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KQED Plus: Thursday, January 17, 2013

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
  • 12:00 am
    Tavis Smiley [#2818] Tavis' 10th anniversary week continues with Liberian peace advocate and Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee. Just days before being named a recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, the remarkable single mother of 6 talked to Tavis about her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and the challenges faced by women in politics. Also, a preview of "Vision for a New America" - a special broadcast next week on the issue of poverty. duration 26:46   STEREO TVRE (Secondary audio: none)
  • 12:30 am
    ImageMakers [#1003H] Color My World NULLABOR - Australia
    A brash young punk and a laid back old codger travel across Australia's Nullabor - the longest stretch of straight road in the world - perfect for passing that slow motorist beside you. But in this vast and barren landscape, sometimes all you're left with is each other. So, be careful what you wish for. Directed by Alister Lockhart and Patrick Sarell.
    MAXIMALL - France
    A young worker is the last to leave his work at the big box retailer. What he doesn't realize is every evening the shopping carts release their pent up anger after a day's worth of abuse from annoying customers. Unfortunately, he will face the brunt of their wrath. He learns the hard way that materialism will trap us all. Animated by Axelle Cheriet, Hadrien Ledieu, Nawel Rahal, and Axel Tillement.
    GRAFFITIGER - Czech Republic
    A lonely graffiti tiger prowls the streets of the urban jungle looking for his lost mate. On his journey he learns the city is full of dirty streets with walls covered with dangerous graffiti. Libor Pixa's witty and creative film blends 2D drawn animation with live action. The film was nominated for a Student Academy Award.
    duration 26:37   STEREO TVPG
  • 1:00 am
    This is Us [#403H] The Rescuers This is Us follows three rescuers: Tom Humann, a Cal Fire helicopter pilot on an elite team of airborne firefighters who, in his previous job, piloted Marine One for George W. Bush. Then meet Fire Captain Jim Boggeri and his search and rescue dogs Recon & Nino who volunteered for Katrina and other rescue missions. Finally, we get to know Captain "Sully" Sullenberger who saved 155 lives when his plane crashed into the Hudson River. duration 26:08   STEREO
  • 1:30 am
    Rick Steves' Europe [#708H] London: Historic and Dynamic In many-faceted London, we ponder royal tombs in Westminster Abbey, learn how to triple the calories of an English scone at teatime, discover treasures in the British Library, enjoy the vibrant evening scene in Soho, uncover Churchill's secret WWII headquarters, join the 9-to-5 crowd in the new London, shop where the queen shops, and straddle the Prime Meridian at Greenwich. duration 26:46   STEREO TVG
  • 2:00 am
    As Time Goes By [#108] Judy leaves home so that her mother and Lionel can have the house to themselves for the weekend. This leaves Jean with misgivings since everything is so set up. Lionel sees his book cover photograph and pronounces it "vaguely pornographic." duration 28:16   STEREO TVG
  • 2:30 am
    Are You Being Served? [#155] Memories Are Made of This Mr. Walpole, the handsome golf professional from the Sports Department, is assigned to Ladies' and Gents' for a spell. While there he demonstrates to Captain Peacock how to swing a club, but it is Mrs. Slocombe who is holed in one. duration 28:07   TVPG
  • 3:00 am
    Keeping Up Appearances [#127] Honeysuckle Cottage The bee in Hyacinth's bonnet is about buying a small cottage in the country as a weekend retreat. Richard learns that her idea of small does not match his. Hyacinth learns that the Country Life is not quite as she thought. duration 29:08   TVPG
  • 3:30 am
    Last of the Summer Wine [#2701] The Swan Man of Ickley duration 29:05   TVG
  • 4:00 am
    Thin Blue Line, The [#103] The Honey Trap Dawkins is furiously jealous of Fowler's admiration for Habib, albeit as star of his pub quiz team. That worsens when CID needs her as sexy, secret bait for a "honey trap." Alas for Fowler, that part proves incompatible with the quiz. duration 29:08   STEREO TVPG
  • 4:30 am
    Mr. Bean [#111] Back to School Mr. Bean All the fun of the fair awaits Mr. Bean until he unwittingly ends up babysitting. Undaunted, he sets out to enjoy the day, and despite having to cope with squeaky toys, improvised diapers and a flying stroller, he finds time to win at bingo and lose a goldfish. Thankfully, his young charge remains unscathed, and is reunited with his mother through Mr. Bean's amateur archery. duration 24:44   STEREO TVPG
  • 5:00 am
    Revolutionaries [#201H] An Evening with Marissa Mayer Meet Marissa Mayer, the new CEO of Yahoo!. Interviewed by NPR's Laura Sydell when she was Google's Vice President of Local, Maps and Location Services, Mayer speaks about her education, being hired as Google's first female engineer and much more. duration 53:13   STEREO TVG
  • MORNING
  • 6:00 am
    Zoboomafoo [#213] Can You Feel It? Brainiac the chimp and Lost and Found the Yellow Labrador retriever want to play. But what can a chimp, dog and a lemur all have fun doing together? It takes some doing but Zoboo finally comes up with a game that makes everybody happy - and discovers that all creatures have feelings. duration 59:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 6:30 am
