Octopus Suckers. Cat Tongues. Snail Love Darts. Deep Look, KQED’s YouTube Nature Series, Debuts New Host and Fascinating Stories Up Close

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February 8, 2017 San Francisco, CA — KQED’s award-winning YouTube science series, Deep Look, launches stunning new videos with a new host, KQED science radio reporter Lauren Sommer, February 14 on the PBS Digital Studios network. Deep Look’s videos, shot in ultra-HD (4K), use macro cinematography and video microscopy to explore big science concepts by going very small. Deep Look will release three-minute episodes, twice a month through December 2017. Deep Look currently has more than 230,000 subscribers on YouTube and more than 15.3 million views.

Deep Look fans can continue to look forward to a ton of weirdly wonderful videos,” said Craig Rosa, Deep Look’s series producer. “We are also excited about our longtime colleague and new host, Lauren. She is a talented storyteller and award-winning science reporter who can make the most obscure science concept clear and entertaining. Her many accolades include winning a national 2014 Edward R. Murrow award for best use of sound in a feature about the dating life of elephant seals. I know we are in good hands with Lauren!”

Deep Look ’s first four videos investigate a range of quirky and bewildering stories.
February 14: If Your Hands Could Smell, You’d Be an Octopus (Video preview link embargoed until 6am PST, Feb. 14.)
Those hundreds of powerful suckers on octopus arms do more than just stick. They actually smell and taste.
February 28: Why Does Your Cat's Tongue Feel Like Sandpaper?
It's not vanity. For cats, using their specially designed tongues to stay clean is a matter of life and death.
March 7: The Extraordinary Sex Lives of Ordinary Snails
Besides being hermaphrodites—all snails have complete male and female plumbing—they pierce each other with “love darts” as a kind of foreplay.
March 21: Why are Fruit Flies Stars of Scientific Research?
Three quarters of the genes that can make us sick are also found in fruit flies, so for a century scientists have mined these unassuming insects to make key discoveries about human health.

Deep Look is produced by KQED’s award-winning science team and is presented in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios. Deep Look’s core production team also includes Gabriela Quirós, coordinating producer; Joshua Cassidy, lead producer and cinematographer; and Elliott Kennerson, producer and post-production coordinator. In addition, each episode is accompanied by an original musical score by talented composer and KALW alum Seth G. Samuel and is edited by award-winning filmmaker and motion graphic artist Kia Simon.


Deep Look launched in October 2014 with KQED science reporter Amy Standen as its host. (Standen has moved on to dedicate her time to a KQED podcast called The Leap.) In October 2015, Deep Look won the Best Limited Series – Short Form at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The entire series with accompanying articles and additional content can also be accessed at KQED.org/deeplook.

Funding for Deep Look is provided in part by PBS Digital Studios. Deep Look is a project of KQED Science, the largest science and environment reporting unit in California. KQED Science is supported by HopeLab, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation, The Vadasz Family Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the members of KQED.

About PBS Digital Studios
PBS has long brought the public original, thought-provoking programming. PBS Digital Studios takes that same mission and applies it to the Internet age. Working with creators from across the web, its network of short-form video series showcases the best of the Internet while also celebrating the best parts of public television.

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.