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153 Episodes

Closed Captioned Title goes here | Home on the Range #101
A day in the life of a ranching family in Southern Arizona's San Rafael Valley along the Arizona-Mexico border.

Title goes here | Bats #501
The many aspects of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Closed Captioned Title goes here | The Mayo Tribe #502
The Mayo Indians of southern Sonora have a close, traditional relationship with their flora. The Mayo turn to plants for a variety of uses—from medicines to making furniture.

Title goes here | The Verde River #503
The many aspects of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Title goes here | The Question Makers #504
The many aspects of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Title goes here | Frogs #505
The many aspects of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Title goes here | Research Notes on Survival Strategies #506
The many aspects of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Title goes here | Sensitive Species #507
The many aspects of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Title goes here | Mountain Building in the Desert #508
The many aspects of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Title goes here | The Sex Life of Desert Animals #510
The many aspects of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Title goes here | Animal Point of View #511
The many aspects of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Title goes here | From the Plant's Point of View #512
The many aspects of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Closed Captioned Title goes here | The Power of Fire #601
Looks at restoring the natural role of fire in the desert grasslands, and explores future fire management techniques and philosophies.

Closed Captioned Title goes here | Jumping Cactus & Other Myths #702
Examines and dispels some of the myths surrounding plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert region: Can owls rotate their heads 360 degrees and do hummingbirds hitchhike on the backs of wild geese to migrate?

Closed Captioned Pinacate the Mysterious #802 [TV-G]
Explores one of the driest and last explored regions of North America.

Touched by the Face of the Earth #803 [TV-G]

Closed Captioned Islands in Time #804 [TV-G]
Explores the desert islands in the Gulf of California from Espiritu Santos to Coronados.

Closed Captioned The Mexican Galápagos #805 [TV-G]
Explores the desert islands in the sea of Cortez.

Closed Captioned Hidden Museum #806 [TV-G]
A look at the creation of exhibits at the Arizon-Sonoran Desert Museum.

Closed Captioned Jewels on the Wing #807 [TV-G]
Explore the wonder of butterflies, moths, and dragonflies.

Closed Captioned Emerald City #808 [TV-G]
The nation's largest gem and mineral show held in Tucson, AR.

Closed Captioned The Life of a Rattlesnake #809 [TV-G]
The natural history of rattlesnakes from the Mexican border all the way north to Canada.

Plants Only a Mother Could Love #810 [TV-G]

Eye of the Beholder #811 [TV-G]

Closed Captioned The Beaten Path #812 [TV-G]
Game trails become human trails, then, in turn, become roads.

Closed Captioned You Can Go Home Again #813 [TV-G]
The beaver, antelope, and ferret are reintroduced to the desert after having been removed from their original habitat.

Across the Great Desert #902 [TV-G]

Closed Captioned Baja's Loreto Bay #903 [TV-G]

Closed Captioned Backyard Spiders #904 [TV-G]

Ancient Culture—Enduring Architecture #905 [TV-G]

Desert Animals: Inside Out #906 [TV-G]

I Want That Job! (Part 1) #907 [TV-G]
A look at outdoor occupations

I Want That Job! (Part 2) #908 [TV-G]
More outdoor occupations.

An Inside Look at Beekeeping #910 [TV-G]
Examines the beekeeping industry, from collecting the nectar in flowers to our own dining room table.

Closed Captioned The Desert Speaks 10th Anniversary #1001 [TV-G]
Looks at where the series has been, how the show evolved, and what is in the offing.

Closed Captioned In the Land of the Guarijío #1003 [TV-G]
For centuries, the Guarijío Indians have lived in the Sierra Madre Mountains, virtual slaves to wealthy landowners. Through an uprising, they have gained control of the land.

Closed Captioned Mesquite: Tree of Life #1004 [TV-G]
Surveys the role of the Mesquite tree in the desert Southwest, and discover the many uses humans have for Mesquite, from culinary (as a barbecue additive) to furniture making.

Closed Captioned The Roadrunner and the Coyote #1005 [TV-G]
The real story of two of the desert's most famous inhabitants, both of whom have adapted to human interaction in order to survive.

Closed Captioned The Salton Sea #1007 [TV-G]
It took human intervention to keep the water flowing enough to create the "sea" we know today—an incredible birding oasis.

Closed Captioned Rock and Road Trip #1008 [TV-G]
Accompany a college geology class field trip through the upper stretches of Sonora, MX, and explore the connections of geology with climate, vegetation, and animals.

Closed Captioned The People of the Mangroves #1009 [TV-G]
Looks at the lives of the people of Magdalena Bay along the Pacific side of Baja, CA, and how they live off the bounty of the Mangroves.

Closed Captioned Home on the Range #1010 [TV-G]

Closed Captioned Floating Down the Past #1101 [TV-G]
The Anasazi people thrived in the San Juan River area of southern Utah up to 2,000 years ago, but had mysteriously vanished by the 16th century. They left behind many stories in the form of petroglyphs on rocks.

