Anthony Bourdain: Part History, Part Witty


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I am a CNN junkie. Most days, as soon as I make it home from work, I turn to CNN to catch up on the news while I prep dinner and unwind.

I was so pleased to find out CNN has a new travel show, Anthony Boudain: Parts Unknown. I caught the first episode Saturday night. This has quickly become one of my favorite shows.

It breaks the mold of typical CNN in which formal interviews and fact-blurting reporters dominate. Anthony Boudain appears to be a real person with a sense of humor. He occasionally curses and obviously doesn’t mind sticking out like sore thumb as he travels to places where the population look nothing like him. The premier episode featured Myanmar (located in southeast Asia) which has been under strict military control until the 1960s. Since that time, the country has undergone political reform, recently granting its citizens freedoms that we often take for granted, such as freedom of speech.

The show offered a very entertaining yet educational view of the country. I loved the human-powered Ferris wheel (shown in the video link above) and learning about the personalized food culture. The train ride through its cities was astoundingly breath-taking. Yet, it was funny to watch the passengers plummet through the air as the railroad carts rolled across unkempt tracks. Miraculously, it stayed on course instead of sideswiping a rice paddy.  I would have loved to be a passenger on that train with my camera to photograph the people and the roadside. It was simply beautiful.

If you have an hour to spare, set your DVR to record it. The show airs 9 p.m. ET on Sundays on CNN. It is well worth your time.

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