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NATURE
Yosemite

 

Yosemite Valley is a land forged in wildfire and sculpted by water, and the delicate balance of these two elements is essential to the creatures and trees that call this land their home. But with climates changing and temperatures rising, the Sierras are under siege. Water is scarcer and the threat of fire is more common. Join scientists and adventurers as they trudge through mountains of snow, climb trees as tall as buildings and soar high in the air to spy just how these global changes are affecting one of America’s greatest wildernesses.

 

NATURE
Great Zebra Exodus

 

When thunderclouds begin to gather over Botswana’s Kalahari Desert each year, 20,000 zebras get itchy feet. As the first fat raindrops hit the dust, southern Africa’s biggest animal migration gets underway. In a never-ending quest for grass and water, the striped herds undertake an annual epic trek across the vast lunar landscape of the Kalahari’s Makgadikgadi Pans.

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
The Cook Islands – Cultural Paradise

 

During Joseph’s visit to Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, he visits attractions that choose to educate visitors as well as entertain them. Joseph discovers that by offering the visitor authentic experiences in their beautiful land, the Cook Islanders are able to better protect their heritage from commercial exploitation and perpetuate their culture.

 

A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY
The Fly Rod Makers

 

Host Eric Gorges combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern-day maker. In each episode, Eric explains the history of an old-world craft as it is practiced in America today.

 

The Fly Rod Makers
Eric and master bamboo fly rod makers, Jeff Wagner and Casimira Orlowski, make a rod together, underscoring Eric’s belief that “a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.”

 

A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY
The Ceramist

 

Host Eric Gorges combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern-day maker. In each episode, Eric explains the history of an old-world craft as it is practiced in America today.

 

The Ceramist
Master ceramist David MacDonald shares his magnificent talents with Eric as they work with clay and make a bowl.

 

A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY
The Master Penman

 

Host Eric Gorges combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern-day maker. In each episode, Eric explains the history of an old-world craft as it is practiced in America today.

 

The Master Penman
Host Eric Gorges meets the celebrated Jake Weidmann, the youngest ever master penman and one of only 12 in the world. Together they make a pen and explore the fascinating world of lettering.

 

A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY
The Cooper

 

Host Eric Gorges combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern-day maker. In each episode, Eric explains the history of an old-world craft as it is practiced in America today.

 

The Cooper
Think handmade wooden buckets are a thing of the past? Cooper Jim Gaster is keeping the craft alive and well. His buckets appeared in the film The Revenant. Host Eric Gorges and Jim make a bucket – with no leaks.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
Containment

 

Toxic remnants from the Cold War remain in millions of gallons of highly radioactive sludge, thousands of acres of radioactive land and tens of thousands of unused hot buildings, some of which are slowly spreading deltas of contaminated ground water. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create warning monuments that will speak across time to mark waste repositories. Filmed in Fukushima, in weapons plants, and in a deep underground burial site, the film is part graphic novel and part observational essay, weaving between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled distant future, exploring the struggle to keep waste confined over millennia.

 

A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY
The Yarn Spinner

 

This episode is all about hoof to hat. Meet Maple Smith, a retired schoolteacher who raises her own alpacas, sheers their coats, and spins yarn. Eric gets out of his comfort zone and starts knitting!

 

NOVA
Secrets of Noah’s Ark

 

A 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising version of the Biblical flood story, complete with how-to instructions for assembling an ark. Following the directions, expert boat builders assemble and launch a massive reed boat.

 

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