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Food and cultures from around the world.

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Closed Captioned Eastern Switzerland #405 [TV-G]
Burt visits the finest Baroque abbey in Switzerland, a textile center that produces exquisite embroidery, and one of the greatest couture houses in Europe. He also meets a group of sculptors who are uncovering the history of a famous Greek statue, discovers how dulcimers are made and played, and sees the ultimate democracy in action.

  • KET2 Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Cruising the Danube #801 [TV-G]
Burt cruises down the Danube, starting in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

  • KET Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Sunday, May 31 at 12:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned The Shrine of Guadalupe #502 [TV-G]
Burt tours the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, then journeys to Tepeyac, Mexico to join five million pilgrims for the feast day of the patron saint of the Americas. He learns how a revered picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe became a symbol of hope and freedom for the native Indians as well as Spanish settlers, discovers the history of tequila, and sits down to a meal of fried ants and grasshoppers.

  • KET2 Sunday, March 29 at 12:30 pm EST
  • KET2 Thursday, April 16 at 6:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Milan, Italy #802 [TV-G]
Burt visits a 16th-century Italian palazzo filled with authentic furnishings and objects from the Renaissance and discovers why Milan is the source of some of Italy's best cooking.

  • KET Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Sunday, June 7 at 12:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Taiwan #501 [TV-G]
The island of Taiwan, just off the coast of mainland China, has held on to most of the ancient principles of Chinese culture while incorporating the most modern aspects of Western society. Burt visits temples, learns about traditional religious beliefs, and discovers the secrets of making the perfect cup of tea.

  • KET2 Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Going Platinum #803 [TV-G]
Platinum is an extraordinary metal, 30 times rarer than gold and virtually impossible to corrode. Burt travels around the world to find out why the highest level of many credit card offers is the platinum card.

  • KET Saturday, April 11 at 2:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, June 14 at 12:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Yucatán, Mexico #404 [TV-G]
The Yucatán Peninsula is home to an impressive concentration of Mayan ruins. Burt travels to Uxmal, the intellectual and cultural center of the Maya; discovers the best places to shop for hammocks and Panama hats; explores the capital, which at one time had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world; and explains what makes flamingos pink.

  • KET2 Sunday, April 12 at 12:30 pm EDT
  • KET2 Thursday, April 30 at 6:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Rome, Italy #804 [TV-G]
A Rome shopping spree takes Burt to international fashion houses, famous Italian tailors, jewelry makers, and great restaurants.

  • KET Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, June 21 at 12:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned The History and Science of Shopping #505 [TV-G]
Burt takes a look at the history of shopping, from its beginnings in 17th-century London to a recent auction of a $92 million painting at Sotheby's. Along the way, he learns how the brains of men and women make them shop differently, who introduced the idea of ready-to-wear clothing and why, how the French Revolution changed the way people shopped, how the shopping bag and the price tag were invented, and why the survival of a nation can depend on how it shops.

  • KET2 Sunday, April 19 at 12:30 pm EDT
  • KET2 Thursday, May 7 at 6:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Taipei #503 [TV-G]
Taiwan's most famous television cook shows Burt around Taipei's night market. After more shopping at traditional shops and a weekend jewelry market, Burt learns how practicing the martial arts can help keep the body young, explores ancient Chinese medicine, meets a Chinese dance group, and visits a television network devoted to kung fu puppets. He also has a riverside seat for the annual dragon boat races.

  • KET2 Thursday, April 23 at 6:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned What's Cooking in Switzerland #805 [TV-G]
The Valais area of Switzerland is the home of the country's most famous mountain, the Matterhorn, as well as a noted cheese- and wine-producing region. Among other delights, Burt samples raclette—the ultimate melted cheese dish.

  • KET Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned The Future of Shopping #506 [TV-G]
How shopping kept the original 13 American colonies together during the Revolutionary War and how it contributes to the sense of community. Burt also explores the future of shopping on the Internet with profiles of a woman who closed her antique shop and opened a virtual one in cyberspace, a man who designed an Internet business that sells a car a minute, and eBay President Meg Whitman.

  • KET2 Sunday, April 26 at 12:30 pm EDT
  • KET2 Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Holland #806 [TV-G]
Burt explores the use of windmills, Holland's trading empire, and how the nation's wealth was used to commission great works of art. He visits the Vincent van Gogh Museum, takes a canal tour, and tastes Amsterdam's famous street foods.

  • KET Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned The Shrine at Czestochowa, Poland #507 [TV-G]
A destination for pilgrims for more than 600 years, the Czestochowa monastery houses a painting of the Virgin and Child thought to have been painted by St. Luke. Burt tours a 15th-century library; discovers the three essential elements that connect an image to a miracle; and ponders what makes places like the Vietnam Memorial, the Alamo, Civil War battlefields, and Abraham Lincoln's birthplace such popular shrines.

  • KET2 Sunday, May 3 at 12:30 pm EDT
  • KET2 Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Alaska #807 [TV-G]
Burt tours the Red Onion Saloon, rides the White Pass and Yukon Railroad, and checks out 1,500 square miles of ice cap.

  • KET Saturday, May 9 at 2:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Southwestern France #508 [TV-G]
While touring the city of Toulouse, Burt learns how its cloth dyers made a fortune with the color blue—and why that color terrified the soldiers of ancient Rome. In the region, he also visits the largest Romanesque church in Europe, examines a real estate deal from 1222, takes a look at some 35,000-year-old cave paintings, wanders along one of the most beautiful canals in the world, gets a guided tour of the largest collection of works by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and visits the walled city of Carcassonne.

  • KET2 Sunday, May 10 at 12:30 pm EDT
  • KET2 Thursday, May 28 at 6:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Hong Kong #808 [TV-G]
Chinese music, art, theater, and of course food.

  • KET Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Krakow, Poland #509 [TV-G]
Krakow has been one of the great cultural centers of Eastern Europe for hundreds of years. Burt tours the city, including the ancient castle and cathedral on Wawel Hill; discovers the origin of the croissant; looks at some of the 2.5 million works of art in Krakow's museums; learns how the immodest sight of a woman's legs saved the town's medieval wall; and visits the Jewish quarter, founded in the 14th century.

  • KET2 Sunday, May 17 at 12:30 pm EDT
  • KET2 Thursday, June 4 at 6:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Immigrating to America (Part 1) #809 [TV-G]
Burt begins a journey through his native country, exploring the history of its population and trying to see America as a new arrival would.

  • KET Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned The Shrine at Lourdes, France #510 [TV-G]
Lourdes, in the southwest corner of France, is one of Christianity's most important shrines. It is renowned as a site for healing miracles, with more than 7,000 cures to its credit. Burt takes a tour of the local churches, uncovers the story of the shrine's beginnings, visits the mysterious grotto, takes part in a torchlight procession, and learns about Lourdes' political and historical significance. He also interviews the doctor who was in charge of the investigation into its most recent medical miracle.

  • KET2 Sunday, May 24 at 12:30 pm EDT
  • KET2 Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Immigrating to America (Part 2) #810 [TV-G]
Burt explores how immigration has created social difficulties while transforming American society and culture.

  • KET Saturday, May 30 at 2:00 pm EDT
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