    Raggs [#148H] Park When B. Max finds out the local park is closed, the dogs invent their own park in the garden. Pido's adventure to a national park with the Puppy Patrol Club is so great, that he pretends to be a park ranger. He encourages the rest of the dogs to follow the park rules. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY
  • 7:00 am
    Sesame Street [#4313H] The Very End of X Big Bird and Snuffy are the hosts of "The Letter of the Day Show" on Sesame Street! The only problem is that the letter they were supposed to introduce and sing about is broken into two straight pieces. Big Bird and Snuffy need help determining which letter it is, so they use the guests on the show as clues. Their first guest is a box, which begins with the letter "B", so they think the letter must be "B". When they try to put the broken pieces of the letter together, however, it does not form a "B". Big Bird and Snuffy realize the letter must have two straight lines. The next guest is wax, so Big Bird and Snuffy think the letter must be "W", but that letter has four straight lines. The next guest is Leela dressed up as a Tyrannosaurs Rex. Big Bird thinks that this has all become too hard because all of the guests start with a different letter - box, wax, and Tyrannosaurs Rex. After he says the words out loud, Snuffy realizes that all of the letters end with the same sound. They figure out that these words don't start with the same letter, but end with the same letter-"X"! Leela helps them cross the two straight lines of the broken letter together and they form the letter "X"! Other guests that end with the letter "X" appear on the show and they all sing a song together! duration 58:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 8:00 am
    WordWorld [#301H] A String's The Thing/J-J-Jelly A String's the Thing - After Duck accidentally turns on Frog's new cake frosting machine, the WordFriends must find the right "ing" word to stop it from covering WordWorld in delicious frosting. J-J-Jelly - Pig asks Bear and Sheep to help him make jars for the jelly pumping from his jelly machine. However, when they aren't able to make jars fast enough, the kitchen quickly begins filling up with the purple, oozy treat! Only by working together are the friends able to find a way to contain all of the jiggling jelly. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 8:30 am
    Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood [#114H] Thank You, Grandpere Tiger!/Neighborhood Thank You Day Thank You, Grandpere Tiger! - Grandpere Tiger comes to visit, but is only in town for a short while. Daniel is sad that Grandpere can't come to the special Thank You Day celebration later that day. Daniel learns to be thankful for the time they DO have together, and is then surprised when Grandpere appears at the celebration after all! Neighborhood Thank You Day - The neighborhood celebrates Thank You Day by putting notes in the Thank You Tree. Daniel has trouble deciding what to put in his note. Then, when a gust of wind blows the notes off of the tree, Mr. McFeely saves the day by catching and delivering everybody's thank you notes! duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 9:00 am
    Caillou [#427] Knowing How Caillou learns the value of determination and the benefits of success! When Mom drives Sarah to her skating lesson, Caillou decides he wants to take skating lessons too! But the lessons are harder than Caillou expected, and if it weren't for the neato Zamboni, Caillou might not have gone back. When an invitation for Clementine's party accidentally ends up at Sarah's, Caillou learns the differences between the addresses of the two homes. Later, when Clementine tells Caillou how much she likes her older brother, Billy, to teach her things, Caillou sets out to teach something to Rosie. But this proves harder than Caillou thought, until Mom suggests he try the A-B-C song! Also, when Caillou's dawdling causes he, Mom and Rosie to be late going to the park, they end up missing Leo. So Dad suggests they make a game out of not dawdling, by using an egg timer for Caillou to race against when he gets ready for bed. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY
  • 9:30 am
    Sid the Science Kid [#213H] A Rainbow Every Day! After a rainstorm, the sun comes out and Sid spots a big rainbow in the sky. He races inside to tell his parents, but by the time he brings them outside to see it, the rainbow is gone. Sid and his friends investigate rainbows at school where they discover that rainbows can only form when light passes through water droplets. (Educational objective - Rainbows) duration 28:46   SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 10:00 am
    Curious George [#401H] Personal Trainer/Sprout Outing * Personal Trainer - Professor Wiseman has generous sponsors for an exciting expedition if she completes a fund-raising footrace. But her first practice run is a disaster and she's about to give up until George volunteers to help her train. He's a great runner, so this should be easy, right? Not so! The first day of training leaves Professor Wiseman exhausted, thirsty and bored. George learns there is a lot to training as he becomes expert on stretching, keeping hydrated, and pacing yourself. But can he transfer all this to Professor Wiseman and find that secret ingredient that will keep her motivated to stay the course and finish the race?
