Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions
Host Burt Wolf conducts lively tours on local history, food, folklore, arts, festivals, theater and tourist attractions of fascinating destinations from around the world.
Santa Fe, New Mexico (#701) Duration: 26:45 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jul 30, 2015 -- 12:30am
- KQED Life: Thu, Jul 30, 2015 -- 8:30am
Christmas In Vienna, Austria (#702) Duration: 27:09 STEREO TVG
Christmas is observed in cities throughout the world, but the festivities in the Austrian city of Vienna are unique. Burt joins the celebration, explains the ancient history and meaning of Christmas, tours Vienna's famous Christmas markets, and discovers why we have Christmas trees. He takes us inside the magnificent castle of the Habsburg family and unravels the story of how they became the most powerful rulers in Europe by using their marriages instead of their military. We also take a look at the foods of Christmas and discover their special meanings. The program gives us a real understanding of one of the world's most popular holidays.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jul 31, 2015 -- 12:30am
- KQED Life: Fri, Jul 31, 2015 -- 8:30am
Southwestern, France (#508) Duration: 25:29 STEREO TVG
Burt takes us on a tour of the city of Toulouse, discovers why the color blue terrified the soldiers of ancient Rome and how the cloth dyers of Toulouse used blue to make a fortune. They don't call royal families blue bloods for nothing. We visit the largest Romanesque Church in Europe, find out how in 1222 the King of France set the pattern for Donald Trump's real estate deals. We take a look at a group of 35,000-year-old cave paintings that were used to teach young men to hunt. We find out where to rent a houseboat and wander along one of the most beautiful canals in the world. We are guided through the largest collection of works by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, visit Carcassonne, a walled city for over 2,500 year, and stop into one of the finest restaurants in the area to check out the local specialties.
- KQED Life: Sat, Aug 1, 2015 -- 12:30am Remind me
Jungfrau Region, Switzerland (#406) Duration: 27:28 STEREO TVG
In the heart of Switzerland, the Jungfrau region is considered to be one of the most remarkable spots for lovers of nature. You'll take a steamer to the ancient villages on Lake Thun, visit the site of Clint Eastwood's film The Eiger Sanction, ride the highest railroad in Europe to a research station that is studying the earth atmosphere, and climb inside a million year old waterfall.
- KQED Life: Sat, Aug 1, 2015 -- 3:30pm Remind me
Venice, Italy (#1301H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Aug 3, 2015 -- 8:30am Remind me
Krakow, Poland (#509) Duration: 27:55 STEREO TVG
For hundreds of years Krakow has been one of the great cultural centers of Eastern Europe. We tour the city, visit the ancient castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, discover the origin of the croissant, look at some of the 2.5 million works of art in the city's museums and find out how the immodest sight of a woman's legs saved the town's Medieval wall. Burt also checks out what's cooking and visits the Jewish quarter of Krakow that was founded in the 14th century.
Atlantic Crossing (#1201H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
Vatican City (#703) Duration: 25:51 STEREO TVG
Rome's Vatican City has a population of only 550 people and a landmass of just over 100 acres, which makes it the world's smallest independent state, but its influence is extraordinary. Burt takes viewers on a unique tour of the city and its history. There are some amazing images from the ceiling of St. Peter's Basilica as well as a look at St. Peter's Tomb below. We see the Sistine Chapel in close-up and visit the Vatican's 500-year-old mosaic studio.
Cologne, Germany (#704) Duration: 26:11 STEREO TVG
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.
Florence, Italy (#1302H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Aug 10, 2015 -- 8:30am Remind me
The Shrine at Lourdes, France (#510) Duration: 26:19 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Aug 11, 2015 -- 8:30am Remind me
Cruising The Rivers of Europe: Amsterdam to Cologne (#1202H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Aug 12, 2015 -- 8:30am Remind me
Aachen, Germany (#705) Duration: 25:50 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Aug 13, 2015 -- 8:30am Remind me
Hamburg, Germany (#706) Duration: 26:52 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Aug 14, 2015 -- 8:30am Remind me
Siena and Assisi, Italy (#1304H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Aug 17, 2015 -- 8:30am Remind me
Eastern Switzerland (#405) Duration: 27:09 STEREO TVG
One of the best-kept secrets in European travel, Eastern Switzerland is picturesque and uncrowded. You'll visit the finest Baroque abbey in Switzerland, a textile center that still produces some of the best embroidery, and one of the greatest couture houses in Europe. You meet a group of sculptors who are uncovering the history of a famous Greek statue, discover how dulcimers are made and played, and see the ultimate democracy in action.
The Great Rivers of Europe: Cologne to Zell (#1203H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
A Tuscan Harvest, Italy (#708) Duration: 25:00 STEREO TVG
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.
In Taiwan, A Sense of Place - Part 1 (#709) Duration: 25:50 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Aug 21, 2015 -- 8:30am Remind me
What's Cooking In Rome? (#1303H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Aug 24, 2015 -- 8:30am Remind me
Cruising The Danube (#801) Duration: 25:17 STEREO TVG
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.
The Great Rivers of Europe: Cochem to Luxembourg (#1204H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
In Taiwan, A Sense of Place - Part 2 (#710) Duration: 26:10 STEREO TVG
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.
Milan, Italy (#802) Duration: 27:51 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Aug 28, 2015 -- 8:30am Remind me
Yucatan, Mexico (#404) Duration: 27:43 STEREO TVG
The Yucatan peninsula, on the east coast of Mexico, juts out into the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf. It is home to the most impressive concentration of Mayan ruins. Burt takes us to Uxmal, the intellectual and cultural center of the Maya, tells us the best places to shop for hammocks and panama hats, explores the capital which at one time had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world, and explains what makes flamingoes pink.
Going Platinum (#803) Duration: 27:49 STEREO TVG
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.
Artcops (#1205H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
Rome, Italy (#804) Duration: 27:18 STEREO TVG
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.
What's Cooking In Switzerland (#805) Duration: 27:15 STEREO TVG
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.
The Great Rivers of Europe: Nuremberg to Linz (#1206H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
Holland (#806) Duration: 26:53 STEREO TVG
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.
Alaska (#807) Duration: 27:11 STEREO TVG
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.
The Great Rivers of Europe: Melk to Budapest (#1207H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
Hong Kong (#808) Duration: 26:41 STEREO TVG
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.
Immigrating to America, II (#810) Duration: 25:04 STEREO TVG
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.