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Shady Dealings with USA Student Loans (#721) Duration: 26:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)

***Reservoirs for Millions: Colombia's Paramos - They're a world of highland mosses and moors, lagoons and lakes. The Spanish conquistadors also called the paramo the land of clouds. Colombia's archipelago of paramos, areas of tropical high mountain vegetation above the timber line. At an elevation of more than 2500 meters, we're confronted with a magical landscape of shrubs and grasses plants, misty valleys, and crystal clear lakes. The paramos supply the entire country with water. Paramo ecosystems are unique in the world, and they're the source of clean water for Colombia's capital, Bogota. But these ecosystems in the upper Andes are endangered: farmers and herdsmen burn the vegetation to create land for grazing. Biologists from botanical gardens in Bogota and Berlin are cooperating on researching the indigenous mosses, lichens and grasses. Like sponges, they absorb and store water and return it to the river systems. If the plants continue to be burned off, the water supplies of millions of people are at risk. Global Brain: Robohand - Richard van As from South Africa lost several fingers in an accident with a circular saw, so he developed the Robohand. What's new about it is that the individual components can be produced on a 3D printer, making it much more affordable than conventional prosthetic hands. Producing a Robohand costs the equivalent of about 500 euros. Conventional prosthetic hands are priced at about 25,000 euros. To make it possible to produce the Robohand in remote places and crisis zones, Richard van As developed an extremely robust 3D printer, the Robobeast. With open source software and a printer costing about 3500 euros, anyone can now print out van As's prosthetic hands, even "in a moving car." US: Shady Dealings with Student Loans - In the US, tuition fees have more than quadrupled since 1986. College graduates are sitting on a billion dollars in debts. Many fail to find the jobs they need to repay them. The College Board, a non-profit educational organization, calculates that the sum has doubled in the past ten years. It now exceeds Americans' credit card debts. Economists are already warning of a new bubble that could catapult the entire economy into the next crisis. The debt burden is especially heavy for students who have to take out loans to attend what are called "for-profit colleges." Switzerland: A New Beginning in "Neuland" - While their applications for asylum are being processed, pupils attending an integration class in Basel are trying to learn about Swiss society and fit into it. "Neuland," a documentary by Anna Thommen about young immigrants in Switzerland, takes a look at what happens to them. Basel is trying out an unconventional project. Young people believed be capable of becoming Swiss citizens are being sent to integration classes. This film followed the young people for two years during their time there. At the beginning of the film, a young Afghan, Ehsanullah Habibi, has his asylum application rejected. In addition, he still owes a large amount of money to the traffickers who brought him to Switzerland.

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Episode #722 Duration: 26:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)

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Episode #723 Duration: 26:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)

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Episode #724 Duration: 26:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)

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Episode #725 Duration: 26:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)

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Episode #726 Duration: 26:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)

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    • KQET planned overnight outage, early Friday 3/13

      (DT25-1 through 25-3) Another station on Fremont Tower needs to perform more maintenance work overnight, requiring other TV stations to shut down their signals for the safety of the workers. KQET’s signal will turn off late Thurs/early Friday between midnight and 12:30am, and should return by 6am Friday morning. Many receivers will be able to […]

    • KQET planned overnight outage, early Wed 3/11

      (DT25-1 through 25-3) Another station on Fremont Tower needs to perform maintenance work overnight, requiring that other TV stations shut down their signals for the safety of the workers. KQET’s signal will turn off late Tues/early Wednesday between midnight and 12:30am, and should return by 5am Wednesday morning. Many receivers will be able to recover […]

    • Thurs 3/05, DT54-1 thru DT54-5: 2 planned, extremely brief Over the Air outages

      (DT54.1 through DT54.5) Our Over the Air signals from our KQEH transmitter on Monument Peak (the DT54s) will need to be switched from our Main antenna to our Auxillary antenna while climbers inspect the tower for possible maintenance needs. Once the inspection is done, we will switch back. The two switches will account for two […]

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KQED 9
Channels 9.1, 54.2 & 25.1 - Monterey (KQET)
XFINITY 9 and HD 709

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KQED +
Channels 54, 54.1, 9.2 & 25.2 - Monterey
XFINITY 10 and HD 710

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KQED Life
Channel 54.3
XFINITY 189

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KQED World
Channel 9.3
XFINITY 190

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V-Me
Channel 54.5 & 25.3
XFINITY 191 & 621

24-hour national Spanish-language network

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KQED Kids
Channel 54.4
XFINITY 192

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