Upcoming Broadcasts:

That Which Sustains Life (#106H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Chengdu is known as "The Land of Abundance", thanks in part to Dujiangyan, its centuries-old irrigation system. Martin visits this historical site to witness firsthand the source of Chengdu's fertile farmland, stopping to sample produce from local farms and orchards along the way.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 18, 2018 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 19, 2018 -- 1:00am Remind me

Poetry in a Cup (#107H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Wine making or baijiu making in China goes back thousands of years. Martin visits a famous Chengdu distillery for a close up look on how Chinese baijiu is produced. He narrates famous Chinese legends connected to the culture of wine. For a more contemporary look he attends a typical Chinese banquet and shows the popular Chinese drinking games and toasting.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 25, 2018 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 26, 2018 -- 1:00am Remind me

Hot, Hot and Extra Hot! (#108H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

If there is only one word to describe Sichuan cuisine, that word is HOT. Martin dives into the world of chili peppers and chili bean paste by visiting the world's largest bean paste factory and the world's biggest chili market. He puts the chili peppers to good use at a chili banquet and later explores the hottest restaurant in Chengdu for a midnight snack.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 1, 2018 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Aug 2, 2018 -- 1:00am Remind me

Small Bites (#109H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

In Chengdu, a snack is called a small bite, or 'xiao chi'. But a 'xiao chi' is really a lot more than just a simple snack. It can be an appetizer, a street food, but it can also be a cleansing of the palate between courses, or when you assemble many on them on a table, they can make a fabulous banquet. On this show Martin takes small bites but tells a big story.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 8, 2018 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Aug 9, 2018 -- 1:00am Remind me

Panda-Monium! (#101H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Martin explores the multifaceted wonders of bamboo. Join him as he visits the adorable giant pandas at a research compound in Chengdu, attends a bamboo banquet, and discovers artists who work with this sturdy and adaptable plant.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 13, 2018 -- 1:30pm Remind me

Rising Stars (#110H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

There are 230 million children under the age of 15 in China. On this show Martin meets up with many talented ones from Chengdu. They are future opera divas, poets, pop singers, sculptors and of course, chefs! Chengdu, the next generation, is front and center on this episode.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 15, 2018 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Aug 16, 2018 -- 1:00am Remind me

Tomorrow's Chengdu (#102H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Martin visits Tianfu, a new capital of tech in China. See what Tianfu software developers are eating, from a popular Mao Chai restaurant to the dazzling molecular gastronomy of Chef Huang.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 20, 2018 -- 1:30pm Remind me

Hot Pot, Anyone? (#103H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Hot pot is almost a religion in Chengdu. On this episode, Martin explores several of Chengdu's estimated 30,000 hot pot restaurants, each with its own unique style. Martin takes to the streets to ask people about their deep feelings surrounding this revered dish.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 27, 2018 -- 1:30pm Remind me

Fine Art, Fine Food (#111H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

The art scene is thriving in Chengdu. Martin tours an artist community and sees first hand how local artists create ceramics and file paintings. To add his personal touch he added an encrusted chicken in the community kiln. For a taste of true culinary art he visits the home restaurant of Chef Lan, lauded as the best chef of Chengdu.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 29, 2018 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Aug 30, 2018 -- 1:00am Remind me
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TV Technical Issues

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    • 6/04/18: KQET Signal Loss

      KQET (DT25.1, 25.2 & 25.3) was unable to transmit from late Saturday 6/02 through early Monday 6/04 due to a break in the third party fiber feed somewhere between KQED’s Master Control room in San Francisco and the uplink reception point at California State University Monterey Bay. The break was found and fixed shortly after … Continue reading 6/04/18: KQET Signal Loss

    • DIRECTV KQED Plus 54 HD Issue

      We are experiencing a technical issue with DIRECTV which has affected our broadcast in High Definition.  We appreciate your patience, and for watching KQED Public Television!

    • KQED World Technical Issue

      UPDATE: The technical issue that we were experiencing has been resolved. KQED WORLD has now resumed regularly scheduled programming. Please find a discrepancy report below. 13:00-13:32 ET Secrets of the Dead #1602: Van Gogh’s Ear 13:32 ET: Regularly scheduled programming resumes ***Due to a technical issue, KQED WORLD will be airing evergreen programming (Secrets of … Continue reading KQED World Technical Issue

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KQED World

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