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Bourdain in Paris on 'The Layover' Plus - Week Highlights of November 26

By April MacIntyre Nov 12, 2012, 21:01 GMT

Bourdain in Paris on 'The Layover' Plus - Week Highlights of November 26

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THE LAYOVER WITH ANTHONY BOURDAIN

Anthony Bourdain is a seasoned traveler who's hit up all corners of the globe many times over. More often than not, while passing through, he has time to kill in some of the world’s biggest hubs.

So instead of sitting at the airport hotel, he sets out to explore each city in the short amount of time he has there. Season two of “The Layover with Anthony Bourdain” is a caffeinated, high-test, quick drill “No Reservations.” The visually-arresting style conveys grit, energy and urgency. Constantly on the move, and only in town for a mere number of hours, Bourdain, and friends he connects with along the way, unleash an unpredictable story about a place, a people and their food.

NEW EPISODE: Monday, November 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

In Paris, Anthony Bourdain does as the French do, with a coffee at Le Pure Café, sits down at Le Dome for an enormous shellfish tower, finds the lost art of bread baking is still alive and indulges in a guilty pleasure -  a duck press.

CATCH UP ON LAST SEASON WITH FULL EPISODES HERE: http://www.travelchannel.com/video/the-layover-full-episodes

DANGEROUS GROUNDS

Coffee magnate and adventurer Todd Carmichael hunts down rare strains of coffee in some of the most fascinating and unseen places in the world. His business depends on sourcing coffee so extraordinary, it's sought after by the world's top chefs. Whether he’s sleeping under his truck to avoid being detected by notorious criminals or using makeshift repairs to fix a broken engine, Carmichael risks it all tracking his way from villages to mountain enclaves where the best coffee fruit hides. Travel is his life, and coffee fuels his passion for adventure. And buying directly from the growers means Carmichael must encounter danger and opposition from entrenched middlemen. There's an amazing story behind every cup!

NEW EPISODE: Tuesday, November 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Todd Carmichael ventures deep into the jungles of Borneo in search of one of the world's rarest coffee beans. Carmichael's never seen this unique plant, but it's rumored to produce beans much larger than regular coffee. Venturing upriver by longboat, he encounters a Bornean tribe best known for their elaborate tattoos and long history of headhunting. After a meal of local offerings, the chief gives him directions to find the coffee. Forging through the lush terrain, humidity, snakes, and parasites, Carmichael crosses ancient bamboo bridges, eats slimy grub, and sleeps in the wild - all in the hope of bringing a rare exotic "Liberica" coffee bean back home to his roasters.

BAGGAGE BATTLES

“Baggage Battles” provides a glimpse into the very profitable business of bidding, buying and reselling unclaimed property by following three teams of auction experts who travel to some of the most important auctions, where their bids are based on sight-unseen instincts. Season two of “Baggage Battles” brings back the savvy auction experts viewers met in the first season: Laurence and Sally Martin, a married couple who co-own Studio Antiques in El Segundo, California; Mark Meyer, a young entrepreneur in the auctioning business from Long Island, New York; and New York City’s Billy Leroy, owner of the iconic Billy’s Antiques and Props, one of the last eclectic props and antique stores. These shrewd experts trust their keen eye for detail to find hidden treasures at the top auctions around the world including airport auctions, unclaimed freight and shipping auctions, police and seizure auctions, vehicular auctions and estate auctions.

NEW EPISODE: Wednesday, November 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Since the 1840’s, Greensboro, NC has thrived as a shipping thoroughfare.  Nicknamed “Gate City,” it’s one of the major hubs for imports and exports in the United States.  With so much freight in transit, some things are bound to get lost, and they end up at Quality Salvage.  Located between six major highways, this auction house receives over five-million tons of lost freight every year, and their number-one priority is to sell these items every week.  The three teams of “Baggage Battles” auction specialists (Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer and married couple Laurence and Sally Martin) head to Greensboro to attend this prominent southern motor-freight auction.  The auction begins with the Martins bidding against Meyer on a crate with NASCAR collectibles.  Next, all the specialists, along with local bidders, engage in a bidding war for a pallet of vintage Playboy Magazines.  Then Leroy bids against the Martins on a 19th century rifle that is inlaid with mother-of-pearl.  After all the pallets have been won (or lost), one of the “Baggage Battles” teams discovers an item that’s worth over $3,000!                

