Celebrate Earth Day with CPTV

Release Date: 04/15/2010

Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) Presents Special Earth Day Programming on April 20 & 21

- NOVA: The Big Energy Gamble premieres Tuesday, April 20 at 8 p.m.
- Earth Days: An American Experience premieres Tuesday, April 20 at 9 p.m.
- P.O.V.: Food Inc. premieres Wednesday, April 21 at 9:30 p.m.
- Independent Lens: Dirt! The Movie premieres at 11 p.m.
 
To commemorate Earth Day on April 22, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) is broadcasting several special programs during the week that address environmental issues and science.  
 
NOVA: The Big Energy Gamble, airing Tuesday, April 20 at 8 p.m., examines California’s ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gases. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is responsible for one of the most visionary—some might say radical—environmental programs in the world, aimed at reversing climate change. The question is: will it work? And what impact is it having on the rest of the country?
 
Following NOVA at 9 p.m. is Earth Days: An American Experience. Earth Days, a feature-length documentary about the origins of the modern environmental movement, is told through the eyes of nine Americans who were inspired to act on what they believed was the most important challenge facing mankind: preserving the earth.
 
P.O.V.: Food Inc., which airs Wednesday, April 21 at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV, is the critically acclaimed Academy Award-nominated documentary film that examines the country’s highly mechanized agribusiness industry and its controversial effects on the environment and the health of the American people.  
 
Then at 11 p.m., Independent Lens presents Dirt! The Movie, a film that tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility — from its miraculous beginning to its tragic degradation. One teaspoon of dirt contains a billion organisms working in balance to sustain a series of complex, thriving communities that are invisibly a part of our daily lives. This insightful and timely film tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet.
 
About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. It is a locally and
nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live hosted by John Dankosky. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org. 
 
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