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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.

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Closed Captioned Gateway to the Galápagos #1504 [TV-G]
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, October 6 at 4:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Treasures of the Galápagos #1505 [TV-G]
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, October 13 at 4:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Ancient Secrets of the Galápagos #1506 [TV-G]
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, October 20 at 4:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Life Along the Rio Sonora #1507 [TV-G]
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, October 27 at 4:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Bats Among Us #1508 [TV-G]
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, November 3 at 4:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Grand Canyon: The Human Touch #1509 [TV-G]
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, November 10 at 4:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Grand Canyon: Floating Through Time #1510 [TV-G]
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, November 17 at 4:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Pilgrimage to a Party #1511 [TV-G]
The Fiesta de San Francisco at the church in Magdalena de Kino in Sonora annually transforms this sleepy town. Among the tens of thousands of visitors are the faithful, who make the pilgrimage to honor a favorite saint in the hope that he will transform their lives; the semi-faithful; and out-and-out revelers just looking for one of the biggest parties in northwestern Mexico.

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

Closed Captioned Wines of the Desert #1512 [TV-G]
Mexico's Baja California is known for tequila and cerveza, but the region's burgeoning wine industry may someday give these traditional beverages stiff competition. Historian Bill Beezley, acting head of the University of Arizona Latin American studies department, gives David a tour of the region's vineyards, from very large growers and producers to wine co-ops where anyone can join in the fun.

  • KET2 Tuesday, December 1 at 4:00 pm EST

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, December 8 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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