Hosted by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kathy Mattea, AGING MATTERS — END OF LIFE weaves together personal stories of families and interviews with scholars, doctors and medical ethicists to examine the complicated experience of dying. Photo credit: David McClister.
AGING MATTERS — END OF LIFE weaves together personal stories of families and interviews with scholars, doctors and medical ethicists to examine the complicated experience of dying. The program explores the radical transformation of death and dying in the United States over the past 150 years, Americans' cultural unwillingness to face death, and the efforts in place to change how Americans understand and talk about dying. Among several topics, AGING MATTERS addresses the role of advance directives, palliative care and hospice in an end-of-life strategy.
A key moment in our evolutionary saga occurred 200 million years ago, when the ferocious reptile-like animals that roamed the Earth were in the process of evolving into shrew-like mammals. But our reptilian ancestors left their mark on many parts of the human body, including our skin, teeth and ears.
"Your Inner Reptile" on Your Inner Fish airs on Wednesday, April 16th at 9:00 pm on channels 3 and 3-1.
What is it like to be a dog, a shark or a bird? This question is now getting serious attention from scientists who study animal senses. Humans rely on smell, sight, taste, touch and sound; other animals have super-powered versions of these senses, and a few have extra senses we don’t have at all. From a dog that seems to use smell to tell time to a dolphin that can “see” with its ears, discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. But it’s not just the senses that are remarkable — it’s the brains that process them.
Joe Hutto has dedicated seven years of his life to becoming a wild mule deer. Ordinarily, the deer herd would run from any human, but these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own. As he crosses the species divide, Hutto taps into a new understanding of these elusive animals. His joy in his new family is infectious, but this human predator also learns to see the world from the point of view of prey — and it’s an experience that will rock him to his core; sharing their world so personally takes a toll that sends him back to his own kind.
Ken Burns tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of Greenwood, whose students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.
The Address airs on Tuesday, April 15th at 8:00 pm on channels 3 and 3-1.