Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope
- Travelscope changed the series title to Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope after the fifth season.
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This series scales new heights of adventure, natural splendor and cultural richness. Whether it's places close-to-home or far flung adventures, Joseph is forever on the hunt for the unusual, the inspirational and the authentic.
Easter Island - Mysteries & Myths (#601H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph travels to the most remote inhabited place on earth during his Easter Island adventure. Located more than two thousand miles from the coast of Chile, Rapa Nui (the island's native name) offers a world of mysteries that have remained unanswered for centuries. Questions abound surrounding the origins of the Rapa Nui culture, their enormous carved stone moai and the cause of the Rapa Nui people's ecological and natural disasters. Although one question invariably leads to another, Joseph attempts to explain what often eludes explanation while he spotlights the amazing journey of the Rapa Nui people from the shores of Polynesia more than 1,500 years ago through their glory days and times of turmoil to the vibrant culture that flourishes today.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jan 20, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
Bhutan - Part 1 - Gross National Happiness (#709H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Travel is a life-changing experience, though often these changes come when least expected. Joseph heads to the Kingdom of Bhutan, a devout Buddhist country, fully aware of the possibilities for enlightenment that Bhutan offers him and his viewers. His trip through the "Land of the Thunder Dragon" begins in Paro with a conversation with an esteemed Buddhist master and an invitation to watch a local thangka (spiritual art) artist at work. From there he travels to the Bhutan capital of Thimphu where he is confronted by the modern pressures that ancient Bhutan faces as it strives to preserve and promote its cultural heritage, pristine environment and the "Gross National Happiness" of its people. In dzongs and monasteries, in shops and schools, in valleys and on mountaintops, every experience becomes a journey of discovery. And in a country where the traveler is surrounded by prayer - prayer flags, prayer wheels, prayer walls, sacred memorials and historic monasteries - every encounter is a blessing.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jan 23, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
Ireland - Coast to Coast (#908H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
From Dublin and the Ancient East to Belfast and the Wild Atlantic Way, there is always something to please and surprise you. Ireland - two countries, one people -- who in spite of struggles and troubles have a joy of life, which proves the human spirit has no borders or boundaries. On his explorations Joseph is reminded that wherever you are in Ireland one thing is constant - a warm-hearted Irish welcome. Perhaps, Irish writer James Joyce said it best when he said, "I feel more strongly with every recurring year that our country has no tradition which does it so much honor and which it should guard so jealously -- as it's hospitality." On Joseph's latest Irish adventure you'll discover along with him that North or South, East or West - wherever you are in Ireland - it is the best!
- KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 24, 2017 -- 9:00am Remind me
Hong Kong - Asia's World City (#602H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Long known as a commercial center, Hong Kong has become much more than a shopper's paradise. It is a multi-cultural, multi-faceted city with a world of attractions. On his Hong Kong adventure, Joseph takes in the luxury hotels, designer shops and Michelin-star restaurants of Asia's World City, but also explores its local neighborhoods, colorful markets, places of natural beauty and meets the people who retain their connections to their customs and traditions. He discovers that while Hong Kong is a vibrant international town, it is the people and their cultural heritage that keeps him coming back for more.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jan 27, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
The Cook Islands - Cultural Paradise (#903H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
While "paradise" is a word freely bantered about in the travel world, the Cook Islands is a traveler's paradise. With its turquoise waters, sugar white beaches, colorful history, special island lifestyle and a homegrown welcome beyond belief, it is a genuine breath of fresh air in a universe of travel-brochure hyperbole. During Joseph's visit to Rarotonga and Aitutaki, the Cook's most popular islands, he enjoys "tourist attractions" that choose to educate visitors as well as entertain them. Joseph discovers that by offering the visitor authentic experiences in their beautiful land, the Cook Islanders are able to protect their heritage from commercial exploitation and perpetuate their cultural wealth by passing on their legacy to future generations. Along with its scenic treasures the people's cultural focus makes the Cook Islands a special Pacific island visit.
- KQED 9: Sat, Jan 28, 2017 -- 8:00am Remind me
Bhutan - Part 2 - Land of the Thunder Dragon (#710H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph's Bhutan adventure continues as he heads east over 14,000 foot mountain passes to the Phobjikha Valley to witness the graceful antics of the rare and endangered Black-Necked Crane. While the cranes are breathtaking in their elegance and beauty, his overnight stay in a local guest house and unexpected invitation to join villagers constructing their neighbors' adobe home proves most heart-warming and inspirational. He travels to Bumthang, the spiritual heart of Central Bhutan, where he traverses a challenging road to the annual Ngang Lhankhang "Swan Monastery" festival. Music, dancing, singing, chanting, gambling, archery - the festival offers the "middle path" between spiritual and secular activities and Joseph joys in them all. After two weeks of journeying through the wildness and magnificence of the Bhutan Himalayas he comes to realize that it is the Bhutanese smiles, easy laughter, fearlessness and willingness to share their lives that is the defining character of the people.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jan 30, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
France - Bordeaux (#909H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
A celebration of wine, food and good times. In his Bordeaux, France adventure Joseph tours the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bordeaux and the small wine making and exporting villages that comprise the region. Along the way he indulges in romantic castle visits, gourmet dinners and spectacular encounters with the history, art and music of the area. This episode of is a salute to France, to the French and to Life! C'est La Vie! That's Life!
- KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 31, 2017 -- 9:00am Remind me
Riding The Range In Southern Alberta, Canada (#603H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph hits the trail to Southern Alberta, Canada and follows the path of the province's settlement from the early days of the buffalo and the Blackfoot people to present-day ranchers and cowboys. His travels take him to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park and Head-Smashed-In- Buffalo Jump, sacred and historic native sites, where he celebrates the rich heritage of the Blackfoot First Nations people through their history, dances, chants and songs. At the Lucasia Ranch he partakes of the area's cowboy culture when he saddles up and rides into the Alberta foothills in search of a few strays before sitting down with the Lucas family for a rousing ranch house dinner. His journey of history, culture and natural beauty ends aboard the M.V. International on a cruise across the Canada - U.S. border on Lake Waterton, part of the Waterton - Glacier International Peace Park.
- KQED Life: Fri, Feb 3, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
Peru - The Amazon and Beyond (#904H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Join Joseph as he ships out on a Peruvian Amazon journey from the jungle town of Iquitos, Peru and makes his way through one of the world's wonders. One-fifth of the world's water and oxygen are produced in the Amazon Rainforest and thousands of species of birds, fish, reptiles, mammals and plants as well as hundreds of thousands of people thrive there. With all the pressures from logging and mining interests, it's also a wonder that this natural world still exists. Joseph sets out on a discovery that includes daybreak bird watching, night safaris in search of caimans, piranha fishing, canoeing the Amazon's tributaries, swimming with pink dolphins and close encounters with the "riverinos" - the people of the river. In the hopes that eco-tourism can slow the flow of the region's demise, Joseph embarks on an adventure that is fast becoming extinct. A visit to the Amazon is a reminder of from whence we've come, what we've lost and the need to protect and preserve what is left. Experiencing it is a thrill.
- KQED 9: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 -- 8:00am Remind me
A San Antonio Christmas (#711H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
San Antonio is a festival town and Christmas is a most festive time of year. Joseph joins the locals and visitors to celebrate the season along San Antonio's famous river walk surrounded by songs, decorations and plenty of holiday cheer. Yet San Antonio is more than the River Walk, and Christmas in San Antonio means more than twinkling lights. In San Antonio, faith is real and "Feliz Navidad" is heard more often than "Merry Christmas." So, Joseph explores the city's spiritual roots at festive events like Mission San Jose's Mirachi Mass, as well as Christmas and Chanukah events held at the historic La Villita in the Arneson River Theater. The real meaning of Christmas is most evident when he gathers with San Antonio families in their homes to honor their heritage and practice their customs in traditional ceremonies such as the Tamalada - holiday tamale making - and in the city's San Fernando Cathedral at the midnight Serenada for the Virgin of Guadalupe.
- KQED Life: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
Taiwan's Penghu Islands (#910H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Taiwan is an island country of 23 million people and the majority of them live in a handful of cities. When they seek to leave their hectic urban life behind they escape to their country's villages, mountains, forests, and islands. Joseph returns to Taiwan to visit the Penghu Archepeligo in the Taiwan Straits, a chain of 64 isles and islets; 20 inhabited, and 50-minutes by air from the capital of Taipei. He explores the main and outer islands historic and natural attractions and enjoys summer fun in the sun on the Tropic of Cancer while also continuing to learn about and experience Taiwan's cultural heritage. Along the way, he discovers yet another side of Ilha Formosa - the beautiful isle of Taiwan.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 -- 9:00am Remind me
Southern Ethiopia - Tribal Lands and Primeval People (#604H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph's adventure begins along the shores of Lake Abaya and Chamo, two of the lakes of the 2,400 mile Rift Valley where modern man is said to have originated. After becoming acquainted with the lakes' fishermen, birds, crocodiles and hippos, he soldiers on across dry, wide stretches of savannah and forests that hug the river beds into the Lower Omo Valley. During his stay in the valley he has close encounters with the Konso, Hamer and Mursi people, mostly nomadic tribal people who still live untouched by modern inventions and amenities. In the towns, markets and tribal camps he meets the people and shares in their ancient customs and ceremonies. Although not without its challenges, this Travelscope adventure offers an unforgettable look at prehistoric cultures in transition.
