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    Planet Forward

    Planet Forward

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    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
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    Journey Into Amazonia

    Journey Into Amazonia

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    Journey Into Amazonia is a documentary series from PBS that explores the natural wonder of the incredible Amazon River and rainforest. Located in Brazil, Amazonia is home to more than 500 mammals, 175 different kinds of lizards and one third of all the birds in the world. The series is divided into three sections: Episode 1 - Waterworlds; Episode 2 - The Land Reborn; and Episode 3 - The Big Top. Released in February, 2000, this series offers viewers a rarely seen look at the animals, the forest and the plants of this extraordinary place. It explores the wide variety of wildlife that make its home in or beside the Amazon River: turtles, manatee, piranha and tucuxi (river dolphins) ''' to name just a few. The documentary also examines land creatures such as the jaguar, the anaconda and the vampire bat. Amazonia is the world's most diverse ecosystem; it's important that we understand and respect all it has to offer. This series examines this huge diversity of life.moreless
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    America Revealed

    America Revealed

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    Yul Kwon is set to host this new series that will debut in Fall 2011.
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    The Human Spark

    The Human Spark

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    Some people have special abilities and unique human talents, but where did these abilities derive? Alan Alda looks for the reason behind this spark in the human brain.
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    Through a Dogs Eyes

    Through a Dogs Eyes

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    Through a Dog's Eyes is a documentary film developed by PBS based on Jennifer Arnold's book of the same name that centers on the loving and sometimes hardship filled bond of a person and their dog. A car accident left Bryson paralyzed but with his golden retriever/lab mix, Wagner, Bryson has been able to do things that normally would be a burden while in a wheelchair. For six-year-old Aiden, he's always wanted a dog to help with his cerebral palsy but unfortunately, he has gone through two dogs, Nala and Ember, in a bid to find a perfectly matched assistance dog. Six-year-old Twins Connor and Chase both have a form of cerebral palsy that limits their ability to walk but they hope that with the help of Connor's Nadia and Chase's Oakley, the two have everyday help and a sturdy support system to walk. Destiny doesn't require her dog Salsa for any physical assistance but she allows her the freedom to live her life as an early warning system for Destiny's severe form of epilepsy. Through a Dog's Eyes not only shares the stories of Bryson and Wagner, Aiden, Connor and Chase, and Destiny and Salsa but the impact of Canine Assistants, a program developed by Jennifer Arnold with the hope of giving comfort and assistance to those in need.moreless
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    Our Vanishing Wilderness

    Our Vanishing Wilderness

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    Our Vanishing Wilderness is a nature documentary TV series developed for PBS based on the hybrid book developed by Shelly and Mary Louise Grossman that delves into some of the more devastating issues affecting America's wildlife. Considered one of the first environmental TV series in the United States, Our Vanishing Wilderness brings light to not only the negative relationships between people and the land they live on but also some of the positive. In 'The Prairie Killers', watch as their cameras capture the destruction of the Great Plains as ranchers continue to strike down the wilderness in an unnecessary push to protect their livestock and livelihood. In 'Santa Barbara ' Everybody's Mistake', learn of the 1969 oil leak that led to the destruction of the local habitat and safety of every thing near by in Santa Barbara as the blame is thrown around between oil companies, the government, scientific groups, and the people of the area. In 'Of Broccoli and Pelicans and Celery and Seals', look at the effect of pesticides on the food chain in how animals are affected by the additives to vegetation and the ground water. Our Vanishing Wilderness was considered a 'worthwhile expose on the environment' by Time Magazine and shows that even before Earth Day, the concern was there.moreless
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    A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler

    A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler

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    A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler is a PBS original series that examines the idea of music as therapy. The show is about the composer Gustav Mahler. Throughout the program, the relationship between music and healing is debated and examined. Does music really have therapeutic qualities? The people in the film show the audience how music helps them through everyday life and vehemently argue of its healing power. One of the actors in the film is Christoph Eschenback, who shows viewers how the music of Gustav Mahler helped him get through a painful period in his life and the ramifications of that experience. The message of A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler is simple. It is to live in the moment and not always look to the past or future for guidance. The films features students from the Curtis Symphony Orchestra as well as performances by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Other notable actors include Nikolai Schukoff, Richard Dreyfuss, and Kathleen Chalfant.moreless
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    400 Years of the Telescope

    400 Years of the Telescope

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    Looking back on the telescope's long history, this thought-provoking documentary weighs in on the instrument's influence on the study of astronomy and the ways in which the apparatus has evolved over the past four centuries. Included are interviews with astronomers and other experts at Harvard University, the Anglo-Australian Observatory, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute and the European Southern Observatory.moreless
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