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Raccoon Nation (Episode #2907)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 31, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Are we, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success? Are the ever more complex obstacles that our fast-paced urban world throws at them actually pushing the development of raccoon brains? In this film, scientists from around the world share their thoughts and work to help explore this scientific theory. Attempting to do something that has never been done before, they closely follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate the complex world of a big city.

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

KQED Plus: Sun, Oct 28, 2012 -- 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 Plus: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Magic of the Snowy Owl (Episode #3002H)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

This episode explores the world of the snowy owl, a bird recently made popular by Hedwig, Harry Potter's faithful companion. Turning fantasy into reality, "Magic of the Snowy Owl" takes an intimate look at how these majestic birds survive in one of the most isolated and inhospitable places on the planet. Noted wildlife filmmaker Fergus Beeley ("Jungle Eagle") takes viewers deep into the "snowy's" tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of helpless chicks until they are able to fly. Viewers will discover that these strikingly beautiful Arctic owls - essentially eagles, falcons and owls rolled into one - have a magic of their own.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Oct 28, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 28, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears (Episode #2607H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Oct 21, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

The Drakensberg Mountains are Southern Africa's Alps, rising more than 11,000 feet into the sky. But beneath their shimmering beauty lies an incredibly hostile environment for the surprising number of creatures that manage to live there. Each spring, drenching rains destroy the grasslands at the base of the mountains, and those who would survive must climb straight up sheer cliffs of volcanic rock, through gauntlets of storms and snow, to reach the carpets of grass on the plateau. The baboons that make this astonishing annual journey may have the advantage of agility, but eland, the world's largest antelope, have long, spindly legs and heavy bodies, which make the climb all but unbelievable. All have babies at their sides while vultures circle overhead.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Oct 22, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Wolverine: Chasing The Phantom (Episode #2804H)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Its name stirs images of the savage, the untameable. Legend paints it as a solitary, bloodthirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. But there is another image of the wolverine that is just beginning to emerge, one that is far more complex than its reputation suggests. This film takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is. Hard-wired to endure en environment of scarcity, the wolverine is one of the most efficient and resourceful carnivores on Earth.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 21, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 20, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 20, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Oct 19, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Siberian Tiger Quest (Episode #3001H)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 -- 1:00 AM

Chris Morgan has tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth. He now embarks on his greatest challenge - to find and film the Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia's far eastern forests. This film features the work of Korean cameraman, Sooyong Park, who spent two years in the forest tracking and filming the world's biggest cat. Park's tracking technique was very unconventional. He dug himself into an underground pit and, incredibly, waited there for weeks at a time, hoping for a glimpse of a wild tiger. Morgan adopts the same method while he shares with us firsthand the difficulty of seeing the rare Siberian tiger.

Is That Skunk? (Episode #2606H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

It's a familiar but mysterious creature in woods and neighborhoods all across America. Its infamous weapon is one of the most awful scents in all of nature. Now, intrepid researchers and cameramen track skunks day and night across California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Ohio, even Martha's Vineyard, uncovering how they hunt, forage, mate and raise amazingly cute baby skunks - all the things they're up to when they're not spraying the local dog. And yes, the remarkable secrets of that stink will be revealed!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Siberian Tiger Quest (Episode #3001H)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Chris Morgan has tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth. He now embarks on his greatest challenge - to find and film the Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia's far eastern forests. This film features the work of Korean cameraman, Sooyong Park, who spent two years in the forest tracking and filming the world's biggest cat. Park's tracking technique was very unconventional. He dug himself into an underground pit and, incredibly, waited there for weeks at a time, hoping for a glimpse of a wild tiger. Morgan adopts the same method while he shares with us firsthand the difficulty of seeing the rare Siberian tiger.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 13, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Kilauea: Mountain of Fire (Episode #2609)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Kilauea, on Hawaii's Big Island is the world's most active volcano. Its latest eruption began in 1983 and it hasn't stopped since. Since that time it has created 544 acres of new land and has consumed 200 homes. But as we watch nature's own fireworks display and witness the devastation wrought by flowing lava, we've also been able to observe a process that's central to life on these islands. The most spectacular moment of creation is when lava pours into the ocean creating new land and it is here that filmmaker Paul Atkins finds himself getting a shot few have ever filmed - the cataclysmic meeting of 2000 degree lava and 75 degree ocean water - a sight to behold.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Mon, Oct 8, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Oct 7, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 7, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 6, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Outback Pelicans (Episode #2810H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Oct 1, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

The Australian outback is the driest place on the driest inhabited continent on the planet. It is a place you might expect to see kangaroos but certainly not waterbirds. Yet once every 10 years, rains flood into dried-up river beds and head inland to create the largest lake in Australia, and 100,000 pelicans -- a third of all the pelicans in Australia -- arrive for the event. Leaving their homes on coasts and harbors, they come to feed on fish washed in on the floods and on billions of brine shrimp and other crustaceans which hatch and grow to adulthood in a few days in water twice as salty as the Dead Sea. The pelicans have come home to court and raise as many families as possible before the water and the food disappear once more.

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