The huge earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan six years ago swept vast amounts of debris across the Pacific. Some objects reached the shore of Oregon, including the crossbeams from the gates of a Shinto shrine. Thanks to the efforts of people living there, those precious artifacts have made the long journey home. The film tells the story of how this homecoming formed bonds of friendships between people living an ocean apart.
Taiwan is an island country of 23 million people and the majority of them live in cities. When they seek to leave their hectic urban life, they escape to their country’s villages, mountains, forests and islands. Joseph visits the Penghu Archipelago in the Taiwan Straits, a chain of 64 isles and islets and explores the historic and natural attractions.
During Joseph’s visit to Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, he visits attractions that choose to educate visitors as well as entertain them. Joseph discovers that by offering the visitor authentic experiences in their beautiful land, the Cook Islanders are able to better protect their heritage from commercial exploitation and perpetuate their culture.
In his Bordeaux, France adventure Joseph tours the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bordeaux and the small wine making and exporting villages that comprise the region. Along the way he experiences castle visits, gourmet dinners and spectacular encounters with the history, art and music of the area.
Joseph samples the delights along the banks of Europe’s second-longest river when he travels from Budapest, Hungary through Austria to Nuremberg, Germany. Along the Danube’s course he finds a mosaic of magnificent cities, quaint villages, fields and forests.
For his second trip to South Korea, Joseph visits in winter and discovers that besides the many attractions of the capital city of Seoul, more treasures await in the countryside, including World Heritage temples and historic villages.
Host Rick Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to learn about customs, hear local choirs and discover holiday family traditions.
Go inside the very first girls’ school in a small Afghan village. Never before have fathers allowed their daughters to be educated. Now the Taliban threatens. As they learn to read and write, the girls discover the lives they dream of leading.
Investigate the problems facing a unique population of polar bears due to climate change. At the heart is an extraordinary event: the annual gathering of up to 80 polar bears on Barter Island in the Arctic Ocean each September.
Feel the pulse of the pacific – the stories of its people, cultures, languages, music and contemporary issues – in Season 5 of PACIFIC HEARTBEAT, the nationally distributed series from Pacific Islanders in Communications and PBS Hawaii. The five films in this season highlight struggles, values and victories that draw us together and make our Pacific cultures unique.
In the 1980s, an intrepid Australian pilot left behind a surfboard in the seaside village of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. Twenty years later, surfing is not only a pillar of village life, but it’s also a means to prestige. This story unfolds in the months leading up to the first National Surf Championships and explores the hopes and dreams of the surfers, and how surfing has led to societal changes in a male-dominated culture.