PBS series looks at three global rivers and the areas that depend on them - Albuquerque Journal

PBS series looks at three global rivers and the areas that depend on them

The Yukon River is full of ice chunks as it drifts by Eagle Rock, near Carmacks in Yukon, Canada. The river is featured in “Rivers of Life.” (Courtesy of All Canada Photos/Pond5)

Rosemary Edwards knows that rivers are an important source of life.

This is why Edwards stepped in to be the executive producer of the three-part second season of “Rivers of Life.”

The series airs its next two episodes at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12, on New Mexico PBS, channel 5.1. The entire series is streaming on the PBS Video app.

“I come from a journalist background,” Edwards says. “People have always gravitated towards fresh waters. There’s a dual relationship. In this series, we’re trying to reflect the difference between each water course and the similarities.”

Victoria Falls at sunset, Zambia. (Courtesy of Tom Varley/Wild Visions Gallery)

In the second season, “Rivers of Life” explores Africa’s wildest river, the Zambezi; Europe’s Danube River, which travels through more countries than any other; and North America’s great frozen river, the Yukon.

Edwards says each river has its own character.

“If you take the Zambezi, it’s a fast flowing river and has lots of energy,” she says. “Then you switch to the Yukon and it has massive personality. It’s the great frozen river. It’s unique. You think about flowing water and the challenges on that river. These are amazing stories.”

Edwards says the Danube River hadn’t been looked at before.

“It’s the most cosmopolitan river in the world,” she says. “From that point of view, it’s got character and has more borders because of where it flows. International rivers are always amazing stories to tell.”

Edwards says production pinpointed the three rivers out of a running list.

The series not only wanted to highlight the river, but the people and surrounding nature that relies on the river.

Of course, there were challenges. Lots of late night filming, turning into early mornings.

“It was worth it in the end,” she says. “We had filmmakers and crew who kept it moving forward. We’ve made friends with people who we would employ again. Our carbon footprint was small because we kept production really tight.”

Edwards says the BBC teamed up with PBS on this project.

“Both entities have a mantra to educate and entertain,” she says. “We hope that people come to that and love the vastness of the series. There are tons of beauty shots. Viewers can learn about the communities that surround these bodies of water. I hope that they take away a desire to preserve the landscape and there are always threats to the environment.”

 

Home » ABQnews Seeker » PBS series looks at three global rivers and the areas that depend on them


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Griner freed: WNBA star swapped for Russian, heads home
ABQnews Seeker
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American basketball star ... WASHINGTON (AP) -- American basketball star Brittney Griner headed home Thursday night, freed from Russian prison in exchange for the U.S. releasing notorious Russian ...
2
Hospitals continue to get battered by viruses
ABQnews Seeker
At the University of New Mexico ... At the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital ICU on Thursday, there were 22 patients in a unit licensed for 20 beds, and 90% ...
3
Turn your guns into gift cards at ABQ buy-back ...
ABQnews Seeker
Residents can turn in guns for ... Residents can turn in guns for gift cards of up to $250 at a gun buy-back event Saturday, Dec. 10, in Albuquerque. The Guns ...
4
DA's office investigating NMSU staff and players
ABQnews Seeker
NMSU officials plan to hire a ... NMSU officials plan to hire a third-party investigator to review the fatal Nov. 19 shooting
5
A family fight the day after Thanksgiving and a ...
ABQnews Seeker
Officials say the man shot by ... Officials say the man shot by officers was armed with knives
6
Albuquerque's Kickstand Cafe is under new ownership
ABQnews Seeker
The North Valley business will hold ... The North Valley business will hold its grand reopening this weekend.
7
Former Catron County sheriff faces 10 felony charges for ...
ABQnews Seeker
A former New Mexico sheriff was ... A former New Mexico sheriff was charged Thursday with embezzlement and money laundering for allegedly taking $39,000 in federal funds intended to reimburse Catron ...
8
Katy Duhigg, first-term senator from Albuquerque, tapped to lead ...
ABQnews Seeker
Democrat Katy Duhigg is in line ... Democrat Katy Duhigg is in line to serve as the next chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee at the Roundhouse, where she would fill ...
9
Microwave technology is getting closer to the battlefield. This ...
ABQnews Seeker
Air Force lab accelerates development of ... Air Force lab accelerates development of ‘directed energy’ systems