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7:00 am 
Rick Steves' Europe  "Istanbul"  Rick loses his way in the Grand Bazaar, munches through the famously fragrant Spice Market and follows the fall of the ancient capital of Byzantium and the rise of Islam at the city's wall.G

7:30 am 
Smart Travels - Europe with Rudy Maxa  "Classical Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome"  Rudy visits classical sites around the Mediterranean, picking up new stories and making connections.G

8:00 am 
The Desert Speaks  "Jaguars and Vaqueros"  Host David Yetman travels along with the Northern Jaguar Project to see how they use motion activated cameras to track jaguar movements through Eastern Sonora Mexico. By paying local ranch owners for any jaguar images captured on their land, this project working to convince the vaquero (the Mexican cowboy) that el tigre is worth more alive than dead. D

8:30 am 
Hey Kids, Let's Cook  "Grilled Cheese Sandwiches"  Today we're making the ultimate rainy day comfort food: a grilled cheese sandwich. These sandwiches are the most sought after sandwiches in America and have been around for so long that the whole month of April is considered National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month. Can you believe it? Yes, a month long celebration for grilled-to-perfection toasty bread with a melted, gooey cheesy center. D

9:00 am 
Growing a Greener World  "Waterwise Gardening - Simple Solutions To Reduce Water Usage & Manage Runoff"  San Diego, CA and Seattle, WA. Water is a precious and limited resource, and we are using it at unsustainable rates. But with the proper education and numerous ways to irrigate more efficiently, we can still enjoy a beautiful thriving landscape on a lot less water. D

9:30 am 
This American Land  "Whitewater, Wading Birds, Wildlife Brigades"  The show heads to Colorado, and one of the most breathtaking places most people have never heard of.G

10:00 am 
Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen  "Autumn Desserts"  Bridget reveals the secrets to the ultimate Apple Dumplings. Then, Adam reveals his top picks for cake carriers. Next, Chris learns about the best apple varieties for baking at Saratoga Orchards. D

10:30 am 
Tracks Ahead  "The Mollibahn"  Ride the route of royalty through the countryside and streets of northern Germany; visit a great O gauge club in New York; ride into the Kentucky hills; and stop for a concert on top of Colorado's LaVeta pass. D

11:00 am 
Live from the Artists Den  "Death Cab for Cutie"  The Brooklyn Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the country, provided a majestic setting for indie rock favorite, Death Cab for Cutie. In the midst of a tour for its latest release, "Codes and Keys," the band performed for 800 fans gathered in the famous Beaux-Arts Court, surrounded by grand archways and classic European paintings on a rainy summer night. Recorded August 3, 2011, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY. D

12:00 pm 
Sesame Street  "What's In Big Bird's Nest"  Big Bird is very excited to go to sleep in the new pajamas that his Granny Bird gave him. Gordon goes to tuck him in and say goodnight, but as he is walking away, Big Bird complains that there is something bothering him in his nest. When Gordon checks his nest, he finds a truck hidden inside. D

1:00 pm 
Dinosaur Train  "The Earthquake/Nursery Car"  Mom takes the kids on a playdate with Tank Triceratops to the desert, where they meet a distant relative of Tank's, an early Ceratopsian named Penelope Protoceratops. The Conductor points out that Penelope lives in a part of the world that gets a lot of earthquakes, and sure enough, the kids experience their first quake with Penelope. Mom and the Conductor have prepared the kids with excellent advice about what to do in an earthquake, so everyone does fine. D

1:30 pm 
Super Why!  "Jack and the Beanstalk"  Baby Joy, Whyatt's little sister, is having a GIANT-sized tantrum, and nothing will calm her down! The Super Readers use their literacy powers to venture up Jack's Beanstalk and meet a real giant, who's acting like a big baby. Whyatt learns about the soothing power of music from his big brother Jack, and the Super Readers save the day.G

2:00 pm 
Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!  "Flight of the Penguin/Let's Go Fly A Kite"  Flight of the Penguin - Sally and Nick are pretending to fly in their backyard. Oh wouldn't it be great if they really could? The Cat in the Hat brings them to meet his good friend Percy the penguin. After a fun race with a penguin and a bird, the kids learn that not all birds fly, but that doesn't mean they aren't fast! Let's Go Fly a Kite - Sally, Nick and the Cat are trying to fly a kite, but there's not enough wind. D