    * Sprout Outing - George has just been made an Honorary Junior Sprout of Country County and is thrilled to be on his first trip with the troop, especially since the Man with the Yellow Hat is the new Sprout Master. The plan is for a nice, relaxed vegetation exploration at the Incredible Edible Arboretum, but things don't go as planned! First, the troop gets lost following Assistant Sprout Master Bill's directions, then George gets separated from the rest and discovers a man sawing branches off a tree. That's in violation of Sprout's rules, and George decides he needs to be stopped! Will George be able to prevent this man from harming more trees and earn his Sprout stripes along the way?
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 10:30 am
    Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! [#118H] Incredible Journey/Bamboozled * Incredible Journey: Nick and Sally are playing in their homemade Thingamajigger, when the Cat arrives to take them on a real adventure! Off they go to meet Salmon Sam, who is returning to the pool where she hatched so she can lay her eggs. With the help of the Subber-e-blubber, they follow Samantha on her incredible journey!
    * Bamboozled: Sally needs to find a gift for her stuffed Panda, Pammy. Who better to ask than a real Panda? The Cat takes them to meet Zhu Zhu, a giant panda who helps the kids to discover all the wonderful things you can do with bamboo. It's a perfect gift for Pammy the Panda!
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 11:00 am
    Clifford's Puppy Days [#116] My Blanky/with Friends Like You * My Blanky: Emily Elizabeth tells Nina that she still sleeps with her baby blanket. Later, Nina inadvertently shares this information with Shun. Soon, everyone knows about Emily Elizabeth's "blanky." When she discovers this, Emily Elizabeth is upset with Nina, but Nina doesn't understand why she should apologize when Emily Elizabeth never explicitly told her that this information was a secret. With Evan's help, Nina learns that confidences between friends really shouldn't be broken and she apologizes to Emily Elizabeth.
    * With Friends Like You: Jorge, in an attempt to retrieve a ball from the other side of a fence finds himself stuck. His friends try to get him out but Clifford comes up with an idea that does the trick. Jorge is so indebted to Clifford he vows to repay him and, as a result, bombards Clifford with kind favors and words. At first, Clifford enjoys this special treatment but, pretty soon, Jorge's acts of gratitude become overwhelming. Clifford helps Jorge learn that helping your friends is an implicit part of any friendship.
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 11:30 am
    Clifford The Big Red Dog [#123] T-Bone, Dog About Town/Clifford's Big Heart * T-Bone, Dog About Town - A cute little poodle named Mimi comes to Birdwell Island on vacation, and T-Bone gets a crush. He starts trying to be the kind of dog he thinks she will like, but learns that it's always best to just be yourself.
    * Clifford's Big Heart - Clifford works hard to try to make Emily the perfect Valentine to show her how much he loves her. In the end, he learns that it's his presence, not presents, that means the most to Emily Elizabeth.
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • AFTERNOON
  • 12:00 pm
    Sesame Street [#4310H] Afraid of the Bark Elmo and Zoe are playing a game with Zoe's pet rock, Rocco. When it's Elmo's turn to roll Rocco, he rolls him all the way to Barkley the dog, who picks him up and plays with him in his mouth. Bob gives Rocco back to Zoe and explains that Barkley just thought they were playing fetch. Elmo wants to continue playing, but Zoe explains that Rocco doesn't want to play anymore. Just then, she sees Grover with three dogs on leashes, and she becomes frightened. Soon after, a barking dog passes by and Zoe zooms off again. Elmo finally realizes that Zoe must be scared of dogs. When Elmo tells Zoe what he thinks, she says that Rocco is the one afraid of dogs, not her. Elmo offers to help Rocco to not be afraid anymore and introduces Rocco and Zoe to a woman and her dog. At first Zoe is reluctant to meet them, but she becomes more comfortable when she sees that the dog is wearing a tutu just like she is! As soon as the dog barks, though, Zoe runs off again and hides with Rocco. Gina comes upon Zoe and teaches her what to do when she meets a dog. Zoe and Rocco follow these steps to meet Barkley and Zoe becomes more comfortable. She even asks him to sit and give her his paw. Zoe says that she isn't afraid anymore, but corrects herself and says, "Rocco's not afraid anymore." Bob asks if Zoe would like to hold Barkley's leash and she says yes! They take Barkley for a walk and sing together about how much fun it is to walk a dog. duration 58:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 1:00 pm
    Barney & Friends [#1301H] Bienvenido, Barney: Mexico Baby Bop's friend Monty the butterfly passes through the park with a flock of friends on their way to Mexico. When Monty gets left behind by his insect friends and family, Barney takes everyone on a visit to Mexico, where Baby Bop will say good-bye to her butterfly friend. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 1:30 pm
