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Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions Previous Broadcasts

Cruising The Baltic (Episode #1604H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 17, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

Burt takes a look at the history of cruising and how it has changed and how much of it has remained the same during the past 200 years. The first luxury cruise ship was based in Italy, and was only available to the rich and famous. It offered excellent food, gambling, magnificent parties and guided tours. Burt's cruise starts in Portsmith, England and visit Belgium (Zeebrugge), Denmark (Copenhagen) , Germany (Berlin), Russia (St. Petersburg), Estonia (Tallinn) and Sweden (Stockholm).

Guatemala, Part 2 (Episode #1603H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 10, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

In Guatemala part two, Burt tours the most famous Maya crafts market in Central America, visits Lake Atitlan in the Sierra Madre mountains, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful locations in the Americas. He (carefully) investigates an active volcano, learns how coffee is grown and processed in the high mountains, reviews the history of coffee, learns about an ancient Maya ball game that looks a lot like basketball. He interviews Richard Hanson, one of the world's leading authorities on early Central American culture and tours Guatemala City, the country's capital.

Guatemala, Part 1 (Episode #1602H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 3, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

The Maya people have been living in Guatemala for over 10,000 years. Burt visits their ancient tribal communities, learns how they were able to develop calendars that are as accurate as the ones we use today. He stops into Funsepa, which is a non-profit foundation that gives the children of Guatemala the technical skills they will need to compete in the modern world. He tours the city of Antigua, checks out the influence of the Spanish conquistadors and learns about Guatemalan music, crafts and food.

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