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Eclipse Over America (Episode #4411H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

Join scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the US mainland in more than a generation. Discover the storied history of eclipse science and follow current, cutting-edge research into the solar corona.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 27, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 26, 2017 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 26, 2017 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 25, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

Emperor's Ghost Army (Episode #4120H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 21, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

In central China, a vast underground mausoleum conceals a life-size terracotta army of cavalry, infantry, horses, chariots, weapons, administrators, acrobats, and musicians, all built to serve China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife. Lost and forgotten for over 2200 years, this clay army, 8000 strong, stands poised to help the First Emperor rule again beyond the grave.
Now, a new archaeological campaign is probing the thousands of figures entombed in the mausoleum. With exclusive access to pioneering research, this program reveals how the Emperor directed the manufacture of the tens of thousands of bronze weapons carried by the clay soldiers. Nova tests the power of these weapons with high-action experiments and reports on revolutionary 3D computer modeling techniques that are revealing new insights into how the clay figures were made, revealing in the process the secrets of one of archaeology's greatest discoveries.

Death Dive to Saturn (Episode #4412H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 19, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

For over a decade, the Cassini space probe has been sending dazzling images of Saturn's breathtaking rings and mysterious moons. Join NOVA on a suspenseful ride during Cassini's final hours as it dives into Saturn's atmosphere.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 20, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 19, 2017 -- 8:00 PM

Emperor's Ghost Army (Episode #4120H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 17, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

In central China, a vast underground mausoleum conceals a life-size terracotta army of cavalry, infantry, horses, chariots, weapons, administrators, acrobats, and musicians, all built to serve China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife. Lost and forgotten for over 2200 years, this clay army, 8000 strong, stands poised to help the First Emperor rule again beyond the grave.
Now, a new archaeological campaign is probing the thousands of figures entombed in the mausoleum. With exclusive access to pioneering research, this program reveals how the Emperor directed the manufacture of the tens of thousands of bronze weapons carried by the clay soldiers. Nova tests the power of these weapons with high-action experiments and reports on revolutionary 3D computer modeling techniques that are revealing new insights into how the clay figures were made, revealing in the process the secrets of one of archaeology's greatest discoveries.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 18, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

Death Dive to Saturn (Episode #4412H)

KQED 9: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 -- 9:00 PM

For over a decade, the Cassini space probe has been sending dazzling images of Saturn's breathtaking rings and mysterious moons. Join NOVA on a suspenseful ride during Cassini's final hours as it dives into Saturn's atmosphere.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 20, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 19, 2017 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Sep 15, 2017 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Fri, Sep 15, 2017 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Sep 14, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

Killer Landslides (Episode #4121H)

KQED 9: Wed, Sep 6, 2017 -- 9:00 PM

Just before 11am on March 22, 2014, an ominous rumble startled the residents of the little town of Oso, Washington, about an hour's drive from Seattle. It was the terrifying sound of the United States' deadliest landslide in decades. In less than two minutes, a 250 acre field of debris 20 feet deep slammed into a neighborhood of 35 homes. In the wake of the tragedy, geomorphologists are tracing the geological history of Oso to explain why the site was so unstable. But Oso isn't alone. Globally, landslides and other ground failures cost more lives and money each year than all other natural disasters combined. The threat of bigger, more frequent landslides is growing as climate change increases intense precipitation events. As Nova follows scientists surveying landslide danger zones, discover how and why landslides happen and how new laser monitoring technologies may help predict landslides before disaster strikes.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 12, 2017 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 12, 2017 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Fri, Sep 8, 2017 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Fri, Sep 8, 2017 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Sep 7, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

Zeppelin Terror Attack (Episode #4102H)

KQED World: Fri, Sep 1, 2017 -- 5:00 AM

Nova reveals the untold story of the biggest flying machines ever made: Germany's war zeppelins, which rained down death on British towns for two and a half terrifying years during World War I. In hands-on experiments, Nova uncovers how the zeppelins were built and flown, and goes inside the desperate scramble to take down the zeppelins and make the streets of Britain safe again.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 6, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 5, 2017 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 5, 2017 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Fri, Sep 1, 2017 -- 11:00 AM
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