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  • Big Blue Live

    Airs Monday, August 31 - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
    Lead photo Big Blue Live

    Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in a live TV broadcast to view the once endangered, now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food. Follow migrating whales, sharks and various birds as they join sea otters, sea lions and other species that live full-time in Monterey Bay. Watch reports from Monterey Aquarium and NOAA research vessels and get facts about humpback whale anatomy. Follow the team on the water and in the sky as they search for the giant of the sea: the blue whale. Venture inside the whale with Dr. Reidenberg, and join Dr. M. Sanjayan on an incredible journey to get up close and personal with these giants of the deep.

  • IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Queen Elizabeth II (New Series Premiere)

    Airs Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
    Lead photo IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Queen Elizabeth II (New Series Premiere)

    Enjoy a three-part series that profiles key figures in history by using their most memorable quotes to frame their life stories. The films follow Queen Elizabeth II, Muhammad Ali and Jim Henson. In the first episode, follow Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life, from her youth to her uncle’s abdication, her father’s coronation as King George VI, her experience during World War II, her sudden ascension to the throne and her eventful reign of more than 60 years.

  • FRONTLINE: Putin's Way

    Airs Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
    Lead photo FRONTLINE: Putin's Way

    FRONTLINE and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation go behind the latest headlines to investigate the Russian leader – his remarkable ascent from unemployed spy to modern-day czar, and the persistent accusations of criminality and corruption that have accompanied that rise. Producer Neil Docherty ("Murdoch’s Scandal," "On Our Watch," "Al Qaeda's New Front") and correspondent Gillian Findlay — both of the fifth estate, Canada's premier investigative TV program – trace Putin’s career back two decades to his political start in St. Petersburg, where allegations of corruption began almost immediately.

  • Chaldean Voices: Seeking Peace & Opportunity In El Cajon

    Airs Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 at 11 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
    Lead photo Chaldean Voices: Seeking Peace & Opportunity In El Cajon

    In light of the conflict in the Middle East and drastic increase in hostility and persecution over the past 10-15 years, thousands of Chaldeans have fled Iraq and are now seeking refuge in the United States. Over the past 30 years they have arrived impoverished and traumatized; and, today, over 400 Chaldeans reside in the City of El Cajon, California. This documentary chronicles the experience of several Chaldean high school students as they assimilate to life in the U.S. and exercise their right to become civically engaged in their community.

  • Katrina Ten Years After: A Second Life, A Second Chance

    Airs Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
    Lead photo Katrina Ten Years After: A Second Life, A Second Chance

    “It’s not about what we went through in ten years; it’s about the fact I’m here ten years after, and I can still celebrate and be happy,” said Robert Green. He is a lifelong resident of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, who lost his home, and family members in the floodwaters which followed Hurricane Katrina. He is one of the people Louisiana Public Broadcasting will introduce you to in their new documentary “Katrina Ten Years After: A Second Life, A Second Chance,” premiering nationwide on PBS stations around the country.