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36.3 Boston, MA The first residents of Boston arrived in 1630, which gave the city an early start in U.S. history. Burt retraces some of the city's historic sites, and tells what really happened during the midnight ride of Paul Revere. He also visits the first Dunkin Donut shop, to see what their donuts once looked like; tours the world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat; learns about the most complex highway construction project ever undertaken in the U.S.; and finds out who's cooking the best lobster, and how. First program in a 6-part season.
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401 WE 09/03/14 04:00am 00:25:48 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Winter In Lake Geneva Region, Switzerland Burt tours one of Europe's finest locations for a family winter holiday. He takes a balloon trip over snow-covered Alps; meets a team of amazing skiers, who specialize in making sports available to the handicapped; paraglides from the top of one of Switzerland's most famous mountains; and visits an ancient castle that's been turned into a museum for wine lovers, and a restaurant for food lovers.
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402 TH 09/04/14 10:00pm 00:27:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Winter In Lake Geneva Region, Switzerland Burt tours one of Europe's finest locations for a family winter holiday. He takes a balloon trip over snow-covered Alps; meets a team of amazing skiers, who specialize in making sports available to the handicapped; paraglides from the top of one of Switzerland's most famous mountains; and visits an ancient castle that's been turned into a museum for wine lovers, and a restaurant for food lovers.
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402 FR 09/05/14 04:00am 00:27:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Winter In Valais, Switzerland The most mountainous region in Switzerland, the Valais, has some of the highest peaks in Europe, including the Matterhorn. Since the middle of the 1800s, the snow, the blue skies, and Swiss hospitality have attracted tourists to this area. Burt sees 24 of the world's best snowboarders drop down 10,000 feet of uncharted mountain, traveling along with the Glacier Patrol, as they race across the top of the Swiss Alps. He also learns the art of curling, discovers the secrets of dog-sledding, tends the Dalai Lama's vineyard, and takes a train ride through some of the world's most beautiful country.
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403 TU 09/09/14 10:00pm 00:25:17 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Winter In Valais, Switzerland The most mountainous region in Switzerland, the Valais, has some of the highest peaks in Europe, including the Matterhorn. Since the middle of the 1800s, the snow, the blue skies, and Swiss hospitality have attracted tourists to this area. Burt sees 24 of the world's best snowboarders drop down 10,000 feet of uncharted mountain, traveling along with the Glacier Patrol, as they race across the top of the Swiss Alps. He also learns the art of curling, discovers the secrets of dog-sledding, tends the Dalai Lama's vineyard, and takes a train ride through some of the world's most beautiful country.
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403 WE 09/10/14 04:00am 00:25:17 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Yucatan, Mexico The Yucatan peninsula, on the east coast of Mexico, juts out into the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf. It is home to the most impressive concentration of Mayan ruins. Burt goes to Uxmal, the intellectual and cultural center of the Maya, and tells 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 flamingoes pink.
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404 TH 09/11/14 10:00pm 00:27:43 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Yucatan, Mexico The Yucatan peninsula, on the east coast of Mexico, juts out into the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf. It is home to the most impressive concentration of Mayan ruins. Burt goes to Uxmal, the intellectual and cultural center of the Maya, and tells 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 flamingoes pink.
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404 FR 09/12/14 04:00am 00:27:43 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Eastern Switzerland One of the best-kept secrets in European travel, Eastern Switzerland is picturesque and uncrowded. Burt visits the finest Baroque abbey in Switzerland, a textile center that still produces some of the best embroidery, and one of the greatest couture houses in Europe. He 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.
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405 TU 09/16/14 10:00pm 00:27:08 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Eastern Switzerland One of the best-kept secrets in European travel, Eastern Switzerland is picturesque and uncrowded. Burt visits the finest Baroque abbey in Switzerland, a textile center that still produces some of the best embroidery, and one of the greatest couture houses in Europe. He 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.
