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Samantha Brown's Places to Love Previous Broadcasts

Hill Country, Texas (Episode #107H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 18, 2019 -- 9:30 AM

There is a big difference between Texas and Texas Hill Country, and Samantha finds this out quickly when she takes to the road exploring these legendary lands in search of her favorite wildflower, the Texas bluebonnet. In her quest, Samantha visits a wildflower seed farm that produces fields of stunning wildflowers, gets to taste fine cuisine at a farm-to-table German bistro and discovers a tucked-away weingarten serving locally produced Hill Country wines. Back on the road, Samantha frequents the oldest bakery in Texas, made famous for its 100-year strudel recipe, and finally Samantha gets to shake a leg -arriving at historic Gruene Hall, Texas' oldest dance hall.

Brooklyn, New York (Episode #103H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 16, 2019 -- 3:30 PM

What is the difference between a Brooklyn egg cream and a Manhattan egg cream? Samantha finds out when she visits Brooklyn and meets a "jerk" at a local soda fountain. From visiting the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard to sampling whiskey at New York City's oldest distillery to tasting unique foods at the largest weekly open-air food market in the USA, Samantha takes the opportunity to understand Brooklyn through the voice of the people behind such local staples. Exploring further, Samantha visits the historically important Gowanus Canal, learns how to play shuffleboard in a hidden gem, and takes a walk through the brownstone neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, where she discovers incredible architecture and a jazz parlor tucked away in an unmarked bed & breakfast.

Vancouver, Canada (Episode #106H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 11, 2019 -- 9:30 AM

The cosmopolitan city located on the edge of wilderness, Samantha travels to Vancouver and gets to experience firsthand the true beauty of this bustling Canadian west coast seaport. Samantha starts her trip off trekking beautiful Stanley Park with a local guide of First Nations descent, who discusses the importance of these lands to the survival of her people. Taking flight in a classic floatplane, Samantha enjoys a stunning tour of the city with sky-high views, followed by landing on a mountain lake, where she is joined by conservationist and chef Ned Bell who discusses sustainability as they cruise across a glacial fjord, checking his Dungeness crab traps. Back into the city, Samantha visits the unique shops of Granville Market, and gets a chance to taste the local salmon at a First Nations restaurant.

Bern Region, Switzerland (Episode #102H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 9, 2019 -- 3:30 PM

Many people dream of visiting Switzerland and experiencing the sheer beauty of the Alps, the gushing glacier river waters, and of course, the legendary cheeses and chocolates. Samantha takes this golden opportunity to take in all these wondrous delights, and travels around visiting iconic places throughout this historic country. From visiting an Alpine Garden on an idyllic mountaintop to going deep underground experiencing the Cheese Grotto in Gstaad to biking through the waterfall covered valley of Lauterbrunnen and finally to floating down the icy cold Aare River in Bern: Samantha has a most adventurous Swiss journey.

Episode #201H

KQED 9: Sat, Jan 5, 2019 -- 2:30 PM

From Seoul, South Korea and Christchurch, New Zealand to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Charleston, South Carolina, Samantha seeks out the little-known spots and haunts where innovators and disrupters are creating a brand new travel experience.

Huntsville, Alabama (Episode #105H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 4, 2019 -- 9:30 AM

Welcome to Rocket City, home of Space Camp and the U.S Space and Rocket Center. Samantha has the pleasure to travel to one of the most unassuming cities in that of Huntsville, Alabama, where she gets to float in space like an astronaut, see a full-scale Apollo rocket and meets Alex McCool, a national treasure who helped put man on the moon. There aren't only rockets in Huntsville, though, and Samantha ventures out to a soul food restaurant, serving arguably the best fried chicken in the South. From there she heads to a former textile mill that has become a cultural complex of artists and performers, which includes Danny Davis, a former NASA engineer, who designs custom acoustic guitars. One of his clients includes Grammy award-winning Steeldrivers front man Gary Nichols, who stops by and performs in a unique live-music venue.

Houston, Texas (Episode #101H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 2, 2019 -- 3:30 PM

In this premiere episode, Samantha visits one of the most diverse and underrated cities in the United States: Houston, Texas. From art cars to craft beer to soul-inspiring music, Samantha meets some of the most extraordinary people who guide her through the city's unique offerings. First, she meets GONZO247, a graffiti artist turned local celebrity, who has helped transition graffiti into a city embraced street art, of which further inspired Texas's oldest craft brewery to commission Gonzo's artwork for the packaging of its flagship beer. Samantha then visits a community-based initiative aimed to empower refugee women who create and sell handmade, indigenous arts and crafts. Ready for some food? Samantha visits the 2016 James Beard Award Winner, chef Hugo Ortega, at his authentic Oaxacan restaurant, Xochi, where the food is simply astounding. To top off her trip, Samantha has the distinct opportunity to meet Kam Franklin, lead singer of The Suffers, who further demonstrates what Houston is all about through music in a powerful live performance.

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