World

NOVA
Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:00pm

In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in 10 months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed Jaws. What’s behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where it’s rarely been seen for hundreds of years? Are deadly encounters with tourists inevitable? To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to uncover the science behind the great white’s hunting instincts. With shark populations plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people — and sharks.

NOVA
Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:00pm

We used to think our neighboring planets and moons were fairly boring — mostly cold, dead rocks where life could never take hold. Today, however, the solar system looks wilder than we ever imagined. Powerful telescopes and unmanned space missions have revealed a wide range of dynamic environments — atmospheres thick with organic molecules, active volcanoes and vast saltwater oceans. This ongoing revolution is forcing scientists to expand their ideas about what kinds of worlds could support life. If we do find primitive life forms elsewhere in the solar system, it may well be that life is common in the universe — the rule, and not the exception.

NOVA
Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:00pm

Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone? Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling CGI, “Finding Life Beyond Earth” immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system. We used to think our neighboring planets and moons were fairly boring — mostly cold, dead rocks where life could never take hold. Today, however, the solar system looks wilder than we ever imagined. Powerful telescopes and unmanned space missions have revealed a wide range of dynamic environments — atmospheres thick with organic molecules, active volcanoes and vast saltwater oceans. This ongoing revolution is forcing scientists to expand their ideas about what kinds of worlds could support life. If we do find primitive life forms elsewhere in the solar system, it may well be that life is common in the universe — the rule, and not the exception.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:00pm

PBS NEWSHOUR continues to provide in-depth analysis of current events with the NEWSHOUR’s team of seasoned and highly regarded journalists. Co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, the nightly broadcast features Jeffrey Brown, chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society; and Margaret Warner, chief foreign correspondent, who deliver compelling original reporting and newsmaker interviews from the field. Senior correspondent Hari Sreenivasan delivers news to the digital world and anchors the news summary on the television broadcasts.
For tonight's topics, visit pbs.org/newshour

America Reframed
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:00pm
Spencer-Weiner

Descendants of emancipated slaves who settled on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the residents of Turkey Creek have been stewards of the creek's rich wetland habitat for generations. Today, the town is surrounded by an airport, big-box stores, highways and an industrial canal which threatens both the community and its wetlands. When the graves of Derrick Evans's ancestors are bulldozed for the sprawling city of Gulfport, the Boston teacher returns home to stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians alongside his neighbors over the course of a decade.

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek follows Derrick's painful but inspiring journey. In 2001, Derrick travels to Mississippi with filmmaker Leah Mahan to record oral history but a visit to the community cemetery changes the course of his life. Joining protestors against a mayor who called them "dumb bastards" for standing in the way of progress, the residents and allies succeed in halting development in a watershed. But the victory unravels after Hurricane Katrina hits.

Derrick takes the fight to Congress and across the country, advocating for a sustainable future for the Gulf Coast. His work pays off when Turkey Creek is added to the National Register of Historic Places and the federal government moves to support a 1,600-acre natural preserve. But on the day these milestones are celebrated, BP oil begins spilling into the Gulf, threatening Turkey Creek’s tidal estuary and the entire Gulf Coast.

After the film, America ReFramed host Natasha Del Toro, Derrick Evans and independent journalist Brentin Mock discuss past and present issues facing Gulf Coast communities and how they can become more resilient.

America Reframed
Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:00pm
Monique Verdin

Journey with young Native American woman and My Louisiana Love filmmaker, Monique Verdin, as she travels to Southeast Louisiana to reunite with her Houma Indian family. Upon her return, she sees that her people’s traditional way of life - fishing, trapping and hunting these fragile wetlands – is threatened by a cycle of man-made environmental crises. As Louisiana is devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the BP oil spill, Monique finds herself turning to environmental activism, and documenting her family’s struggle to stay close to the land despite the cycle of disasters and the rapidly disappearing coastline.

My Louisiana Love looks at the complex and uneven relationship between the oil industry and the indigenous community of the Mississippi Delta. In this intimate documentary portrait, Monique must overcome the loss of her house, her father and her partner – and redefine the meaning of home. Her story is both unique and frighteningly familiar.

America Reframed
Tue, 08/12/2014 - 8:00pm

While covering the historical, economic, political, and environmental issues that face the Sea, Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea offers an offbeat portrait of the peculiar and individualistic people who populate its shores. It is an epic western tale of fantastic real estate ventures and failed boomtowns, inner-city gangs fleeing to white small town America, and the subjective notion of success and failure amidst the ruins of the past.

America ReFramed presents a rich and fascinatingly important conversation on water, with special guest Professor Upmanu Lall, Director of the Water Center at Columbia University's The Earth Institute.

Local USA
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:00pm

Searching for an artistic voice and a way of expressing oneself. An autistic artist in New Jersey finds the best tools to communicate his wonderful works of art -- despite barely uttering a word -- ("Breaking Boundaries: The Art of Alex Masket") and a young Chicago prodigy connects with her inner performer and discovers her electrifying voice ("The Chicagoans: MaeYa Carter Ryan").

Great Conversations
Sun, 08/10/2014 - 7:00pm

Leading cancer researchers Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee and Dr. David Scadden discuss Mukherjee’s book The Emperor of All Maladies.

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 1:00pm
Statue at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan.

IN MY LIFETIME thoughtfully and thoroughly examines the 68-year history of nuclear weapons — the most destructive force ever invented. Filmed in Europe, Japan and the U.S., IN MY LIFETIME focuses on the continuing struggle of citizens, scientists and political leaders working to reduce or eliminate the atomic threat, while others search for ways to build nuclear weapons. In contemporary interviews, former heads of state, United Nations representatives, figures from the nuclear establishment, Manhattan Project scientists, Nobel Peace- and Pulitzer Prize-winners, military personnel and atomic-bomb survivors recount the birth of the nuclear age and detail the key developments that followed. The film shifts between historical events, including the Cuban missile crisis and the historic 1986 Reykjavik Summit between Reagan and Gorbachev to present-day efforts to contain the spread of nuclear weapons. IN MY LIFETIME also details the obstacles — political and human — impeding a solution to this complex global issue.

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