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Parrots in the Land of Oz (Episode #2506H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jul 29, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Parrots are everywhere in Australia. From the outrageous drumming palm cockatoo in the tropical rainforests, to the shameless red female eclectus parrot of the far north who keeps a harem of males, to the golden-shouldered parrot in the woodlands that excavates a nest in a termite mound, to the incredibly prolific budgerigars of the deserts, a spectacular array of parrots has evolved here. Big and small, rare and bizarre, colorful and intelligent, they are the most conspicuous and exotic birds on this amazing island continent.

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 30, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Bears of the Last Frontier: Arctic Wanderers (Episode #2815H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Part 3 of 3: Arctic Wanderers - Chris Morgan travels to the far north of Alaska, the tiny North Slope town of Kaktovik. It's early November and winter is coming on. But each year, the polar bears struggle for extended periods on dwindling fat reserves, waiting for the opportunity to hunt on sea ice that takes longer to freeze. In early spring, Morgan joins local hunters in Barrow, the northernmost city in Alaska, as they go out on their own hunts, facing some of the same challenges as the bears. In late spring, Morgan travels to the North Slope of the Brooks Range, where countless thousands of caribou cover the ground for miles. The grizzlies are waiting for them, as they have for thousands of years.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Jul 29, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 29, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 28, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jul 26, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jul 26, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jul 26, 2012 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 26, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Bears of the Last Frontier: The Road North (Episode #2814H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Part 2 of 3: The Road North - This hour explores the world of black bears caught in the crossroads of urban development in Anchorage and the wilderness. This is a new normal for bears and for their human neighbors. Some bears are so comfortable living in urban surroundings that their primary habitat is a golf course. In residential areas, bears frequently raid garbage bins and birdfeeders for easy snacks. But these behaviors are less than ideal for bears and residents alike. Morgan heads north out of Anchorage to Denali National Park, where the mountains loom over treeless plains and bears get by on a diet of thousands of berries a day. The grizzlies share the enormous park with foxes, wolves, and moose - and with one intrepid bear biologist and his team. Morgan continues his journey north on a bone-shaking 610-mile motorcycle journey from Denali to Prudhoe Bay along the only Alaskan Highway to reach the Arctic. Prudhoe Bay, a once-pristine area at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, has been changed forever by the oil industry.

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  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 22, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 21, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jul 19, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Jul 19, 2012 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 19, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Salmon: Running The Gauntlet (Episode #2812H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

This film investigates the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers have become instruments in audacious experiments to replicate every stage of the fish's life cycle. Each of our desperate efforts to save salmon has involved replacing their natural cycle of reproduction and death with a radically manipulated life history: Our once great runs of salmon are now conceived in laboratories, raised in tanks, driven in trucks, and farmed in pens. Here we go beyond the ongoing debate over how to save an endangered species. In its exposure of a wildly creative, hopelessly complex, and stunningly expensive approach to managing salmon, the film reveals one of the most ambitious plans ever conceived for taking the reins of the planet.

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Life In Death Valley (Episode #2306H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 6:00 PM

It is a visual wonderland, where imposing mountains rise almost two vertical miles above sprawling salt flats, and canyons are painted in strokes of blue, pink, violet and green from sunrise to sunset. This is Death Valley - one of the most inhospitable places on the planet. Nowhere else is a landscape so exquisite yet brutal, stunning yet harsh. Here, temperatures spike into the 130s, the earth cracks like broken clay and when the hot wind blows, all anyone can taste is dust and salt. Ironically, it is water that has shaped this super-arid home of true survivors.

Bears of the Last Frontier: City of Bears (Episode #2813H)

KQED World: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

In this 3-part mini-series, adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan takes us on a motorcycle odyssey deep into the wilds of Alaska. Over a punishing 2000 mile journey, Chris explores the amazing resiliency and adaptability of bears through five dramatic Alaskan ecosystems - coastal, urban, mountain, tundra and pack ice. Living among these wild creatures for more than a year, Morgan immerses himself completely in their world, and reveals to us an astonishingly intimate portrait of North America's three bear species - black bears, grizzly bears and the might polar bear.

