KCETLink Explores Local and Distant Deserts in Third Installment of Destination and Culture Series, Global LA

Global LA: Deserts takes viewers on a tour of

deserts - both locally and abroad - from the Coachella Valley in Southern

California to the Negev in Israel


Burbank, Calif. - March 26, 2013 - KCETLink,

the new national independent public media organization created by KCET's recent

merger with the Bay Area-based independent media company, Link Media, announces

the third installment of its exciting destination and culture series, Global

with Global LA: Deserts, premiering on KCET on April 2, 2013 at 9


"We are excited to showcase the splendor of deserts and

desert communities in both our region and abroad," said Bohdan Zachary, Vice

President, Broadcast, Syndication & Program Production for KCETLink. "Global

is a unique series - particularly because it provides Southern

California viewers with fascinating information about destinations in their own

region, while featuring distant locales that are equally as appealing."


Hosted by Zay Harding, Global LA: Deserts features

the world's most famous dry spots, including Southern California's Coachella

Valley. In the episode, Palm Springs' modernist architecture is examined,

which has become a signature of the region. Viewers learn about the area's

glamorous days as a playground for the rich and famous of Los Angeles and

receive a glimpse inside of the home once owned by Frank Sinatra. The show also

explores Indian and Tahquitz Canyons, ancient homelands of the Cahuilla Indians

who still manage tracts of land and learn about the wind turbines, an

alternative energy source, that has transformed Southern California's desert

landscape along the I-10.


Internationally, the show explores mountain

biking and hiking in Israel's Negev desert, as well as the region's solar power

programs.  In the Northern Territories of

Australia, viewers take a multi-day trek along the historic Larapinta Trail. In

China, viewers explore Jiayuguan City in the region of Gansu situated in the

Gobi desert where factory plants built decades ago have produced an oasis-like

industrial center for the country.

The show also reveals the "Wild West of USA"

with a visit to Monument Valley in Utah, uncovering both its sacred past as

part of the Navajo Nation, as well as its popularity as a Hollywood film set;

also an authentic stage coach trail in Texas is featured. 


Examining the region's ties to a number of destinations

and cultures around the world, KCETLink and Globe Trekker announced a

partnership last year to co-produce Global LA in four original quarterly

specials, sponsored by Subaru.  Global LA: Deserts will

premiere on KCET on April 2, 2013 at 9 p.m.

Additional airdates include:
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 - 12:00 a.m. 
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 - 2:30 p.m.
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 - 4:00 p.m.



KCETLink is the new

national independent public transmedia organization formed by the merger

between KCET and Link Media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, its

content is distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV and DISH, in

Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various

digital delivery systems. KCET and Link TV are services of

KCETLink. For additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive

content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or