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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 Hanukkah #102 [TV-G]
Burt uncovers the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights, visits the largest and most comprehensive collection of Hanukkah lamps in the world, explains why potato pancakes and doughnuts are served, and discovers the secret of the spinning dreidel.

  • KET Saturday, December 13 at 2:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Sunday, December 14 at 12:30 pm EST

Closed Captioned Christmas #103 [TV-G]
How the Christmas tree came indoors, what the first lady is doing for the holidays, how department stores create their magical windows, and how Santa got into the holiday mix.

  • KET2 Thursday, December 18 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET Saturday, December 20 at 2:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Sunday, December 21 at 12:30 pm EST
  • KET2 Thursday, December 25 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Kwanzaa #104 [TV-G]
Kwanzaa runs from December 26 to January 1 and is an opportunity for African Americans to celebrate their roots. Burt visits the epicenter of black culture in the United States by taking a tour of Harlem, with a stop at the Apollo Theater on Amateur Night, and looks at what faith means at Abyssinian Church.

  • KET Saturday, December 27 at 2:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned New Year's #105 [TV-G]
Burt explains why we celebrate the new year on January 1, how noise keeps evil spirits away, what makes a champagne cork pop, and why caviar is acceptable on New Year's Eve but not on New Year's Day.

  • KET2 Sunday, December 28 at 12:30 pm EST
  • KET Tuesday, December 30 at 3:30 am EST
  • KET Tuesday, December 30 at 4:30 am EST
  • KET2 Tuesday, December 30 at 11:30 pm EST
  • KET2 Thursday, January 1 at 9:00 am EST

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

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 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
  • 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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