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The Botany Of Desire

Airs Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: This special looks at the complex human-plant relationship through the stories of four familiar species — the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato — showing how they evolved to satisfy humankind’s most basic yearnings. Pictured: Marijuana plants in a grow house.

Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, "The Botany of Desire" takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world — seen from the plants' point of view. Narrated by Frances McDormand, the program shows how four familiar species — the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato — evolved to satisfy our yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control.

Watch nine bonus videos from the DVD online, including videos on bringing back hard cider, Dutch auctions for tulips, and extended interviews with Michael Pollan.

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Preview: The Botany Of Desire

Above: An eye-opening exploration of the human-plant relationship with author Michael Pollan. Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world — seen from the plants' point of view. The program shows how four familiar species (the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato) evolved to satisfy our yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control.