Survival

BIG PACIFIC
Violent

 

Plunge into the Pacific with researchers and cinematographers and see the ocean’s rare and dazzling creatures in a way never before seen on television. The series examines the ocean that covers a third of the Earth’s surface. Actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim narrates.

 

Violent
Understand how the Pacific, surrounded by the Ring of Fire, is the epicentre of natural mayhem. Violence is part of life in the great ocean, and creatures that live there must choose whether to avoid conflict – or rise to meet it.

 

GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW
Part 2 of 3

 

Journey to Yellowstone National Park, where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. As the temperature swings 140 degrees, cameras capture how the animals cope. The series is hosted by renowned paleontologist and author Kirk Johnson.

 

Part 2 of 3
Cameras continue to follow the wildlife dramas in Yellowstone as spring brings many new challenges. A family of beavers is busy making the most of the spring vegetation. A mother grizzly and her cubs – and explains that the biggest dangers come not from other predators, but surprisingly from their own kind.

 

GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW
Part 1 of 3

 

Journey to Yellowstone National Park, where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. As the temperature swings 140 degrees, cameras capture how the animals cope. The series is hosted by renowned paleontologist and author Kirk Johnson.

 

Part 1 of 3
Learn whether the brutal winter weather will favor predator or prey. Find out how Yellowstone’s unique geology affects the mighty bison. Can the grizzlies that emerge early survive? Are the wolves and Great Gray owls in danger of starvation?

 

PLANTS BEHAVING BADLY
Sex & Lies

 

Revel in the ethereal beauty of orchids and examine their exotic flowers, which are shaped for one purpose – to attract pollinators. Many use sex as a lure, impersonating a female bee or wasp.

 

NATURE
The Gathering Swarms

 

Get a look at some of the planet’s great gatherings: creatures coming together in inconceivable numbers — sometimes in millions, billions, even trillions. Included are bats and bees, locusts and ants, butterflies and cicadas, grunion and carp, sardines and wildebeest, and even parakeets and penguins. Some gather to breed or to migrate, some for protection, some simply to keep warm in the cold. But in the process, a kind of super-organism is created in which individual intelligence is superseded by a collective consciousness that shares information and moves with a single purpose for the benefit of all.

 

PLANTS BEHAVING BADLY
Murder & Mayhem

 

Examine the extraordinary behavior of carnivorous plants, which have been a feature of many a sci-fi film over the years. The reality turns out to be far stranger than the fiction.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Tough Boats: The Nile, Egypt

 

Trekker Holly Morris travels down the iconic Nile River from Aswan to Cairo visiting some of the greatest sites of antiquity from the age of pharaohs, including the temples of Ramses the 2nd in Abu Simbel, the Valley of the Kings and the Great Pyramids.

 

PACIFIC HEARTBEAT
Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson

 

This film is a Hawaiian story of pain, promise, challenge, triumph and leadership. Sustaining a serious eye wound in Normandy during WWII that left him in the dark for two years, Myron “Pinky” Thompson emerged with a clear vision of his purpose in life. Thompson would go on to be a social worker, mentor and revered leader in the Native Hawaiian community who left a legacy of positive social change, pride in Pacific heritage and a strong sense of native identity among Hawaiians that flourishes today.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
The Last Laugh

 

Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, and other Jewish comics and thinkers discuss the provocative question of whether any topic – including the Holocaust – should be off-limits in comedy.

 

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