• 21
    Planet Forward

    Planet Forward

    Follow
    PBS
    Planet Forward is a program produced and aired by PBS, an hour-long special which premiered in April of 2009. This television special focuses on informing viewers about new developments in the world of green energy, and is hosted by former CNN journalist Frank Sesno. The program is also supplemented by an online forum which allows users to discuss current topics concerning the program content. This innovative format allows programs to be generated by the interests of its viewers. The show's pilot featured James Connaughton, former environmental advisor to the president and Shai Agassi, founder of Better Place, a company which seeks to reduce the nation's dependency on petroleum. The discussion in this episode centered around the question, "Can we move rapidly away from fossil fuels in the near future?" Viewers were also told to engage in the conversation by submitting their own ideas to the program's website. Subsequent episodes have continued with this format by asking questions such as "How can we reduce our carbon footprint?" and "What is an innovation that improves how we generate or use energy?" The program is funded by groups such as the Tawani Foundation and Noblis.moreless
  • 22
    Blueprint America

    Blueprint America

    Follow
    PBS
    Blueprint America is a television program that airs on the PBS Network. Each episode deals with a different topic related to the infrastructure of the United States in the context of current events. Recent episodes have covered President Obama's high-speed rail plan, demographic shifts in American suburbs, the current economic recession, the Republican-dominated United States Transportation Committee, and issues in urban planning and design. The program aims to increase awareness of the problems facing the aging and neglected infrastructure in the United States, and to promote discussion about the most efficient and beneficial ways to update and improve the nation's roads, railways, and other public works. The developers of Blueprint America believe that the nation's decaying infrastructure forms a serious impediment to the American quality of life, and is causing serious damage to our economy as well. Each episode stresses the urgency to find funding to fix American airports, bridges, dams, levees, roads, waterways, and other elements of the infrastructure, and urges Americans to put aside partisan differences and collaborate towards these important goals.moreless
  • 23
    Great Cars Collection

    Great Cars Collection

    Follow
    PBS
    Great Cars Collection from PBS profiles some of the most exotic automobiles in the world. Each episode includes archival footage of the inventors, financiers and history of each car. The impact of these automobiles on society, culture and our lives is also discussed. Included is rare footage of the great minds behind these cars - Enzo Ferrari, James Dean, Carroll Shelby and others. The first episode reveals the connection between World War II soldiers returning from Europe and America's mechanical sweetheart, the Corvette. The inexpensive, sporty Mustang is discussed in the second episode along with the Cobra, the automobile that frightened the racing elite, and the GT-40, America's secret weapon against Ferrari. The third episode spotlights the enviable and much desired Porsche. Other episodes feature Mercedes-Benz - the first cars powered by internal combustion, the stylish and fast BMW, the formidable race machine of Ferrari and the lightweight and powerful Alfa Romeo.moreless
  • 24
    American Valor

    American Valor

    Follow
    PBS
    American Valor is a documentary series from PBS that focuses on the branches of the United States Armed Forces. Using interviews with past and present members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Reserves, American Valor pays homage to the brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to preserving freedom in the United States and spreading democracy throughout the world. This series also features historic photographs, documents, and news presentations regarding some of the most historically significant military operations in American history. Viewers are taken back in time and presented with the original radio bulletins and television news briefings that accompanied events such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the storming of Omaha Beach. Each event is presented factually and respectfully, instilling viewers with a sobering perspective on the dangers faced by the American military on a daily basis. American Valor should not be missed by viewers with an interest in American history and military operations.moreless
  • 1 2 >