Florida population

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV – Naples Florida Weekly

“Nature: American Arctic,” 8 p.m. April 13 on WGCU PBS.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 8 PM on WGCU PBS

save florida

wildlife corridor

According to the filmmakers, the web of habitat connections that sustains the state’s best wild spots is in jeopardy. If we want to save wild Florida and the nearly 700 endangered species it is home to, we must protect the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Florida’s population is growing rapidly, adding one million new residents every three years. This growth puts a strain on natural resources and habitat connections.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 8:00 p.m. on WGCU WORLD

Benjamin Franklin, part 1:

Join or Die (1706-1774)

Ken Burns’ two-part, four-hour documentary explores the groundbreaking life of one of the most important and compelling figures of the 18th century, whose work and words unraveled the mystery of electricity and helped create United States. “Write things worth reading,” he said in Poor Richard’s Almanack, “or do things worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin did both.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 7 p.m. on WGCU WORLD

Connected: a search for

Unity – The New World

(Columbus, Ohio)

Columbus, Ohio, is now home to nearly 70,000 Somali immigrants and refugees. For many Somalis, it has been a long and dangerous journey in search of a better life. Although progress has been made, many Somalis still struggle to be understood and accepted. This exploration of a beautiful community and their Muslim faith yields moving tales of perseverance and strength.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 8:00 PM on WGCU WORLD

Nature: King of the hippos

Follow the life of an ancient hippopotamus, a king of his kind, and discover the true character of one of Earth’s largest land mammals.

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 10 PM on WGCU PBS

The secrets of sacred architecture

For most of America’s history, sacred buildings have represented our greatest feats of innovative engineering and artistic design. For a time, America’s tallest structures and its largest-capacity buildings were churches, and a church organ in Maryland was the most complex machine ever built. Learn about the design elements that make these innovative structures so fascinating, and the meaning embedded in religious architecture.

TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 8 PM on WGCU PBS

Find your roots:

watchmen

Henry Louis Gates Jr. guides Regina King and Damon Lindelof, the creative forces behind a visionary television series, as they discover they have more in common than meets the eye.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 8 PM on WGCU PBS

Nature: American Arctic

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has long protected Ice Age survivors, but this once isolated and frozen stronghold is about to change. Today, for caribou, muskoxen, polar bears and arctic foxes, the ice age is slipping away. ¦