In November 1999, millions of television viewers tuned in to the national PBS broadcast premiere of Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth, the first ever prime-time program to focus on the fascinating but (for many of us) little known realm of microbes and microbiology.
Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth is the story of the scientific detective work that leads investigators from the very large to the very small, from the present to the remote past, from humankind at large to the delicate life systems within every one of us.
This four-part series challenges us to forge new partnerships with the microbial world to control disease, fight hunger in developing countries, reclaim our damaged environment, and clean up even the most toxic of wastes.
Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth features vivid computer animation and videomicroscopy that dynamically illustrate creatures and processes too miniscule to see with the unaided eye. You'll meet a microbial cast of characters, both heroes and villians, as well as a host of scientists whose work today is helping to shape our future.
Scenes from programs one through four
The series periodically airs on the Annenberg/CPB site. If you don't want to wait, you can purchase Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth for home viewing by calling 1-888-423-1212. Or order the series on-line from A&E . (Note: A&E distributes only to the U.S. and Canada.) Educators who want to purchase the series for classroom use should call Annenberg/CPB at 1-800-LEARNER. Be sure to state that you're interested in the 4-part PBS series.
Also, check out the Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth companion book, a trove of microbial lore, stories and profiles building on the TV series.