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Tough Trains: India's Independence Railroads (Episode #1623H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Apr 19, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

In this episode of Tough Trains, Zay Harding takes on an epic journey across one of the world's biggest railway networks. These railways were built during the 19th century by the British to move troops and raw materials across the land, and ultimately played a role in the independence of the country a century later. The railway tracks are some of the oldest and longest you'll find anywhere in the world, and train travel doesn't get any tougher than this in a country with a population of over 1.2 billion. Indian Railways operations cover 29 states and seven union territories. It's now the world's fourth largest railway network, comprising 71,000 miles of track over a route of 40,000 miles.

Tough Trains: Bolivia (Episode #1619H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 17, 2018 -- 11:00 PM

Since the 1860s, Bolivia has lost land to all its surrounding countries, leaving it landlocked and without vital access to coastal ports. As compensation, both Chile and Brazil agreed to build railways from Bolivia to their coasts, but they have not received proper investment since. Zay Harding travels along these railways from the Brazilian Pantanal to the Chilean coast. The first stop is Bolivia's agricultural heartland of Santa Cruz, followed by the constitutional capital of Sucre. Zay then heads to Potosi, where he turns his hand to being a miner for the day, followed by a journey to Uyuni, where he visits the Salar de Uyuni - a salt flat rich in both salt and lithium. Zay heads to Bolivia's administrative capital, La Paz, before concluding his trip at the Pacific coast.

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  • KQED Plus: Wed, Apr 18, 2018 -- 5:00 AM

Food Hour: The Story of Beer (Episode #1615H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 16, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

Beer is the world's oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic beverage. In fact, it's the third most popular drink overall, after water and tea. China is currently the world's leading beer producer, whereas the Czech Republic is the biggest consumer, with an average of 143 liters of amber gold each year per person! These are some of the beer facts that will be shared in this informative and entertaining episode hosted by Globe Trekker Judith Jones. Together with fellow travelers from around the world, Judith uncovers the extraordinary popularity behind the favorite alcoholic beverage of millions of people worldwide.

Tough Trains: Vietnam (Episode #1622H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Apr 12, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

Zay Harding discovers the checkered and often-dangerous history of the Vietnamese railway. His perilous journey takes him to Hanoi, Hue, the DMZ and Ho Chi Minh City where he meets a general who led the final attack on the Presidential Palace during the Vietnam War.

Food Hour: Southern China (Episode #1618H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 10, 2018 -- 11:00 PM

Celebrated New Zealand chef Peter Gordon discovers the roots of Cantonese cuisine. Peter's journey takes him north to Lianzhou, the mountain home of the Yao tribe, where he cooks succulent spiced pork. Next, he walks the rice fields of the Pearl River Delta, meets traditional medical doctors in Foshan, cooks up a strength-giving feast for dragon boat racing crews in Guangzhou, shops in the fabled market of Qingping, samples street fare in Chaozhou, visits the tea mountains near An'xi, stops in the glittering city of Xiamen and ends his journey in Daya Bay for simple soul food.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Apr 11, 2018 -- 5:00 AM

Food Hour: The Story of Beef (Episode #1614H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 9, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

The tradition of eating beef has passed down generations to become an integral part for many of our regular diets. By providing precious protein, and packed with fatty calories, beef has come to be regarded as an important ingredient for human survival. Along with fellow presenters sharing delicacies from around the globe, this informative and entertaining episode joins Kate Comer on a voyage to discover the extraordinary journey behind the world's favorite red meat. The story of beef would not be complete without seeing Zay Harding attempt to eat a 72-ounce steak.

Tough Boats: The Amazon (Episode #1621H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Apr 5, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

On a remarkable 250-mile, three-day journey through a remote rainforest, Holly Morris travels by cargo boat down one stretch of the Amazon in Peru. Sleeping in a hammock at night, she shares deck space with over 200 local Peruvians and countless boxes of vegetables and fruit, heading to the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos. Here, she explores the history of this unique and remarkable city before moving on to her second destination, the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.

Tough Boats: The Arctic (Episode #1617H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 3, 2018 -- 11:00 PM

Globe Trekker Ian Wright travels to the high Arctic from the coast of northern Norway, working his passage on a trawler fishing for cod before continuing his voyage on a specially ice-strengthened vessel around Spitsbergen, the world's northernmost inhabited islands. Ian's tough Arctic journey starts in fishing port of Tromso, more than 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. From here, aboard the fishing trawler Hermes, he travels another 300 miles north to rich fishing ground near remote Bear Island. Among his expeditions across the Arctic Ocean, Ian transfers to a small, but beautiful, 1950s-era Arctic cruise ship, The Stockholm, taking just a dozen or so passengers around the islands in search of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife.

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  • KQED Plus: Wed, Apr 4, 2018 -- 5:00 AM

Papua New Guinea Islands (Episode #1613H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 2, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

The trekkers explore New Britain Island, the largest in the Bismarck Archipelago of Papua New Guinea. Inhabited by the indigenous Papuans and the Austronesians, the island was captured by the Japanese during World War II. Today the island's traditional cultures are diverse and complex but there are several ancient traditions that remain active today, especially the Dukduk Secret Society. Next, we visit the township of Rabaul, once the provincial capital until it was destroyed in 1994 by a massive volcanic eruption. Rabaul is still a superb location for scuba diving, snorkeling and wreck dives. We travel to the stunningly beautiful island of Bougainville, named after a French navigator, and an excellent location for wreck diving and sea kayaking.

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