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PBS SoCal Debuts Environmentally-Themed Programming to Mark Earth Day

PBS SoCal and KCET, Southern California’s flagship PBS stations, along with national satellite network Link TV, presents a new season of Link TV’s acclaimed original environmental series EARTH FOCUS in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In addition, the annual EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL, the only festival of its kind in Los Angeles, will return virtually for a fourth year from April 24-29. The returning festival, from presenting sponsor Edison International, features film screenings and Q&A discussions addressing climate change realities with the goal of confronting global issues that impact all living creatures and natural resources.

THE GREAT THIRST: County of Inyo, Eastern California Museum

Launched in 2007 on Link TV, EARTH FOCUS is the longest-running investigative environmental news program on U.S. television. This season, co-produced by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and from presenting sponsor Hasa International, examines the social and environmental determinants of health affecting a wide range of populations living in the United States, including farmers suffering the effects of rural isolation, warehouse workers breathing polluted air, and uninsured families dealing with the stress of paying for health care. Since its inception, the series has provided audiences with urgent local and global environmental coverage that spotlights in-depth reports on key issues such as endangered species, climate change, environmental health and sustainable practices.

EARTH FOCUS: “We Are Where We Live” airs April 20 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal and at 9 p.m. on Link TV

Then this weekend, tune in for the world premiere of the documentary special THE GREAT THIRST: WILLIAM MULHOLLAND, the first installment of a complex and storied history of California through the lens of its relationship with water. Directed by Matthew Justus and inspired by the book of the same name by acclaimed author and professor Norris Hundley Jr., the special highlights William Mulholland and the creation of modern Los Angeles by illustrating one of engineering’s greatest achievements of the 20th century, and one of its biggest disasters: the St. Francis Dam. THE GREAT THIRST: WILLIAM MULHOLLAND premieres on Sunday, April 24 at 8 p.m.  

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