Part 1: City of Bears - Chris Morgan sets up camp at a remote spot in the heart of Alaskan wilderness, alongside the largest concentration of grizzlies in the world. It is June in the Alaska Peninsula. The sun sets well into night and bears are taking advantage of the long days to feed, mate, and raise new cubs. Morgan tracks their progress as they feast on the riches of the season and re-establish the complex hierarchal social dynamics of bear society. Along the way, he experiences close encounters with bears, observing brutal battles among males during mating season as well as tender moments between a grizzly mom and her cubs.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Life In Death Valley (Episode #2306H)

KQED 9: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

It is a visual wonderland, where imposing mountains rise almost two vertical miles above sprawling salt flats, and canyons are painted in strokes of blue, pink, violet and green from sunrise to sunset. This is Death Valley - one of the most inhospitable places on the planet. Nowhere else is a landscape so exquisite yet brutal, stunning yet harsh. Here, temperatures spike into the 130s, the earth cracks like broken clay and when the hot wind blows, all anyone can taste is dust and salt. Ironically, it is water that has shaped this super-arid home of true survivors.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Bears of the Last Frontier: City of Bears (Episode #2813H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 11, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

In this 3-part mini-series, adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan takes us on a motorcycle odyssey deep into the wilds of Alaska. Over a punishing 2000 mile journey, Chris explores the amazing resiliency and adaptability of bears through five dramatic Alaskan ecosystems - coastal, urban, mountain, tundra and pack ice. Living among these wild creatures for more than a year, Morgan immerses himself completely in their world, and reveals to us an astonishingly intimate portrait of North America's three bear species - black bears, grizzly bears and the might polar bear.

Part 1: City of Bears - Chris Morgan sets up camp at a remote spot in the heart of Alaskan wilderness, alongside the largest concentration of grizzlies in the world. It is June in the Alaska Peninsula. The sun sets well into night and bears are taking advantage of the long days to feed, mate, and raise new cubs. Morgan tracks their progress as they feast on the riches of the season and re-establish the complex hierarchal social dynamics of bear society. Along the way, he experiences close encounters with bears, observing brutal battles among males during mating season as well as tender moments between a grizzly mom and her cubs.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jul 12, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
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  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 12, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions (Episode #2701)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jul 8, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

The returning saga of Cloud, the wild, white stallion finds us back in the Arrowhead Mountains of Montana. Cloud is now a confident band stallion in his prime. As he rules the mountains, gathering mares and expanding his reign, the story turns to his two sons. Bolder is his by birth -- beautiful and golden, the success of his father and grandfather flowing in his veins. Flint, sired by another stallion, is the colt Cloud raised. Now, Bolder has gathered some mares of his own while Flint has joined a group of bachelor stallions, young guns roaming the mountains. Who will rise to challenge the mighty Cloud? Will nature or nurture produce the next great stallion of the Arrowheads?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

The Wolf That Changed America (Episode #2604H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jul 1, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

In the fall of 1893, an adventurous young man rode out from the salons of New York to the wilds of New Mexico. He came to kill a wolf. Not just any wolf, but an outlaw, the leader of a marauding, cattle killing pack. But by the time Ernest Thompson Seton finally met the renegade lobo, the wolf had become a hero in his eyes. He would write a tale of that encounter that captured the essence of the vanishing wilderness, and led to both the establishment of the National Park system and the Boy Scout movement in America.

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

A Murder of Crows (Episode #2802H)

KQED World: Sun, Jul 1, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Crows do not have the best of reputations. They are generally dismissed as spooky - Hitchcock used them quite successfully to frighten moviegoers, or as a general nuisance - scarecrows were, after all, invented to scare crows away from crops. But their image is about to take a real turn. New research has shown they are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, able to recognize each other's voices and 250 distinct calls. They are very social, mate for life and raise their young for up to five years. And they are able to recognize individual humans and pick them out of a crowd up to two years later. Crow experts from around the world sing their praises and present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen them before.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Jul 1, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
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