Donate

Upcoming Broadcasts:

Tragedy + Time = Comedy (#304H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-VL (Secondary audio: DVI)

Uncover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America's funniest men-Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader-as they learn how comedy truly has its place in all aspects of life.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 26, 2017 -- 10:00am
  • KQED Plus: Sun, Oct 1, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 4, 2017 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 5, 2017 -- 1:00am Remind me

In Search of Freedom (#303H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: DVI)

Learn how the ancestors of Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes and Keenen Ivory Wayans struggled for freedom, and how each of these cultural trailblazers gains a new understanding of how they fit into this proud trajectory.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 27, 2017 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 28, 2017 -- 1:00am Remind me

Visionaries (#305H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Discover how the ancestors of business mogul Richard Branson and architects Maya Lin and Frank Gehry took audacious risks to create opportunities, and how their luck, ingenuity and chutzpah was passed on to these three visionaries.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 -- 1:00am Remind me

The Impression (#401H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG

Comedian Larry David and politician Bernie Sanders discover they have more in common than they thought as they trace their roots from 1940s Brooklyn back to Jewish communities in Eastern Europe.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 4, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 -- 6:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 -- 10:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 -- 6:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 -- 12:00pm Remind me

Ancient Roots (#209H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

This episode traces the family histories of three quintessential voices in American life. All descend from ancestors who were part of the wave of Greek immigrants in the early decades of the 20th century. But along the way, the stories of their Greek ancestors were lost. Tina Fey's fifth great-grandfather survived a terrible massacre and became a hero in the Greek War of Independence. David Sedaris' ancestors were also touched by the Greek War of Independence. Their home village was raided by the Ottoman military and David's great-grand-aunt was taken captive - never to see her family again. George Stephanopoulos' family was willing to sacrifice themselves in the struggle against the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War I.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 5, 2017 -- 10:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Fri, Oct 6, 2017 -- 4:00am Remind me

War Stories (#306H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Uncover a long history of military service in the families of Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore and John McCain, and how this has instilled in each of them an enduring spirit of strength and integrity.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 10, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 -- 1:00am Remind me

Unfamiliar Kin (#402) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

Actors Fred Armisen and Christopher Walken and musician Carly Simon each learn about a grandparent whose real identity and background had been a mystery to them ? redefining how they see themselves.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Oct 10, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 -- 6:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 -- 10:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 -- 6:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 -- 12:00pm Remind me

Decoding Our Past (#210H) Duration: 55:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Deval Patrick is the first African-American governor of Massachusetts and Jessica Alba is an actress who proudly embraces her Mexican-American heritage. But cutting-edge DNA analysis reveals that the family trees contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races. Alba descends from Jewish and Mayan ancestors and the official cartographer of France's King Louis XIV. Deval Patrick's roots lead to a black homesteader in Colorado and a white master who gave his former slave land after the Civil War. DNA is used to delve deeper into the families of other guests in the series, including Valerie Jarrett and Anderson Cooper, and to overcome dead ends on host Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s own tree. The secrets encoded in their genomes challenge these guests' ideas about their families' histories and their identities today.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 -- 10:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Fri, Oct 13, 2017 -- 4:00am Remind me

Family Reunions (#307H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me
  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 25, 2017 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 26, 2017 -- 1:00am Remind me

Puritans and Pioneers (#403) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

Actors Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy trace their nonconformist ancestors through American conflicts - the Civil War and the American Revolution, all the way back to the Puritan establishment.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 22, 2017 -- 6:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 22, 2017 -- 10:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 23, 2017 -- 6:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 23, 2017 -- 12:00pm Remind me

The Stories We Tell (#301H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: DVI)

Discover the unsolved mysteries behind the family stories of political organizer Donna Brazile, actor Ty Burrell and artist Kara Walker as they learn how the legacy of slavery has shaped their identities.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 -- 10:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Fri, Oct 20, 2017 -- 4:00am Remind me

The Pioneers (#308H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-V (Secondary audio: DVI)

Discover how Neil Patrick Harris, Gloria Steinem and Sandra Cisneros are connected to pioneers who broke new ground and paved the way for their modern-day descendants to continue shaping our culture.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 24, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me

The Vanguard (#404) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and author and activist Janet Mock see their basic assumptions about their families challenged, placing their ancestors - of all colors - into the greater context of black history.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Oct 24, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 25, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 29, 2017 -- 6:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 29, 2017 -- 10:00pm Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 30, 2017 -- 6:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 30, 2017 -- 12:00pm Remind me

The Long Way Home (#309H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG-V (Secondary audio: DVI)

Discover how actress Julianna Margulies, author Azar Nafisi and chef Lidia Bastianich are bound together by their ancestors' singular and deeply human desire to preserve their most cherished traditions.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me

Immigrant Nation (#405H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG

Actors Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd and John Turturro, all with immigrant parents, gain greater understanding of the unique challenges their ancestors faced by way of prejudice and poverty at home and abroad.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
Become a KQED sponsor

TV Technical Issues

TV
    TV
    • Scheduled Maintenance 8/21-8/25

      Next week, Sutro Tower will be switching most stations to their auxiliary antennas. KQED TV will be at half power on the lower auxiliary antenna, this will affect some of our Over The Air viewers. Maintenance is scheduled on August 21-25 from 9am through 4pm daily. Thank you for your patience!

    • 6/22-23 Ch9 & Ch54 Virtual ID issues

      (DT9-1 thru 9-3, and DT54-1 thru 54-5) KQED experienced a major technical issue with our Virtual ID info in our signals for DT9 and DT54, beginning apx 4pm Thursday 6/22, which was resolved apx 11am Friday 6/23. As background, almost every TV station in the Bay Area now transmits on a frequency which is different […]

    • 2/22/17: Fremont Peak tower transmissions, including KQET DT25

      (DT25.1 through 25.3) Recent storms have taken out dozens of trees on Fremont Peak, which in turn have taken down power lines leading to the transmission tower located on the peak. It has been running on generators for several days, and regular trips are scheduled to re-fuel those generators with gas. However, the truck has […]

To view previous issues and how they were resolved, go to our TV Technical Issues page.

KQED DTV Channels

KQED 9, KQET

KQED 9 / KQET

Channels 9.1, 54.2, 25.1
XFINITY 9 and HD 709
Wave, DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T U-verse: Channel # may vary, labeled as KQED, or as KQET in the 831 area code.
Outstanding PBS programming, KQED original productions, and more.

All HD programs

KQED Plus, KQET

KQED Plus / KQEH

Channels 54.1, 9.2, 25.2
XFINITY 10 and HD 710
Wave, DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T U-verse: Channel # may vary, labeled as KQEH
KQED Plus, formerly KTEH.
Unique programs including the best British dramas, mysteries, and comedies.

PBS Kids

PBS Kids

(starts Jan 16, 2017)
Channel
54.4, 25.3
XFINITY 192
Wave: Channel # may vary.
Quality children's programming. Live streaming 24/7 at pbskids.org.

KQED Life

KQED Life

Channel 54.3
XFINITY 189
Wave: Channel # may vary.
Best of arts, food, gardening, how-to, and travel.

KQED World

KQED World

Channel 9.3, 54.5
XFINITY 190
Wave: Channel # may vary.
Best of non-fiction programs including public affairs, local and world events, nature, history, and science.