Born to Explore with Richard Wiese
A modern day Indiana Jones, host Richard Wiese takes viewers around the world in search of adventure, wildlife, and cultures untouched by modern civilization in BORN TO EXPLORE. Throughout the 26-part series, the globe-trotting host travels across six continents and more than 10 countries with hopes of creating a positive understanding of the many beautiful cultures that inhabit our planet. Richard goes to Namibia, where he treks through the oldest desert in the world to track rare desert-adapted elephants. He also journeys to the Tiwi Islands off the northern coast of Australia, and goes "outbush" with a group of Tiwi elders to learn how they live off the land through hunting. The globe-trotting adventurer then travels to Borneo, Indonesia, one of only two islands on the planet where orangutans live in the wild. Richard experiences life aboard a "klotok" boat during his three-day journey deep into the rainforest in search of these magnificent great apes. He finds out why Borneo's rainforests are vanishing and meets the local communities who are banding together to save these orangutan habitats. In Cyprus, he joins world-famous archeologist Dr. Joan Connelly, who is digging for clues to confirm the existence of a sacred temple built by Cleopatra to honor her love child with Julius Caesar. Whether investigating the existence of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland or experiencing the tastes and aromas of Istanbul's fabled Spice Market at a shop where coffee has been roasted the same way for more than 500 years, Richard seeks the answers to questions that have been asked throughout history, and guides viewers on journeys across the globe uncovering unique stories, people and wildlife. BORN TO EXPLORE is celebrated among critics and has won two Daytime Emmy Awards, 24 Telly Awards, four Parents' Choice Awards, and a CINE Golden Eagle.
Turkey: Journey to Love Valley (#102H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Join Richard Wiese as he journeys to Turkey, a land where east meets west. Richard explores Istanbul's fabled Spice Market, and a traditional fortune-teller reveals his future through the grounds in his coffee cup. Explore Cappadocia, a region known for "fairy chimneys," some of the most striking geologic formations on earth. Join Richard as he takes to the skies aboard a hot air balloon for an aerial adventure of a lifetime and discovers why Turkish rugs are considered some of the best in the world.
- KQED Plus: Thu, Apr 27, 2017 -- 9:00am
Indonesia: Orangutans-People of the Forest (#106H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Explorer Richard Wiese travels to Borneo, Indonesia, one of only two islands on the planet where orangutans live in the wild. Richard experiences life aboard a "klotok" boat during his journey deep into the rainforest in search of these magnificent great apes. Find out why Borneo's rainforests are vanishing and meet the local communities who are banding together to save the mighty orangutan.
Namibia: Wild Cheetah (#103H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Explorer Richard Wiese travels to Namibia to meet a woman who has dedicated her life to saving cheetahs from extinction-Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Richard tracks cheetahs on the Namibian plains and helps a medical team with a cheetah check-up. Learn how local farmers have formed an extraordinary partnership with wildlife conservationists and use dogs to protect Livestock, ensuring the survival of Namibia's cheetah population.
- KQED Plus: Thu, May 4, 2017 -- 9:00am Remind me
Canada: The Mighty Polar Bear Migration (#107H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Journey with Richard Wiese to the barren wilds of Arviat, Canada where polar bears and the Inuit people live in uneasy harmony. Richard is welcomed into a small Inuit community and discovers how these hunter-gatherers struggle to survive in this inhospitable land and preserve their traditional way of life. Richard explores the frozen tundra and comes face-to-face with magnificent polar bears in the wild.
India: Good Karma (#104H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Explorer Richard Wiese travels to the mystical land of India to explore its ancient yet vibrant traditions. His mission-to perform a "seva" or good deed at the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi, a Sikh temple known for feeding thousands. At the world renowned Kalakshetra Foundation, he experiences the magic of Indian music and dance and discovers why they're considered holy arts. Meet an artist who paints holy elephants and find out why Indian pottery is an age-old craft.
- KQED Plus: Thu, May 11, 2017 -- 9:00am Remind me
Tanzania: Summit On Mt. Kilimanjaro (#108H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Join Richard Wiese as he journeys to Tanzania to climb the highest mountain on the African continent - Mount Kilimanjaro. With friends and family, Richard sets out on a seven-day climb to the summit at over 19,000 feet. He follows the same path he took with his father at age 11, more than 40 years ago. This is his 14th ascent up Kilimanjaro-only this time, Richard encounters the worst weather he's ever faced on the mountain.
Scotland: Vikings, Puffins & Ponies (#105H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Travel with host Richard Wiese to the Shetland Islands in northern Scotland. At a renowned breeding farm, Richard meets a herd of pint-sized Shetland ponies; on the craggy cliffs of Sumburgh Head, he encounters thousands of sea birds, including pintsized puffins. He meets a lively woman who reveals the secrets for knitting the classic Shetland sweater and explores life below the waters of the North Sea.
- KQED Plus: Thu, May 18, 2017 -- 9:00am Remind me
Morocco: The Last Nomads (#109H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Discover Morocco with explorer Richard Wiese on a Saharan adventure. Atop an Arabian stallion, he joins in the Fantasia, an annual tribal celebration of traditional horsemanship. He journeys through the Sahara to meet a family of Berber nomads; encounters classic Moroccan hospitality and finds out how nomadic people survive in the desert.
Chile: Flowering of the Llamas (#110H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Richard Wiese travels to the driest place on earth, Chile's Atacama Desert. He explores the Valley of the Moons on horseback and meets the Atacamenos, a people who have survived in this harsh environment for hundreds of years. In a tiny oasis community, Richard joins a family in a sacred thanksgiving ceremony called the "Floramiento" or flowering of the llamas, where these beasts of burden are adorned with flowers.