Host Zay Harding takes us on a tour of deserts around the world. Close to home, Zay finds that Palm Springs area is the homeland of the Cahuilla Indians, who still manage tracts of land, including Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon. Zay also looks at the more recent past, including the now-iconic midcentury modern architecture and Palm Spring's history as a playground for L.A.'s rich and famous. Finally, Zay gets up close to the huge wind turbines that have transformed Southern California's desert landscape.
"Deserts" also features segments in more far-flung corners of the world:
- Watch as Zay goes hiking in the Negev Desert in Israel, where he also learns about the Negev's solar power programs and stays in an ultra "green" desert hotel.
- In the Northern Territory of Australia, host Zoe Palmer treks along the historic Larapinta Trail.
- In the "Wild West of USA" segment, Holly Morris visit Monument Valley in Utah, discussing both its sacred past as part of the Navajo Nation, as well as its popularity as a Hollywood film set, while Zay Harding experiences Texas on an authentic stagecoach trail.
- In the barren deserts of China, Megan McCormick explores the miraculous "green city" that has been willed into existence by the government.