Closed Captioned A River Again #1102 [TV-G]
A picturesque dam in Arizona's Verde Valley is scheduled to be removed so that the river can return to its natural state.

Closed Captioned Clay Artists of Mata Ortiz #1103 [TV-G]
Juan Quezada developed his own techniques for reproducing ancient pots from his region's natural bounty of clay and paints—and launched a local artistic and economic revolution.

Closed Captioned Tracking the Giant Cactus #1104 [TV-G]
Having discovered the sagueso, a columnar cactus even larger than the saguaro, outside its natural range in Sonora, Mexico, ethnobotanists speculate on whether it could have been cultivated by the ancient Seri Indians. A journey along the coast and mountains of western Sonora reveals that the cactus is still the lifeblood of the modern-day Seri.

Closed Captioned Building a Desert Home #1105 [TV-G]
Follows and compares the construction of two homes using different building techniques—both designed to construct comfortable, energy-efficient houses for hot, arid climates.

Closed Captioned A 21st-Century Desert Museum #1106 [TV-G]
For more than 50 years, the acclaimed Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has played a leading role in the environment through its research and educational efforts.

Closed Captioned Prickly Pear: Cactus of Plenty #1107 [TV-G]
The fruit of the hardy prickly pear cactus is put to many uses. It has been credited with lowering cholesterol, aiding digestion, and helping to control diabetes.

Closed Captioned The Devil's Highway #1108 [TV-G]
Illustrates the rigors of travel on the aptly named El Camino del Diablo (The Devil's Highway), both in the 19th century and today. People still risk their lives to get from Mexico to California on this route. To this day, it is one of the deadliest roads in the world.

Closed Captioned How Desert Creatures Survive #1109 [TV-G]
Desert mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects, fish, and plants have devised many clever and unique strategies for surviving in their harsh environment.

Closed Captioned Livin' Large #1110 [TV-G]
Focuses on sandhill cranes, desert fish, and antelope and their chances for continued existence in the changing West.

Closed Captioned The Mayo Tribe #1111 [TV-G]
The Mayo Indians of southern Sonora in Mexico have passed an intimate knowledge of the local flora down through generations. They turn to plants for a variety of traditional uses, from medicines to furniture.

Closed Captioned The Power of Fire #1112 [TV-G]
Looks at restoring the natural role of fire in the desert grasslands and explores future fire management techniques and philosophies.

Closed Captioned Jumping Cactus and Other Myths #1113 [TV-G]
Examines some of the folklore surrounding plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert: Can owls rotate their heads 360 degrees? Do hummingbirds really hitchhike on the backs of wild geese to migrate?

Closed Captioned Argentina's Upside-Down Desert (Part 1) #1201 [TV-G]
A journey through the city of Buenos Aires and into the Andes in search of the dry desert of northwest Argentina. In Buenos Aires, locals lead the way through quaint city streets and pavilions, sharing the history of the city. After a quick stop at a local farmers' market for provisions, David begins the journey up the Andes with a trek through a tropical rainforest. Sights along the way include columnar cacti and an archaeological site that predates the Inca.

Closed Captioned Argentina's Upside-Down Desert (Part 2) #1202 [TV-G]
A tour of the colonial city of Salta and its downtown market is followed by a journey upward through distinctly different biomes, including a fog forest and a beautiful painted desert, to northwestern Argentina's highest and driest desert—located more than 13,000 feet up a mountain.

Closed Captioned Faces of the Argentine Desert #1203 [TV-G]
Visits the tomb of Eva Perón in Buenos Aires and a nearby village famous for the wool its people harvest from a cousin of the camel, the vicuña. The local cactus wood is also important in nearly every aspect of their lives: They transform it into furniture such as pews, pulpits, and altars as well as ceiling boards.

Closed Captioned Journey to the Rio Grande #1204 [TV-G]
David sets out to explore the Chihuahuan Desert and the region near the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. The river defines the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Next is a burro trek to Boquillas, one of the most remote villages in Mexico, where the local characters include a veteran paleontologist who digs up deep-sea marine mammals in the middle of the desert.

Closed Captioned Bikes, Boats, and Big Bend #1205 [TV-G]
The exploration of the Chihuahaun Desert continues with a mountain bike ride on the back roads of Big Bend National Park, where an agave forest is in bloom; a search of the park for signs of human occupation, from prehistoric cave painters to European settlers to contemporary explorers; and a canoe trip down the Rio Bravo (called the Rio Grande by Americans) in one of the most isolated areas in Mexico.

Closed Captioned Heart of the Sonoran Desert #1206 [TV-G]
The mountaintops, rock faces, and dry caves of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument host the most diverse sampling of plants and animals found in the Sonoran Desert today. An exploration of a dry cave uncovers signs of ancient life and forensic evidence of the life and death of a javelina, a wild pig-like creature found only in the United States.

