With the support of PBS, PBS NewsHour presents the new prime-time special The Plastic Problem, exploring how plastic is impacting the world and ways individuals can break their dependence on plastics.

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When to Watch

The program premiered on CPTV in November 2019. It encores on CPTV Spirit on:

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 9 a.m.
  • Friday, May 22, 2020 at 2 a.m.

More About the Program

Hosted by Amna Nawaz, The Plastic Problem follows the 2018 Peabody Award-winning five-part NewsHour series that explored the environmental threat from plastic pollution and potential alternatives. Viewers will gain a deeper understanding of why the global extensive appetite for single-use plastic is one of the largest environmental threats.

Traveling to multiple cities including Toronto, Canada — and with reports from the edge of the jungle in Malaysia, the Pacific shores of Costa Rica, to the rocky beaches of Easter Island — NewsHour’s team discovers extensive environmental damage plastic has already caused as well as potential solutions in plastic management.

For more information on the program, click here.