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Celebrate Earth Day Throughout the Month of April

A full month of environmental programming is coming to PBS SoCal, KCET and Link TV in April! 

PBS SoCal, KCET, and Link TV have created a special lineup in honor of Earth Day that includes five episodes of the beloved national program "Nature" on PBS SoCal, the return of the acclaimed original environmental investigative series "Earth Focus" on KCET and Link TV, and new episodes of "Bioneers" featuring social and scientific innovators on Link TV.

See the full April line-up below:

a river' s last chance
A River' s Last Chance

 

Earth Focus Presents: A River’s Last Chance

T​uesday, April 2 at 9:00 p.m. on KCET and Wednesday, April 3 at 9:00 p.m. on Link TV

Streaming on KCET.org, LinkTV.org, YouTube, Amazon, Roku and Apple TV

One of the most diverse rivers in the United States, the Eel, ran dry in 2014-for the first time in history. Once victimized by logging, damming, and drought, the Eel faced new challenges from some of California's favorite commodities: wine and weed. The documentary makes a renewed case for regulation and collaboration in protecting this vital resource. 

 

Bioneers: Rebecca More-Earth's Vital Signs

Wednesday, April 3 at 10:00 p.m. on Link TV 

Streaming on LinkTV.org, YouTube, Amazon, Roku and Apple TV

Google Earth Outreach founder and visionary engineer Rebecca Moore maintains that our life-support systems are in critical condition, and only recently has it become possible to monitor the health of Earth’s life-sustaining resources in a manner both globally consistent and locally relevant.

 

Earth Focus Presents: Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 9 at 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday April 10 at 9:00 p.m. on Link TV

Streaming on KCET.org and LinkTV.org

“Tomorrow” focuses on the people suggesting solutions and next steps for action. The documentary sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level in order to make a difference on a global level.

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Nature: The Egg: Life’s Perfect Invention

Nature: The Egg: Life’s Perfect Invention

Wednesday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal​

Streaming on PBSSoCal.org and on the free PBS App

The egg is perhaps nature’s most perfect life support system. These remarkable structures nurture new life; protecting it from the outside world while still allowing it to breathe. Eggs are strong enough to withstand the full weight of an incubating parent and weak enough for a hatchling to break free. Step by step as the egg hatches, host David Attenborough reveals the wonder behind these incredible miracles of nature.

 

Ozone: How We Saved the Planet

Wednesday April 10 at 10:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal​

Streaming on PBSSoCal.org and on the free PBS App

Learn the forgotten story of the hole in the ozone layer and how the world came together to fix it. The scientists and politicians who persuaded Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to take action reveal how the planetary problem was solved.

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Enough White Teacups

Friday April 12 at 2:00 p.m. on KCET 

“Enough White Teacups” is a documentary special about sustainability, the wicked problems that plague the world and how design and invention can be used as an antidote. The program highlights the Danish non-profit, INDEX: Design to Improve Life® (INDEX) and explores their history as an international design competition while showcasing the most innovative INDEX award winners and their future goals


Earth Focus Presents: Planetary

Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday April 17 at 9:00 p.m. on Link TV

Streaming on KCET.org, LinkTV.org, YouTube, Amazon, Roku and Apple TV

"Planetary" is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call – a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective.

 

Nature: Big Birds Can’t Fly

Wednesday April 17 at 8:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal 

Streaming on PBSSoCal.org and on the free PBS App

It may seem strange that among the more than 10,000 bird species in the world today is a group that literally cannot fly or sing, and whose wings are more fluff than feather. These are the ratites: the ostrich, emu, rhea, kiwi and cassowary. How and why these birds abandoned flight has puzzled scientists since Darwin’s time, but DNA and dedicated research are helping to solve these mysteries.

 

Bioneers: Elizabeth Dwoskin - What We've Learned About Tech Giants

Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 p.m. on Link TV

Streaming on LinkTV.org, YouTube, Amazon, Roku and Apple TV

Elizabeth Dwoskin is the Washington Post’s Silicon Valley correspondent covering the rise of data-hungry technology companies, online conspiracies, and Russian meddling on social media. She was part of the team that broke over a dozen stories on Russian operatives’ use of Facebook, Twitter, and Google to influence the 2016 presidential election. She shines a light on our growing awareness of the dark side of Silicon Valley, and how that awareness is reshaping public policy, our understanding of democracy, and the way tech is used and built.

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The Reluctant Radical

The Reluctant Radical

Friday, April 19, 2:00 p.m. on KCET

This documentary features activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. The film reveals both the personal costs and the fulfillment that comes from following one's moral calling. The film follows Ken through a series of direct actions, culminating with an action that shuts down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines and threatens to put him behind bars for 20 years. 

 

Earth Focus – New Season!

Wednesday, April 23 at 8:30 p.m. on KCET; Thursday April 24 at 9:00 p.m. on Link TV

Streaming on KCET.org, LinkTV.org, YouTube, Amazon, Roku and Apple TV

Launched in 2007, Earth Focus is the longest-running environmental news magazine on U.S. television providing regional and national audiences with urgent local and global environmental coverage that spotlights issues, impact and possible solutions from a variety of unique perspectives. In production since 2006, Earth Focus  features in-depth reports on key issues such as endangered species, climate change, environmental health and sustainable practices.

 

Nova: Saving the Dead Sea

Wednesday, April 24 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal

Streaming on PBSSoCal.org and on the free PBS App

As the Dead Sea shrinks, engineers prepare a daring solution: connect it with the Red Sea by way of a massive desalination plant. If it works, it could stabilize the legendary lake and ease regional tensions. But will it put the environment at risk?

 

Bioneers: May Boeve - Climate Change Is Changing the World Now

Wednesday, April 24 at 10:00 p.m. on Link TV              

Streaming on LinkTV.org, YouTube, Amazon, Roku and Apple TV

As Executive Director of 350.org, the groundbreaking grassroots international climate change campaign, May Boeve shares her eagle-eye perspective on the current state of the climate struggle. She illustrates her learnings and strategies moving forward, including ways of learning about and incorporating justice and equity. She illuminates pathways our species must take to keep 80% of known fossil fuel reserves in the ground and radically accelerate the shift to 100% clean energy.

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Water from The Wilderness: Hetch Hetchy To San Francisco

Water from The Wilderness: Hetch Hetchy To San Francisco

Tuesday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. on KCET

Streaming on KCET.org

This documentary traces the extraordinary history of San Francisco's water system as well as the engineering and delivery of an urban water system in the era of climate change. The 1906 earthquake spurred city fathers to create a public water utility.  When the city chose a site in the pristine Hetch Hetchy valley, inside Yosemite National Park, an epic battle was led by John Muir. 

 

Nature: American Spring Live

Monday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. on PBS SoCal 

Streaming on PBSSoCal.org and on the free PBS App

From Yosemite to the Everglades, bear cubs to hummingbirds, hibernation to pollination, spring is coming! This new season triggers extraordinary biological change. Tentative live locations include California’s Sequoia National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore, Florida’s Everglades, the Eastern shore of Virginia, a sheep farm in Maine, a black bear den in rural Western Maryland and Texas’s Bracken Cave and the Gulf Coast.

 

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