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Meteor Strike (#4013) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

A blinding streak of light screaming across the Russian sky, followed by a shuddering blast strong enough to damage buildings and send more than 1000 people to the hospital. On the morning of February 15th, a 7000 ton asteroid crashed into the Earth's atmosphere, exploded and fell to earth across a wide swath near the Ural mountains. According to NASA, the Siberian Meteor, which exploded with the power of 30 Hiroshima bombs, was the largest object to burst in the atmosphere since a 1908 event near Siberia's Tunguska river. That time there were few eyewitnesses and no record of the event except for thousands of acres of flattened trees. This time however the event was captured by countless digital dashboard cameras, which have lately become a common fixture in Russian autos and trucks.
Within days, armed with this unprecedented crowd-sourced material, Nova crews hit the ground in Russia along with impact scientists as they hunt for debris from the explosion and clues to the meteor's origin and makeup. To understand how lucky we were this time, we explore even greater explosions in the past, from Tunguska to the asteroid that extinguished the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. This episode puts it all together and asks: Is our solar system a deadly celestial shooting gallery - with Earth in the cross-hairs? What are the chances that another, even more massive asteroid is heading straight for us? Are we just years, months or days away from a total global reboot of civilization, or worse?

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, May 30, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Tue, May 30, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, May 31, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me

Poisoned Water (#4410) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

The water contamination crisis in Flint, MI, has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure. Discover the chemistry, biology and engineering that led to this disaster.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, May 31, 2017 -- 9:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jun 1, 2017 -- 3:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Fri, Jun 2, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Fri, Jun 2, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me

Creatures of Light (#4309) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)

Nova and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean's creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Jun 9, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Fri, Jun 9, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me

Why Sharks Attack (#4111) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in 10 months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed the ultimate shark fright film, Jaws. What's behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where they've rarely been seen for hundreds of years? Are deadly encounters with tourists inevitable? To separate fact from fear, Nova teams up with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to discover the science behind the great white's hunting instincts. Do sharks ever target humans or is each attack a tragic case of mistaken identity? Can a deeper understanding of shark senses lead scientists to design effective deterrents and help prevent future attacks? With shark populations around the world plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people -- and sharks.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Jun 16, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Fri, Jun 16, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me

15 Years of Terror (#4316H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-V

Nova investigates the psychology of a terrorist and examines how radical organizations have grown to make use of modern propaganda and social media tools in order to cultivate an army of self-radicalized killers. Can we understand what happens in the mind of a terrorist and intercede to stop the next attack - or at least stay one step ahead to thwart their destructive plans?

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Tue, Jun 27, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Jun 28, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me

Arctic Ghost Ship (#4216H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TV14

Unravel the greatest mystery in Arctic exploration: 160 years ago, the Franklin Expedition to chart the Northwest Passage vanished. Now, a Canadian team discovers one of Franklin's lost ships-a vital clue to the fate of the ill-starred expedition.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me

Making North America: Origins (#4220) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)

See the epic 3-billion-year story of how our continent came to be. From palm trees that once flourished in Alaska to huge eruptions that nearly tore the Midwest in two, discover how forces of almost unimaginable power gave birth to North America.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Jun 23, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Fri, Jun 23, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me

Making North America: Life (#4221) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)

In this episode we unpack the mysteries of how life evolved in North America. From massive volcanic eruptions, that killed three quarters of all species, to the appearance of giant inland seas populated by huge marine dinosaurs, the geology and life of North America have always gone hand in hand. We also reveal the part that geology played in the arrival of humans on the continent, as the appearance of the Panamanian land bridge altered ocean currents, helping bring about the last ice age.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Jun 30, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Fri, Jun 30, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me
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TV Technical Issues

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    • 2/22/17: Fremont Peak tower transmissions, including KQET DT25

      (DT25.1 through 25.3) Recent storms have taken out dozens of trees on Fremont Peak, which in turn have taken down power lines leading to the transmission tower located on the peak. It has been running on generators for several days, and regular trips are scheduled to re-fuel those generators with gas. However, the truck has […]

    • KQED TV All Channels: Planned outage late Fri/early Sat 1/14 midnight-2am

      All KQED television channels will be off the air late Friday/early Saturday 1/14 beginning at midnight for approximately two hours to perform maintenance and upgrades to our electrical system. These improvements will help KQED maintain and continue our broadcast service to the community. We will return to our regularly scheduled programs as soon as work […]

    • Wed 12/28: KQET DT25 Over the Air signal restored

      UPDATE: signal was restored apx 6pm (DT25.1 through 25.3) We are aware that our transmitter servicing the Watsonville/Monterey/Salinas area, KQET, is off the air. Engineers are on their way from San Francisco to check it out. Estimated time for repairs not yet known.

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

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KQED Plus, formerly KTEH.
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(starts Jan 16, 2017)
Channel
54.4, 25.3
XFINITY 192
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Quality children's programming. Live streaming 24/7 at pbskids.org.

KQED Life

KQED Life

Channel 54.3
XFINITY 189
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Best of arts, food, gardening, how-to, and travel.

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KQED World

Channel 9.3, 54.5
XFINITY 190
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