived in the Swiss city of Lucerne. He describes it as "Home on the Range", but the range he had in mind is the Alpine Mountain Range of central Europe. The city sits at the end of a great lake surrounded by snow-covered mountains. It is one of the most beautiful settings in Europe with an amazing number of cultural attractions including the Rosengart Museum with its outstanding collection of works by Picasso.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

Siena and Assisi, Italy (Episode #1304H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 12, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

Burt takes a group of public television viewers on a tour of Assisi and Siena. They visit the Basilica of St. Francis and discover how the paintings of Giotto made a permanent change in the way painters saw the world. They travel on to Siena and visit the great Church and historic attractions of the city. They also have a private tour of one of Italy's most important wineries and a special tasting of the wines of Tuscany.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 12, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

What's Cooking In Rome? (Episode #1303H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

Burt visits the Coliseum and discovers that it had a roof that could be pulled into place during bad weather - 2000 years before the Houston Astrodome. We find out why the Pantheon was never broken down for its marble, look into the best places for pizza, and ice cream, discover a new hotel in the finest part of town and take a private tour of the Vatican, St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

Florence, Italy (Episode #1302H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

Burt, travel expert Steve Perillo and Burt's youngest son Nicholas, spend a week in Florence, learning how to buy gloves that fit properly, who makes the finest jewelry boxes, and the art of coloring marbled paper. They visit the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and discover why Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren, and Julia Roberts wore his shoes in their movies. They find out how product placement influenced the artworks of the Renaissance and tour the great tourist attractions of the city.

Artcops (Episode #1205H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 -- 3:30 PM

As Burt visited the museums and galleries that are in his programs, he became aware of the extraordinary amount of great art that had been stolen - over 6 billion dollars worth each year. This program will tell you about some of the works that are missing, why they are an important part of our history, and what you can do to help find them and earn millions of dollars in reward money.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Nov 9, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

The Great Rivers of Europe: Nuremberg to Linz (Episode #1206H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

Burt starts off in Nuremberg with visits to the 900 year old Imperial Castle, the open farmers' market and his favorite spice cookie shop. Then he sails to Regensburg to visit the remains of an ancient Roman fort. Next he cruises through the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey where the Benedictine monks have been brewing one of Europe's great beers since 1050. In Linz, we learn about the Linzertorte and see the world's largest church organ.

Venice, Italy (Episode #1301H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 7, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

Burt is joined by travel expert, Steve Perillo for a tour of Venice, Italy. They take a water taxi through the canals, visit the Basilica of San Marco, the Doge's Palace and the Bell Tower. Burt and Steve stop in for coffee at one of the oldest coffee houses in Europe, find out what's cooking in some of the best restaurants and discover the real story behind the founding of the city.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 7, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

Boston, Massachusetts (Episode #401)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 6, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

The first residents of Boston arrived in 1630 which gave the city an early start in our nation's history. Burt retraces some of the city's historic sites and tells us what really happened during the midnight ride of Paul Revere. You'll visit the first Dunkin Donut shop and see what their donuts once looked like, tour the world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat, learn about the most complex highway construction project ever undertaken in the United States and find out who's cooking the best lobster and how.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 6, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

The Great Rivers of Europe: Melk to Budapest (Episode #1207H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

Burt cruises through the Wachau Valley, a major area for Austrian wines. Then he visits Melk Abbey, one of Europe's largest and most impressive monasteries were Burt explains how the Catholic Church used Baroque architecture to undermine the Reformation. Then to Vienna for music and pastry, and finally a tour of Budapest.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

The Great Rivers of Europe: Nuremberg to Linz (Episode #1206H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 4, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

Burt starts off in Nuremberg with visits to the 900 year old Imperial Castle, the open farmers' market and his favorite spice cookie shop. Then he sails to Regensburg to visit the remains of an ancient Roman fort. Next he cruises through the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey where the Benedictine monks have been brewing one of Europe's great beers since 1050. In Linz, we learn about the Linzertorte and see the world's largest church organ.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 4, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

Artcops (Episode #1205H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

As Burt visited the museums and galleries that are in his programs, he became aware of the extraordinary amount of great art that had been stolen - over 6 billion dollars worth each year. This program will tell you about some of the works that are missing, why they are an important part of our history, and what you can do to help find them and earn millions of dollars in reward money.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Nov 9, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

The Great Rivers of Europe: Cochem to Luxembourg (Episode #1204H)

KQED Life: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

Burt cruises along the Mosel River with stops in Cochem and Bernkastel in the middle of the Mosel wine region. He also tours the city of Luxembourg and cooks with Lea Linster, one of Europe's leading chefs and a major television personality.

Connecting The Dots In America (Episode #1108)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 -- 3:30 PM

During Burt's 40 years of reporting, he has lived through a half-dozen recessions in the United States and visited dozens of countries during their economic downturns. In this program, he travels across the U.S. talking to people who have made our nation economically stronger - creative entrepreneurs with great imaginations who started small businesses based on their innovative ideas and technology and made fortunes for themselves and the people who helped them get started.

Atlantic Crossing (Episode #1201H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

In 1911, Burt's grandmother and her one-year old daughter, Burt's mother, boarded a ship in Hamburg, Germany and immigrated to the United States. To mark this anniversary, Burt and his family sailed back to Europe on Cunard's Queen Mary -- same route, different accommodations. This program covers the history of transatlantic passenger ships and introduces you to what it is like today.

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