The environmental and political impact of the transformation of California's Central Valley from a semiarid region into a highly productive agricultural area. Included: comments by Rep. George Miller (D-Cal.) and author Marc Reisner. Narrator Alfre Woodard.
Chronicling the taming of the Colorado River through a system of dams and reservoirs that provides water for millions in the once arid Southwest. Included: former senator Barry Goldwater; conservationist David Brower. Alfre Woodard narrates.
This hour examines expansive water-use policies in other countries, as the U.S. turns increasingly toward conservation. Included: dam building in India and China; supplying water for Mexico City; water as another source of tension between Israelis and Palestinians. Narrated by Alfre Woodard.
Focusing on William Mulholland's early 1900s plan to build an aqueduct to sustain the growing L.A. metropolis. Included: comments from screenwriter Robert Towne ("Chinatown"), Mulholland's granddaughter and historian Kevin Starr. Narrator: Alfre Woodard.