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KQED Plus: Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • 12:00 am
    Tavis Smiley [#2823] The "Vision for a New America" panel discussion continues with some of the country's most prominent thinkers and advocates addressing the notion of making poor people a priority in America. Part 2 of 4. duration 26:46   STEREO TVRE (Secondary audio: none)
  • 12:30 am
    ImageMakers [#1004H] Mind Benders COLOUR BLEED - England/Poland
    A young creative and idealistic girl dreams of brighter days in a dim Eastern European city. Her fate is inextricably sealed when she crosses paths with a scheming and enigmatic old woman, who harbors a dark secret. A cold act of cruelty will fracture the very foundations of a city. Directed, written, produced, and edited by Peter Szewczyk. Peter has contributed his talents to the feature films Harry Potter, Shrek, Star Wars, Ice Age and Avatar. This is his directorial debut. Principal cast: Anna Barry and Milla Karkkainen.
    WEST OF THE MOON - USA
    The memory of a long lost love triggers an old man to recall the odd set of circumstances that led to his having a grenade as a heart and a monkey inside his head. A wildly inventive and visually amazing film inviting comparisons to the work of Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton. The film is directed by Brent Bonacorso and based on the book of children's essays entitled The Colored Monster Has No Mouth by Roger Omar. Principal cast: Jacob Whitkin, Michael Garbe, Amber Noelle, and Christopher Tomafelli. West of the Moon won the top prize at five film festivals in 2011.
    EGG BREAKERS - Germany
    A game of one-upmanship gets out of hand. In a surreal landscape two creatures learn that if eyelids were lips at the same time, they would also be able to lay eggs ... say what?! Animated by Emanuel Strixner.
    duration 26:09   STEREO TVG
  • 1:00 am
    This is Us [#404H] This week we are at Happy Hollow, the first Amusement Park & Zoo in the country to be certified LEED gold by the US Green Building Council. We'll take a look behind the scenes, see some beautiful animals and meet 3 interesting people - Sal Kahn, who's transforming education with YouTube videos; Sylvia Mc laughlin who was at the forefront of Saving The SF Bay from landfill; and Nell Newman, who's Newman's Own Organics company has given more than $20 million to charities. duration 27:50   STEREO
  • 1:30 am
    Rick Steves' Europe [#709H] North England's Lake District and Durham Hiking through the Cumbrian Lake District - England's green and pristine mountain playground - we admire idyllic lakes, discover misty waterfalls, tour a slate mine, and conquer stony summits. And we'll meet the locals - and their beloved dogs and sheep - everywhere. Then we play a little cricket, hike Hadrian's Wall, and are dazzled by Durham's Norman cathedral. duration 26:46   STEREO TVG
  • 2:00 am
    As Time Goes By [#109] Lionel and Jean take a trip to Hampshire to meet his father. The 85-year-old Mr. Hardcastle defies stereotype. He is an outgoing eccentric with a house crammed full of items which reflect his interest - from juke boxes to motor bikes. duration 29:36   STEREO TVG
  • 2:30 am
    Are You Being Served? [#156] Calling All Customers Sales have dropped to a critical level, and Grace Brothers decide to try their hand at advertising - on CB radio. But the on-air activities of the staff cause chaos on the roads and attract exactly the wrong type of customer to the store. duration 29:30   TVPG
  • 3:00 am
    Keeping Up Appearances [#128] The Mansion Much to Richard's horror, Hyacinth decides to make another attempt at finding a weekend country home. When a sudden problem involving Daddy demands Richard's attention, Hyacinth asks Elizabeth to help her find a suitable property. duration 28:30   TVPG
  • 3:30 am
    Last of the Summer Wine [#2702] Watching The Clock duration 29:02   TVG
  • 4:00 am
    Thin Blue Line, The [#104] Rag Week When Rag Week begins, the Gasforth police deals with university students' pranks and bank robbers. duration 49:07   STEREO TVPG
  • 4:30 am
    Mr. Bean [#112] Tee Off, Mr. Bean Mr. Bean's New Year's Eve party is failure, but New Year's Day has its consolations when he employs a cunning ruse to secure a bargain, although he is driven to extremes trying to get it home on the roof-rack. A spot of DIY results in a re-arrangement of the furniture and most ofMr. Bean's possessions. When he attempts a little redecoration, purely for cosmetic reasons, the resulting explosion makes it a year to remember. duration 25:08   STEREO TVPG
