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.
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.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 28, 2017 -- 12:00am
The Mata Atlantica: Brazil's Other Rainforest (#505H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
One of the world's most diverse forests, the Mata Atlantica once covered Brazil's southeastern coast for over a thousand miles and still blankets the steep hills of R?o de Janeiro. Now less than 10% remains, much of it in protected parks. Within the Mata, runaway slaves established their villages, some of which persist and can only be reached by boat.
- KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 31, 2017 -- 12:00am Remind me
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.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 4, 2017 -- 12:00am Remind me
Blackfeet and Bison (#506H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
For well over a thousand years, the Blackfeet people of Montana have made their home where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains in Glacier National Park. For them, the bison (or American buffalo, as they call it) has been central to their survival, their culture, and their way of life. David joins them as they seek to expand their once-threatened tribal herds of bison, and ventures inside the park to find out why the Blackfeet viewed it as sacred ground.
- KQED Plus: Fri, Apr 7, 2017 -- 12:00am Remind me
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.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 11, 2017 -- 12:00am Remind me
Chesapeake Bay: of Clams and Oysters (#507H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It is the largest bay on the Atlantic coast of the Americas, pivotal in the history of prehistoric, historic, and contemporary United States. Its tributaries drain a gigantic portion of the eastern U.S., including the Potomac River, home to Washington, D.C. Its fisheries have been depleted; its oyster and clam industries much reduced, and rising seas threaten its shores. Still, hardy residents cherish the bay and their efforts are restoring some of its ancient productivity.
- KQED Plus: Fri, Apr 14, 2017 -- 12:00am Remind me
Bogota to the Amazaon: A Trip Across Columbia (#407H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
From the urban capital city of Bogota and its famous cicolvia dedicated to bicycles, this sprawling nation offers an unexpected variety of cultures and urban landscapes. David and his team hop from the mountains to the extreme southern tip of the country to see wildlife and to visit indigenous villages of the people who live in the heart of the Amazon jungle.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 18, 2017 -- 12:00am Remind me
Colombia: Cartagena and a Hidden Palenque (#508H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Colombia's Caribbean coast was once a source of the wealth of the Caribbean. The city of Cartagena was the most important city in the entire region. Now a home to monuments a half millennium old, the city and coast are home to a wide variety of cultures, including a Palenque, or village founded by escaped slaves. They continue to practice a self-sufficient way of life.
- KQED Plus: Fri, Apr 21, 2017 -- 12:00am Remind me
Reefs, Ruins, and Revivals: Belize's Melting Pot (#401H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Belize has a decidedly different history and culture from the rest of Central America. English is the first language of this small nation, reflecting its British ancestry, yet Belize retains deep historic connections among its many residents of Mayan ancestry, and is proud of its strong African roots among the Garifuna people. Belize also has world-class archaeological sites, vast tracts of intact rain forest, and some of the world's richest marine treasures.
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.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 25, 2017 -- 12:00am Remind me
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.
- KQED Plus: Fri, Apr 28, 2017 -- 12:00am Remind me
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.