Closed Captioned Desert Missions #1207 [TV-G]
Explores the little-known border town of Sasabe, AZ and a mission in northwestern Mexico known locally as "Heroic Caborca." In the 1800s, townspeople used the mission as a fortress to defend their town from an invading militia from the United States. Bullet holes in the walls provide vivid evidence of battle.

Closed Captioned Death Valley #1208 [TV-G]
The lowest, hottest, and driest place in North America, Death Valley is almost devoid of life, with few plants or animals. Yet it is rich in human and natural history. The names of geologic features like "Devil's Golf Course," "Furnace Creek," and "Badwater" reflect the hardships encountered here by human travelers.

Closed Captioned Seasons of the Mojave #1209 [TV-G]
The modern history of the Mojave Desert is intertwined with the history of humans along Route 66. Now this land of extremes, where temperatures can reach 120 degrees in the summer and dip below freezing in the winter, is home to the newest and largest desert preserve in the United States.

Closed Captioned Lilies of the Desert #1210 [TV-G]
The Mojave Desert is home to the world's largest lily (the Joshua tree) and the continent's smallest lizard (the night lizard). While traveling throughout Joshua Tree National Park, a group of adventurers explores the intricacies of a cholla forest, learns about the powerful geological forces at work sculpting the landscape, and searches for the elusive night lizard.

Closed Captioned Crossing the Great Basin Desert #1211 [TV-G]
Northern Nevada's Highway 50, labeled "the loneliest highway in America" by Life magazine in the 1950s, crosses the Great Basin Desert. The region boasts fascinating geology and a modern-day re-creation of the steam-powered trains that were crucial to the settlement of the area.

Closed Captioned Great Basin National Park #1212 [TV-G]
Great Basin showcases the plants, animals, and habitats found throughout the region and includes one of the most profusely decorated caves in North America: Lehman's Cave.

Closed Captioned Settling the Great Basin Desert #1213 [TV-G]
An in-depth look at the few human inhabitants of the Great Basin Desert, such as the colorful Basque people. Originally from the Pyrenees Mountains in Europe, the first Basque migrants to the Great Basin arrived in the 19th century and worked primarily as shepherds.

Closed Captioned Desert Whales #1301 [TV-G]
Located just below the elbow of Baja California, San Ignacio Lagoon is the wintertime home of pods of gray whales who swim 5,000 miles from the Arctic to visit it. Here, within a few hundred square miles, the whales feed, nurse, teach, and cuddle new babies and conduct courtships that will start the cycle over again.

Closed Captioned Bolivia: The Cold Desert Frontier #1302 [TV-G]
A journey to the highest desert in the world begins in Potosí, in southwestern Bolivia—the world's highest city at 12,000 feet above sea level. Bolivia also boasts the world's largest salt lake, the Salar de Uyuni at more than 4,000 square miles. On the frozen hillsides along its shores grow majestic groves of thick, tall pasacana, desert plants similar in stature to the saguaro cactus.

Closed Captioned Ancient Peoples of the High Desert #1303 [TV-G]
High in the foothills of the Bolivian Andes in the historic village of Santiago de K, life continues nearly the same as it has for centuries. In the world's highest desert, 12,600 feet above sea level, the native Quechua harvest endemic potatoes and quinoa to barter for outside goods.

Closed Captioned Bolivia: Volcanoes, Flamingos, and Salt Lakes #1304 [TV-G]
Ranging up to 16,500 feet above sea level, the wild, frigid desert of southwestern Bolivia is full of natural treasures, including towering Andean volcanoes and lakes formed by trapped snowmelt. Three different species of flamingo inhabit the brackish, intensely colored lakes, while nearby cliffs support bizcachas, rabbit-sized rodents. Bizarre-looking yareta plants growing along the rugged rock faces can live for thousands of years.

Closed Captioned Rivers Run Dry #1305 [TV-G]
The Gila River, revered as sacred by ancient peoples and modern-day indigenous tribes alike, begins its journey high in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico and historically flowed across the state of Arizona. But, like 90 percent of the Southwest's remaining riparian areas, it is now used up and dries out only halfway to its former confluence with the Colorado River.

Closed Captioned Cactus Capital of the World #1306 [TV-G]
Villages in the Valle de Tehuacán and nearby Oaxaca have endured for centuries in a desert environment thanks to material cultures built on the cactus. Today 18 species of columnar cacti grow in the valley (as opposed to three in Arizona, eight in Sonora)—all of them used one way or another by native peoples.

Closed Captioned Tehuacán: A Spanish Legacy #1307 [TV-G]
A trip through the valley of Tehuacán to the ancient city of Oaxaca in southern Mexico features some of the richest desert landscapes in the world as well as numerous examples of how Spanish culture came to dominate the native way of life, from the construction of immense missions to the introduction of new plants like the mango.

