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On the Road with Charles Kuralt: Americana Collection

On the Road with Charles Kuralt: Americana Collection

For 20 years starting in 1967, Kuralt wandered America's byways in search of the unusual and the overlooked. For his homespun vignettes and sharp reporting, he won an Emmy® and three Peabodys. Each set includes 18...more.
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Overview
For 20 years starting in 1967, Kuralt wandered America's byways in search of the unusual and the overlooked. For his homespun vignettes and sharp reporting, he won an Emmy® and three Peabodys. Each set includes 18 episodes compiled by the Travel Channel from the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkiteseries. "The spirit of America at its best"-- Los Angeles Times. 50 episodes, 17½ hours, 9 DVDs, SDH.
Episodes
Set 1
Disc 1
Episode 1: Blenheim Ginger Ale, Golden Gate Bridge Workers, Bicycle Man

Episode 2: Super Shoe Salesman, Down-Home Remedies, 80-Year-Old Cook, Unique Mailbox Posts

Episode 3: American Citizen, Blowing Bubbles, Junk-Mail Heat, Simplify

Episode 4: Domino Theory, Old Advertisements, Building Wooden Boats, Roadside Shangri-la

Episode 5: Kentucky Croquet-Playing Field, "Black Diamond" Private Railcar, Twidd, The Circus Bandleader

Episode 6: Whistle-Stop Ride, Toothpick Artist, National Weather Survey

Disc 2
Episode 7: All-Night Library, Life on the Bayou, Living in a Small Town

Episode 8: Lady Mayor, Bullfighter, Wind Symphony, Carousels, Shipbuilders of Maine

Episode 9: Interstate 80, Farming and Fishing in Kansas, Greek Sponge-Fisherman, Bishop of Spokane, Volkswagens

Episode 10: Piney Woods Thoreau, Coffee Cups, Wheat Harvest, Cadillac Ranch, Nebraska: Bountiful Desert

Episode 11: Abraham Lincoln's Hometown, Hummingbirds, Maple Sugar, Woman Driver, Mayor of Duncan

Episode 12: Dowser, One-Room Schoolhouse, Brick Maker, Cable Cars, Iowa

Disc 3
Episode 13: Mushrooms, Covered Bridges, Turkey Trot, Kite Man, Montana: Little Big Horn

Episode 14: 104-Year-Old Man, Cymbals Factory, Sleighs, California: The Mission Trail

Episode 15: Chicken Man, Idaho, The River of No Return, Man Who Waves at Traffic

Episode 16: Pauli Murray, Delta Queen, Street Vendor, Colorado Prospectors

Episode 17: Stone Skipping, New Mexico: Atomic Bomb, Pothole Festival, Greenup H.S. Cheerleaders, Crop Artist

Episode 18: Bike Messenger, Lace Making, Cicadas, Capitals of the World, South Dakota: Cowboys of Deadwood

Set 2
Disc 1
Episode 1: Cloggers, Lady Pilot, Blackie, Spivey Farm, Michigan: Wheels and Machines

Episode 2: British Graves, Lula Watson, Canoe Maker, Pumpkins, Ohio: The Golden Lamb

Episode 3: Moonshiners, Indiana: Poet James Whitcomb Riley, Friendship Between Man and Falcon

Episode 4: Totem Poles, Waynesburg Rain Day, Johnny Appleseed, Swings, Tennessee: A Round and Tumble Past

Episode 5: Ball of String, Fiddlers, Delaware: The Du Pont Family, Ferry Boats, Corn-Pipe Factory

Episode 6: Jump Rope, Chicago Fire, Hood Ornaments, Bottle House, New Jersey: G.W. Crossing the Delaware River

Disc 2
Episode 7: Toy-Fixing Man, Skipjack, Jerry's Deli, Billy Jones Railroad, South Carolina: Spirit of a City

