Upcoming Broadcasts:

Istanbul (#512H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Where Europe comes face to face with Asia, we'll explore the fascinating, multilayered city of Istanbul. We'll lose our way in the Grand Bazaar and feast like kings with locals at a fisherman's wharf. We'll follow the fall of the Byzantium and the rise of Islam at the city's ancient wall, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. To escape the city bustle, we'll board a boat on the churning Bosphorus, make friends over backgammon, and try a traditional bath.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Oct 18, 2019 -- 3:30pm

Naples and Pompeii (#404H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Naples is Italy in the extreme. We'll prowl backstreet fish markets, dodge fast-moving Vespas, and dine on pizza where it was invented. We'll climb to the top of nearby Mount Vesuvius, then wander through the amazing ruins of Pompeii, the Roman town it destroyed.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Oct 21, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me

Iran:Tehran and Side Trips (#513H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

As he's done with previous programs on Israel, Egypt, and Eastern Turkey, Rick takes us beyond Europe to a place that's rich with history...and mystery. Visiting Tehran, Shariz, Persepolis, and a small village, we'll get a rare present-day look at of some of civilization's most important historical sites, and a sense of Iran's 21st century culture. From architecture and art to faith and everyday living, "Iran, Yesterday and Today" is all about the eye-opening gift of travel.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Oct 25, 2019 -- 3:30pm Remind me

Germany's Hamburg and the Luther Trail (#901H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Hamburg, Germany's mighty port city has risen from the ashes of World War II with a gleaming new skyline and a brisk creative energy. From there, Rick visits the great historic sights of Martin Luther and the Reformation (Erfurt, Wittenberg, and Wartburg Castle) before finishing in the capital of Franconia: wine-loving Wurzburg.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Oct 27, 2019 -- 3:30pm Remind me

Italy's Amalfi Coast (#405H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Just south of Naples we'll experience the breath-taking Amalfi Coastline, the trendy resort of Positano, the limoncello charms of Sorrento, the ancient Greek temples at Paestum, and the iridescent Blue Grotto hidden beneath the enchanting isle of Capri.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Oct 28, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 2, 2019 -- 6:30pm Remind me

Iran's Historic Capitals (#514H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Iran's rich history goes back millennia, to the days when Persepolis was home to "the king of kings." In this episode, Rick Steves explores three historic capitals of Iran: Persepolis, with its splendid monuments; Shiraz, with the tombs of Iran's most beloved poets; and Esfahan, with its extraordinary mosques and endearing people.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Nov 1, 2019 -- 3:30pm Remind me

Germany's Dresden and Leipzig (#902H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Saxony, part of the former East Germany, remains a secret to most travelers. Rick visits the two great cities of the region: the capital city of Dresden, with the opulent palaces and art treasures of the Wettin dynasty, and Leipzig, with its Bach heritage, a massive monument to the day Europe beat Napoleon, and museums remembering its communist heritage.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Nov 3, 2019 -- 3:30pm Remind me

Milan and Lake Como (#406H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

No trip to Italy is complete without Milan and Lake Como. In Milan we'll take a peek at Italy's highest fashion, fanciest delis, grandest cemetery and greatest opera house - not to mention Leonardo's Last Supper. Then we'll cruise along Lake Como, settling down in the lakeside village of Varenna, classic honeymoon country, where Italy meets the Alps.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Nov 4, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 9, 2019 -- 6:30pm Remind me

Rome: Ancient Glory (#701H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Part 1 of 3 on the Eternal City, this episode resurrects the rubble and brings back to life the capital of the ancient world. Focusing on the grandeur of classical Rome, we marvel at the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the empire's exquisite art. Then we go offbeat by bicycle to see the Appian Way and marvels of Roman engineering.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Nov 8, 2019 -- 3:30pm Remind me

Germany's Frankfurt and Nurnberg (#903H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Skyscraper-studded Frankfurt - with so much commerce it's nicknamed "Bankfurt" - has a delightful-to-explore old center. Rick also visits Nurnberg, a capital for both the First Reich (the Holy Roman Empire) and the Third. From its towering castle and playful fountains to its Nazi Documentation Center and maze of underground bomb shelters, Nurnberg is a fascinating study in contrasts.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Nov 10, 2019 -- 3:30pm Remind me

