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Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions Previous Broadcasts

The History of Water (Episode #1805H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 16, 2019 -- 9:00 AM

As Burt travels around the world he is often confronted with the need to purchase water, which led to an interest in the cost and ecology of bottled water and the history of water in general. In this program we look at how life adjusts to the need for water in different parts of the world, and its chemistry as a liquid, a solid and a gas. We also look at the part water plays in all major religions and a new form of water that was invented in Japan.

The Girl with the Book (Episode #1505H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 16, 2019 -- 12:30 AM

For centuries, women were discouraged from going to school. It was OK if a woman could read and write, but anything more advanced was considered "dangerous". These days, for the first time in U.S. history, more women graduate from American universities than men. It's an amazing change in the relationship between men and women. In this program, Burt travels around trying to find out what had been going on for hundreds of years and why things are changing.

A History of Chocolate / Part Two (Episode #1804H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 9, 2019 -- 9:00 AM

We visit a Hacienda in Venezuela to find out how the finest chocolate beans are being saved from extinction and how they are grown and fermented. We follow the beans back to Italy and see how they are selected and processed into chocolate bars. Burt attends a professional chocolate tasting class, during with he shares the secrets of the pros.

Women @ Work (Episode #1504H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 9, 2019 -- 12:30 AM

Burt's mother was one of the first women executives at Macy's Department store. During the past few years, as Burt traveled around the world he began to see how things had changed for women in business and how some things had not changed. In this program he visits with leading authorities on the history of women at work. It took him to New York City, Fairfield, Connecticut, Washington, DC and Zurich, Switzerland.

A History of Chocolate / Part One (Episode #1803H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 2, 2019 -- 9:00 AM

We find out who was the first European to see a cacao bean and discover its role as the local money of the Maya. We trace chocolate's arrival in Europe, its acceptance by the Church, and its reputation as an aphrodisiac. Burt tours the Italian city of Torino, checks on the "Shroud" and stops into a 350-year-old chocolate cafe to get the recipe for the local chocolate speciality. We visit the streets of Torino where Michael Caine drove his mini Cooper in The Italian Job, and where Audrey Hepburn starred in War and Peace.

Nature Vs. Nurture (Episode #1503H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 2, 2019 -- 12:30 AM

For hundreds of years, people have been arguing the issue of Nature vs. Nurture. Are we the result of our youthful experiences or the genes we inherited from our ancestors? Recently, scientists have come to the conclusion that our genes interact with our environment and we change constantly throughout our lives. Our biology is actually altered by our environment. To take a look at this question, Burt talked to a group of people who had grown up in the structured culture of Taiwan and in their early years moved to the more open culture of the United States. Among the people Burt talks to are Steve Chen co-inventor of YouTube and Justin Lin who makes the Fast and Furious films. Burt then travels to Taiwan to take a look at what influenced their youth.

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