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Curious Traveler Previous Broadcasts

Curious Loire Valley (Episode #205H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 29, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

When and why were so many stunning chateaux built in such a concentrated area in central France? Why is there a river running through Chateau de Chenonceau, and what do the ladies of the castle have to do with it? Why does Chateau de Chambord have 440 rooms, yet no one ever lived there? Why is there a porcupine over the entrance to Chateau d'Amboise?

Curious Vancouver (Episode #204H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 22, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

Who was Gassy Jack and why was he so gassy? Why was Capilano Suspension Bridge built and what do all those totem poles mean? What's so important about the Hotel Vancouver, and what does it have to do with the train station, the Queen of England, and Harry Potter? Who was Yip Sang, and why did he have his own Boy Scout Troop?

Curious Copenhagen (Episode #203H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

Why did Shakespeare use Kronborg Castle as the setting for Hamlet? Was picturesque Nyhavn really the playground for sailors and brothels? Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle - why so many palaces in one small European country?

Curious Rome (Episode #202H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 8, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

Why is there a giant hole in the top of the Pantheon? And how is it still standing after more than two millennia? Why does Piazza Navona look like a racetrack? And why did it used to be a swimming pool? Where did the bronze for St. Peter's Basilica come from, and why are those windows in the dome so heavenly?

Curious Paris (Episode #201H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 1, 2017 -- 9:30 AM

Why does Paris look like Paris? Why were the Eiffel Tower and the Pont Alexandre III built for World Expos? Why is the Opera Garnier so ornate? Why is there a Romano-Byzantine Basilica atop the highest point in Paris? Why are the streets so windy in Montmartre? Why was a famous cabaret built inside a red mill: the Moulin Rouge?

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