  • 5:00 am
    Revolutionaries [#202H] An Evening with Bill Ford Meet Bill Ford, the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company. He speaks about the company's entry into Silicon Valley's brand of innovation and creativity with a new research lab in a wide-ranging conversation with Computer History Museum's John Hollar. duration 53:13   STEREO TVG
  • MORNING
  • 6:00 am
    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)
  • 6:30 am
    Raggs [#153] Holidays The dogs help Raggs try to figure out where to go on vacation with his cousin. B. Max and the dogs are ready to take a vacation after their tour, but they must learn how to balance vacation with the chores they have left to complete. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 7:00 am
    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)
  • 8:00 am
    WordWorld [#101H] Runaway O/Happy Birthday, Dog! * Runaway O - When Sheep and Bear open Cat's box of Os, one rolls away, sending them on a madcap chase to catch it before Cat wakes up.
    * Happy Birthday, Dog! - It's Dog's birthday and all his friends are planning a surprise party. There's just one problem - they need a cake! Frog must get to the party safely without Dog finding out.
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 8:30 am
    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)
  • 9:00 am
    Caillou [#433] Machines! Brrrrrmmm! Caillou learns to deal with a change in plans, when Daddy has to use the car and Mommy and Caillou have to take the subway. Caillou learns that a change in plans can be fun, checking out the map, getting tickets and listening to the musicians! Caillou learns about 'recycling' -- literally! When Caillou gets an eyeful of Leo's new bicycle, he wishes his bike looked special too. So Dad helps Caillou decorate his own bike with streamers and Mom comes through with a new horn! On an autumn day, Caillou and his Mommy take a walk and pass by a construction site. Caillou loves to watch the big bulldozer and starts to pretend he is one too. When their car breaks down, the family goes shopping for a new one. Caillou has never seen so many shiny cars and especially likes the one with 'no roof' that they go for a ride in. Caillou and family go on a trip on Helen's boat, an old friend of Mom's. Caillou is surprised to find there's a whole house packed into the boat. Caillou learns about wind and sails, and even gets to steer the boat too! duration 28:46   STEREO TVY
  • 9:30 am
    Sid the Science Kid [#221H] Seed The Science Kid At breakfast, Sid discovers seeds in his apple, and decides that seeds really get in the way when you're trying to eat the apple! This leads Sid to investigate seeds with his friends at the Science Center, where they learn that many living things grow in life cycles. And while many fruits start out as seeds, many animals start out as eggs. The kids investigate frog eggs, butterfly eggs, and chicken eggs, and then see the fully-grown animals they grow into. The kids are elated and empowered with their newfound knowledge about life cycles, and can't wait to get back to school so they can plant Sid's apple seed and watch it slowly grow into an apple tree. duration 28:46   SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 10:00 am
    Curious George [#403] Girl Meets Monkey/Curious George Ramps It Up * Girl Meets Monkey - George opens the chicken coop at the Renkins' farm and finds - wait -- a little girl?! Mrs. Renkins introduces George to Allie, her 5-year-old granddaughter who's spending her summer in the country. Allie is thrilled to meet George and practically runs out of breath asking him a million questions. She wants to know what it's like to be a monkey, and George spends an entire day showing her, which includes climbing high in a tree to see where Jumpy squirrel lives. When George climbs down the tree though, he finds that Allie is afraid to follow him. Not that Allie minds being stuck in the tree...she speaks squirrel, you know. Still, George knows girls can't live in trees. He needs to bring out Allie's inner monkey and get her down from the tree!