- KQED Life: Fri, Feb 10, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
Armenia - Ancient History and Modern Traditions, Part 1 (#905H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
While today Armenia is the size of Maryland, it once stretched from the Caspian to the Mediterranean Sea and from Persia to the Caucasus. Armenia is older than Christianity and within its ancient borders lies Mt. Ararat, the final resting place of Noah's ark, and although now lost to Turkey, the 16,000-foot mountain still stands as a symbol of Armenian persistence. The Armenian survival has been forged in the furnaces of war and genocide and their centuries of struggle is an integral part of their national identity, as is their language, religion and cultural heritage. In Part 1, Joseph crisscrosses Armenia to ancient sites where some of the world's oldest artifacts have been discovered. From roadside fruit stands to riverside wine stalls and bustling markets, Joseph is welcomed into local homes to witness traditional artisans at work and join in religious and communal celebrations that inspire, enlighten and reveal the Armenian heart and soul.
- KQED 9: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 -- 8:00am Remind me
Taiwan Lantern Festival (#712H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph, a winner of the 2013 Taiwan Tourism Festival Awards, deepens his understanding of Taiwan and its people by criss-crossing the island during the Taiwan Lantern Festival. A celebration of light, culture and tradition, the festival is a Chinese holiday more than 2, 000 years old. Joseph discovers that while the Taiwan Lantern Festival has its electric side, it also values the human touch. While the festival showcases the country's modern, technological side, it also honors its historic customs and traditions. Joseph explores these cultural connections at the national display of lanterns in Hsinshu, in historic temples and at street-side puppet shows, by enjoying traditional foods and, in the mountain district of Pingshi, by joining in the poignant release of thousands of sky lanterns which carry the wishes and dreams of locals and visitors heavenward.
- KQED Life: Mon, Feb 13, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
Portugal - from Porto to Salamanca (#911H) Duration: 26:42 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
From port to paella, Joseph's Portugal adventures reach into the country and cross over the border on an Iberian Peninsula exploration that reveals some of the unknown aspects of Portuguese life and its complementary relationship with its Spanish neighbor. It's a journey of discovery in a European destination that though seemingly familiar to all still has secrets to reveal.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 14, 2017 -- 9:00am Remind me
Northern Ethiopia - Ancient History and Spiritual Present (#605H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph travels to Northern Ethiopia to uncover its ancient history and discover its spiritual present thorough cultural adventures, myths and legends. His path takes him from the monasteries of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia, to the castles of King Fasiladas in Gondar, to the stelaes of Axum and the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. There are World Heritage sites and surprises galore as Joseph traces the lineage of Ethiopia's kings back to the days of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. In the ancient town of Axum he stands at the threshold of the chapel where Ethiopians believe the Ark of Covenant is housed. In Lalibela he prays with a pilgrim before visiting a local school that is being supported by children in the United States.
- KQED Life: Fri, Feb 17, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
La Joie De Vivre In Quebec City, Canada (#713H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph heads to Quebec City, the only walled city north of Mexico, for a lively cultural adventure among the French-speaking Quebecois. The city offers so many attractions that it's hard for Joseph to squeeze them all in. Yet, half the pleasure is in the trying as Joseph strolls the village's atmospheric streets, joins into the colorful night life, samples world-famous cuisine, savors the area's natural beauty and generally celebrates La joie de vivre - the joy of living -- with the largest Francophone population outside of France. Vive les Quebecois! Vive la Ville de Quebec!
- KQED Life: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
Land without Limits - The Cariboo-Chilcotin-Coast Region of British Columbia, Canada (#606H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
It may seem hard to say, but this little known region of British Columbia, Canada offers travelers a world of adventures. "Land Without Limits" is the areas' slogan, and, in this case, it's right on target. From the ocean to the mountains, Joseph crosses the region having experiences that range from smoking salmon with the First Nations Nuxalk people, fishing for prawns with local fisherman, hiking through the wilderness to Canada's third highest waterfall and stepping back in time at the roaring gold rush town of Barkerville. Throughout the journey Joseph comes face to face with the region's expansive, remote beauty and wildlife that includes hundreds of species of birds, Grizzly and Black Bears, as well as a mother moose and her calf. It's an adventure without limits that is close to home.
- KQED Life: Fri, Feb 24, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
Taiwan - Iron Pathways to Adventure - Part 1 (#801H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph embarks on his fourth visit to Taiwan and his sixth episode in the country. Using Taiwan's extensive train system he rides the rails in search of treasures at the ends of the lines. He discovers that Taiwan's rail system is indeed a pathway to adventures that never cease to entertain, educate and enchant. On his journey, Taiwan's natural beauty, cultural richness, colorful history and creative spirit are revealed. It also becomes clear that it doesn't matter how one gets around the island, what matters is what you find. And there is no end to the surprising, enlightening, exhilarating and heart-warming experiences that can be had on what the Portuguese discoverers called Ilha Formosa - this beautiful Isle.
- KQED Life: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me