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Episode of Desert Speaks

Magical Michoacan

Season 17, Episode 4 of 13
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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.

When to Watch

day time channel
10/26/2015 6:30 p.m. PBS HD
10/26/2015 11 p.m. UA Channel
10/26/2015 11:30 p.m. World
10/27/2015 12:01 a.m. PBS HD
10/27/2015 6 a.m. UA Channel

Previously Aired

day time channel
9/13/2012 10:30 p.m. Ready TV
9/14/2012 5:30 a.m. Ready TV
12/6/2012 10:30 p.m. Ready TV
12/7/2012 5:30 a.m. Ready TV
9/5/2013 10:30 p.m. Ready TV
9/6/2013 5:30 a.m. Ready TV
9/5/2014 6:30 p.m. PBS HD
9/5/2014 11:30 p.m. World
9/6/2014 PBS HD
9/8/2014 6 a.m. UA Channel
2/2/2015 6:30 p.m. PBS HD
2/2/2015 11 p.m. UA Channel
2/2/2015 11:30 p.m. World
2/3/2015 PBS HD
2/3/2015 6 a.m. UA Channel

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