The Nature of Things, CBC – “Jellyfish Rule!”
Jellyfish are one of earth’s most ancient animals, and many scientists predict they will be here long after we’re gone. Could these creatures that are 95% water with no brain and no backbone be the planet’s ultimate survivors? Join some of the world’s foremost jellyfish scientists in uncovering the secrets of jellyfish success. Jellyfish Rule! is the remarkable story about the one of the planet’s most successful animals. They thrive in waters where virtually nothing else can, and their numbers are increasing in marine ecosystems around the globe. Their venom is one of the most potent poisons in the world and can even cause death in humans in minutes. In some parts of the ocean they have actually become the top predators, and it turns out jellyfish are the most efficient swimmers in the ocean – even better than fish. Jellyfish have sounded the alarm about the condition of our oceans. Will anyone listen?
Doc Zone, CBC – “Volunteers Unleashed”
Once the domain of international NGO’s, like CUSO or Peace Corps, overseas volunteering has privatized and gone mainstream, attracting millions of young travelers. Volunteers Unleashed follows volunteers to South America, Southeast Asia and Africa, showing how “voluntourism” has become the fastest growing and the most controversial travel sector. Leading this story is 22-year-old Pippa Biddle, who after a series of voluntourism experiences over six years, posted a critical blog. It went viral, with over 15 million hits, and instantly launched her as the poster child against privileged young white women volunteering overseas. Volunteers Unleashed shows dramatically that going overseas with good intentions, does not guarantee good will be done.
The Liquidator, OLN – “Cagey Dealings”
Jeff knows nothing about electronics – but that doesn’t stop him from taking a chance on a load of gear from a company going out of business. Is he now the owner of the world’s ugliest paperweights, or are these high-tech items worth their weight in gold?