This Week on 'California's Gold with Huell Howser' -- Desert Tower and Farallon Islands

Find out what classic episodes of "Visiting" are airing on KCET this week! Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.

Wednesday @ 7:30PM -- "A Tale of Two Cities"

Visit Allensworth, California's only community founded, financed, and governed by African Americans during the early 1900s. Huell tours old and new Kernville and goes whitewater rafting down the scenic Kern River -- one of the nation's fastest flowing rivers.

Thursday @ 7:30PM -- "Desert Tower"

The Desert View Tower stands 3,000 feet above sea level, three miles east of Jacumba in the Imperial Valley. The four-story, cut-stone structure was built in the 1920s by Bert Vaughn, who owned the town of Jacumba. The pre-highway trek to the Pacific Coast was arduous so Vaughn commemorated the pioneers who struggled across the arid desert. Join Huell as he climbs to the top of the tower to see the spectacular views of the desert below.

This Week on 'California's Gold with Huell Howser' -- Hearst Castle and Getty Garden

Find out what classic episodes of "Visiting" are airing on KCET this week! Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.

Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Neptune Pool"

Huell gets a behind-the-scenes tour and takes the "swim of a lifetime" in the Neptune pool at Hearst Castle, which is arguably one of the most spectacular pools in the world. It is fed by mountain water and is surrounded by ancient Roman columns and statues. Designed by architect Julia Morgan, the Neptune pool was constructed in 1924 and finally completed after several redesigns in 1936.

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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Getty Garden"

The Central Garden, created by renowned artist Robert Irwin, lies at the heart of the Getty Center. The 134,000-square-foot design features a natural ravine and a tree-lined walkway that leads the visitor through an extraordinary experience of sights, sounds, and scents. Huell gets a special tour from Jim Duggan, the Central Garden's curatorial advisor and the gardeners who keep this living sculpture alive for everyone to enjoy.

It's Donut Week on 'Visiting With Huell Howser'

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Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Sparkletts"

Americans drink 4.4 billion gallons of bottled water a year. In Los Angeles, the company that quenches many of our thirsts is Sparkletts. Sparkletts, which was created in 1925, sold one million bottles of water within its first three years. Huell tours one of its plants to lean about the source of their success.

Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Water Car"

Imagine sitting by the lake on a hot day and watching a car drive into the water and motor away. Well, that's just what piqued Huell's interest. Terry Tates inherited the Amphibious Car from his parents, who bought it in the early 60s. Huell goes to Lake Castaic for the ride of his life.

This Week on 'Visiting With Huell Howser' -- Views from the Top

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Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Modjeska House"

Huell visits renowned actress Helena Modjeska's historic house and gardens. Modjeska, who's still considered Poland's most famous actress, created the beautiful Orange County residence in 1876. Named for the grounds' resemblance to the Forest of Arden in the Shakespearean play "As You Like It," Arden is designated a National Historic Landmark. Coincidentally, Modjeska specialized in Shakespearean roles.

Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Top of Jacinto"

Huell takes the famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the top of Mt. San Jacinto. Join him as he talks to the hikers who venture to the top for the astonishing views, abundant nature, and fresh air.

This Week on 'Visiting With Huell Howser' -- Historic Restaurants and Buildings

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Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Musso and Franks"

Huell visits Musso & Frank Grill, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, and talks with longtime employees and patrons about what makes the eatery a landmark. The restaurant opened in 1919 and is named after original owners Joseph Musso and Frank Toulet.

Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "The Two Anns"

Huell revisits French Garden Restaurant & Bistro in downtown Los Angeles, but this time, he brings along two very special lunch dates: Hollywood legends Ann Rutherford and Anne Jeffreys.

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Attention Time Warner Customers: KCET Is Moving!

Are you a Time Warner Cable customer? If so, you may soon be tuning into KCET and its affiliates on new chanels. In fact, all channels above 100 will be moved starting May 29, 2014.
Here's where Time Warner customers can find KCET channels in the future:

  • KCET-HD (our main channel): Channel 1233
  • KCETLink: Channel 1276
  • V-Me: Channel 1277
  • NHK World TV: Channel 1278
If you're not a Time Warner Cable subscriber, no worries: The change will not affect you. For more information about the change, call Time Warner at (866) 744-1678.

