Planet Green’s ‘Operation Wild,’ ‘King Corn’ and ‘Big River’: A Weekend of World-Changing Television

If you’re in the mood for thought-provoking programming about people trying to make a positive difference in the world, then look no further than Planet Green this weekend.

First , from wild crocodile attacks and run-ins with drunken sailors to life-or-death swamp rescues, there is no such thing as a typical day at the office for the men and women of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). Fully armed and equipped with an arsenal of air boats, ATVs, helicopters and four-wheel drives, the men and women of the FWC patrol Florida’s land, sea and air on the hunt to stop environmental crimes.

Join officers Clinton Bean, Eric “The Magnet” Steinmetz, Dana “Copper Mom” Klein and others on the second season of Planet Green’s Operation Wild, as they fight to preserve Florida’s natural ecosystems. This season will also touch on the first-and effect of this year’s Gulf oil spill as the FWC officers work to protect the coastal environment and indigenous animals and plants threatened by the disaster.

Season two of Operation Wild premieres tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Planet Green. Learn more about the duties of the FWC and check out the techniques used in gator catching in this clip (warning: don’t try this at home!):

Moving from the swamplands to the corn fields, cozy up on Saturday for a double-feature movie special about America’s most subsidized grain: corn. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, two best friends from college, grow and follow a pile of corn into the food system to understand better how we eat and how we farm.

In their follow-up film, Big River, Cheney and Ellis return to Iowa with a new mission: to investigate the environmental impact their acre of corn has on the people and places downstream. In a journey that spans from the heartland to the Gulf of Mexico, Ian and Curt trade their combine for a canoe, and set out to see the big world their little acre of corn has touched.

Get the essential facts about high fructose corn syrup and test your knowledge about the average American diet. Then join Planet Green for Big River at 10pm ET/PT on Saturday, November 6, followed by Cheney and Ellis’ original documentary, King Corn, at 10:30pm ET/PT.