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The Uru-eu-wau-wau are an extremely small Indigenous tribe (population about 180) in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil. Not contacted by "civilized" folks until the 1980s, they continue to live their li…
Two French volcanologists meet and fall in love in the late 60s, have an explosive and volcanic relationship, both with each other and with the volcanos that they love, and they die together at the er…
The Alpinist introduces us to Marc-André Leclerc, a goofy young man in his 20s who seemingly came out of nowhere to wow the climbing world with his solo ascents of some of the Americas' most challengi…
While visiting friends in the rural area around Missoula, Montana, I heard about what the locals termed "mountain bachelors". These were guys who purposely had fallen off the grid, often due to trauma…
When a story is told from the point of view of a dog, it seems like it would be an easy assumption to assume that it is "dumbed down" for a family audience. But Jack London's gritty, often violent cla…
In 2006, Vice President Al Gore used his fame to explode environmentalism into the mainstream. Using a PowerPoint slide presentation as the core of his message, he managed to explain global warning in…
In 2013, all but one of an elite crew of hotshot firefighters died in a horrific and cruel wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona, close to the team's home base of Granite Mountain near Prescott. I remember hea…
Though the theme of this NATURE special—owls and their "superpowers"—sounds a little cheesy at the start, by the end of this informative hour, you'll be convinced that owls are a special sort of bird-…
If you are an aficionado of critter videos (and who isn't, really, considering how cat videos alone clog up all the tubes that run the internets), you will most likely be familiar with sloths. These a…
The BBC continues its great nature series BBC Earth that was spawned by the monstrous success of the excellent Planet Earth. This time around, they zoom in their focus a bit with Wild Pacific. Living …
Director Sean Penn delivers a thoughtful, somber, enlightening and occasionally exuberant drama with his big-screen adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s book of the same name, which tells the true story of a …
Told in flashbacks and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club), Wild tells the true story of Strayed’s 1995 solo trek along 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. An inexperienced hiker who…