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 WVPT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: August 2016

   
       
       
                        
 
           
             Olympic Programming
             Political Programming
             Science & Nature Programming
             History & Travel Programming
             Drama Programming
 
   
 
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Downton Abbey Encore - Programming Note
 
 
Due to special programming & our August pledge drive Downton encores on Thursday nights will not air.  
 
There will be a encore of the entire series over the Labor Day weekend. The marathon will begin Friday, September 2nd at 9:00 p.m. and run through Monday September 5th. 
 
Please note that there will be an hour break on Monday September 5th at 6:00 p.m. in order to broadcast the PBS Newshour
 
 
Season 1:
 
Friday September 2nd, 9:00 p.m. to
Saturday, September 3rd, 4:59 a.m. 
 
Season 2:  
 
Saturday, September 3rd, 4:59 a.m. to 5:24 p.m.
 
Season 3 (Episodes 1-6): 
 
Saturday, September 3rd, 5:24 p.m. to
Sunday, September 4th, 3:37 a.m.
 
Manners of Downton Abbey & More Manners of Downton Abbey: 
 
Sunday, September 4th, 3:37 a.m. to 5:33 a.m.
 
Season 3 (Final Episode): 
 
Sunday, September 4th, 5:33 a.m. to 7:43 a.m.
 
Season 4: 
 
Sunday, September 4th, 7:43 a.m. to 8:34 p.m.
 
Season 5: 
 
Sunday, September 4th, 8:34 p.m. to
Monday, September 5th, 9:44 a.m.
 
Season 6 (Episodes 1-6): 
 
Monday, September 5th, 9:44 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 
Season 6 (Final 3 episodes): 
 
Monday, September 5th, 7:00 p.m. to
Tuesday, September 6th, 12:30 a.m.
 
 
 
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British Programming (Saturday nights)
 
Programming Notes:
 
On September 10th, Keeping Up Appearances & As Time Goes By will also air at 7:00 & 7:30 p.m. in addition to their usual times at 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.
 
On September 17th, Father Brown will also at 7:00 p.m. in addition to its usual time at 9:00 p.m.
 
Doc Martin will be on hiatus beginning August 27th. It will return to Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 24th
 
 
ReDream-s
WVPT ReDream (Local Program)
 
Thursday, August 25th at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 28th at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 31st at 2:30 p.m.
 
WVPT Re:Dream is about people living in your community as they navigate opportunity, meet obstacles, and pursue happiness in the 21st century.  WVPT asked -- what is YOUR dream? -- and community members from the age of  5 to 105 answered.  We were INSPIRED by what we heard. What is YOUR dream? 
 
 
 
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Jesse Owens: Enduring Spirit
 
Monday, August 1st at 7:30 p.m.
 
The story of Jesse Owens, the son of Alabama sharecroppers who became one of the most celebrated athletes in the world after winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Owens attended the Ohio State University where he ran track and shattered many collegiate records. This program looks at the impact Owens had
after he finished competing and his long relationship with Ohio State.

 

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Munic '72 & Beyond
 
Monday, August 1st at 9:00 p.m.
 
An act of terrorism shocks the world: Palestinian extremists invade the Summer Olympics and murder 11 Israeli athletes. With chilling detail, this new documentary investigates the Munich massacre, its aftermath and its relevance. It reveals alarming new evidence and never-before-seen photographs, and captures a poignant 43-year struggle for public remembrance. Even before its release, this film has attracted attention in The New York Times, NPR and around the world, as nations prepare for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio.
 
 
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Nazi Games: Berlin 1936
 
Tuesday, August 2nd at 8:00 p.m.
 
See how the Nazis and the IOC turned, to their mutual advantage, a relatively small, elitist sports event into an epic global and mass media spectacle that, despite the IOC's determined attempts to forget,continues to this day.
 
 
 
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Boys of '36: American Experience
 
Tuesday, August 2nd at 9:00 p.m.
 
Explore the thrilling story of the American rowing team that triumphed at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Inspired by #1 best-seller The Boys in the Boat, the film follows the underdog team that took the nation by storm when they captured gold.
 
 
 
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Independent Lens - T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold
 
Tuesday, August 2nd at 10:00 p.m.
 
Meet Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, who rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan, and at 17 won the first Olympic gold medal for women's boxing in 2012. In this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight.
 
 
 
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P.O.V. - My Way to Olympia
 
Friday, August 5th at 10:00 p.m.
 
Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, than Niko von Glasow, the world's best-known disabled filmmaker? Unfortunately -- or fortunately for anyone seeking an insightful and funny documentary -- this filmmaker frankly hates sports and thinks the games are "a stupid idea." Born with severely shortened arms, von Glasow serves as an endearing guide to London's Paralympics competition in "My Way to Olympia." As he meets a one-handed Norwegian table tennis player, the Rwandan sitting volleyball team, an American archer without arms and a Greek paraplegic boccia player, his own stereotypes about disability and sports get punctured.
 
 
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Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kono Story
 
Tuesday, August 9th at 8:00 p.m.
 
Tommy Kono is one of America's greatest Olympic champions. He inspired two generations of weightlifters and body builders, including changing the life of one of the world's biggest movie stars.Kono and his family were re-located to an internment camp in World War Two, which is where he began weightlifting. After their return, Kono was drafted in 1952, but remained stateside and ultimately entered the Olympics that year. Tommy not only won the gold medal, he captured that prize again at the 1956 games, and took silver at the 1960 Olympics. He also won several body building competitions, including the Mr. Universe three times and Iron Man Mr. World titles. All this garnered the attention of fellow athletes like former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who remained a close friend. Kono passed away April 24, 2016, so this program is both an excellent memorial and a fascinating chapter in Olympic and Japanese-American history
 
 
 
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American Experience: The Presidents
 
J.F.K.
Monday, August 8th & Tuesday, August 9th at 9:00 p.m.
 
