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Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions Previous Broadcasts

Chicago, Illinois (Episode #1004)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 -- 2:30 PM

Chicago is famous for many things including talented chefs, specialty bakers and authentic ethnic foods. Burt untangles the history of Chicago, laughs at Second City's food joke, and visits the House of Blues.

San Francisco, California (Episode #1009)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 3:30 PM

San Francisco is a city whose present day gleam began with the discovery of glittering gold. The people who settled San Francisco came from all over the world and as they mixed together they established the traditions that make San Francisco what it is today. We'll look at the city's unique history, love of opulence and appreciation of good food.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Springfield, Illinois (Episode #1010)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Burt takes us for a ride on America's great mother road, Route 66, and tells us how it transformed the way the world eats. We'll also discover the true origin of the corn dog, the filled dough nut, the horseshoe sandwich, root beer and Abraham Lincoln's favorite cake. We'll visit Abraham Lincoln's hometown and see what his personal life was really like.

Burt Wolf's Family Vacation (Episode #1103)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Each summer, Burt takes his wife, a selection of his sons and daughter-in-laws and grandchildren to Europe. This program takes an irreverent look at one of their itineraries which includes Prague - the capital of the Czech Republic and Leukerbad in Switzerland. Our editors think it is Burt's contribution to "Reality TV" - somewhere between "Survivor" and "Animal Planet".

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Touring Ireland (Episode #1102)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Burt visits Ireland's great pilgrimage sites, follows the trails of St. Patrick, investigates the history of Guinness, learns about the most valuable book in Ireland, looks at the great architecture of Dublin and finds out what's good to eat. This program could easily become the basis for your own fascinating tour of Ireland.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Luzern, Switzerland (Episode #1101)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Burt takes a lake steamer to the foot of Mount Pilatus and rides the steepest cogwheel railway in the world to the top of a 7,000 foot peak for some of the most impressive views of Switzerland. The he visits the Lion Monument that honors the Swiss Guards who died defending the King of France in 1792. Mark Twain described the monument as the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world. He walks across the Chapel Bridge that was constructed in the first half of the 14th century as a part of the city's fortifications. Burt also tours the Old Town with its fountain squares and painted buildings and the Jesuit Church - the first large scale Baroque church in Switzerland which was constructed in 1666.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Springfield, Illinois (Episode #1010)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Burt takes us for a ride on America's great mother road, Route 66, and tells us how it transformed the way the world eats. We'll also discover the true origin of the corn dog, the filled dough nut, the horseshoe sandwich, root beer and Abraham Lincoln's favorite cake. We'll visit Abraham Lincoln's hometown and see what his personal life was really like.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

San Francisco, California (Episode #1009)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

San Francisco is a city whose present day gleam began with the discovery of glittering gold. The people who settled San Francisco came from all over the world and as they mixed together they established the traditions that make San Francisco what it is today. We'll look at the city's unique history, love of opulence and appreciation of good food.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Chicago, Illinois (Episode #1004)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 22, 2012 -- 3:30 PM

Chicago is famous for many things including talented chefs, specialty bakers and authentic ethnic foods. Burt untangles the history of Chicago, laughs at Second City's food joke, and visits the House of Blues.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 23, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Napa Valley, California (Episode #1005)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 22, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Napa Valley is the home to some of our most innovative chefs. Burt tours the valley and introduces us to some of the signature dishes at the best restaurants. We find out why California is the nation's leading dairy state, meet one of the most successful wine makers and find out how prohibition saved the business. We'll also take a look at the ancient process for making barrels and how they changed the taste of wine.

Mexico City (Episode #504)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Burt goes to Guadalupe, Mexico to uncover the Story of Juan Diego and the patron Saint of Mexico. We discover how Christian groups separated themselves from Jews during the first century after Christ. We go to Seville, Spain to take part in the Holy Week processions, learn why Baroque churches were built to save Catholicism, and find out that after centuries of tradition, the people of Mexico have come to believe in only two things: Our Lady of Guadalupe and The National Lottery.

Belgium (Episode #1008)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Burt takes a look at Belgium and tours the capital city of Brussels. We'll find out why beer is the national drink and sample one flavored with cherries. We'll discover why the hand of a giant became the symbol of the city of Antwerp and find out why food experts love Belgian cooking.

The Shrine of Guadalupe (Episode #502)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Burt goes to Washington, DC to tour our nation's National Shrine, then to Tepeyac, Mexico to join 5 million pilgrims who are taking part in the Feast Day of the patron saint of the Americas. We see how a revered picture - Our Lady of Guadalupe - became a symbol of hope and freedom for native Indians of Mexico as well as the Spanish settlers. We discover the history of Tequila and join Burt as he sits down to a meal of fried ants and grasshoppers. And you thought life is tough on "Survivor".

Miami, Florida (Episode #1007)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Miami Florida is a sophisticated, subtropical city on the same latitude as the Sahara Desert. It has been described as the American city of the future. There's fun in the sun but there's also a major infusion of performing arts. We'll visit some of the local art galleries and taste the local flavors.

Yucatan, Mexico (Episode #404)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 -- 8:30 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.

