Showtime Series Aims to Engage Sleepy Public on Global Warming With Celebrity Guides

April 10, 2014 12:49 PM

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Showtime Series Aims to Engage Sleepy Public on Global Warming With Celebrity Guides

Early in 2011, two longtime 60 Minutes producers, David Gelber and Joel Bach, met with me to describe their ambitious plan to create a television series on global warming that, they hoped, would break through the enduring public apathy and haze of disinformation surrounding the subject. I wished them luck, while warning that the scale and complexity of the problem would make it hard to be both engaging and accurate.

It remains to be seen whether the series draws a substantial and sustained audience, but the Showtime team, at least in episode one, deserves plaudits for taking a compellingly fresh approach to showing the importance of climate hazards to human affairs, the role of greenhouse gases in raising the o...

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