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Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions Previous Broadcasts

Napa Valley, California (Episode #1005)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 29, 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: Fri, Nov 29, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Chicago, Illinois (Episode #1004)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 28, 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: Thu, Nov 28, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Episode #1003)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 27, 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: Wed, Nov 27, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

New York City (Episode #1002)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 26, 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: Tue, Nov 26, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

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

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 25, 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: Mon, Nov 25, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Holland (Episode #806)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 23, 2013 -- 3:30 PM

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: Sun, Nov 24, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Alaska (Episode #807)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 23, 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, Nov 22, 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: Fri, Nov 22, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Immigrating to America, I (Episode #809)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 21, 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, Nov 21, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Hong Kong (Episode #808)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 20, 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, Nov 20, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Alaska (Episode #807)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 19, 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, Nov 19, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Holland (Episode #806)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 18, 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: Sun, Nov 24, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Milan, Italy (Episode #802)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 16, 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, Nov 15, 2013 -- 8:30 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.

Rome, Italy (Episode #804)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 14, 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, Nov 14, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Going Platinum (Episode #803)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 13, 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, Nov 13, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Milan, Italy (Episode #802)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 12, 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: Tue, Nov 12, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Cruising The Danube (Episode #801)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 11, 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: Mon, Nov 11, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Aachen, Germany (Episode #705)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 9, 2013 -- 3:30 PM

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: Sun, Nov 10, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Hamburg, Germany (Episode #706)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 9, 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.

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

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 8, 2013 -- 8:30 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.

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

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 7, 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, Nov 7, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

A Tuscan Harvest, Italy (Episode #708)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 6, 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, Nov 6, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Hamburg, Germany (Episode #706)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 5, 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.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 5, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

Aachen, Germany (Episode #705)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 4, 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: Sun, Nov 10, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 4, 2013 -- 8:30 AM

The Shrine at Lourdes, France (Episode #510)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 -- 3:30 PM

In the southwest corner of France, Lourdes is one of the most important shrines in the Christian world. Famous as a site for healing miracles, over 7000 cures have been documented. Burt takes us on a tour of the churches of Lourdes, discovers the story of the shrine's beginnings, visits the mysterious grotto, takes part in a torch light procession, uncovers the shrine's political significance in the history of France and its role in the story of woman's rights. He also interviews the doctor who was in charge for the investigation of the most recent medical miracle.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Nov 3, 2013 -- 12:30 AM

Santa Fe, New Mexico (Episode #701)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 2, 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.

Cologne, Germany (Episode #704)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 1, 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: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 -- 8:30 AM
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