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Ireland's Wild River (Episode #3107)

KQED 9: Wed, Mar 25, 2015 -- 8:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 30, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Mar 28, 2015 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Mar 26, 2015 -- 2:00 AM

Attenborough's Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet (Episode #3007)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 21, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

In honor of Sir David Attenborough's 60th anniversary on television, this three-part miniseries focuses on three fields that David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. Richly illustrated with the sequences (re-mastered in HD) that Attenborough has spent 60 years capturing, new interviews in which he revisits the content, stories and locations that were featured in his landmark series, and packed with the personal anecdotes of the BBC's most accomplished raconteur, "Attenborough's Life Stories" is a singular synopsis of a unique half-century plus. In "Our Fragile Planet," Sir David Attenborough reflects on the dramatic impact that human beings have had on the natural world during his lifetime. He tells surprising, entertaining and deeply personal stories of the changes he has seen, the pioneering conservationists in whose footsteps he has followed, and the revolution in attitudes towards nature that has taken place around the globe.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 23, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 23, 2015 -- 5:00 AM

Radioactive Wolves (Episode #2901H)

KQED 9: Wed, Mar 18, 2015 -- 8:00 PM

The historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl is now 25 years old. Filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives of the packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the "dead zone" that still surrounds the remains of the reactor.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Thu, Mar 19, 2015 -- 2:00 AM

Attenborough's Life Stories: Understanding the Natural World (Episode #3006)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 14, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

In honor of Sir David Attenborough's 60th anniversary on television, this three-part miniseries focuses on three fields that David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. Richly illustrated with the sequences (re-mastered in HD) that Attenborough has spent 60 years capturing, new interviews in which he revisits the content, stories and locations that were featured in his landmark series, and packed with the personal anecdotes of the BBC's most accomplished raconteur, "Attenborough's Life Stories" is a singular synopsis of a unique half-century plus. In "Understanding the Natural World," Sir David Attenborough shares his memories of the scientists and the breakthroughs that helped shape his own career. He also recalls some of his more hair-raising attempts to bring new science to a television audience: standing in the shadow of an erupting volcano as lumps of hot lava crashed around him or being charged by a group of armed New Guinean tribesmen.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 16, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 16, 2015 -- 5:00 AM

Attenborough's Life Stories: Life On Camera (Episode #3005)

KQED World: Mon, Mar 9, 2015 -- 5:00 AM

In honor of Sir David Attenborough's 60th anniversary on television, this three-part miniseries focuses on three fields that David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. Richly illustrated with the sequences (re-mastered in HD) that Attenborough has spent 60 years capturing, new interviews in which he revisits the content, stories and locations that were featured in his landmark series, and packed with the personal anecdotes of the BBC's most accomplished raconteur, "Attenborough's Life Stories" is a singular synopsis of a unique half-century plus.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 9, 2015 -- 11:00 AM

Owl Power (Episode #3207)

KQED World: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 -- 5:00 AM

For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children's stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 -- 11:00 AM

The Last Orangutan Eden (Episode #3206H)

KQED World: Sun, Mar 1, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

Ecologist Chris Morgan travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation. Morgan spends time with orphaned orangs at rehabilitation centers observing the process of teaching them the survival skills they'll need to be released back into the wild. But to truly understand the complexity of a wild orangutan society and the skills the orangs would have learned from their mothers in the wild, Morgan travels to a remote patch of forest also in Northern Sumatra, a peat swamp forest known as Suaq Balimbing. Suaq is in a protected area and part of a World Heritage Site. Working with a team of experienced researchers, he becomes completely immersed in this unique social band of wild orangs who use tools, share food, forage together, and create their own distinct culture. For the first time, advanced cameras are used to follow the orangs throughout the canopy to provide an intimate, clear picture of how these arboreal apes spend their days and nights and interact with one another.

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