    * Curious George Ramps It Up - Hundley takes it upon himself to return the toy a baby dropped in his lobby. But when George sees Hundley racing down the street with the toy in his mouth, George thinks he wants to play, and this delays Hundley. Hundley is not happy to see the baby drive off in a bus sans toy and is even more upset when Gnocchi, who wants in on the fun, grabs the toy and disappears through Pisghetti's basement window. George and Hundley follow Gnocchi into the basement, only to have the door lock behind them. Uh-oh. George and Gnocchi can climb up and out the window, but Hundley can't. George comes to the rescue by constructing a ramp leading to the window that even the littlest Daschund legs can climb. Now they just need to figure out where that baby went.
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 10:30 am
    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)
  • 11:00 am
    Clifford's Puppy Days [#121] Moving On/Fair Is Fair * Moving On - The Sidarskys are moving to a newer mouse hole around the corner. Clifford offers to help them move the big family clock when he comes back from lunch. But on the way back, he gets distracted. By the time he gets back to the laundry room, the Sidarskys have already moved, but things are chaotic because the baby can't sleep without that clock. Clifford feels bad for not being there to help, but he makes amends by moving the clock now and restoring harmony to the Sidarsky household.
    * Fair is Fair - Emily Elizabeth and Nina volunteer to read to kids at the book fair, but problems arise when their replacements - Shun and Evan - don't show up in time.
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 11:30 am
    Clifford The Big Red Dog [#129] Best Paw Forward/Then Came Bob * Best Paw Forward - everyone gets to put their hand prints in the cement, but Clifford's is just too big.
    * Then Came Bob - Dr. Dihn's new puppy Bob is proving to be a real menace, and Clifford has been taking the blame.
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • AFTERNOON
  • 12:00 pm
    Sesame Street [#4312H] Hat Contest Today on Sesame Street it's Who Can Wear the Most Hats on Their Head Day! Elmo and Zoe are play against each other, while Chris and Alan help add more and more hats. The Hat Check Girl is also there to help count the total number of hats on each of Elmo and Zoe's heads. Elmo and Zoe are tied at the end of every round! They also have to complete challenges while wearing the hats on their heads such as saying the alphabet while standing on one leg and estimating the amount of hats they have. With no hats left to add, Elmo and Zoe ask Abby to come up with a spell to make more. Abby finally finds the right words and Elmo and Zoe end up with huge towers of hats on their heads. After counting the hats by 5, they find out that they are tied again. Elmo and Zoe were each able to wear 30 hats! duration 58:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 1:00 pm
    Barney & Friends [#1306H] The Music Box: Switzerland The kids are having a yard sale, getting rid of old toys, books and clothes. Kioko shows up holding a prized possession-a music box from Switzerland. By accident, Ben includes the music box in a cardboard box of yard sale items-and the music box is sold! Kioko is sad and Ben wants to make things right, so he and Barney travel to Switzerland in search of a replacement gift. While there, they sample Swiss food, customs and games-but no music box! Luckily when Ben returns the music box is returned! duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 1:30 pm
    Caillou [#436] Step By Step! When Leo forgets his brand new toy dinosaur in the park, Daddy and Caillou go looking for it, with no success. So Caillou, with Mommy's help, puts up a Lost and Found Poster, and then, finds 'Dino' at the Park Office Lost and Found! When the washing machine needs fixing, Caillou ends up helping Bob the repairman. Inspired, Caillou helps Dad hammer a nail and glue the leg onto a wobbly stool too! Caillou accompanies Grandma to the Senior's residence where he finds out 'driving' the meal cart is more fun than driving his toy truck. Caillou even helps push Mrs. Wilson around in her wheelchair, proving to be the best driver she's ever had! When Sarah asks to borrow Caillou's wagon for her new paper route, Caillou offers to help too! Caillou, with Daddy's help, learns about getting up early, folding the papers and delivering them too. When Mom drives Sarah to her skating lesson, Caillou decides he wants to take skating lessons too! duration 28:46   STEREO TVY
  • 2:00 pm
    Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood [#105H] Prince Wednesday Finds A Way To Play/Finding A Way To Play On Backwards Day Prince Wednesday Finds a Way to Play - Daniel and Katerina Kittycat are playing "house" today at school. Prince Wednesday wants to play too, but he wants to be a loud dinosaur. Katerina tells him that loud dinosaurs are not allowed! Luckily, they find a way to play together with Prince Wednesday as a quiet, friendly dinosaur. Finding a Way to Play on Backwards Day - Daniel and O the Owl are at Miss Elaina's house and she has planned a backwards play date. O isn't so sure about all of the backwards things and prefers to play forwards. The friends learn to compromise so everyone can play together. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 2:30 pm
    Thomas & Friends [#307] Imagination It is winter on the Island of Sodor and Henry is disappointed not to be chosen to pull some heavy loads for Farmer McColl. Gordon gets the job and boasts that he is the strongest engine. The other engines tell Gordon that he'll soon see just how strong Big Strong Henry is, a promise that has Henry worried. Henry's friends soon find a way for Henry to prove his strength to Gordon - by pulling Farmer McColl's loads so Gordon can see. This makes Gordon cross and Henry decides he quite likes being Big Strong Henry. Henry takes his heaviest load yet, twenty trucks of hay bales, up a hill - but they're too heavy! The trucks derail at the bottom of the hill, while Gordon takes his last heavy load, some cows. Henry is very sorry for causing trouble, but spots that Gordon has puffed away leaving one of his trucks is open - letting all the cows escape! Clever Henry uses his hay to lead the cows all the way to Farmer McColl's proving that you don't need to be strong to be useful! Thomas is to give train rides at a children's fancy dress party. He daydreams about what costume to wear. A trip to the washdown gives him the idea to go as a big bubble bath, but the bubbles get into his eyes and he crashes into Toby, who is carrying taffy for the taffy apples. Toby is damaged so Thomas offers to take the taffy for Toby. On his way to the party Thomas again daydreams about what costume to wear. He doesn't see some points have changed and races into a siding. He hits the buffers and taffy goes all over him. Thomas is running late so takes a shortcut down an old overgrown line. Branches and leaves stick to him. Thomas arrives at the party with the taffy just in time. He's sorry to be in such a mess. But the children say that he looks like a big leafy bush - he has come in fancy dress after all. Peep peep! duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 3:00 pm
    Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! [#126H] Blue Feet Are Neat/A Little Reef Magic * Blue Feet Are Neat - Nick and Sally are trying out their new blue rubber boots but they keep getting stuck in the mud! Cat knows just who can help them - Buster, the Blue-footed Booby bird. Buster is only too happy to show them how his wide, flat blue feet help him move easily over the muddy shore. With Cat's help to make their boots wide and flat, Sally and Nick can now walk across the mud without getting stuck - just like Buster!
    * Reef Magic - Nick has difficulty learning a "disappearing" magic trick, when who should appear but The Cat in the Hat! He takes Nick and Sally to the coral reef of Scoobamareen. There they learn that distraction is a great way for some sea creatures to hide themselves from other fish who might be looking for a bite to eat. Back at home, Nick and Sally use what they learned to make their stuffed panda disappear!
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 3:30 pm
    Zoboomafoo [#223] Ants & Eaters When an anteater shows up, Zoboo worries that it will eat a colony of ants living in Animal Junction. He tries to broker a peace agreement between the creatures. Zoboo learns that even though anteaters need ants to survive, ants have many ways of protecting themselves from anteaters. Predation is part of life in the creature world and every creature has what she needs to survive. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 4:00 pm
    Wild Kratts [#137H] Stuck On Sharks Martin and Chris are on a mission to uncover the secret life of the mysterious Great White Shark. They use Aviva's incredible Remora Rocketsub to "stick with" a female shark and soon learn that the giant predator of the sea actually has lots of challenges to contend with and that she could help them discover something that no one has ever seen before - the birth of Great White shark pups. But when Gourmand sniffs around looking for ingredients for his Shark Fin Soup recipe, the Wild Kratts team must help rescue their new friend. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY
  • 4:30 pm
