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Rudy Maxa, one of America’s premier consumer travel experts, is the host and executive producer of 95 television episodes on the world’s great destinations that air on PBS stations nationwide.

Maxa is a former Washington Post investigative reporter whose political reporting was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He turned to travel journalism 18 years ago when he began the popular “The Savvy Traveler” segment on public radio’s nationwide business show, Marketplace. Maxa is a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine where his articles have earned two Lowell Thomas Awards for Excellence in travel writing. His articles have also appeared in Forbes, GQ, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country Travel, Worth, USA Today, Modern Maturity, the Los Angeles Times, and dozens of other publications.

Maxa’s latest edition to his Rudy Maxa’s World series is four episodes on Japan – showcasing the country as viewers have never seen it…

In his “Rudy Maxa’s World: Taste of Japan” series, debuting nationwide in 2017, Maxa is joined by his friend Washington, DC, restaurateur Daisuke Utagawa, co-hosting four new episodes; a one-hour special that highlights three distinct regions of Japan by focusing on its food and the people who work the fields and waters, plus three individual 30-minute episodes on Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Kyushu.

“This isn’t a food show per se,” says Maxa. “This is a travel show that uses food and local producers to tell the story of a nation and its culture.”

Maxa is a fascinating and informative speaker on the subject of travel today and speaks extensively around the world.

Maxa’s weekend radio show, RM World Travel with Robert and Mary Carey & Rudy Maxa, is the country’s most widely syndicated travel talk radio show.

DVDs of Rudy Maxa’s World are available for purchase here.

Rudy Maxa’s World: Escape to French Polynesia is a joint production of RMW Productions and Bleu Lagon Productions. Twin Cities Public Television is the presenting station, and the program is distributed by American Public Television. “Escape to French Polynesia” is underwritten by Delta Air Lines and the Korea Tourism Organization.

About Bleu Lagon Productions

Established in Tahiti – French Polynesia for more than 15 years, Bleu Lagon Productions specializes in producing and co-producing documentaries and programs for the French TV and other international customers. Bleu Lagon Productions has produced several shows for France 3 Thalassa, Planète Thalassa, France 5, Arte, RFO Polynesia, 1st, Prodom, Seasons, KTO, France Ô, RTBF, Discovery HD, and PBS. Its headquarters are based in the French Polynesian capital of Papeete with offices in Los Angeles and Paris.

About tpt National Productions

tpt National Productions a division of Twin Cities Public Television (tpt), the PBS affiliate for Minneapolis/St. Paul. tpt National Productions is among the primary content producers for the public television system. In addition to crafting award-winning series, documentaries, and specials, tpt National Productions amplifies its reach and impact through innovative websites, educational outreach programs, and community engagement initiatives. tpt National Productions include national Primetime Emmy Award winners Benjamin Franklin and The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s; Peabody winner Depression: Out of the Shadows; Hoop Dreams, named the number one documentary of all time by the International Documentary Association; and Writer’s Guild Award Nominees Alexander Hamilton and Dolley Madison. tpt National Productions has originated science series including the Emmy Award winners Newton’s Apple and SciGirls. tpt’s productions and presentations for APT include Make: the DIY series for a new generation; the personal finance series Right on the Money with Chris Farrell; Health Diary with Siobhan Cleary; and A St. Thomas Christmas. For additional information visit tpt National Productions.

About American Public Television

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. Since 2004, APT has distributed approximately half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies, including For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, A Ripple of Hope, Rick Steves’ Europe, Newsline, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, Rudy Maxa’s World, Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope, America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia’s Italy, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, Midsomer Murders, Moyers & Company, Doc Martin, Rosemary & Thyme, BBC World News, The Rat Pack: Live and Swingin’, Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful! and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched and nationally distributed Create© – the TV channel featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in the WORLD ™ channel expansion project including its web presence at For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline. For more information visit CreateTV.


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