Closed Captioned Oaxaca: Footsteps in Tradition #1308 [TV-G]
The Valle de Tehuacán, in the Mexican state of Puebla, is home to the world's greatest variety of cacti and the probable birthplace of domestic corn. The civilizations that inhabited nearby Monte Albán sowed the creative seeds for the Zapotecan culture that still thrives today.

Closed Captioned Shadows of the Ancients #1309 [TV-G]
Observational astronomy has deep roots in the Puebloan world of the Southwest. Archaeological evidence suggests that the ancestral Anasazi marked astronomical events, perhaps as guides or records of their agricultural and ceremonial calendar. Rock art and architecture throughout the Four Corners area were carefully placed so that beams of sunlight would interact with rock images on important seasonal days such as equinoxes and solstices.

Closed Captioned Visiting Ancient Mayo Lands #1310 [TV-G]
Bird watchers from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum journey through coastal and forest habitats in search of some of the rarest birds in the region. Along the way, they catch a rare glimpse into the life, culture, and traditions of the native Mayo Indians—including one of the area's biggest cultural events, an annual pilgrimage to an ancient church in honor of a sacred cactus growing out of its side.

Closed Captioned Baja Journeys: Volcanoes/Oceans #1311 [TV-G]
A journey through Baja California begins on the twice-weekly ferry from the Mexican mainland port of Guaymas. After disembarking, travelers can explore the coastal town of Santa Rosalia and continue on to some of the region's recent lava flows.

Closed Captioned Baja People: Oases/Mountains #1312 [TV-G]
Adorning the walls of a dry cave on the mainland side of the Baja California peninsula are pictographs recording the lives and legends of the ancient, vanished Cochimi Indians. Across the peninsula, over the Sierra del San Francisco Mountains, the Pacific Ocean dominates the landscape, the plants, and the lives of today's residents.

Closed Captioned Baja Boojums: Bizarre Plants #1313 [TV-G]
An investigation into the weird, wild plants of Baja California starts with the Boojum tree, one of the oddest plants imaginable. Leafless for most of the year, the Boojum looks a bit like an upturned turnip. Meanwhile, the tiny, bonsai-like coastal alkali heath shrub takes its character and form from the forceful Pacific winds.

Closed Captioned The Driest Desert in the World #1401 [TV-G]
The Pan-American Highway stretches thousands of miles from Alaska to the southern tip of Chile.

Closed Captioned Ancient Andean Civilizations #1402 [TV-G]
La Paz, Bolivia is one of the highest cities in the world and the home many religious beliefs.

Closed Captioned People and Their Prickly Plants #1403 [TV-G]
Visit Scottsdale, Arizona to see the largest private collection of desert-area plants in the world.

The Lost Palm Weavers of Sonora #1404 [TV-G]
Join the search for the descendants of Opata palm weavers and explore the surviving tradition.

Monumental Dunes #1405 [TV-G]
Visit groups of sand dunes in the United States and explore their structure, patterns, and wildlife.

Closed Captioned Tracks in the Shifting Sand #1406 [TV-G]
Explore one of the largest dune fields in North America at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

Closed Captioned Sea to Sky: Along an Incan Road #1407 [TV-G]
Examine the ruins and remains of pre-Incan cultures and get a bird's-eye view of the Nazca lines.

Closed Captioned Peru's Canyon of the Condor #1408 [TV-G]
Travel through Colca Canyon and explore the history and ritualistic significance of Andean Condors.

Closed Captioned Desolation Canyon River Journey #1409 [TV-G]
Take a trip down the Green River and explore the prehistoric creatures buried along its banks in Dinosaur National Monument, as well as Desolation Canyon.

Closed Captioned Living Traditions of the Tohono O'Odham #1410 [TV-G]
The Tohono O'Odham ("Desert People") live on the second-largest reservation in the United States, located southwest of Tucson, AZ, and in the region of Mexico that borders the reservation. Concerned tribal members who are knowledgeable in traditional ways are taking an active part in passing down practices of saguaro fruit harvesting and basket weaving to their children and grandchildren.

Closed Captioned Origins of a Royal Road #1411 [TV-G]
El Camino Real (The Royal Road) served as a trade route among the Puebloan peoples hundreds of years before the arrival of Europeans. Later, it became the tattered thread that connected the Spanish strongholds in southern Mexico to the tiny, distant settlements of Nuevo (New) Mexico. This historic route of communication, conquest, and gold runs from Mexico City through the Chihuahuan Desert to the mountains of Santa Fe, NM.

Closed Captioned Royal Road Across the Frontier #1412 [TV-G]
The journey along El Camino Real continues to the traditional hot springs of Aguas Calientes, which gave ancient travelers a brief respite from the dry, dusty roads. The springs no longer exist, but the town still marks the frontier where the dry, dangerous desert begins. Stops in the desert include the mining town of Zacatecas, where today's travelers can ride deep into the bowels of the mines or high above them in a cable car; the agricultural, commercial, and tourist center of Durango, founded as a mining town in 1563; and the towns of Mapami and Valle de Allende.

