Life On Fire Previous Broadcasts

Phoenix Temple (Episode #104H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 27, 2013 -- 7:00 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, Sep 28, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 -- 1:00 AM

The Surprise Salmon (Episode #103H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 19, 2013 -- 8:00 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, Sep 21, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Sep 21, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Volcano Doctors (Episode #102H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 -- 8:00 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 Life: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 14, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Sep 14, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 13, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 13, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Icelandic Volcanoes (Episode #101H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 -- 8:00 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 Life: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 7, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Sep 7, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 6, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 6, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
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