TV Daily Schedule: KQED Plus
KQED Plus: Monday, February 11, 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 amMoyers & Company [#205H] Who's Widening America's Digital Divide * America has a wide digital divide - high-speed Internet access is available only to those who can afford it, at prices much higher and speeds much slower in the US than they are around the world.
But neither has to be the case, says Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama for science, technology and innovation, and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. Crawford joins Bill to discuss how our government has allowed a few powerful media conglomerates to put profit ahead of the public interest - rigging the rules, raising prices, and stifling competition. As a result, Crawford says, all of us are at the mercy of the biggest business monopoly since Standard Oil in the first Gilded Age a hundred years ago. "The rich are getting gouged, the poor are very often left out, and this means that we're creating, yet again, two Americas, and deepening inequality through this communications inequality," Crawford tells Bill.
* Also on the show, journalist Nick Turse describes his unprecedented efforts to compile a complete and compelling account of the Vietnam War's horror as experienced by all sides, including innocent civilians who were sucked into its violent vortex. Turse, who devoted 12 years to tracking down the true story of Vietnam, unlocked secret troves of documents, interviewed officials and veterans - including many accused of war crimes - and traveled throughout the Vietnamese countryside talking with eyewitnesses to create his book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. duration 56:46 STEREO TVRE
1:00 amTech Awards Gala 2012 The Tech Awards is a signature program of The Tech Museum in association with the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University. The event celebrates 12 international laureates and a global humanitarian who are using innovative technology to benefit humanity. The Tech Awards Laureates 2012 work impacts people in many countries worldwide.
* Intel Environment Award: LEHR, Inc. Propane Outboard Motors; Arup K. SenGupta.
* Microsoft Education Award: Literacy Bridge; TeachAIDS.
* Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award: Angaza Design; Art Center College of Design, Designmatters.
* Nokia Health Award: BioLite; Embrace.
* Flextronics Economic Development Award: Grameen Foundation USA; Pamela C. Ronald, David Mackill, Kenong Xu.
* Accenture Sustainable Energy Award: Simpa Networks; Eco-Fuel Africa. duration 56:12 STEREO TVG
2:00 amLife 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
3:00 amPerilous Fight: America's World War Two In Color [#103] Wrath (D-Day-V-E Day) The third episode focuses on the European theater during the months between D-Day in June 1944 and V-E Day in May 1945. Among the many scenes captured in color footage are the seizure, two days before D-Day, of a German U-boat carrying Enigma code machines; the Allied assault on the beaches at Normandy; the jubilant welcome received by GIs after the liberation of Paris; freed American POWs burning their prison; the first Jewish Sabbath service conducted at the just-liberated Dachau concentration camp; and V-E Day celebrations following Germany's surrender. duration 56:46 STEREO TVPG-V
4:00 amPerilous Fight: America's World War Two In Color [#104] Triumph (The Pacific, 1943-1945) The series concludes by covering America's efforts to win the war in the Pacific. Among the many scenes captured in color are U.S. troops staging a dawn landing on tiny but strategically important Tarawa; the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi; the desperate fight to save the USS Franklin after the aircraft carrier is hit and set afire by armor-piercing bombs 50 miles from Japan; U.S. aircraft carriers under attack by kamikaze pilots during the battle for Okinawa; the funeral procession for President Roosevelt following his sudden death in April 1945; the devastation wrought on Hiroshima by the atomic bomb; the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri; and celebrations in the streets of New York marking the end of the war. duration 55:16 STEREO TVPG-V
5:00 amGlobe Trekker [#1109] Globe Trekker Special: World War II in the Pacific The "Trekkers" explore the epic events of World War II by visiting key locations in the Pacific, a region where great battles where fought and military history was made. This episode begins at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, then moves to Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia, the base for Japanese operations against Allied forces in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and today a scuba-diving paradise, drawing wreck diving enthusiasts from around the world. Other sites include the Solomon Islands, Bikini Island, the remote village of Kokoda in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Saipan and Tinian, a small island in the Northern Marianas archipelago and the take-off point for the Enola Gay's mission. The episode wraps up with a moving visit to Japan and the Nagasaki Peace Park. duration 57:19 STEREO TVRE (Secondary audio: DVI)
6:00 amZoboomafoo [#107] Slimy Buddies Chris, Martin and Zoboo can't get enough of slime after four affectionate St. Bernard puppies lick them. All that licking means that the puppies like them. The St. Bernards are the gang's slimy buddies. More slimy buddies arrive in the form of a giant bullfrog, a Pacman frog, and a Budgetts frog. Frogs need slime to keep them from drying out. Salamanders do, too. Earthworms have slime that helps them slide through tunnels in the ground. Slime is great! Chris, Martin and Zoboo build a slime shower, so they can be slimy, too. Jackie and the Animal Helpers are raking up dead leaves and putting them into the pond to make MudPuppy Pond an even slimier home for mudpuppy salamanders. Mudpuppies are Jackie's favorite slimy buddies. duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
6:30 amRaggs [#205H] Sound & Noise Raggs is so excited to try out his new super-duper mega amplifier because it makes his guitar sound so loud, but the other dogs discover that his loud guitar tunes out all other sounds. Can B. Max invent something to solve the problem?
Trilby loves the great present she got from Noisy Neville - a Noisy Noisemaker. The dogs start to hear lions, trains & elephants inside the house until they learn that Trilby is playing a trick on them. The dogs trick Trilby with sounds they make outside like galloping horses & frogs. But who plays the last trick when all the dogs hear noises inside the clubhouse? duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
7:00 amSesame Street [#4314H] Sesame Street-O-Saurus Grover, Elmo, and Rosita are imaging that they are Paleontologists, scientists who dig through dirt and stones to find fossils. Chris explains that fossils are what are left of a plant or an animal that lived a long time ago. The first thing they find in the dirt is a colorful, metal soup ladle which Grover thinks is a bone from a dinosaur. Next, they find two clothespins that Grover believes came from dinosaurs, as well. Elmo and Rosita find a bunch of other things, too. Chris breaks the news to them that these things are not fossils, because not everything old that is found in the dirt is a fossil. Grover is disappointed that they have zero fossils and that he won't be able to build a dinosaur out of what they found. Elmo suggests that they build a dinosaur even without fossils. Chris adds that they can use what they found in the dirt to build a dinosaur model. First, they can design a model, which means to think about and plan to put something together in a certain way before you build it. Elmo thinks the ladle looks like a dinosaur's head, Rosita thinks the spring looks like a dinosaur's tail, Grover thinks keys look like a dinosaur's arms, the spoons and clothespins could be legs and feet, and the xylophone could be the dinosaur's body. Then, they put it all together and create their very own dinosaur model. They decide to name it Barbara! duration 58:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
8:00 amWordWorld [#112H] Princess Sheep/W Drought * Princess Sheep - Bear and Sheep want to play princess, but they only have one crown. Although Sheep promises to take turns wearing the crown and being princess, she gets royally carried away playing her role. It is only after she hurts Bear's feelings that Sheep learns that a true princess isn't selfish, but kind and generous instead.
* W Drought - It's a hot summer day and all the WordFriends are using water to stay cool. But all the letter Ws start to disappear, and you can't have "water" without the letter W! Sheep leads the gang in the hunt to discover just who's causing the W drought.