    Caillou [#430] I'm Learning Jonas, a friend of Dad's and a real cowboy, has invited the family to visit his ranch. Caillou learns a lot about horses, and he even gets to brush a pony named Lucky. When Dad's burning toast triggers the fire alarm, he decides it is the perfect opportunity to practice a fire drill. Caillou gets the family together to go over a basic evacuation plan, and happily spends the afternoon pretending to be a firefighter. Later, Caillou accompanies Mom to the grocery store and brings along some money from his piggybank. Caillou finds a way to spend his money: he gets his face painted by a lady at the store. Caillou and his Mommy are preparing a picnic lunch. Caillou would like to leave right away, but it's not lunchtime yet and Mom and Dad have other things to finish before they leave. To help Caillou wait, Dad gives him a small alarm clock and a special assignment: to let everybody know when it's noon. When Mr. Hinkle has a tree cut down, Caillou is afraid his swing tree is next! Dad decides to plant a new tree so it's a trip to the Nursery. Caillou learns about the differences between trees with needles and leaves. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY
  • 2:00 pm
    Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood [#101H] Daniel's Birthday/Daniel's Picnic Daniel's Birthday - It's Daniel's Birthday! Daniel is very excited to go to Baker Aker's Bakery with his mom to pick out a cake for his party. When they arrive home after a bumpy ride on Trolley, Daniel is disappointed to find that his cake is smushed. It turns out...smushed cake is yummy too! Daniel's Picnic - Daniel, Prince Wednesday and Miss Elaina are having a picnic in front of the clock factory. When it starts to rain, the picnic is ruined, leaving them very disappointed. The friends turn this around by having their picnic inside the clock factory instead. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 2:30 pm
    Thomas & Friends [#302] Connections Thomas is sent to collect some children from the airport for the Sodor Summer Picnic. At the airport, Thomas meets Jeremy, a jet plane. Jeremy tells Thomas how wonderful it is to fly. Thomas thinks Jeremy is being boastful and decides not to talk to him again. Thomas, however, can't shake the feeling that it's better to be a jet plane than a steam engine. When Jeremy spots a storm on the way, he returns to the airport and alerts Thomas. The picnic will be ruined! Jeremy can't land near the picnic, Thomas will have to tell Sir Topham Hatt. Thomas races off. Thomas has an idea and relocates the picnic to Jeremy's hanger. Thomas is very proud to be a steam engine after all! A carnival comes to the island. All the engines get to pull a part of it, except for Percy who's given the job of pulling coal. Disappointed not to be given an important job, Percy leaves his coal and tries to help the others with the carnival. None of Percy's friends need help, but Percy spends so much time asking that none of his coal gets delivered. Soon all the engines are grinding to a halt! Percy is horrified and gets to work delivering coal to all the other engines. The carnival is a big success and Percy is delighted to have done such an important job, delivering coal! duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 3:00 pm
    Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! [#205H] Meet The Beetles/Tongue Tied * Meet the Beetles - Nick and Sally must protect their cookie jar from cookie snatchers! But how? Well by meeting three of the Cat's beetle friends, that's how! Stan the Giant Stag beetle shows them how to look scary, while Cliff the Click beetle teaches them to make a noise them jump! And Bobbi the Bombardier beetle has a stinky surprise for those that try to sneak up on her. Now Nick and Sally can keep their cookies safe!
    * Tongue Tied - Mmm, there's nothing better than a blueberry popsicle, even though it makes your tongue blue! Speaking of tongues, the Cat has some friends with marvelous tongues! The kids meet Treetop Tom and see how his tough tongue can pick food off of thorny branches. Then Snifty the boa snake shows them how she uses her tongue to smell.And by using Cat's "Not-So-Fast-Glasses", they can see Colin the chameleon's lightening fast tongue get him his food. Nick and Sally realize that their tongues are pretty useful too.. for asking for another popsicle!
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 3:30 pm
    Zoboomafoo [#218] Family Game When a baby African pygmy hedgehog comes to Animal Junction, Zoboo, tries to find the right family for her to live with. The Kratt Brothers explain that there are all different kinds of creature families, and they finally find the perfect family for the baby hedgehog. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 4:00 pm
    Wild Kratts [#125H] Mimic While exploring why some animals mimic the looks of others, Martin and Chris encounter a cheetah cub and its mom. But before they know it, evil fashion designer, Donita Donata, 'cat-naps' the startled mom right in front of their eyes. The Wild Kratts team springs into action on a rescue mission before Donita adds the momma cheetah to her new fall line. Martin discovers that the cheetah cub has unexpected powers of mimicry, and it's ability to mimic the ferocious honey badger - is the key to foiling Donita and protecting the cheetah. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY
