TV Daily Schedule: KQED Plus
KQED Plus: Monday, December 16, 2013
Comcast 10 • Digital 9.2, 54.1 or 25.2
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12:00 amMoyers & Company [#249H] Gunfighter Nation Cultural historian and scholar Richard Slotkin has spent his adult life studying the violence that has swirled through American history and taken root deep in our culture. He has written an acclaimed trilogy on the myth of the frontier that has shaped our nation's imagination. In Regeneration through Violence, The Fatal Environment, Gunfighter Nation, and other works of history and fiction, he tracks how everything from literature, movies and television to society and politics has been influenced by this violent past - including the gun culture that continues to dominate, wound and kill. And he outlines how, in America's frantic expansion across an opulent continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific, this country embraced a mythology of the frontier. With it came the folklore of gun-slinging, brave white settlers taming the wilderness to justify and romanticize an unhappy record of subjugation, violence and bloodshed.
On this one year anniversary of the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut - a massacre that took the lives of 20 school children and 6 educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School - Bill Moyers speaks with Professor Slotkin, who recently retired from a distinguished teaching career at Wesleyan University, just 45 minutes from Newtown. "The myth holds," Slotkin tells Moyers. "And it is stronger than the reality. Because those guns, particularly the Colt, are associated with one of the most active phases - and most interesting phases - of expansion. And therefore it has the magic of a tool - the gun that won the west, the guns that created the American democracy and made equality possible." duration 56:46 STEREO TVRE
1:00 amDeath In Paradise [#111H] DI Richard Poole is baffled by an apparent suicide at a plastic surgery clinic. duration 54:12 STEREO TVPG
2:00 amLife of Mammals [#110Z] Food for Thought Human beings appear to be unique amongst mammals - we live in huge cities, we walk on two legs and we have language. But how far have we really come from our mammal heritage? Are we really as different as we think from other mammals?
To answer these questions we journey from the urban jungle to the real jungle. This is the natural home of apes. In the forests of Borneo, David meets a remarkable orangutan who has learnt how to row boats and wash clothes by imitating humans. You may be surprised that an ape can do something so human, but of course we are apes too. Food and how apes find it has been key to the evolution of large brains - something that all apes share with humans.
But are we similar to apes in the way that we think? David communicates with Koko the gorilla in sign language and cracks nuts with chimps in the Congo who have learnt this tradition from watching humans. We visit the famous chimps of Gombe to witness another tradition common to both humans and chimps - hunting for meat.
Humans are different from apes because we walk on two feet - or are we? David wades through water with a remarkable group of chimps that give us a unique window into our past. There are only four men on earth who can run a kudu antelope to its death. They are Kalahari bushmen - this 'persistence hunt' is thought to link modern humans to the earliest form of human hunting. Humans hunt animals with more techniques than any other mammals and have learnt to shape wild animals to our needs with domestication.
But the ultimate control is when you can grow your own foods... anywhere. Man began to reshape the earth into patterns that can be seen from space - from the hand-sculpted rice terraces in China to the vast irrigated wheat circles in the desert of Arizona. Once a surplus of food could be made and stored, humans could settle. David travels to the remote thatched granaries of the Dogon tribe of Mali, to an ancient mud city,and then to the ruins of one of the great capitals of the Mayan civilisation to trace the evolution of human settlement from villages to great cities. The temples of Tikal used to be the highest building in the Americas until the skyscrapers of New York were built. So why did the city collapse? Satellite technology reveals that over-intensive agriculture was probably to blame.
Can modern day city-dwellers avoid a similar fate? NASA scientists believe that they have come up with a way of genetically modifying plants with jellyfish genes so that they can be remotely grown and monitored on Mars. David launches the latest plant experiments in a recent shuttle launch.
'Now we are looking for food not just on our planet but beyond our planet to others. Perhaps the time has now come when we should put that into reverse. Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, maybe we should control the population to ensure the survival of our environment.' duration 50:06 STEREO
3:00 amDust Bowl [#101H] The Great Plow Up In the first episode, feel the full force of the worst manmade environmental disaster in America's history as survivors recall the terror of the dust storms, the desperation of hungry families and how they managed to find hope even as the earth and heavens seemed to turn against them. duration 1:55:16 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
5:00 amXmas Without China Tom Xia emigrated from mainland China to California at age eight. A series of Chinese toy recalls forces Xia's neighbors, the Joneses, to have their son tested for lead poisoning. With China's assent to world superpower status heating up American fears, Xia challenges the Joneses to make it through the Christmas season without any Chinese products, beginning a journey to find American identity amongst all the American media hype, Chinese nationalist propaganda and cultural misunderstandings. duration 56:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
6:00 amZoboomafoo [#136] Hail to Tails A kinkajou comes to hang out in Animal Junction. Her prehensile tail -- a grabber the kinkajou uses to swing through the trees and hop on the ground -- takes center stage. Creatures use their tails for all kinds of things, and Chris and Martin decide to create supertails that combine all the best elements of creature tails. Jackie visits a litter of newborn kittens, who are cute and cuddly, but must be picked up gently by placing hands around their stomachs. A kitten's tail is not a handle! duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
6:30 amThomas & Friends [#703H] Safe and Sound Henry's Health & Safety - Victor explains the meaning of Health and Safety to Henry while he is visiting the Steam Works. Henry is so concerned about safety on Sodor that he keeps changing things that are already safe. He takes Rocky to move telegraph poles from the tracks which are safely there to be collected by Percy. Henry gets Rocky to lift Percy off the tracks. Sir Topham Hatt sees Percy hanging in mid air and soon tells Henry that he is causing chaos on the tracks. Henry realizes that Percy is safe and asks Rocky to lower him to the ground. Henry is then happy to take Rocky to help with a real emergency on Sodor. Henry's Magic Box - It's the Winter Holidays on Sodor and all the engines are very excited. Henry he has been given a very special box to deliver to a field. He goes back to the field later to check on the box but it has disappeared and replaced with a Christmas tree! Sir Topham Hatt also asks Henry to tell the engines to meet by the field that night, but Henry is so worried about the missing box that he forgets to tell everyone. Sir Topham Hatt meets a worried Henry and tells him that the Christmas trees have come from the special box. Henry is relieved and tells the engines to come to the field. The trees are lit with beautiful sparkling lights and Sir Topham Hatt appears from behind the trees dressed as Santa Claus. The engines toot and cheer! duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
7:00 amSesame Street [#4415H] Rosita's Abuela Rosita's Spanish-speaking grandmother is on Sesame Street. Maria helps Rosita deal with her feelings about speaking a lot of Spanish around her friends and having to always translate for her Abuela. Educational Objectives: Self-Regulation duration 58:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
8:00 amClifford's Puppy Days [#119] Fall Feast/Norville's New Game * Fall Feast - It's the Fall Feast holiday and the Howards are planning to visit Emily Elizabeth's grandparents. But a huge snow storm leaves them snowed in at the train station, along with many of their friends and neighbors. At first, everyone's spirits are very low but Clifford helps Emily Elizabeth realize that the group can celebrate the Fall Feast together and rejoice in its spirit of sharing.
* Norville's New Game - The animals are in the courtyard making up games. When it's Norville's turn to invent a game he consistently reinvents the rules so that each time emerges as the winner. Each time this happens, he further alienates his friends until they eventually refuse to play with him anymore. In the end, Norville realizes the importance of playing fair.