In The Americas with David Yetman
11,000 miles separate the North Pole from the tip of Tierra del Fuego in Chile. Between those two points lie North and South America, the islands of the Caribbean Sea, the Hawaiian archipelago and the Galapagos Islands. This series takes a fresh look at the lands that make up much of the Western Hemisphere, and showcases the landscapes, peoples and history of the Americas - from the stories of a small village of Japanese immigrants in the Amazon to descendants of poor Italians in Chile, from Mayan temples in Guatemala to ancient fortresses in Mexico, and from the frigid, glacier-carved barrens of northern Canada to the timeless villages of the altiplano in Peru. Along the way, host David Yetman meets people from all walks of life, and hears their stories.
Gift of the Andes: Mendoza, Argentina, and Its Wines (#408H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Argentina's nostalgic Ruta 40 passes along the base of the Cordillera of the Andes from the extreme north to the southernmost road in the nation. On its way Ruta 40 meets the famed wine capital of Mendoza, whose dedication to Malbec wine is recent, but whose win production dates to colonial times. David lingers in the vineyards and bodegas, sampling the varieties of Malbec and Argentine food. Farther south, Ruta 40 penetrates the northern reaches of Patagonia, a windswept desert boarded on the west by the incomparable Andes, and massive pre-Andean volcanoes.
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Peoples of Oaxaca and the Arrival of Holy Week (#509H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The state of Oaxaca is home to more than sixty different ethnic groups. David visits several of them. The Coastal Mixtecs, whose textiles and masks set them apart from other groups, invite him to join them during Holy Week, when they enact ceremonies that set them off from other peoples.
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Yakima: The Quest for Hops (#402H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The explosion of craft beer brewing across the United States has created a widespread interest in the process of beer making. A beer festival in Tucson, Arizona, leads to some local brewers and sends David on a quest to the origin of what makes beer different - hops. Nearly all of the hops in the U.S. are cultivated around Yakima, Washington where the team follows the annual harvest and sample as many products of hop production as possible.
Coffee and Culture In Oaxaca (#409H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The state of Oaxaca is home to 16 different Indian groups among whom can be found more than 60 different languages. Each group retains much of its ancient culture. They visit a Zapotec market, navigate the mangrove watercourses on the coast, and participate in the harvesting, drying and roasting of coffee in the fog forest.
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The Brazilian State of Ceara (#510H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
From dazzling beaches to verdant mountains to parched scrubland, Ceara exhibits many of the attractions and also the contradictory currents that Brazilians face. David visits the old sections of the capital city of Fortaleza, a once-isolated beach town, the sweltering inland semi-desert, and the lush mountain range that forms the state's garden basket.
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Panama's Wild West (#403H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
An hour or so distant from Panama's burgeoning capital and its great canal, a broad peninsula juts into the Pacific Ocean. The Azuero Peninsula is home to traditions, landscapes, and people different from those of the capital and its suburbs. Residents of Azuero celebrate what sets them off from the rest of Panama. And they are huge fans of baseball.
Favelas & Samba: Brazil (#410H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The shanty towns for which Rio Janeiro is famous (or notorious) play a pivotal role in the city's cultural history. Favelas, as they are known, rise precipitously from near the ocean far up the hillsides. Often bereft of minimal municipal services, they are home to a rich cultural life, their own social organization, and along the way in their history, have provided the artistic and dramatic talent for Brazil's most important international artistic contribution, Carnaval in Rio. David visits favelas and speaks with residents there.
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Argentina's Route 40: from the Steppes to the Lake (#404H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Argentines maintain that Patagonia begins at the Rio Colorado in the Province of Neuquen. Traveling south, they cross that river on Ruta 40 (Route Forty) in a volcanic landscape amidst a vast desert, the majestic peaks of the Andes always present on the right. Within the slopes of the Andes are myriad lakes and towns constructed by European immigrants and expatriates, but never far from the arid, windswept steppes of Patagonia. More secluded are the Mapuches - Indians who resisted the European onslaught and today struggle to retain their culture. In Patagonia, all roads lead to San Carlos Bariloche, the crown jewel of Ruta 40, a Swiss-type resort on the shores of the great Lake Nahuel-Huapi. On a sailboat, David travels westward, passing from desert scrub on the shoreline to the lush rainforests and snows of the Andes.
Heart of the Wilderness: Wyoming's Wind River Rang (#405H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The Wind River Range in western Wyoming is the state's largest mountain range, nearly one hundred miles from north to south. With dozes of massive peaks, it is also home to the wildest country in the lower 48 states. Much of it is protected in wilderness, which David and his team commemorate on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964. On arriving, they visit ancient foothill sites where Shoshone Indians left examples of their art, historic locations of Indian battles, and scars of mines and ghost towns before plunging deep into the wilds of the Wind Rivers - on foot.
From Vaquejada to Jangada: Into Rural Ceara, Brazil (#406H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
A small state in Brazil's dry northeast, Ceara is home to a variety of traditions not found in the rest of the vast country. The inland bush, called the sertao, is home to cowboys and and odd rodeo, while the coast supports fisherman whose wooden boats are little changed over the last several centuries. Ceara is home to Brazil's most important religious shrine, its last lace-weavers, and a startling array of tropical fruits.