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Escape from Nazi Alcatraz (Episode #4112H)

KQED 9: Fri, Jul 31, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan: in a secret attic workshop, they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards. Their plan was to fly to freedom from the roof of the castle, but the war ended before they could put it to the test. Now a crack team of aerospace engineers and carpenters rebuild the glider in the same attic using the same materials, and they'll do something the prisoners never got a chance to try: use a bathtub full of concrete to catapult the glider off the roof of the castle. As the hair-raising launch 90 feet up draws near, the program explores the Colditz legend and exposes the secrets of other ingenious and audacious escapes. Then, after a 70-year wait, the team finally finds out if the legendary glider plan would have succeeded.

Nuclear Meltdown Disaster (Episode #4214H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 29, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

Four years ago, a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a disastrous meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. But at the same time, just seven miles away, the heroic efforts of plant operators under the leadership of Naohiro Masuda saved a second plant, Fukushima Daini. Now Masuda faces the daunting challenge of cleaning up Daiichi, where a witches' brew of radioactive groundwater leaks into the Pacific every day, and three melted cores remain steaming hot and lethally unapproachable.
Now, with unprecedented access, Nova reveals the little-known story of how Masuda and his team averted disaster at Daini and how workers are struggling to clean up the mess at Daiichi. With billions of dollars and the future of the nuclear energy industry on the line, can Japan recover from disaster? The world is watching the fight for Fukushima.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Jul 31, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jul 31, 2015 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 30, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

Why Planes Vanish (Episode #4116H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 29, 2015 -- 1:30 PM

The disappearance of Flight MH370 stunned the world. In an era of smart-phones and GPS, how could a 270-ton passenger jet vanish into thin air? It was a rude awakening for all of us, showing just how far we are from the world we imagined we lived in - in which every move is monitored all the time. Nova tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane. How easy is it to make a plane disappear? Or can new technology guarantee that in the future, nothing will ever be "lost" again?

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

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 -- 8:00 PM

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 Plus: Wed, Jul 29, 2015 -- 2:00 AM

Sunken Ship Rescue (Episode #4202H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

Nova follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers. Moving the ship - which stretches the length of three football fields, weighs over 114,000 tons and lies half submerged on the site of a protected reef with a 50-meter long hole in its hull - from its precarious perch on the edge of a 60 meter high underwater cliff will be a huge technical and logistical challenge. Now, Nova joins a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock as they attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.

Why Planes Vanish (Episode #4116H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 -- 2:00 AM

The disappearance of Flight MH370 stunned the world. In an era of smart-phones and GPS, how could a 270-ton passenger jet vanish into thin air? It was a rude awakening for all of us, showing just how far we are from the world we imagined we lived in - in which every move is monitored all the time. Nova tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane. How easy is it to make a plane disappear? Or can new technology guarantee that in the future, nothing will ever be "lost" again?

Sunken Ship Rescue (Episode #4202H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

Nova follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers. Moving the ship - which stretches the length of three football fields, weighs over 114,000 tons and lies half submerged on the site of a protected reef with a 50-meter long hole in its hull - from its precarious perch on the edge of a 60 meter high underwater cliff will be a huge technical and logistical challenge. Now, Nova joins a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock as they attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.

Why Planes Vanish (Episode #4116H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 -- 8:00 PM

The disappearance of Flight MH370 stunned the world. In an era of smart-phones and GPS, how could a 270-ton passenger jet vanish into thin air? It was a rude awakening for all of us, showing just how far we are from the world we imagined we lived in - in which every move is monitored all the time. Nova tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane. How easy is it to make a plane disappear? Or can new technology guarantee that in the future, nothing will ever be "lost" again?

Sunken Ship Rescue (Episode #4202H)

KQED World: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 -- 4:00 PM

Nova follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers. Moving the ship - which stretches the length of three football fields, weighs over 114,000 tons and lies half submerged on the site of a protected reef with a 50-meter long hole in its hull - from its precarious perch on the edge of a 60 meter high underwater cliff will be a huge technical and logistical challenge. Now, Nova joins a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock as they attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.

Why Planes Vanish (Episode #4116H)

KQED World: Sat, Jul 25, 2015 -- 10:00 PM

The disappearance of Flight MH370 stunned the world. In an era of smart-phones and GPS, how could a 270-ton passenger jet vanish into thin air? It was a rude awakening for all of us, showing just how far we are from the world we imagined we lived in - in which every move is monitored all the time. Nova tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane. How easy is it to make a plane disappear? Or can new technology guarantee that in the future, nothing will ever be "lost" again?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 -- 3:00 PM

Sunken Ship Rescue (Episode #4202H)

KQED World: Fri, Jul 24, 2015 -- 12:00 PM

Nova follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers. Moving the ship - which stretches the length of three football fields, weighs over 114,000 tons and lies half submerged on the site of a protected reef with a 50-meter long hole in its hull - from its precarious perch on the edge of a 60 meter high underwater cliff will be a huge technical and logistical challenge. Now, Nova joins a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock as they attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.

