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Peru: A Train to the Clouds

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A train departs the coastal mega city of Lima, Peru bound for the highlands once a month. The railroad passes through numerous tunnels and over trestles along the way, crowning out at nearly 16,000 feet elevation. Host Dave Yetman hops on the train to head to the indigenous city of Huancayo, high on the Altiplano of the Andes and as different from Lima as any two cities in the world.



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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.

  • 2016-07-30T08:30:00-07:00
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Lake Superior: Circling The Sweet Water Ocean

Straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, the largest lake in the world supports thousands of residents along its forested shores. Its icy waters also harbor a remote national park, Isle Royale. David learns about the vibrant indigenous cultures that lived there long before the arrival of Europeans.

  • 2016-07-31T03:00:00-07:00
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Bahia: Brazil's African Connection

African-Brazilians have provided Brazil with the country's internationally renowned cultural symbols: samba and carnival. The city of Salvador in the state of Bahia is the center of African-Brazilian culture.



  • 2016-08-06T08:30:00-07:00
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Nicaragua: Land of the Shaking Earth Emerges

For 200 years, Nicaragua endured both earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, military and political interventions. Today, a democratic Nicaragua promotes its diversity of cultures, Spanish colonial heritage, and natural wonders, including its lakes, forests, and volcanoes. Miskito Indians from the Caribbean coast and the descendants of Aztecs still flourish within the country.



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Winter in the Caldera: January in the Yellowstone Hotspot

Yellowstone National Park is our first, and one of the most visited national parks. In winter, access is limited, and visitors and wildlife are challenged by deep snow and fierce cold. The frozen landscape is utterly transformed from summertime, and its explosive potential is even more evident.

  • 2016-08-13T08:30:00-07:00
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Pernambuco: Brazil's Other Carnival

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The megapolis of Recife, Brazil's fifth largest city, lies within the state of Pernambuco. Recife's carnival, along with celebrations in its colonial suburb Olinda and in the cities of Bezerros and Nazarene da Mata, features a flamboyant, joyous, boisterous week of elaborate parades, dances, and costumes.



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Whistles in the Mist: Whistled Speech in Oaxaca

The Chinantecan people of mountainous northern Oaxaca, Mexico communicate by whistling as well as by talking. David visits their isolated community and sees for himself how they use whistled speech to supplement -- and sometimes replace -- spoken speech.



  • 2016-08-20T08:30:00-07:00
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Cuetzalan: The Celebration of San Francisco

More than 500 years ago, Franciscan priests journeyed to the remote city of Cuetzalan in Puebla State. Although less remote now, the traditions and languages continue in a town where they venerate fiestas and perpetuate ancient rituals like the acrobatic voladores.

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  • 2016-08-21T03:00:00-07:00
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Abc Islands: The Dutch Legacy in the Caribbean

The last vestiges of the once-mighty Dutch empire live on in the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. David visits Curacao, now independent, and wanders the streets of Willemstad, its capital city. In its colonial buildings, he finds hints of a past glory made possible by the slave trade. In Bonaire, still a colony, he dons Scuba gear to mingle with its incomparable marine life. Then, he witnesses the extraction of tons of salt from Bonaire's tidal flats. Finally, David treks into a national park home to dense groves of tall cacti, hordes of lizards and tranquil flamingos.

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