In The Americas with David Yetman


Eleven thousand miles separate the North Pole from the tip of Tierra del Fuego in Chile. The Americas occupy the space to each side of a line connecting the two. That imaginary marker includes not only North and South America, but the islands of the Caribbean Sea as well. By a bit of a stretch, we can include Hawaii and the Galápagos Islands. In the Americas with David Yetman takes a fresh look at the lands that make up much of the Western Hemisphere. Each country contains landscapes, peoples, and history that have not received the attention they deserve on the world stage.

David Yetmen and Dan Duncan

David Yetmen and Dan Duncan


We show some of them to you. From the stories of a small village of Japanese immigrants in the Amazon to descendants of poor Italians in Chile, from Mayan temples in Guatemala to ancient fortresses in Mexico, from the glacier-carved frigid barrens of northern Canada to the timeless villages of the altiplano in Perú, we showcase the Americas in an intimate and distinct way.

Our series takes viewers to parts of Cuba mostly unknown to the outside world, to the wild mountains of western Argentina, to festivals in Colombia and the often ignored Great Lakes of the United States. We approach volcanoes in Hawaii, Chile, and Alaska, ride rafts, boats, ferries, horses, and motorcycles. We visit peoples who can replace conversation with whistling, islanders who have cooked the same meals for ten thousand years, and pastoralists who live at an altitude too high for any activity except herding llamas. We meet people from all walks of life and let them tell their stories, show us their homes, take us about their work, and tell us how they came to be who they are. We show the histories of natives and immigrants, islanders and mainlanders, rural folk and city-dwellers. In the Americas undertakes a new approach to travel and adventure—with a decided bias in favor of our western continents and islands. So come along and visit new places, meet new people and encounter new ideas with host David Yetman.

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