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405 WE 09/17/14 04:00am 00:27:08 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Jungfrau Region, Switzerland In the heart of Switzerland, the Jungfrau region is considered to be one of the most remarkable spots for lovers of nature. Burt takes a steamer to the ancient villages on Lake Thun; visits the site of Clint Eastwood's film, The Eiger Sanction; rides the highest railroad in Europe to a research station that is studying the earth atmosphere; and climbs inside a million-year-old waterfall. Final program of the season.
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406 TH 09/18/14 10:00pm 00:27:27 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Jungfrau Region, Switzerland In the heart of Switzerland, the Jungfrau region is considered to be one of the most remarkable spots for lovers of nature. Burt takes a steamer to the ancient villages on Lake Thun; visits the site of Clint Eastwood's film, The Eiger Sanction; rides the highest railroad in Europe to a research station that is studying the earth atmosphere; and climbs inside a million-year-old waterfall. Final program of the season.
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406 FR 09/19/14 04:00am 00:27:27 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Taiwan 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 the most important temples, find out how the gods direct their future behavior, and discover the secrets of getting the best flavor when you make a cup of tea.
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501 TU 09/23/14 10:00pm 00:26:53 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Taiwan 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 the most important temples, find out how the gods direct their future behavior, and discover the secrets of getting the best flavor when you make a cup of tea.
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501 WE 09/24/14 04:00am 00:26:53 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 The Shrine of Guadalupe Burt goes to Washington, DC to tour the nation's National Shrine, then to Tepeyac, Mexico to join 5 million pilgrims who are taking part in the Feast Day of the patron saint of the Americas. Burt sees how a revered picture--Our Lady of Guadalupe became a symbol of hope and freedom for native Indians of Mexico as well as the Spanish settlers. He discovers the history of Tequila and sits down to a meal of fried ants and grasshoppers.
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502 TH 09/25/14 10:00pm 00:25:40 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 The Shrine of Guadalupe Burt goes to Washington, DC to tour the nation's National Shrine, then to Tepeyac, Mexico to join 5 million pilgrims who are taking part in the Feast Day of the patron saint of the Americas. Burt sees how a revered picture--Our Lady of Guadalupe became a symbol of hope and freedom for native Indians of Mexico as well as the Spanish settlers. He discovers the history of Tequila and sits down to a meal of fried ants and grasshoppers.
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502 FR 09/26/14 04:00am 00:25:40 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Taipei Guided by Taiwan's most famous television cook (the Emeril of the Orient), Burt tours the city's night market. A visit to the traditional shops, and an extraordinary weekend jewelry market. Burt learns how practicing the martial arts can help keep your body young and how the ancient art of Chinese Medicine works. Later, an introduction to the world's most famous Chinese dance group and a television network devoted to Kung Fu puppets. Burt also gets a riverside seat for the annual dragon boat races.
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503 TU 09/30/14 10:00pm 00:27:00 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Taipei Guided by Taiwan's most famous television cook (the Emeril of the Orient), Burt tours the city's night market. A visit to the traditional shops, and an extraordinary weekend jewelry market. Burt learns how practicing the martial arts can help keep your body young and how the ancient art of Chinese Medicine works. Later, an introduction to the world's most famous Chinese dance group and a television network devoted to Kung Fu puppets. Burt also gets a riverside seat for the annual dragon boat races.
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503 WE 10/01/14 04:00am 00:27:00 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Mexico City Burt goes to Guadalupe, Mexico to uncover the Story of Juan Diego and the patron Saint of Mexico. He discovers how Christian groups separated themselves from Jews during the first century after Christ. Later, Burt goes to Seville, Spain to take part in the Holy Week processions, learns why Baroque churches were built to save Catholicism, and finds out that after centuries of tradition, the people of Mexico have come to believe in only two things: Our Lady of Guadalupe and The National Lottery.
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504 TH 10/02/14 10:00pm 00:28:25 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Mexico City Burt goes to Guadalupe, Mexico to uncover the Story of Juan Diego and the patron Saint of Mexico. He discovers how Christian groups separated themselves from Jews during the first century after Christ. Later, Burt goes to Seville, Spain to take part in the Holy Week processions, learns why Baroque churches were built to save Catholicism, and finds out that after centuries of tradition, the people of Mexico have come to believe in only two things: Our Lady of Guadalupe and The National Lottery.
