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Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions Previous Broadcasts

Alaska (Episode #807)

KQED Life: Sat, Jun 1, 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.

Immigrating to America, II (Episode #810)

KQED Life: Fri, May 31, 2013 -- 8:30 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.

Immigrating to America, I (Episode #809)

KQED Life: Thu, May 30, 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: Thu, May 30, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Hong Kong (Episode #808)

KQED Life: Wed, May 29, 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: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Alaska (Episode #807)

KQED Life: Tue, May 28, 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: Tue, May 28, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Holland (Episode #806)

KQED Life: Mon, May 27, 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: Mon, May 27, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Stamp Collecting, China (Episode #609)

KQED Plus: Sun, May 26, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Collecting things might be part of an innate human desire to own stuff - to gather physical evidence of our lives and the natural world around us, and for thousands of years, people have collected and brought back stuff from their travels. But in 1837, something was created that was easy to collect and gave the collector the sensation of having traveled. It was the first postage stamp. Today, there are over 200 million stamp collectors. Burt Wolf looks at the history of stamp collecting, the most popular stamp ever printed, the most valuable stamp (over one million dollars), and the great forgeries. Then Burt travels to China to find out why the government has an official policy encouraging stamp collecting.

Cruising The Danube (Episode #801)

KQED Life: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 3:30 PM

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: Sun, May 26, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Milan, Italy (Episode #802)

KQED Life: Sat, May 25, 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.

What's Cooking In Switzerland (Episode #805)

KQED Life: Fri, May 24, 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: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Rome, Italy (Episode #804)

KQED Life: Thu, May 23, 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: Thu, May 23, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Going Platinum (Episode #803)

KQED Life: Wed, May 22, 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: Wed, May 22, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Milan, Italy (Episode #802)

KQED Life: Tue, May 21, 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, May 21, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Cruising The Danube (Episode #801)

KQED Life: Mon, May 20, 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, May 26, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, May 20, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Taipei (Episode #503)

KQED Plus: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Guided by Taiwan's most famous television cook (the Emeril of the Orient), Burt tours the city's night market. We visit the traditional shops, and an extraordinary weekend jewelry market. We learn how practicing the martial arts can help keep your body young and how the ancient art of Chinese Medicine works. We are introduced to the world's most famous Chinese dance group and a television network devoted to Kung Fu puppets. We also get a riverside seat for the annual dragon boat races.

Hamburg, Germany (Episode #706)

KQED Life: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 3:30 PM

During the early 1960s, Hamburg was the world's epicenter for rock music. The Beatles, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley and the Everly Brothers were local heroes. Burt takes viewers on a musical tour of the period. He also explores the city and discovers why it has more millionaires per capita than any other city in Europe. We take an excursion through the city's famous port and end up at the Sunday morning fish market party that takes place every week. We also visit the Montblanc factory and discover why their fountain pens don't leak.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

St. Gallen, Switzerland (Episode #707)

KQED Life: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

The eastern part of Switzerland is one of the best-kept secrets in European travel. It is picturesque, un-crowded and has one of the most interesting Baroque abbeys in the world. Burt takes viewers on a tour of the town of St. Gallen which is celebrating its 1000-year history as an innovative center for textiles. We visit the artists that make St. Gallen a center of clothing design. Burt takes us through the extraordinary fashion exhibits that have been set-up by the city government. Also included are St. Gallen's tourist attractions, its famous marzipan bakers and its great restaurants.

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

KQED Life: Fri, May 17, 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: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

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

KQED Life: Thu, May 16, 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.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, May 16, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

A Tuscan Harvest, Italy (Episode #708)

KQED Life: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

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.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

St. Gallen, Switzerland (Episode #707)

KQED Life: Tue, May 14, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

The eastern part of Switzerland is one of the best-kept secrets in European travel. It is picturesque, un-crowded and has one of the most interesting Baroque abbeys in the world. Burt takes viewers on a tour of the town of St. Gallen which is celebrating its 1000-year history as an innovative center for textiles. We visit the artists that make St. Gallen a center of clothing design. Burt takes us through the extraordinary fashion exhibits that have been set-up by the city government. Also included are St. Gallen's tourist attractions, its famous marzipan bakers and its great restaurants.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, May 14, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Hamburg, Germany (Episode #706)

KQED Life: Mon, May 13, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

During the early 1960s, Hamburg was the world's epicenter for rock music. The Beatles, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley and the Everly Brothers were local heroes. Burt takes viewers on a musical tour of the period. He also explores the city and discovers why it has more millionaires per capita than any other city in Europe. We take an excursion through the city's famous port and end up at the Sunday morning fish market party that takes place every week. We also visit the Montblanc factory and discover why their fountain pens don't leak.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, May 13, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Taiwan (Episode #501)

KQED Plus: Sun, May 12, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

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.

Santa Fe, New Mexico (Episode #701)

KQED Life: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 3:30 PM

For over 12,000 years, Native Americans have been living in the area around Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Spanish arrived in the 1600s and eventually the two cultures blended together to form one of the most interesting societies in America. In this program, we take a helicopter tour of some of the most beautiful parts of the Southwest, visit the oldest church in the United States, and discover how the native tribes used modern ledger paper to preserve their heroic legends and personal stories. We visit the Loretto Chapel and inspect its magic staircase, which appears to be totally unsupported. We travel through the Bandelier National Monument and see the remains of an ancient Pueblo community and take a look at a simple and inexpensive construction technique that will keep a house in good shape for hundreds of years.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, May 12, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Christmas In Vienna, Austria (Episode #702)

KQED Life: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Christmas is observed in cities throughout the world, but the festivities in the Austrian city of Vienna are unique. Burt joins the celebration, explains the ancient history and meaning of Christmas, tours Vienna's famous Christmas markets, and discovers why we have Christmas trees. He takes us inside the magnificent castle of the Habsburg family and unravels the story of how they became the most powerful rulers in Europe by using their marriages instead of their military. We also take a look at the foods of Christmas and discover their special meanings. The program gives us a real understanding of one of the world's most popular holidays.

