The Nature Of Things

On Saturday, June 13, at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT), American Savannah takes viewers to the world of a long-standing obsession: the perfect lawn. The pursuit of the perfect lawn is a booming industry, where agribusiness meets home improvement. The highly manicured lawn, so central to popular culture, has become entrenched within the American dream and has become an easily recognized North American status symbol. Out of this fascination with lawn care, has sprouted lawnmower racing and American Savannah takes viewers on a hilarious journey that includes this new sport which allows men to marry two of their favourite activities, lawn maintenance and competitive racing.

Lawns that are up to golf course or ballpark standards are still very much a North American status symbol. David Mellor, groundskeeper at Boston’s Fenway Park, showcases his creative mowing patterns for the documentary, demonstrating the possibility of bringing Fenway Park perfection to your own backyard.

Directed by Jean-Francois Méan and Ian Lagarde, American Savannah proves that no matter what the water shortages may be, green sod carpets are still sprouting up all around us. Both a psychoanalytic and environmental documentary, American Savannah will have viewers questioning the look of their lawn and that of their neighbours.

Senior Producers for The Nature of Things are F.M. Morrison and Caroline Underwood, Executive Producer, Michael Allder

On Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT), THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki returns to CBC Television with entertaining and thought-provoking documentaries including two new titles—one about a hot, green world, the other a series about a cold, white world. As homeowners are dusting off their lawn mowers and golf fans look to the fairways, the promise and pressures of summer are all about one thing: grass. American Savannah captures man’s obsession with having a golf course-like lawn and the consequences of this obsession.

Also airing this summer on THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki is Arctic Meltdown. This three-part series explores who will protect the rapidly thawing North as Arctic countries compete for its resources, the consequences of the Northwest Passage beginning to open and Arctic animals, who once called this snowy land home, threatened because of the changing climate.

Below is the summer broadcast schedule for THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki on CBC Television.

Gone Sideways
Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television

American Savannah
Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television
Repeat on Thursday, June 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Arctic Meltdown: A Changing World
Saturday, June 20 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television
Repeat on Thursday, June 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Arctic Meltdown: The Arctic Passages
Saturday, June 27 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television
Repeat on Thursday, July 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Arctic Meltdown: Adapting to Change

Saturday, July 4 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television
Repeat on Thursday, July 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

The Suzuki Diaries

Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television
Repeat on Thursday, July16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Supercar: Building the Car of the Future

Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television

Living City: A Critical Guide
Saturday, August 8 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television

Antarctic Mission: Islands at the Edge
Saturday, August 29 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television