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504 FR 10/03/14 04:00am 00:28:25 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 The History and Science of Shopping The two questions travelers ask most often are, "Where should I eat?" and "Where should I shop?" In this program, Burt takes a look at the history of shopping from its beginnings in 17th century London and the first department store in Paris, to New York's Fifth Avenue and the auction of a 92-million dollar painting at Sotheby's. Burt finds out how the brains of men and women make them shop differently, who introduced the idea of ready-to-wear clothing and why. Burt also sees 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.
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505 TU 10/07/14 10:00pm 00:28:20 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 The History and Science of Shopping The two questions travelers ask most often are, "Where should I eat?" and "Where should I shop?" In this program, Burt takes a look at the history of shopping from its beginnings in 17th century London and the first department store in Paris, to New York's Fifth Avenue and the auction of a 92-million dollar painting at Sotheby's. Burt finds out how the brains of men and women make them shop differently, who introduced the idea of ready-to-wear clothing and why. Burt also sees 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.
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505 WE 10/08/14 04:00am 00:28:20 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 The Future of Shopping Burt discovers how shopping kept our original 13 colonies together during the Revolutionary War, and how shopping is used not to make each of us different but to let us become part of a community. What the future of shopping might look like on the Internet. Burt meets a woman who closed her antique business on earth and opened one in cyberspace, a man who designed an Internet business that sells a car a minute and interview Meg Whitman, the President of eBay.
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506 TH 10/09/14 10:00pm 00:25:25 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 The Future of Shopping Burt discovers how shopping kept our original 13 colonies together during the Revolutionary War, and how shopping is used not to make each of us different but to let us become part of a community. What the future of shopping might look like on the Internet. Burt meets a woman who closed her antique business on earth and opened one in cyberspace, a man who designed an Internet business that sells a car a minute and interview Meg Whitman, the President of eBay.
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506 FR 10/10/14 04:00am 00:25:25 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 The Shrine at Czestochowa, Poland The destination for pilgrims for over 600 years, this monastery houses a painting of the Virgin and Child thought to have been painted by St. Luke. Burt tours a 15th century library, discovering the three essential elements that connect an image to a miracle and what gives an image its supernatural powers. Burt also finds out what makes places like the Vietnam Memorial, The Alamo, our Civil War Battlefields, and Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace popular locations for a pilgrimage.
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507 TU 10/14/14 10:00pm 00:26:49 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 The Shrine at Czestochowa, Poland The destination for pilgrims for over 600 years, this monastery houses a painting of the Virgin and Child thought to have been painted by St. Luke. Burt tours a 15th century library, discovering the three essential elements that connect an image to a miracle and what gives an image its supernatural powers. Burt also finds out what makes places like the Vietnam Memorial, The Alamo, our Civil War Battlefields, and Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace popular locations for a pilgrimage.
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507 WE 10/15/14 04:00am 00:26:49 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Southwestern, France Burt tours the city of Toulouse; discovers why the color blue terrified the soldiers of ancient Rome, and how the cloth dyers of Toulouse used blue to make a fortune. They don't call royal families blue bloods for nothing. Later, Burt visits the largest Romanesque Church in Europe, finds out how in 1222 the King of France set the pattern for Donald Trump's real estate deals.Then, a look at a group of 35,000-year-old cave paintings that were used to teach young men to hunt. Burt finds out where to rent a houseboat and wanders along one of the most beautiful canals in the world. Finally, Burt is guided through the largest collection of works by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, visits Carcassonne, a walled city for over 2,500 year, and stops into one of the finest restaurants in the area to check out the local specialties.
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508 TH 10/16/14 10:00pm 00:25:29 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Southwestern, France Burt tours the city of Toulouse; discovers why the color blue terrified the soldiers of ancient Rome, and how the cloth dyers of Toulouse used blue to make a fortune. They don't call royal families blue bloods for nothing. Later, Burt visits the largest Romanesque Church in Europe, finds out how in 1222 the King of France set the pattern for Donald Trump's real estate deals.Then, a look at a group of 35,000-year-old cave paintings that were used to teach young men to hunt. Burt finds out where to rent a houseboat and wanders along one of the most beautiful canals in the world. Finally, Burt is guided through the largest collection of works by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, visits Carcassonne, a walled city for over 2,500 year, and stops into one of the finest restaurants in the area to check out the local specialties.
