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Rick Steves Special Previous Broadcasts

Luther and the Reformation (Episode #108H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Apr 1, 2018 -- 10:00 PM

In 1510, a young monk from Germany named Martin Luther walked 700 miles to Rome on a pilgrimage. He returned home disillusioned, and in 1517, raised 95 difficult theological questions at the university where he taught - and kicked off what became the Protestant Reformation. By questioning corrupt Catholic Church practices, Luther unleashed a torrent of public frustration and undercut the power of the Church.
In this special, travel expert Rick Steves sheds light on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by visiting key sites (including Erfurt, Wittenberg and Rome), and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe, from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation. It's a story of power, rebellion and faith that precipitated change in Europe and Christianity forever, and contributed to the birth of our modern world.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 2, 2018 -- 4:00 AM

European Easter (Episode #107H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Apr 1, 2018 -- 3:00 PM

Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Italy, and Greece, this program celebrates this 2000-year-old story in a variety of cultures. You'll feel the emotion of this special time as the Passion of Christ unfolds during Holy Week. Join Andalusians carrying parade floats, Greek priests tossing showers of flower petals, and villagers blessing olive branches, plus feasting, fireworks, and more. Exploring a rich and fascinating mix of traditions - from its pagan roots to its glorious finale - this special sheds new light on this timeless holiday.

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