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The Desert Speaks
THE DESERT SPEAKS is an Emmy award-winning series focusing on desert regions around the world. Much more than a nature documentary, THE DESERT SPEAKS presents stories about the people, cultures, plants, animals and geological features encountered on travel adventures in deserts near and far away. Host David Yetman is a research scientist at the University of Arizona's Southwest Center and is a nationally known author and accomplished photographer who specializes in the plants, geography and people of northwestern Mexico. Using boats, bikes and burros, Yetman takes viewers from Bolivia to Baja California, bringing his boundless enthusiasm, energy and knowledge to the series.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #1701
Exploring Arizona's Big Empty
It's big, it's empty and it's in a relatively unexplored area of northwestern Arizona. Known affectionately as the "Arizona Strip," this topographically rough area is free of paved roads and other amenities, but has a rich geological and natural history. Host David Yetman, ecologist Yar Petryszyn and archeologist Jock Favour trek through the "Big Empty" to examine evidence of early settlements, investigate high desert plants and learn about a project helping to increase the population of a rare and magnificent creature. The California Condor Restoration Project increases the number of condors in the wild by using GPS technology to track the birds via satellite. This trip ends at the southern limit of the Arizona Strip at the steepest and most isolated ledge of the Grand Canyon, which overlooks a 3,000-foot drop to the Colorado River below.
26 minutes long
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Fri Mar 13th @ 7:00 am

Episode #1702
Tequila: Exploring The Legend
Host David Yetman, Mexican ecologist Alberto Burquez and premiere agave expert Ana Valenzuela travel to the state of Jalisco, Mexico, to inspect the history, production process - and even taste - of one of Mexico's most famous exports - tequila. The trip begins in Tequila, the city named after the famous beverage. The city has profited economically and developed a strong sense of cultural identity around the production of this distilled liquor. The climate, soil and landscape combine for the perfect place to grow the agave plants used to produce the distinct Tequila taste. Join the crew as they encounter jimadores harvesting agave using a "coa," a long, machete-like, round-ended knife. From there, it's on to see how the agave is steamed, fermented and distilled. Finally, Yetman and guests sample a portion of the finished product.
26 minutes long
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Fri Mar 20th @ 7:00 am

Episode #1703
Passions of The Pitaya
Travel with host David Yetman and Mexican ecologist Alberto Burquez to an area southwest of Guadalajara, Mexico where locals celebrate an annual festival dedicated to tasty Pitaya cactus fruit. Once used as a source of water for natives, the Pitaya has now become a reason to celebrate. In this episode, Yetman journeys to the city of Techaluta to watch workers harvest Pitayas by lamplight, where he places a bet on a midday horserace, and participates in a Pitaya-eating contest. Then visit Infiernillo "Little Hell," where the dry, hot temperature is ideal for the cultivation of a distinct type of Pitaya. The travelers also visit a local carpenter who produces furniture from various types of columnar cactus wood.
26 minutes long
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Fri Mar 27th @ 7:00 am

Episode #1704
Magical Michoacan
Host David Yetman and Mexican ecologist Alberto Burquez travel into and around the state of Michoacan, Mexico, to explore its rugged coast, diverse habitats and local traditions. On the coast, the travelers visit a banana plantation to see how the fruit is cleaned and kept free of insect damage before exportation. Further inland, a stop in one of Michoacan's tropical deciduous forests reveals some interesting vegetation, including the Sandbox Tree, which bears explosive fruit, and the malicious Mala Mujer shrub with its sharp, stinging hairs. Then it's on to Paracho, the famous guitar-making capital of Mexico. Watch the construction of beautiful instruments and examine some of the guitars that have been aged for as many as 35 years to create the perfect tone.
26 minutes long
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Fri Apr 3rd @ 7:00 am

Episode #1705
Palms in The Desert
Palm trees have long been a symbol of the desert and, more importantly, a sign of water to a weary desert traveler. In this episode, ecologist Jim Cornett joins host David Yetman for a look around California's Coachella Valley, the lowest and hottest inhabited place in the Northern Hemisphere. After a walk around Palm Springs to examine the area's most famous residents, Yetman heads for the largest undisturbed palm oasis on Earth, Palm Canyon. Yetman shows how to jump across the fault line that allows subterranean water to seep from the nearby mountains and helps the palms thrive in a seemingly dry area. This episode also features a trip to the Oasis Date Gardens, where the non-native date palms require constant human attention in order to produce their luscious fruits.
26 minutes long
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Fri Apr 10th @ 7:00 am

Episode #1706
On The Road To Cajamarca
In this episode, host David Yetman, his brother, geologist Dick Yetman and South American archeologist Axel Nielson start at sea level in the town of Chiclayo and then journey upward to the town of Cajamarca. In Chiclayo, they explore the "witches' market," where they find herbs, hallucinogens and other natural remedies that promise everything from basic protection from curses to headache cures. As the trek continues, stop to examine pre-Incan mountaintop aqueducts hand carved into the thick rock of the Andes. Near the outskirts of Cajamarca, the crew visits the Ventanillas de Otuzco ("Little Windows of Otuzco"), an area where a deposit of volcanic ash provided natives with the material to create a stunning commemorative memorial for their ancestors. The episode concludes in Cajamarca with a climb up an Incan stairway to view the city as an Incan emperor would have surveyed his domain.
26 minutes long
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Fri Apr 17th @ 7:00 am

Episode #1707
Ecuador's Fog Forest: Mists Over The Desert
Host David Yetman travels to the agrarian community of Loma Alta, Ecuador. This city lives in symbiosis with a cloud forest nature preserve situated in the mountains above the city. Before the area was protected, local residents exploited and decimated the forest with little regard for its ecosystem. Though logging was once the cornerstone of the Loma Alta community, the current inhabitants now realize the importance of the fog forest to their livelihood. Fog is captured in the lush vegetation and drips to the ground, eventually flowing down to water the crops of Loma Alta. This episode also features a visit to a "hummingbird oasis" where researchers observe the varied species the forest has to offer.
26 minutes long
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Fri Apr 24th @ 7:00 am

Episode #1708
Hummingbirds: From Desert To Jungle
Beginning in the Sonoran Desert and finishing in Ecuador's mountaintop preserve of Loma Alta, this episode examines the life of the hummingbird. Southern Arizona is the perfect place to start, as it lays along the migratory route for these "winged jewels" and makes for an ideal place to study birds that come from as far away as British Columbia and Alaska. Then host David Yetman climbs to the mountaintop preserve of Loma Alta to join scientists as they research "hummers" found in the fog forest. Observe some of the unusual and gentle methods researchers use to study these delicate creatures. This program also features a close-up look at howler monkeys.
26 minutes long
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Fri May 1st @ 7:00 am


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