Aachen, Germany (Episode #705)

KQED Life: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

During the 8th century, Charlemagne united all the Christian communities in northern Europe and centered his kingdom in the town of Aachen. The magnificent church that he built is still standing. Burt takes viewers on a tour of the city. We discover the strange legends of its ancient fountains, the reason the healing powers of its hot springs have been famous for over 2000 years, and what made it one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Europe. We also find out about Aachen's spice cookies and why the people buy over 45,000 tons of them each year. And, of course, Burt introduces us to the signature foods of the city.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Cologne, Germany (Episode #704)

KQED Life: Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Built by the ancient Romans, Cologne is a mixture of old and new - 60, 000 university students keep it young, a thousand-year-old cathedral gives it maturity. In this program, Burt visits the cathedral, which is Germany's most visited tourist attraction and finds out how it can reconnect travelers with their spiritual feelings. He also stops into the city's best restaurants and presents Cologne's traditional foods and drinks. He takes viewers through a chocolate museum, and a cruise on the Rhine River. He unravels the mystery of why light perfumes are called Eau de Cologne. He also takes us to Cologne's world-famous carnival celebration.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Vatican City (Episode #703)

KQED Life: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Rome's Vatican City has a population of only 550 people and a landmass of just over 100 acres, which makes it the world's smallest independent state, but its influence is extraordinary. Burt takes viewers on a unique tour of the city and its history. There are some amazing images from the ceiling of St. Peter's Basilica as well as a look at St. Peter's Tomb below. We see the Sistine Chapel in close-up and visit the Vatican's 500-year-old mosaic studio.

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

Christmas In Vienna, Austria (Episode #702)

KQED Life: Tue, May 7, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Christmas is observed in cities throughout the world, but the festivities in the Austrian city of Vienna are unique. Burt joins the celebration, explains the ancient history and meaning of Christmas, tours Vienna's famous Christmas markets, and discovers why we have Christmas trees. He takes us inside the magnificent castle of the Habsburg family and unravels the story of how they became the most powerful rulers in Europe by using their marriages instead of their military. We also take a look at the foods of Christmas and discover their special meanings. The program gives us a real understanding of one of the world's most popular holidays.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, May 7, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Santa Fe, New Mexico (Episode #701)

KQED Life: Mon, May 6, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

For over 12,000 years, Native Americans have been living in the area around Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Spanish arrived in the 1600s and eventually the two cultures blended together to form one of the most interesting societies in America. In this program, we take a helicopter tour of some of the most beautiful parts of the Southwest, visit the oldest church in the United States, and discover how the native tribes used modern ledger paper to preserve their heroic legends and personal stories. We visit the Loretto Chapel and inspect its magic staircase, which appears to be totally unsupported. We travel through the Bandelier National Monument and see the remains of an ancient Pueblo community and take a look at a simple and inexpensive construction technique that will keep a house in good shape for hundreds of years.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, May 12, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, May 6, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Siena, Italy (Episode #607)

KQED Life: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

During the 9th century, the hill town of Siena in central Italy became a major stopping point on the road between Rome and Paris. During the 12th century, the city began building a series of outstanding churches, towers and public squares, and since most of the modern construction has taken place outside the old city, Siena's character remains relatively unspoiled. Burt Wolf tours the narrow winding streets and ancient buildings, looks at the history of St. Catherine and St. Bernardino, investigates a horse race that's been used to settle grudges for over 700 years, and learns how a church, a synagogue or a mosque can help us counter the effects of time.

Chimayo, New Mexico (Episode #610)

KQED Life: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

In the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico there is a small adobe sanctuary that is visited by over 300,000 people each year. It is known as the "Lourdes of America", and for thousands of years the land under the church has been considered magical by the local Native Americans. Burt Wolf tours the site, looks into the conflicting legends of its history, and investigates the miraculous healings that have been attributed to its sacred soil.

Stamp Collecting, China (Episode #609)

KQED Life: Thu, May 2, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Collecting things might be part of an innate human desire to own stuff - to gather physical evidence of our lives and the natural world around us, and for thousands of years, people have collected and brought back stuff from their travels. But in 1837, something was created that was easy to collect and gave the collector the sensation of having traveled. It was the first postage stamp. Today, there are over 200 million stamp collectors. Burt Wolf looks at the history of stamp collecting, the most popular stamp ever printed, the most valuable stamp (over one million dollars), and the great forgeries. Then Burt travels to China to find out why the government has an official policy encouraging stamp collecting.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, May 2, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Assisi, Italy (Episode #608)

KQED Life: Wed, May 1, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

The town of Assisi, in the center of Italy was built on a hill that has been inhabited for about 4000 years, and for almost as long it has been a religious center. They say that the stones that were used to build Assisi have absorbed the prayers of the millions of pilgrims that have come there over the centuries. And now, it is believed that the stones radiate a sense of peace and quiet that has a spiritual effect on visitors. Burt Wolf tours the city, discovers the true story of the life of St. Francis and the founding of the Franciscan order, visits the sites sacred to St. Clare, explains the art in the Basilica of St. Francis, where the Italian Renaissance was born, and traces the creation of the Nativity scene.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, May 1, 2013 -- 8:30 AM
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