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I Bought a Rainforest: From Manu to Yellowstone
Charlie Hamilton James, Photojournalist
THU, OCT 13, 2016 / 7:30PM
FRI, OCT 14, 2016 / 7:30PM
Ever since his teenage job working on David Attenborough's landmark series "Trials of Life", wildlife documentarian Charlie Hamilton James has always felt at home in nature. But his spur-of-the-moment decision to purchase 100 acres of land adjacent to Peru's Manu National Park led to him running with a completely different set. As documented on the BBC show I Bought a Rainforest, Hamilton discovered an illegal cocaine plantation after he'd signed the deed, and the only way to save the ecosystem was with empathy for the illegal loggers. Hear his fascinating stories of working with these local characters, and get a sneak peek of his latest work in Yellowstone and with vultures in the Serengeti.

Mankind to Mars
Andrew Fazekas, Space Correspondent
THU, NOV 10, 2016 / 7:30PM
FRI, NOV 11, 2016 / 7:30PM
Welcome aboard a journey of 45 million miles to humankind's next frontier. Andrew Fazekas leads a lively conversation with prominent Mars experts, dramatized in stunning visuals from Nat Geo Channel's groundbreaking new miniseries, MARS.

The Mystery of our Human Story
Lee Berger, Paleoanthropologist
THU, APR 6, 2017 / 7:30PM
FRI, APR 7, 2017 / 7:30PM
It is no exaggeration to say that paleoanthropologist Lee Berger's 2013 discovery of a Homo naledi signaled a profound shift in our understanding of human evolution. In a secret chamber of the remote Rising Star cave system near Johannesburg, South Africa, a massive collection of bones was discovered by his explorers assisted by recreational cavers. So he rapidly assembled a team of "underground astronauts" with caving experience, scientific backgrounds, and the kind of physique that could fit in a chute averaging 7.9 inches in width. What they found suggested something unprecedented-ritual burial, a practice long thought to be unique to Homo sapiens. And that was just the beginning.

Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions: My Search for Truth
Ami Vitale, Photographer
THU, MAY 18, 2017 / 7:30PM
FRI, MAY 19, 2017 / 7:30PM
Since beginning her career covering such stories as the conflict in Kosovo and the disputed Pakistan-India border, photojournalist Ami Vitale has let one principle guide her work: to live the story. That means she's gone to tremendous lengths to capture the power of the human spirit even in the face of adversity-living in mud huts, contracting malaria, and braving civil war in Guinea-Bissau. But soon, another philosophy began to overtake her work: "you can't talk about humanity without talking about nature." Thus, she chronicles her journey from documenting warzones to helping to reintroduce rhinos to the wild, and donning a panda costume to remain anonymous among the giant mammals.

The May 19th presentation of Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions made possible in part by a generous gift from John and Kathy Kissick.

Photo credits L-R: Charlie Hamilton James, Ami Vitale, Mark Thiessen, Robert Clark