NM PBS Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Titanic Disaster

NM PBS Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Titanic Disaster
With Programs Airing April 1 – 22

NM PBS will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history, with three *new* programs scheduled for April 2012. Each program provides a unique perspective on the April 14, 1912, disaster — from historical drama to science to personal stories of the effect of the tragedy on the descendants of those who perished and those who survived.

NOVA “Why Ships Sink”
Ch. 5.1 – Wednesday, 4/18 at 8:00 pm & Sunday. 4/22 at 11:00 am
Ch. 9.1 – Saturday , 4/21 at 7:00 pm

Are you safe aboard a modern cruise ship? Twenty million passengers embark on cruises each year, vacationing in deluxe “floating cities” that offer everything from swimming pools to shopping malls to ice skating rinks. And the ships just keep getting bigger: The average cruise ship has doubled in size in just the last ten years. Some engineers fear that these towering behemoths are dangerously unstable, and the recent tragedy of the Costa Concordia has raised new questions about their safety. Now, NOVA brings together marine engineering and safety experts to reconstruct the events that led up to famous cruise disasters, including the ill-fated Concordia, the Sea Diamond, and the Oceanos. Are we really safe at sea-or are we on the brink of a 21st century Titanic?

Ch. 5.1 – Thursday 4/19 at 9:00 pm

The untold story behind the world’s most famous shipwreck…Could a tiny, fragile snow flake that fell over 100,000 years ago be responsible for one of the greatest disasters in living memory?

From the surging glacier that created it to its date with destiny on 14th April 1912, the journey of the iceberg that sank the ship they said was unsinkable is retraced in this beautiful and often surprising film.

Many millennia ago, a snowflake landed at the head of a glacier in the Arctic Circle.
In an instant, it turned from a symbol of purity to an agent of death as it triggered the
creation of an iceberg – spat from the tongue of the mother glacier and into the ocean.
Cameras explore every face of this monstrous glacier, revealing an arterial network of
melt-water rivers and frozen masses of rocks and vegetation suspended in the ice, and
also the nature of the iceberg. There is a duality to its character. Long before it was a
life-taker, it was home to an abundance of arctic wildlife.

Passing down through the Arctic Circle and into the North Atlantic, the iceberg was
set on an unstoppable collision course that would result in over 1400 deaths. Were
warnings heeded? Could the crew of the Titanic have done more to save the
passengers – perhaps using the iceberg as a giant lifeboat?

These questions can be answered with the aid of hindsight. But what of modern
debate? Could this type of disaster ever happen again?
Returning to the final
resting place of the iceberg that sunk the Titanic, deep below the surface of the Atlantic
Ocean, this film searches for clues in the deposits left by icebergs on the sea
With rising global temperatures, could a new generation of ‘mega-bergs’ be set to
plague the busy shipping lanes?

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