TV Daily Schedule: KQED Plus
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KQED Plus: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Comcast 10 • Digital 9.2, 54.1 or 25.2
12:00 amTavis Smiley [#2992] Tavis talks with New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent and best-selling author Mark Leibovich. The veteran political journalist dissects his text, This Town, one of the hottest political books of the year. duration 26:46 STEREO
12:30 amFilm School Shorts [#101H] Okay, Cupid THE HUNTER AND THE SWAN DISCUSS THEIR MEETING. (NYU) - A Brooklyn couple have dinner with a hunter and his girlfriend, a magical swan woman whose captured robe led to their courtship. The evening goes downhill when the hunter's swan bride finally asks him how he originally knew the robe belonged to her. It doesn't go well, leading the Brooklyn couple to evaluate their own romantic inception.
GOD OF LOVE (NYU) - Meet Raymond Goodfellow, a multi-talented artist who combines lounge singing with his champion dart throwing ability. He has fallen head over heels for his bass player, but she's in love with the guitarist. His prayers are answered, or so he thinks, when he receives a package of passion-inducing darts. Writer/Director Luke Matheny's film won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. duration 27:57 STEREO TVPG-S
1:00 amRevolutionaries [#213H] Game Changer Mark Cerny & Ea's Rich Hilleman Meet Mark Cerny, one of the most influential game designers in history. He joined Atari at the age of 17, and, in a career spanning over 30 years, has created some of the industry's most iconic games. He received the International Game Developers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame. Electronic Arts' Rich Hilleman moderates. duration 53:14 STEREO TVG
2:00 amNature [#2711H] Cuba: The Accidental Eden This small island's varied landscape, its location in the heart of the Caribbean and its longstanding place at the center of Cold War politics have all combined to preserve some of the richest and most unusual natural environments of the hemisphere. For decades, Cuba's wild landscapes lay untouched while its Caribbean neighbors poisoned or paved over their ecological riches. Now, Cuba's priceless treasures are about to face an onslaught. Tourism is already on the rise and most experts predict tourism will double once the U.S. trade embargo ends. What will happen to Cuba's stunning biodiversity - an island filled with amphibians, reptiles and the most biologically diverse freshwater fish in the region? duration 55:16 SRND51 TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
3:00 amStorm That Swept Mexico The Mexican Revolution, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century, not only changed the course of Mexican history, but also profoundly impacted its relationships with the rest of the world. This program looks at the complex historical, social, political, economic and cultural forces that shaped the Mexican Revolution, influenced its course, and determined its consequences and legacy. duration 1:56:46 STEREO TVPG-V
5:00 amLife 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
6:00 amZoboomafoo [#134] Water Creatures When two African penguins stop by Animal Junction, Zoboo, Chris and Martin talk about water creatures. Even though penguins are birds, they swim instead of flying. But these penguins aren't swimming! Finally, they realize it's because the pool water is too warm for them. But when the water is chilled with ice cubes, there's no stopping the penguins! Jaguars love to swim, too, and the Kratts play ball in the big pond with a black jaguar who stops by. Jackie has a new goldfish named Sunny, who is also sensitive about water temperature. To keep from shocking Sunny, Jackie puts his bag into the aquarium until the water in the bag is the same temperature as the aquarium. duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
6:30 amRaggs [#201H] Working Together & Cooperation The dogs are so excited about their new CD and so proud that they all worked together to do it. They decide to celebrate by baking a special bone cake - together. Raggs soon discovers that he needs to learn from the other dogs how to work together when baking a cake because trying to do it on your own can be disastrous.
Razzles wants to be in the doggy cart races this year and drive super-fast, but she needs help building her cart. After the dogs work together to build a great cart, Razzles discovers what happens when she tries to put on some finishing touches by herself. duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
7:00 amSesame Street [#4271H] Cast Iron Cooks As Alan finishes packing Elmo's lunch, the lights go down, the music goes up, and Superchef pops up and announces that Alan has been chosen as the next challenger on Cast Iron Cooks. Alan is not even sure what that is, but Chris and Elmo are excited to be his assistants. The first challenge is to prepare a bowl of P Stew, which is made up entirely of ingredients that begin with the letter P. Elmo, Chris, and Alan race around throwing P foods like pickles, peaches, and porridge into a pot. When time is up, Superchef samples their stew, which is horrible. Then he tries the Cast Iron Cooks' stew, which is delicious. But just before Superchef awards the first round to the Cast Iron Cooks', Chris finds a hat in the Cast Iron Cooks' stew, and because hat starts with the letter "h", the points go to Alan. The second challenge is to make an apple pie using exactly 8 apples. Elmo, Alan, and Chris race around looking for apples, and once they find them, Chris accidently adds pepper along with the sugar and cinnamon. The buzzer sounds, and again, Superchef tastes their creations. Alan's pie is horrible. The Cast Iron Cooks', of course, have a delicious pie? but a pair of eyeglasses has been baked into it. So round two goes to Alan! The final challenge is to make a Halfgarian Goulash, which is made up of ingredients cut precisely in half. The buzzer sounds, and the Superchef tastes Alan's goulash and finds it disgusting. The Cast Iron Cooks' goulash is spectacular, with the exception of a wristwatch, which was not cut in half. Alan and his assistants win again, which makes them the overall winners of the Cast Iron Cooks Competition! duration 58:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
8:00 amWordWorld [#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.