week 6

Mon: Xenius highlights the importance of urban and in-house spaces for growing edible plants, as well as, the side effects of the neonicotinoids insecticides on birds and mammals, including us.

Tue: Sarah runs through Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur searching for the hottest chili peppers … and she finds them. Red hot! Noth enough yogurt can quench the burn.

Wed: NHK informs on the travails of the “father” of the bullet train to convince the railway company, government and IMF to fund such high-tech project during the post-WWII era reconstruction.

Thu: We visit the raramuri people with the aid of a mexican female anthropologist doing her PhD field work in the sierra Tarahumara for 6 months. At last we hear some spoken words of the tarahumara language.

Fri: The renaissance of the cossacks running the steppes between the Don and Volga rivers as seen by the eyes of a Christian Orthodox priest attending to the flock with the helping hand of a mini-van is portrayed with nostalgic eyes by the narrator.




week 5

Mon: Xenius introduces the importance of epigenetics in the genotype versus phenotype paradigm. And it presents the newest cancer wonder treatment, immunotherapy, to much fanfare and overhype.

Tue: The tribal wives series visits the Raramuri people located in the Sierra Tarahumara. This is a community striking a perilous balance between mexican government subsidies and tourism revenues while adhering to their ancient way of life including own language, cuisine & beverages, shamanic healing ceremonies and sport traditions.

Wed: Sarah Wiener navigates the back waters of Kerala searching for the perfect garam masala spices recipe. It seems a numbing hot taste!

Thu: Joanna Lumley’s last stretch on her tour of Japanese islands includes the Buddhist pilgrimage from temple to temple along Shikoku island and the tropical waters of Okinawa prefecture.

Fri: ARTE reports on the Black Sea coastal resort of Sochi in the summer: The youth camps, the family run bed&breakfast, the state run sanatorium. Unfortunately, very little sand beach space for the lots of people, mainly russian, that visit it seems available. Although the tea tasting boutique shop tucked away in an alley looked agreeable… better escape for the Caucasus mountains just behind.


week 4


Mon: Xenius adresses the curcumin health benefits as sponsored by Ayurverdic medicine.

Tue: Sarah Wiener stops in the Indian state of Gujarat to witness the normalcy of an all vegetarian diet. Chutneys with samosas are all the rage but vegetarian dishes do not equate with healthy as plenty of fat finds its way to the plate.

Wed: Les dessous des cartes paints the complex mixture of the Caucasus mountains where the ancient Caucasian, Indo-European and Altaic ethnicities clustered in separate valleys received the geopolitical forces of Christian cossacks, Sunni ottomans and Shia persians. Did I miss to mention the Buddhist Kalmyks of the steppes just to the north?

Thu: The Transoceanica bus finally reaches the beaches of Lima after 7 days from departing Copacabana. Although scheduled to last only five, it is still notable the easiness in crossing the entire continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast.

Fri: Joanna Lumley takes on Honsu island with the typical helicopter ride above the megapolis of Tokyo, the perennially foggy mount Fuji and the allure of the cherry blossom vistas in springtime Kyoto.

week 3


Mon: Archiving in the electronic era plus how to dispose of e-waste are yet unsolved issues. How many back-up CDs turn out to be unreadable in a few years? How many of the broken and trashed electronics from Europe resurface in the street markets of Ghana or Nigeria after minor fixing?

Tue: Sarah, on her take two of Vietnam, shows us the central coast where harvesting tiny lobsters in a very shallow bay using semi-spherical woven bamboo tug boats or collecting algae (kelp?) to prepare salads and boil for tea are the way of life for coastal dwellers.

Wed: A tribute to the late Jean Christoph Victor, writer of “les dessous des cartes”, makes clear how maps express the sad reality of geopolitics in our world choking with wall borders.

Thu: The transoceanic bus reaches Cuzco, base camp for accessing the tourist trap of Machu Picchu…

Fri: Joanna Lumley’s tournee of Japan starts in Hokkaido, the least populated and most forested island of the archipelago. Worth considering a visit to Sapporo, but not in winter!