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Invasion of the Killer Whales (Episode #3203)

KQED 9: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

A remarkable new story is unfolding in the Arctic, one that has never been told before. As the ice shrinks, the polar bear is struggling to survive in a fast melting world. Polar bears are great hunters on ice but recently their home ground is vanishing from under their feet. Although classified as a marine mammal, the polar bear is not adapted to hunting in the water despite being able to swim huge distances. And they are certainly no match for the world's greatest aquatic hunter -- the killer whale. In the last few years, scientists have started noting an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. More and more have been attracted to these huge hunting grounds by the growing expanses of open water. And they are attacking exactly the same prey animals as the polar bears: seals, narwhal, belugas and bowhead whales.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

Leave It to Beavers (Episode #3111)

KQED World: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and "employers" who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 -- 11:00 AM

Why We Love Cats and Dogs? (Episode #2608H)

KQED 9: Wed, Nov 12, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

Ask anyone and they immediately know - they're either a dog person or a cat person. What is this all about? Follow an in-depth investigation into the great divide between dogs and cats and just what draws us to these two polarizing pets. Animal behaviorists, psychologists, trainers and devoted owners all weigh in. Dogs, we discover, are geniuses at reading what we want and the complex cat-human bond can be as fickle or as deep as a marriage. Funny, touching and provocative, we ask how well we really know our best friends and why we love them so much.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

A Sloth Named Velcro (Episode #3202)

KQED 9: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers. Sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers are also springing up, as development often displaces these gentle creatures. Filmed in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia, this is a story of friendship between a journalist and the sloth she named Velcro and a network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 9, 2014 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 7, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Nov 6, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

Snow Monkeys (Episode #3110)

KQED World: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 -- 9:00 PM

In the frigid valleys of Japan's Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader, forming a bond with him that manages over time to warm his less than sunny disposition. It is a rare and remarkable gesture that alters both their lives. Changing seasons bring new babies to care for, a profusion of insects and blossoms to eat, family disagreements to squabble over and tragedies to overcome. Mating season brings competition for females as the days grow shorter and colder in a rush toward winter. But with their now confident leader to guide them and their families to shelter and care for them, this troop of snow monkeys is ready to face the world.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
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