"In the Americas with David Yetman" takes a fresh look at the lands that make up much of the Western Hemisphere. The series showcases the landscapes, people, and history of the Americas -- from the stories of a small village of Japanese immigrants in the Amazon to descendants of poor Italians in Chile, from Mayan temples in Guatemala to ancient fortresses in Mexico. Host David Yetman also journeys to parts of Cuba mostly unknown to the outside world, the wild mountains of western Argentina, festivals in Columbia, and the often ignored Great Lakes of the United States.

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Peru: A Train to the Clouds

  • 2017-02-19T02:00:00-08:00

The Rainforest Nisei: Japanese Immigrants in the Amazon

In the early 1920s, a small group of Japanese peasants received a land grant deep in the vast forests of the Amazon. Today, their descendants have become prosperous farmers, raising tropical crops and pepper, all the while protecting large tracts of the tropical forest.

  • 2017-02-19T08:00:00-08:00

Hawaii's Big Island: The Volcanos' Gifts

The Hawaiian Islands owe their existence to a volcanic hotspot, whose spewings over millions of years have created the archipelago. Host David Yetman climbs over old and new lava flows to observe new lands emerging from the ocean. At night manta rays flock to the newly created seafloor of the Kona Coast.

  • 2017-02-26T02:00:00-08:00

Two Millennia of Mayas: Guatemala's Cultural Legacy

Archaeologists have only recently begun to restore the important Maya city of Ceibal, situated along the Passion River deep in the Peten forest of Guatemala. We travel to the site with scientists directing the latest excavations and visit the homes of the Maya workers who are restoring the site.

  • 2017-02-26T08:00:00-08:00

Chiloe and Chilotes: Proud Islanders of Chile

Chiloe is the second largest island in South America and just one island of an archipelago of southern Chile. Chilotes, as the residents are known, consider themselves a people apart, a proud mixture of indigenous and Hispanic origins. Host Dave Yetman joins Chilotes who demonstrate the traditions of food, towns, and society that extend back well before the arrival of Europeans.

  • 2017-03-05T02:00:00-08:00

Ice, Rock, and Water: The Sierra Nevada

California's Sierra Nevada is the largest and highest mountain range in the continental United States and, until recently, a geological puzzle. The source of colossal wealth in the form of gold and, now, water, it was a formidable roadblock to settlement of the state. Wevisit the range with renowned tectonic specialist Eldridge Moores.

  • 2017-03-05T08:00:00-08:00

The Cry for Mexican Independence

On September 16 each year, Mexicans from all parts of the Republic flock to the small city of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato to commemorate the "Grito," the call for independence from Spain. The grito's originator, the popular but unconventional priest Miguel Hidalgo, issued the call in 1810 from the steps of the town's stately church. The annual celebration involves the entire community but we are offered a special tour by one of Father Hidalgo's descendants.

  • 2017-03-12T03:00:00-07:00

Fiesta in the Yucatan: Maya Traditions

Each year on January 6, pilgrims travel to the ancient Maya city of Tizimin in the Yucatan peninsula to celebrate Epiphany. The festival of the Day of the Kings combines pre-Columbian and modern themes, all of them gilded with the touch of the Mayas.

  • 2017-03-12T09:00:00-07:00

Peru: People of the Altiplano

  • 2017-03-19T03:00:00-07:00

Panama: A City and a Canal

Panama City has been a pivotal shipping port for hundreds of years-over water and over land. Today it has become an economic powerhouse, the Hong Kong of the Americas, thanks to its booming canal. But the canal cannot function without the services provided by the huge rainforest that envelopes it.

  • 2017-03-19T09:00:00-07:00