Science, nature come to life Wednesday nights

See all sides of complex animal-human-nature relationships through first-hand travels, historical insight and modern technology each Wednesday nights this summer on Arizona PBS.

June 12: Operation Maneater: Crocodile (9:30 p.m.)

Veterinarian Mark Evans travels to Namibia’s Chobe River, a place that’s known as the crocodile attack capital of the world. Crocodiles here are growing in size and number, and so is the frequency of attacks. Each time it happens, the locals kill crocs in retaliation. To find a way to keep both people and crocodiles safe, Mark joins experts Rom Whitaker and Dr. Patrick Aust to carry out a radical new experiment. The idea is to train crocs to associate the sound of a bell with an electric shock. Mark meets attack victims, puts the croc training experiment to the test and is himself injured when a croc turns on him.

June 19: Nile: Rivers of Life (7 p.m.)

The Nile is the world’s longest river. From elephants and leopards to extreme kayakers and ancient wonders, its great length provides a lifeline for Africa’s wildest beasts and for some of the world’s most incredible cultures. Watch online.

June 19: AI Race (8 p.m.)

This timely documentary that challenges the beliefs and fears of ordinary people, asking what AI (Artificial Intelligence) would mean for their jobs, safety and humanity itself. Will experts persuade them that AI is a change for the better. Or will the implications of it remain too great to overcome?

June 19: When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time  (9:30 p.m.)

Meet the ancient ancestors of four iconic creatures: crocodiles, birds, whales and elephants. Join top scientists on a global adventure as they follow clues from the fossil record and use 21st century technology to make exciting new discoveries. Watch online.

June 26: Amazon: Rivers of Life (7 p.m.)

The Amazon, the greatest river system on Earth, amasses one-fifth of Earth’s freshwater as it flows east from the Andes to the Atlantic. Boiling streams, crystal clear lagoons, pink river dolphins and a strange new reef are some of its many secret and extreme worlds. Watch online.

June 26: POV “Bill Nye: Science Guy” (9:30 p.m.)

Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former star of the popular kids show “Bill Nye The Science Guy” is now advocating for the importance of science, research and discovery in public life. With intimate and exclusive access — as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy — this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution and a science-based world view.

July 3: Mississippi: Rivers of Life (7 p.m.)

See the many faces of the massive, muddy Mississippi. Its fingers stretch into nearly half of the USA, from the frozen north to the nation’s agricultural heart to mysterious southern swamps where alligators still rule.

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