Stories by Jennifer Robinson
In the Italian countryside, Rick connects with rustic, traditional culture: enjoying an agriturismo (farmhouse inn), seeing how prosciutto and pecorino cheese are made, and hiking down into deep and ancient wine cellars. He ends in Assisi — the hometown of St. Francis — which retains its spiritual aura to this day.
Rick Steves and his team tour Romania's vibrant capital, Bucharest, with its "Little Paris of the East" architecture and lingering reminders of a brutal communist dictator. Then they head into Transylvania, where they visit fortified churches, cobbled merchant towns like Sighișoara, and castles made famous by an imported German king and the real-life Dracula.
“Korla” tells the amazing story of John Roland Redd, an African American from Columbia, Missouri who migrated to Hollywood in 1939 and reinvented himself as a musician from India. The newly-named Korla Pandit found fame as an actor, spiritual guide and recording artist, and was later celebrated by a new generation of fans who crowned him the Godfather of Exotica Music.
Appraisals include an archive of the Oak Ridge Journal, the newspaper for a town created for the Manhattan Project; a Pete Seeger autographed sign relating to the Peekskill riots of 1949; and an 1854 Edward Beyer panoramic oil painting that features Charleston before West Virginia separated from Virginia.
Host Su-Mei Yu explores unique and energy saving ways to cook and grow food at the Energy Innovation Center then visits Farm Lab, a program in the Encinitas Unified School District with educational activities that focus on learning about nutrition and the environment on a fully functioning organic farm.
First broadcast in December 1954, ZOO QUEST was one of the most popular television series of its time, changing the way viewers saw the world. It launched the career of the young David Attenborough as a wildlife presenter. This film showcases the very best of ZOO QUEST in stunning high-definition color for the very first time.
MERCY STREET, the much-acclaimed Civil War-era drama set in the occupied city of Alexandria, Virginia, will return for a second season on Jan. 22, 2017. Allegiances blur, loyalties shift and the drama intensifies as the scope of the war pushes beyond Mansion House, the former hotel commandeered by northern troops to serve as a Union hospital.
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