2:30 pm 
Wild Kratts  "Let The Rhinos Roll!"  The Wild Kratts team is on an important mission to unearth why Rhinos are mysteriously disappearing from the African Savannah. They soon discover that Zach Varmitech has been kidnapping them to create a new super Rhino Dozers so the creature adventurers devise a plan to rescue them - and it just might work! Along the way, they explore the nature of symbiotic relationships and learn that animals have different structures and behaviors that help them defend themselves. Rhinos use their size, sharp horn, mud bathing and their relationship with a small bird for defense. D

3:00 pm 
Dialogue for Kids  "Butterflies"  Joan Cartan-Hansen and her guest scientists will answer students' questions about butterflies. Cartan-Hansen will be joined by Steve Burns, Director of Zoo Boise, and Dr. Paul Castrovillo, an entomologist and Insect Curator at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History at the College of Idaho.G

3:30 pm 
Piano Guy   Five-time Grammy nominee, David Benoit and host Scott Houston discuss composing original songs using "Kei's Song" as an example. Scott shares a tip on blues chord variation. Karl Propst provides insights on playing Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire. D

4:00 pm 
Shelter Me   SHELTER ME - Episode 1, hosted by Actress Katherine Heigl, is an uplifting film about shelters pets improving the lives of those who adopt them. This family-friendly series celebrates the human-animal bond with positive stories about shelter pets. In this film, we see the journey of two stray dogs, from the day they are picked up on the streets and brought to the shelter until the day they become a beloved family pet. D

5:00 pm 
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6:00 pm 
Nature  "Cracking The Koala Code"  Scientists track the day-to-day lives of an extended family of koalas in a forest pocket near urban Brisbane, Australia, to unravel what a forest needs to support a healthy population and how these slow-moving creatures react to the surrounding suburbia. Other scientists on St. Bees Island use solar-powered mobile phones to record koala vocalizations and begin to decipher some of the animals' communications.G

7:00 pm 
Wild!  "Cheetahs & Gazelles: Born to Run"  The precarious first year of a male Thomson's gazelle from 10 minutes old to adulthood is chronicled on the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania. The journey is fraught with danger, demanding speed, bravery, cunning and good fortune.G

8:00 pm 
Wonders of the West  "Central New Mexico"  Witness the extraordinary flight patterns of migrating snow geese, discover an ice cave hidden in the high desert and learn about animal rehabilitation. Join us as we tour Bandelier National Monument and catch fish in the Jemez mountains. A unique partnership between the U. S. government and Pueblo de Cochiti has preserved an area patterned with unusual rock formations. D

8:30 pm 
Wonders of the West  "Pony Express Territory"  Following the route of the Pony Express through central Nevada, we celebrate one of the most significant wetlands systems in the American West at the annual Spring Wings Festival. Join us as we tour the historic Eureka Opera House, take a ride on a working railroad and go gem hunting for garnets. Learn about the history of wild horses in Nevada and get an overview of the amazing Great Basin National Park. D

9:00 pm 
Shelter Me   SHELTER ME - Episode 1, hosted by Actress Katherine Heigl, is an uplifting film about shelters pets improving the lives of those who adopt them. This family-friendly series celebrates the human-animal bond with positive stories about shelter pets. In this film, we see the journey of two stray dogs, from the day they are picked up on the streets and brought to the shelter until the day they become a beloved family pet. D

10:00 pm 
National Geographic Television's Top Ten Photos Of 2011   National Geographic's Top Ten Photo's of 2011 is a one-hour special that counts down the best of the best photos from the magazine. Over a million images a year are shot - and only a few get published and choosing only 10 photos is no easy task. Hosted by Chris Johns, National Geographic magazine's editor in chief, the ten best photographs chosen personally by Johns, cover a broad range of subject matter from child brides, orphaned elephants, to the domestication of wild animals. D

11:00 pm 
Nature  "Cracking The Koala Code"  Scientists track the day-to-day lives of an extended family of koalas in a forest pocket near urban Brisbane, Australia, to unravel what a forest needs to support a healthy population and how these slow-moving creatures react to the surrounding suburbia. Other scientists on St. Bees Island use solar-powered mobile phones to record koala vocalizations and begin to decipher some of the animals' communications.G

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