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| Get Curious about the Local Strip On KQED Public Television 9 |
Five local series produced in HD, every weeknight at 7:30pm on KQED 9
Initiative Marks a Milestone in KQED's History
March 19, 2007, San Francisco -- KQED celebrates a landmark achievement as the only local station to produce a different local series in stunning High-Definition television (HDTV) every weeknight. Beginning with the successful 19th season of This Week in Northern California to the more recent series Spark, The Josh Kornbluth Show, Check, Please! Bay Area, and this year's premiere of QUEST, KQED-produced content has achieved a milestone: 10% of its television schedule.
KQED builds on its 53 years of knowledge about Bay Area interests to create high-quality media programs unique to the community. The Local Strip offers a full lineup of Bay Area stories for every taste and imagination, from innovative interviews, science and environment explorations, a front row seat to the local arts scene, savvy restaurant recommendations and trends, and the latest news and headlines of the week.
All local strip programs are produced in HD, and available via podcast. The Josh Kornbluth Show, QUEST, Spark and Check, Please! Bay Area are also available through streaming and can be downloaded directly from the KQED website.
Jeff Clarke, Northern California Public Broadcasting President and CEO, remarks, "With the successful completion of our Campaign for the Future in March 2004 and the conversion of our facilities to digital technology, KQED has taken the next step in its transition from a highly successful 20th century community broadcaster to an essential 21st century digital public media provider. This facility is able to produce a variety of HD local programming that cements our new digital era for television content."
Linda O'Bryon, Chief Content Officer, adds, "While KQED will continue to produce major national specials for PBS, we place special emphasis on localism and reaching our audience in compelling ways, through the diversity of our Local Strip and other series such as Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories, which taps into the Bay Area's enthusiasm for independent film."
The Local Strip at 7:30pm Monday - Friday:
MONDAY: THE JOSH KORNBLUTH SHOW brings this approachable, witty, slightly uncomfortable yet utterly delightful local icon together with the known and unknown personalities - the celebrities and innovators, the musicians and filmmakers, the social critics and authors, the athletes and the artists - that add flavor and spice to life in the Bay Area. www.kqed.org/josh.
With a title that pretty much tells it all, journalist Peggy Orenstein shares her personal travails in "Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, An Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, A Romantic Night, and One Woman's Quest to Become a Mother."
Bay Area playwright and filmmaker Philip Kan Gotanda reveals the inspiration for the world premiere of his play "After the War" at A.C.T. Set in San Francisco's Fillmore district directly following WWII, the play follows the struggles of a Japanese-American musician as he tries to build a new life after returning from years in a government internment camp.
TUESDAY: QUEST puts the Bay Area under a microscope, exploring the stories and people that impact science, nature, and environmental issues across Northern California. The largest multiple-media project in KQED's history, QUEST includes a weekly half-hour television series, weekly radio segments, an interactive website, and educational guides. www.kqed.org/quest.
Eco-Architecture and Elk Return to the Bay Area -- Go inside the cutting-edge Bay Area buildings leading the green architecture movement and spot majestic California Tule Elk living closer than you think. Also, discover cutting-edge microscopes at UC-San Francisco that are helping scientists create three-dimensional images of cells, and may help lead to new medical breakthroughs.
Nanotechnology Takes Off and Journey into Darkness -- A nanotech boom in the Bay Area has begun, but what will it bring? And how do we help seeing adults who are progressively losing their vision? Also, though you may not believe it, the Bay Area was home to the last whale hunting fleet in the United States -- only a generation ago. QUEST investigates how Richmond, California was part of a historic moment, and what remains today.
WEDNESDAY: SPARK blazes a trail through the diverse and prolific Bay Area arts community, featuring in-depth profiles of hundreds of local artists and arts organizations. A three-part initiative in the arts, Spark combines the weekly television series, an extensive website, and a multifaceted educational outreach component. www.kqed.org/spark.
March 21: Season 5 Premiere
Meet the Lawrence Ferlinghetti you didn't know -- you might already know him as a poet, but did you also know that he's a painter, too? Then visit Kenyan-born Indian American Shailja Patel as she performs her spoken word piece about migration and personal history. See how Oakland Ballet artistic director Ronn Guidi comes out of retirement to save the dance company he loves. And finally see how Rene Garcia Jr.'s glitter portraits shine.
Listen as avant-garde songstress Amy X Neuburg creates a new song cycle with her Cello Chixtet. Learn patience from ceramicist Shuji Ikeda who fires his woven clay baskets in a kiln that must burn for seven days. And then meet designer Stanlee Gatti as he creates a floral masterpiece at the Conservatory of Flowers.
THURSDAY: CHECK, PLEASE! BAY AREA makes food critics out of local diners, as Bay Area residents dish about their favorite dining destinations. Discover the latest in food trends, find a new restaurant or rediscover an old favorite on Check, Please! Bay Area, hosted by Leslie Sbrocco. www.kqed.org/checkplease.
Fresh, seasonal ingredients are transformed into Mexican cuisine at the first restaurant location -- a casual place for all. The second destination features northern Indian fare served on white tablecloths with stellar service, great flavors and wonderful bread. The third eatery's dramatic architectural elements and mural walls are the backdrop to satisfying northern Italian cuisine.
This week's show joins locals dining on a Californian menu to suit all tastes. With live music at weekends, it's laid back and fun! Then, tucked away down a narrow alley, there's a little hideaway where you can sit outside and enjoy an Italian influenced menu. Lastly, a place with hamburgers and fries where you can combine dining with a game of...Well, you'll see.
FRIDAY: THIS WEEK IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA offers insightful, thought-provoking roundtable discussions and news analysis of the hottest political topics. Hosted by Belva Davis, Bay Area reporters from diverse media outlets throughout the region have opened their notebooks to give an inside look at the stories behind the headlines. www.kqed.org/twinc.
KQED (www.kqed.org) is a service of Northern California Public Broadcasting, Inc. (NCPB). KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during primetime, is the producer of local and national series such as Quest; Check, Please! Bay Area; Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way; and Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. KQED's digital television channels include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids, and are available 24/7 on Comcast. KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny, Pacific Time, and The California Report, is the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento). KQED Education Network brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and the general public through workshops, community screenings and multimedia resources. KQED Interactive offers video and audio podcasts and live radio stream at www.kqed.org, featuring unique content on one of the most-visited station sites in public broadcasting.