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Extremes (Episode #104)

KQED Life: Wed, Dec 9, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

This is a story of two contrasting worlds: the highest mountains in the depths of winter and Death Valley, the hottest, driest, lowest place in North America where July temperatures stay over 100 degrees - day and night. In these harsh environments, a wrong move can mean death. In the mountains of America and Europe people enter territory that is truly nature's own. In winter, avalanches come screaming down slopes at up to 125 miles an hour. Dramatic stories from Utah demonstrate what happens to their victims. In France in 1999, 12 villagers died despite living in a place avalanche scientists and planners had thought was safe. In the baking heat of America's Death Valley, park rangers constantly patrol in military vehicles and light planes, on the lookout for stranded visitors. Yet the very extremes of this place draw people here - enthusiasts who see the heat as a challenge and engineers for whom it is a natural laboratory, a place where man and machine can be pushed to their limits.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Dec 9, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

Deadly Skies (Episode #103)

KQED Life: Wed, Dec 2, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

Man has always looked to the sky with unease, for out of the blue comes hail that can destroy homes and cars in a moment, and lightning - hotter than the surface of the sun and powerful enough to light a city for a day. At Cape Canaveral, lightning can stop the U.S. space program in its tracks. Survivors in Australia and Britain tell of lightning's extraordinary power - how it can shred a glider to confetti and knock more than 20 golfers to the ground with a single strike. Spectacular footage from America's lightning capital, where Dr. Martin Uman triggers lightning intentionally, and fascinating research by Dr. Chris Andrew on how a bolt affects the human body shows how little we understand. But there are other deadlier threats from the skies. Out in the blackness of space are meteorites - pieces of planets and stars. Things of beauty and fascination to passionate collectors like Tucson's Bob Haag and astronomer David Kring, hundreds of fragments fall harmlessly to Earth every day. But out there, silently circling, are a least 1,500 big enough to wipe out a city. Some - as comet-hunters David Levy and Carolyn Shoemaker show - big enough to end life on Earth.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Dec 2, 2009 -- 12:00 AM
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    • early Thurs 12/08: planned KQED DT9s Over the Air outages

      (DT9.1 through 9.3) KQED will be performing maintenance at Sutro Tower in the overnight hours early Thursday 12/08. We are expecting a few power interruptions to take place and KQED will need to be off air for these. The outages are expected to be brief.

    • Wed 11/30: planned momentary outages of DT54 over the air signal

      (this is a continuation of the work originally announced for 11/28, which was not completed on Tuesday.) At some point during the morning of Wednesday Nov. 30th, the KQEH transmitter will switch from its main antenna to the auxillary one, to allow for the safety of workers doing maintenance for another TV station on the […]

    • Tues 11/29: DT54 Over the Air Signal restored

      Repairs have been completed on today’s transmitter issue, and the signals for DT54.1 through 54.5 have been restored.

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