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Samantha Brown's Places to Love Previous Broadcasts

Ireland's Northwest Coast (Episode #110H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jun 21, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

Samantha goes green and marks off the Northwest coast of Ireland from her bucket list as she starts an epic adventure in County Donegal. Samantha is inspired by a poetry reading of William Butler Yates by a local historian, as her exploration continues, Samantha hikes up the sea cliffs of Slieve League, herds sheep on a local farm, learns about the dying craft of wool-weaving and takes an exhilarating horseback ride along the beach. Samantha frequents a local Gastropub and meets its owners, who are transforming Irish cuisine and serving up regional Irish craft beer. Topping off her County Donegal experience, Samantha visits famous Leo's Tavern, where she meets Irish celebrity, Moya Brennan of the band Clannad. Brennan is joined by her sisters and family to perform Celtic music in a rousing live performance. Finally, Samantha visits County Sligo, where she forages seaweed from the Atlantic Ocean and learns of its nutritional importance.

Xi'an, China (Episode #109H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jun 14, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

Samantha travels to the ancient city of Xi'an, China, that once served as China's capital and dates back over 3,000 years. Feeling a little jet-lagged, Samantha stops off a local health clinic that has been practicing for more than 500 years using traditional Chinese medicine. Along her journey, Samantha rides a bike atop the ancient City Wall that still fortifies Xi'an, visits the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Terracotta Warriors and attends a spectacular outdoor performance of "The Song of the Everlasting Sorrow." Exploring further, Samantha is guided to the Yuan Ji Village and is told a fable by the legendary Storyteller, flies an extraordinary kite that measures almost 30 meters, and takes in the unusual sights of Muslim Street.

Big Sur and Monterey, California (Episode #108H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jun 7, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

From Monterey to Big Sur, Samantha travels through the central coast of California. Along her journey, Samantha learns about underwater sea life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, visits the "Artichoke Center of the World," dines at a Mexican restaurant serving up sustainable seafood and local organic produce, and enjoys wine tasting at a boutique vineyard. In Carmel, Samantha learns about the importance of bees from a 14-year old entrepreneur who supplies honey to multiple prominent restaurants. Taking a tour on an electric bike, Samantha rides along historic California State Route 1 high atop the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, where she visits Nepenthe Restaurant, plays ping-pong with the locals, and takes in the breathtaking views.

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