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The Gathering Swarms (#3112) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

This program looks at some of the most extraordinary swarms on the planet, including a view from inside a locust swarm, mayflies along the Mississippi, 17-year cicadas, and brine fly hatches over Lake Victoria. Superswarms of finch-like quelea in Africa merit attempts at control through assaults on their roosts, while aggressive swarms of silver carp in North American seem able to overcome any kind of restraint. Dangerous swarms of killer bees, however, can be controlled to the point that they can be worn as a human bee suit. But beyond the power of sheer numbers, increasingly complex and organized swarms eventually give rise to swarm intelligence that allows complex decisions to be made.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, May 24, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, May 25, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, May 28, 2017 -- 5:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, May 28, 2017 -- 9:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, May 29, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Mon, May 29, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, May 29, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me

Saving Otter 501 (#3101H) Duration: 55:46 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

On a typical late summer day a baby sea otter washes up on the beach in Monterey, California - hungry, lost, injured. It's a tragic event, but not surprising. California sea otters are struggling. For decades marine biologist Karl Mayer and his small staff have worked unceasingly - one otter at a time - to bring this "keystone" species back from the brink of extinction so it can play its important role in the local marine environment. But the effort has stalled, and no one knows why.
This is the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's 501st attempt to save an orphan otter. From her discovery as a stranded newborn pup crying on the beach through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Aquarium, we follow as Otter 501 learns how to dive, hunt, eat, and fend for herself in the wild, where survival is a long shot at best.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, May 30, 2017 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, May 31, 2017 -- 1:00am Remind me

Touching The Wild (#3109#) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Joe Hutto's idea of research is anything but normal, dedicating seven years of his life to becoming a wild mule deer. The herd would ordinarily run from any human but, incredibly, these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own. Accepted by the matriarch, he walks among them, is even groomed by them, and can lie with a pregnant doe talking to its unborn fawns. As he crosses the species divide, Joe is tapping into a new understanding about these elusive animals, literally entering a deer society. The captivating joy he feels for his new family is nothing short of infectious, but this human predator also learns to see the world from the point of view of prey -- and it's an experience that will ultimately rock him to his very core; sharing their world so personally finally takes a toll that sends him back to his own kind.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, May 31, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jun 1, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Jun 4, 2017 -- 5:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Jun 4, 2017 -- 9:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 5, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 5, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me

Yosemite (#3407) Duration: 1:26:46 SRND51 TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Yosemite Valley is a land forged in wildfire and sculpted by water, the delicate balance of these two elements are essential to the creatures and trees that call this land their home. But with climates changing and temperatures rising, the Sierras are under siege. Water is scarcer and the threat of fire is more common. Join scientists, experts, and adventurers as they trudge through mountains of snow, climb trees as tall as buildings, and soar high in the air to spy just how these global changes are affecting one of America's greatest wildernesses.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Jun 7, 2017 -- 7:30pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jun 7, 2017 -- 7:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jun 8, 2017 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jun 8, 2017 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Sat, Jun 10, 2017 -- 6:30am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jun 10, 2017 -- 6:30am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Jun 10, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Sun, Jun 11, 2017 -- 10:30am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Sun, Jun 11, 2017 -- 6:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Sun, Jun 11, 2017 -- 6:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jun 12, 2017 -- 12:00am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Mon, Jun 12, 2017 -- 12:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jun 14, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jun 14, 2017 -- 1:00pm Remind me

Animal Childhood (#3212) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

In every animal's life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own two feet, so to speak, and face the world alone. For a few, this happens just moments after birth, with no life lessons from parents to help them, no time to hone their survival skills. Others have the advantage of home schooling under the watchful eye of a mentor or family member. But growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally. These are the trials and tribulations of young animals all over the world as they prepare to leave home.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jun 11, 2017 -- 5:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Jun 11, 2017 -- 9:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 12, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 12, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me

Super Hummingbirds (#3401B) Duration: 1:26:01 STEREO

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before. Speed is their middle name. Their lives are moving faster than the eye can see. They possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. And for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. They are great athletes, tender mothers, brave in combat, and up for any challenge. They are Super Hummingbirds, the smallest and most brilliant birds on earth.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Jun 14, 2017 -- 7:30pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jun 14, 2017 -- 7:30pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jun 15, 2017 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jun 15, 2017 -- 1:30am Remind me

The Story of Cats: Asia to Africa (#3404B) Duration: 1:26:08 STEREO

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Jun 14, 2017 -- 9:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jun 14, 2017 -- 9:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jun 15, 2017 -- 3:00am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jun 15, 2017 -- 3:00am Remind me

Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La (#3211) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

This is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind. Elfin-like, they seem both childlike and wise beyond their years. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. The survival of this unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas, depends on strong defensive strategies and the cooperation and interdependence of them all.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jun 18, 2017 -- 5:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Jun 18, 2017 -- 9:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 19, 2017 -- 5:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 19, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me

The Funkiest Monkeys (#3105) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

25 years ago, filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson travelled to Sulawesi in Indonesia and fell in love with crested black macaques. These feisty monkeys are beach bums with punk hairstyles, expressive faces, copper colored eyes and some very unusual habits, making them some of the most charismatic of all monkeys. They only exist on this one island. Learning that their numbers have dropped dramatically, he makes a return visit to find out why and to see if he can help. Teaming up with a local expert and making a film about them and their plight allows him to share their story with the local schools and communities in the hope that a new understanding of the wonderful creatures in their midst will make them want to help, as well.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jun 18, 2017 -- 6:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Jun 18, 2017 -- 10:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 19, 2017 -- 6:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 19, 2017 -- 12:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 -- 8:00am Remind me

The Story of Cats: Into The Americas (#3405H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Track the story of cats into the Americas, from battles with the rival Canids, to the rise of domestic cats. Meet the mighty jaguar, the urban mountain lion, the curious ocelot, the Canada lynx, the nimble margay, the Siamese cat and the Sphynx.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jun 19, 2017 -- 11:00am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 -- 1:00am 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.

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

(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.