TOY HUNTER

“Toy Hunter” follows toy and collectibles expert and dealer Jordan Hembrough as he scours the country for hidden treasures to sell to his buyers around the world. In each episode, he travels from city to city, strategically maneuvering around reluctant sellers, abating budgets, and avoiding unforeseen roadblocks. With his sights on the holy grail of toys and pop culture collectibles, we’ll follow along with Hembrough as he digs through thousands of toy stashes, looking to turn people’s old trash into cold cash. As each flip brings him one step closer to his goal of becoming the ultimate collector, the stakes become higher, the hagglers push harder, and the payoffs are greater than ever before. For this toy hunter, poking through cramped attics and rummaging around dirty garages to score rare vintage items is all in a day’s work!

NEW EPISODE:  Wednesday, November 28 at 9:00p.m. ET/PT

Jordan Hembrough travels to Houston, TX, and he needs to come up with something BIG to make this trip a success.  On his first stop he meets Victor, a nostalgia fanatic with a penchant for boy toys, particularly 1960’s and 1970’s vehicles.  Hembrough does well with a Masters of the Universe Spydor vehicle, some Chips figures and a Johnny Lightning Fire Leap set.  But the real jewel of this garage is a Green Hornet Black Beauty car.  The problem, however, is Victor really likes the Green Hornet and isn’t willing to sell.  Hembrough continues his journey to meet Faye.  She’s been sitting on her children’s toys for years, and is finally ready to let go of these 80’s gems.  Hembrough quickly scoops up a Space 1999 Chest Pack Radio, a pair of Nerf Fencing Swords, and a Fireball Island board game – a unique 1986 Milton Bradley game that, according to Hembrough, is VERY hard to find.  Hembrough’s last stop is a visit to Rita, a clearance shopper who bought toys as birthday gifts throughout the years, and many of them never made it to the party.  She has a room full of beanie babies, lunchboxes and assorted action figures, and Hembrough finds a Magnadoodle and a Star Wars Lunch Box that he happily purchases.         

Food Paradise

We're serving up hefty plates of the country's tastiest, most mouth-watering, and decadent meals. We're talking lip-smacking pizza, tasty deli entrees, boatloads of bacon, fresh seafood and finger-licking deep fried dishes – and that's only the beginning. Fantastic food is more important to many travelers than museums, hotels and souvenirs, and we've compiled all the must-see spots across the country to have a one-of-a-kind dining experience. So bring your appetite and your stretchy pants as we dive into a healthy portion of “Food Paradise!”

NEW EPISODE: Wednesday, November 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

In this new episode entitled “Sandwich Paradise 2,” we focus on the hunger-bustingest handheld feasts from coast to coast, from a latke and corned beef masterpiece in Colorado, to a 2-foot Italian monster on the Jersey shore, to a big hunk of BBQ baloney in Tennessee.

MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM

NEW EPISODE: Thursday, November 29 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Don Wildman travels to the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park.  Housed there is an antique-weathered trunk that was discovered in the unforgiving desert landscape.  Some believe it is evidence of a legendary cross-country journey.  Next, Wildman heads to the Chicago History Museum to learn about a group of  bricks that were key to one of the largest prison breaks of the Civil War.  Then Wildman goes to the Omaha Public Library, which is home to a gruesome relic from Nebraska’s rough and tumble frontier past – a preserved human scalp!

