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Schedule: Programs on the Environment On-Air (and Online), April 4-May 4

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
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Thirteen is airing programs spotlighting the environment throughout April. Through series such as NOVA and Nature, learn about the current state of the environment and the factors and issues surrounding it. And also catch Planet Forward, a new interactive show about our energy future, which premieres April 15.


The red knot, one of the two species profiled in
Nature: Crash, airs April 26 & May 2,
and is watchable online

(Thirteen’s broadcast day runs 6 a.m. – 6 a.m.)

Saturday, April 4, 2009
6:30 am: e2: THE ECONOMIES OF BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS: SUPER USE (originally aired October 7, 2008–watch online here, click on ‘webcasts’)
This latest series installment examines a Dutch architectural firm that incorporates reusable materials into its creations, rather than designing first and using materials that would later end up in landfills.

3 pm: NOVA: LAST EXTINCTION (watch online)
What really killed off the prehistoric creatures before the last Ice Age? Was it man, or the changing climate conditions that we’re experiencing right now? Find out what scientists are proposing might have happened in this latest NOVA special.

Sunday, April 5, 2009
8 pm: NATURE: FROGS: THE THIN GREEN LINE (Watch online after broadcast, on Monday April 6, and see behind-the-scenes footage now.)
Once a populous species, frogs and toads are now dwindling in small numbers due to environmental factors, including an unstoppable fungus. Their decline would have tremendous consequences for our ecosystem. Learn about the crisis facing amphibians on this Nature episode.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
1 am: NATURE: FROGS: THE THIN GREEN LINE (Watch online after broadcast, on Monday April 6, and see behind-the-scenes footage now.)
Once a populous species, frogs and toads are now dwindling in small numbers due to environmental factors, including an unstoppable fungus. Their decline would have tremendous consequences for our ecosystem. Learn about the crisis facing amphibians on this Nature episode.

2 am: NOVA: LAST EXTINCTION (watch online)
What really killed off the prehistoric creatures before the last Ice Age? Was it man, or the changing climate conditions that we’re experiencing right now? Find out what scientists are proposing what might have happened in this latest NOVA special.

10 pm: INDEPENDENT LENS: MILKING THE RHINO
Direct David Simpson’s film documents the situation facing rural Africans who are experiencing “community-based conservation,” a model that strikes a balance between the needs of people and wildlife.
Watch the trailer.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkaTFcyiN3s&hl=en&fs=1]

Saturday, April 11, 2009
6:30 am: e2: THE ECONOMIES OF BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS: LONDON: THE PRICE OF TRAFFIC (originally aired November 25, 2008–watch online here, click on ‘webcasts’)
In preparation for hosting the 2012 Olympics, London is implementing ways to ease its traffic congestion while making the city more pedestrian-friendly and transit-efficient. See how in this e2 episode narrated by Brad Pitt.

Tuesday, April 15, 2009
8 pm: PLANET FORWARD
This new program explores people’s thoughts and suggestions on the future of energy previously submitted to the Planet Forward Web site. The best ideas will be discussed on the program by a panel of experts, scientists and analysts in front of an audience taped at George Washington University. Find out what made the cut.
Watch the trailer:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP4PcfwIbIc&hl=en&fs=1]

Saturday, April 18, 2009
6:30 am: e2: THE ECONOMIES OF BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS: VELO LIBERTE (originally aired December 2, 2008–watch online here, click on ‘webcasts’)
Paris is changing its transportation policy in asking citizens to rely less on automobile transportation and use bikes and public transit. Check out the impact this change has on Parisian culture.

8 pm: NATURE: THE LONELIEST ANIMALS (watch online the day after broadcast)
Yangtze turtles, a tortoise from the Galapagos, and a Sumatran rhino are just some of the creatures featured in this latest Nature episode, which looks at some of Earth’s endangered species and how they are being sustained to survive.

Tuesday April 21, 2009
1 am: NATURE: THE LONELIEST ANIMALS (watch online the day after broadcast)
Yangtze turtles, a tortoise from the Galapagos, and a Sumatran rhino are just some of the creatures featured in this latest Nature episode, which looks at some of Earth’s endangered species and how they are being sustained to survive.

