Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions

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.

Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions By Episode

  • Basking with the Basques (#1501)

    The Basque country straddles the border between southwest France and northeast Spain, but except for their passports the Basques are neither French nor Spanish -- they are Basque.

  • Coming to America (#1502)

    The final decades of the 1800s found much of Europe in a losing battle with over-population.

  • Nature Vs. Nurture (#1503)

    For hundreds of years, people have been arguing the issue of Nature vs.

  • Women @ Work (#1504)

    Burt's mother was one of the first women executives at Macy's Department store.

  • The Girl with the Book (#1505)

    For centuries, women were discouraged from going to school.

  • It's A Good Thing (#1506)

    When Burt started traveling around the world, the hotels, restaurants, airlines, and just about every other business he encountered had been started by a man, today, half the businesses he deals with were put together by entrepreneurial women and as Martha Stewart would say, "That's a good thing".

  • Kansas City (#1601)

    Burt visits Kansas City, discovers the history of Kansas City BBQ, visits the town's best BBQ joint and goes into their kitchens to checkout their technique.

  • Guatemala, Part 1 (#1602)

    The Maya people have been living in Guatemala for over 10,000 years.

  • Guatemala, Part 2 (#1603)

    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.

  • Cruising The Baltic (#1604)

    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.

  • St. Augustine, Florida (#1605)

    St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest city in the United States.

  • Have A Healthy Trip (#1606)

    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.

  • Tea for Two (#1607)

    Tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world.

  • The Road to Ruin (#1608)

    Burt remembers a time when it was traditional for our governments to try and be responsive to the needs of the people.

  • Visiting A Great Museum Can Reduce Stress (#1609)

    For over 20 years, researchers have been studying the effects of drawing, painting and viewing works of art on brain functions.

  • On The Road In America, Part 1 (#1610)

    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.

  • On The Road In America, Part 2 (#1611)

    In the second program in ON THE ROAD IN AMERICA, titled PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES, Burt continues the story.

  • On The Road In America, Part 3 (#1612)

    In part three of ON THE ROAD IN AMERICA, titled YOUR MOVE, Burt introduces the concept of "migrations of convenience".

  • Making A Restaurant, Part 1 (#1701)

    One of the first questions that come to mind when we travel is, "Where should we eat?" Deciding on the right restaurant becomes an essential part of our travel plans and it's surprising to realize that just about everything that makes up a modern restaurant --- street floor access, a receptionist, seating, the wait staff, the kitchen in the back, and a written invoice --- was developed in Paris during a 50-year period starting in 1765.

  • Making A Restaurant, Part 2 (#1702)

    In Part One of Making A Restaurant, we saw how a restaurant starts with an idea, followed by a detailed outline for the food you want to serve, a proforma business plan to make sure you have enough money, the staffing, the music and the bar.

  • The Beach Vacation, Part 1 (#1703)

    Until the middle of the 1700s, beaches were considered dangerous.

  • The Beach Vacation, Part 2 (#1704)

    In Part Two of The Beach Vacation, Burt returns to the Palm Beach area of Florida, canoes along the Loxahatchee river, climbs a mound built for the rulers of ancient native tribes of Florida, finds out how baseball changed to favor the long ball hitter, stops into the oldest fishing club in America and goes deep sea fishing.

  • Volunteer Tourism, Part 1 (#1705)

    One of the fastest growing areas in travel is international volunteer tourism.

  • Volunteer Tourism, Part 2 (#1706)

    In Part One of Volunteer Tourism, Burt took a look at the origin of international volunteer tourism and what is happening today.

  • Do The Right Thing (#1707)

    Each year, Burt and his film crew travel around the world making programs for Public Television and in the process, they spend a considerable amount of money.

  • Kansas City, Part 2 (#1708)

    In Kansas City / Part One, Burt teamed up with Dan Hesse, the former CEO of Sprint and long time resident of the city to discover the best BBQ, the secret behind the success of The Kansas City Royals, and the extraordinary collection of art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

  • Gone Fishing / Palm Beach / Part One (#1801)

    We discover the history of deep sea sport fishing and why the Palm Beaches of Florida became the world epicentre of the sport.

  • Gone Fishing / Palm Beach / Part Two (#1802)

    Burt takes a look at the nautical phrases that have come into popular use like "cup of joe" and "feeling blue".

  • A History of Chocolate / Part One (#1803)

    We find out who was the first European to see a cacao bean and discover its role as the local money of the Maya.

  • A History of Chocolate / Part Two (#1804)

    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.

  • The History of Water (#1805)

    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.

  • Great Art Undiscovered (#1806)

    Burt travels through Europe and the United States looking at the history of great artists who were never appreciated during their lifetime.

  • How to Sell The Art You Create (#1807)

    Burt learns how painters, sculptures, photographers and other artists can use a non-profit organization to bring their work to the attention of the public.

  • A Short Guide to Cellphone Safety (#1808)

    Burt takes a quick look at the history of communication from the cavemen to the alphorn, to the telephone and finally the cellphone.

  • Travel and the Danger of Radio Frequency Radiation (#1809)

    As Burt and his family travel around the world they are constantly confronted with the newest advances in wireless communication.

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