    Arthur [#1005] D.W. Aims High/Flaw and Order * D.W. Aims High: D.W. wants to be the first person to set foot on Mars!But what if scary purple aliens eat her? With help from her dad, D.W. separates fact from fiction and discovers the excitement of space exploration.
    * Flaw and Order: Who's responsible for cracking Dad's cake platter? DUN-DUN! All the evidence points to Arthur! DUN-DUN! Or does it? DUN-DUN! With Buster's help, Arthur sets out to clear his name - and figure out what keeps making that mysterious yet familiar DUN-DUN! sound.
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 5:00 pm
    Martha Speaks [#127H] Martha in the Doghouse/Martha Models * Martha in the Doghouse - Martha just wants a nice quiet place to take a nap. All she needs is for everybody to be quiet for, oh, 16 hours a day. Is that too much to ask? Helen and the gang try to help by designing a doghouse for Martha.
    * Martha Models - Carolina is over the moon when she finds out that Mindy Munchhausen, host of "Operation Catwalk," will be judging Wagstaff City's dog costume parade. She teams up with Helen to design outfits for Martha and Skits, sure that this will be her big break. Is Carolina on her way to Fashion Avenue?
    duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 5:30 pm
    The Electric Company [#307H] Spooky Summer Soiree For the yearly Spooky Summer Soiree costume party, The Electric Company decides to dress up as animals dressed as monsters. Jessica and Marcus don't have their costumes yet, and Annie Scrambler, with the help of Gilda, has bought all of the costumes at the discount costume store. Marcus and Jessica hit the neighborhood sidewalk sales to find what they need while staying within their budget. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • EVENING
  • 6:00 pm
    Wild Kratts [#131H] Masked Bandits As they prepare for a creature costume party, the Wild Kratts team begins to notice all sorts of strange things happening in the Tortuga HQ. Jimmy is sure there is a ghost or monster living with them, but the Kratt brothers are convinced it's some kind of creature. When the gang sets out to discover who is causing all the trouble, they discover that certain animals gravitate towards human habitation because it provides food and protection from predators. duration 28:46   STEREO TVY
  • 6:30 pm
    Nightly Business Report [#32037Z] Helping stocks to the upside in today's session...encouraging news on the jobs front. NBR's Ruben Ramirez takes a look at whether the employment picture is showing stable signs of improvement. Next stop: Washington. From prosecuting mob bosses and terrorists, NBR's Darren Gersh takes a look at President Obama's choice of Mary Jo White to lead the SEC. The debt crisis, the economy and the Fed...NBR's Susie Gharib speaks with the Former Vice Chairman of The Federal Reserve Alan Blinder. duration 26:46   STEREO TVRE
  • 7:00 pm
    Ask This Old House [#1108H] Installing a Privacy Fence/Replacing a Clogged Shower Valve Landscape contractor Roger Cook works with a fencing contractor to install a vinyl privacy fence. 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 replaces a clogged shower valve. duration 25:46   STEREO TVG
  • 7:30 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
  • 8:00 pm
    Life of Mammals [#105Z] Meat Eaters From the very first time mammals walked on the planet there has been both hunter and hunted. The pressure to evolve speed, endurance and maneuverability has helped them to outwit each other and occupy their very own niche. For the first mammalian hunters that came down from the trees their small size and agility proved to be a winner, but as they ventured further a field they needed to change to stay as the top hunters.
    In the frozen north the artic fox needs to hunt during warmer times and cache this food to survive the winter. In southern climates leopards and tigers have become solitary hunters relying on stealth and surprise to catch their next meal, coming together only to mate. Others around the globe like wolves and lions work in teams and family groups so they can tackle larger prey and better protect their young. But their efficiency as hunters makes it essential that their family life is held together and tightly controlled. With all hunters the aggression of the kill means the difference between life and death.
    duration 49:06   STEREO
  • 8:50 pm
