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PBS summer brings slate of new science programming, watch on WCNY

July 13, 2015

PBS summer brings slate of new science programming, watch on WCNY

PBS is giving summer television a boost with a robust slate of new primetime science programming, and your public media organization is bringing them to you. For viewing information, visit

“Nova: Chasing Pluto”  |  July 15 at 9 p.m.

Nova captures New Horizon’s historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft’s nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

“Life on the Reef” |  July 22 at 8 p.m. (Three-part series, weekly)

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on earth — home to an 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. The miniseries presents a unique and fresh angle on Australia’s greatest natural icon, seen through the eyes of those who live, work and play in this natural wonderland.

“The Bomb”  |  July 28 at 8 p.m. 

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the dawn of the nuclear age, PBS presents “The Bomb.” Using newly restored pristine footage, some of which has only recently been declassified, the program tells the story of the most powerful and destructive invention in human history, from the first atomic bomb to today: how it was developed, how it changed everything and how it continues to shape our lives. Hear from scientists, weapons designers, pilots who dropped nuclear bombs, former Secretaries of Defense and State, witnesses to nuclear explosions, historians and ordinary men and women who have lived and worked with the bomb.

“Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail”  |  July 28 and 29 at 10 p.m.

Host and physicist Dr. Derek Muller unlocks the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth’s most controversial elements. Born from the collapse of a star, uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction, revolutionizing society, medicine and warfare. It has profoundly shaped the past, will change the future and will exist long after humans have left the Earth. Filmed on five continents, this two-hour program delivers a gripping story of an ancient element’s footprint on the world.

“Big Blue Live”  |  Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m.

Some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures gather in a once-a-year confluence off the coast of California in the magnificent Monterey Bay, once endangered, but now rejuvenated. At this year’s gathering, they are joined by scientists, filmmakers, photographers and other experts in a live TV and multi-media event to document the natural history of one the world’s most extraordinary marine protected areas.

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