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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 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, February 24 at 4:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned 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, March 17 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, March 24 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, March 31 at 4:00 pm EST

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, April 28 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 4:00 pm EDT

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

  • KET2 Tuesday, June 9, 2015 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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