burt wolf

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.

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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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  • 2019-09-03T11:00:00-07:00
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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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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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  • 2019-09-14T11:00:00-07:00
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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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  • 2019-09-21T01:00:00-07:00
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