The Great Outdoors
About This Collection
Open your eyes to the world around you by exploring the planet - near and far - with fellow citizens, sea beasts to flying creatures and plant life in the wild. This August, WORLD Channel travels into the great outdoors on America ReFramed, Lost L.A., NOVA, Wonders of Mexico and more. Join us as we go into the great wide open!
Episodes In This Collection
POV: The Islands and the Whales
On the isolated North Atlantic archipelago of the Faroe Islands, the longtime hunting practices of the Faroese are threatened by dangerously high mercury levels in the whales, decimated seabird populations, and anti-whaling activists. The Faroe islanders consider themselves a canary in the mine, their tale a warning to the rest of the world.
Lost LA: Wild LA
“Wild L.A.” unwraps the relationship between the city and its environment. The program explores the Santa Ana winds, the weather phenomenon that triggers allergies, fray nerves and alarm fire-prone communities, and examines the demise of the grizzly bear, an animal once revered by indigenous peoples but later targeted as a threat.
Children of the Arctic
At the Arctic edge of America, Native Alaskan teenagers strive to be both modern American kids, and the inheritors of an ancient whaling culture, language and tradition. Children of the Arctic is a year-in-the-life portrait of Native youth coming of age in Barrow, Alaska, and the decisions they have to make about their futures.
Reel South: See The Keepers
See the Keepers gets up close and personal with big cats, penguins, snakes, Komodo dragons, and their human caretakers at the Memphis Zoo. When Kofi the giraffe faces an uncertain future, the film bears witness to the complexity of caring for animals in captivity, and the love and fortitude of the keepers that care for them.
POV: Bill Nye: Science Guy
Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. Nye is now advocating for the importance of science, research and discovery in public life. With exclusive access, this behind-the-scenes portrait follows Nye as he takes on those who deny climate change, evolution and a science-based world view.
Lost LA: Before The Dodgers
The Elysian Hills once stood where the now-iconic Dodger Stadium stands. These highlands meant many things to many people before Sandy Koufax threw out the first pitch, and even before the first residents moved in. Discover the vanished neighborhood of Chavez Ravine, and a project that reshaped the land into a modern baseball palace.
Today, the Inupiaq Eskimo must navigate an uncertain future 80 miles above the Arctic Circle on a fragile barrier island disappearing due to climate change. Kivalina is a quiet but stirring portrait immersing viewers into the rarely seen lives of an Arctic tribe who try to continue to honor their way of life despite the government failing them.
Lost LA: Reshaping L.A.
“Reshaping L.A.” details how the modern metropolis has altered its topography to better suit its needs. Much of L.A.’s history has been buried in a figurative sense, but some literally lies buried beneath the modern landscape, concealed long ago when the city, opted to mold its developing infrastructure to suit its modern needs.
City of Trees
A personal story about the struggle to achieve social, economic and environmental change during the worst recession in a generation, City of Trees captures the tension-filled last six months of a two-year grant cycle for Washington D.C.'s nonprofit organization Washington Parks & People, and the close-out of a $2.7 million stimulus grant.
Lost LA: Borderlands
American history has long been told as a triumphant march from the Atlantic coast, but in Southern California our history stretches back further in time. "Borderlands" explores the interconnected lives of three people who lived through California’s transition from native land to Spanish colony and from Mexican province to American state.
Fueled by a desire to safeguard thousands of acres of pristine land near national parks, Tim DeChristopher outbid industry giants and disrupted a controversial oil and gas lease auction as bidder #70. Bidder 70 traces Tim’s growth from concerned citizen and student of economics at the University of Utah to climate justice activist and leader.