A woman cleans her pen at a sea cucumber reserve in Madagascar. | Nicky Milne/Thomson Reuters Foundation

Future of Food: Madagascar

The global demand for seafood is growing along with concerns about overfishing and the well-being of our oceans. A seaside community dependent on fishing in Andavadoaka, Madagascar is exploring ways to protect their marine environment with sustainable practices to nurture the sought-after seafood that occurs naturally along its coast. With the help of the non-governmental organization Blue Ventures, a network of villages have created Velondriake, a locally managed marine protected area spanning about 390 square miles. Meaning “to live with the sea” in the Vezo dialect of the Malagasy language, the program has become a global model that allows seafood to replenish naturally with temporary fishing closures, octopus reserves and sea cucumber farms. Velondriake has helped fishermen increase their profits as they partake in a cooperative enterprise that promotes community education, outreach, and health services.

Full Episodes

Upcoming Airdates

Nuclear Power: America Goes Naked

"Going naked" is how the insurance industry describes not having insurance. And when it comes to the worst hazards of nuclear power — America is going naked. Correspondent Miles Benson investigates why the U.S. nuclear power industry is underinsured by hundreds of billions of dollars. He also speaks with Australian physician, author and nuclear industry critic Dr. Helen Caldicott on the health effects of nuclear radiation including cancers, fetal damage and genetic mutation.

  • 2018-10-23T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-10-23T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-10-25T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-10-27T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-10-27T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

Mining Battles: Uranium, Coal and Gold

An impoverished former mining community in Colorado hopes that a proposed uranium mill will bring jobs and prosperity until environmentalists step in to try to stop it. Who gets to decide? Filmmaker Suzan Beraza documents the debate in her new film Uranium Drive In.

  • 2018-10-24T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-10-24T18:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-10-26T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-10-26T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-10-29T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-10-29T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

Can Religion Save The Environment?

Led by Buddhist monks, Cambodia's indigenous Chong people protest the construction of a hydroelectric dam. The dam, to be built by the Chinese company Sinohydro, would displace the Chong and destroy their ancestral forest home. Kalyanne Mam documents their plight in her film "Fight For Areng Valley." China is beginning to draw on its religious traditions — Tibetan Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism — to help address serious environmental challenges as profiled in Gary Marcuse and Shi Lihong's film "Searching for Sacred Mountain." 

  • 2018-10-24T13:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-10-24T22:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-10-25T05:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-10-27T17:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-10-28T09:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-10-28T11:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-10-28T18:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-10-31T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-10-31T18:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-02T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-02T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-04T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-05T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

Shades of Gray: Living with Wolves

Gray wolves once ranged across North America. But by the 1930s, they were nearly extinct — trapped, poisoned and hunted by ranchers, farmers, and government agents. With protection under the 1973 Endangered Species Act, the wolf population rebounded. But wolves lost federal protection in 2011. Now, with hunting permitted in many Western states, the future of this once endangered species may again be in question. Can we live with wolves? "Earth Focus" travels to Montana and Wyoming to find out.

  • 2018-10-30T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-10-30T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-01T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-03T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-03T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

Climate Change: The Rising Cost

(Earth Focus: Episode 70) The cost of climate change is rising and its consequences are increasingly threatening our national security. Droughts, floods, wildfires, and severe weather cost lives and livelihoods when they damage property, crops, and infrastructure. Communities in Texas, Iowa, Colorado, Alaska are already struggling with the impact of climate change and coastal cities face expensive consequences within a couple of decades. The high price we are paying today is a harbinger of what the future may hold. How will the US economy and national security be affected?

  • 2018-10-31T13:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-11-03T17:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-11-04T08:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-11-04T17:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-11-06T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-07T17:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-08T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-09T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-11T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-12T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

Tackling Ocean Challenges

Oceans support life, yet they are overfished, polluted, and, with global climate change, are becoming increasingly acidic.

  • 2018-11-05T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-07T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-10T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

America’s Dirty Secret: Coal Ash

In Juliette, Georgia radioactive water flows from the tap. In Pennsylvania, three adjoining counties battle a rare form of cancer. One thing these communities have in common is their exposure coal ash. Coal combustion powers 40 percent of America’s electricity but generates 130 million tons of coal ash each year. Though it is known to contain carcinogens, coal ash is often dumped in unlined ponds where it leaches into groundwater. There is no federal coal ash regulation on the books—only a patchwork of state level standards.

  • 2018-11-10T16:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-11-11T08:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-11-11T10:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-11-11T17:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-11-13T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-14T17:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-15T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-16T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-18T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-19T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

Arise: Women Protecting The Environment

(Earth Focus: Episode 42) A look at the award-winning film "Arise!" and its documentation of the intellectual and spiritual insights that women from around the world bring to solving today's environmental challenges. Mother/daughter filmmakers Lori Joyce, Candace Orlando, and executive producer Molly Ross reflect on the making of the film.

  • 2018-11-12T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-13T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-14T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-17T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

Toxic Futures: Untold Stories of Chemical Pollution

(Earth Focus: Episode 56) Exposure to toxic chemicals affects people in both the industrialized and developing world. Earth Focus looks at how Toms River, a New Jersey town, fought back to save its drinking water from toxic waste dumping by dye manufacturer Ciba Geigy and by Union Carbide. Then, a look at the new film Amazon Gold, which addresses illegal gold mining in Peru and its tragic impact on human health and the environment.

  • 2018-11-17T16:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-11-18T08:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-11-18T10:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-11-18T17:30:00-08:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2018-11-20T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-21T17:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

Biodiversity and Health

(Earth Focus: Episode 41) What do plants, snakes, molds, marine sponges, and cone snails have in common? They have helped develop medicines that save human lives. Biodiversity -- the variety of life on Earth -- is key to human survival. But plants, animals, and microorganisms are disappearing at unprecedented rates. What impact will this have on human health? Find out in this Earth Focus special report produced in collaboration with the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School.

  • 2018-11-19T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-20T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2018-11-21T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK