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TERRA 601: Laguna Negra

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Laguna Negra is a film that explores the core values of a subsistence farming community in Huancabamba (Peru), the way the fabric of this society has been threatened by large scale mining and the destructive outcome o...

TERRA 309: Picante! The Power of Peppers – Part 1

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"I'm asked all the time, 'Are chile-peppers a fad?' Well, if they are a fad, they've been a fad for ten-thousand years - which is about how long human beings have been eating them." (David Dewitt) Legend has it that t...

TERRA 310: Picante! The Power of Peppers – Part 2

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The power of peppers is in their heat - but what causes them to burn when we eat them and why do we keep coming back for more? What is the magic component that can stop bears in their tracks and turn the simple chili ...

TERRA 311: Picante! The Power of Peppers – Part 3

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The final installment of Picante follows the humble chili pepper on its evolutionary journey from commonly used spice, to dangerous weapon. Just because the main compound of the pepper - capsaicin - is found in nature...

TERRA 609: Spaced Out

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What is life? Do we need to define it on order to study its origins? What does it even mean "to define" something? For scientists in more established fields, such as physics or chemistry, these questions are nice to p...

TERRA 315: Kis-Ka-Dee – Part 1

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Every year, a small group of birders gather in Southeastern Texas for the "Outta Sight" birding tournament. The team to identify the most species wins . . . and, oh yeah, you can't use your eyes.

TERRA 316: Kis-Ka-Dee – Part 2

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Who will win the "Outta Sight" birding tournament? Will it be "Team Palomas," "Team Caracaras," or "Team Tweety Birds?" Sometimes, when one sense is lost, another is gained. What that sense is, exactly, is not heard o...

TERRA 423: Eureka! A Sense of Nature – Part 1

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Camp Eureka! is a place where kids get together to experience the world around them and learn a little more about themselves. But this is not your everyday nature camp, because in this camp, all the children are eithe...

TERRA 424: Eureka! A Sense of Nature – Part 2

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Camp Eureka! is a place where kids get together to experience the world around them and learn a little more about themselves. But this is not your everyday nature camp, because in this camp, all the children are eithe...

TERRA 317: Up a Creek

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Just in time for the spring runoff, Bill Cummings, renegade canoeist from Montpelier, Vermont, arrives to usher in the next greatest trend in river sports . . . canoe-poling. Cummings stands in his canoe. He uses only...

TERRA 318: The Curse of Copper – Part 1

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In 1997, noted Harvard ecologist E.O. Wilson wrote to a small community in the remote cloud forest region of Ecuador, urging them to continue their fight against the scourge of copper mining in perhaps the most biodiv...

TERRA 319: The Curse of Copper – Part 2

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With cries of: "We are hungry for an ecologist!" Ronald Andrade, leader of CODEGAM, the organization funded by Ascendant Copper, violently forces his way into a municipal meeting. Fearing violence, fifteen representat...

TERRA 320: The Curse of Copper – Part 3

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What kind of environmental and social impacts are likely from the proposed copper mine? Serious rifts have already disturbed the community: "Before, everyone got on well in Intag - they shared everything - their jobs,...

TERRA 321: Jewels of the Jungle – Series 2 – Part 1

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"Jewels of the Jungle" is back by popular demand! Picking up where we left off from the first half of Jewels, the second series continues plant scientist Dr. Gary Strobel's amazing journey around the world to discover...

TERRA 322: Jewels of the Jungle – Series 2 – Part 2

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This installment of Jewels sees Dr. Gary Strobel travel from the lush forest of South America to the clinical world of the laboratory. But the lab is no less exciting than the field, especially since some of the sampl...

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