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?
This two-part documentary, based on the book of the same name by Nebraska photographer Michael Forsberg, examines the remaining “wildness” in the states that compose the Great Plains. The program captures the places and creatures that survive after 150 years of settlement, as well as the people who care for and preserve this fragile ecosystem.
In 1893, a bounty hunter named Ernest Thompson Seton journeyed to New Mexico on a mission to kill a dangerous outlaw. Feared by ranchers throughout the region, the outlaw wasn't a pistol-packing cowboy or train-robbing bandit. Lobo, as locals simply called him, was the legendary leader of a band of cattle-killing wolves that had been terrorizing cattle ranchers and their livestock.
In nearly every culture, ancient maps and legends tell of dragons in our world. Where did these stories come from? Romulus Whitaker, reptile expert and conservationist, combines history with documented science and compelling contemporary reports, and sets off to find out. He encounters lizards large and small that can breathe life into medieval legends even today.
Beneath a skunk's coat of black and white lies a much more colorful creature than we imagine. Skunks seem to know their power as they navigate the margins of our world. As a few brave experts take a deeper look at this familiar but little-known animal, they are painting a surprising portrait of this intrepid member of the night shift.
Can celebrity be a force for positive change? Go behind the scenes of the global campaigns associated with rock stars, including Bono’s Drop the Debt and Bob Geldof’s Make Poverty History, and investigate the unprecedented successes, challenges, and legacies of these campaigns.
Africa produces 10 percent less food than it did in 1960. With the rise of monoculture farming and globalized food production, the landscape of the continent is shifting and threatening its ability to feed itself. In Mali, an American plan for a vast sugar cane operation on the banks of the Niger River threatens small-scale native rice farmers who have fed their communities for generations.
In Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns, Cloud is now a band stallion with a mare and her children, a yearling and a foal. Meanwhile, Cloud's own child, which has a telltale golden coat, lives with another herd and will never know him as his father.
About 8,000 years ago, the relationship between cows and man began with the revolutionary advent of domestication in Mesopotamia, the Indus River Valley, and Africa. Discover how cows have altered human life, human biology, and the geography of the world.