Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions

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Burt Wolf, an internationally syndicated television journalist and prolific public television host, provides an overview of the area and its history, then introduces the people, architecture, art, culture, food and tourist attractions of some of the world's most interesting locations. His relaxed, personable and irreverent style makes the episodes both informative and entertaining.

Upcoming Air Dates
  • #1602 — Guatemala, Part 1 |
    New Friday, Sep 29 at 7pm TPT LIFE
  • #1603 — Guatemala, Part 2 |
    New Friday, Sep 29 at 7:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #1602 — Guatemala, Part 1 |
    Saturday, Sep 30 at 1am TPT LIFE
  • #1603 — Guatemala, Part 2 |
    Saturday, Sep 30 at 1:30am TPT LIFE
  • #1602 — Guatemala, Part 1 |
    Monday, Oct 2 at 11am TPT LIFE
  • #1602 — Guatemala, Part 1
    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.
    New Friday, Sep 29 at 7pm TPT LIFE
    Saturday, Sep 30 at 1am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Oct 2 at 11am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Oct 2 at 4pm TPT LIFE
  • #1603 — Guatemala, Part 2
    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.
    New Friday, Sep 29 at 7:30pm TPT LIFE
    Saturday, Sep 30 at 1:30am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Oct 2 at 11:30am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Oct 2 at 4:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #1604 — Cruising The Baltic
    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).
    New Monday, Oct 9 at 11am TPT LIFE
    New Monday, Oct 9 at 4pm TPT LIFE
  • #1605 — St. Augustine, Florida
    St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest city in the United States. Burt tours the town, looks into the history of Henry Flagler who built a railroad that turned Florida into "The American Riviera." He also visits Flagler College and learns about their Coastal Environmental project. St. Augustine was the place where the Spanish Conquistador, Juan Ponce De Leon searched for the Fountain of Youth. Throughout the program, Burt continues that investigation, with considerable success.
    New Monday, Oct 9 at 11:30am TPT LIFE
    New Monday, Oct 9 at 4:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #1606 — Have A Healthy Trip
    Burt has spent most of his life traveling around the world and one of his concerns has been protecting himself, his family and his film crew from illness. From time to time, no matter how much he liked a food, the food didn't like him. Burt talks to some of the leading authorities on what you can do to stay healthy when you travel and how to deal with reactions to food.
    New Monday, Oct 16 at 11am TPT LIFE
    New Monday, Oct 16 at 4pm TPT LIFE
  • #1607 — Tea for Two
    Tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world. Water is the first. Accordingly, tea has had a powerful impact on what we eat and drink, but it has also had an amazing influence on our music, art and literature. In this program Burt travels around the world talking to experts and looking at how tea has shown up in music (Tea for Two) in literature (Alice in Wonderland) and art (Norman Rockwell's Housewife At Tea Break).
    New Monday, Oct 16 at 11:30am TPT LIFE
    New Monday, Oct 16 at 4:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #1608 — The Road to Ruin
    Burt remembers a time when it was traditional for our governments to try and be responsive to the needs of the people. Apparently, it's a tradition that is dying out, so he travelled around the United States talking to people and trying to find out what is happening. Along the way, he discovers that each year, over $3 trillion of our taxes are wasted or stolen. He finds the accounts hard to believe and keeps asking, "Am I getting this right".
    New Monday, Oct 23 at 11am TPT LIFE
    New Monday, Oct 23 at 4pm TPT LIFE
  • #1609 — Visiting A Great Museum Can Reduce Stress
    For over 20 years, researchers have been studying the effects of drawing, painting and viewing works of art on brain functions. The results have been astounding. These activities can help prevent memory loss, increase mental fitness, stimulate your brain to grow new neurons, and increase the production of dopamine that improves your sense of wellbeing and the ability to focus your attention. In this program, Burt tours some of the world's great museums, talks to leading artists and medical researchers in order to understand the phenomenon.
    New Monday, Oct 23 at 11:30am TPT LIFE
    New Monday, Oct 23 at 4:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #1610 — On The Road In America, Part 1
    ON THE ROAD IN AMERICA consists of three half-hour programs that report on the history of migrations within the United States --- not how people got here, but how and why they moved around once they were here. In the first program TAILS OF HOPE & TEARS Burt retraces the big relocations of the 19th century. Native Americans were relocated and their ancestral lands turned over to European settlers. In addition, the government was in the process of giving away valuable mineral claims. And finally, there was the discovery of gold.
    New Monday, Oct 30 at 11am TPT LIFE
    New Monday, Oct 30 at 4pm TPT LIFE
  • #1611 — On The Road In America, Part 2
    In the second program in ON THE ROAD IN AMERICA, titled PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES, Burt continues the story. This time it's around the theme of wars and crisis, covering the two world wars and the depression. Wars often move people around. The labor force demands of WWI accelerated the move from farms to cities and initiated the Great Migration out of the South. The Depression slowed migration as worried people stayed close to home. The Dust Bowl migration, driven by environmental as well as an economic crisis, was the memorable exception.
    New Monday, Oct 30 at 11:30am TPT LIFE
    New Monday, Oct 30 at 4:30pm TPT LIFE

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