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Ash Runners (Episode #105H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. Underground, vampire and other bat species have colonized the miles of tunnels created by hot flowing magma. In the crater, parakeets and vultures have made nests on cliffs exposed to toxic gases. On the flanks of this still active mountain, the vegetation has been burnt away by lava flows leaving barren stretches that are recolonized over hundreds of years. At the foot of the volcano, fields, pastures and towns have grown over the oldest lava flows. In this harsh environment, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts ... and the phoenix must rise again.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

Phoenix Temple (Episode #104H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

In the vast emptiness of the Pacific Ocean, tectonic movements construct or swallow islands. In the Tongan archipelago, two little-known animals have learned to cope with these ephemeral lands risen from the ocean depths: the sooty tern, a seabird that never dares wet its wings for fear of drowning, and the Alvin shrimp, a blind crustacean that manages to find its way around the abyss. When an underwater volcano becomes an island, the fates of these two extraordinary paradoxes are linked.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

The Surprise Salmon (Episode #103H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

In Alaska, the fresh water that feeds the rivers is snowmelt from North America's highest mountains and most active volcanoes. Time and again, they erupt and poison the rivers. Scientists have only just begun to piece together what might have happened nearly 2,000 years ago, when one race of salmon faced the death of their natal river and were forced back to the open ocean on an exceptional adventure. Navigating between the sulphurous waters, bears, sharks and eagles, the fish escaped the Earth's wrath to give birth to descendants that continue their pioneering journey to the heart of an active volcano.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

Volcano Doctors (Episode #102H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

Whether the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, Chile, Italy or Iceland, each of these countries is home to active volcanoes that are a threat to the populations settled at their feet. Every day, lava, ash, gas, bombs and avalanches are likely to slide down the gaping mouths of the rock giants. To avoid disasters, volcanologists are asked to anticipate and warn. They are asked to be prophets and to know how to analyze the volcanoes' slightest tremors. Around the world, these volcano doctors use their tools and knowledge to try to protect those who live beneath the Earth's fire.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

Icelandic Volcanoes (Episode #101H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

The 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland provoked economic chaos by paralyzing a major air traffic network for days. This eruption, however, was mild. Much more powerful volcanoes in Iceland are ready to wake up. Through spectacular aerial footage of this country, which is an accumulation of lava and ash, a maze of craters and faults, the episode tries to discern which volcano could wake up next and what the consequences of a major eruption are likely to be. Europe has come to realize that a colossal power sleeps beneath Iceland, while Icelanders for centuries have learned to live amongst their volcanoes.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 4:00 AM
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