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The Kindness of Strangers (Episode #102H)

KQED 9: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

Ever wondered what it would be like to go help people in some far off land? Meet the aid workers who struggle to survive car-jackings, dust storms, and toads - while still keeping the peace between the camps and the surrounding hostile villagers. They do their laundry in wheelbarrows and often run out of toilet paper and yet they've learned how to have fun no matter how difficult their situation. Running a refugee camp is no simple matter, and the humanitarian organizations have created a sophisticated system to feed, clothe, employ, and educate half a million human beings - each with their own agenda, hopes, and dreams. Khadija is willing to do anything to give her daughter the chance she never had. Alfadil works hard to support friends and family, though inside he is seething with rage and frustration. Noura has abandoned her five children to come to the camps in a single-minded quest for material possessions. And Fatima works tirelessly to hold her family together while dreaming of the day when they can all return to their village, rebuild, and start their lives again. It may be a long wait. Rebels and bandits roam the countryside, fighting the endless wars that keep the refugees from going home. Join the soldiers as they head for a border patrol, armed with magical amulets that will protect them from enemy bullets and make them invisible. Meet the Sultan - war-weary and wise - who knows how to bring peace to this troubled land, if only someone would listen. And Jeda, a young woman who represents the greatest hope for the future of her people. Finally, celebrate the stunning courage of a group of young refugees who defy their own culture to give girls a chance to get an education.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Jul 10, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Jul 9, 2014 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 9, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

The Secret Lives of Refugees (Episode #101H)

KQED 9: Tue, Jul 1, 2014 -- 11:00 PM

This eye-opening episode reveals the camp's medieval medical practices, from bleeding to burning, and the butcher who moonlights as the camp surgeon. Find out why the refugees are willing to let Muhammad operate on their babies with nothing more than a rusty hook, and why they'd rather get their medications from Victor, a refugee with no medical training - even though there's a western hospital right inside the camp. Explore the camp's thriving underground economy - bakers and barbers, dirt-poor brick makers, and the tanners whose work comes with devastating consequences. Glimpse the local grain-milling mafia and the women who dare to brew illegal beer for a willing male clientele. Find out how the camp merchant has managed to acquire a pile of money - and the third wife he plans to buy with it. Watch a seven-year-old boy at his circumcision ceremony, knowing that his future depends on his courage under the knife. Join a camp celebration, where the young people have a most unusual way to attract mates, and get a ringside seat at the wedding of the century - between the fifteen-year-old daughter of a sultan and the son of a general. Finally, discover the surprising truth behind the madrassa, the camp Koranic school and its extraordinary teacher.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Jul 3, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Jul 2, 2014 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 2, 2014 -- 5:00 AM
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      Another station needs to do maintenance on its equipment on the tower on Monument Peak, requiring that we switch our DT54 Over the Air signal from the main antenna to the auxiliary when the work starts, then back to the main antenna at the conclusion. These switches should cause momentary outages only, and most receivers […]

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      UPDATE: This problem has been resolved, and the OTA signal for the DT54 channels restored. (DT54.1 through 54.5) KQED Plus’ Over the Air transmission is currently off air via our KQEH transmitter on Monument Peak northeast of San Jose. Technicians are working on the problem. No current estimate regarding how long this will exist. We […]

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