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EARTH - A NEW WILD: Plains

Cows in the mist with the Maasai, Kenya.
Courtesy of Anna McVey
Cows in the mist with the Maasai, Kenya.

Airs Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

This five-part series, "Home" (repeats Sept. 21), "Plains" (repeats Sept. 28), "Forests" (repeats Oct. 5), "Oceans" (repeats Oct. 12) and "Water" (repeats Oct. 19) takes a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species.

EARTH A New Wild Preview

"This five-part series takes a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species. Dr. M. Sanjayan

Dr. M. Sanjayan, a leading conservation scientist, takes viewers on a stunning visual journey to explore how humans are inextricably woven into every aspect of the planet’s natural systems.

EARTH - A NEW WILD features spectacular natural history footage from the most striking places on Earth, filming encounters between wild animals and the people who live and work with them.

Dr. M. Sanjayan Discusses the Wild

"This five-part series takes a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species. Dr. M. Sanjayan

With up-close looks at a range of species, from giant pandas to humpback whales and African lions to Arctic reindeer, Sanjayan reveals that co-habitations with animals can work — and be mutually beneficial.

From the African plains to the American Midwest, the second episode explores wild grasslands — home to the greatest gathering places of animal life on the planet, yet among the most endangered places on Earth – requiring hoofs and jaws to thrive.

EARTH A New Wild | Elephant Conflict

Journey deep into the great forests of Earth for a new way of looking at these wild places and the animals that live there. Dr. M. Sanjayan travels to Sumatra and finds frightening elephant battles are exploding on the edge of the forest.

The program introduces Alan Savory and film sequences including elephant conservation in South Africa; the first filmed shots of rutting Saiga antelope in Russia; Norwegian locals regulating the reindeer population in unique ways; and how Americans are saving the country’s most-endangered mammal.

Reindeer Castration — Does It Still Happen?

"Large males of a reindeer herd are important for a healthy Tundra. Using large antlers they dig up the most snow to expose the ground for other reindeer to graze. However

“PBS viewers love programs that explore our planet in new and intriguing ways, and EARTH - A NEW WILD takes this idea to an exciting new level,” says PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager Beth Hoppe. “This series is an amazing view of us and our natural surroundings as never seen before.”

You can follow @msanjayan on Twitter.

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EARTH A New Wild | Plains Preview

"Explore the giant herds that roam the wild grasslands of the plains. Home to the greatest gathering of animal life on the planet

A Closer Look at the Series

"This five-part series takes a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species. Dr. M. Sanjayan

This series originally aired in 2015.

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