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What Makes Us Human? (Episode #601H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions of other animals who have evolved on this planet. David Pogue explores the traits we once thought were uniquely ours - language, tool-making, even laughter - to uncover their evolutionary roots. He traces some of the crucial steps that transformed cave men to accountants - and learns how much of his own DNA came from a Neanderthal ancestor.

Where Did We Come from? (Episode #505)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Where did the very first living thing on Earth come from? Can a simple injection erase a painful memory?

What Makes Us Human? (Episode #601H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 -- 9:00 PM

Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions of other animals who have evolved on this planet. David Pogue explores the traits we once thought were uniquely ours - language, tool-making, even laughter - to uncover their evolutionary roots. He traces some of the crucial steps that transformed cave men to accountants - and learns how much of his own DNA came from a Neanderthal ancestor.

Where Did We Come from? (Episode #505)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

Where did the very first living thing on Earth come from? Can a simple injection erase a painful memory?

How Smart Are Animals? (Episode #504H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 3, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

How well can we understand what's going on in the brains of non-human animals? Do our pets - like dogs - have the same feelings we do? How smart are animals really?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Fri, Jul 5, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jul 4, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 4, 2013 -- 4:00 AM
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    • early Thurs 12/08: planned KQED DT9s Over the Air outages

      (DT9.1 through 9.3) KQED will be performing maintenance at Sutro Tower in the overnight hours early Thursday 12/08. We are expecting a few power interruptions to take place and KQED will need to be off air for these. The outages are expected to be brief.

    • Wed 11/30: planned momentary outages of DT54 over the air signal

      (this is a continuation of the work originally announced for 11/28, which was not completed on Tuesday.) At some point during the morning of Wednesday Nov. 30th, the KQEH transmitter will switch from its main antenna to the auxillary one, to allow for the safety of workers doing maintenance for another TV station on the […]

    • Tues 11/29: DT54 Over the Air Signal restored

      Repairs have been completed on today’s transmitter issue, and the signals for DT54.1 through 54.5 have been restored.

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