Episode 8: Alabama: Freedom through Knowledge, Steam Whistles, Mule Doctor, Norwegian Blind Skiers, Auctioneer

Episode 9: Homesteading, Horseshoe Throwing, Mail Boat, Barber Poles, Arkansas: The Louisiana Purchase

Episode 10: Oyster Shucking, Driftwood, Wild Mustangs, Trailers, Oklahoma: American Indian Alphabet

Episode 11: Poet, Chewing Tobacco, Arizona: The Trading Post, Christmas Toys, Professor Turned Janitor

Episode 12: National Road, Bald Eagles, Sandcastles, Rafts, Oregon: The Columbia River

Disc 3
Episode 13: Swanee River, 40-Horse Hitch, Old-Time Religion, Construction Crane, Washington: Narcissa Whitman

Episode 14: Wine Harvest, Lonnie's Diner, Trading Day, Traffic Cop, Texas: Cowboys' Romantic Myth

Episode 15: Coffee Club, Lightning, McKinley Pilot, Weeds, Hawaii: Early Days

Episode 16: Parolees, Bell Lady, Rodeo Old-Timers, Bird Lady, Connecticut

Episode 17: Maryland: Chesapeake-Ohio Canal, Peppers, Spring, Sod Houses, Gold Leaf

Episode 18: Russian Dentist, Bean-Shooter Man, West Virginia: Harpers Ferry

Set 3
Disc 1
Episode 1: Hex-Sign Painter, Missouri, High-School Plane, Christmas Tree, Alaskan Glacier Priest

Episode 2: Horse Trader, Singing Mailman, Butterflies, Sorghum Making, Minnesota

Episode 3: North Woods Guide, Tombstones, Steam Calliope, Huck Finn, Utah

Episode 4: Dakota Farmer, Goose Lady, Oldest Park Ranger, Pennsylvania

Episode 5: Bell Ringers, Unicycle School, National Anthem, Mountains

Disc 2
Episode 6: Cowbells, The Ice Meister, Gas Stations, Secretariat
DVD Extras
  • Exclusive interview with Isadore Bleckman, Kuralt's longtime cameraman
  • About On the Road
  • Road Updates
  • Biography of Charles Kuralt
Details
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 17 1/2 hours, plus bonus programming
Format: Full screen
Number of Discs: 9
Language: English
Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color
CC: No
SDH: Yes
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Rating: NR
Other: Due to the age of these programs and the improved resolution that DVD provides, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio on this DVD presentation that were beyond the studio's ability to correct from the original materials.
Press
"Authentic, uplifting Americana" --Time

"Endlessly watchable" --Los Angeles Times

"TV they really, truly don't make any more" --NPR'sFresh Air

"Stories that deserved to be told"--The Washington Post

"Watching it is a treat"--The New York Times

"Must-see ... endlessly watchable"--Los Angeles Times

"A national treasure"--CNN Radio

"The spirit of America at its best"--Los Angeles Times

"Magical . . . part of TV legend"--Chicago Tribune

"...our beloved visiting uncle...a deToqueville in a motor home..."--Newsweek

"Television's Norman Rockwell"--Los Angeles Times

"Any time...with Kuralt is time worth taking."--USA Today

Time magazine dubbed Kuralt "the laureate of the common man."
Awards
Mr. Kuralt is a winner of 13 Emmy Awards including:
Emmy Award Winner ATAS Broadcast Journalism Award for "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" (1962) for the "On The Road" segments. (1978)

Mr. Kuralt's many career awards include:
Columbia-Dupont Journalism Award Winner (1996)

International Radio and Television Society Winner for Broadcaster of the Year (1985)

Peabody Award Winner (Personal) for "On The Road" reporting (1976)

Peabody Award Winner (Personal) for "On The Road" reporting (1969)

Television Critics Association Award: Career Achievement Award (1994)

Ernie Pyle Memorial Award (1956) for the human interest columns he wrote for the Charlotte News.
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