This Week on TV: Humans and the Earth

This Week on TV: Humans and the Earth

A program dedicated to our environment — in Cambridge and beyond.

  • Posted on: 10 March 2016
  • By: lily

This Saturday March 12 on Channel 9, noon till midnight:

The marathon kicks off with Global Change: Reading Ocean Fossils, a new program produced in part by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, in which paleobiologist Brian Huber specializes in tiny organisms that are great indicators of global changes. Journey with him from Antarctica to Tanzania to find out how forams can tell stories about conditions on Earth millions of years ago - at 12pm.

Discover what Seagulls have to say to each other, in a new animation short by Susan Chasen — at 12:30pm — followed by River Stories: To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the Charles River Conservancy produced a treasury of poems, stories, artworks, maps and quotations, where authors talked about the Charles River and ideas to improve it. Join Tom Ashbrook in a discussion with contributing authors.

Then, a recent episode of the NeighborMedia-produced series Cambridge Uncovered: Sustainability in Cambridge, where Judy Nathans, a former member of the Cambridge Recycling Advisory Committee, sits down with Quinton Zondervan, president of Green Cambridge, and Carol Oldham, executive director of Massachusetts Climate Action Network, to talk about sustainability in Cambridge and what that means — at 2pm.

The Story of Bottled WaterAt 3pm — along with other episodes from the animated series by the folks who brought us The Story of Stuff.

Spend the evening with the Science for the Public series: Episodes on the "Impact of Climate Change on Birds and Plants of Massachusetts," "How Environmental Pollutants Impair Brain Development," "Reading Clouds to Understand Climate Change," and "Environmental Contaminants and Autism" — starting at 5:15pm.

And, at 9:30pm, Humans & Wildlife, The Imbalance: A talk with internationally recognized author Jim Sterba, whose 2012 book Nature Wars has earned critical acclaim and catalyzed an important national conversation about wildlife management. This February 2015 lecture at the Cambridge Public Library was co-sponsored by the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation.

Programs will repeat later in the week — check out our TV Schedule for more broadcast times.

What is the current state of broadband access in Cambridge?

Cambridge Broadband Matters is a series produced by Cambridge Community Television which explores the relationship among people, public institutions, non-profit organizations, businesses, and broadband in the city. The program serves as an educational and community engagement companion to broadband planning and action already underway in Cambridge, including through the city of Cambridge Broadband Taskforce and the efforts of elected officials. The most recent episode of the show features municipal broadband and smart cities strategists Pat McCormick and Robin Chase, co-founder of Zip Car and Veniam, and debuts on the channels this week:

On Channel 96 Sat. March 12 at 10am and Sun. March 13 at 10pm, on Channel 9 Sun. March 13 at 1pm and Fri. March 18 at 7pm, and on Channel 8 Thursday March 17 at 9am.

Watch past episodes of the show immediately following each broadcast: In Episode One, a discussion between Jay Leslie, Susan Flannery, Georgiana Chevry, and Ann Schwieger on how broadband enters the spheres of their work and the impact broadband has on the community members who engage with their respective organizations; in Episode Two, hosted by Anne Schweiger, a talk with Georgia Bullen from the Open Technology Institute m-lab and Nigel Jacobs from Boston Office of New Urban Mechanics.

Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys

For some good late-night fun, catch a Labyrinth-themed burlesque tribute to David Bowie put on by Boston rock band Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys and local burlesque troupe The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts with an interview, concert footage, and music video by CCTV producer Kristina Kehrer. Then, travel back in time to with a 30-minute show by Walter Sickert's band, recorded at the CCTV studio in 2011. On Channel 8 Sat. March 12 at 1am, Mon. March 14 at 9:30pm, Wed. March 16 at midnight, and Fri. March 18 at 9:30pm.

St. Patty's Day entertainment on Thursday the 17th

Everybody's Irish for St Patrick's Day 2014: The annual Saint Patrick's Day celebration and roast at the Knights of Columbus in Chelsea, MA, featuring constitutional state office holders, candidates for governor, and appearances by Jimmy Tingle, Tony V, and Hank Morse. On Channel 8 at 12am and again on Channel 9 at 10am.

Harpist Moira Kelly performs Irish tunes: On Channel 9 at 1am, on Channel 8 at 5:20pm, and on Channel 96 at 8:05pm. An Irish Ghost Tale from local storyteller Ralph Cladis, in which courage and holy water save Mary and a young man from an unholy end: On Channel 8 at 5:50pm. And, South Boston's St. Patrick's Day 2013 Peace Parade to promote peace, equality, jobs, and social and economic justice: On Channel 9 at 12am, on Channel 96 at 4pm, and on Channel 8 at 6pm.