Relive the forgotten story of how our ozone layer was saved

Discover the forgotten story of the hole in the ozone layer and how the world came together to fix it.

Watch “Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet” on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 9:00 p.m. on Arizona PBS. Hear from the scientists and politicians who persuaded Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to take action and solve this planetary problem.

WATCH: “Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet”

Scientists in the 1980s concluded it was not global warming, but a seemingly benign industrial chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that were developed in the 1920s and used in everyday products from hairspray to deodorant. If continued unchecked, the world faced a perilous future, one in which humans would be forced to hide from daylight due to the harmful unfiltered UV radiation, and one where agriculture and entire ecosystems would collapse.

The hourlong documentary tells the incredible true story of how scientists and the administrations of two unlikely eco-friendly world leaders — Ronald Reagan (a skin cancer survivor) and Margaret Thatcher (a chemist by trade) — successfully worked together to prevent an environmental catastrophe.

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Family Night: PBS KIDS movie marathon

Arthur and his friends gather on the couch with popcorn.

This weekend Arizona PBS KIDS is delivering a mini-marathon of hour-long specials! On Sept. 25, 26 and 27, join us at for "WordGirl: The Rise of Miss Power" at 6 p.m., "Odd Squad: World Turned Odd" at 7 p.m., "Rhythm and Roots of Arthur" at 8 p.m., and "Wild Kratts: Amazon’ Amazon Adventure" at 9 p.m.

'Art in the Twenty-First Century' introduces artists of today

Meet 12 artists and one artist collective behind some of the most significant artwork of the 21st century. These creators respond to the places they live and work, and show unabashed engagement with the world around them.

'Last Tango in Hailfax' returns for season four

After seven years of marriage, Alan and Celia discover that wedded bliss isn't always blissful. Clashing politics, Alan's new job and a wild local lad create tension. Caroline gets emotionally embroiled at work. Alan's brother visits. See what else unfolds in season four of "Last Tango in Hailfax."