On-Air Highlights

Ozone, Fracking, Eco-Terror, and our Oceans

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Oct 26, 2012 11:20 AM

Join us Sunday afternoon as we turn to enviromental issues on witf.  Here is a rundown of programs airing from noon Sunday through to 6:00pm.

Shattered Sky - 12:00pm

Can history inspire us? Thirty years ago, scientists reported a hole in the ozone layer “the size of North America.” The culprit was CFCs: the gas in hairspray, refrigerant, and air conditioning. Doctors predicted skyrocketing cancer, but business didn’t want to change—and politicians were slow to act . . . Eerily reminiscent of today’s complex debate on energy and climate change, Shattered Sky tells the story of how America led the world to solve the biggest environmental crisis ever seen. Today, dare we do the same on energy and climate?

Fracking: Weighing the Risks - 1:00pm

Explores the use of Hydraulic Fracturing technology mostly in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region, capturing stories of contaminated water wells but also evidence of an unprecedented economic boom in parts of the state due to drilling for natural gas. Producers also heard from both hopeful and fearful landowners in Western Maryland, where a statewide moratorium on drilling and the use of "fracking" has left Marylanders wondering what the impact of the industry will be on them and their families if drilling there begins.

POV - If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front - 2:00pm

We'll investigate two of America’s most pressing issues — environmentalism and terrorism — by lifting the veil on a radical environmental group the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat.” Daniel McGowan, a former member of the Earth Liberation Front, faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. What turned this working-class kid from Queens into an eco-warrior? Marshall Curry provides a nuanced and provocative account that is part coming-of-age story, part cautionary tale and part cops-and-robbers thriller.

A Thousand Suns - 3:30pm

A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands in the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area remains remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. The film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from, and the superiority over, nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond. A Thousand Suns was filmed in Ethiopia, New York City and Kenya.

Changing Seas - 4:00pm

Four episodes of Changing Seas take viewers on exciting adventures into the depths of our liquid planet. This season, the documentary series examines timely issues affecting the oceans, ranging from the lionfish invasion to the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Cameras venture into the blue alongside scientists seeking to better understand the threats facing oceans today.

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