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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, August 4 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, August 11 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, August 18 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, August 25 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, September 1 at 4:00 pm EDT

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.

  • KET2 Tuesday, September 8 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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