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A Short Guide to Cellphone Safety

Burt takes a quick look at the history of communication from the cavemen to the alphorn, to the telephone and finally the cellphone. He traces how the cellphone has changed his work and family life as he travels around the world. He also tracks down a series of stories in the United States and Europe that suggests that the cellphone may not be as safe as most of us thought. He meets with experts in England, Italy, France and the United States to find out how we can deal with the problems that are emerging. And finally, Burt follows an Apple developer's conference where they are working on apps to limit your use of their own products.

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Gone Fishing / Palm Beach / Part Two

Burt takes a look at the nautical phrases that have come into popular use like "cup of joe" and "feeling blue". We discover the importance of catch-and-release programs, and the women who have become stars of the deep-sea fishing sport. We meet a mechanic who flies his plane around the world to fix deep sea sports fishing boats and we witness Burt catching and releasing a 7- (or maybe 5-) foot shark.

  • 2019-08-22T01:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-08-24T01:00:00-07:00
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A History of Chocolate / Part One

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.

  • 2019-08-27T01:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-08-29T01:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-08-31T01:00:00-07:00
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A History of Chocolate / Part Two

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.

  • 2019-09-03T01:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-05T01:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-07T01:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-07T11:00:00-07:00
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The History of Water

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.

  • 2019-09-10T01:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-12T01:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-14T01:00:00-07:00
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Great Art Undiscovered

Burt travels through Europe and the United States looking at the history of great artists who were never appreciated during their lifetime. Vincent Van Gogh lived at the end of the 1800s and during his life sold one or two paintings. These days, a single work by Van Gogh goes for over $100 million dollars. Same for Van Gogh's friend, Paul Gauguin. Ignored during his life, now his works sell for over $ 300 million a painting. Burt talks about his desire to become a painter or photographer and how his need to pay the rent ended that plan.

  • 2019-09-17T01:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-19T01:00:00-07:00
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