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Seven Environmental Programs will Air on Channel 12 (PBS) During May

DENVER – (April 8, 2009) – Seven programs highlighting environmental topics will air in May on KBDI-Channel 12 (PBS).

Paving the Way: The National Park-to-Park Highway episodes 1 & 2 on Mondays, May 4 and 11, at 9 p.m., respectively. This two-part series relates the little-known story of how most Americans first reached the national parks – via one of the longest motor routes of the day, the Park-to-Park Highway. The 5,000-mile drive to the first 12 national parks – before gas stations and paved roads – highlights the beginning of the great American road-trip and the ‘See America First’ civic movement.

NOVA: Car of the Future, Thursday, May 7 at 9 p.m.  Join ‘Car Talk’ brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi as they attend plug-in hybrid inventor Andy Frank’s UC Davis Lab and provide a clever breakdown of the new technologies required to make American cars more energy efficient.  

Design e2: Deeper Shades of Green, Thursday, May 7 at 10 pm. Projects of three visionaries who are changing the face of architecture and environmentalism – Ken Yeang’s “bio-climatic National Library of Singapore, Werner Sobek’s energy-efficient steel and glass box house and William McDonough’s model sustainable Chinese village – are featured.

Design e2: Greening the Federal Government, Thursday, May 7 at 10:30 p.m. will feature the General Services Administration’s Design Excellence Program.  The program has commissioned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne to help design the San Francisco Federal Building, a structure that aims to be the prototype for tomorrow’s workplace.


The Mystery of George Masa, Monday, May 11 at 10 p.m. In the 1900’s a Japanese immigrant came to North Carolina and began exploring, mapping and photographing The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail. After his untimely death, he was nearly wiped out of the pages of history. Recapturing the details of his life, Mystery of George Masa features living acquaintances, and Masa’s own words form letters and journals. 

Miller Center National Debates: America’s Energy Future, Friday May, 22 at 7 p.m. America’s energy future is up for grabs.  While many have called for increasing production of domestic oil and coal supplies, others are calling for legislation that moves beyond energy policy.  The debate is a collaborative effort between University of Virginia and MacNeil/Lehher Productions.


About KBDI

KBDI provides high-quality, edgy programming as well as services that address substantive social and educational needs.  KBDI delivers three digital channels – more than any other Colorado broadcaster.  In addition to its flagship KBDI broadcast station (12.1), KBDI airs The Documentary Channel featuring the works of independent filmmakers (12.2) and MHz Worldview (12.3), a lineup of programs providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience.


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