What happens when engineers open up nature’s toolbox? David Pogue explores bold innovations inspired by the Earth’s greatest inventor, life itself. From underwater wi-fi based on dolphin communication, to robotic “mules” and “cheetahs” for the military, to swarms of robotic bees, Pogue travels the world seeing the “wildest” ideas put into action in new inventions and technologies. It is a journey that sees today’s bacteria turned into tomorrow’s metallurgists, viruses building batteries, and even DNA, the Code of Life, put to work in “living” computers.
More than a half-century has passed since the publication of Born Free — a book and then a film that changed forever the way we think about wildlife. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film? What has Born Free taught us?
"Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story" on Nature airs on Wednesday, December 17th at 7 pm on channels 3 and 3-1.
The Island of Shikoku in Japan is the birthplace of the most revered figure in Japanese Buddhism, the monk and teacher Kobo Daishi, who brought a populist form of Buddhism to Japan from China in the 9th Century. For hundreds of years, a 750-mile pilgrimage route has circled this mountainous island, connecting 88 separate temples and shrines that claim connection to the Great Master – Kobo Daishi.
Sacred Journeys "Shikoku," Pt. 2 airs on channels 3 and 3-1 on Tuesday, December 16th at 8 pm.
Host Bruce Feiler embeds with a group of active duty and retired US military, wounded in Afghanistan, Iraq and other American wars, as they travel to the Catholic shrine of Lourdes in Southwest France in search of healing. More than five million pilgrims from around the world visit this shrine to the Virgin Mary every year to drink and bathe in the waters of a spring that Catholics believe has miraculous powers.
"Lourdes," Pt. 1 on Sacred Journeys airs on Tuesday, December 16th at 7:00 pm on channels 3 and 3-1.