Tuscany's Dolce Vita (#407H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

The small towns and rural charms of Tuscany give us a healthy dose of the "sweet life" as we hunt for truffles in an oak forest, nibble through an artichoke festival, share a farmhouse feast, and ride a classic convertible through the cypress groves of Mona Lisa's back yard.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Nov 11, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me

Rome: Baroque Brilliance (#702H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

This second of 3 episodes on Rome reveals a city busy with life and bursting with Baroque. We ramble through the venerable heart of Rome, admire breathtaking Bernini statues, ponder sunbeams inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, and mix and mingle with the Romans during an early evening stroll. Following an exquisite Roman dinner, we join locals after dark, lacing together the Eternal City's most romantic nightspots.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Nov 15, 2019 -- 3:30pm Remind me

Bulgaria (#904H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. Rick traces the country's complex history, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments. And he enjoys an intimate taste of contemporary culture: the yellow brick road of Sofia; the gregarious craftspeople of the medieval capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and the thriving pedestrian zones of cosmopolitan Plovdiv.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Nov 17, 2019 -- 3:30pm Remind me

Italy's Great Hill Towns (#408H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Connoisseurs of Italy find that its quintessential charms survive in its classic hill towns. From San Gimignano's medieval towers, to Cortona's charming lanes, to Orvieto's papal intrigue, to Civita di Bagnoregio's cliff-hanging vistas...all sit on lofty stone perches that now seem to protect them only from the modern world.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Nov 18, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me

Rome: Back-Street Riches (#703H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

In this third of 3 episodes on the Eternal City, we explore this grand metropolis - so rich in art and culture - on a more intimate scale, delving into its back lanes and unheralded corners. Venturing through the crusty Trastevere district, visiting the historic Jewish Ghetto, and enjoying art treasures in a string of rarely visited churches, we uncover charms of hidden Rome that compete with its marquee sights.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Nov 22, 2019 -- 3:30pm Remind me

Vienna (#409H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

In Europe's classiest capital we'll tiptoe through the palace of Maria Theresa and be dazzled by the Hapsburg crown jewels. Then we'll picnic on the Danube, nibble strudel in an old world cafe, blush at slinky Art Nouveau, and waltz to the three-four beat of Johann Strauss.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Nov 25, 2019 -- 9:30am Remind me

Florence: Heart of the Renaissance (#704H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

15th-century Florence was the home of the Renaissance and the birthplace of our modern world. In this first of 2 episodes, we gaze into the self-assured eyes of Michelangelo's David, enjoy Botticelli's Birth of Venus, delve into the 3D wonders of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, appreciate Fra Angelico's serene beauty, and climb the dome that kicked off the Renaissance. Then we cross the Arno to where Florentine artisans live, work, and eat - very well.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Nov 29, 2019 -- 3:30pm Remind me
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TV Technical Issues

    TV – Transmitter Status
    • KQED Transmitter will be off (03/06/2019)

      KQED transmitter will off on March 6th at  3-6 at 3am-6am.  This will disrupt over-the-air reception and DirectTV viewers. Comcast and Monterey reception will not be impacted.

    • KQED FM on Comcast services

      KQED FM and other radio channels were recently dropped from Comcast’s local cable offerings. Affected users can still listen to KQED at 88.5 FM on their radios, or listen to the live stream at or by downloading the KQED app, or on smart speakers.

    • KQED DT9, Sutro Tower – Mon 8/20 thru Fri 8/24/18

      Engineers at Sutro Tower in San Francisco will be doing their annual maintenance work 9am-4pm Mon 8/20 through Fri 8/24.  All stations transmitting from Sutro Tower will be dropping to half-power each day, and perhaps moving from main antennas at the top of the tower to auxiliary antennas at the “waist” (middle) of the tower … Continue reading KQED DT9, Sutro Tower – Mon 8/20 thru Fri 8/24/18

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