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April 2014: Earth Day & Remembering the Holocaust

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Earth Day (April 22)

April 21, 2014 at 7pm | Rebels with a Cause
Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a group of dedicated conservationists who fought to preserve open space, protect agriculture and wildlife, and establish public parks near San Francisco. Beginning in the 1950s, ordinary citizens from all walks of life, concerned by the intentions of residential land developers and the environmental cost of "progress," began banding together to save a vast stretch of Northern California coastline. Their passionate activism at both the local and federal level helped create Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. These precedent-setting efforts also raised Californians' awareness of their power to promote change, fostered a national movement to preserve open spaces, and shaped the environmental movement of today.

April 21, 2014 at 8pm |  Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks
One-hundred and fifty-one years after Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) designed New York City's Central Park with Calvert Vaux, it remains an undisputed haven of tranquility amid one of the largest, tallest and most unnatural places in the world. OLMSTED AND AMERICA'S URBAN PARKS, narrated by actress Kerry Washington, examines the visionary urban planner and landscape architect's impact on the development of America's first great city parks in the late 19th century. With incredible foresight, Olmsted brought nourishing green spaces to New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Louisville and dozens of other U.S. cities. Throughout his working life, Olmsted and his firm carried out more than 500 commissions, including nearly 100 public parks. He believed parks should serve as vital democratic spaces, where citizens from all walks of life could converge and feel restored. Prior to officially committing to landscape architecture, Olmsted worked as a New York Times correspondent to the Confederate states, the manager of a California gold mine and General Secretary of the United States Sanitary Commission during the Civil War. Olmsted, a workaholic by today's standards, devoted the latter half of his life to creating green spaces for overworked city dwellers. Told in large part through Olmsted's own words (voiced by Oscar winning actor Kevin Kline), this film weaves together his poignant personal story and pioneering vision with contemporary footage of the lasting masterpieces he left behind.

April 21, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm | Local, USA: Harnessing the Sun 
The story of America's solar industry, and the promise of solar today and tomorrow: the rise and fall of the 1970s American solar energy program; a nonprofit dedicated to providing low income families with solar panels; the Seattle company that built "the world's greenest office building"; and the creative couple in Idaho blazing new solar paths for America's highways.

April 24, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm | Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship
An inspiring voyage to coral reefs, seaports and watersheds across the country, where unlikely allies-farmers, shippers, scientists, fishermen and conservationists-are working together to sustain the sea and our ocean economies.

April 25, 2014 at 7pm | Seneca Ray Stoddard: An American Original
SENECA RAY STODDARD: AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL explores the life and creative genius of landscape photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard (1843-1917), whose work significantly impacted United States' environmental public policy, travel and attitudes about the natural world. Over the span of forty years, Stoddard captured stunning images of a rugged and changing wilderness, including breathtaking scenes of life in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York. Throughout the documentary, professors, historians and photographers discuss Stoddard's rich pictorial legacy.

April 25, 2014 at 8pm | American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire
Experience the battle for a living planet in the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism. Narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.

April 25, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm | Wilderness: The Great Debate
For 40 years, the American West has been the nation's battleground for the preservation of wild lands. This one hour documentary explores a host of environmental issues in the American West. Robert Redford joins a cast of leading experts and activists on both sides of this complex conversation on the future of land management in American West and its affect on the planet. The program is narrated by Peter Coyote.

April 29, 2014 at 8pm | America ReFramed: Come Hell or High Water—The Battle for Turkey Creek
Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Over the course of a decade, Derrick and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians and face ordeals that include Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice.

April 30, 2014 at 7pm | Independent Lens: Revenge of the Electric Car
In 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same auto companies that built them. Today, fewer than six years later, the electric car is back...with a vengeance. Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America's future: fast, furious and cleaner than ever. This program follows the race among major carmakers to be the first, the best and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world.

Holocaust Days of Remembrance (April 27 – May 4)

April 28, 2014 at 7pm | Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust

April 28, 2014 at 8pm | Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered

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April 2, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm | Seeds of Resiliency

April 2, 2014 at 7:30pm | Independent Lens: Medora
Medora, Indiana is a once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population. This documentary follows the town's down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season, capturing the players' stories on and off the court as the team's struggle to compete parallels the town's fight for survival.

April 4, 2014 at 9pm | Life on the Line: Heart to Heart
For the Escarcega family, their worst nightmare becomes a harrowing reality. Their newborn baby is slowly dying from congenital heart disease. Doctors tell them it's the beginning of the end...unless a heart becomes available for transplant surgery. Will Baby David receive a heart in time? "Heart to Heart" follows Baby David's journey ad reflects on the pioneering efforts of infant heart transplantation with Baby Fae.

April 4, 2014 at 9:30pm | Life on the Line: Out of the Rubble
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti brought utter destruction to the country. Trapped under the rubble for three days, 8-year old Sebastian Lamothe is faced with the reality of losing his parents, his home, and his leg. Yet his courage prevails in the face of death.

April 4, 2014 at 7pm | Survival: Lives in the Balance—The Struggle to Breathe
Nineteen-month old Nazario can barely breathe. He has pneumonia, the world's number one child killer. Nazario has been coughing for weeks. Burns scar the toddler's chest where a traditional healer splattered hot wax to ward off evil spirits. The build up of fluid in Nazario's lungs and chest cavity have pushed his windpipe and his heart across his body. His parents have finally taken him to the hospital. They have never heard of pneumonia, even though in the Philippines one in every five children under the age of five suffers from the disease. World wide, pneumonia kills two million children every year. Now throughout the Philippines, every day people are armed with training to help parents recognize pneumonia in time to provide life-saving treatment.

