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CURIOUS TRAVELER
Curious Yorkshire

CURIOUS TRAVELER: Curious Yorkshire

 

This beautiful region of England is full of picture-perfect rolling hills, quaint stone cottages, sprawling country estates and that distinct Yorkshire dialect. Why are country estates named Castles and Abbeys? What is The Shambles, and how did it get its name? Why is one of the largest medieval Gothic cathedrals in Europe in the small town of York? How did the Quakers and chocolate shape York’s history? Where and what is Herriot’s country?

 

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CURIOUS TRAVELER
Curious Salzburg

CURIOUS TRAVELER: Curious Salzburg

 

Why is there a giant church complex, the DomQuartier, in this tiny Alpine town? And why is there an equally giant medieval fortress high above it? Who lived in Mirabell Palace? And Hellbrun Palace? Why is Getreidegassse so charming, and why are those shop signs so important? And how do you solve a problem like Maria? From the Sound of Music to Silent Night to the Sonatas of this town’s beloved Mozart, it’s time to get curious about Salzburg.

 

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NOVA
Building the Great Cathedrals

NOVA: Building the Great Cathedrals

 

Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spider web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking a hundred years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell-towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth came true. NOVA’s teams perform hands-on experiments to investigate and reveal the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used to erect their soaring, glass-filled walls in Building the Great Cathedrals.

 

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MOVEABLE FEAST WITH FINE COOKING
Bologna, Italy

 

Join Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking for its first-ever visit to Bologna, the culinary capital of Italy. Host Pete Evans meets Stefano Corvucci, founder of the Culinary Institute of Bologna, and learns why the Po River Valley gives its famed Grana Padano such distinguished flavor. Then, our two chefs join up with Stefano’s colleague Lucia Bezzi to visit the Mercato di Mezzo, a food market that’s been buzzing since the Middle Ages. Stefano and Lucia bring to life iconic regional dishes like lasagne, tortelloni, and tiramisu, using techniques and instincts they’ve inherited and cultivated from family. It’s a meal as rich in flavor and heritage as the medieval brick that covers the city.

 

 

NOVA
Killer Volcanoes

NOVA: Killer Volcanoes

 

Join NOVA and a team of volcanologists looking for an elusive volcanic mega-eruption that plunged the medieval earth into a deep freeze. Investigate the geologic evidence from Greenland all the way to Antarctica to identify the 750-year-old culprit.