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In the America's with David Yetman

Hosted by research social scientist David Yetman, explore the landscapes, peoples and history of North and South America — from the coldest towns in Canada to the tropical islands of the Caribbean.

Mexico's Skyrocket Central

26m 46s

The small city of Tultepec, a suburb of Mexico City, specializes in the production of fireworks, supplying much of the country known for fireworks in its festivals. In March of each year Tultepec celebrates with dazzling, flamboyant, and hazardous displays of fireworks that wildly exceed any other in Mexico.

Episodes

  • Mexican Carnival: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mexican Carnival

    S9 E909 - 26m 46s

    Carnival or Mardi Gras is a time of parades and exuberant partying just before the forty days of Lent, when many Christians must adopt of more austere way of life. Latin America features hundreds of variations on the festivities. Mexico has two sensational parades like no others, in towns that are otherwise obscure--Huejotzingo in the state of Puebla and Tlacayapan in the state of Morelos.

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    Brazil’s Butantan Institute

    S9 E908 - 26m 46s

    Brazil is home to a host of venomous critters, mostly scorpions, spiders, and snakes. Each year many tens of thousands of Brazilians are stung or bitten and require treatment. Many owe their lives to antivenin produced by the Butantan Institute in São Paulo. It’s home to hundreds of thousands of venomous creatures, all contributing to the protection of human lives.

  • Re-claiming the Gulf in Baja California: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Re-claiming the Gulf in Baja California

    S9 E907 - 26m 46s

    Only a few decades ago, Baja California was mostly unknown to the outside world. But crowds and developers have discovered this area and arrived in droves, threatening the very features that make the peninsula such an unusual place. Meanwhile, overharvesting in the Gulf of California has caused fish stocks to plummet and threatened the entire ecosystem.

  • Snakes and Culture in the Amazon: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Snakes and Culture in the Amazon

    S9 E905 - 26m 46s

    The abundance of reptiles, especially snakes, in the Amazonian jungle is hardly surprising. Native cultures, far from fearing snakes, view them as spiritually significant elements of nature. From the gigantic anaconda to tiny tree vipers, snakes are part of life—and religion--in Brazil’s Amazon.

  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

    S9 E904 - 26m 46s

    It’s our largest national park—larger than New England--and one-third of it is ice. One glacier is 137 miles long. The park contains active volcanoes. Its rivers of icemelt are home to salmon runs that have supported native peoples for thousands of years. Yet the glaciers are melting, and forests are drying. The park has become an enormously important natural laboratory.

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    The Lower Colorado River

    S9 E903 - 26m 46s

    Forty million people rely on water released from Lake Mead, on the Colorado River not far from booming Las Vegas, a world leader in water conservation. Far downstream huge canals de-water the river, as farmers look to technology to maintain their productivity; Californians deliver water to their vast population and land; and Mexico receives its entitlement.

  • The Depths of the Canyon and its Offspring: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Depths of the Canyon and its Offspring

    S9 E902 - 26m 46s

    Phantom Ranch, accessible only by trail, is the Grand Canyon's sole permanent settlement. From there west, the canyon narrows and darkens as the Colorado River carves its way throughthe oldest rock in the Southwest. From the north and south sides, canyons “slots” reach the churning river. Finally, the tamed river meets the placid waters beyond.

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    Lee’s Ferry and Into the Depths of the Grand Canyon

    S9 E901 - 26m 46s

    Boating through the Grand Canyon with a group of water experts provides a setting for reflection on the Colorado River—its power, its accomplishments, and its vulnerabilities. We put in at Lee’s Ferry and immediately are introduced to rapids and the evolution of the world’s greatest geological spectacle.

Schedule

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    Mexico City: 600 Years of Urban Glory

    Monday
    Jul 4

    30 Minutes

    Mexico City's museums, monuments, galleries, public celebrations, and vast ethnic mix reflect its past and present glories, and make it Latin America's most vibrant city.
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    Our Warming Oceans: Biosphere to Bahamas

    Monday
    Jul 4

    30 Minutes

    Journey to the Bahamas to join researchers in caves and in reefs who are making startling findings about changes in climate and their effects on oceans.
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    Mexico City: 600 Years of Urban Glory

    Tuesday
    Jul 5

    30 Minutes

    Mexico City's museums, monuments, galleries, public celebrations, and vast ethnic mix reflect its past and present glories, and make it Latin America's most vibrant city.
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    In the Americas With David Yetman: TVSS: Iconic