Closed Captioned Royal Road to the Final Outpost #1413 [TV-G]
Stops along the final third of the historic Camino Real de Tierra Adentro include Hildago del Parral and its monument to Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa; Santa Barbara; El Paso del Norte, where the route crosses the border into the U.S.; Chamizal National Memorial, a tribute to the importance of the Rio Grande in Mexican and U.S. history; Doña Ana, one of the first permanent settlements north of the river; and Jornada del Muerto (Dead Man's Journey), a dry, flat stretch that left ancient travelers disconnected from any source of water for nine days.

Closed Captioned Goat Packing in the Red Desert #1501 [TV-G]
Natural historian and eccentric scientist John Mionczynski (aka "Mr. Red Desert") takes David on a trek through the high and cold Red Desert of southwest Wyoming with goats as pack animals. While exploring sites like the Honeycomb Buttes, they get to know their four-legged companions and experience adventures like searching for wild cilantro, onion, and garlic in the desert and using the excretion from ants as salad dressing.

Closed Captioned Wyoming's Red Desert #1502 [TV-G]
David hops into a 50-year-old BMW motorcycle sidecar to explore Wyoming's vast and mysterious Red Desert. Also called the "Great American Desert," this eight-million-acre area includes the largest active sand dune system in North America and the only place in the United States where the Continental Divide splits before rejoining. It is also steeped in history and fable, with ties to the Oregon Trail and the gold rush, and is home to the largest desert elk herd in the nation as well as more than 350 other wildlife species. But all of it exists under the constant threat of future oil and gas development.

Closed Captioned Heart of a Pueblo #1503 [TV-G]
Architect Bob Vint takes David on a tour of variations on the central plaza—the heart and soul of busy Mexican cities and sleepy desert pueblos alike—ranging from a pre-Hispanic example in the ancient city of Chichen Itza to the large and bustling plaza in Mexico City. Then, in the small town of Potscurro, they discover how courtyards are to the home as plazas are to the town.

Closed Captioned Gateway to the Galápagos #1504 [TV-G]
An Ecuadorian village with a monument to the equator serves as a jumping-off point for a visit to the islands of Bartolome and Genovese to explore their volcanic origins and native wildlife. The islands are home to several species of boobies, the waved albatross, marine iguanas, Galápagos hawks, frigate birds, and a version of the prickly pear cactus with soft, "pettable" spines.

Closed Captioned Treasures of the Galápagos #1505 [TV-G]
As David continues his Galápagos adventure, he encounters cacti, flamingos in the middle of a huge lava lake, ghost crabs (so named for their quick disappearing act), a variety of endemic plant species, and sea turtle nests. He also finds a unique "post office" on the island of Floreana: a wooden container used for centuries by pirates and whalers, who would leave or take mail depending on its destination.

Closed Captioned Ancient Secrets of the Galápagos #1506 [TV-G]
The tour of the Galápagos ends with a visit to some of the "newer" islands—only a few hundred thousand years old. The interesting creatures on and around them include marine iguanas, the only iguanas known to swim in salt water; the flightless cormorant, a bird that uses its stubby wings to swim rather than fly; and penguins. On Isabela Island, the crew visits the saltwater Darwin's Lake to study flower color and pollination.

Closed Captioned Life Along the Rio Sonora #1507 [TV-G]
The Rio Sonora begins at a spring just south of the U.S. border, then cuts its way through the Sonoran Desert to the Gulf of California near Kino Bay. Its modest flow supported the Opata Indians, who were living along its banks when the Spaniards arrived. Although they have long since disappeared, their lyrical names for many of the towns remain.

Closed Captioned Bats Among Us #1508 [TV-G]
Montezuma Castle, a five-story, 20-room cliff dwelling, served as a "high-rise apartment building" for prehistoric Sinagua Indians more than 600 years ago. Now it serves the same purpose for a colony of bats. Research at the Castle as well as at Tonto National Monument and Chiricahua National Monument is exploring the impacts of bat colonies on cultural landmarks and on surrounding humans.

Closed Captioned Grand Canyon: The Human Touch #1509 [TV-G]
David's brother, geologist Dick Yetman, joins him for an exploration of the traces of humans along the Colorado River. They observe sacred salt mines from a boat, visit the intersection of the Little Colorado River with the main river, enjoy an impromptu Grand Canyon concert, learn how some notorious rapids got their names, and spend time with scientists studying the effects of the Glen Canyon Dam on local flora and fauna.

Closed Captioned Grand Canyon: Floating Through Time #1510 [TV-G]
Continuing their trip through the Grand Canyon, the Yetman brothers plunge through Lava Falls, leap from the edge of a waterfall into a pool below, and explore two great mysteries about the canyon: What happened during the "missing" period of geological history that is unaccounted for in the canyon, and what happened to all the material that was eroded out to form this monstrous hole?