2 am: JOURNEY TO PLANET EARTH: STATE OF THE PLANET’S WILDLIFE
This latest program in this series takes a look at state of wildlife today and the problems affecting it as an impending threat to its existence is not from nature or external factors, but from humans. Matt Damon is host and narrator.
Watch the trailer:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEj54WoBpeg&hl=en&fs=1]

3 am: PLANET FORWARD
This new program explores people’s thoughts and suggestions on the future of energy previously submitted to the Planet Forward Web site. The best ideas will be discussed on the program by a panel of experts, scientists and analysts in front of an audience taped at George Washington University. Find out what made the cut.

8 pm: NOVA: CAR OF THE FUTURE (originally aired April 22, 2008, watch online now)
With the entertaining hosts of NPR’s Car Talk, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, as your guides, check out this NOVA episode that focuses on the future of American cars. See how the automobile is being reinvented with the focus on being more green and efficient.
Watch the trailer:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8TC2J1aTr4&hl=en&fs=1]

9 pm: FRONTLINE: POISONED WATERS (watch online after broadcast)
Despite attempts to stem the problem through legislation, pollution in our waters is still a growing concern. Reported by Hedrick Smith, this new Frontline episode explores the difficulty in maintaining a clean water supply.

Saturday, April 25, 2009
6:30 am: e2: THE ECONOMIES OF BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS: FOOD MILES (originally aired December 9, 2008–watch online here, click on ‘webcasts’)
The fact that it now takes long distances for food to travel is having a harmful impact to the environment and to our health. This episode from the E2 series shows how local food systems are more beneficial than the current way.

3 pm: NOVA: CAR OF THE FUTURE (originally aired April 22, 2008)
With the entertaining hosts of NPR’s Car Talk, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, as your guides, check out this NOVA episode that focuses on the future of American cars. See how the automobile is being reinvented with the focus on being more green and efficient.

6 pm: NATURE: THE LONELIEST ANIMALS
Yangtze turtles, a tortoise from the Galapagos, and a Sumatran rhino are just some of the creatures featured in this latest Nature episode, which looks at some of Earth’s endangered species and how they are being sustained to survive.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

8 pm: NATURE: CRASH: A TALE OF TWO SPECIES (watch online now)
The tiny horseshoe crab is significantly dwindling in numbers. That has an impact on the shorebird, which depends on the crab’s eggs for it to be able to migrate from each end of the earth. Allison Argo’s film explores this special connection.
Watch the trailer:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8KlAmtIu1E&hl=en&fs=1]

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
3 am: JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU OCEAN ADVENTURES: AMERICA’S UNDERWATER TREASURES PART 1 (originally aired September 20, 2006)
Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team set off to all 13 of the National Marine Sanctuaries and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Marine Monument to learn about their characteristics. In addition to understanding marine life, the team hopes to find treasures in the water, including a sunken ship from Civil War times. See what they discover in this latest episode.

4 am: JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU OCEAN ADVENTURES: AMERICA’S UNDERWATER TREASURES PART 2 (originally aired September 27, 2006)
See above

Saturday, May 2, 2009
6:30 am: e2: THE ECONOMIES OF BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS: SEOUL: THE STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS (originally aired December 16, 2008–watch online here, click on ‘webcasts’)
A few years ago, the city of Seoul tore down a freeway to restore the Cheonggyecheon stream. Discover how recycling help revive an area both environmentally and culturally.

6 pm: NATURE: CRASH: A TALE OF TWO SPECIES (watch online now)
The tiny horseshoe crab is significantly dwindling in numbers. That has an impact on the shorebird, which depends on the crab’s eggs for it to be able to migrate from each end of the earth. Allison Argo’s film explores this special connection.


Saturday, May 4, 2009

5 am: e2: THE ECONOMIES OF BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS: PORTLAND: A SENSE OF PLACE (originally aired January 5, 2009–watch online here, click on ‘webcasts’)
Thanks to innovative public transportation planning, Portland is thriving as a place of healthy living while reducing costs in transportation spending. See what made the city successful in this area.