Program 1 Oceans, Ice & Life
Thursday, January 23, 1997, 13:00-14:00 Eastern

The chilly waters of Antarctica are -- surprisingly -- at times more productive than those of the tropics: this program shows us how and why. Sail to Palmer Station aboard the R.V. Polar Duke, across the Drake Passage, the roughest waters on Earth. During this first live telecast, from on board ship, meet the researchers who are studying the interaction of the marine food chain, and see how life on and in the ocean waxes and wanes along with the seasonal ice sheets. See how researchers sample the smallest lifeforms in the ocean, and their connection up the food chain to seals, penguins and whales. This program demonstrates the adaptation of life to such extreme conditions, and shows how scientists must also adapt their lives and research techniques to the environment.

Program 2 The Secrets of Survival
Thursday, January 30, 1997, 13:00-14:00 Eastern

For the fifty researchers and their support teams who live at Palmer during the Antarctic summer, commuting to work involves a daily trip from the relative safety and comfort of the main research station aboard small Zodiac inflatables out to their desolate study sites, over waters that would kill in minutes in the event of an accident. Travel with them, live, to Torgersen Island, to study Adelie penguins and their newborn chicks; to Humble and Dream Island to observe the skuas who prey on them, and find out the fascinating connections between each season's ice and weather, and which young creatures will live and die. This program looks at the secrets of survival for both the wildlife and the human researchers who journey to the ends of the Earth to study them.

Program 3 Seeing the Future?
Thursday, February 6, 1997, 13:00-14:00 Eastern

Antarctica was the place which first showed humans the ozone hole, and Palmer Station is one of the key sites which helps us understand how global climate change may affect the ecosystem of which we are all part. Palmer is the only place on the Continent where microscopic plants can grow on land, and the site of an ambitious Long-Term Ecological Research project seeking to understand the ongoing interaction of ocean, ice, atmosphere and life. This program presents the latest on ozone and the effects of increased ultraviolet radiation, and shows how research in Antarctica -- and Palmer in particular -- helps us understand our entire planetary environment.