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Globe Trekker

San Francisco City Guide (#413)

Justine Shapiro travels by cable car to Chinatown and then it's on to the Italian Quarter, hangout of the beat poets and still a thriving literary scene. She visits the infamous Alcatraz prison and joins the Space Walk - an underground art event that stages guerilla-style art attacks. Justine takes a day trip to Muir Woods, home to the Giant Redwoods; and she cruises the gay neighborhood of Castro, which includes a poignant visit to the Names Project. Exploring the city by bicycle, she finds herself in the midst of Critical Mass, a monthly cycling protest designed to snarl traffic and infuriate motorists. In the Mission District, Justine witnesses the Day of the Dead, a festival during which Mexicans connect with their ancestors, remember the dead and parade through the streets in ghoulish guise. Finally, Justine heads for Pacifica, the beach for surfing beginners, and catches a wave. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: GLOBE TREKKER transports viewers to unforgettable destinations through its stunning photography, rhythmic indigenous music and spirit of adventure. In each episode, one vibrant young traveler ventures off the beaten path to soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. In keeping with their aim of "living as the locals do," charismatic hosts Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Zay Harding, Megan McCormick and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages.

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