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This Emmy award-winning series focuses on desert regions around the world and presents stories about the people, cultures, plants, animals and geological features encountered on travel adventures in deserts near and far away. David Yetman hosts.

TV Schedule

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, September 16 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, September 23 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, September 30 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, October 7 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, October 14 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, October 21 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, October 28 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, November 4 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, November 11 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, November 18 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, November 25 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, December 2 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, December 9 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, December 16 at 4:00 pm EST
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   (800) 841-5923
   University of Arizona
   P.O. Box 210067
   Tucson, AZ 85721-0067

   (800) 841-5923
   University of Arizona
   P.O. Box 210067
   Tucson, AZ 85721-0067

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