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August 2014 Highlights

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WORLD exclusives/premieres:


Global Voices: El General | August 3, 2014 at 10pm
Past and present collide as award-winning filmmaker Natalia Almada brings to life audio recordings she inherited about her great-grandfather Plutarco Elias Calles, a revolutionary general who became Mexico's president in 1924.

Local USA: Sense of Place | August 4, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm
Finding a sense of place and purpose in four stories from Memphis to San Francisco.

America ReFramed: Downeast | August 5, 2014 at 8pm
Boston-based entrepreneur Antonio Bussone is determined to build and operate one of the first lobster factories in the United States. 

Global Voices: Diamond in the Dunes | August 10, 2014 at 10pm
The true story of hope and baseball in China’s Xinjiang Province — a region harshly divided between an indigenous Muslim minority and the ruling Han Chinese.

Local, USA: Finding One’s Voice | August 11, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm
An autistic artist in New Jersey finds the best tools to communicate his wonderful works of art -- despite barely uttering a word

America ReFramed: Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea | August 12, 2014 at 8pm
While covering the historical, economic, political, and environmental issues that face the Sea, Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea offers an offbeat portrait of the peculiar and individualistic people who populate its shores. 

Global Voices: Before the Revolution | August 17, 2014 at 10pm
Using rare archive footage, and interviews with diplomats, Mossad agents, businessmen and their families, Before the Revolution reveals a new perspective on the revolution that changed the world. 

Local, USA: Head Trauma at War | August 18, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm
Examine the links between TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder, and the damage they can do, through the story of retired Army sergeant Andrew Reeves.

America ReFramed: My Louisiana Love | August 19, 2014 at 8pm
Journey with young Native American woman and My Louisiana Love filmmaker, Monique Verdin, as she travels to Southeast Louisiana to reunite with her Houma Indian family. 

Global Voices: Ice People | August 24, 2014 at 10pm
Ice People conveys the vast beauty, the claustrophobia, the excitement and the stillness of an experience set to nature's rhythm. 

Local, USA: Native American Culture | August 25, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm
Explore three stories about the modern Native American culture.

America ReFramed: Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek | August 26, 2014 at 8pm
When the graves of Derrick Evans's ancestors are bulldozed for the sprawling city of Gulfport, the Boston teacher returns home to stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians alongside his neighbors over the course of a decade. 

Global Voices: Here Comes Uncle Joe | August 31, 2014 at 10pm
As the young leave these rural areas to acquire higher education and to find high salary jobs in the cities, 'Uncle Joe' becomes the only man for the old. 

In the Wild theme (nature/environment):


My Wild Affair: The Rhino Who Joined the Family | August 3, 2014 at 8pm

Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, Rupert, an orphaned black rhinoceros, was brought up in a suburban family home.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds—Bird Genius | August 7, 2014 at 8pm
Meet a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle; and a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography. 

Sex in the Wild: Elephants | August 7, 2014 at 9pm
Travel to Africa to explore the unique reproduction challenges of the largest animal on land. 

My Wild Affair: The Seal Who Came Home | August 10, 2014 at 8pm
Witness the true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. 

Nature: Touching the Wild | August 10, 2014 at 9pm
Artist and naturalist Joe Hutto dedicated seven years of his life to being accepted by a wild mule deer family and living among them.

America ReFramed: Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea | August 12, 2014 at 8pm
While covering the historical, economic, political, and environmental issues that face the Sea, Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea offers an offbeat portrait of the peculiar and individualistic people who populate its shores.

Knee Deep | August 12, 2014 at 9:30pm
Follow a culturally diverse group of dedicated senior citizens who are pooling their collective knowledge for a common cause: the environmental health of the Delaware Valley's waterways. 

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds—Dogs & Super Senses | August 14, 2014 at 8pm
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. 

Sex in the Wild: Orangutans | August 14, 2014 at 9pm
Journey to Borneo with Joy and Mark to explore the reproduction challenges of our orangutan cousins. 

Your Inner Fish | August 15, 2014 at 7pm
Explore the science of how the human body became the complicated, quirky, amazing machine it is today. 

Nature: Echo—An Elephant to Remember | August 17, 2014 at 8pm
Echo, the elephant matriarch, was the subject of many films and the leader of a carefully studied herd of elephants in Africa. 

