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

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 -- 8:00 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 Life: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

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

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 -- 8:00 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Cracking The Koala Code (Episode #2913H)

KQED World: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 7:00 AM

By following individual koalas from a small social group on an Australian island, we will reveal just how a koala manages to survive and thrive on a diet poisonous to almost all other herbivorous mammals. From the miracle of marsupial birth, to tender moments of discovery between mother and newborn joey, encounters with threatening forest creatures, battles between rival males and the complex chorus of bellows and grunts that have become so important to science - we will join leading scientists as they unravel just what a forest needs to support a healthy population of koalas by listening to these marsupials themselves and cracking the koala code.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 1:00 PM

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

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 -- 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 9: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Cuba: The Accidental Eden (Episode #2711H)

KQED World: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 1:00 PM

This small island's varied landscape, its location in the heart of the Caribbean and its longstanding place at the center of Cold War politics have all combined to preserve some of the richest and most unusual natural environments of the hemisphere. For decades, Cuba's wild landscapes lay untouched while its Caribbean neighbors poisoned or paved over their ecological riches. Now, Cuba's priceless treasures are about to face an onslaught. Tourism is already on the rise and most experts predict tourism will double once the U.S. trade embargo ends. What will happen to Cuba's stunning biodiversity - an island filled with amphibians, reptiles and the most biologically diverse freshwater fish in the region?

A Murder of Crows (Episode #2802H)

KQED World: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 11:00 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.

Cuba: The Accidental Eden (Episode #2711H)

KQED World: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 7:00 AM

This small island's varied landscape, its location in the heart of the Caribbean and its longstanding place at the center of Cold War politics have all combined to preserve some of the richest and most unusual natural environments of the hemisphere. For decades, Cuba's wild landscapes lay untouched while its Caribbean neighbors poisoned or paved over their ecological riches. Now, Cuba's priceless treasures are about to face an onslaught. Tourism is already on the rise and most experts predict tourism will double once the U.S. trade embargo ends. What will happen to Cuba's stunning biodiversity - an island filled with amphibians, reptiles and the most biologically diverse freshwater fish in the region?

A Murder of Crows (Episode #2802H)

KQED World: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 5:00 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.

Superfish (Episode #2512H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

They slice through the water's surface with explosive power, sail, spear and a half ton of muscle flashing in the sun. Their journeys through the open ocean are epic, their life cycle, bizarre. They are the billfish -- marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish -- the largest and most highly prized of all gamefish. Emmy award-winning filmmaker and biologist Rick Rosenthal brings these incredible sea creatures to the screen as he observes tiny billfish nurseries in the wild, dives deep into secret undersea canyons, films incredible color-changing behavior and embarks on a quest for an elusive thousand-pound "grander."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey (Episode #2809H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

Irish cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson spent almost 600 days filming Broken Tail and his family for some of the finest tiger documentaries ever made. Broken Tail was the most charismatic tiger cub ever seen in Ranthambore, one of India's best protected tiger reserves. But suddenly and without warning Broken Tail abandoned his sanctuary and went on the run, moving through farmland and scrub until he was killed by a train nearly 200 miles from his home. To track Broken Tail's incredible journey, Colin and his soundman, Salim, retrace the tiger's path and piece together the cub's last days - and through his story reveal the fate of the few surviving tigers in India.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Wild Balkans (Episode #2707H)

KQED World: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 1:00 PM

Thick forests, vast wetlands, deep chasms - this is a wild, inaccessible place that belongs more to myth than reality. The landscape looks as if it was taken straight form Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." But here there are neither orcs nor elves; rather, bears and wolves. This is not Middle Earth; rather it is middle Europe - the Balkans. Through the centuries this land has burned its way into the soul and spirit of its people. The jagged contours have thrown long dark shadows over the history of the peninsula, always in the middle, between forces of the East and the West. It's as if the bloody history of the Balkans conspired to conceal its natural wonders. The landscape is still untouched and in it are wild animals that have all but vanished from the rest of Europe.

Birds of the Gods (Episode #2807H)

KQED World: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 11:00 AM

Living in the depths of the New Guinean Rainforest are birds of unimaginable color and beauty. When Europeans first saw the plumes of these fabulous creatures in the 16th century, they believed they must be from heaven and called them Birds of Paradise. The people of New Guinea make even greater claims. They say the birds possess supernatural powers and magic. But to find these birds in New Guinea is one of the toughest assignments and to witness their extraordinary mating displays is even tougher. David Attenborough introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film these Birds of Paradise; the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers.

Wild Balkans (Episode #2707H)

KQED World: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 7:00 AM

Thick forests, vast wetlands, deep chasms - this is a wild, inaccessible place that belongs more to myth than reality. The landscape looks as if it was taken straight form Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." But here there are neither orcs nor elves; rather, bears and wolves. This is not Middle Earth; rather it is middle Europe - the Balkans. Through the centuries this land has burned its way into the soul and spirit of its people. The jagged contours have thrown long dark shadows over the history of the peninsula, always in the middle, between forces of the East and the West. It's as if the bloody history of the Balkans conspired to conceal its natural wonders. The landscape is still untouched and in it are wild animals that have all but vanished from the rest of Europe.

Birds of the Gods (Episode #2807H)

KQED World: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 5:00 AM

Living in the depths of the New Guinean Rainforest are birds of unimaginable color and beauty. When Europeans first saw the plumes of these fabulous creatures in the 16th century, they believed they must be from heaven and called them Birds of Paradise. The people of New Guinea make even greater claims. They say the birds possess supernatural powers and magic. But to find these birds in New Guinea is one of the toughest assignments and to witness their extraordinary mating displays is even tougher. David Attenborough introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film these Birds of Paradise; the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers.

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