Science & Nature

Science & Nature programs on WXXI TV
and Radio as well as online discussion
and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 10:00pm
This film tells the story of "Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of '49" - the worst series of storms in Wyoming's history.
Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 9:00pm
Brains On!, the public radio science show for kids and curious adults, explores the fascinating science behind circadian rhythms.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 10:00pm
Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora, the colorful glow in the night sky.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 9:00pm
They are the most enigmatic, mysterious, and exotic objects in the universe: black holes.


Watch The Crowd and The Cloud on-demand, showcasing the power of Citizen Science in the Digital Age. Then pick your project to become involved in as a citizen scientist. All ages welcome!


Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:00pm
In Calculating Ada:The Countess of Computing, Dr. Hannah Fry (The Mathematics of Love) explores the short yet remarkable life of Ada Lovelace, a Victorian-era British socialite and one of the world’s earliest computer pioneers.
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 8:00pm
Follow the stories of ordinary men and women who have done the extraordinary.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 8:00pm
Great things come in small packages, and animals are no exception to the rule. Uncover nature’s biggest little secrets from mini nocturnal monkeys to sand-sculpting puffer fish.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:30pm
While turkey certainly makes for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, there’s a lot to love about these humble creatures year-round.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:00pm
Beyond a Year in Space, the follow up to Emmy® Award-winning film A Year in Space, chronicles astronaut Scott Kelly’s return and adjustment to life on Earth after spending 12 months on the International Space Station (ISS)
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:00pm
Disasters are big business. Follow an investigation with NPR into who profits when disaster strikes.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 8:00pm
After the unexpected death of her photojournalist father, Helen Macdonald overcame her grief by training an adult goshawk, one of nature’s most notoriously wild and free-spirited birds of prey.
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:30pm
Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 10:00pm
See how Scott Pruitt went from fighting the EPA to running the agency and rolling back years of policy.
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 10:00pm
Learn why threats to the whale-hunting practices of the Faroese are a warning to the world.
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 10:00pm
Learn why threats to the whale-hunting practices of the Faroese are a warning to the world.
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 11:00am
Fans of the Hidden Brain podcast will be happy to learn that its host, NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, and his production team have a new weekly, one-hour radio version of Hidden Brain.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 8:00pm
Meet Naledi, a baby elephant orphan who finds her place in the herd with the help of her caretakers.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 8:00pm
Hanna Ranch is a feature documentary about a visionary and charismatic cattleman, Kirk Hanna.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:00pm
Join the space probe Cassini’s final hours as it dives into Saturn’s atmosphere.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 8:00pm
Iconic 19th-century painter and naturalist John James Audubon, who explored the American frontier in search of "the feathered tribes" he loved and studied, is spotlighted
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 9:00pm
The Farthest Voyager in Space, a two-hour special about NASA’s historic Voyager mission to explore our solar system and beyond
Monday, August 21, 2017 - 9:15pm
On Monday August 21, 2017, America’s eyes will be glued to the skies as the mainland United States experiences the first total solar eclipse since 1979.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 9:00pm
Nature's Great Race follows three groups of animals – caribou, zebra, and elephants – as they face the immense challenges of migration in places around the world.
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 8:00pm
PBS's latest venture is a live, natural-history adventure program with Wild Alaska Live, a three-part, multi-platform production that airs July 23, 26 and 30 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV, as a part of its “Summer of Adventure” lineup.


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