Top Picks: 'Food, Inc.,' 'SpongeBob's Last Stand,' 'Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country,' and other recommendations
'Food, Inc.' on PBS, 'SpongeBob's Last Stand' to save Bikini Bottom, 'Burma VJ' harrowing documentary on HBO, and more top picks.
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A sponge in protest
SpongeBob Squarepants may be off the air except in reruns, but the bright yellow hero manages to reappear at just the right moments – this time on Earth Day. "SpongeBob's Last Stand," a half-hour special, airs April 22 on Nickelodeon at 8 p.m. With 1960s-style protest songs, the sponge-with-a-heart must rally the denizens of Bikini Bottom to see that a new superhighway cutting across Jellyfish Fields is not in their best interests.
Burma's beating heart
"Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country" is a harrowing look at the efforts of the country's struggling journalists to report on the 2007 uprising. The 90-minute documentary reminds us that the heart of a free Burma is still beating, but against great odds. Shot with hidden cameras amid the constant threat of imprisonment, it was a 2010 Academy Award nominee. It airs April 20, 9:30 p.m., on HBO.