In “Crisis: Planet Earth,” NASA scientists discuss efforts to combat global warming. “Into the Depths” follows studies of aquatic life in Lake Superior. Also examined: measuring Earth's temperature; and how the Great Lakes clean themselves. Host: Bill Kurtis.
Documenting the efforts of an antiques dealer to prove the authenticity of objects he claims to be the art of the Masai people. Included: the roles of medicine men; threats to the Masai's traditional lifestyle. Bill Kurtis hosts.
"`Rock 'n Roll Physics" examines the creative teaching methods of Chris Chiaverina and Jim Hicks, two Illinois high-school educators. Included: demonstrations of physics principles in an amusement park and a swimming pool.
Along the Sinai Peninsula, producer Bill Kurtis follows a modern-day "miracle"---a wild dolphin who adopted a human family. Among the most affectionate family members is a hearing-impaired Bedouin boy, who seems to have a special communication with the creature.
"The Mystery of the Ancient Ones" explores the disappearance of the Anasazi civilization of ancient Pueblo peoples in the Southwest. Host Bill Kurtis joins an archaeological team in Arizona, where they discover remnants of a village built more than 700 years ago atop a steep mesa.
Following the development of the Super Hornet, billed as the Navy's “premier jet fighter of the future,” from the drawing boards to the skies. The plans began with a design for a night fighter that would excel in both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat.
Women who have survived breast cancer attempt to scale Argentina's Mount Aconcagua, one of the world's highest peaks. Included are comments from participants, preparations for the climb and challenges they faced.
Volcanologist Frank Trusdell examines lava flows emitted from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano in an effort to predict future eruptions. Included: the study of lava samples; comments on the formation of the islands.
"Orphans of Time" documents missions in the Mediterranean and Hawaii to save the monk seal from extinction. "Creating an Ocean" follows collection expeditions for the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Included: the capture of beluga whales in Hudson Bay. Host: Bill Kurtis.
A team of geologists searches for fossils amid unexplored peaks in the Andes Mountains of Chile to find clues to the geologic history of the region and prehistoric animals that lived there. Also: the ecological evolution of the area. Host: Bill Kurtis.
"The Man Who Would Be Chief" is an African-American man, living in Arizona, who must decide whether to return to his native Ghana and become chief of his father's tribe. Bill Kurtis follows Sule Issifu on his journey back to his roots, as he explores his cultural birthright.
An epigraphist interprets the "Voices in the Stones" to learn about the ancient Maya civilization; "Catching the Sun" details an experiment in a South Dakota gold mine that may yield new data on particle physics.
Investigating UFO sightings around the world, including observations of a silent craft in Brazil, and unusual saucer-shaped objects in Mexico. Also: scientists try to debunk UFO theories and offer ordinary explanations for extraordinary sightings. Host: Bill Kurtis.
Examining the world of medical diagnostic imaging, including X-rays, ultrasound, CAT scans and the MRI, known as “the 500-lb. gorilla of diagnostic imaging.” Host Bill Kurtis follows nuclear-medicine experts at work.
Following paleontologist Paul Sereno's search for dinosaur remains in the Sahara Desert. Included: obstacles faced during the mission; the excavation of skeletons; the team's interaction with locals; and footage of the journey to Africa. Host: Bill Kurtis.
How the 1991 discovery of a Colonial burial ground for slaves in Manhattan sparked controversy when scientists sought to remove the remains for study. Included: how finds in New York and elsewhere have been used to illuminate personal details of slaves' lives. Bill Kurtis hosts.
"NOAHS: The Keepers of the Ark" documents efforts by scientists to help save endangered species. Included: missions in South Africa's Kruger National Park, where a TB test is performed on a cape buffalo; a visit to the Moscow Zoo. Bill Kurtis is the host.
Examining how the leak that caused "The Great Chicago Flood" of 1992 was repaired. Also: a "Dive into Darkness" to explore undersea caves in the Bahamas with biologist Jill Yager. Included: footage of the feeding of sharks. Host: Bill Kurtis.
"Miracle Babies" examines high-tech machines used to treat birth defects in newborns; and doctors use "The Laser's Edge" to surgically remove two brain tumors from a patient. Also: the "gamma knife," which allows surgeons to operate without breaking the skin. Host: Bill Kurtis.
Efforts to understand how whales navigate, migrate and communicate. The program follows an attempt to satellite-tag sperm whales and observes an endeavor to identify the mammals' sounds. Included: footage of false killer whales and a pod of dolphins; comments from scientists. Bill Kurtis narrates.
"Why Is This Dolphin Smiling?" To find out, scientist Randy Brill conducts research on how the mammals communicate; and how they use echolocation to judge distance and identify objects. Host: Bill Kurtis.
"Are the Great Lakes cleaning themselves?" To find out, scientists investigate the presence of marine life at the bottom of Lake Superior (which contains 10 percent of the world's fresh surface water). Host: Bill Kurtis.