KUED Airs Programs to Commemorate Earth Day
In conjunction with Earth Day on April 22, KUED will air a selection of themed programming with topics ranging from agriculture to meteorology to climate change. Kicking off on Tuesday, April 17 at 11:00 p.m., Independent Lens investigates the disturbing chemical spill in West Virginia that left 300,000 residents without drinking water for months in “What Lies Upstream.” Investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback travels to West Virginia in this detective story that uncovers the troubling truth.
Climate change is arguably the defining challenge of our time. NOVA: Decoding the Weather Machine, Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m., joins scientists in the quest to better understand the workings of weather and climate. The two hour special helps define the way forward and asks if humans can be resilient and even thrive in the face of enormous change.
The legendary science advocate and TV personality Bill Nye returns to PBS in an independent film premiering on POV Wednesday, April 18 at 9:00 p.m. He takes off “The Science Guy” costume and takes on those who deny the importance of science, with the goal of creating a more scientifically literate and engaged universe.
Bill Nye: Science Guy follows the man himself as he embarks on a quest to change the world through science advocacy and education. With intimate and exclusive access, as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy, this is a behind-the-scenes portrait of “The Science Guy,” as he inspires young people to participate in STEM. The film features Bill Nye, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, Ken Ham, Joe Bastardi, and many others.
Rounding out KUED's Earth Week programming on Monday, April 23 at 9:00 p.m. is an encore of the American Experience about the woman whose groundbreaking books revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. When Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published in 1962, the book became a phenomenon. Featuring the voice of Mary-Louise Parker as the influential writer and scientist, this intimate portrait draws on Carson’s own writings and letters.
A passionate and eloquent warning about the long-term dangers of pesticides, the book unleashed an extraordinary national debate and was greeted by vigorous attacks from the chemical industry. But it also inspired President John F. Kennedy to launch the first-ever investigation into the public health effects of pesticides — an investigation that would eventually result in new laws governing the regulation of these deadly agents.
Experience the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of award-winning writer and farmer Wendell Berry, back home in his native Henry County, Kentucky. Independent Lens: Look and See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky airs Tuesday, April 24 at 11:00 p.m.