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An exploration of 13 major American holidays and gatherings-and the history, folklore, and rituals that have become central to those occasions. The series pays special attention to different ethnic groups and how they have brought their own traditions to the events. Taped on-location throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Asia.

TV Schedule

Closed Captioned Carnival #108 [TV-G]
In New Orleans, Shrovetide kicks off with the Reveler's Ball, marking the beginning of the Carnival season. Burt unlocks the secretive society of the Krewe of Comus, discovers what happens when you get the coin in your king cake, learns how to make pecan pralines, and gets in touch with his wilder side.

  • KET Thursday, February 5 at 12:30 am EST
  • KET2 Sunday, February 8 at 12:30 pm EST
  • KET Sunday, February 15 at 4:30 am EST

Closed Captioned Valentine's Day #107 [TV-G]
Burt finds out whether there really was a St. Valentine, how the ancient Egyptians felt about love, the best spots for finding a Valentine, and why tortellini is the "noodle of love."

  • KET2 Thursday, February 12 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET Saturday, February 14 at 5:30 am EST
  • KET Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Chinese New Year #106 [TV-G]
How Chinese Americans celebrate their New Year, why it's important to clean your house before the New Year, the Chinese Kitchen God, the art of making dumplings, and the meaning of the Lion Dance.

  • KET2 Sunday, February 15 at 12:30 pm EST
  • KET Thursday, February 19 at 4:30 am EST
  • KET2 Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET Saturday, February 21 at 2:00 pm EST
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   Burt Wolf
   P.O. Box 3111
   Cedar Rapids, IA 52406

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