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First Peoples Preview

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First Peoples
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See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant. FIRST PEOPLES premieres Wednesdays, June 24-July 1, 9:00-11:00 pm ET and July 8, 9:00-10 pm ET on PBS. Continue


The Cherry Blossoms

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The National Mall – America's Front Yard
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Every spring, one and a half million people go to see the nearly 4,000 Japanese cherry trees that bloom on the National Mall and Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. The caretakers of the trees, the National Park Service arborists, dedicate three months of work almost exclusively on the cherry blossoms. Premieres Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. Continue


Animal Homes: Cities - Preview

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Nature
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Some animal species congregate in huge groups. Icelandic puffins form colonies of more than a million, which provides shared information about food sources and reduces the odds of being attacked. Social spiders in Ecuador gather by the thousands to capture large prey. Leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica build enormous acre-wide cities to house multimillion-citizen colonies. Continue


Social Spiders Build Massive Nests

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Nature
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A spider found in parts of the Caribbean and South America forms colonies that comprise thousands of individuals. Working together these colonies can build nests more than 20 feet across. Continue


The Three-Foot-Long Footworm

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Gross Science
PBS


Guinea worms have plagued humans for millennia, but they’re almost extinct. Continue


What Does Disease Smell Like?

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Gross Science
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Sometimes doctors can diagnose you based on how you smell. Continue


Animal Homes: The Nest

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Nature
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Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from an inexhaustible diversity of materials. Each one is a remarkable work of art, built with just a beak! We begin with a museum collection of nests and branch out to scenes in the wild all over the world, where birds arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal and begin to build with carefully selected materials. Continue


It's raining ducks

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Nature
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Hooded merganser ducklings brave a 50-foot drop from their nest high in a tree to the forest floor below. They are following the calls of their mother who is waiting to reunite with them at a lake nearby. Continue


How brain stimulation helped Miles O'Brien land a helicopter

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Science correspondent Miles O'Brien tests the effectiveness of transcranial brain stimulation by performing a tricky helicopter landing with and without a jolt to the brain. Continue


Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La

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Nature
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Representing the meticulous and ambitious work of an all-Chinese film company led by award-winning filmmaker, Xi Zhinong, this spectacular film is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Continue


The Mother of Hubble

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NOVA
PBS


Astronomer Nancy Roman worked on Hubble's design and development for more than 25 years. Continue


The Poop Cure

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Gross Science
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Fecal transplants are surprisingly effective cures for a dangerous bacterial infection. Continue


The Great Math Mystery

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NOVA
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Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe? Continue


Animal Homes: Location, Location, Location

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Nature
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Finding a good base of operations is key to successfully raising a family. One must find the correct stream or tree, the correct building materials, neighbors and sometimes tenants. In the wild, every home is a unique DIY project, every head of household is a designer and engineer. Continue


Behind the Scenes of NATURE "Animal Homes"

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Nature
PBS


The opening scene of "Animal Homes: The Nest" features host Chris Morgan walking among a huge variety of bird nests in a darkened warehouse. Producer Ann Johnson Frum explains what went into filming this dramatic scene and gives us a glimpse of the nests' permanent home at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Continue


Sea Cucumber Evisceration

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Gross Science
PBS


Sea cucumbers can expel their internal organs and then regrow them. Continue


How Arson Investigation Has Changed

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Independent Lens
PBS


For further reading as a companion to Little Hope Was Arson, we take a look at new trends in arson forensics. The science supporting investigation has improved, but sometimes the innocent are still being indicted. Continue


Soundscape Ecology

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NOVA
PBS


What can sound tell us about the health of an ecosystem? Continue


Hanna Ranch | Promo

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America Reframed
PBS


A documentary about visionary and charismatic cattleman, Kirk Hanna. Part eulogy, part love letter and part wake up call, learn about Hanna through the memories and anecdotes from family members, colleagues and friends. When Hanna's dream of harmony and sustainability ran up against the reality of family conflict and mounting threats to the land, he lost hope. Continue


"The Trouble with Chicken" - Preview

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FRONTLINE
PBS


FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our poultry — and why the food-safety system isn't stopping the threat. Continue


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