TV Daily Schedule: KQED Plus
KQED Plus: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Comcast 10 • Digital 9.2, 54.1 or 25.2
Schedule is subject to change. Please visit kqed.org/tv/schedules/daily for the most up-to-date info.
12:00 amTavis Smiley [#2827] Tavis talks with David Magee, screenwriter for the Oscar-nominated film Life of Pi, who reflects on the film's 11 Oscar nominations, including one for best adapted screenplay. duration 26:46 STEREO TVRE (Secondary audio: none)
12:30 amCheck, Please! Bay Area [#408H] Hayes Street Grill, Mama's On Washington Square, First, we take a stop at Hayes Street Grill, a local institution that stands on its reputation for the best and freshest fish around. Then, we cozy up to a little family-run spot called Mama's on Washington Square where they serve up a menu with fresh waffles and pancakes for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Sahn Maru Korean BBQ offers more than just barbecue. Its traditional Korean fare comes with warm, family-friendly service and plenty of tasty banchan (small side dishes). duration 26:22 STEREO TVG
1:00 amRevolutionaries [#203H] Turing's Cathedral Legendary science historian George Dyson vividly recreates the beginnings of our digital universe with captivating stories of focused experimentation, mathematical insight and pure creative genius. Computer History Museum's John Hollar leads Dyson in a wide-ranging conversation on the birth of computers, digital television, modern genetics and more. duration 53:10 STEREO TVG
2:00 amMartin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar The island of Madagascar is home to an abundance of unique wildlife species - including 101 endangered types of the small primates known as lemur. They live only on Madagascar, and one by one, they are dying there. In this program, British actor Clunes (Doc Martin) travels to the island to explore and expose the urgent plight of this rare - and endearing - species. In this beautiful and deeply moving film, Clunes travels down to the Indian Ocean to witness what many fear is the lemur's last stand. duration 46:05 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
2:47 amMartin Clunes: Horse Power [#101H] The Animal At home on his farm in Dorset, Martin rides his own horse Chester and explains how he was drawn into the equine world by his wife and daughter. To find out what makes horses tick Martin flies to Dubai, to the grand opening of the Â£1.7 billion Meydan racecourse. There he meets champion jockey Frankie Dettori and top trainer Luca Cumani, for a fascinating insight into horse psychology. He then heads further east to the heart of Mongolia, where he tracks down the one remaining horse breed that has never been tamed by man: the Przewalski horse, known in Mongolia as the Takhi.
On the walls of the Niaux Cave, hidden high in the Pyrenees Mountains, Martin finds an extraordinary 14,000-year-old record of how our relationship with horses began. He also meets the famous horse whisperer Monty Roberts to learn how to improve his relationship with Chester, and understand how that mysterious bond allowed us to communicate with horses in the first place. On a windswept beach in the south of France, Martin meets the extraordinary trainer, Jean Francois Pignon, who has taken that communication to the ultimate extreme.
At the Weipers Centre for Equine Welfare in Glasgow, Martin attends a delicate operation on a 7-month-old foal with a leg fracture and learns why this powerful, athletic animal is designed the way it is. In the desert sands of the Gulf, Martin meets the Bedouin, who developed one of the world's most ancient horse breeds, the Arabian. Horses can help humans because of their unique communication skills. Martin flies to Arizona to visit a rehab clinic where they are using equine assisted therapy on patients being treated for a range of problems from alcoholism to anorexia. Finally Clunes joins Laura Lee, Nevada resident and lover of the wild American mustang. In a helicopter they fly over the high desert in midwinter, to catch a glimpse of the mustang herds running free in their natural habitat, the way all horses once lived. duration 59:24 STEREO TVPG
3:33 amMartin Clunes: Horse Power [#102H] The Servant and the Symbol Not so very long ago, everyone knew how to ride a horse. Today, the biggest link most of us still have with horses is the races. Martin's company's horse, Buffalo Stampede, is running at Fontwell racecourse in Sussex for the first time in a year since a leg injury. The horse tires and comes in last, but Martin is just glad to see it cross the finishing line without injury.
The everyday traffic of horses may have vanished from London's streets. But the British monarchy still uses horses - and plenty of them - to keep tradition alive. Clunes has special access to a rehearsal of the State Opening of Parliament and rides in one of the carriages from the Royal Mews, via the Palace, into the heart of Parliament.
To find out how the horse came to be associated with wealth and power, Martin heads for Asti in northern Italy. The Palio horse race dates right back to the 1200s when the local aristocracy raced their horses against each other as a way to measure up their status and superiority. Martin soaks up the thrills and dangers of the event, where the crowd treats the jockeys like football stars - or the modern equivalent of valiant knights.
