KQED begins second season of ‘QUEST’

Today at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 9 in San Francisco, KQED launches the second season of its ultra-cool, Northern California-based multimedia science and environment show, “QUEST.”

Those who can’t be in front of a TV on Tuesday evenings can see the show online at www.kqed.org/quest or hear it on the radio at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. Mondays on KQED FM 88.5 beginning April 7.

The half-hour segment starts off with an exploration of the age-old question “Is anyone out there?” Working for years to answer that query is Jill Tarter, director of Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View. Tarter and her colleagues have built the world’s largest radio telescope to listen for signs of life in outer space; the project, called the Allen Telescope Array (financed by Microsoft’s Paul Allen) is centered at Hat Creek Radio Observatory, 290 miles northeast of San Francisco, where 350 high-speed antennas are gathering information at incredible rates in attempts to make contact with extraterrestrial life.

The “QUEST” episode also follows marine biologists who are examining voracious 7-foot Humboldt squids, 10-armed creatures that have invaded waters off Northern California.

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