Season 1, Episode 3

Lebanon: The Power of Peace

Award-winning journalist Mariana Van Zeller and acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio travel to Lebanon to explore a country surrounded by turmoil, one that's culturally rich but on the edge of explosive violence. Hezbollah, a history of civil wars and spillover battles from Syria threaten to destabilize Lebanon once again. Mariana and Michael tour through bullet-riddled Beirut, visit with desperate Syrian refugees, walk through Byblos, the oldest city in the world, and Tripoli, where the majority of the clashes occur. They discover why some see Hezbollah as the defender of Lebanon, while others see them as the disruptive power in their goal for peace. They sip wine in the Bekaa Valley, dine on fresh cheeses and fish, and hit the club district in downtown Beirut for cocktails. As the sun sets, their guests come together to dine on amazing food and to talk about the volatile future of their country.
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