My Wild Affair: The Elephant Who Found a Mom | August 17, 2014 at 8pm
Focusing on the intense bond between Aisha, a baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. 

America ReFramed: My Louisiana Love | August 19, 2014 at 8pm
Journey with young Native American woman and My Louisiana Love filmmaker, Monique Verdin, as she travels to Southeast Louisiana to reunite with her Houma Indian family. 

Native Waters: A Chitimacha Recollection | August 19, 2014 at 9:30pm
The story of a small Native American tribe known as 'the People of Many Waters,' who are among the first people of Louisiana and heirs of an unbroken 8,000 year past in their native coastal region of the Atchafalaya Basin.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds—Who’s the Smartest? | August 21, 2014 at 8pm
Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures — including humans — seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants and apes. 

Sex in the Wild: Kangaroos | August 21, 2014 at 9pm
Join Joy and Mark in Australia to uncover the reproductive secrets of the pouch-wearing marsupials. 

Wilderness: The Great Debate | August 22, 2014 at 7pm
The scope of the film ranges from the Arctic to the Amazon, with a focus on environmental issues of the American West — Ground Zero for this story. 

Rebels with a Cause | August 22, 2014 at 8pm
Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a small group of people who banded together to protect and preserve open spaces near urban areas for parks and farms from rampant development. In doing so, they brought about America's system of national seashores and recreation areas. The film begins in the 1950s and tells the tale of this disparate band of activists who, despite reversals, diversions, and disappointments, persisted in their mission for 20 years. Their cause crosses party lines, unifies seemingly antagonistic foes, falters and is nearly extinguished many times along the way, but is ultimately victorious. REBELS WITH A CAUSE documents a fascinating example of a hard, fought campaign to preserve something important to all Americans, our public lands.

American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire | August 22, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm
Span 50 years of grassroots and global activism from the 1960s-2009 and connects the major causes of environmentalism, from conservation to climate change. 

Nature: Raccoon Nation | August 24, 2014 at 8pm
Are human beings, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success?

My Wild Affair: The Ape Who Went to College | August 24, 2014 at 8pm
The incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. 

Global Voices: Ice People | August 24, 2014 at 10pm
Ice People conveys the vast beauty, the claustrophobia, the excitement and the stillness of an experience set to nature's rhythm.

America ReFramed: Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek | August 26, 2014 at 8pm
When the graves of Derrick Evans's ancestors are bulldozed for the sprawling city of Gulfport, the Boston teacher returns home to stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians alongside his neighbors over the course of a decade.

The New Environmentalists (2013) | August 26, 2014 at 6pm & 9:30pm
The New Environmentalists: From Chicago to the Karoo is the latest installment of the Emmy award winning series featuring portraits of six passionate and dedicated activists. They are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm's way to battle intimidating adversaries, while often creating partnerships with unlikely allies. The New Environmentalists share a common goal, safeguarding the Earth's natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for environmental justice in their communities.

NOVA: Why Sharks Attack | August 28, 2014 at 7pm
In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped the US and Australia. Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks? 

Operation Maneater: Great White Shark | August 28, 2014 at 8pm
Mark Evans travels to Western Australia, where seven people have been killed by sharks in the last three years. Authorities have implemented radical measures to catch and kill any shark they deem a threat.

Sex in the Wild: Dolphins | August 28, 2014 at 9pm
Learn how animals that breathe air manage to mate, give birth and raise their young underwater. 

Predator Legends | August 29, 2014 at 7pm
Predator Legends goes in search of the meaning these large predators evoke for people of the northwest United States.

P.O.V.: If a Tree Falls—A Story of the Earth Liberation Front | August 29, 2014 at 7:30pm
Explore two of America's most pressing issues, environmentalism and terrorism, by lifting the veil on a radical environmental group the FBI calls the country's 'number one domestic terrorism threat.' 

Independent Lens: Facing the Storm—The Story of the American Bison | August 29, 2014 at 6pm & 9pm
Facing the Storm documents the harrowing history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent and thoroughly explores the future of bison in the twenty-first century.

Earthflight: A Nature Special Presentation—North America | August 31, 2014 at 8pm
Snow geese, pelicans, and bald eagles fly over the Great Plains, the Grand Canyon, Alaska, New York City and the Golden Gate Bridge as they encounter and engage with bears, dolphins, bison, and spawning fish. 

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