Tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world. Water is the first. Accordingly, tea has had a powerful impact on what we eat and drink, but it has also had an amazing influence on our music, art and literature. In this program Burt travels around the world talking to experts and looking at how tea has shown up in music (Tea for Two) in literature (Alice in Wonderland) and art (Norman Rockwells Housewife At Tea Break).
Travels ... Traditions is a series of 13 half-hour programs in which award-winning journalist Burt Wolf travels to cities around the world, telling the stories of local traditions that have influenced us all. In many locations, he also shows how foreign traditions have influenced the city he is visiting. He reveals the relationship of marriage and food and the history of gaming. And, of course, he examines society and culture through eating.