To understand why medieval knights commanded such honor and respect, Martin travels to Warwick Castle to see what it was like to ride into battle, dressed in a suit of armour. He also meets the modern equivalent of the armored knight, the Greater Manchester Police mounted unit and learns how horses are trained to quell potential violence in rowdy crowds.
Clunes then heads for the USA to learn that the old Wild West is still alive and kicking, and the horse is still very much a part of American life. In Las Vegas, rodeo horses are treated like kings; the more they buck the better the crowds love them. Then it's on to Arizona to learn the traditional ways of the cowboy, still in use today. Surprisingly, the horse was extinct in America until it was reintroduced by Christopher Columbus. Yet it wasn't long after that before Native American Indians became master horsemen. Martin joins the Sioux tribe in South Dakota, for their annual "horse nation" commemorative ride across the frozen prairie.
Martin's final journey is to one of the remotest parts of Central Asia to meet some of the world's greatest horse people. He experiences life amongst the nomadic Kazakh tribes people, virtually unchanged since they first harnessed the power of the horse 6000 years ago. Nowhere on earth is there a culture still so utterly reliant on the horse. duration 59:50 STEREO TVPG
4:19 amHorses of the West: America's Love Story From the power of racing thoroughbreds, to a gentle nudge from a therapy horse, to the open runs of wild horses on the range, to the muscle and skill of working ranch horses, this program takes viewers on an emotional journey on horseback through the American West. It celebrates the remarkable relationship of horses and the humans who love them. Narrated by actress Ali MacGraw, the film offers a broad overview of the many different roles of horses in the American West. duration 39:35 STEREO TVG
5:00 amAntiques Roadshow [#1205H] Orlando, Florida - Hour Two In Orlando, Florida, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Ken Farmer visit the Mennello Museum of Art to see works by curmudgeonly St. Augustine folk artist Earl Cunningham. At the Orange County Convention Center, friendly throngs of guests share tales and treasures, including a valuable circa 1835 Regency-style etagere bought at a yard sale for $20; an animator's plaster model of Geppetto, created for the Disney movie Pinocchio in 1940; and a painting by Fern Coppedge - of the renowned early 20th-century Pennsylvania Impressionist school - given to the owner's grandfather in lieu of medical services and estimated to be worth $120,000 to $ 200,000. duration 55:04 STEREO TVG
6:00 amZoboomafoo [#222] Armor Zoboo thinks that if he had armor, like his new African crested porcupine friends, he would be safe as he leapt from place to place. After some unsuccessful armor experimentation with the Kratt Brothers, he realizes that his eyes, ears and brain are the best protection he can have. duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
6:30 amRaggs [#157H] Pretend Pido pretends to be a rescue snow-dog and turns the clubhouse into a pretend mountain. When B. Max wants the dogs to practice, the dogs put on a pretend concert. duration 28:46 STEREO TVY
7:00 amSesame Street [#4309H] Practice Makes Proud Elmo is ready to play basketball. He has his special basketball shirt to wear, his special basketball to play with, and a healthy snack to give him energy. Abby appears and says that she can be Elmo's fairy godmother and help him with all sorts of stuff. Elmo begins playing basketball but keeps missing the hoop. This happens a few times, and soon Elmo gets frustrated. As Elmo's fairy godmother, Abby turns the basketball into a magic ball, and when Elmo throws it to the basket, it goes in! He throws the ball again and again, and scores every time! Elmo is happy that he keeps getting the basketball in the hoop, but he feels like he is missing something. Leela passes by and helps Elmo figure out what feeling he is missing. To do this, she asks Abby to turn the magic ball back into a regular basketball. Leela gives Elmo some pointers about how to play basketball. Elmo doesn't score a basket right away, but after much practice, he scores! He did it all by himself and feels proud, the feeling he was missing all along. duration 58:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
8:00 amWordWorld [#105H] Sh-Sh-Shark!/Dog Wants to Play Ball * Sh-Sh-Shark!: Shark is misunderstood. Everyone is afraid of him and won't even give him a chance to prove he's friendly. Everyone but Duck, that is, who doesn't know that the letters s and h together make the 'sh' sound, and therefore doesn't know who Shark is. When Duck introduces his new friend "S-hark" to the gang, Duck learns a lesson about the /sh/ sound, while everyone else discovers that acceptance is an important part of friendship.
* Dog Wants to Play Ball: Dog wants to play ball, but he's having trouble communicating with his friends because they won't stop and listen to him.