This Week on 'Visiting With Huell Howser' -- Museums and Festivals

Find out what classic episodes of "Visiting" are airing on KCET this week! Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.

Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Diorama"

Huell visits the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to explore its famous animal dioramas. He meets with Robert Reid, the museum's resident artist of 20 years who's responsible for creating all of the beautiful exhibits. Reid manages to capture everything from deserts to beaches with nothing more than a paint brush. He works closely with taxidermist Tim Bovard to make the animals appear as lifelike as possible.

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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Bug Fair"

It's creepy crawly day on "Visiting." Huell stops by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County during the 22nd Annual Bug Fair -- the largest event of its kind in North America. We explore the world of insects and get close-up looks at spiders and scorpions, butterflies and bats. Over 60 vendors were on hand with entomological equipment and supplies, artwork, toys, and more.

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This Week on 'Visiting With Huell Howser' -- Pastrami and Hot Dog Tastings

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Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Russak's Meat"

Join Huell to discover another downtown hidden gem: Russak's Cured and Smoked Products. The Russak family has been selling succulent meats and cold cuts for over 50 years. Now run by the second generation, the company cures everything from corned beef and roast beef to jerky and chili con carne.

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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Cow Tongue"

This Huell adventure is the result of some disparaging on-air remarks about what he quickly discovered is a culinary delicacy for many people: cow tongue. The episode features a visit to Langer's Deli and a taco stand near USC for some first-hand tongue tasting. The show's editor, Michael Garber -- a tongue aficionado -- also makes an appearance.

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A Proud History of News, Part 3 -- 'California Connected' and 'SoCal Connected'

KCET is celebrating its 50th anniversary year with a series of stories, reflections, and flashbacks, like this throwback below. For more and to participate in our next 50 years, join us at kcet.org/50.

David Brancaccio, the original host of 'California Connected' | 2002

"California Connected"
In 2002, KCET launched "California Connected." We were a part of four-California station consortium, and David Brancaccio and later Lisa McRee hosted. The show contained stories from every corner of California and was seen statewide on 12 public television stations.

My son, who was a preteen at the time, adored the show, especially its host David Brancaccio. He would sit by the TV watching and when election time rolled around, who knew the most about the issues facing our state in my house? It was, by far, my young son. I told Marly Klaus, the executive producer, about that and it was probably her happiest feedback ever.

Bret Marcus took over "California Connected" in its last years, continuing the award-winning journalism that the show was known for, but eventually the funding dried up in its fifth year.

Bringing the Spirit of the Holidays to Los Angeles

Holiday Program in Progress | Photo Cathy Bower

KCET is celebrating its 50th anniversary year with a series of stories, reflections, and flashbacks, like this throwback below. For more and to participate in our next 50 years, join us at kcet.org/50.

Just as dependable as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, KCET brings the residents of our city a chance to celebrate ourselves and spirit of the holidays each and every Christmas Eve. It is hard sometimes to get into a holiday spirit, when you live in a location that worships the sun and never really sees the snow, but every year, we do our best. It is called the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration.

As a service to the residents of our city, KCET has been part of broadcasting the yearly concert that comes from Los Angeles County Arts Commission on behalf of our L.A. County Board of Supervisors. We were part of the deal made by the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Board of Supervisors to allow this concert. The broadcast makes it available to almost every home in Los Angeles via our signal. The concert, held yearly on Christmas Eve, has been a part of our community since December 24, 1959, and at the Dorothy Chandler since 1964. The concert is free to all and it gives residents of Los Angeles a chance to view live music, performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. I have spent eight Christmas Eves working the twelve-hour show during the 80s, and I can tell you that the beauty of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is unparalleled. Nowadays, the concert has been reduced to just a short three hours, due to budget cuts over the years. In spite of that, you can still spend an afternoon enjoying to local music and dance groups that showcase the diversity of the many residents of our city.

If you have never experienced our broadcast, I heartily recommend you check it out. I personally find that I love to bake or cook while the concert is on my TV. It puts me and my household into the holiday spirit.