TV Daily Schedule: KQED Plus
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KQED Plus: Friday, February 8, 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 [#2834] Tavis talks with R&B balladeer Jeffrey Osborne about his new CD - his first since 2005. The platinum-selling vocalist discusses why it took 8 years to release "A Time for Love." duration 26:46 STEREO TVRE (Secondary audio: none)
12:30 amQUEST [#409] Asthma: What Brought on the Epidemic? / Ants: The Invisible Majority Visit Bay Area researchers who are working to understand why asthma rates have increased, and learn how ants have managed to thrive in almost every habitat on Earth. duration 26:19 STEREO TVG
1:00 amAsk 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
1:30 amAsk This Old House [#1111H] Using Hand Planes/Repairing A Cracked Stone Walkway In the workshop, general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates the proper way to use hand planes. Then, Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscape contractor Roger Cook, asks, "What is it?" Afterward, Roger helps a homeowner repair a cracked stone walkway. duration 25:16 STEREO TVG
2:00 amLife of Mammals [#109Z] Social Climbers The most brilliantly coloured of all mammals are our relatives the monkeys. The scarlet face of a Uakari and bright blue bottom of a Mandrill, are matchless. But colour-vision first gave this group another advantage up in the trees - finding ripe fruits and leaves. Hanging from a rope high in the canopy of Venezuela, Sir David watches brilliantly-coloured red howler monkeys use their sharp eyes to pick only the best leaves, before seeing off their rivals with one of the loudest sounds in nature.
Acute vision and a lively intelligence allows the capuchin monkey to eat clams in the swamps of Costa Rica. A group crack open shellfish on their favourite tree-anvil as Sir David commentates. The swamps are also full of insects, but the monkeys rub themselves with a special plant that repels them. The only nocturnal monkey is caught in David's torch beam. Far from losing it's reliance on vision, the Douracouli, or Owl monkey, compensates with enormous eyes and reserves social activity for moonlit nights. In the dim light of the West Africa forest beautiful guenon monkeys send messages to each other with colourful face patterns.
These forests are full of eagles, leopards and chimps, but the guenons have an extraordinary anti-predator alliance to deal with them. Communication in monkeys goes way beyond simple colour signals though. These intelligent mammals often live in large groups - where the socially skilled excel. When toque macaque monkeys battle for mates, we see how brain can triumph over brawn. A change in climate forced one group of African monkeys down from the trees and on to the grasslands. But living on the ground brought an increased risk from predators, forcing baboons to live in larger groups where social skills became even more important. Life on the ground also opened up new hunting opportunities - the hapless flamingos of Kenya are now on the menu. duration 49:02 STEREO
2:50 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
4:00 amLifecasters This program explores the yet-untold dramatic stories of Americans living beyond the spotlight, outside of the mainstream. They are compelling people whose second acts and life experience defies categorization and who contribute rarely heard, unique voices to our culture. duration 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
5:00 amGlobe Trekker [#1104] Caribbean Island: St. Lucia, Martinique & Montserrat Zoe Palmer visits the spectacularly beautiful islands of St Lucia, Martinique and Montserrat. Surrounded by stunning rainforests, mountains and volcanoes with a hybrid of English, African and French heritage, these islands deserve their reputation as one of the top vacation spots in the world. duration 56:38 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
6:00 amZoboomafoo [#106] Swimming A couple of river otters arrive at Animal Junction and the gang gets in the swim of things. Everybody's swimming in the Junction: black jaguars, soft-shelled turtles, African penguins, capybaras, Kratts, and even Zoboo! Since otters love to slide almost as much as they like to swim, the gang builds a slide into the big pond, so the otters can do both. Jackie and her dog Goldie both love swimming in MudPuppy pond. Swimming is great exercise and it's an easy way to get Goldie to take a bath. Plus, swimming at MudPuppy Pond means swimming with all kinds of amazing water creatures. duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
6:30 amRaggs [#204H] Love Its Puppy Love Day (Valentine's Day) and Razzles wants to find an extra special way to show her friends how much she loves them. All the dogs explore different ways to express love for their friends. < br />Pido loves his new surfboard so much he does everything with it, except surfing. But when he accidentally breaks it, the other pups show Pido the best way to love a surfboard is to actually use it to catch a wave. duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
7:00 amSesame Street [#4307H] Brandeis Is Looking for a Job Brandeis, a yellow Labrador Retriever, is looking for a job on Sesame Street. First, Leela hires him to fold laundry in the Laundromat, but Brandeis has a lot of trouble folding the clothing with his paws. Next, Chris hires him to sweep the floor, but he has trouble holding the broom. Brandeis is sad, but just then, Elmo notices that Gina is working with a dog. She explains that she is training Hercules to be a service dog. A service dog works with people who need special kinds of help. Gina says that it takes a lot of intelligence and training for this career, and Brandeis is up for the challenge! He begins training right away, learning how to do things like opening drawers, turning on lights, and picking up and bringing things. After many weeks of training, Brandeis officially becomes a service dog! He is very excited and nervous about meeting the person he will be helping. Liliana, who is in a wheelchair, is nervous about meeting Brandeis, too. When they first meet, both Liliana and Brandeis aren't sure what to do next. Liliana's book bag slides off her lap, and Brandeis quickly fetches it for her. She laughs happily and thanks Brandeis. She then asks for a glass of milk, and Brandeis motions to follow him into Hooper's store and opens the door for her. Liliana praises him for his hard work. Gina and Elmo agree that that Brandeis found the perfect job! duration 58:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
8:00 amWordWorld [#111H] Boppin' with the Bug Band/Shuffleword * Boppin' With the Bug Band: Ant is having a band showcase on his radio show and while Bug, Fly and Bee have some really good music, they need a lot of help with their lyrics. Frog teaches the Bug Band all about rhyming and they eventually give a fantastic performance.< br />* Shuffleword: When Pig and Ant get into an argument while playing Shuffleword, Pig storms off with the consonants and Ant storms off with the vowels but they soon realize that not only do they need each other's letters to make words but they also need each other to have fun!