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Airmen and the Headhunters (Episode #902H)

KQED 9: Wed, May 22, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

This episode investigates the survival story of a crew of airmen shot down over the jungles of Japanese occupied Borneo during Word War II. A US bomber crew, stranded in a snake infested jungle, was rescued by Dayak tribesmen -- a tribe known for taking the heads of their enemies. The Dayaks fed and protected the airmen before leading them to the base of the maverick British special ops officer, Major Tom Harrisson, who was fighting a guerrilla war against the Japanese with a band of Australian Commandoes. In what is the most unlikely survival story of World War II, the Airmen's hopes of escape were left in the hands of the eccentric Major Harrisson who orchestrated their rescue by building a bamboo runway deep in the Borneo interior.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, May 23, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, May 23, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, May 23, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, May 23, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

Cavemen Cold Case (Episode #1204)

KQED 9: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

A tomb of 49,000 year-old Neanderthal bones discovered in El Sidron, a remote, mountainous region of northern Spain, leads to a compelling investigation to solve a double mystery: How did this group of Neanderthals die? And could the fate of this group help explain Neanderthal extinction? Scientists examine the bones and discover signs that tell a shocking story of how this group may have met their deaths. Some bones bear distinct signs of cannibalism. Was it a result of ritual or hunger? Neanderthal experts are adamant that they were not bloodthirsty brutes. What happened here 49,000 years ago will take viewers on a much bigger journey - from El Sidron to the other end of the Iberian Peninsula, where scientists are excavating beneath the seas off Gibraltar in search of Neanderthal sites.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, May 16, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, May 16, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, May 16, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, May 16, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

China's Terracotta Warriors (Episode #1103)

KQED Plus: Tue, May 14, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

The extraordinary story of China's 8,000 terracotta warriors begins two centuries before the birth of Christ. The First Emperor of China was preparing an extravagant tomb for his journey into the afterlife, and decreed that he be protected forever by a monumental army. But how was a terracotta army of this size made in less than two years using the technology of 2200 years ago? Led by archaeologist Agnes Hsu, the investigation shows that the Chinese may have used assembly lines to produce the 8,000-strong terracotta army. After the revelation of what the army really looked like when it was buried, archaeologists use biometric analysis to find out if these clay soldiers were individually modeled on living men.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

Death on the Railroad (Episode #1203)

KQED 9: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

A classic story involving foul play, cover ups, a murder mystery and a voyage of discovery to understand what happened to a group of Irish men who came to America for a better life but found only misery. In 1832, railroad contractor, Philip Duffy, hired 57 Irish immigrants to lay railroad tracks in West Chester, Pennsylvania. But, less than two months after their arrival, all 57 were dead. Did they all die - as was widely believed - due to a cholera pandemic? Or, were some of them murdered? In 2003, twin brothers discovered a secret file among their grandfather's papers that led them to investigate the deaths of these men and find the location of their final resting place in a valley now known as Duffy's Cut. Using the latest forensic and scientific investigative techniques, DNA, forensic analysis, facial reconstruction and historical detective work in Ireland and the USA, modern detectives and experts will unravel this extraordinary story.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

China's Terracotta Warriors (Episode #1103)

KQED 9: Sun, May 5, 2013 -- 7:00 PM

The extraordinary story of China's 8,000 terracotta warriors begins two centuries before the birth of Christ. The First Emperor of China was preparing an extravagant tomb for his journey into the afterlife, and decreed that he be protected forever by a monumental army. But how was a terracotta army of this size made in less than two years using the technology of 2200 years ago? Led by archaeologist Agnes Hsu, the investigation shows that the Chinese may have used assembly lines to produce the 8,000-strong terracotta army. After the revelation of what the army really looked like when it was buried, archaeologists use biometric analysis to find out if these clay soldiers were individually modeled on living men.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Mon, May 6, 2013 -- 1:00 AM

Bugging Hitler's Soldiers (Episode #1202)

KQED 9: Wed, May 1, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

Spied upon by MI19 in a bugging operation of unprecedented scale and cunning, 4,000 German POW's revealed their inner thoughts about the Third Reich and let slip military secrets that helped the Allies win WWII. Based on groundbreaking research conducted by a team of leading German historians and scientists, the film will tell the story of how those confessions were stolen, how they changed the outcome of the war and how they can now reveal, in more shocking detail than ever before, the hearts and minds of the German fighter. The evidence that supports this extraordinary new chapter in the history of WWII will be told through powerful dramatic reconstructions. Acted by German actors, speaking both German and English, they will quote directly from the highlights of over 100,000 hours of secretly recorded and therefore unguarded conversations between German POWs held in Britain. These long lost voices of the past are being brought back to life, bringing with them unique and exclusive insights into What the Nazis Really Thought.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, May 2, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, May 2, 2013 -- 4:00 AM
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