Closed Captioned Pilgrimage to a Party #1511 [TV-G]
The Fiesta de San Francisco at the church in Magdalena de Kino in Sonora annually transforms this sleepy town. Among the tens of thousands of visitors are the faithful, who make the pilgrimage to honor a favorite saint in the hope that he will transform their lives; the semi-faithful; and out-and-out revelers just looking for one of the biggest parties in northwestern Mexico.

Closed Captioned Wines of the Desert #1512 [TV-G]
Mexico's Baja California is known for tequila and cerveza, but the region's burgeoning wine industry may someday give these traditional beverages stiff competition. Historian Bill Beezley, acting head of the University of Arizona Latin American studies department, gives David a tour of the region's vineyards, from very large growers and producers to wine co-ops where anyone can join in the fun.

Closed Captioned Boom and Bust in a Desert Town #1513 [TV-G]
The small town of Quartzsite, AZ, located just 20 miles east of the Colorado River, has been a rockhound's paradise since the 1960s. The former stagecoach town plays host to more than a million visitors each year—many of them in January and February, when thousands of vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, and fossils converge to create one of the world's largest open-air flea markets.

Closed Captioned Saving Australia's Wild West #1601 [TV-G]
Visits a former cattle ranch in Australia that's now an 800,000-acre wildlife preserve. The Australian Wildlife Conservancy is aggressively managing the land to restore its biodiversity, attracting scientists from all over the world to see how the experiment is going.

Outpost of the Outback #1602 [TV-G]
Located near the center of Australia, Alice Springs is around 1,000 miles from the closest city. But it's still a tourist mecca, thanks in part to the Alice Springs Desert Park, a one-of-a-kind conservation site that hosts samples of all the local desert habitats in one easy-to-explore area.

Closed Captioned Mending Australia's Ancient Forest #1603 [TV-G]
Near Albany in southwestern Australia, ecologists are trying to piece together the remains of fractured habitats that were destroyed in the years following World War II. Project Gondwana Link encompasses everything from the woodlands of the drier interior to the tall wet forests in the far southwest corner of the continent.

Closed Captioned On the Trail of a Living Fossil #1604 [TV-G]
In an effort to discover more about the desert tortoise, David treks from the dry deserts of Utah to the tropics of northwestern Mexico. The trail begins outside of St. George, UT, which has more tortoises per square kilometer than anywhere else in the United States, and takes him through the Mojave Desert, where he observes how tortoises are marked and then tracked using telemetry.

Kickin' West on Route 66 #1605 [TV-G]
Ecologist Yar Petryszyn joins David for a cruise along historic Route 66 through some of the finest deserts in the United States. Beginning near the border of Texas and New Mexico, they retrace the route thousands of Americans took to California during the Depression era.

Cruising on the 'Mother Road' #1606 [TV-G]
Beginning in the Petrified Forest near the border of Arizona and New Mexico, the travelers retrace the "mother road" through the pines of Flagstaff to the Joshua trees of the Mojave Desert. Along the way, they visit La Posada Inn in Winslow, AZ, opened in the 1930s, and the ghost town of Oatman, AZ, then catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive "shoe tree." They finish up in the San Bernardino Mountains of California.

Closed Captioned Desert Treasures #1607 [TV-G]
A hunt for fish fossils in the Red Desert of Wyoming; a trip to the Painted Desert with the Bach family, who have made a hobby out of legally collecting petrified wood; meteorite collector Robert Haag; and a visit to the Superstition Mountains.

Closed Captioned Peru's Amazon Desert #1608 [TV-G]
David and his geologist brother, Dick, descend from 10,000 feet up in the Andes Mountains into the heart of the Amazon Desert. The journey takes them across one of the rivers that helps form the Amazon, the Rio Maranon, and to a gushing spring that entrepreneurial locals have harnessed to power woodworking machinery.

Closed Captioned Coastal Civilizations of Ancient Peru #1609 [TV-G]
Against the backdrop of the enormous adobe pyramids that still dot the Peruvian countryside, local fishermen construct and then navigate caballitos del mar (sea horses)—boats made out of totora reeds whose design reaches back to pre-Inca times.

Closed Captioned The People of Peru's Cloud Forest #1610 [TV-G]
After a shopping expedition in pursuit of South American hats, David visits a museum in Leimebamba and ancient ruins near Kuélap to learn about the ancestors of the Chachapoyas—the ancient people of Peru's Cloud Forest.

Medieval Drought in the Southwest #1611 [TV-G]
During a hike through the White Mountains of California and Sequoia National Park, Tom Swetnam of the University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research illustrates how scientists use tree rings to gather evidence of climate conditions from thousands of years ago.

Closed Captioned Of Drought and Fire #1612 [TV-G]
David and Tom hike some higher elevations to uncover evidence of ancient droughts, fires, and civilizations. A visit to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument explores how scientists study the adaptability of desert plants to long- and short-term droughts.

