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Why Trains Crash (#4406H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG

Trains are essential for moving freight and people throughout the world, but they are far from accident-free. Follow investigators as they probe the wreckage of infamous accidents and watch safety experts test the latest crash prevention designs.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 26, 2017 -- 3:00pm
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 28, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Tue, Feb 28, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Mar 1, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me

Mystery Beneath The Ice (#4303H) Duration: 55:31 STEREO TVG

Dive under the ice to explore Antarctica's under-ice landscape with a team of scientists as they search for the mystery killer that's decimating the population of delicate shrimp-like creatures at the foundation of the Antarctic food chain.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Mar 5, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me

Why Ships Sink (#3911H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG

Are you safe aboard a modern cruise ship? Twenty million passengers embark on cruises each year, vacationing in deluxe "floating cities" that offer everything from swimming pools to shopping malls to ice skating rinks. And the ships just keep getting bigger: The average cruise ship has doubled in size in just the last ten years. Some engineers fear that these towering behemoths are dangerously unstable, and the recent tragedy of the Costa Concordia has raised new questions about their safety. Now, NOVA brings together marine engineering and safety experts to reconstruct the events that led up to famous cruise disasters, including the ill-fated Concordia, the Sea Diamond, and the Oceanos. Are we really safe at sea-or are we on the brink of a 21st century Titanic?

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Mar 10, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Fri, Mar 10, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Mar 12, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me

Big Bang Machine (#4201H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG

On July 4, 2012, scientists at the giant atom smashing facility at CERN announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that seems like a tantalizingly close match to the elusive Higgs Boson, thought to be responsible for giving all the stuff in the universe its mass. Since it was first proposed nearly fifty years ago, the Higgs has been the holy grail of particle physicists: if they can find it, it will validate the "standard model" that underlies all of modern physics. CERN's scientists are still scrutinizing the results from July to see how well they fit the Higgs prediction. If the data conceals surprises, they could upend much of what we thought we knew about the particles and forces that make up our universe.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Mar 19, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Tue, Mar 28, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Mar 29, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me

Escape from Nazi Alcatraz (#4112H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG

Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan: in a secret attic workshop, they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards. Their plan was to fly to freedom from the roof of the castle, but the war ended before they could put it to the test. Now a crack team of aerospace engineers and carpenters rebuild the glider in the same attic using the same materials, and they'll do something the prisoners never got a chance to try: use a bathtub full of concrete to catapult the glider off the roof of the castle. As the hair-raising launch 90 feet up draws near, the program explores the Colditz legend and exposes the secrets of other ingenious and audacious escapes. Then, after a 70-year wait, the team finally finds out if the legendary glider plan would have succeeded.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 -- 9:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Mar 23, 2017 -- 3:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Fri, Mar 24, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Fri, Mar 24, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 -- 3:00pm Remind me
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Secrets of the Viking Sword (#3913) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings' rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, Nova uses cutting edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the "Mystery of the Viking Sword."

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  • KQED 9: Wed, Mar 29, 2017 -- 9:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Mar 30, 2017 -- 3:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Fri, Mar 31, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Fri, Mar 31, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me
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TV Technical Issues

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    • 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.

    • Planned KQET (DT25) outage: early Sun 12/18 apx 1am

      (DT25.1 through 25.3) Due to maintenance and software update work being done by one of the paid signal providers, KQET-25 will need to go off the air for apx 15-30 minutes at apx 1am.

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

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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.
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KQED Plus / KQEH

Channels 54.1, 9.2, 25.2
XFINITY 10 and HD 710
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KQED Plus, formerly KTEH.
Unique programs including the best British dramas, mysteries, and comedies.

PBS Kids

PBS Kids

(starts Jan 16, 2017)
Channel
54.4, 25.3
XFINITY 192
Wave: Channel # may vary.
Quality children's programming. Live streaming 24/7 at pbskids.org.

KQED Life

KQED Life

Channel 54.3
XFINITY 189
Wave: Channel # may vary.
Best of arts, food, gardening, how-to, and travel.

KQED World

KQED World

Channel 9.3, 54.5
XFINITY 190
Wave: Channel # may vary.
Best of non-fiction programs including public affairs, local and world events, nature, history, and science.