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Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions Previous Broadcasts

Artcops (Episode #1205H)

KQED Life: Tue, Oct 1, 2013 -- 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.

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

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 30, 2013 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 30, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Taiwan - A Sense of Place - Part Four (Episode #1107)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 -- 3:30 PM

In 1869, Francis Galton, an English anthropologist argued that all talent was the result of heredity. No matter what the skill - from painting a great picture - to inventing a perfect recipe - it was always the result of the genes you received from your parents. Today, we know that he was smart, but wrong. What we are is the result of the interaction of our genes and our environment and our biology is continually altered by our environment. In these programs, Burt interviews a number of famous Taiwanese-Americans who grew up in traditional Taiwanese homes and immigrated to the United States, including an internet billionaire, a top Hollywood director, and a man who builds 6 million bicycles every year. Then, Burt travels to Taiwan to look at the key influences on their lives including one of Taiwan's most famous museums, a train that travels at over 150 miles an hour, big budget martial arts movies, a restaurant that presents dishes based on famous works of Chinese art, and one of the world's greatest choreographers. Burt tries to discover how the early life of these successful people affected the way they think now.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Connecting The Dots In America (Episode #1108)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

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.

The Great Rivers of Europe: Cologne to Zell (Episode #1203H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 27, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Burt sails along the Rhine from Cologne to Rudesheim where he visits a museum dedicated to mechanical musical instruments. Along the way he passes the Lorelei Rock and explains the real story of how it got famous for luring ships into the rocks. Then he visits the city of Zell where the mayor and his band lead visitors in a parade through the streets of the town to a wine cellar underneath one of the government buildings.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 27, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Cruising The Rivers of Europe: Amsterdam to Cologne (Episode #1202H)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 26, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

During the past decade, cruising the great rivers of Europe has become one of the most popular vacations for American tourists. In this program, Burt introduces you to Amsterdam, tours a museum dedicated to the history of women's handbags, and sails along the Rhine to Cologne.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 26, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Atlantic Crossing (Episode #1201H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 -- 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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  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Connecting The Dots In America (Episode #1108)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 24, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 24, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Taiwan - A Sense of Place - Part Four (Episode #1107)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 23, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

In 1869, Francis Galton, an English anthropologist argued that all talent was the result of heredity. No matter what the skill - from painting a great picture - to inventing a perfect recipe - it was always the result of the genes you received from your parents. Today, we know that he was smart, but wrong. What we are is the result of the interaction of our genes and our environment and our biology is continually altered by our environment. In these programs, Burt interviews a number of famous Taiwanese-Americans who grew up in traditional Taiwanese homes and immigrated to the United States, including an internet billionaire, a top Hollywood director, and a man who builds 6 million bicycles every year. Then, Burt travels to Taiwan to look at the key influences on their lives including one of Taiwan's most famous museums, a train that travels at over 150 miles an hour, big budget martial arts movies, a restaurant that presents dishes based on famous works of Chinese art, and one of the world's greatest choreographers. Burt tries to discover how the early life of these successful people affected the way they think now.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 23, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Touring Ireland (Episode #1102)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 21, 2013 -- 3:30 PM

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: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Burt Wolf's Family Vacation (Episode #1103)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 21, 2013 -- 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".

Taiwan - A Sense of Place - Part Three (Episode #1106)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

In 1869, Francis Galton, an English anthropologist argued that all talent was the result of heredity. No matter what the skill - from painting a great picture - to inventing a perfect recipe - it was always the result of the genes you received from your parents. Today, we know that he was smart, but wrong. What we are is the result of the interaction of our genes and our environment and our biology is continually altered by our environment. In these programs, Burt interviews a number of famous Taiwanese-Americans who grew up in traditional Taiwanese homes and immigrated to the United States, including an internet billionaire, a top Hollywood director, and a man who builds 6 million bicycles every year. Then, Burt travels to Taiwan to look at the key influences on their lives including one of Taiwan's most famous museums, a train that travels at over 150 miles an hour, big budget martial arts movies, a restaurant that presents dishes based on famous works of Chinese art, and one of the world's greatest choreographers. Burt tries to discover how the early life of these successful people affected the way they think now.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

What Are They Eating in the Photograph (Episode #1105)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 19, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

This program looks at a group of famous photographs that have something to do with eating and drinking, including Halsman's photo of Marilyn Monroe having a hamburger at a drive-in, Cartier-Bresson's picnic near Paris, Duncan's photo of Picasso at lunch. Burt, Jeff Rosenheim, a curator of photograph at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Andy Smith, the editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America and Kathryn Howard Oremland, a graduate of Sotheby's Institute of Art explain why each photograph is important, and the history and significance of the gastronomic elements. The recipe for each food is then demonstrated by a leading chef.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 19, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

German Immigration to the U.S. (Episode #1104)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 18, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

We tend to think that the largest groups to immigrate to America were from Italy or Ireland. But that is not the case. The greatest numbers of people to immigrate to America were from Germany. Today, over 60 million Americans consider themselves of German descent. This program, shot on-location in Germany, takes a look at who they were and where they came from.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 18, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Burt Wolf's Family Vacation (Episode #1103)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 17, 2013 -- 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: Tue, Sep 17, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Touring Ireland (Episode #1102)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 16, 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Miami, Florida (Episode #1007)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 14, 2013 -- 3:30 PM

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: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Belgium (Episode #1008)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 14, 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.

Luzern, Switzerland (Episode #1101)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 13, 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: Fri, Sep 13, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Springfield, Illinois (Episode #1010)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 12, 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: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

San Francisco, California (Episode #1009)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 11, 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: Wed, Sep 11, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Belgium (Episode #1008)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 10, 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 10, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Miami, Florida (Episode #1007)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 9, 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

New York City (Episode #1002)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 7, 2013 -- 3:30 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.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Episode #1003)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 7, 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.

Basque Region, Spain (Episode #1006)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 6, 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: Fri, Sep 6, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Napa Valley, California (Episode #1005)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 5, 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: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Chicago, Illinois (Episode #1004)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 4, 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: Wed, Sep 4, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Episode #1003)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 3, 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 3, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

New York City (Episode #1002)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 2, 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 2, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Christmas In Vienna, Austria (Episode #702)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

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.

Alaska (Episode #807)

KQED Life: Sun, Sep 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.

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