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Episode 2 | Teaser

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Operation Wild
PBS


Find out how pioneering medicine is transforming ways to tend to animals. See a rhino’s groundbreaking skin graft after poachers stole her horns, and view an orangutan’s micro-surgery to try to restore her sight — and her freedom. Premieres Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. Continue


The Robotic Moment: What Happens When We Talk to Machines?

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Aspen Ideas Festival
PBS


Machines have no friendship to offer, and yet we persist in the desire for conversation, companionship, and even communion with the inanimate. Has the simulation of empathy become empathy enough? The simulation of communion, communion enough? We are at the robotic moment not because we have made robots that are ready to be our companions but because we are willing to be theirs. Continue


Deep Dive: The Fish We Eat

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Aspen Ideas Festival
PBS


Fish stocks around the world risk dangerous depletion, but in the past 15 years, a surprising narrative of recovery has emerged in the US. Learn how strong mandates, reforms, and limits on fishing have rebuilt fish stocks and created economic benefits for fishing communities. With: Carrie Brownstein, Timothy Fitzgerald, Barry Gold, Paul Greenberg, Kristofer Lofgren, Nakul Saran, Margaret Spring. Continue


Our Climate Future Is Brighter Than It Looks

Aspen Ideas Festival
PBS


Ready for some reality-based optimism? The pundits like to say federal action on climate change is hopelessly stalled, but outside the Beltway there’s a real conversation happening around new energy opportunities, innovation and resilience that is bringing together businesses, environmentalists, and voices from across the political spectrum to drive change. Continue


First Peoples: Asia

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First Peoples
PBS


Discover the ancient humans living across Asia when Homo sapiens arrived. Our ancestors mated with them and their genes found a home within our DNA. More than that, they’ve helped us face down extinction. Continue


What Science Tells Us about Beating Addiction

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Aspen Ideas Festival
PBS


Addiction has been scientifically established as a disease, not an absence of willpower. Neuroscientists are studying how drugs of abuse alter the brain, animal models are guiding us to new knowledge at the molecular level, and genetic tests are helping to distinguish many forms of addiction. Continue


First Peoples: Americas

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First Peoples
PBS


As early humans spread out across the world, their toughest challenge was colonizing the Americas because a huge ice sheet blocked the route. It has long been thought that the first Americans were Clovis people, who arrived 13,000 years ago. But an underwater discovery in Mexico suggests people arrived earlier — coming by boat, not on foot. Continue


Scene From Episode 2 | Rosemary the Orangutan

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Operation Wild
PBS


Rosemary is a blind orangutan who needs micro-eye surgery to restore her sight. If the surgery works, it could give Rosemary and her daughter, Rodney, back their freedom. Continue


The Amazing Barnacle Penis

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Gross Science
PBS


Well-endowed barnacles can change the size and shape of their penises. Continue


First Peoples: Africa Promo

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First Peoples
PBS


Examine research that suggests we humans are patchwork species of hybrids. Continue


Why California is Leading the US in Energy Innovation.

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Aspen Ideas Festival
PBS


From the first appliance efficiency standards in the 1970s to path-breaking greenhouse gas reductions today — with landmark clean power and clean fuel regulations in between — for decades California has been America’s pace-setter in rethinking the way we produce and consume energy. Continue


Episode 1

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Operation Wild
PBS


Learn whether an ingenious idea could help save giant pandas, and if an operation deep in the jungle can transform the life of a young gorilla. Watch as an elephant with a gunshot wound makes an extraordinary journey. Continue


Climate Clarity and Complexity

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Aspen Ideas Festival
PBS


While the basics of greenhouse-driven global warming are clear, translating these into specific local and regional impacts remains challenging. NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan blends a global view gained through three missions as a Space Shuttle astronaut with expertise in oceanography and geology to explain how computer models and Earth-observing systems will provide vital foresight. Continue


What Are Tonsil Stones?

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Gross Science
PBS


If you’ve got white lumps in your throat, they could be tonsil stones or “tonsilloliths.” Continue


First Peoples: Australia

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First Peoples
PBS


When humans arrived in Australia, they were, for the first time, truly alone, surrounded by wildly different flora and fauna. How did they survive and populate a continent? There is a close cultural and genetic link between early Australians and modern-day Aborigines; here the ancient and modern story intersect as nowhere else. Continue


First Peoples: Africa

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First Peoples
PBS


200,000 years ago Homo sapiens appeared on the African landscape. While scientists have long imagined eastern Africa as a real-life Garden of Eden, the latest research suggests humans evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. Now, DNA reveals that our ancestors continued meeting, mating and hybridizing with other human type — creating ever greater diversity within us. Continue


Scene From Episode 2 | Orangutan Playtime

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Operation Wild
PBS


At the Orangutan Foundation International Care Centre in Borneo, juvenile orangutans learn life skills through playtime. Continue


Scene From Episode 2 | An Ensnared Giraffe

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Operation Wild
PBS


In South Africa, vets come to the rescue of a giraffe who has stepped into a snare. After a dramatic chase to capture the giraffe, vets remove a piece of wire from around the giraffe’s leg. Continue


Life on the Reef Preview

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Life on the Reef
PBS


The Great Barrier Reef is home to a stunning array of animals, from microscopic plankton to 100-ton whales. From the coral cays of the outer reef to the Islands of the Torres Strait, the reef's human residents work to find that critical balance between our needs and those of an ever-diminishing natural world. Premieres Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. Continue


How Science Changed Sleep Forever

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The Good Stuff
PBS


Craig talks with the father of sleep medicine, William C. Dement, about the discovery of REM sleep, its connection to dreaming, and how that breakthrough revolutionized the science of sleep! What is REM Sleep? What are the different sleep stages? What is sleep science? What is sleep medicine? How do we dream? Continue


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