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Roman Catacomb Mystery (Episode #4104H)

KQED World: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 -- 3:00 PM

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs -- a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with tombs. Now, Nova goes inside a previously-unknown complex within the tunnel system: a mysterious mass grave, locked away for nearly 2000 years. Nova's forensic investigation opens up fascinating new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens at the heyday of its mighty empire.

Inside Animal Minds: Who's The Smartest? (Episode #4110H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 -- 11:00 AM

What makes an animal smart? What forces of evolution drive brains to become more complex? Many scientists believe the secret lies in our relationships. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures - including humans - seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants, and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, Nova goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet. Off the coast of Florida, we see dolphins team up to catch fish by whipping up a wall of muddy water that drives the meal right into their companions' waiting mouths. It seems that the dolphins are working together to plan their hunt. But are they really? Biologists go on a quest to decipher the secrets of animal societies, from the seas of the Caribbean to the plains of Africa. Do dolphins and elephants have "language?" Do chimps have a sense of fairness? And are any animals besides ourselves capable of feeling empathy?

Roman Catacomb Mystery (Episode #4104H)

KQED Life: Tue, Aug 16, 2016 -- 8:00 PM

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs -- a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with tombs. Now, Nova goes inside a previously-unknown complex within the tunnel system: a mysterious mass grave, locked away for nearly 2000 years. Nova's forensic investigation opens up fascinating new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens at the heyday of its mighty empire.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Aug 17, 2016 -- 2:00 AM

First Air War (Episode #4118H)

KQED World: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 3:00 PM

When World War I began in 1914, the air forces of the opposing nations consisted of handfuls of rickety biplanes from which pilots occasionally took pot shots at one another with rifles. By 1918, the fighter had become an efficient killing machine with a growing strategic impact on the outcome of the war. With the help of aviation buffs dedicated to bringing back classic WWI fighters, Nova joins the team as they uncover the secrets of some of aviation's most colorful and deadly early flying machines and explores how their impact played a key role in the nightmare slaughter of the Western Front.

Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses (Episode #4109H)

KQED Life: Wed, Aug 10, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

What is it like to be a dog, a shark, or a bird? Long the subject of human daydreams, this question is now getting serious attention from scientists who study animal senses. The senses define our experience of the world - they shape our minds, and help make us what we are. Humans rely on smell, sight, taste, touch, and sound, but other animals have super-powered versions of these senses, and a few, like electrically-sensitive sharks, even have extra senses we don't have at all. From a dog who seems to use smell to tell time, to a dolphin who can "see" with his ears, we will discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. But it's not just the senses that are remarkable - it's the brains that process them. How does a swallow's tiny, one-gram brain take in the flood of visual information that enables the bird to whiz within inches of buildings while flying at 40 miles per hour? How does a dog's mind turn the sight of a hand signal into the happy anticipation of a treat? How has the evolution of the dog - from its wolf ancestors-reshaped its brain? Nova goes into the minds of animals to "see" the world in an entirely new way.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 10, 2016 -- 1:30 PM

Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius (Episode #4108H)

KQED Life: Wed, Aug 10, 2016 -- 2:00 AM

What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature's eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, Nova explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We'll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We'll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We'll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we'll uncover surprising similarities to - and differences from - the human mind.

This episode: When it comes to intelligence, we humans are clearly the most gifted animals around. But what make us so special? Is it our ability to make and use tools? To solve complex problems? Or plan for the future? It might seem that way, but today, researchers are discovering other creatures with impressive brains that have mastered all those skills. Surprisingly, many are bird brains. Crows bend and shape sticks to create custom-made spears for hunting grubs, and they are just one among a growing list of bird species whose impressive problem-solving abilities are shocking scientists and revolutionizing our understanding of animal intelligence. At the head of the class, we meet animals like Muppet, a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; 007, a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle for the first time ever; and Bran, a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography. But are these skills really evidence of high intelligence, or just parlor tricks, the result of training and instinct? To find out, Nova tests the limits of some of the planet's brainiest animals, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.

Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses (Episode #4109H)

KQED Life: Tue, Aug 9, 2016 -- 9:00 PM

What is it like to be a dog, a shark, or a bird? Long the subject of human daydreams, this question is now getting serious attention from scientists who study animal senses. The senses define our experience of the world - they shape our minds, and help make us what we are. Humans rely on smell, sight, taste, touch, and sound, but other animals have super-powered versions of these senses, and a few, like electrically-sensitive sharks, even have extra senses we don't have at all. From a dog who seems to use smell to tell time, to a dolphin who can "see" with his ears, we will discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. But it's not just the senses that are remarkable - it's the brains that process them. How does a swallow's tiny, one-gram brain take in the flood of visual information that enables the bird to whiz within inches of buildings while flying at 40 miles per hour? How does a dog's mind turn the sight of a hand signal into the happy anticipation of a treat? How has the evolution of the dog - from its wolf ancestors-reshaped its brain? Nova goes into the minds of animals to "see" the world in an entirely new way.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 10, 2016 -- 1:30 PM

Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius (Episode #4108H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 -- 11:00 AM

What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature's eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, Nova explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We'll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We'll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We'll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we'll uncover surprising similarities to - and differences from - the human mind.

This episode: When it comes to intelligence, we humans are clearly the most gifted animals around. But what make us so special? Is it our ability to make and use tools? To solve complex problems? Or plan for the future? It might seem that way, but today, researchers are discovering other creatures with impressive brains that have mastered all those skills. Surprisingly, many are bird brains. Crows bend and shape sticks to create custom-made spears for hunting grubs, and they are just one among a growing list of bird species whose impressive problem-solving abilities are shocking scientists and revolutionizing our understanding of animal intelligence. At the head of the class, we meet animals like Muppet, a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; 007, a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle for the first time ever; and Bran, a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography. But are these skills really evidence of high intelligence, or just parlor tricks, the result of training and instinct? To find out, Nova tests the limits of some of the planet's brainiest animals, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Aug 9, 2016 -- 8:00 PM

Roman Catacomb Mystery (Episode #4104H)

KQED 9: Thu, Aug 4, 2016 -- 4:00 AM

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs -- a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with tombs. Now, Nova goes inside a previously-unknown complex within the tunnel system: a mysterious mass grave, locked away for nearly 2000 years. Nova's forensic investigation opens up fascinating new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens at the heyday of its mighty empire.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Aug 17, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 6, 2016 -- 5:00 AM

Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses (Episode #4109H)

KQED 9: Thu, Aug 4, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

What is it like to be a dog, a shark, or a bird? Long the subject of human daydreams, this question is now getting serious attention from scientists who study animal senses. The senses define our experience of the world - they shape our minds, and help make us what we are. Humans rely on smell, sight, taste, touch, and sound, but other animals have super-powered versions of these senses, and a few, like electrically-sensitive sharks, even have extra senses we don't have at all. From a dog who seems to use smell to tell time, to a dolphin who can "see" with his ears, we will discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. But it's not just the senses that are remarkable - it's the brains that process them. How does a swallow's tiny, one-gram brain take in the flood of visual information that enables the bird to whiz within inches of buildings while flying at 40 miles per hour? How does a dog's mind turn the sight of a hand signal into the happy anticipation of a treat? How has the evolution of the dog - from its wolf ancestors-reshaped its brain? Nova goes into the minds of animals to "see" the world in an entirely new way.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 10, 2016 -- 1:30 PM

Roman Catacomb Mystery (Episode #4104H)

KQED 9: Wed, Aug 3, 2016 -- 10:00 PM

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs -- a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with tombs. Now, Nova goes inside a previously-unknown complex within the tunnel system: a mysterious mass grave, locked away for nearly 2000 years. Nova's forensic investigation opens up fascinating new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens at the heyday of its mighty empire.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Aug 17, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 6, 2016 -- 5:00 AM

Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses (Episode #4109H)

KQED 9: Wed, Aug 3, 2016 -- 9:00 PM

What is it like to be a dog, a shark, or a bird? Long the subject of human daydreams, this question is now getting serious attention from scientists who study animal senses. The senses define our experience of the world - they shape our minds, and help make us what we are. Humans rely on smell, sight, taste, touch, and sound, but other animals have super-powered versions of these senses, and a few, like electrically-sensitive sharks, even have extra senses we don't have at all. From a dog who seems to use smell to tell time, to a dolphin who can "see" with his ears, we will discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. But it's not just the senses that are remarkable - it's the brains that process them. How does a swallow's tiny, one-gram brain take in the flood of visual information that enables the bird to whiz within inches of buildings while flying at 40 miles per hour? How does a dog's mind turn the sight of a hand signal into the happy anticipation of a treat? How has the evolution of the dog - from its wolf ancestors-reshaped its brain? Nova goes into the minds of animals to "see" the world in an entirely new way.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 10, 2016 -- 1:30 PM
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