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The Story of Cats: Asia to Africa (Episode #3404B)

KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 24, 2017 -- 2:30 AM

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Super Hummingbirds (Episode #3401B)

KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 24, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before. Speed is their middle name. Their lives are moving faster than the eye can see. They possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. And for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. They are great athletes, tender mothers, brave in combat, and up for any challenge. They are Super Hummingbirds, the smallest and most brilliant birds on earth.

The Story of Cats: Asia to Africa (Episode #3404B)

KQED Plus: Thu, Mar 23, 2017 -- 8:30 PM

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Super Hummingbirds (Episode #3401B)

KQED Plus: Thu, Mar 23, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before. Speed is their middle name. Their lives are moving faster than the eye can see. They possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. And for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. They are great athletes, tender mothers, brave in combat, and up for any challenge. They are Super Hummingbirds, the smallest and most brilliant birds on earth.

The Story of Cats: Asia to Africa (Episode #3404B)

KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 21, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Ireland's Wild River (Episode #3107H)

KQED World: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

The Shannon is Ireland's greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It is both a barrier and highway -- a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes; where on little-known backwaters, Ireland's wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river -- camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard or experienced before.

Super Hummingbirds (Episode #3401B)

KQED Plus: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before. Speed is their middle name. Their lives are moving faster than the eye can see. They possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. And for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. They are great athletes, tender mothers, brave in combat, and up for any challenge. They are Super Hummingbirds, the smallest and most brilliant birds on earth.

Ireland's Wild River (Episode #3107H)

KQED World: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 -- 5:00 AM

The Shannon is Ireland's greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It is both a barrier and highway -- a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes; where on little-known backwaters, Ireland's wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river -- camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard or experienced before.

Super Hummingbirds (Episode #3401B)

KQED 9: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before. Speed is their middle name. Their lives are moving faster than the eye can see. They possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. And for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. They are great athletes, tender mothers, brave in combat, and up for any challenge. They are Super Hummingbirds, the smallest and most brilliant birds on earth.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Mar 18, 2017 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Mar 18, 2017 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 -- 1:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 -- 1:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

The Mystery of Eels (Episode #3010H)

KQED World: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 -- 5:00 AM

Though much of the natural world is discovered and understood, a few great mysteries remain. Consider the eel -- snakelike and slimy, with a row of jagged teeth. Yet aside from these fearsome qualities, we know little about its life. Where it goes, what it does, and how it dies, nobody knows. Hailed by poets as the "siren of the North Sea" and "love's arrow on Earth," this shadowy creature has fascinated researchers for centuries. And now James Prosek, artist, writer, and eminent naturalist, takes on the mystery of the eel himself, shedding light on the animal and the strange behavior it inspires in those who seek to know it.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Soul of the Elephant (Episode #3304)

KQED World: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

Ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate. It means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd. Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas. This film, shot over two years, will be an intimate look at elephants through the lens of perhaps the greatest storytellers of natural history.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 -- 8:00 AM

Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem (Episode #3106)

KQED World: Tue, Mar 7, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

"Honey badger is bad ass." Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation with 51 million hits. This relentless little creature is one the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo, and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. This film follows three badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Mar 7, 2017 -- 8:00 AM

My Congo (Episode #3402)

KQED World: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

Vianet Djenguet has lived half of his life in Europe, yet his heart still lies in his homeland, his Congo. As a successful wildlife cameraman, Djenguet is returning to his roots to reveal the beauty and majesty of his country and the people within. His journey will be one of self-discovery as he travels up the Congo River toward his ancestral home, meeting an abundance of weird and wonderful characters along the way, both animal and human. Finally, Djenguet is able to give his beloved homeland the glorious spotlight it deserves and discovers an even deeper connection with this place than he could have ever imagined. "You haven't really travelled until you experience a place like the Congo," says Djenguet.

Giraffes: Africa's Gentle Giants (Episode #3403)

KQED World: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

What does it take to relocate a herd of wild giraffes in Africa? One man, his family, and a band of enthusiastic helpers are about to find out. Their journey will take them across the wild heart of Uganda, crossing the mighty Nile River. The size of this operation cannot be underestimated, particularly when your cargo is so precious. That's because these are no ordinary giraffes, they are in fact the world's rarest. Any mistake could be costly, not only for the giraffes being moved but also for an entire species.

Super Hummingbirds (Episode #3401B)

KQED Plus: Sun, Mar 5, 2017 -- 10:30 AM

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before. Speed is their middle name. Their lives are moving faster than the eye can see. They possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. And for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. They are great athletes, tender mothers, brave in combat, and up for any challenge. They are Super Hummingbirds, the smallest and most brilliant birds on earth.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Mar 18, 2017 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Mar 18, 2017 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 -- 1:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 -- 1:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

The Story of Cats: Asia to Africa (Episode #3404B)

KQED 9: Sun, Mar 5, 2017 -- 6:30 AM

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Mar 5, 2017 -- 6:30 AM

My Congo (Episode #3402)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 4, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Vianet Djenguet has lived half of his life in Europe, yet his heart still lies in his homeland, his Congo. As a successful wildlife cameraman, Djenguet is returning to his roots to reveal the beauty and majesty of his country and the people within. His journey will be one of self-discovery as he travels up the Congo River toward his ancestral home, meeting an abundance of weird and wonderful characters along the way, both animal and human. Finally, Djenguet is able to give his beloved homeland the glorious spotlight it deserves and discovers an even deeper connection with this place than he could have ever imagined. "You haven't really travelled until you experience a place like the Congo," says Djenguet.

Soul of the Elephant (Episode #3304)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 4, 2017 -- 5:00 AM

Ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate. It means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd. Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas. This film, shot over two years, will be an intimate look at elephants through the lens of perhaps the greatest storytellers of natural history.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 -- 8:00 AM

Giraffes: Africa's Gentle Giants (Episode #3403)

KQED World: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 -- 12:00 PM

What does it take to relocate a herd of wild giraffes in Africa? One man, his family, and a band of enthusiastic helpers are about to find out. Their journey will take them across the wild heart of Uganda, crossing the mighty Nile River. The size of this operation cannot be underestimated, particularly when your cargo is so precious. That's because these are no ordinary giraffes, they are in fact the world's rarest. Any mistake could be costly, not only for the giraffes being moved but also for an entire species.

Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem (Episode #3106)

KQED World: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

"Honey badger is bad ass." Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation with 51 million hits. This relentless little creature is one the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo, and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. This film follows three badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Mar 7, 2017 -- 8:00 AM

Giraffes: Africa's Gentle Giants (Episode #3403)

KQED World: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

What does it take to relocate a herd of wild giraffes in Africa? One man, his family, and a band of enthusiastic helpers are about to find out. Their journey will take them across the wild heart of Uganda, crossing the mighty Nile River. The size of this operation cannot be underestimated, particularly when your cargo is so precious. That's because these are no ordinary giraffes, they are in fact the world's rarest. Any mistake could be costly, not only for the giraffes being moved but also for an entire species.

Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem (Episode #3106)

KQED World: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 -- 5:00 AM

"Honey badger is bad ass." Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation with 51 million hits. This relentless little creature is one the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo, and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. This film follows three badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Mar 7, 2017 -- 8:00 AM
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