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Upcoming PBS Premieres: THE GENE, “The Truth About Fat” & Other Health Programs

THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY

Premieres: Tuesday, April 7, 9:00 p.m. ET

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Film Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/gene/

Preview: https://www.pbs.org/video/gene-excerpt-gcysul/

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Powerful personal stories and stunning breakthroughs reveal the historical search for the human genome and the promise of modern research. Based on Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s best-seller on how genes impact heredity, disease and behavior.

NOVA “The Truth About Fat”

Premieres: Wednesday, April 8, 9:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/nova/

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Scientists are coming to understand fat as a system akin to an organ—one whose size may have more to do with biological processes than personal choices. Explore the mysteries of fat, and its role in hormone production, hunger, and even pregnancy.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Bedlam”

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Premieres: Wednesday, April 13, 10:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/independent-lens/

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Hear the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions. Psychiatrist Kenneth Rosenberg visits ERs, jails and homeless camps to examine the national health crisis of mental illness.

DEFINITION OF INSANITY

Premieres: Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 10:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/definition-insanity/

A team of dedicated Miami-Dade County public servants work to help people with mental illness navigate from lives of tragedy to possibility. The film reveals a humane criminal justice approach to mental illness.

BLOOD SUGAR RISING

Premieres: Wednesday, April 15, 9:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/blood-sugar-rising/

Preview: https://www.pbs.org/video/blood-sugar-rising-preview-qnrloh/

Diabetes is an epidemic that affects 100 million Americans, costing over $350 billion annually. Explore the history and science of this hidden crisis and meet some of the faces behind the statistics whose stories bring insights and hope.

MONDAY, APRIL 20 – SUNDAY, MAY 3

*PLEASE CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS*

UPCOMING PRIMETIME PREMIERES

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Man Who Tried to Feed the World

“TAKING CARE OF YOU” PROGRAM

Premieres: Tuesday, April 21, 8:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/american-experience/

Explore the life of 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, who tried to solve world hunger. He rescued India from a severe famine and led the “Green Revolution,” estimated to have saved one billion lives. But his work later faced criticism.

FRONTLINE “Coronavirus Pandemic”

“TAKING CARE OF YOU” PROGRAM

Premieres: Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

A special report on the government response to the coronavirus and the human toll. The two-part special investigates the federal response versus Washington State, the outbreak’s U.S. epicenter; and in the Midwest, how the outbreak impacts poor children.

CLIMATE CHANGE – THE FACTS

Premieres: Wednesday, April 22, 8:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/climate-change-facts/

Preview Clip #1 – Frozen Methane: https://youtu.be/Cf4d6t_zIDk

Preview Clip #2 – Fossil Fuels: https://youtu.be/Km4bIEWSrxw

Scientists explore the impact of climate change and what could happen if global warming exceeds 1.5 degrees. Discover how the latest innovations and technology are posing potential solutions and what individuals can do to prevent further damage.

H2O: THE MOLECULE THAT MADE US

Premieres: Wednesdays, April 22 – May 6, 9:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/molecule-made-us/

Preview: https://www.pbs.org/video/molecule-made-us-preview-xnwi5v/

Discover how water underpins every aspect of our existence. Find out how our success is intimately connected to our control of the molecule, but that the growth of our civilizations has also created a dangerous dependence on this precious resource.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Jim Allison: Breakthrough”

“TAKING CARE OF YOU” PROGRAM

Premieres: Monday, April 27, 10:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/independent-lens/

Meet a visionary doctor on a quest to find a cure for cancer. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Jim Allison spent decades waging a lonely but ultimately fruitful quest to discover a way the immune system can stop cancer in its tracks.

NEW PROGRAMMING: MAY PREMIERES

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “George W. Bush”

Premieres: Monday, May 4 & Tuesday, May 5, 9:00 p.m. ET

Show Pagehttps://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/collections/presidents/

The newest addition to AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s award-winning series of presidential biographies, “W” is a two-part look at the life and presidency of George W. Bush. Part One follows Bush’s unorthodox road to the White House. The once wild son of a political dynasty, few expected Bush to ascend to the presidency. Yet 36 days after the November 2000 election, Bush emerged the victor of the most hotly contested election in the nation’s history. Little in the new president’s past could have prepared him for the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001. Bush’s response to the deadly terrorist attack would come to define a new era in American foreign policy. Part Two opens with the ensuing war in Iraq, and continues through Bush’s second term, as the president confronts the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina and the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.

EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL

MID-SEASON ONE PREMIERE

Premieres (Episode 7: Mexico – Maya Underworld): Wednesday, May 6, 10:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/expedition/

Series Preview: https://www.pbs.org/video/expedition-official-preview/

Episode 7 Clip #1 – Sacrifices to the Godshttps://youtu.be/qunTD30JFL8

Episode 7 Clip #2 – Robbie Prepares a Lifeline: https://youtu.be/Wd9DIfag6ts

Head into the unknown with explorer Steve Backshall as he journeys to the world’s last unexplored places and faces challenges around the globe, encountering extraordinary wildlife and meeting remarkable people along the way. In the mid-season one premiere, Steve Backshall explores a honeycomb of subterranean Mexican caves that the ancient Maya believed were a portal to a terrifying underworld. In a dark and flooded cave, Steve finds incredible never-before-seen artifacts.

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