Upcoming Broadcasts:

Althea (#2901) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)

Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win Wimbledon and the US Nationals. Features Billie Jean King and David Dinkins.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, Sep 4, 2015 -- 9:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Sat, Sep 5, 2015 -- 3:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 5, 2015 -- 2:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 7, 2015 -- 5:30am Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 7, 2015 -- 11:30am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 10, 2015 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 11, 2015 -- 1:00am Remind me

Billie Jean King (#2604) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

The first sports figure ever featured by American Masters, this was a very deliberate choice about a very deliberate woman who has, indeed, been a major force in changing, and democratizing, our cultural landscape. To commemorate the 40th anniversaries of both the infamous Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs tennis match - the Battle of the Sexes - and the launch of the Women's Tennis Association, this film looks back to the 12-year old southern California girl who played tennis on public courts, observed disparity and unfairness and, as she soared athletically, never stopped trying to remedy the situation.
Her competitiveness on the circuit was matched by her egalitarian efforts on behalf of women and her commitment to prove consistently that in diversity there is strength - ultimately being awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama. King presents her own story with perspective added by Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Gloria Steinem, Elton John and Bobby Riggs' son.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 5, 2015 -- 3:30pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 7, 2015 -- 12:00am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 10, 2015 -- 8:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 11, 2015 -- 2:30am Remind me

Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter (#2404H) Duration: 1:26:46 SRND51 TVPG

From 1941 to 1978, this husband-and-wife team brought unique talents to their partnership. He was an architect by training, she was a painter and sculptor. Together they are considered America's most important and influential designers, whose work helped, literally, shape the second half of the 20th century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today. Ray and Charles Eames are, perhaps, best remembered for their mid-century modern furniture, built from novel materials like molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent metal wire and aluminum -- offering consumers beautiful, functional, yet inexpensive products. Revered for their designs and fascinating as individuals, the Eames have risen to iconic status in American culture. But their influence on significant events and movements in American life -- from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age -- has been less widely understood.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 6, 2015 -- 9:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 7, 2015 -- 3:30am Remind me

Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey (#2902) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. A co-presentation of Voces and American Masters.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, Sep 18, 2015 -- 9:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Sat, Sep 19, 2015 -- 3:00am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 23, 2015 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 24, 2015 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 24, 2015 -- 6:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 24, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me

Harper Lee: Hey Boo (#2504H) Duration: 1:25:46 STEREO TVPG-L

Reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" has been a national pastime for five decades - it is still selling nearly a million copies a year, its classic popularity and power are a common reference. And the courtroom image of Gregory Peck, as the passionate Atticus Finch, gave us an enduring picture for the novel's message. Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said she wanted to be Alabama's Jane Austen.
This program explores her life and unravels its mysteries, particularly why she never published again. Illuminated with family photos, revealing personal letters and an exclusive interview with her sister, Alice Finch Lee (100 years old), the film is steeped in the texture of the novel's Deep South and the social changes it inspired. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and Andrew Young reflect on how "Mockingbird" shaped their lives.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 22, 2015 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 23, 2015 -- 2:00am Remind me

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth (#2606H) Duration: 1:26:16 SRND51 TVPG-L

Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer/activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday in February, 2014. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, her life unfolded during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th-century America. Poverty and participation in the civil rights movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues. Her dramatic life is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Toni Morrison, Quincy Jones, Yoko Ono, First Lady Michelle Obama -- and, of course, Walker herself.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 22, 2015 -- 9:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 23, 2015 -- 3:30am Remind me

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (#2702H) Duration: 1:26:46 SRND51 TVPG-L

This film showcases the life of the legendary writer, actor, risk-taker -- from his youth, to his co-founding of the Paris Review, to his life as an American journalist, writer, editor, actor, and occasional amateur sportsman. George Plimpton was famous for "participatory journalism," and in this portrait, we meet the man, the writer, and the "experiencer," who through his willingness to do anything for a story, brought his readers and viewers into the lives and careers of those he joined, so that they could be shared by all.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Oct 4, 2015 -- 9:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Mon, Oct 5, 2015 -- 3:30am Remind me
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TV Technical Issues

    TV Technical Issues
    • Mon 8/31: KQET Signal break-up (DT25.1, 25.2, 25.3)

      UPDATE: As of shortly after 7pm Monday evening, repairs were completed at the KQET transmitter, and the signal appears to be stable. Thanks for your patience. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Original post Monday 11am: We are aware of the break-up […]

    • Comcast channel moves, Monterey/Salinas & Sacramento/Fairfield

      As of Tuesday 8/25, Comcast/Xfinity has moved four of KQED’s channels to new numbers in two of its service areas. The new info is: Monterey-Salinas: 371 – KQED World 372 – KQED Kids 373 – KQED Life 374 – KQED V-Me Sacramento, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Travis AFB and Vacaville: 390 – KQED World 391 – […]

    • Sutro Tower Annual Maintenance, week of 8/24 daytime

      (may affect Over the Air signal for KQED DT9.1, 9.2, 9.3) The Sutro Tower team will be doing their annual tower check and maintenance work this week, meaning that all stations may be switching back and forth from their main antenna to their auxiliary antenna between 9am and 4pm. Work should conclude no later than […]

To view previous issues and how they were resolved, go to our TV Technical Issues page.

KQED DTV Channels



Channels 9.1, 54.2, 25.1
XFINITY 9 and HD 709
Wave 9 and HD 164
DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T U-verse: Channel # may vary, labeled as KQED, or as KQET in the 831 area code

All HD programs



Channels 54.1, 9.2, 25.2
XFINITY 10 and HD 710
Wave 10
DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T U-verse: IF this channel provided to customer, channel # may vary, labeled as KQEH

KQED Plus, formerly KTEH



Channel 54.3
Wave 157

Arts, food, how-to, gardening, travel

KQED World

KQED World

Channel 9.3
Wave 156

History, world events, news, science, nature



Channel 54.5 & 25.3
XFINITY 191 & 621
Wave 154

24-hour national Spanish-language network



Channel 54.4
Wave 155

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