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Black Like Me (#406) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux discover a tapestry of the unexpected in their ancestry, revealing slaves and free people of color, Civil War legacies and forgotten European origins.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Jan 19, 2018 -- 3:00pm
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 21, 2018 -- 6:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 21, 2018 -- 10:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 22, 2018 -- 6:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 22, 2018 -- 12:00pm Remind me

Funny Business (#410H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG

Comedic guests Garrison Keillor, Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari take a serious look at their family trees, learning contrasting stories of assimilation, independence, hardship, and success all over the globe.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 -- 10:00am Remind me

Unfamiliar Kin (#402H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG

Actors Fred Armisen and Christopher Walken and musician Carly Simon each learn about a grandparent whose real identity and background had been a mystery to them ? redefining how they see themselves.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 25, 2018 -- 10:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 26, 2018 -- 4:00am Remind me

In Search of Our Fathers (#201H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Three guests know almost nothing about their fathers' past. Stephen King's father walked out on the family when Stephen was two years old and never returned; Courtney Vance's father was a foster child and never knew who his biological parents were - after his suicide, Courtney wants to learn more about his roots; and Gloria Reuben's father was 78 years old when she was born - he died when she was young, taking the secret of his ancestry with him. Henry Louis Gates solves the mystery of their paternal ancestry and introduces them to relatives they never knew they had.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 30, 2018 -- 10:00am Remind me

Puritans and Pioneers (#403) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

Actors Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy trace their nonconformist ancestors through American conflicts - the Civil War and the American Revolution, all the way back to the Puritan establishment.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Feb 1, 2018 -- 10:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 2, 2018 -- 4:00am Remind me

Born Champions (#202H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Three of America's greatest athletes, whose determination and love of sports were deeply shaped by their families, were all cut off from their true origins. Billie Jean King learns the story of her grandmother, who had always kept her orphan status a secret. Derek Jeter confronts his ancestors' lives as slaves and learns that they were owned by a white man named James Jeter - the source of the Jeter name and Derek's third great-grandfather. Rebecca Lobo finds out that her Spanish ancestor fought side by side with a famous revolutionary and was forced to flee Spain because of his democratic ideals.

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  • KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 6, 2018 -- 10:00am Remind me

We Come from People (#206) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

Trace three guests' roots into the heart of slavery, revealing that there is no singular narrative and challenging preconceptions of an era that profoundly shaped our nation's sense of itself. Hip-hop artist Nas discovers a web of his slave ancestors and their intimate relationship with their slave master; award-winning actress Angela Bassett meets ancestors whose slave family tragedy is rivaled only by a triumphant emancipation story; and presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett goes back in time more than 200 years to meet a formidable line-up of free people of color - all of them of trailblazers.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 -- 2:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 27, 2018 -- 10:00am Remind me

Decoding Our Past (#210) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

Deval Patrick is the first African-American governor of Massachusetts and Jessica Alba is an actress who proudly embraces her Mexican-American heritage. But cutting-edge DNA analysis reveals that the family trees contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races. Alba descends from Jewish and Mayan ancestors and the official cartographer of France's King Louis XIV. Deval Patrick's roots lead to a black homesteader in Colorado and a white master who gave his former slave land after the Civil War. DNA is used to delve deeper into the families of other guests in the series, including Valerie Jarrett and Anderson Cooper, and to overcome dead ends on host Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s own tree. The secrets encoded in their genomes challenge these guests' ideas about their families' histories and their identities today.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 -- 3:00pm Remind me

In Search of Freedom (#303) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)

Learn how the ancestors of Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes and Keenen Ivory Wayans struggled for freedom, and how each of these cultural trailblazers gains a new understanding of how they fit into this proud trajectory.

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  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Our American Storytellers (#203H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Three iconic American storytellers have spent their lives chronicling the lives of others, while knowing almost nothing about their own family history. Ken Burns confronts the reality of his southern ancestors' role in the Civil War, including Confederate soldiers held captive and a slave-owning Virginian. Anderson Cooper, scion of one of America's most storied families, the Vanderbilts, longs to know more about his father's southern roots - including the story of an ancestor murdered by one his slaves. Anna Deavere Smith learns the story of her great-grandfather Basil Biggs, a free black man and former conductor on the Underground Railroad. All three guests' ancestors intersect at pivotal moments of American history.

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  • KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 -- 10:00am Remind me

Family Reunions (#307) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations.

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  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 17, 2018 -- 2:00pm Remind me

The Vanguard (#404) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and author and activist Janet Mock see their basic assumptions about their families challenged, placing their ancestors - of all colors - into the greater context of black history.

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  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 17, 2018 -- 3:00pm Remind me

Immigrant Nation (#405) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

Actors Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd and John Turturro, all with immigrant parents, gain greater understanding of the unique challenges their ancestors faced by way of prejudice and poverty at home and abroad.

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  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 17, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

The Melting Pot (#205H) Duration: 56:26 STEREO TVPG-V (Secondary audio: DVI)

Three celebrity chefs who cook the food of their ancestors discover family members who have shaped their lives - and America's cuisine. Tom Colicchio of "Top Chef" learns the hardships his family endured (famine, bandits) living in a tiny town in Northern Italy and celebrates the courage of his original immigrant ancestor, a man who crossed the Atlantic many times to bring the Colicchios to the United States; Ming Tsai, the child of immigrants who fled Mao's Cultural Revolution, was raised to believe that his that his family's Chinese past was obliterated by the Communists - instead, he finds that his roots can be traced back more than 2000 years, yielding a large family tree; and Aaron Sanchez discovers that his family's treasured Mexican roots include people who were Spaniards, Africans and Native Americans.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 -- 10:00am Remind me
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TV Technical Issues

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    • Audio Issue KQED DT 9.1 /25.1

      UPDATE: Audio has been restored, please report any issues!  If you’re still experiencing audio issues, you may need to rescan your television. Visit kqed.org/54move to learn how. Thank you for your patience while we resolve the issue!

    • KQED will no longer broadcast the KQEH signal from Monument Peak Tower effective 1/17/2018

      KQED will be removing its over-the-air television signal from the Monument Peak Tower in the San Jose area on January 17, 2018 (Note: this maintenance was previously scheduled for December 15, 2017). KQED will now broadcast our full suite of channels (KQED 9, KQED Plus, KQED World and PBS Kids) on Channel 9 and 54 […]

    • KQED LIFE OFF AIR Friday, December 15

      KQED will no longer offer the KQED Life channel beginning Friday, December 15. Several of the most popular exercise, cooking and lifestyle programs exclusive to KQED Life will now be scheduled on KQED Plus and KQED 9, where they can be experienced by more viewers. View/Download Schedule

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

KQED DTV Channels

KQED 9, KQET

KQED 9 / KQET

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

All HD programs

KQED Plus, KQET

KQED Plus / KQEH

Channels 54.1, 9.2, 25.2
XFINITY 10 and HD 710
Wave, DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T U-verse: Channel # may vary, labeled as KQEH
KQED Plus, formerly KTEH.
Unique programs including the best British dramas, mysteries, and comedies.

PBS Kids

PBS Kids

Channel 54.4, 25.4, and 9.4
XFINITY 192 (Monterey/Salinas 372 and Sacramento/Fairfield 391)
Wave: Channel # may vary.
Quality children's programming. Live streaming 24/7 at pbskids.org.

KQED World

KQED World

Channel 9.3, 54.3 and 25.3
XFINITY 190 Monterey/Salinas 371 and Sacramento/Fairfield 390)
Wave: Channel # may vary.
Thought-provoking television — public affairs, local and world events, nature, history, and science.