CNN’s ‘Planet in Peril’: Still Time to See it on Cable TV

There’s still time to catch – or to record and watch later – CNN’s impressive and aggressively promoted “Planet in Peril” two-hour, four-part special.

The cable company apparently spared no expense in this in-depth worldwide examination of climate change, illegal trade in endangered species, wetlands loss, chemical contamination of human bodies, and much more. With big-name celebrity journalists Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin reporting from around the world, the special goes well beyond climate change. (It includes very brief out-takes from past speeches by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and by ubiquitous climate skeptic Patrick Michaels, but basically comes down clearly on the side of NASA’s James Hansen, interviewed online, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The special says Senator Inhofe ended up canceling a scheduled on air interview for the program.)

The special began at 9 p.m. eastern on Tuesday, October 23, and Cooper cut in every 15 minutes with CNN’s signature “Breaking News” coverage of the southern California wild fires tragedy. Along with numerous commercial breaks, that added substantially to the actual time it took to watch each original two-hour segment. Digital video recorders and video cassette recorders will come in handy in watching the valuable special now and in the future. Currently scheduled times (all times eastern):

  • Thursday, Ocober 25, One-hour discussion on the show @10p.m.;
  • Friday, October 26, Part I, 9 p.m. and Part II, 11 p.m.;
  • Saturday, October 27, Part I, 1a.m.; Part II, 3 a.m., and Part I, 5 a.m. Part I, 7pm, and Part 2, 10 p.m.;
  • Sunday, October 28 – All four hours beginning at midnight; Part I, 7p.m., Part 2, 10pm
  • Monday, October 29 – All four hours beginning at midnight.
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