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EARTH - A NEW WILD: Oceans

M. Sanjayan on top of Aqua Pod.
Courtesy of Matt Dyas
M. Sanjayan on top of Aqua Pod.

Airs Wednesday, Oct. 12, 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. 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.

Tiger shark, Palmyra Atoll.
Courtesy of Richard Fitzpatrick
Tiger shark, Palmyra Atoll.
M. Sanjayan with a red-footed boobie bird on his arm.
Courtesy of Joe Loncraine
M. Sanjayan with a red-footed boobie bird on his arm.

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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. 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.

In the fourth episode, reporting from one of the most remote coral atolls on Earth (Palmyra Atoll), the Bahamas, and from New York Harbor, Sanjayan draws deep on his own ocean experiences to reveal a vibrant community of scientists, engineers and fisherman who are discovering new ways help maintain the remarkable productivity of oceans.

He is aware of the vast threat facing our oceans, but standing in the water playing mid-wife to a large lemon shark is just one of the moments that give him hope that we can turn around our influence on this, the wildest habitat on Earth.

“Oceans” concludes in the New York Harbor, inviting viewers to re-imagine what oceans can provide us in our ever-increasing numbers.

“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.

This series originally aired in 2015. Full episodes are available to view on demand with KPBS Passport, video streaming for members ($60 yearly) using your computer, smartphone or tablet. We offer Passport videos on ROKU! Activate your benefit now.

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

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

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