PBS’ E2 environmental series cheerier than usual fare

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“Most environmental documentaries try to persuade or preach or, these days, scare; E2 feels as if it’s trying to cheerlead and to sell,” writes the New York Times‘ Mike Hale of the series’ second season, which premieres this month. “That makes it an odd fit on today’s PBS, where news and public affairs programs like Frontline, Now and Bill Moyers Journal, with their reporting and advocacy on Iraq, civil liberties and other fraught topics, are simultaneously among the best and the gloomiest shows on television.”