  • 4:30 pm
    Arthur [#1001] Happy Anniversary, Parts I & II Arthur's parents have been married for 10 years and it's time to celebrate! But the festivities are cut short when the van breaks down, stranding the whole family. Will the Reads miss their fancy dinner reservation? And what about Arthur's special "Bionic Bunny" sleepover with Buster?! Just when things couldn't get any worse, Arthur and D.W. end up locked in a diner storeroom - but when they hear the inspiring radio tale of Crooning Cowboy Kid Carter and his little sister sidekick, Arthur realizes that the best celebration of all is just being with his family. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 5:00 pm
    Martha Speaks [#123H] Nurse Martha/Td Gets The Scoop * Nurse Martha - Being able to translate animal speech sure comes in handy when Martha gets a job as the vet's assistant. But when Mrs. Clusky's niece brings her puppy to the vet - and he speaks nothing but incomprehensible puppy talk - Martha's going to need more than her linguistic skills to figure out what's wrong.
    * TD Gets the Scoop - Carolina is starting a newspaper, the Carolina Town Crier, and she needs some crack reporters to track down the news. TD turns investigative reporter, until he becomes the headline himself. Martha thinks she's uncovered a real scoop, but Carolina disagrees, no bones about it.
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 5:30 pm
    The Electric Company [#308H] Revenge of the Zeros Upset about their score of zero points in the banana sculpture contest, Danny and Annie decide to ruin Paul the Gorilla's banana festival party that is being held at The Electric Diner. The Electric Company catches on, and does everything they can to stop the pranksters and save the party and preserve Paul's sanity. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • EVENING
  • 6:00 pm
    Wild Kratts [#127H] Zig-Zagged Chris and Martin get caught in the middle of a Zebra stampede, and when the dust clears, a lone baby Zebra is left behind. The Wild Kratts must find the young zebra's herd and return him to his mom. Along the way, they learn the secrets of patterns in the creature world and how the zebra's stripes are critical to a special defense called "confusion camouflage." duration 28:46   STEREO TVY
  • 6:30 pm
    Nightly Business Report [#32032] Grounded. Regulators around the world tell Boeing to park it... pulling the troubled 787 from service. NBR's Darren Gersh has a look at the what it will take for regulators to allow the Dreamliner to fly again. From a pickup in housing to strength in manufacturing. NBR's Suzanne Pratt looks at whether the U.S. economy has finally turned a corner. And, a big earnings miss from Citigroup and a mea culpa from its new ceo. NBR's Susie Gharib speaks with SNL Finacial's Nancy Bush. duration 28:00   STEREO TVRE (Secondary audio: none)
  • 7:00 pm
    Ask This Old House [#1109H] Installing Interior Window Trim/Heating A Swimming Pool General contractor Tom Silva installs interior window trim. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a new device that will heat a swimming pool for free using the excess heat produced by a central air conditioner. duration 25:16   STEREO TVG
  • 7:30 pm
    Ask This Old House [#1110H] Properly Mulching Garden Beds/Installing A Natural Gas Line Landscape contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to properly mulch his garden beds. Then, Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva, asks, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard installs a natural gas line for a barbeque grill. duration 25:16   STEREO TVG
  • 8:00 pm
    Life of Mammals [#103Z] Plant Predators Some of the biggest predators to walk the earth face a constant battle - their prey is heavily armoured, often indigestible, sometimes even poisonous, and what makes this struggle between predator and prey the more remarkable is that these predators do not prey on animals, but on plants... Although we live on a green planet, eating plants presents one of the greatest challenges to mammals, shaping them and their lives in the most extraordinary ways.
    The sloth is 'half blind, half deaf' and moves at a snail's pace - an extreme example of what can happen to you if you live on nothing but leaves! Plants arm themselves with deadly weapons, from razor sharp spines to deadly poisons, but plant predators are not deterred. The elusive tapir of the South American jungle visits secret clay licks in search of a natural antidote to the poisons. The pika, or rubble rabbit of the Canadian Rockies has found a way to make poisons work to its advantage, exploiting them as a natural preservative.
    But sometimes the problem is not what's in your food, but what is not - we bugged the caves of Mount Elgon to reveal startling images of underground elephants mining for salts deficient in their green diet. Even the great wildebeest migration is now understood to be driven by the need for minerals... The next great battle that plant predators face takes place on the open plains - behind every plant-eater lurks a meat-eater.