    Life of Mammals [#106Z] Opportunists When it comes to food most mammals are specialists - some eat nothing but termites, some just seeds, others eat only flesh, and one species, the giant panda, relies almost exclusively on bamboo. But, there is an alternative strategy for feeding. Instead of being a specialist you can be a generalist - an omnivore - able to eat such a variety of food that you can always make the most of whatever seems to be around at the time. It's the recipe for a successful story, and amongst this diverse group of animals are some of the most charismatic and widespread mammals on the planet.
    This strategy does, however, require many specialist skills. Omnivores, for example, need to be inquisitive, like the raccoon which, with its highly sensitive hands, searches for food both on land and underwater. They need to have a strong sense of smell, like the bizarre looking babirusa pig, which can easily detect the scent of ripe fruit wafting gently through dense tropical vegetation. They need to be opportunists, like skunks in Texas which, for a few weeks a year, feast on baby bats that fall to the ground from cave walls. But, above all omnivores need to be adaptable - whether hibernating through periods of food scarcity, like the raccoon dog, or just making the most of whatever food happens to most plentiful at the time, like the grizzly bear which, at certain times of the year, can consume a staggering 30,000 calories a day (that's ten times more than an adult man!).
    Many of the world's most specialist mammals are now under increasing threat from human expansion into their habitats. These animals simply cannot adapt quickly enough to change. Not so the omnivores. Raccoons, raccoon dogs, foxes, pigs, rats and even bears have all found refuge in cities and towns across the globe. Their success in our world is a testament to their adaptability and very unfussy diet. Indeed, it's a strategy that has worked exceedingly well for the most successful mammal of all - humans.
    duration 49:05   STEREO
  • 9:41 pm
    Orangutan Diary [#103Z] Meet Noddy, top of the class at nursery but nervous about his first day at school. Massive male Hercules, the hairiest orangutan you will ever meet, heads off for his annual leave on a river island. The confiscation team sets off on their most demanding rescue yet, and one of the technicians risks his life in a death-defying climb to get Bonny back where she belongs. duration 50:28   STEREO TVG
  • 10:32 pm
    QUEST [#607H] Black Holes/Stanford's Camera Traps Hunt for black holes with NASA's new space telescope that uses X-ray vision to try and unlock the secrets of these invisible space oddities. Then, find out what's being done about the alarming amount of plastic that is collecting in the Pacific Ocean. And, uncover the secret lives of animals through motion-activated cameras at Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. duration 26:21   STEREO TVG
  • 11:00 pm
    Globe Trekker [#1127] Holy Lands: Jerusalem & The West Bank Join Zay on a fascinating exploration of the region's religious, historical and political identity. He takes in the ancient city of Jerusalem, ventures into the Palestinian West Bank and explores one of the world's natural wonders, the Dead Sea. duration 57:02   STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
  • 12:00 am
    Tavis Smiley [#2824] We continue our broadcast of a special event from Washington, "Vision for a New America: A Future Without Poverty" - a conversation about one of the most important, but often-forgotten issues of our time. Part 3 of 4. duration 26:46   STEREO TVRE (Secondary audio: none)
  • 12:30 am
    QUEST [#607H] Black Holes/Stanford's Camera Traps Hunt for black holes with NASA's new space telescope that uses X-ray vision to try and unlock the secrets of these invisible space oddities. Then, find out what's being done about the alarming amount of plastic that is collecting in the Pacific Ocean. And, uncover the secret lives of animals through motion-activated cameras at Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. duration 26:21   STEREO TVG
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Digital 9.1, 54.2 or 25.1

All widescreen and HD programs

KQED Plus

Channel 54
Comcast 10 and 710
Digital 9.2, 54.1 or 25.2

KQED Plus, formerly KTEH

KQED Life

KQED Life
Comcast 189
Digital 54.3

Arts, food, how-to, gardening, travel

KQED World

KQED World
Comcast 190
Digital 9.3

History, world events, news, science, nature

v-me

V-Me
Comcast 191 & 621
Digital 54.5 or 25.3

24-hour national Spanish-language network

KQED Kids

KQED Kids
Comcast 192
Digital 54.4

Quality children's programming parents love too