America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa
A new and innovative documentary series that reveals how dramatic changes in the country’s demographics are playing out in mainstream USA. Each half-hour program will focus on human stories from every corner of the nation. Premieres on WORLD Channel on October 2nd, 2014.
Sex in the Wild: Dolphins
Anatomist Dr. Joy S. Reidenberg travels to New Zealand to uncover the mating strategies and anatomies of dusky dolphins, who form mating groups that leap from the water in perfect unison. In a high-speed chase, males pursue females and rapidly mate with them — in just two seconds. Witness a dolphin birth and learn the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater.
Sex in the Wild: Orangutans
Veterinary scientist Mark Evans and anatomist Dr. Joy S. Reidenberg travel to an orangutan sanctuary in the rainforest of Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of one of humans’ closest cousins — the orangutan. The team examines how the alpha male “kings” exert their power over other males and seduce females in their territory.
NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses
What is it like to be a dog, a shark, or a bird? This question is now getting serious attention from scientists who study animal senses. Animals have super-powered versions of smell, sight, taste, touch and sound, and a few even have extra senses we don’t have at all. NOVA goes into the minds of animals to “see” the world in an entirely new way.
My Wild Affair: The Ape Who Went to College
The incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an "orangutan person."
My WIld Affair: The Elephant Who Found a Mom
The story of Aisha, the baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. When Daphne leaves Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter’s wedding, Aisha refuses to eat, leading to her death. Heartbroken, Daphne uses the lessons learned to save more than 150 orphans over the next 40 years.
My Wild Affair: The Seal Who Came Home
The story of Andre, a wild harbor seal rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years, their friendship brought Andre into the world of humans without having to sacrifice his wildness. This interspecies relationship weathered every kind of challenge, including, at the end, Andre’s blindness.
My Wild Affair: The Rhino Who Joined the Family
Rescued from flooding, Rupert, an orphaned black rhinoceros, was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife vet Dr. John Condy. Rupert captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years later, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.
Global Voices: Here Comes Uncle Joe
He is not their uncle, and his name is not Joe. But to the old ladies of An-dong, a rural community in southeastern Korea, Uncle Joe is almost the only contact they have with the modern world. We see how he serves these communities with humor and attention, how love and friendship are infused in life, and how he overcomes his conflicts with friends.
Global Voices: Before the Revolution
During the 60’s and 70’s thousands of Israelis were living in Tehran, enjoying a special relationship with the Shah. Living a luxurious lifestyle, they failed to see that the ruling power was collapsing. By the time the Israelis understood their "paradise" was turning into hell, they stood to find themselves in the middle of the Islamist revolution.
Global Voices: El General
Past and present collide as filmmaker Natalia Almada brings to life audio recordings she inherited about her great-grandfather, General Plutarco Elías Calles, a revolutionary general who became president of Mexico in 1924. Time is blurred in this visually arresting portrait of a family and country living under the shadows of the past.
Global Voices: Diamond in the Dunes
The story of hope and baseball in China’s Xinjiang Province — a region harshly divided between an indigenous Muslim minority and the ruling Han Chinese. Follow Parhat Ablat, a 20-year-old Uyghur shepherd, on a fraught quest to raise his people out of what he calls their “spirit sickness” through baseball - a vehicle for spiritual transformation.