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.
This week’s Science Night brings you larger than life specials featuring some of the most fascinating creatures to walk—or swim—the earth. In the third episode of a live three-part special, Big Blue Live transports you to California to witness marine life in its natural habitat. Then, in partnership with National Geographic, NOVA shows you how archaeologists are piecing together one of the great mysteries of the dinosaur world.
Big Blue Live Episode Three at 7 pm
Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in the third and final episode of a three-part live TV broadcast to view the rejuvenation of the once endangered ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California, where marine creatures convene in a once-a-year confluence of fins, fur and fangs.
This week on Science Night, we take you through the worlds of mammals, medicine and machines. Nature takes you into Russia to find the elusive Siberian Tiger, NOVA explores the history of vaccines and Nazi Mega Weapons shoots you into the world of long-range rockets.
Nature Siberian Tiger Quest at 7 pm
Chris Morgan has tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth. He now embarks on his greatest challenge – to find and film the Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests. This film features the work of Korean cameraman, Sooyong Park, who spent two years in the forest tracking and filming the world’s biggest cat.
Nazi Mega Weapons V2 Rocket at 9 pm
The first ever long-range rockets were designed and built by the Nazis in a network of top-secret research labs, underground silos and hi-tech launch pads. This is the story of how scientist Werner von Braun heralded the birth of ballistic missiles and laid the technological foundations for the space race.
On this week’s Science Night, Nature takes you into the strange lives of cross-species animals in love. Then, NOVA explains why monarch butterflies can fly further than most of our roadtrips, and How We Got to Now explores the vast uses of sound.
Nature Animal Odd Couples at 7 pm
Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable. Instincts gone awry? This episode investigates why animals form these special bonds and what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions.
NOVA The Incredible Journey of Butterflies at 8:05 pm
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance – and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision.
Before the episode, learn more about tracking monarch migration in a PBS interview with director and cinematographer of the episode, Nick de Pencier.
How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Sound at 9:30 pm
Imagine a world without the power to capture or transmit sound. Journey with Johnson to the Arcy sur Cure caves in northern France, where he finds the first traces of the desire to record sound – 10, 000 years ago. He also learns about the difference that radio made in the civil rights movement and discovers that telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell thought that the best use for his invention was long-distance jam sessions. During an ultrasound on a pregnant dolphin, he realizes just how big a role sound has played in medicine.
On this week’s Science Night, Nature takes you inside the lives of disabled animals and shows you what it takes to help them thrive. Then, after NOVA takes you into the stars to explore the history of the Hubble Space Telescope, How We Got to Now leaves you out in the cold. But in a good way.
Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm Support KLRU & Nature today
The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive.
How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Cold at 9:30 pm Support KLRU & our Science Night programs now
Only in the last 200 years have humans learned how to make things cold. Johnson explains how ice entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made ice delivery the second biggest export business in the U.S. and visits the place where Clarence Birdseye, the father of the frozen food industry, experienced his eureka moment. He also travels to Dubai to see how mastery of cold has led to penguins in the desert. From IVF to food, politics and Hollywood to human migration, the unsung heroes of cold have led the way.
On this week’s Science Night, a brand new episode of Life on the Reef takes you into the lives of the many residents of North Queensland as they prepare for disaster. Then, a double-header of NOVA explores objects that have stood the test of time: the viking sword and the stone statues of Easter Island.
Life on the Reef at 7 pm
On the third episode, see how the human and animal residents of the reef prepare for a category five cyclone that brings destruction to the North Queensland coast. And as cyclone season finally gives way to calm seas of the dry, the reef begins to recover and thrive. In this clip, hear from those who ensure the full diversity and functionality of the reef.
On this week’s Science Night, after Life on the Reef explores wet season at the Great Barrier Reef, NOVA and Uranium tell the stories of nuclear power. On NOVA, learn about the Fukushima nuclear disaster and on Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail, unlock the secrets of one of the most powerful elements involved in nuclear power: uranium.
Life on the Reefat 7 pm
On the second episode, witness the explosion of life on the reef as the wet season approaches: corals spawn, sea birds nest and thousands of turtle hatchlings erupt over the beaches. But soon, torrential rain and storms will bring change and upheaval to the delicate ecosystem.
NOVA Nuclear Meltdown Disaster at 8 pm
Four years after one of history’s worst nuclear accidents, NOVA reveals the minute-by-minute story of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and its ongoing aftermath, told by the brave workers who stayed behind as an earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant.
Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail at 9 pm
On the second episode of Uranium, join physicist Dr. Derek Muller to unlock the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth’s most controversial elements. Uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction; revolutionized society, from medicine to warfare; and profoundly shaped the past.
On this week’s Science Night, we explore life in the air and the sea. Life on the Reef brings you to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and NOVA highlights engineers and divers’ attempt to raise a sunken ship near Italy. In the air, NOVA searches for ways to prevent vanishing planes.
Life on the Reef at 7 pm
On the first episode, view the reef as tourists enjoy the perfect weather, humpback whales give birth and fire destroys a luxury yacht. On the most protected island in Australia, 20,000 green sea turtles return to the biggest reptilian breeding colony on Earth.
NOVA Why Planes Vanish at 8 pm
Can new technology prevent aircraft like Flight MH370 from disappearing without a trace? Please be advised that The Boeing Company is a funder of the NOVA series. Please note, however, that no funds from Boeing were applied to this specific episode.
NOVA Sunken Ship Rescue at 9 pm
A team of 500 engineers and divers struggle to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship.
On this week’s Science Night, after Operation Wild explores revolutionary medical advances for animals, we fly up into space. NOVA journeys to Pluto to obtain detailed images of the strange planet, and the documentary Apollo Wives looks at the struggles the wives of the Apollo astronauts faced.
Operation Wild at 7 pm
On the third episode of Operation Wild, witness extreme dentistry on a five-ton elephant and keyhole surgery on a giant tortoise, and find out if a remarkable invention can help a dolphin swim again.
NOVA Chasing Pluto at 8 pm
Join NOVA for New Horizon’s historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft’s nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.
Apollo Wives at 9 pm
The names of the Apollo astronauts are well-known, their actions and achievements are well-documented, but what of the women they spent their lives with – the wives forced to stand in the shadow of the moon? Apollo Wives looks in detail at precisely what it meant to be an Apollo wife, what was required of them by their husbands, by NASA and by the media.
On this week’s Science Night, we look at ancient humans and progressive medicine. On Operation Wild, see how new medical discoveries are changing the lives of animals and First Peoples discovers what happened when the earliest humans found themselves in Europe. Finally, NOVA dissects the hunting prowess of sharks.
Operation Wild at 7 pm
On the second episode of Operation Wild, find out how pioneering medicine is transforming ways to tend to animals. See a rhino’s groundbreaking skin graft after poachers stole her horns and an orangutan’s micro-surgery to try to restore her sight – and her freedom.
First Peoples Europe at 8 pm
When Homo sapiens turned up in prehistoric Europe, they ran into the Neanderthals. The two types of human were similar enough to interbreed – and they were just as capable at making artifacts. But as more Homo sapiens moved into Europe, there was an explosion of art and symbolic thought. The balance of power had shifted and Neanderthals were overwhelmed. Ever since, we’ve had Europe and the rest of the world to ourselves.
NOVA Why Sharks Attack at 9 pm
Find out the answer to the question, “Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks?”