Week of November 2
Monday, November 2
11:00am Nature “Arctic Wolf Pack” (Click here for Supplemental Materials)
Discover the white wolf, one of the most hardened predators on the planet, in Ellesmere Island's unforgiving ice and snow. In a fight for survival, these roaming hunters must travel far from the den to feed their cubs, putting them at risk.
Watch the show here: https://www.pbs.org/video/arctic-wolf-pack-a2jctn/ (Passport Required)
Tuesday, November 3
11:00am Nature “Dogs in the Land of Lions” (Click here for Supplemental Materials)
A journey into the heart of an African wild dog family. When lions kill her mate, a wild dog mother called Puzzles suddenly must raise two generations of pups all on her own without the help of a pack. Witness the loyalty and selflessness that sets wild dogs apart from other large, social carnivores in this deeply intimate portrayal of motherhood. But in this unforgiving Zimbabwe wilderness, it turns out the top dogs are the big cats - lions are the wild dogs' ultimate enemies. The young dogs provide some lighthearted moments while discovering the world around them, but as they grow up, they must face these eternal enemies on their journey to independence.
Watch the show here: https://www.pbs.org/video/dogs-in-the-land-of-lions-dvpy8r/
Wednesday, November 4
11:00am Nova “Inside Animal Minds: Dogs and Super Senses” (Click here for Supplemental Materials)
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature's eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We'll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We'll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We'll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we'll uncover surprising similarities to -- and differences from -- the human mind.
What is it like to be a dog, a shark or a bird? This question is now getting serious attention from scientists who study animal senses. Humans rely on smell, sight, taste, touch and sound; other animals have super-powered versions of these senses, and a few have extra senses we don't have at all. From a dog that seems to use smell to tell time to a dolphin that can "see" with its ears, discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. But it's not just the senses that are remarkable - it's the brains that process them. NOVA goes into the minds of animals to "see" the world in an entirely new way.
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Watch a preview here: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/inside-animal-minds-dogs-super-senses/
Thursday, November 5
11:00am Nova “Dog Tales” (Click here for Supplemental Materials)
Dogs have long been dependable companions by our sides. But it wasn't always that way-and a look at their closest living relative, the wolf, makes it clear why. Researchers reveal how humans tamed fearsome canines over tens of thousands of years, and how modern dog intelligence and behaviors have made them indispensable companions.
Watch the show here: https://www.pbs.org/video/dog-tales-vskr2y/ (Passport Required)
Friday, November 6
11:00am Nova “Cat Tales” (Click here for Supplemental Materials)
Worshiped as a goddess, condemned as satanic and spun into a stunning array of breeds, cats have long fascinated humans. But did we ever really domesticate them? And what can science tell us about our most mysterious companions?
Watch the show here: https://www.pbs.org/video/cat-tales-lhavhy/ (Passport Required)