Closed Captioned Giants on a Galápagos Island #1613 [TV-G]
A tour of the Galápagos starts with a visit to Santa Cruz, one of the few inhabited islands in the chain, for a stroll through the market at Puerto Ayora. Then it's off to the Darwin Research Station and its famous saddleback tortoises, which are being reintroduced to the area after being hunted nearly to extinction.

Closed Captioned Exploring Arizona's 'Big Empty' #1701 [TV-G]
Ecologist Yar Petryszyn and archaeologist Jock Favour accompany David on a tour of the "Arizona Strip" to examine evidence of early settlements, investigate high desert plants, and learn about a project to increase the population of a rare and magnificent creature.

Closed Captioned Tequila: Exploring the Legend #1702 [TV-G]
Mexican ecologist Alberto Burquez and agave expert Ana Valenzuela accompany David to the state of Jalisco in Mexico to explore the history and production of tequila.

Closed Captioned Passions of the Pitaya #1703 [TV-G]
Mexican ecologist Alberto Burquez accompanies David to an area southwest of Guadalajara where a local festival celebrates the tasty fruit of the pitaya cactus.

Closed Captioned Magical Michoacan #1704 [TV-G]
Mexican ecologist Alberto Burquez joins David for a journey around the state of Michoacan to explore its rugged coast, diverse habitats, and local traditions.

Closed Captioned Palms in the Desert #1705 [TV-G]
Ecologist Jim Cornett joins David for a look around California's Coachella Valley, the lowest and hottest inhabited place in the Northern Hemisphere. After a walk around Palm Springs to examine the area's most famous residents, they head for the largest undisturbed palm oasis on Earth—Palm Canyon.

Closed Captioned On the Road to Cajamarca #1706 [TV-G]
South American archaeologist Axel Nielson accompanies David and his brother Dick on a trek through ancient Incan territory. They start at sea level by exploring the "witches' market" and pre-Incan aqueducts in the town of Chiclayo, then journey upward to the town of Cajamarca. There they end the adventure with a climb up an Incan stairway.

Closed Captioned Ecuador's Fog Forest: Mists Over the Desert #1707 [TV-G]
The agrarian community of Loma Alta, Ecuador lives in symbiosis with a cloud forest nature preserve in the mountains above the city. David visits a "hummingbird oasis" where researchers observe the varied species the forest has to offer.

Closed Captioned Hummingbirds: From Desert to Jungle #1708 [TV-G]
The lives of hummingbirds, from the Sonoran Desert to Ecuador's mountaintop Loma Alta preserve, plus a close-up look at howler monkeys.

Closed Captioned Sierra Madre Easter #1709 [TV-G]
Jesus Garcia of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum shows David around Chihuahua, where indigenous people carry on ancient traditions while new arrivals add their own contributions to the region's modern identity.

Closed Captioned Ageless Mud: Adobe Homes in the Desert #1710 [TV-G]
Architect Bob Vint leads a tour of adobe buildings of the past and present in Tucson.

Closed Captioned Sonora's Forgotten River #1711 [TV-G]
David and Alberto trace the river through Sonora, Mexico to see how life has adapted to its unpredictable flow. After beginning with a stop at Father Kino's monument in Magdalena de Kino, they head south to the city of Cucurpe.

Closed Captioned Patagonia's Glacial Landscape #1712 [TV-G]
David joins Argentine archaeologist Maria José Figuerero for a trek through the arid, desolate, and windswept Patagonia landscape. They travel along the Chilean/Argentine border by horseback, taking time to observe the flight of the graceful Andean condor, and stop in the city of Calafate, the gateway to Glacier National Park, for a music and dance performance by a local folklore group.

Closed Captioned Argentina: Ancient Patagonia People #1713 [TV-G]
Argentine archaeologist Maria Jose Figuerero guides David through the diverse Patagonian landscape for a look at its human history. Stops include the Cuerva de los Manos ("Cave of the Hands"), which offers a lasting reminder of the area's early residents.

Closed Captioned Sea of Cortez: Then and Now #1801 [TV-G]
Host David Yetman and a group of international researchers including some from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, traverse the famed Sea of Cortez. The Gulf of California as it is also known, once showcased the greatest marine diversity in the world. In this land of enhanced biodiversity, two different worlds come together –the terrestrial and the marine.

Closed Captioned Navigating a Desert Island #1802 [TV-G]
Travel along the coastline of Espiritu Santo Island with host David Yetman, researchers from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and a group of international scientists. Kayak around the island and visit extremely vocal sea lions and navigate the rock canals near the shore of the island that were created in the early 20th century for the pearl oyster trade.

Closed Captioned Marine Sanctuary: Preserving Desert Life #1803 [TV-G]
Loreto Marine Park was established in 1996 to preserve the delicate ecosystems in the Sea of Cortez. This island is home to terrestrial plants and animals that have been so physically isolated that they have altered genetically and become new species. The park faces huge challenges, including over fishing, overpopulation, and the need to educate the expanding human population about the distinct natural values of the Gulf and Baja, Calif.