    In the America's with David Yetman

    Our Warming Oceans: Biosphere to Bahamas

    Tuesday
    Jul 5

    30 Minutes

    Journey to the Bahamas to join researchers in caves and in reefs who are making startling findings about changes in climate and their effects on oceans.
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    In the America's with David Yetman

    Mexico's Sierra Pinacate

    Tuesday
    Jul 5

    30 Minutes

    The Pinacate volcanic range along the U.S.-Mexico border has a violent history of fire and brimstone.
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    Costa Rica: Laboratory of the Biosphere

    Tuesday
    Jul 5

    30 Minutes

    Researchers at Biosphere II in Arizona have re-created tropical rainforest in a closed environment to study the effects of climate change.
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    In the America's with David Yetman

    Mexico's Sierra Pinacate

    Wednesday
    Jul 6

    30 Minutes

    The Pinacate volcanic range along the U.S.-Mexico border has a violent history of fire and brimstone.
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    In the America's with David Yetman

    Costa Rica: Laboratory of the Biosphere

    Wednesday
    Jul 6

    30 Minutes

    Researchers at Biosphere II in Arizona have re-created tropical rainforest in a closed environment to study the effects of climate change.
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    In the America's with David Yetman

    Dominican Republic: Of Baseball, Whales, and Limping Devils

    Wednesday
    Jul 6

    30 Minutes

    Dominican Republic has survived a troubled history of dictators and intervention from the north but is now a hotbed of baseball and home to one of the liveliest carnivals anywhere.
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    Oregon: Violent Past and Verdant Present

    Wednesday
    Jul 6

    30 Minutes

    More than any other of the contiguous United States, Oregon has been shaped by volcanoes; east and west of the Cascade Range are two different landscapes.
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    In the America's with David Yetman

    Dominican Republic: Of Baseball, Whales, and Limping Devils

    Thursday
    Jul 7

    30 Minutes

    Dominican Republic has survived a troubled history of dictators and intervention from the north but is now a hotbed of baseball and home to one of the liveliest carnivals anywhere.
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    In the America's with David Yetman

    Oregon: Violent Past and Verdant Present

    Thursday
    Jul 7

    30 Minutes

    More than any other of the contiguous United States, Oregon has been shaped by volcanoes; east and west of the Cascade Range are two different landscapes.
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    In the America's with David Yetman

    Cuba's Far East

    Thursday
    Jul 7

    30 Minutes

    Santiago de Cuba has endured much and still celebrates its African roots and an ancient religious shrine.
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    In the America's with David Yetman

    Chiapas Highlands: Mexico's Indian Empire

    Thursday
    Jul 7

    30 Minutes

    A look at the highlands of Chiapas where the towns and villages retain traditional pre- Columbian governments.
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    In the America's with David Yetman

    Cuba's Far East

    Friday
    Jul 8

    30 Minutes

    Santiago de Cuba has endured much and still celebrates its African roots and an ancient religious shrine.
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    In the Americas With David Yetman: TVSS: Iconic

    In the America's with David Yetman

    Chiapas Highlands: Mexico's Indian Empire

    Friday
    Jul 8

    30 Minutes

    A look at the highlands of Chiapas where the towns and villages retain traditional pre- Columbian governments.
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    In the America's with David Yetman

    Father Kino and the Southwest

    Friday
    Jul 8

    30 Minutes

    Missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino, founder of the Mission San Xavier del Bac, which became known as the architectural masterpiece of the Southwest.
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    In the America's with David Yetman

    Brazil's Pantanal: Wetlands and Wildlife

    Friday
    Jul 8

    30 Minutes

    The Pantanal in southwestern Brazil is home to a variety of wildlife, namely birds and caimans; cowboys roam America's oldest ranches, following herds of swamp cattle.
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    In the Americas With David Yetman: TVSS: Iconic

    In the America's with David Yetman

    Father Kino and the Southwest

    Saturday
    Jul 9

    30 Minutes

    Missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino, founder of the Mission San Xavier del Bac, which became known as the architectural masterpiece of the Southwest.
  • Image
    In the Americas With David Yetman: TVSS: Iconic

    In the America's with David Yetman

    Brazil's Pantanal: Wetlands and Wildlife

    Saturday
    Jul 9

    30 Minutes

    The Pantanal in southwestern Brazil is home to a variety of wildlife, namely birds and caimans; cowboys roam America's oldest ranches, following herds of swamp cattle.

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