Why Planes Vanish (Episode #4116H)

KQED World: Fri, Jul 24, 2015 -- 11:00 AM

The disappearance of Flight MH370 stunned the world. In an era of smart-phones and GPS, how could a 270-ton passenger jet vanish into thin air? It was a rude awakening for all of us, showing just how far we are from the world we imagined we lived in - in which every move is monitored all the time. Nova tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane. How easy is it to make a plane disappear? Or can new technology guarantee that in the future, nothing will ever be "lost" again?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 -- 3:00 PM

Sunken Ship Rescue (Episode #4202H)

KQED World: Fri, Jul 24, 2015 -- 6:00 AM

Nova follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers. Moving the ship - which stretches the length of three football fields, weighs over 114,000 tons and lies half submerged on the site of a protected reef with a 50-meter long hole in its hull - from its precarious perch on the edge of a 60 meter high underwater cliff will be a huge technical and logistical challenge. Now, Nova joins a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock as they attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.

Why Planes Vanish (Episode #4116H)

KQED World: Fri, Jul 24, 2015 -- 5:00 AM

The disappearance of Flight MH370 stunned the world. In an era of smart-phones and GPS, how could a 270-ton passenger jet vanish into thin air? It was a rude awakening for all of us, showing just how far we are from the world we imagined we lived in - in which every move is monitored all the time. Nova tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane. How easy is it to make a plane disappear? Or can new technology guarantee that in the future, nothing will ever be "lost" again?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 -- 3:00 PM

Sunken Ship Rescue (Episode #4202H)

KQED 9: Thu, Jul 23, 2015 -- 4:00 AM

Nova follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers. Moving the ship - which stretches the length of three football fields, weighs over 114,000 tons and lies half submerged on the site of a protected reef with a 50-meter long hole in its hull - from its precarious perch on the edge of a 60 meter high underwater cliff will be a huge technical and logistical challenge. Now, Nova joins a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock as they attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.

Why Planes Vanish (Episode #4116H)

KQED 9: Thu, Jul 23, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

The disappearance of Flight MH370 stunned the world. In an era of smart-phones and GPS, how could a 270-ton passenger jet vanish into thin air? It was a rude awakening for all of us, showing just how far we are from the world we imagined we lived in - in which every move is monitored all the time. Nova tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane. How easy is it to make a plane disappear? Or can new technology guarantee that in the future, nothing will ever be "lost" again?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 -- 3:00 PM

Sunken Ship Rescue (Episode #4202H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 -- 10:00 PM

Nova follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers. Moving the ship - which stretches the length of three football fields, weighs over 114,000 tons and lies half submerged on the site of a protected reef with a 50-meter long hole in its hull - from its precarious perch on the edge of a 60 meter high underwater cliff will be a huge technical and logistical challenge. Now, Nova joins a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock as they attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.

Why Planes Vanish (Episode #4116H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

The disappearance of Flight MH370 stunned the world. In an era of smart-phones and GPS, how could a 270-ton passenger jet vanish into thin air? It was a rude awakening for all of us, showing just how far we are from the world we imagined we lived in - in which every move is monitored all the time. Nova tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane. How easy is it to make a plane disappear? Or can new technology guarantee that in the future, nothing will ever be "lost" again?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 -- 3:00 PM

Chasing Pluto (Episode #4213H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 15, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

Join Nova for New Horizon's historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft's nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Jul 21, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jul 20, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 19, 2015 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 18, 2015 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jul 17, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jul 17, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 16, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

Why Sharks Attack (Episode #4111H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 8, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in 10 months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed the ultimate shark fright film, Jaws. What's behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where they've rarely been seen for hundreds of years? Are deadly encounters with tourists inevitable? To separate fact from fear, Nova teams up with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to discover the science behind the great white's hunting instincts. Do sharks ever target humans or is each attack a tragic case of mistaken identity? Can a deeper understanding of shark senses lead scientists to design effective deterrents and help prevent future attacks? With shark populations around the world plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people -- and sharks.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 15, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Jul 14, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jul 13, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 11, 2015 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jul 10, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jul 10, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 9, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

First Man on the Moon (Episode #4122H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 1, 2015 -- 11:00 PM

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, he won instant fame. Yet this accomplished engineer and test pilot was so determined to stay out of the limelight that few know the personal story of how his rare combination of talent, luck and experience led to his successful command of Apollo 11. Nova presents an intimate portrait of an unassuming American hero through interviews with Armstrong's family and friends.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Jul 7, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jul 6, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 2, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
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