    For once we see the hunt from the plant predators' point of view; wrap-around vision, ears that rotate 360 degrees and elongated limbs make it harder for them to be caught than most wildlife films would make you think... Plant predators are equipped with dangerous weapons used in the greatest battle of all - with each other. We witness the drama of the annual bison rut in the Badlands of North America, discover the secret of the battering rams of the big-horned sheep of Canada, and analyse the fighting technique of horned animals as they ram, wrestle and stab their opponents. Amazing to think that all these extraordinary behaviours stem from the apparently simple act of eating leaves...
    duration 48:57   STEREO
  • 8:50 pm
    Life of Mammals [#104Z] Chisellers Plants usually protect the goodness inside their seeds with very hard outer cases - as David Attenborough testifies after he has tried and failed to crack open a tropical nut by bashing it with a rock. 'Believe it or not,' he proclaims, 'there are mammals here in Panama which can break into these nuts with their bare teeth!'
    They are agoutis, terrier-sized rodents, which chisel through the rock hard shells with their remarkable front teeth, as if it was butter. The reward is a protein-rich kernel, and all rodents from the tiniest harvest mice to the mighty beaver, have these special, constantly growing inscisor teeth, with chisel sharp enamel on their front edges, in order to get at food of this kind.
    Many rodents, like squirrels, carry away excess nuts one by one to bury them for eating later on. But the seeds of plants in the Mojave desert are so tiny, that kangaroo rats use special cheek pouches, like shopping bags, to carry enough seeds back to their burrows. The Gambian pouched-rat has the largest pouches of all, so that when they're stuffed full of date palm nuts the rats can hardly squeeze through the entrance to their burrows!
    Some rodents use their special front teeth to chop off vegetation or chew bark instead. Canoeing in Wyoming, David Attenborough watches beavers fell massive trees with their front teeth and then build dams to rival anything that humans can achieve. In the deep cold-water ponds that are created, the beavers store branches and leaves underwater, so that even when its iced over they have a store of fresh food to take to the safety of their lodge throughout the winter. Naked mole rats stay underground all their lives finding roots and tubers by tunnelling hundreds of metres from their breeding chambers.
    Rodents are renowned for being prolific breeders and sometimes, in Australia, mice cause such plagues that the farms and are literally overrun by carpets of running mice! The largest rodents in the world, capybara, also occur in huge numbers on the swampy grasslands of South America. Grazing in great herds, they look remarkably reminiscent of the antelopes to be seen on the grassy plains of Africa, in the next programme.
    duration 49:08   STEREO
  • 9:41 pm
    Orangutan Diary [#102Z] Can anyone help self-harming Roothi, an orangutan with real issues? After his terrifying fall Sumanto's health takes a turn for the worse, and the rescue team race to save several orangutans at risk one battles through miles of muddy roads hoping to save a young orangutan held illegally in a tiny crate, another searches for an orangutan seen dangerously close to a village school. duration 49:23   STEREO TVG
  • 10:31 pm
    QUEST [#606H] Future of Nuclear/Weddell Seals Meet a scientist working to make a safer nuclear reactor design to help meet the world's energy demands. Then head out to the Pacific Flyway to track the timeless rhythms of bird migration. And, travel to icy Antarctica to study hardy Weddell seals with UC Santa Cruz marine biologist Dan Costa. duration 26:19   STEREO TVG
  • 11:00 pm
    Globe Trekker [#1126] Eastern Canada The 3000km journey starts on the Avalon Peninsula, in Newfoundland & Labrador, the oldest and most easterly part of North America. Though it was the first province discovered by Europeans, it was the last to join Canada in 1949 - a testimony to its independent spirit. Next, GT travels south west to the maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick, known for their rugged coastlines, natural beauty and delicious fresh fish. GT then heads inland to say bonjour to Quebec's European culture and old-world charm and party at the New France Festival. Last is Ontario, where we experience the dizzying heights of Toronto's mega CN Tower and the thundering magnificence of the Niagara Falls. duration 58:01   STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 12:00 am
    Tavis Smiley [#2819] Any reflection on Tavis' 10 seasons of enlightening conversations on PBS has to include memorable visits with legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor. In his past appearances, the Rock and Rock Hall of Famer reflected on the rough period of his addiction and the reason he doesn't like to listen to himself on the radio. duration 26:46   STEREO TVRE (Secondary audio: none)
  • 12:30 am
    QUEST [#606H] Future of Nuclear/Weddell Seals Meet a scientist working to make a safer nuclear reactor design to help meet the world's energy demands. Then head out to the Pacific Flyway to track the timeless rhythms of bird migration. And, travel to icy Antarctica to study hardy Weddell seals with UC Santa Cruz marine biologist Dan Costa. duration 26:19   STEREO TVG
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    TV Technical Issues
    • KQED all channels, planned overnight maintenance: early Fri 12/19 midnight-6am

