This week, Science Night explores the building blocks of life. Earth’s Natural Wonders shows the colossal power of water before NOVA dives deep to discover how life evolved in North America. David Eagleman bookends the night with a discussion about humanity’s need for interdependence.
See wonders created by the grand and unpredictable power of water, including Victoria Falls, where men risk death to reach fishing pools; the Camargue, where man vs. bull; and ocean reefs, where a guardian seeks a manta ray to help save the species.
In this episode we unpack the mysteries of how life evolved in North America. From massive volcanic eruptions, that killed three quarters of all species, to the appearance of giant inland seas populated by huge marine dinosaurs, the geology and life of North America have always gone hand in hand. We also reveal the part that geology played in the arrival of humans on the continent, as the appearance of the Panamanian land bridge altered ocean currents, helping bring about the last ice age.
See how the brain relies on other brains to thrive and survive. This neural interdependence underpins our need to group together – and our capacity to do the best and the worst of things to each other.
Start this week’s Science Night with a look at some of the earth’s most extreme areas, from Mount Everest to the Grand Canyon. Then, explore how North America became the continent it is today with NOVA‘s Making North America series. Finish the night with Dr. David Eagleman’s discussion about decision-making.
Visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas, the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick’s survival, and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants.
See the epic 3-billion-year story of how our continent came to be. From palm trees that once flourished in Alaska to huge eruptions that nearly tore the Midwest in two, discover how forces of almost unimaginable power gave birth to North America.
Learn how the brain navigates the tens of thousands of conscious decisions we make every day and the many more unconscious decisions we make about everything from whom we find attractive to what we perceive.
This week, Science Night dives into the world of pets. Up first is another installment of Nature‘s “Pets: Wild At Heart” series, exploring how pets experience the world. Then, NOVA goes back into pet history for a look at civilizations that mummified animals. Finish the night a look at the unconscious brain with David Eagleman.
In a program packed with incredible filming techniques, from Schlieren photography that makes smells visible, to moving X-rays, ultra slow-motion, and ultraviolet vision as well as HD horsecams and doggycams, discover how our pets experience the world through their astonishing senses and hidden channels of communication.
Dr. Eagleman explores the unconscious brain and reveals that everything from our movements, to our decisions, to our behavior is largely controlled and orchestrated by an invisible world of unconscious neural activity.
This week’s Science Night starts with everyone’s favorite creatures – their pets. An episode of Nature discovers how pets stay in touch with their wild side. NOVA examines the growing danger of sinkholes before David Eagleman explores what makes you, you.
In this astonishing program filled with innovative photography and scientific revelation, we investigate how our favorite pets get in touch with their wild side through play. From talkative budgies, marathon-running hamsters, wall-climbing cats and diving dogs, as well as an island where rabbits rule and a city where dogs live a secret double life – discover how our pets’ playful games are just a whisker away from the wild.
Explore how we are our brains, how our personality, emotions and memories are encoded as neural activity. The process of becoming continues through our lives. We change our brains and our brains change us.
This week, start Science Night by taking a look at the elephant in the room – elephant poaching. An episode of Nature explores the lives of two bull elephants before NOVA examines the threat of cyberwar. Finally, question your perceptions with neuroscientist David Eagleman as he explores the concept of reality.
Ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate. It means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd. Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas.
Through startling, previously unreported detail, delve into the chilling new reality of cyberwar, in which cyber weapons can inflict physical damage on our factories, power plants and pipelines… leaving us vulnerable to crippling attacks.
Dr. David Eagleman takes viewers on an extraordinary journey, exploring how the brain, locked in silence and darkness without direct access to the world, conjures the rich and beautiful world we all take for granted.
On this week’s Science Night, Nature explores flightless birds – an evolutionary joke? Then, boatbuilders make their own Ark during a NOVA that explores a new version of the Biblical flood story. Finish the night with an expedition to the ancient stone city of Petra.
This is the unique story of flightless birds. They say a bird is three things – feathers, flight and song. But what happens when you’re a bird who can’t fly, who can’t sing, and whose feathers are closer to fluff? Is this an evolutionary joke? Flightless birds include ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries and kiwis, and, interestingly, all have evolved independent of each other on different continents.
A 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new 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.
On this week’s Science Night, we bring you into stories of second chances and mysterious circumstances. On Nature, watch wild orphans get a chance at a new life, and on NOVA, dive into an expedition that took a mysterious turn. To wrap up the night, Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story takes a look at the man who inspired the book and film adaptation, Into the Wild.
Nature Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Second Chances at 7 pm
Watch rescue center caregivers help wild baby orphans get back on their feet. In Australia, a teddy bear comforts baby koala Danny, and tiny wallaby Neil receives preemie care. In Costa Rica, baby three-toed sloth Newbie battles pneumonia.
NOVA Arctic Ghost Ship at 8 pm
Unravel the greatest mystery in Arctic exploration: 160 years ago, the Franklin Expedition to chart the Northwest Passage vanished. Now, a Canadian team discovers one of Franklin’s lost ships—a vital clue to the fate of the ill-starred expedition.
Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story at 9 pm
Take a fresh look at the enigmatic story of a young American hiker named Chris McCandless, the accomplished son of successful middle class parents, who was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and became the subject of the best-selling Jon Krakauer book and Sean Penn-directed movie, Into the Wild.
This week’s Science Night takes you on the land, in the sea and everywhere in between. Nature tells the story of the animals living in the sagebrush sea—a place that’s anything but empty. Then, NOVA dives down to explore shiny, shimmering sea life, and Particle Fever captures the thrill of discovery during the building of the Large Hadron Collider.
Nature The Sagebrush Sea at 7 pm
One of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent consists of a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West. Learn how the sagebrush is losing ground contending with wells and pipelines tapping the resources buried deep below.
NOVA Creatures of Light at 8 pm
Take a dazzling dive with NOVA and National Geographic to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.
Particle Fever at 9 pm
Follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.
In this clip, theoretical physicist David Kaplan discusses the making of the documentary, Particle Fever.
This week’s Science Night takes you into the world of a mysterious creature and a historic war. On Nature, the complex image of the wolverine that is just beginning to emerge. And then, Ken Burns’ The Civil War examines the pivotal year of 1863.
Nature Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom at 7 pm
Its name stirs images of the savage, the untamable. Legend paints it as a solitary, bloodthirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. Enter the secretive world of the wolverine to find out who this dynamic little devil truly is.
The Civil War Simply Murder – 1863 / The Universe of Battle – 1863 at 8 pm
In this piece of Ken Burns’ Civil War, Simply Murder covers the nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg and follows two clashes that spring: at Chancellorsville in May, where Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg, where Grant is prevented from taking the city by siege. Then, in The Universe of Battle, learn how the Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the war.
In this interview, watch Ken Burns discuss his revolutionary documentary, TheCivil War.
This summer, PBS and BBC invited you to dive into the deep blue sea with their live television and multimedia event, Big Blue Live.
Scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts will come together for two amazing live weeks in late August and early September to document the extraordinary rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California.
Some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures – humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and brown pelicans – convene in this once-a-year confluence.
In the television feed, as well as streaming online and in social media, viewers can watch one of nature’s great “reality” shows delivered through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea and below the waves.
KLRU presents the three-night live special beginning on Monday, August 31.