Closed Captioned Finding the Fault in California's Desert #1804 [TV-G]
Host David Yetman and University of Arizona geoscientist Susan Beck head to Southern California to trace the San Andreas Fault and examine some of the tortured topography thrown up by the fault.

Closed Captioned Chilean Wines: A Way of Life #1805 [TV-G]
Host David Yetman and historian Bill Beezley, along with Argentine expert María José Figuerero, team up to travel around the cool arid climates of central Chile to vineyards that have made Chilean wines famous.

Closed Captioned Penguins in a Patagonia Desert #1806 [TV-G]
Host David Yetman, Argentine archeologist María José Figuerero, and native son of Patagonia, Harry Nauta venture across Argentine Patagonia, encountering landscapes usually cold, isolated, and windy, but also spectacularly distinct and colorful.

Closed Captioned Patagonia's Cultural Trail: From the Coast to the Andes #1807 [TV-G]
For 10,000 years people have called Patagonia Desert home, and they continue to do so to this day. In this episode, Host David Yetman, Argentine Archeologist María José Figuerero and native son of Patagonia, Harry Nauta trek inland to examine a cross section of the Patagonia desert from the coastal city of Comodoro Rivadavia into the Andes, finally arriving at the border with Chile.

Closed Captioned People Locked in Time: The Atacama Desert #1808 [TV-G]
Host David Yetman and Archeologist María José Figuerero visit the coastal city of Arica and other nearby towns in search of manifestations of millennia of continuous human habitation. Near the city, the hillsides abound with geoglyphs, gigantic artistic representations of people, animals, and symbols. Of special interest are the prehistoric and historic cemeteries of San Lorenzo. The highlight of the trip is a stop at the Museo Arqueológico.

Closed Captioned Tracking Trade in the Chilean Andes #1809 [TV-G]
David Yetman, historian Bill Beezley, and archeologist María José Figuerero trace the Atacama Desert Trade route from the Pacific coast to the Chilean Andes from sea level to 15,000 feet elevation. Though a modern paved road has replaced the ancient llama caravan trail, the road still connects the goods from the Andes with the marine resources from the coast. Also, a look at the largest herbivores in Chile, the wild vicuñas and guanacos, and the domesticated alpacas and llamas.

Closed Captioned Desert Descent: Chile's Atacama #1810 [TV-G]
David Yetman, historian Bill Beezley, and archeologist María José Figuerero travel around the Puna, the high-elevation plains of Chile's Atacama Desert, a harsh environment that is home to traditional villages as well as unusual plants and animals. The first stop is in a small village recently depopulated by crop failures that have forced many natives to depart for the coast. The trip concludes at the rainless ocean port of Iquique, which features one of the world's finest parapent (hang gliding) sites and a popular grassless golf course fashioned entirely from dirt.

The Gadsden Purchase Part 1 #1901 [TV-G]
David Yetman and naturalist Jesus Garcia, of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, explore some of the social, political, and financial ramifications of the Gadsden Purchase. They stop off at some of the historical sites along the way.

The Gadsden Purchase Part 2 #1902 [TV-G]
David and Jesus Garcia of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum visit the "sky islands" of the Pinaleno Mountains, the hard-core desert of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and Quitobaquito Springs.

Beyond The Asphalt Part 1 #1903 [TV-G]
David heads west to visit the largest dune field in the United States, the Arizona Territorial Prison, the Sonoran Desert National Monument, and Picacho Peak State Park.

Beyond The Asphalt Part 2 #1904 [TV-G]
David travels by foot, car, bike, and motorcycle to examine the caves of Kartchner Caverns State Park, the historic sites of Tombstone, the Sandhill Cranes of Sulphur Springs Valley, and the "Wonderland of Rocks" in the Chiricahua Moutains.

Desert Venom #1905 [TV-G]
Host David Yetman joins Herpatologists (reptile and amphibian researchers) explore the many venomous creatures that call the Sonoran Desert home.

Jaguars and Vaqueros #1906 [TV-G]
David travels along with the Northern Jaguar Project to see how they use motion activated cameras to track jaguar movements through Eastern Sonora Mexico.

Utah's Slick Rock Country #1907 [TV-G]
Take a geological road trip through slot canyon named Canyon X, Kodachrome Basin State Park, and Goblin Valley State Park.

Into The Swell: Utah's High Desert #1908 [TV-G]
In Utah, David and his brother, geologist Dick Yetman, camp out and explore the geology and vegetation of San Rafael Swell and trek through Little Grand Canyon.

Dying Traditions in a Mexican Pueblo #1909 [TV-G]
David takes a trip to the pueblos of the Sierra Madre, where traditions are slowly dying out as the big cities become more accessible to the population. He visits the agrarian community of Sahuaripa.

Navajo Canyon Lands #1910 [TV-G]
Native Navajo families showcase the geological and spiritual history of the Glen Canyon region.

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