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Big Cities: Colin Boyd Shafer

Big Cities

"Big Cities" explores innovative solutions for some of the most important urban challenges around the world. National broadcasters from more than two dozen countries have contributed to this collection of documentaries showcasing the citizens who are bringing about significant change in urban planning, infrastructure, and social issues. Each segment explores ways to improve living conditions in the growing number of mega-cities around the globe. Watch the series, exclusively on Link TV.

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Big Cities: Seven
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Big Cities

E10: Traffic Alternative

Urban planners and average citizens in Thailand and Bogota are seeking solutions to ease congestion in their crowded cities.
Wetlands in Argentina
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Big Cities

E9: Living With Water

Great water demands require greater water solutions to keep big cities afloat.
Big Cities: Mount Vesuvius
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26:46
Big Cities

E8: Historical Preservation

From the depths of a volcano to the density of a forest, people around the world are preserving natural wonders in their home cities.
Big Cities: Q’eswachaka
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26:46
Big Cities

E7: Traditional Practices

Looking back to traditional practices can help us find modern solutions to various environmental and social issues of city life.
Big Cities: Rice & Roses
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26:45
Big Cities

E6: Helping Hands

Many people enjoy the anonymity found in city living, but this also creates dangers for more vulnerable people like the homeless and elderly.
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26:46
Big Cities

Episode 5: Immigrant Support Systems

Big cities attract dreamers from all over the world. This episode features the people building communities of inclusion for immigrants.
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Big Cities

Episode 4: Cooperative Housing

Many people are ditching the confines of traditional apartment life and opting for communal living instead.
La Playita - Buenaventura
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26:16
Big Cities

Episode 3: Bringing Life to Public Spaces

Two groups strive to reinvigorate public spaces amid blocky apartment structures and rigid urban development.
Mariachis in Boyle Heights
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25:46
Big Cities

E2: Heart of the City

The heart of many large cities lies in their historic neighborhoods but across the world, the cultural vitality of these neighborhoods is threatened by the forces of gentrification and aging infrastructure. Hear from the people of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles and the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam as they work to improve and preserve their communities.
Favela Organica
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Big Cities

E1: Sustainable Urban Farming

Maintaining a sustainable way of life through organic farming is possible — even in big cities.
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Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

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Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

Medical Drugs

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Vaccines

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Human: The World Within

React

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Human: The World Within

Sense

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Human: The World Within

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Human: The World Within

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Ozone Hole: How We Saved The Planet

Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet

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Ozone Hole: How We Saved The Planet

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Discovering the Ozone Hole

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Ozone Hole: How We Saved The Planet

Apocalypse Avoided