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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.



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Argentina's Route 40: from the Steppes to the Lake

Argentines maintain that Patagonia begins at the Rio Colorado in the Province of Neuquen. Traveling south, they cross that river on Ruta 40 (Route Forty) in a volcanic landscape amidst a vast desert, the majestic peaks of the Andes always present on the right. Within the slopes of the Andes are myriad lakes and towns constructed by European immigrants and expatriates, but never far from the arid, windswept steppes of Patagonia. More secluded are the Mapuches - Indians who resisted the European onslaught and today struggle to retain their culture.

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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.

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Heart of the Wilderness: Wyoming's Wind River Rang

The Wind River Range in western Wyoming is the state's largest mountain range, nearly one hundred miles from north to south. With dozes of massive peaks, it is also home to the wildest country in the lower 48 states. Much of it is protected in wilderness, which David and his team commemorate on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964.

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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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From Vaquejada to Jangada: Into Rural Ceara, Brazil

A small state in Brazil's dry northeast, Ceara is home to a variety of traditions not found in the rest of the vast country. The inland bush, called the sertao, is home to cowboys and and odd rodeo, while the coast supports fisherman whose wooden boats are little changed over the last several centuries. Ceara is home to Brazil's most important religious shrine, its last lace-weavers, and a startling array of tropical fruits.



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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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Bogota to the Amazaon: A Trip Across Columbia

From the urban capital city of Bogota and its famous cicolvia dedicated to bicycles, this sprawling nation offers an unexpected variety of cultures and urban landscapes. David and his team hop from the mountains to the extreme southern tip of the country to see wildlife and to visit indigenous villages of the people who live in the heart of the Amazon jungle.



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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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Gift of the Andes: Mendoza, Argentina, and Its Wines

Argentina's nostalgic Ruta 40 passes along the base of the Cordillera of the Andes from the extreme north to the southernmost road in the nation. On its way Ruta 40 meets the famed wine capital of Mendoza, whose dedication to Malbec wine is recent, but whose win production dates to colonial times. David lingers in the vineyards and bodegas, sampling the varieties of Malbec and Argentine food. Farther south, Ruta 40 penetrates the northern reaches of Patagonia, a windswept desert boarded on the west by the incomparable Andes, and massive pre-Andean volcanoes.



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