Basque Region, Spain (Episode #1006)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

The Basque country of northeast Spain has the oldest culture in Europe and they are determined to keep their traditions. In Bilbao we'll visit the museum that revitalized the city. In San Sebastian, on the Northwest coast of Spain, we'll check out the fastest ball game in the world and learn why it's home to some of the finest Basque cooking in Europe.

Oaxaca, Mexico (Episode #301)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 18, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

The biggest technical breakthrough in human history was figuring out how to grow our own food. The second may be writing. The Zapotecs of Mexico appear to be the only society that, on their own, developed both. Burt visits their city of Oaxaca, tours their ancient settlements, learns about their crafts, and explains their food. We also see the oldest tree in the world and visit the most elaborate Baroque church in the New World.

Napa Valley, California (Episode #1005)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 18, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Napa Valley is the home to some of our most innovative chefs. Burt tours the valley and introduces us to some of the signature dishes at the best restaurants. We find out why California is the nation's leading dairy state, meet one of the most successful wine makers and find out how prohibition saved the business. We'll also take a look at the ancient process for making barrels and how they changed the taste of wine.

Chicago, Illinois (Episode #1004)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 -- 2:30 PM

Chicago is famous for many things including talented chefs, specialty bakers and authentic ethnic foods. Burt untangles the history of Chicago, laughs at Second City's food joke, and visits the House of Blues.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 23, 2012 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 -- 8:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Immigrating to America, I (Episode #809)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 -- 3:30 PM

Burt has spent most of his life as a stranger reporting from strange lands and trying to understand what was going on. A few years ago he decided to look at his own country and try to discover the true history of our population. Each year the United States grants permanent residency to more immigrants than all the other nations of the world combined. Most people come here believing that with hard work and determination they will end up with a better life---more money and more freedom. In fact, everyone who is in the United States today is either an immigrant or the descendant of an immigrant.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Immigrating to America, II (Episode #810)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Every person who lives in the United States is an immigrant or the descendant of someone who immigrated here. In some cases they were travelers looking for a place where they would be free to practice their traditions. In every case they were looking for a better life. Social tensions were always part of the immigrant experience. Burt explores how immigration has created social difficulties and also produced a new vitality. This program will show how immigration has transformed American society and culture and demonstrated that diversity, as well as unity, and is a source of our national strength.

Baja: The Sea of Cortez (Episode #103)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 14, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Explore a group of remote islands that are only accessible by small craft, take a look at the unique plant and animal life, learn the secrets of some of the smallest creatures on our planet -- and the very largest.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Episode #1003)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 14, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Philadelphia is one of America's oldest and most interesting cities and the birthplace of our nation. Find out how it was founded as a Quaker colony and why it's the guardian of The Liberty Bell. Learn why Philadelphia is considered the city of brotherly love, tour the largest collection of outdoor murals and visit a Masonic Temple. Take a taste of Philly's traditional foods.

New York City (Episode #1002)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

New York City is the world epicenter for money, creativity and culture. Burt takes a bite of the Big Apple, tells you how it came to be and takes you from the tip of the island to Central Park. Learn about the city's architectural heritage and how a nation of immigrants contributed to the gastronomy of the island.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Great Hotels of the World - Part 2 (Episode #1001)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 12, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Burt has been living in hotels for over 30 years -- and often in the greatest hotels in the world. Each of these famous hotels bases its success on different elements and yet there is a common approach to attending to the needs of each guest. In this program Burt shows you some of his favorite hotels in Switzerland and Germany and explains why he considers them best of class.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 12, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Immigrating to America, II (Episode #810)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 11, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Every person who lives in the United States is an immigrant or the descendant of someone who immigrated here. In some cases they were travelers looking for a place where they would be free to practice their traditions. In every case they were looking for a better life. Social tensions were always part of the immigrant experience. Burt explores how immigration has created social difficulties and also produced a new vitality. This program will show how immigration has transformed American society and culture and demonstrated that diversity, as well as unity, and is a source of our national strength.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 11, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Immigrating to America, I (Episode #809)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Burt has spent most of his life as a stranger reporting from strange lands and trying to understand what was going on. A few years ago he decided to look at his own country and try to discover the true history of our population. Each year the United States grants permanent residency to more immigrants than all the other nations of the world combined. Most people come here believing that with hard work and determination they will end up with a better life---more money and more freedom. In fact, everyone who is in the United States today is either an immigrant or the descendant of an immigrant.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Episode #1003)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 9, 2012 -- 2:30 PM

Philadelphia is one of America's oldest and most interesting cities and the birthplace of our nation. Find out how it was founded as a Quaker colony and why it's the guardian of The Liberty Bell. Learn why Philadelphia is considered the city of brotherly love, tour the largest collection of outdoor murals and visit a Masonic Temple. Take a taste of Philly's traditional foods.

