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JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Taiwan: Mountain Beauty, Villages and Cultures, Part 2

 

In this Taiwan episode Joseph leaves the forested heights of Taroko National Park and continues his explorations of Taiwan’s small, cultural mountain villages. In their historic “Old Streets” he explores artisan shops, local restaurants and colorful temples for a hearty taste of Taiwanese culture. He also discovers more of Taiwan’s original people through their food, arts & crafts, customs and traditions. He tries his hand at indigo cloth dying with the Hakka people, witnesses traditional Tayan weaving and participates in the equally somber and joyous Pasta’ay Festival of the indigenous Saisiyat Tribe. Here he joins in their festival of Blessing, Atonement and Forgiveness.

 

 

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Taiwan: Mountain Beauty, Villages and Cultures, Part 1

 

Joseph explores Taiwan’s most stunning natural attraction and national park – The Taroko Gorge – which highlights the mountain beauty, villages and cultures of Ilha Formosa. His journey takes him on hikes through the marble gorge, across dramatic suspension bridges, to stunning waterfalls and up mountain slopes where Taiwan’s native beauty is spread out before him. His journey continues in one of Taiwan’s 200 “Leisure Farms,” which offer locals and visitors rural settings, traditional folk activities, creative cuisines and “Do It Yourself” arts and crafts which complement Taiwan’s mountain beauty, villages and cultural experiences.

 

 

 

DINING WITH THE CHEF
Artisan Edition in Akita: Kiritampo-Nabe (Rice Stick Hot Pot)

DINING WITH THE CHEF - Artisan Edition in Akita: Kiritampo-Nabe (Rice Stick Hot Pot)

 

We’ll be visiting the far northern prefecture of Akita and learning about Akita’s local cooking over two episodes. In the first episode, we’ll learn about Kiritampo-nabe, a hotpot dish once cooked by the Matagi, hunters who lived in the mountains. This hotpot contains local Hinai chicken, seri, maitake mushrooms, burdock root, and kiritampo, the item that gives the dish its name. Made by mashing rice, then spreading it on a stick and grilling it, kiritampo are perfect for soaking up the rich flavor of the Hinai chicken soup. We’ll also learn about Akita’s unique food culture, full of the flavors of nature.

 

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Lake Geneva and the Valais, Switzerland

SAMANTHA BROWN'S PLACES TO LOVE: Lake Geneva and the Valais, Switzerland

 

Switzerland has a beauty that goes unmatched. Mountains, shimmering lakes, vibrant cities, terraced vineyards… all housed in a small but mighty country. Switzerland is also home to some of the friendliest people on the planet, and getting to know those behind Swiss traditions and treasures is well worth it. Here’s why Lake Geneva and the Valais Region are places to love.

 

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PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS
The Quietest Place on Earth

 

On the island of Maui, Haleakala rises 10,000 feet – nearly two miles – into the sky. The massive crater located at its summit carries the unique distinction of being “the quietest place on Earth.” The exquisite stillness of its stark volcanic landscape inspires a variety of experiences ranging from spiritual to philosophical. Featured are musical artist Keola Beamer, poet W.S. Merwin, cultural specialist Clifford Nae’ole, paniolo Wilfred Souza and others.

 

 

NATURE
Yosemite

NATURE: Yosemite

 

Yosemite Valley is a land forged in wildfire and sculpted by water, and the delicate balance of these two elements is essential to the creatures and trees that call this land their home. But with climates changing and temperatures rising, the Sierras are under siege. Water is scarcer and the threat of fire is more common. Join scientists and adventurers as they trudge through mountains of snow, climb trees as tall as buildings and soar high in the air to spy just how these global changes are affecting one of America’s greatest wildernesses.

 

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Sarah Brightman:
Hymn

SARAH BRIGHTMAN: Hymn

 

Filmed in Germany’s Bavarian Alps in a magical setting of mountains, lakes, castles and cuckoo clock houses, this brand new concert features Sarah Brightman performing songs from throughout her career, accompanied by her band, a 40-piece orchestra, a 50-voice choir and dancers.

 

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