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.
Heart of a Pueblo #1503
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.
- KET2 Tuesday, May 21 at 4:30 pm EDT
Gateway to the Galápagos #1504
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.
- KET2 Tuesday, May 28 at 4:30 pm EDT
Treasures of the Galápagos #1505
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.
- KET2 Tuesday, June 4 at 4:30 pm EDT
Ancient Secrets of the Galápagos #1506
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.
- KET2 Tuesday, June 11 at 4:30 pm EDT
Life Along the Rio Sonora #1507
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.
- KET2 Tuesday, June 18 at 4:30 pm EDT
Bats Among Us #1508
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.
- KET2 Tuesday, June 25 at 4:30 pm EDT
Grand Canyon: The Human Touch #1509
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.
- KET2 Tuesday, July 2 at 4:30 pm EDT
Grand Canyon: Floating Through Time #1510
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?
- KET2 Tuesday, July 9 at 4:30 pm EDT
Exploring Arizona's 'Big Empty' #1701
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, July 16 at 4:30 pm EDT
Tequila: Exploring the Legend #1702
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, July 23 at 4:30 pm EDT
Passions of the Pitaya #1703
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, July 30 at 4:30 pm EDT
Magical Michoacan #1704
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, August 6 at 4:30 pm EDT
Palms in the Desert #1705
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, August 13 at 4:30 pm EDT
On the Road to Cajamarca #1706
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, August 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm EDT
Ecuador's Fog Forest: Mists Over the Desert #1707
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, August 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm EDT
Hummingbirds: From Desert to Jungle #1708
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, September 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm EDT
Sierra Madre Easter #1709
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, September 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm EDT
Ageless Mud: Adobe Homes in the Desert #1710
Architect Bob Vint leads a tour of adobe buildings of the past and present in Tucson.
- KET2 Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm EDT
Sonora's Forgotten River #1711
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, September 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm EDT
Patagonia's Glacial Landscape #1712
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, October 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm EDT
Argentina: Ancient Patagonia People #1713
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, October 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm EDT
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