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GLOBE TREKKER
Tough Trains: Cuba’s Sugar Railroads

 

Cuba was one of the first countries in the world to build a railway, back in 1837. At the time, Cuba was the world’s largest sugar producer, and its early railways were designed not with passengers in mind, but to transport sugarcane to the mills, and refined sugar to the ports. Trekker Ian Wright goes on an eye-opening and hair-raising train journey across this Caribbean island.

 

NOVA
Super Tunnel

 

Follow an army of engineers and designers as they tackle the complex challenge of building Crossrail, a massive new subterranean railway deep beneath the streets of London.

 

SHELTER ME:
Community Matters

SHELTER ME: Community Matters

 

This inspiring series celebrates the human-animal bond by telling uplifting stories about shelter pets and the people that help them. This episode, hosted by anthropologist Jane Goodall, features shelter dogs that are trained to protect endangered species. We follow the dogs from the day they are rescued to their deployment in Zambia where they are helping prevent the poaching of elephants and rhinos. Also: a high school cross country team takes shelter dogs for a run as part of their practice.

 

NATURE
Legendary White Stallions

 

This is the story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions, from their origins in ancient times to the almost unknown drama of their rescue in 1945. The program focuses on the bond that develops between horse and rider, beginning at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Here the perfect harmony between horse and rider, as well as the beauty and power of the magnificent white stallions, is celebrated in their impressive performance.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Antarctica

 

Trekker Zay Harding’s epic adventure in Antarctica begins with sea kayaking and penguin watching in Paradise Harbor. He sails to historic Port Lockrov where he observes the work of Ukrainian biologists, unsuccessfully attempts to climb the treacherous Mount Scott and meets with U.S. scientists at Palmer station where he learns about the effects of global warming and the plight of the Adelie penguin.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Tough Trains: Siberia

 

Trekker Zay Harding boards the infamous “Ice Train” for a wintry trip to the far north of Siberia, deep inside the Arctic Circle on the world’s northernmost railway line. His journey takes him through Tobolksk to the gas fields of Novy Urengoy and follows the abandoned route of Stalin’s “Railway of Death.” He visits a Communist gulag and camps overnight with the Nenet nomadic tribe.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold

 

Meet Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan, and at 17 won the first Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. In this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight.

 

CURIOUS TRAVELER
Curious About – London

 

Journalist Christine Van Blokland brings her passion and genuine curiosity for the arts, quirky characters, storytelling and lifelong learning to an exploration of London. She asks: Why is St. Paul’s Cathedral such an iconic symbol of London? And why doesn’t it face due East? And what does St. Paul have to do with the City of London crest? What is the City of London and why can’t the Queen come in? Why do so many London neighborhoods end in -gate? Why is Temple Church round? And what did those secretive Knights Templar do here? And what does all of this have to do with Magna Carta – and why has a copy remained at Salisbury Church for 800 years?

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Tough Trains: India’s Independence Railroads

GLOBE TREKKER: Tough Trains: India's Independence Railroads

 

Trekker Zay Harding takes on an epic journey across one of the world’s biggest railway networks. These railways were built during the 19th century by the British to move troops and raw materials across the land, and ultimately played a role in the independence of the country a century later. The railway tracks are some of the oldest and longest you’ll find anywhere in the world, and train travel doesn’t get any tougher than this in a country with a population of over 1.2 billion.

 

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