“Mysteries at the Museum” spans the country, exploring local archives, storefront collections and the hallowed halls of stately institutions, to uncover the objects and artifacts that reveal the nation’s hidden secrets.  Museum explorer and history enthusiast Don Wildman scours a range of museums in search of extraordinary relics at the heart of tales that shock and amaze.  From Springfield, Illinois’ Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, where a rusted metal chisel was once wielded in a daring plot to steal the remains of the beloved 16th President, to the Connecticut Air and Space Museum, where a replica of a primitive plane may rewrite the history of aviation, these are a few of the sites that celebrate our nation’s distinguished past.  Through gripping interviews, rich archival footage and arresting reenactments, “Mysteries at the Museum” brings to life the amazing artifacts from the center of the nation’s most notorious crimes and scandals, unexplained encounters, bizarre inventions, and the most enthralling events of all time.

GHOST ADVENTURES

The "Ghost Adventures" crew – Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin – is back to investigate the scariest, most notorious, haunted places in the world. The trio interviews eyewitnesses and historians at each location, arming themselves with the stories of the ghosts they later confront during their dusk-to-dawn lockdowns. Then they review and analyze their findings with some the most-respected experts and specialists in the paranormal field. New locations in season seven include the Central Unit Prison in Sugar Lands, TX; the Point Sur Lighthouse in Point Sur, CA; the Black Moon Manor in Greenfield, IN; the Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre, MN; and the Excalibur Nightclub in Chicago, among others.

SPECIAL NEW EPISODE: Friday, November 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

In this special episode, Zak Bagans, Nick Groff & Aaron Goodwin present a collection of their most astonishing experiences while investigating the Wild West.  Old west towns are a portal to America’s unique, and sometimes disturbing, history. As America expanded west, the mining business expanded along with it. Many of these “boom towns” faded away when the mines dried up and the people left. But there were many people that never made it out, and the spirits of those people still reside in the Wild West today. Featured locations include Chollar Mine in Virginia City, NV; Vulture Mine in Vulture City, AZ; Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone, AZ; Silver Queen Hotel and Miner’s Lodge in Virginia City, NV; Jerome Grand Hotel in Jerome, AZ; and the National Hotel in Nevada City, CA.

VIDEO – TOUR ZAK’S “MAN CAVE”:

 

THE DEAD FILES

NEW EPISODE: Friday, November 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan investigate frightening paranormal activity at a family home in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where a terrified mother worries about the safety of her eight children. While DiSchiavi uncovers the property’s tragic history of disaster, Allan encounters an evil entity that seeks to hurt the living.

They are a paranormal team like no other, combining their unique, eclectic and often-conflicting skills to solve unexplained paranormal phenomena in haunted locations across America. Our team approaches every case from their two specific areas of expertise: Steve DiSchiavi is a Homicide Detective and Amy Allan is a medium.  Each investigator’s methods and findings remain hidden from the other team member to preserve the integrity of their findings, until the shocking results are revealed to the homeowner in the compelling conclusion of each episode. Steve and Amy come together, with the homeowner, and all of the team’s findings gel into one undeniable – and often terrifying – conclusion. 

STURGIS

NEW THREE-EPISODE SPECIAL: Sunday, December 2 from 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET/PT

The world’s biggest biker rally is back – the 72nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. In the first all-new episode (airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT), Main Street’s hottest bartenders ignite the crowd, sparks fly at the world’s biggest biker build-off, the Buffalo Chip girls hit the stage and the cops clamp down on the wild partiers as the Rally gets underway. Then (airing at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT), competition is fierce for the most coveted custom bike award, security gets tested in Main Street’s rowdiest biker bar and monstrous burnouts cloud the sky with smoke as the biker bash heats up. In the third part of this three-episode special (airing at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT), stunt riders fly high above Main Street, Miss Buffalo Chip girls strut their stuff for the crown and the cops keep the party from raging out of control as Sturgis shifts into overdrive.

The world's biggest biker bash shifts into overdrive at the 72nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  The party turns outrageous at the wildest biker bar, sparks fly at a renowned custom bike build-off, the battle to crown Miss Buffalo Chip gets hotter than ever, and the cops struggle to keep it all from spiraling out of control.

 



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