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Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions Previous Broadcasts

Kansas City (Episode #1601H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 21, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

Burt visits Kansas City, discovers the history of Kansas City BBQ, visits the town's best BBQ joint and goes into their kitchens to checkout their technique. He visits the Kansas City Royals stadium, which is one of the few stadiums still standing that was originally built for baseball and learns about the team culture that has made them champions. He tours the city's great art museum and discovers the World War I Memorial Museum.

Coming to America (Episode #1502H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 21, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

The final decades of the 1800s found much of Europe in a losing battle with over-population. Many people felt that their only hope for survival was to immigrate to The United States. They soon discovered that the streets were not paved with gold. In fact, most of the streets were not paved at all, and they were expected to pave them. In this program, Burt takes a look at who came, where they came from and what they contributed to the history of our nation.

It's A Good Thing (Episode #1506H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 20, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

When Burt started traveling around the world, the hotels, restaurants, airlines, and just about every other business he encountered had been started by a man, today, half the businesses he deals with were put together by entrepreneurial women and as Martha Stewart would say, "That's a good thing". In this program Burt travels around looking at the tradition of women entrepreneurs.

Basking with the Basques (Episode #1501H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 20, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

The Basque country straddles the border between southwest France and northeast Spain, but except for their passports the Basques are neither French nor Spanish -- they are Basque. They speak the oldest European language still spoken, so old that no one can tell where it came from. In this program Burt travels through the Basque country, visits the hometown of the first person to sail completely around the world, looks at the early works of Andy Warhol in the Bilbao Museum, and tastes what the Basques are eating and drinking.

Florence, Italy (Episode #1302H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 18, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

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.

The Girl with the Book (Episode #1505H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

For centuries, women were discouraged from going to school. It was OK if a woman could read and write, but anything more advanced was considered "dangerous". These days, for the first time in U.S. history, more women graduate from American universities than men. It's an amazing change in the relationship between men and women. In this program, Burt travels around trying to find out what had been going on for hundreds of years and why things are changing.

Luzern for Fun and Profit (Episode #1305H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

For a while, Burt lived in the Swiss city of Lucerne. He describes it as "Home on the Range", but the range he had in mind is the Alpine Mountain Range of central Europe. The city sits at the end of a great lake surrounded by snow-covered mountains. It is one of the most beautiful settings in Europe with an amazing number of cultural attractions including the Rosengart Museum with its outstanding collection of works by Picasso.

Women @ Work (Episode #1504H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 16, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

Burt's mother was one of the first women executives at Macy's Department store. During the past few years, as Burt traveled around the world he began to see how things had changed for women in business and how some things had not changed. In this program he visits with leading authorities on the history of women at work. It took him to New York City, Fairfield, Connecticut, Washington, DC and Zurich, Switzerland.

Siena and Assisi, Italy (Episode #1304H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 16, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

Burt takes a group of public television viewers on a tour of Assisi and Siena. They visit the Basilica of St. Francis and discover how the paintings of Giotto made a permanent change in the way painters saw the world. They travel on to Siena and visit the great Church and historic attractions of the city. They also have a private tour of one of Italy's most important wineries and a special tasting of the wines of Tuscany.

The Palm Beaches, Florida (Episode #1406H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

In this program, Burt takes a look at how the Palm Beaches were developed, the Norton Museum of Art, a man who was able to change the law so you could get divorced if your spouse was insane, and the history of polo. He also shows us a great place to learn to snorkel, where you can get some excellent antique jewelry, a museum and park dedicated to Japanese culture and a lighthouse with a secret detection station that helped sink over 60 German submarines during the Second World War.

Nature Vs. Nurture (Episode #1503H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

For hundreds of years, people have been arguing the issue of Nature vs. Nurture. Are we the result of our youthful experiences or the genes we inherited from our ancestors? Recently, scientists have come to the conclusion that our genes interact with our environment and we change constantly throughout our lives. Our biology is actually altered by our environment. To take a look at this question, Burt talked to a group of people who had grown up in the structured culture of Taiwan and in their early years moved to the more open culture of the United States. Among the people Burt talks to are Steve Chen co-inventor of YouTube and Justin Lin who makes the Fast and Furious films. Burt then travels to Taiwan to take a look at what influenced their youth.

What's Cooking In Rome? (Episode #1303H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

Burt visits the Coliseum and discovers that it had a roof that could be pulled into place during bad weather - 2000 years before the Houston Astrodome. We find out why the Pantheon was never broken down for its marble, look into the best places for pizza, and ice cream, discover a new hotel in the finest part of town and take a private tour of the Vatican, St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel.

Coming to America (Episode #1502H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 14, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

The final decades of the 1800s found much of Europe in a losing battle with over-population. Many people felt that their only hope for survival was to immigrate to The United States. They soon discovered that the streets were not paved with gold. In fact, most of the streets were not paved at all, and they were expected to pave them. In this program, Burt takes a look at who came, where they came from and what they contributed to the history of our nation.

Florence, Italy (Episode #1302H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 14, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

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.

Basking with the Basques (Episode #1501H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 13, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

The Basque country straddles the border between southwest France and northeast Spain, but except for their passports the Basques are neither French nor Spanish -- they are Basque. They speak the oldest European language still spoken, so old that no one can tell where it came from. In this program Burt travels through the Basque country, visits the hometown of the first person to sail completely around the world, looks at the early works of Andy Warhol in the Bilbao Museum, and tastes what the Basques are eating and drinking.

Venice, Italy (Episode #1301H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 11, 2017 -- 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 13, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

Artcops (Episode #1205H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 11, 2017 -- 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.

