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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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    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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    Blueprint America

    Blueprint America

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    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
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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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    Guns, Germs, & Steel

    Guns, Germs, & Steel

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    Guns, Germs, & Steel is a documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Jared Diamond of the same name. Airing on PBS in July 2005, Guns, Germs, & Steel was produced by the National Geographic Society. The documentary presents the argument that Eurasian civilizations gained ascension not through superior intellect and physical strength, but due to environmental determinants such as natural resources and geographic barriers. The title of the books refers to the three main factors that allowed European and Asian nations to conquer populations over the past 13,000 years: guns (military superiority), germs (diseases brought over to less medically advanced and under immunized populations, and steel (centralized governments that promoted industry and military organizations). Tracing early hunter-gatherer societies to its current manifestations within late capitalism, Diamond points to a number of geographic, climatic and environmental circumstances that allowed certain societies to prosper over others since the Ice Age. Through a well-focused presentation, Guns, Germs, & Steel offers a palpable glimpse as to how civilization has developed into the present.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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    Wild Indonesia

    Wild Indonesia

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    Wild Indonesia is a documentary series originally airing on PBS that highlights the sights of Indonesia. Split into three segments, Wild Indonesia showcases many of the scenes and wildlife rarely filmed on the 17,000 islands that make up the archipelago. Two-and-a-half hours of programming let viewers experience the natural wonder of Indonesia, while giving viewers a sense of the history and culture of the Indonesian people. Narrated by William Hootkins, the crew of Wild Indonesia was able to capture breathtaking footage that has been difficult to capture due to a variety of reasons, including the country's treacherous landscape and unstable government. "Where Worlds Collide," the first segment, surveys the different islands that make of Indonesia, including the animals and plants that make each island unique and one of a kind. The second segment, "The Mystery of Sulawesi," highlights Sulawesi, home to some of the most unique animals in the world. Finally, in "Creatures of Island Kingdoms," viewers get to see how such a magnificent set of islands develops from lava underground into sprawling mountain ranges that are habitable for different types of animals.moreless
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    Window to the Sea

    Window to the Sea

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    Window to the Sea is a fascinating documentary from PBS that takes viewers into the lives of aquarium workers, introducing some of the passionate marine biologists who work at four of America's most famous aquariums-Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Boston's New England Aquarium, and the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu. Each of these aquariums takes a different approach to the display of aquatic life, but they all share the same mission statement: maintain a happy and healthy relationship between the animals and humans. This documentary provides a comprehensive comparison and contrast between these four different aquariums, showing the different training techniques, decorative styles, and species collections each aquarium offers. Not too long ago, aquariums were a rare occurrence for American cities. Over the years, as the public interest in sea life has increased and the scientific study of marine biology has furthered, aquariums have become far more common. Window to the Sea is a fun documentary about these unique museums where humans, fishes, and sea mammals can live together.moreless
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