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Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions Previous Broadcasts

Touring Ireland (Episode #1102)

KQED Life: Fri, Feb 1, 2013 -- 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.

Luzern, Switzerland (Episode #1101)

KQED Life: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Springfield, Illinois (Episode #1010)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

San Francisco, California (Episode #1009)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Belgium (Episode #1008)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Florence, Italy (Episode #1302H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

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.

Venice, Italy (Episode #1301H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 -- 3:30 PM

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.

Chicago, Illinois (Episode #1004)

KQED Life: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

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.

Miami, Florida (Episode #1007)

KQED Life: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Basque Region, Spain (Episode #1006)

KQED Life: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Napa Valley, California (Episode #1005)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Chicago, Illinois (Episode #1004)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

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.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Episode #1003)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Venice, Italy (Episode #1301H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

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.

Immigrating to America, I (Episode #809)

KQED Life: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 -- 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.

New York City (Episode #1002)

KQED Life: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

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

KQED Life: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Immigrating to America, II (Episode #810)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Immigrating to America, I (Episode #809)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Hong Kong (Episode #808)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Rome, Italy (Episode #804)

KQED Life: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 -- 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.

Alaska (Episode #807)

KQED Life: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Holland (Episode #806)

KQED Life: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

What's Cooking In Switzerland (Episode #805)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Rome, Italy (Episode #804)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Going Platinum (Episode #803)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Platinum is a naturally white metal that's been around for a long time but its only found in a few places including a few meteorites that crashed to earth 2 billion years ago. Platinum is an extraordinary metal---thirty times rarer than gold. And it is virtually impossible to corrode. Most of the Crown Jewels of England and the world's most valuable diamond, the Hope Diamond, are set in platinum. Why is the highest honor in the music business the award of a platinum record? Burt travels around the world to find out why the highest level of respect many credit card companies offer is the platinum card.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

A Tuscan Harvest, Italy (Episode #708)

KQED Life: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 -- 3:30 PM

Tuscany is the artistic, cultural and gastronomic center of Northern Italy. In this program, Burt brings viewers to a vineyard just south of the city of Siena to take part in the fall harvest. We find out what makes the wines of Tuscany so famous, how the grapes are cared for, how the wine is produced. We also get a gastronomic tour of the region and its most famous dishes. We spend time with the owner of the vineyard who immigrated to Canada because he was starving and returned 50 years later as the millionaire founder and owner of Canada's largest trucking company. Burt makes the trip with one of America's leading authorities on Italian wine.

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

KQED Life: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

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.

Milan, Italy (Episode #802)

KQED Life: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Milan has been an influential city for well over 2,000 years. It was a significant political and commercial center for the Roman Empire, and it has maintained that position ever since. Today, Milan is an industrial powerhouse. It is the financial and commercial center of Italy, a focus for electronics, publishing, television, textiles, international trade-fairs, fashion and food. Burt takes viewers to a 16th century Italian palazzo, filled with authentic furnishings and objects from the Renaissance. We'll also find out why Milan is the source of some of Italy's best cooking.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Cruising The Danube (Episode #801)

KQED Life: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

River cruising has become one of the best ways to see Europe and at a great price. Burt takes viewers on a cruise down the Danube. He started in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and returned back to Budapest eight days later. While the ship was on the river it made stops in Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, Vienna the capital of Austria, Durnstein, Melk, as well as Grein, Linz and Passau. This show gives you a unique insight into river cruising while stopping for all the sites on the way.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

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

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 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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  • KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

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

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 8:30 AM
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