Rome, Italy (Episode #804)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 -- 3:30 PM

In contrast to New York as The Big Apple, Rome has been called The Big Lasagna, and it's a perfect description. Like lasagna, Rome is all about layers -- layers that could easily stand on their own, and yet being together in the same pot has made the entire dish more interesting. Burt takes viewers shopping through the famous streets of Rome to the international fashion houses... the great Italian tailors... the jewelry makers. And, of course he visits some of the city's great restaurants.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 9, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

What's Cooking In Switzerland (Episode #805)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Burt takes viewers on a gastronomic tour of Western Switzerland. The most mountainous region in Switzerland is called the Valais and it is the home of Switzerland's most famous mountain ---the Matterhorn and that is where our gastronomic tour begins. We'll learn about a chocolate bar shaped like the Matterhorn. Why this is one of the great cheese producing regions of Switzerland and why raclette is the ultimate melted cheese dish. The Valais is also the largest wine producing area in Switzerland. Viewers also discover Charlie Chaplin's contribution to chocolate, the gastronomic specialties of the Lake Geneva Region and why Geneva has some of the best restaurants in Europe.

Hong Kong (Episode #808)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Hong Kong is a small island just off the southern coast of the Chinese mainland. It's a bustling metropolis and one of the world's most important financial centers. It is also a focal point for traditional Chinese history and culture. Burt shows viewers Hong Kong's Chinese music, Chinese art, Chinese theater, and of course, Chinese food. The city's unusual blend of western high-tech with Chinese high-touch has made Hong Kong the most important tourist destination in Asia.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Alaska (Episode #807)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Fragments of the earth's crust drifted together to form Alaska. And they are still very much in the process of drifting and forming. And what they have formed is already the largest state in the United States of America. It's twice as large as Texas and has fifty percent more coastline than all the states in the lower 48 put together. We'll tour the Red Onion Saloon; ride the White Pass and Yukon Railroad and check out 1,500 square miles of ice cap.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Holland (Episode #806)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

The two most powerful forces in the history of Holland are wind and water. For over a thousand years, the people living in this part of the world have had an amazing ability to take advantage of these two forces. We'll explore the use of windmills, Holland's trading empire and how the nation's wealth was used to commission great works of art. Burt visits the Vincent van Gogh Museum, takes a canal tour and tastes Amsterdam's famous street foods.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

What's Cooking In Switzerland (Episode #805)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 4, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Burt takes viewers on a gastronomic tour of Western Switzerland. The most mountainous region in Switzerland is called the Valais and it is the home of Switzerland's most famous mountain ---the Matterhorn and that is where our gastronomic tour begins. We'll learn about a chocolate bar shaped like the Matterhorn. Why this is one of the great cheese producing regions of Switzerland and why raclette is the ultimate melted cheese dish. The Valais is also the largest wine producing area in Switzerland. Viewers also discover Charlie Chaplin's contribution to chocolate, the gastronomic specialties of the Lake Geneva Region and why Geneva has some of the best restaurants in Europe.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 4, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

Rome, Italy (Episode #804)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

In contrast to New York as The Big Apple, Rome has been called The Big Lasagna, and it's a perfect description. Like lasagna, Rome is all about layers -- layers that could easily stand on their own, and yet being together in the same pot has made the entire dish more interesting. Burt takes viewers shopping through the famous streets of Rome to the international fashion houses... the great Italian tailors... the jewelry makers. And, of course he visits some of the city's great restaurants.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 9, 2012 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

New York City (Episode #1002)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 2, 2012 -- 2:30 PM

New York City is the world epicenter for money, creativity and culture. Burt takes a bite of the Big Apple, tells you how it came to be and takes you from the tip of the island to Central Park. Learn about the city's architectural heritage and how a nation of immigrants contributed to the gastronomy of the island.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 -- 8:30 AM

In Taiwan, A Sense of Place - Part 1 (Episode #709)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 1, 2012 -- 3:30 PM

Part 1 of 2. These two programs take a new approach to television travel. In each, 3 people who have come to the US from Taiwan and achieved considerable success, describe the reasons they immigrated to America, what they have accomplished in the US and what they recommend to visitors in their native country. Chien-Ming Wang (star pitcher for the New York Yankees), Dr. Henry Lee (the world's leading forensic scientist who appeared as an expert witness in the O.J. Simpson trial), Dr. David Ho (foremost authority on AIDS research), and others tell us what to see, eat, drink, visit and shop for in Taiwan. Burt takes his video team to Taiwan and follows their advice. The programs give you a unique insight into Taiwan and are equally entertaining - either for those staying at home or for the seasoned traveler.

In Taiwan, A Sense of Place - Part 2 (Episode #710)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 1, 2012 -- 12:30 AM

Part 2 of 2. These two programs take a new approach to television travel. In each, 3 people who have come to the US from Taiwan and achieved considerable success, describe the reasons they immigrated to America, what they have accomplished in the US and what they recommend to visitors in their native country. Chien-Ming Wang (star pitcher for the New York Yankees), Dr. Henry Lee (the world's leading forensic scientist who appeared as an expert witness in the O.J. Simpson trial), Dr. David Ho (foremost authority on AIDS research), and others tell us what to see, eat, drink, visit and shop for in Taiwan. Burt takes his video team to Taiwan and follows their advice. The programs give you a unique insight into Taiwan and are equally entertaining - either for those staying at home or for the seasoned traveler.

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