      (this includes all DT9, DT54 and DT25 channels, along with all paid services) We will be doing upgrade and maintenance work in our Master Control area during the overnight hours of late Thurs/early Fri 12/19. Work will begin shortly after midnight early Friday, which may last until 6am, though we hope to finish earlier. This […]

    • KQED Plus OTA ? Optimistically planned maintenance: Fri 12/05 mid-morning

      (DT54.1 thru 54.5) Assuming that the weather and road conditions permit, we plan to do a bit of maintenance on our KQEH transmitter the morning of Friday 12/05… hopefully 10am-11am-ish, but could be a bit later. Most of the work should not affect the outgoing signal, but there will need to be a cable swap […]

    • Mon 11/03/14: Work on KQED Plus tower (DT54)

      Another station needs to do maintenance on its equipment on the tower on Monument Peak, requiring that we switch our DT54 Over the Air signal from the main antenna to the auxiliary when the work starts, then back to the main antenna at the conclusion. These switches should cause momentary outages only, and most receivers […]

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KQED DTV Channels

KQED 9

KQED 9
Channels 9.1, 54.2 & 25.1 - Monterey (KQET)
XFINITY 9 and HD 709

All widescreen and HD programs

KQED Plus

KQED +
Channels 54, 54.1, 9.2 & 25.2 - Monterey
XFINITY 10 and HD 2710

KQED Plus, formerly KTEH

KQED Life

KQED Life
Channel 54.3
XFINITY 189

Arts, food, how-to, gardening, travel

KQED World

KQED World
Channel 9.3
XFINITY 190

History, world events, news, science, nature

v-me

V-Me
Channel 54.5 & 25.3
XFINITY 191 & 621

24-hour national Spanish-language network

KQED Kids

KQED Kids
Channel 54.4
XFINITY 192

Quality children's programming parents love too