Luzern for Fun and Profit (Episode #1305H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 10, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

For a while, Burt lived in the Swiss city of Lucerne. He describes it as "Home on the Range", but the range he had in mind is the Alpine Mountain Range of central Europe. The city sits at the end of a great lake surrounded by snow-covered mountains. It is one of the most beautiful settings in Europe with an amazing number of cultural attractions including the Rosengart Museum with its outstanding collection of works by Picasso.

The Great Rivers of France: Lyon to Arles (Episode #1208H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 10, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

Burt tours the ancient city of Lyon. Founded by the Romans in the year 43, it is the gastronomic capital of France. Then he visits the winemakers of Beaujolais, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain L'Hermitage connected by the oldest suspension bridge in Europe. Next is a stop at the Pope's Palace in Avignon, and the locations in Arles that inspired Van Gogh.

Siena and Assisi, Italy (Episode #1304H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 9, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

Burt takes a group of public television viewers on a tour of Assisi and Siena. They visit the Basilica of St. Francis and discover how the paintings of Giotto made a permanent change in the way painters saw the world. They travel on to Siena and visit the great Church and historic attractions of the city. They also have a private tour of one of Italy's most important wineries and a special tasting of the wines of Tuscany.

The Great Rivers of Europe: Melk to Budapest (Episode #1207H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 9, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

Burt cruises through the Wachau Valley, a major area for Austrian wines. Then he visits Melk Abbey, one of Europe's largest and most impressive monasteries were Burt explains how the Catholic Church used Baroque architecture to undermine the Reformation. Then to Vienna for music and pastry, and finally a tour of Budapest.

Sailing The Danube (Episode #1405H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 8, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

The Danube River flows through nine countries and is one of the great rivers of Europe. In this program, Burt Wolf guides us along the Danube. First stop is Nuremberg, where we take a look at the works of Albrecht Durer, a master artist of the 14th century. We also visit Regensburg, its castle and its 1,000-year-old bridge. Then through the Danube Gorge, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. There's a visit to Salzburg with a walk through the streets where Mozart lived, a tour of the ancient Melk Abbey, and a demonstration of the Abbey's reusable coffin. Next stop is Vienna and a guided tour of the Hapsburg Palace. The program ends with a visit to Budapest.

What's Cooking In Rome? (Episode #1303H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 8, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

Burt visits the Coliseum and discovers that it had a roof that could be pulled into place during bad weather - 2000 years before the Houston Astrodome. We find out why the Pantheon was never broken down for its marble, look into the best places for pizza, and ice cream, discover a new hotel in the finest part of town and take a private tour of the Vatican, St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel.

The Great Rivers of Europe: Nuremberg to Linz (Episode #1206H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 8, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

Burt starts off in Nuremberg with visits to the 900 year old Imperial Castle, the open farmers' market and his favorite spice cookie shop. Then he sails to Regensburg to visit the remains of an ancient Roman fort. Next he cruises through the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey where the Benedictine monks have been brewing one of Europe's great beers since 1050. In Linz, we learn about the Linzertorte and see the world's largest church organ.

Florence, Italy (Episode #1302H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 7, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

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.

Artcops (Episode #1205H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 7, 2017 -- 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.

Venice, Italy (Episode #1301H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 6, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 13, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

On The Road In America, Part 2 (Episode #1611H)

KQED Life: Sun, Nov 5, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

In the second program, "Pack Up Your Troubles," Burt continues the story. This time it's around the theme of wars and crisis, covering the two world wars and the depression. Wars often move people around. The labor force demands of WWI accelerated the move from farms to cities and initiated the Great Migration out of the South. The Depression slowed migration as worried people stayed close to home. The Dust Bowl migration, driven by environmental as well as an economic crisis, was the memorable exception.

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

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 4, 2017 -- 3:30 PM

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.

On The Road In America, Part 3 (Episode #1612H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 4, 2017 -- 12:30 AM

In the final episode, "Your Move," Burt introduces the concept of "migrations of convenience". Moving to the suburbs, industries and workers moving to the Sunbelt, tech industries and workers moving back into the gentrified consumer metropolises--each representing a different logic than the migrations of earlier periods.

The Great Rivers of France: Lyon to Arles (Episode #1208H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 3, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

Burt tours the ancient city of Lyon. Founded by the Romans in the year 43, it is the gastronomic capital of France. Then he visits the winemakers of Beaujolais, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain L'Hermitage connected by the oldest suspension bridge in Europe. Next is a stop at the Pope's Palace in Avignon, and the locations in Arles that inspired Van Gogh.

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

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 3, 2017 -- 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.

The Great Rivers of Europe: Melk to Budapest (Episode #1207H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 2, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

Burt cruises through the Wachau Valley, a major area for Austrian wines. Then he visits Melk Abbey, one of Europe's largest and most impressive monasteries were Burt explains how the Catholic Church used Baroque architecture to undermine the Reformation. Then to Vienna for music and pastry, and finally a tour of Budapest.

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

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 2, 2017 -- 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.

Cruising The Rhine - Part Two (Episode #1404H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 1, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

In Cruising The Rhine - Part Two, Burt explains the Romantic Period in European art, what the original Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales were really like (very grim), how the river locks work, the history of Eau de Cologne and how the Black Forest got to be black. Burt also takes us on a tour of Strasbourg and the extraordinary Hand Bag Museum of Amsterdam.

The Great Rivers of Europe: Nuremberg to Linz (Episode #1206H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 1, 2017 -- 8:30 AM

Burt starts off in Nuremberg with visits to the 900 year old Imperial Castle, the open farmers' market and his favorite spice cookie shop. Then he sails to Regensburg to visit the remains of an ancient Roman fort. Next he cruises through the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey where the Benedictine monks have been brewing one of Europe's great beers since 1050. In Linz, we learn about the Linzertorte and see the world's largest church organ.

Atlantic Crossing (Episode #1201H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 1, 2017 -- 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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