April 4, 2014 at 8pm | Survival: Lives in the Balance—Distant Places, Forgotten Lives
Tropical diseases threaten a billion people in the world today. Most of those people live in countries that do not have the resources to combat these diseases. In a striking move, a group of pharmaceutical companies pledged to donate enough drugs to target five tropical diseases that affect tens of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. They then faced a dilemma: how to effectively deliver these drugs to millions of people. The elegant solution came from the people themselves. Community leaders appointed trusted individuals to receive training to distribute the medicines. The drugs are safe and can be administered widely to at-risk groups. The plan works, but only buys time until better sanitation and safer housing allow the people in these villages to live healthier lives.

April 11, 2014 at 9pm | Life on the Line: End It Now
Child abuse is much more common than we think. The statistics are staggering, with one in four girls and one in six boys molested by the age of 18.Three individuals uncover their childhood secrets of abuse while clinicians share the dramatic the dramatic effect it has one a person's life. "End It Now" raises awareness about this silent killer and explores the part we can play in prevention.

April 11, 2014 at 9:30pm | Life on the Line: Baby Blue
Each year in Egypt alone, 20,000 children are diagnosed with congenital heart disease. Roukaia, a 2-year old girl from Alexandria, Egypt, received her death sentence the day she was born. Watch as doctors from opposite sides of the globe work together to save thousands of cyanotic children who are waiting in a line that is ultimately longer than their lifetimes.

April 11, 2014 at 7pm | Survival: Lives in the Balance—The Plant That Cures Malaria
Malaria threatens half of the world's population. Malaria killed Clovis's young daughter. Clovis learned too late that, if caught early, a three-day course of drugs easily cures malaria. The drug is called Coartem. The main ingredient is Arteminisin, a chemical extracted from the Artemisia plant. The drug is expensive. Most developing countries cannot afford to buy enough to meet the needs of their people. Clovis discovered he can easily grow Artemisia on his farm in Uganda. He has invested much of his family's resources into farming the plant. He's created a community of small farmers that can produce enough Artemisia to sell it in bulk to a processing company. A new company policy, however, may stand in the way of income for this cooperative of farmers.

April 11, 2014 at 8pm | Survival: Lives in the Balance—Fit for Life
A young woman - just a girl, really - is crouching on the floor of her family's house. She's in labor. She isn't being whisked away to a hospital to give birth. This is rural Bangladesh. She's going to have her baby at home, just like over 90% of mothers in Bangladesh. A dhai is at her side, a woman with no medical training, yet she has delivered most of the children in this village. Her tools are a razor blade and a string to tie off the umbilical cord. In different village, another young woman gives birth in a clinic with the aid of trained medical professionals. A health specialist had coached her through her pregnancy, and will visit the family during the first weeks of the baby's infancy. This child and her mother stand a much better chance of surviving birth and the first year of life.

April 16, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm | Coexist
Coexist reveals an unprecedented experiment in government mandated reconciliation following the genocide in Rwanda. Through the stories of people who committed murder and those who survived viewers will hear inspirational stories of forgiveness and the challenges former enemies encounter in the face of unimaginable pain.

April 18, 2014 at 9pm | Life on the Line: Armed for the Challenge
"One Arm Willie" Stewart is set to defy his physical limits while training for the physically challenged triathlon USA championships. Determined to help others with disabilities, this world-class athlete demonstrates that disability doesn't mean inability.

April 18, 2014 at 9:30pm | Life on the Line: Anchoring Hope
Access to healthcare is a challenge for many people living in the Amazon jungle. Like Antenor, a father of seven who supports his family by producing agriculture. He's been sick and not able to bring enough food home. In a different village, 4- year-old Felipe has a difficult time playing with his friends. His heart problem is getting worse. Watch what happens next as a mission boat leaves a wake of hope.

April 28, 2014 at 7pm | Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust

April 28, 2014 at 8pm | Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered

Pacific Heartbeat, Season 3

April 6, 2014 at 9pm | Pacific Heartbeat: Pure Caz—Music of the Brothers Cazimero
Legendary musicians Robert and Roland Cazimero of the The Brothers Cazimero perform an enchanting array of original compositions and island standards. Also featured are reflections from the brothers and their friends on their childhood, their illustrious careers, and their perspectives on Hawaiian music from the past to the present.

April 13, 2014 at 9pm | Pacific Heartbeat: The Illness and the Odyssey
A cure for Alzheimer’s. A Nobel Prize. An honored place in medical history. All of this hangs in the balance as scientists race to find the cure for a rare disease found on one remote Pacific island. The Illness & the Odyssey tells the story of a deadly, mind-wasting disease that could, potentially, hold the key to solving the riddle of so many other neurological nightmares.

April 20, 2014 at 9pm | Pacific Heartbeat: Hula—The Merrie Monarch's Golden Celebration
The Merrie Monarch’s Golden Celebration takes a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the 50th annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. The Festival is Hawaiʻi's most significant cultural event and showcases the ancient art of hula for a global audience. This program highlights the hard work, dedication and spirit of the Festival participants.

April 27, 2014 at 9pm | Pacific Heartbeat: Na Loea—The Masters
The Masters beautifully depicts the lives of those who are considered masters in Hawaiian culture. This episode features Keone Nunes, a kumu hula (teacher of hula) and master of traditional kākau (tattooing), and Ed Wendt, a pioneer in the taro restoration movement who has helped to reestablish the water rights for all traditional farmers in east Maui.

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