Airs: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 5:30pm
Is there any end to the skyrocketing costs of higher education? What are its cuases? And is a college education-- with often accompanying student debt-- still a valuable investment of time and money?
Preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, farmer, John Muir (4/21/1838 - 12/24/1914) was all these things and more. Explaining his impact then and now, this 90-minute documentary delves into Muir's life with reenactments filmed in the majestic landscapes he visited: Wisconsin, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra Valley of California, and the glaciers of Alaska.
Plant your own water-wise garden with tips from host Jamie Durie; learn to create a dry-laid garden wall; grow a fire-wise garden; and eat healthy with chef Michel Nischan who demonstrates how to make a Native-American style "Three Sisters" salad.
Find the best climbing plants with garden correspondent Paul Epsom; create a vertical element in your garden with a bougainvillea espalier, inspired by The Getty Museum's Art collection; and stir up some tasty concoctions when Michel Nischan shows you how fresh juice can brighten any recipe.
Explore a private garden in Beverly Hills with host Jamie Durie and see some fantastic pool-side landscaping; grow a garden that incorporates cook colors into perennial borders; pick the best plants for winter interest with gardening correspondent Paul Epson's favorites; and refresh your day with an appetizing recipe for a cool soup demonstrated by chef Michel Nischan.
Series host and narrator, Alan Alda, confronts the puzzle of why our ancestors in Africa got the Spark and evolved into us, while the first humans to leave Africa for Europe--the Neanderthals--never did. Why did we flourish, while they changed very little for thousands of generations before eventually dying out?
Peer into Alan Alda's head to find out which parts of our brain are responsible for our most human characteristics. Where do tool use and language reside? And how do our brains allow us to understand symbolism, figure out what others are thinking, and even travel in time? Are insight and imagination what really make humans unique?