Rena Garrett

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Science
9:58 am
Wed January 22, 2014

NOVA investigates Easter Island on Wednesday, February 19th at 8 pm

Ahu Tongariki with the cast / crew chilling in front of it.

A remote, bleak speck of rock in the middle of the Pacific, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. How and why did the ancient islanders build and move nearly 900 giant statues, or moai, weighing up to 86 tons? And how did they transform a presumed paradise into a treeless wasteland, bringing ruin upon their island and themselves? NOVA explores controversial recent claims that challenge decades of previous thinking about the islanders, who have been accused of everything from ecocide to cannibalism.

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9:54 am
Wed January 22, 2014

"Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem" on Nature airs Wednesday, the 19th, at 7 pm

A honey badger is in confrontation stance, tail up, ready for action. Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, South Africa.

“Honey badger is bad ass.” Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation, with 51 million hits. This “thug of the savannah” is one the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. This film follows badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.

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Science
9:44 am
Wed January 22, 2014

See one of the greatest architectural and engineering achievements of 1910 on American Experience

Penn Station, empty concourse, 1905-1915.

One of the greatest architectural and engineering achievements of its time, New York’s Pennsylvania Station opened to the public in 1910. Designed by renowned architect Charles McKim, the station was a massive civil engineering project, covering nearly eight acres and requiring the construction of 16 miles of underground tunnels. Alexander Cassatt, president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, gambled millions of dollars to link the nation’s biggest railroad to America’s greatest city, but died bringing the station to life.

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Science
9:37 am
Wed January 22, 2014

"Grand Coulee Dam" on American Experience airs on Tuesday, February 18th at 7 pm

Group of workers lined up on the Grand Coulee Dam construction site with their hardhats on.

In the wake of the Great Depression, Grand Coulee played a central role in transforming the Northwest; it was the largest hydroelectric power producing facility in the world when it was completed in March 1941. After WWII, an irrigation project made possible by the dam helped turn the deserts of central Washington into rich farmland. But the dam prevented access to one of the greatest salmon rivers in the world. Deprived of the salmon, the native people who lived along the Columbia witnessed a profound cultural decline.

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9:28 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Rotaries: Avalanche on the Mountain airs on Monday, February 17th at 9 pm

A winter storm buries the Sierra Nevada. Embedded in the blizzard: the main line of America's railroad. For two days the major west-east route across America is shut down by snow, tying up billions of dollars of goods, trapping an entire train crew in an avalanche. A vision from the past is sent to rescue modern day transportation. The Rotary Snow Plow, invented in the 1800s, roars to life and heads up some of the steepest mountain terrain in the world. It's mission: save the crew and re-open the rail line over Donner Pass.

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