This series takes viewers on an enriching and entertaining “field trip for grown-ups” to some of the most intriguing cities in Europe and North America. Journalist Christine Van Blokland brings her passion and genuine curiosity about the arts, quirky characters, storytelling and lifelong learning to this new series. In each location, Christine explores the hidden histories in their art, architecture, museums, monuments, houses of worship and city parks.
Why did Shakespeare use Kronborg Castle as the setting for Hamlet? Why was picturesque Nyhavn the playground for sailors? Why so many palaces – Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle – in one small European country?
Heading to the Hawai’i Food and Wine festival, Ming bumps into Chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, masters of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine. They decide to head to the kitchen to create three distinct and flavorful fish dishes.
In 1975, Giap, a pregnant Vietnamese refugee, escapes Saigon in a boat and within weeks is working on an assembly line in Indiana. Decades later, her aspiring filmmaker son documents her final day of work at America’s last ironing board factory.
The Chicano Wave
Mexican-Americans in CA, TX and across the Southwest create their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. Their music would play an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propel them from the barrio to the national stage.
Divas and Superstars
Explore the Latin Pop explosion of the turn of the century and the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira in the English-language market. As studios concentrate on star-driven Pop, Latino youth gravitate toward urban fusions – Spanish language rap, reggaeton, as well as rock en Español.
Florante, a classically trained guitarist returns to the Philippines after 12 years of absence, to rediscover the music of harana, a long forgotten tradition where men sing under the window at night to declare their love for a woman, and discovers three of the last surviving practitioners.
Learn the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated The Delano Grape Strike of 1965, which brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). While the movement is known for Cesar Chavez’s leadership and considered a Chicano movement, Filipinos played a pivotal role.
Then, Jeepney follows artists, drivers and passengers of the famed ornate transportation vehicles in the Philippines.
Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell leads a LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER event with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, composed of some of Cuba’s most accomplished classical musicians. Bell performs a range of selections, from Vivaldi classics to Piazzolla tangos and more, building a bridge between Cubans and American artists.
Albania is a land of contrasts and contradictions, of political strife and the deepest of family roots, of majestic mountains and beautiful beaches. Explore Albania’s present and travel back in time to its past with host Eliza Dushku.
The Merrie Monarch Hula Festival is a four-day competition and exhibition that showcases elegance, power and rich storytelling that this ancient art form portrays. This program highlights the 2012 festival winners and presents a look at hula’s role in the past, present and future of Hawaii’s people.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the 2013 preparations for the 50th annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii. The Festival is Hawaii’s most significant cultural event and showcases the art of hula for a global audience. This program highlights the hard work, dedication and spirit of the Festival participants.