Death Valley Sand Dune

Planet California

Premiering Wednesday, June 22 and 29 at 9 p.m.

Planet California is a two-part documentary celebrating California’s wildlife and wild places, and their coexistence with the 40 million people who call it home. Famous for its beaches and Hollywood, California is also a wellspring of biodiversity. Bounded by mountains, deserts and the Pacific Ocean, here are iconic wild places like Yosemite National Park and Death Valley, as well as Baja California’s lesser-known wild beauty.

Part 1: Rivers of Gold

California is a land of extremes – tallest, deepest, highest, hottest. But in a rapidly changing and thirsty world, drought, dams and fire pose dire threats to an ecosystem connected by rivers on land, in the air and in the sea.

Part 2: Close Encounters

Hollywood may captivate, but in one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, the real stars of California – a wild and spectacular cast of creatures in the sea and on land, from blue whales to burrowing owls – are ready for their close-up

Sir David Attenborough, Wiltshire, UK, explains how Water Crowfoot, Ranunculus aquitilis, has floppy underwater stems that flex with the current.
airs July 6

The Green Planet

Sebastian Robins and Mona Haydar
aired July 5

The Great Muslim American Road Trip

Baratunde sitting criss-cross in the desert
aired July 5

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

Security forces block the entrance after the U.S. President Donald Trump's supporters breached the US Capitol security in Washington D.C., United States on January 06, 2021. Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were set to sign off Wednesday on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory in what was supposed to be a routine process headed to Inauguration Day. Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
aired June 28

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