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508 FR 10/17/14 04:00am 00:25:29 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Krakow, Poland For hundreds of years Krakow has been one of the great cultural centers of Eastern Europe. Burt tours the city, visits the ancient castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, discovers the origin of the croissant, looks at some of the two million works of art in the city's museums, and finds out how the immodest sight of a woman's legs saved the town'sMedieval wall. Burt also checks out what's cooking and visits the Jewish quarter of Krakow that was founded in the 14th century.
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509 TU 10/21/14 10:00pm 00:27:55 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Krakow, Poland For hundreds of years Krakow has been one of the great cultural centers of Eastern Europe. Burt tours the city, visits the ancient castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, discovers the origin of the croissant, looks at some of the two million works of art in the city's museums, and finds out how the immodest sight of a woman's legs saved the town'sMedieval wall. Burt also checks out what's cooking and visits the Jewish quarter of Krakow that was founded in the 14th century.
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509 WE 10/22/14 04:00am 00:27:55 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 The Shrine at Lourdes, France In the southwest corner of France, Lourdes is one of the most important shrines in the Christian world. Famous as a site for healing miracles, over 7,000 cures have been documented. Burt takes us on a tour of the churches of Lourdes, discovers the story of the shrine's beginnings, visits the mysterious grotto, takes part in a torch light procession, uncovers the shrine's political significance in the history of France and its role in the story of woman's rights. He also interviews the doctor who was in charge for the investigation of the most recent medical miracle.
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510 TH 10/23/14 10:00pm 00:26:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 The Shrine at Lourdes, France In the southwest corner of France, Lourdes is one of the most important shrines in the Christian world. Famous as a site for healing miracles, over 7,000 cures have been documented. Burt takes us on a tour of the churches of Lourdes, discovers the story of the shrine's beginnings, visits the mysterious grotto, takes part in a torch light procession, uncovers the shrine's political significance in the history of France and its role in the story of woman's rights. He also interviews the doctor who was in charge for the investigation of the most recent medical miracle.
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510 FR 10/24/14 04:00am 00:26:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Cruising The Danube River cruising has become one of the best ways to see Europe and at a great price. Burt cruises down the Danube. He starts in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and stops in Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, Vienna the capital of Austria, Durnstein, Melk, as well as Grein, Linz and Passau. (1 of 10)
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801 TU 10/28/14 10:00pm 00:25:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Cruising The Danube River cruising has become one of the best ways to see Europe and at a great price. Burt cruises down the Danube. He starts in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and stops in Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, Vienna the capital of Austria, Durnstein, Melk, as well as Grein, Linz and Passau. (1 of 10)
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801 WE 10/29/14 04:00am 00:25:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Milan, Italy Milan has been an influential city for well over 2,000 years. It was a significant political and commercial center for the Roman Empire, and it has maintained that position ever since. Today, Milan is an industrial powerhouse. It is the financial and commercial center of Italy, a focus for electronics, publishing, television, textiles, international trade-fairs, fashion and food. Burt visits a 16th century Italian palazzo, filled with authentic furnishings and objects from the Renaissance. He also discovers why Milan is the source of some of Italy's best cooking. (2 of 10)
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802 TH 10/30/14 10:00pm 00:27:51 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Milan, Italy Milan has been an influential city for well over 2,000 years. It was a significant political and commercial center for the Roman Empire, and it has maintained that position ever since. Today, Milan is an industrial powerhouse. It is the financial and commercial center of Italy, a focus for electronics, publishing, television, textiles, international trade-fairs, fashion and food. Burt visits a 16th century Italian palazzo, filled with authentic furnishings and objects from the Renaissance. He also discovers why Milan is the source of some of Italy's best cooking. (2 of 10)
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802 FR 10/31/14 04:00am 00:27:51 (RPT) (CC) × ST