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T-Shirt Travels (Episode #110)

KQED Plus: Sun, Apr 29, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

When international aid worker Shantha Bloemen was working in Africa, she thought it strange that almost every man, woman and child she encountered was wearing a western t-shirt with slogans like "I Love New York." She decided to follow the trail of the t-shirts and find out how they ended up on the backs of Africans. The result is this eye-opening film, tracing how secondhand clothing donated as charity in the western world eventually lands in Zambia, and the devastating effect these clothing donations have on the communities that receive them.

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

Circus School (Episode #101)

KQED Life: Mon, Apr 23, 2012 -- 7:00 PM

Acrobatics is considered as the national quintessence of China. It has existed on this land for over a thousand years. This film relates the hard experiences of a group of children before they become acrobats. The Flying Trapeze Group and Handstand Group are training hard for the national contest. Under the same immense pressure, however, they end up differently. Children of the trapeze group win the championship heroically after conquering a number of difficulties. The handstand group gives up the contest because of the training fatigue. Meanwhile thirteen-year-old Cai Yong is engaged in a life and death battle against his own weight. After a few shrinks, to everybody's surprise, he gives a perfect first performance. This is a story about competition and survival.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Apr 24, 2012 -- 1:00 AM

Great Wall Across The Yangtze (Episode #114)

KQED 9: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

This program tells the story of the controversy surrounding the construction of the world's largest dam and hydroelectric power plant, Three Gorges, across the legendary Yangtze river. The story is told by some of the people most affected: the engineer who believes in his country and its urgent need for new sources of power and flood control; the people who are being forcibly relocated to make way for the immense reservoir; the biologist who works to find ways to save the Baiji River dolphin from extinction; and the archaeologist who attempts to recover ancient artifacts before time runs out.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
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