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New Science and Nature Programs Coming in September to KCET

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KCET's new Sunday nights, full of science and natural history programming, continues into September with an exhilarating schedule of shows! From the ocean wonders in "Big Pacific" to the intriguing worlds found in "Madagascar," we have a robust block of your favorite natural history and science series. 

See the full September line-up below:

Ozone Hole: How We Saved The Planet
Sunday, September 1, 9:00 p.m

ozone hole how we saved the planet

Discover the forgotten story of the hole in the ozone layer and how the world came together to fix it. Hear from the scientists and politicians who persuaded Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to take action and solve the planetary problem. Watch a preview.

NOVA: Lethal Seas
Sunday, September 1, 10:00 p.m.

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A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth's oceans. We've known for years that oceans absorb about a quarter of the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. With carbon emissions sharply rising, the silent killer is entering the seas at a staggering rate - raising the oceans' acidity. Watch a preview.

Earth’s Natural Wonders: Extreme Wonders​
Sunday, September 8, 7:00 p.m.

earth's natural wonders

Explore the most extraordinary places on the planet in this three-part series. In “Extreme Wonders”, visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest's Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas, the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick's survival, and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants. Watch a preview.

Big Pacific: Mysterious
Sunday, September 8, 8:00 p.m.

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Explore the mysterious Pacific-whose depths we are just beginning to explore. There are many unanswered questions we yearn to unravel, but the ocean doesn't give up its secrets willingly. Watch a preview.

Madagascar: Island of Marvels​
Sunday, September 8, 9:00 p.m.


Madagascar, the world's oldest island, broke off from Africa and India and has been on its own for more than 70 million years.  In splendid isolation, it has evolved its very own wildlife - more than 80% of it is found nowhere else.  And that wildlife is quite extraordinary. Watch a preview.

NOVA: Rise of the Superstorms
Sunday, September 8, 10:00 p.m.

rise of the superstorms

Dive into the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. How can scientists better predict these storms, and what does the 2017 season tell us about the likelihood of similar storms in the future? Watch a preview.       

Earth’s Natural Wonders: Wonders of Water​
Sunday, September 15, 7:00 p.m

wonders of water

See wonders created by the grand and unpredictable power of water, including Victoria Falls, where men risk death to reach fishing pools; the Camargue, where man vs. bull; and ocean reefs, where a guardian seeks a manta ray to help save the species. Watch a preview.  

Big Pacific: Violent
Sunday, September 15, 8:00 p.m.

big pacific violent

Understand how the Pacific, surrounded by the Ring of Fire, is the epicenter of natural mayhem. Violence is part of life in the great ocean, and creatures that live there must choose whether to avoid conflict-or rise to meet it. Watch a preview.  

Madagascar: Lost Worlds
Sunday, September 15, 9:00 p.m.

madagascar: lost worlds

We travel deep into Madagascar's most luxuriant landscape; the rainforests that cloak the island's eastern mountains.  Remote and mysterious, this little-known region of towering peaks and precipitous escarpments is home to over half of all Madagascar's unique species. Watch a preview.  

NOVA: Treasures of the Earth: Gems
Sunday, September 15, 10:00 p.m

treasures of the earth gems

Gemstones like diamonds, rubies, opal and jade are the ultimate treasures.  Delve into Earth's depths to discover how these precious stones are forged and what explains the unique allure of each captivating gemstone. Watch a preview.  

Earth’s Natural Wonders: Living Wonders​
Sunday, September 22, 7:00 p.m.

living wonders

Witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique-life itself. In the Amazon, boys face fierce animals in a rite of passage and a Bangladeshi father and son brave killer bees and man-eating tigers to find honey. Watch a preview.  

Big Pacific: Voracious
Sunday, September 22, 8:00 p.m

big pacific voracious

See how the challenge of finding food drives all life in the Pacific.  Meet a destructive army of mouths, a killer with a hundred mouths and the biggest mouth in the ocean. For creatures large and small, every mouthful counts. Watch a preview.

Madagascar: Land of Heat and Dust​
Sunday, September 22, 9:00 p.m.

land of heat and dust

Madagascar is an island of extremes. While the east is cloaked in soaking rainforest, the west and south is almost a desert. This is a scorching landscape where it might not rain for 9 months of the year, and some years not at all. Watch a preview.

Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World – The Airplane
September 22, 10:00 p.m.

breakthrough the airplane

Take to the sky with the dreamers whose work gave humans the ability to fly. From Leonardo da Vinci's "flying machines" to the modern commercial plane, without these inventions, we may have never left the ground. Watch a preview.  

Earth’s Natural Wonders – Life At The Extremes: Surviving The Extreme
Sunday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

surviving the extreme

See why human beings need bravery and ingenuity to survive in the world's most extreme places, from the high Himalayas to the Canadian arctic, the Brazilian Amazon and the Australian Outback.

Big Pacific: Passionate
Sunday, September 29, 8:00 p.m.

big pacific passionate

See how the quest to multiply has spawned a stunning array of unusual behaviors and adaptations. View forest penguins with a tenuous marriage and the secret rendezvous of great white sharks, and hear the tale of male pregnancy. Watch a preview.

Wild South America: Lost Worlds
September 29, 9:00 p.m.

lost worlds wild south america

A six part series, Wild South America explores the exciting, diverse and unique wildlife that inhabits the dramatic landscapes of the vast South American continent.

Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World – The Robot
September 29, 10:00 p.m.

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Learn how robots were first conceptualized in ancient Rome and see how their use has evolved over the centuries, from the calculator to the Roomba. Then, take a sneak peek at what future robots will be able to do. Watch a preview.

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