"John Muir in the New World" on PBS April 18

John Muir is getting the American Masters treatment on PBS.

John Muir in the New World will air on Monday, April 18, at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Earth Day (4/22) and John Muir Day (4/21, Muir's birthday).

The Scottish American preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, and farmer is revered as the father of the environmental movement and the founder of the Sierra Club.

The 90-minute documentary delves into Muir’s life and influences with reenactments filmed throughout the landscapes he visited: Wisconsin, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra Valley of California, and the glaciers of Alaska.

Watch a preview of John Muir in the New World below:


Hear stories from one of Muir’s Alaska expeditions in these outtakes from the documentary:

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April 10, 2011 at 7:48 p.m. (EDT)

For me, this will be a must see

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April 10, 2011 at 8:03 p.m. (EDT)

I'm with Mike on this one. DVR is already set. Thanks for the heads-up Alicia.

Lawnchair Larry
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April 11, 2011 at 12:19 a.m. (EDT)

Thanks for the reminder! I "liked" it on facebook a couple of months ago and promptly forgot all about it. Can't miss this one.

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April 19, 2011 at 8:47 a.m. (EDT)

Pretty good documetary. Beautiful scenery footage. My wife and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Bill S
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April 19, 2011 at 1:54 p.m. (EDT)

Overall, it was very good. I was a bit disappointed at some of the things left out, but there is limited time to cover such a full life of such an influential person.

There were some rather glaring anachronisms, though. In a couple places where "Muir" was climbing a slab (in Tuolumne, for one, and on Ritter for another), he was wearing rock climbing shoes - don't think they had them at the time. For another, in Alaska, he and his Alaskan Native friend were in a very nice kevlar canoe (I couldn't quite make out the brand, though the shape of the emblem was vaguely familiar). Again, a few years out of date.

As a reader of Muir's writings since I was a kid, and a long-time Sierra Club member (plus living just across the SFBay from his home in Martinez, currently a California State Park), I was very familiar with most of the history. But there were a number of interesting items quite new to me. One was how much pushing his Eastern publishers were on getting him to complete his writings. The view in these parts has mostly been that he was the one out there leading the cause.

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