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Ghosts of Machu Picchu (Episode #3704)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 31, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. In the years since Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, there have been countless theories about this "Lost City of the Incas," yet it remains an enigma. Why did the Incas build it on such an inaccessible site, clinging to the steep face of a mountain? Who lived among its stone buildings, farmed its emerald green terraces, and drank from its sophisticated aqueduct system? NOVA joins a new generation of archeologists as they probe areas of Machu Picchu that haven't been touched since the time of the Incas and unearth burials of the people who built the sacred site. This program explores the extraordinary trail of clues that began on that fateful day in 1911 and continues to the present.

Iceman Murder Mystery (Episode #3815H)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

He's been dead for more than 5,000 years. He's been poked, prodded and probed by scientists for the last 20. And yet today, Otzi the Iceman, the famous mummified corpse pulled from a glacier in the Italian Alps nearly two decades ago, continues to keep many secrets. Now, through an autopsy like no other, scientists attempt to unravel more mysteries from this ancient mummy than ever before, revealing not only the details of Otzi's death, but an entire way of life. How did people live during Otzi's time, the Copper Age? What did we eat? What diseases did we cope with? The answers abound miraculously in this one man's mummified remains.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 28, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 -- 8:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Forensics on Trial (Episode #3912#)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

There is a startling gap between the glamorous television world of "CSI" and the gritty reality of the forensic crime lab. With few established scientific standards, no central oversight and poor regulation of examiners, forensics in the U.S. is in a state of crisis. In "Forensics on Trial," NOVA investigates how modern forensics, including the analysis of fingerprints, bite marks, ballistics, hair, and tool marks, can send innocent men and women to prison -- and sometimes even to death row. Shockingly, of more than 250 inmates exonerated by DNA testing over the last decade, more than 50% of the wrongful convictions stemmed from invalid or improperly handled forensic science. With the help of vivid recreations of actual trials and cases, NOVA investigated today's shaky state of crime science as well as cutting-edge solutions that could help investigators put the real criminals behind bars.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 21, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 20, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 20, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Oct 19, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 -- 8:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Secrets of the Viking Sword (Episode #3913H)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings' rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the "Mystery of the Viking Sword."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 13, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 -- 8:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Mt. St. Helens Back from the Dead (Episode #3710H)

KQED World: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 8:00 AM

When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, every living thing in the blast zone was buried beneath 300 feet of avalanche debris, covered with steaming mud and, finally, topped with a superheated layer of frothy rock from deep within the earth. It seemed as though Mount St. Helens might remain a wasteland forever. When biologist Charlie Crisafulli first flew over the disaster zone, finding no sign of life, little did he realize that his own life would be forever changed. Crisafulli has remained at the site for 27 years, documenting the dramatic return of plant and animal life to the barren landscape and pioneering a new understanding of the interaction between geologic forces and the life surrounding the mountain. Nova brings viewers on a journey of a landscape brought back from the dead.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 7, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 6, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

A Walk to Beautiful (Episode #3506H)

KQED Life: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 4:00 AM

A story of hope and survival in contemporary Ethiopia. The program follows the stories of five Ethiopian women who have been devastated by obstetric fistula, a common aftermath of neglected childbirth. An obstetric fistula is a hole that forms between the vagina and the bladder during prolonged, obstructed labor. Affecting over two million women worldwide, this horrific injury leaves victims incontinent, often suffering nerve damage and in some cases unable to bear children again. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are often left to spend the rest of their lives alone, isolated and ashamed - unless they can get help. The film follows these women on their journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, where they find health and solace for the first time in years.

Mt. St. Helens Back from the Dead (Episode #3710H)

KQED 9: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, every living thing in the blast zone was buried beneath 300 feet of avalanche debris, covered with steaming mud and, finally, topped with a superheated layer of frothy rock from deep within the earth. It seemed as though Mount St. Helens might remain a wasteland forever. When biologist Charlie Crisafulli first flew over the disaster zone, finding no sign of life, little did he realize that his own life would be forever changed. Crisafulli has remained at the site for 27 years, documenting the dramatic return of plant and animal life to the barren landscape and pioneering a new understanding of the interaction between geologic forces and the life surrounding the mountain. Nova brings viewers on a journey of a landscape brought back from the dead.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 7, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 6, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

A Walk to Beautiful (Episode #3506H)

KQED Life: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 -- 10:00 PM

A story of hope and survival in contemporary Ethiopia. The program follows the stories of five Ethiopian women who have been devastated by obstetric fistula, a common aftermath of neglected childbirth. An obstetric fistula is a hole that forms between the vagina and the bladder during prolonged, obstructed labor. Affecting over two million women worldwide, this horrific injury leaves victims incontinent, often suffering nerve damage and in some cases unable to bear children again. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are often left to spend the rest of their lives alone, isolated and ashamed - unless they can get help. The film follows these women on their journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, where they find health and solace for the first time in years.

Mt. St. Helens Back from the Dead (Episode #3710H)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, every living thing in the blast zone was buried beneath 300 feet of avalanche debris, covered with steaming mud and, finally, topped with a superheated layer of frothy rock from deep within the earth. It seemed as though Mount St. Helens might remain a wasteland forever. When biologist Charlie Crisafulli first flew over the disaster zone, finding no sign of life, little did he realize that his own life would be forever changed. Crisafulli has remained at the site for 27 years, documenting the dramatic return of plant and animal life to the barren landscape and pioneering a new understanding of the interaction between geologic forces and the life surrounding the mountain. Nova brings viewers on a journey of a landscape brought back from the dead.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 7, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 6, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

A Walk to Beautiful (Episode #3506H)

KQED 9: Tue, Oct 2, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

A story of hope and survival in contemporary Ethiopia. The program follows the stories of five Ethiopian women who have been devastated by obstetric fistula, a common aftermath of neglected childbirth. An obstetric fistula is a hole that forms between the vagina and the bladder during prolonged, obstructed labor. Affecting over two million women worldwide, this horrific injury leaves victims incontinent, often suffering nerve damage and in some cases unable to bear children again. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are often left to spend the rest of their lives alone, isolated and ashamed - unless they can get help. The film follows these women on their journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, where they find health and solace for the first time in years.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
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      (DT9.1, 9.2, 9.3) KQED DT9′s Over the Air (OTA) signal from Sutro Tower will experience a few extremely brief outages on Tuesday 4/15 between 10am and 5pm (and possibly on Wed 4/16 if the work cannot be completed in 1 day). Each outage should be measurable in seconds (not minutes). This work will not affect […]

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      (DT 25.1, 25.2, 25.3) At some point between 5am and 6am early Tuesday 4/15, KQET’s signal from the transmitter on Fremont Peak northeast of Monterey will shut down for a short period of time to allow AT&T to do work on our fiber interface. The outage should be relatively short, but its precise start time […]

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