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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 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, February 2 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, February 9 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, February 16 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, February 23 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, March 1 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, March 8 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, March 15 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, March 22 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, March 29 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, April 5 at 4:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned 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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, April 12 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, April 19 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, April 26 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, May 3 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm EDT
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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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