This biography provides a fresh look at an enigmatic man, who remains one of the nation's most beloved and mourned leaders. Beginning with Kennedy's childhood years as the privileged but sickly second son of one the wealthiest men in America, the film explores his early political career as a lackluster congressman, his successful run for the U.S. Senate and the game-changing presidential campaign that made him the youngest elected president in U.S. history. With the benefit of recently opened archives, the film recounts his struggles with life-threatening illnesses and his efforts to keep them hidden from the public. JFK offers new perspective on his complicated private life, including his relationship with his wife, his close connection to his younger brother, Robert and his complex bond with his powerful father. It also reevaluates Kennedy's strengths and weaknesses in the Oval Office as he navigated some of the most explosive events of the mid-20th century -- the disastrous failure at the Bay of Pigs, the urgent demands of an increasingly impatient civil rights movement, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the escalating conflict in Southeast Asia.
 
 
LBJ
Wednesday, August 10th at 8:00 p.m.
 
Revisit the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson who used his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs only to have his visions of a Great Society swallowed up in the quagmire of Vietnam.
 
 
Nixon
Thursday, August 11th at 9:00 p.m.
 
Examine the complex life and career of Richard Nixon, whose legacy includes both ending America's involvement in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Forced to resign, his administration did much to erode Americans' faith in their government.
 
 
Jimmy Carter
Monday, August 15th at 9:00 p.m.
 
Revisit the life of the Georgia peanut farmer who rose to become our 39th president. The film traces his rapid ascent in politics, dramatic fall from grace, unexpected resurrection and post-presidential success as a humanitarian. 
 
 
Reagan
Tuesday, August 16th & Wednesday, August 17th at 9:00 p.m.
 
Explore the influence of family, religion and anti-communism on the life of Ronald Reagan.
 
 
George H.W. Bush
Thursday, August 18th at 8:00 p.m.
 
Look back at the life and career of our 41st president, from his service in World War II and his early career in Texas to his days in the Oval Office, first as vice president to Ronald Reagan, then as the leader who presided over the first Gulf War.
 
 
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Dick Cheney: A Heartbeat Away
 
Sunday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m.
 
This 90-minute documentary film tells the story of the man historians have dubbed the most powerful vice president in the history of the United States. The Vice President recounts the story in his own words,reflecting on his modest upbringing in Casper, his lifelong high-risk heart problems, and his assessment of the world leaders he dealt with. In intimate detail, he recalls the attack on September 11,2001 that shook the world, and reveals details of the crisis never told before. Other voices lend perspective: Wyoming friends who have known Dick Cheney his entire life, journalists critical of his grip on the levers of power, and first-hand observers of his near half a century in politics and government. From this emerges a well-rounded portrait of one of the most powerful men of the last century, who escapes the world's scrutiny and controversy today the way he did as a young man: with a fly rod on a Wyoming river.
 
 
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Young Lincoln
 
Tuesday, August 9th at 8:30 p.m. 
 
YOUNG LINCOLN examines how the joys and trials of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood years formed his personality, shaped his early political notions and molded his character. The documentary features several notable historians who share their insight on this little-known chapter in Lincoln's life and legacy. The documentary focuses on Lincoln's close bonds with his family, and the numerous personal tragedies that he was forced to endure during his formative years. His childhood experiences would shaped his attitudes, molded his character and cast a dark shadow of depression that would remain deeply ingrained in him throughout his life.
 
 
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The Address 
 
Tuesday, August 16th, 7:30 p.m.
 
This film showcases the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont -- where students grappling with an array of learning challenges use the Gettysburg Address as a tool for success. Each student is tasked with memorizing Abraham Lincoln's 10-sentence masterpiece, and at year's end, recite it before their classmates and teachers. The film uses the contemporary story to reveal the history, context and importance of one of the greatest speeches in US history.
 
 
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Hi Gene! Meet the Real Senator McCarthy
 
Wednesday, August 17th at 8:00 p.m.
 
This documentary film looks at Sen. Eugene McCarthy's improbable and historic 1968 presidential campaign and features interviews with, among others, Sen. Eugene McCarthy, Sam Donaldson, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, George Reedy and Curtis Gas.
 
 
 
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FDR's Northern California Legacy: Rob on the Road
 
Wednesday, August 17th at 8:30 p.m.
 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt left a lasting legacy in northern California that you can still experience today. Board FDR’s beloved floating White House – the USS Potomac – docked at the port of Oakland. Discover timeless local art created by FDR’s work relief program created during the Great Depression.
 
 

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Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks
 
Wednesday, August 3rd at 8:00 p.m.
 
In 1971, Penny Patterson began teaching sign language to a gorilla named Koko, unaware that this relationship would define both their lives. More than 40 years later, the now-famous Koko continues to redraw the line between people and animals.
 
 
 
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Spillover: Zika, Ebola & Beyond
 
Wednesday, August 3rd at 10:00 p.m.
 
In this documentary, scientists trace "spillover" disease outbreaks -- which make a leap from animals to humans, as Zika and Ebola have.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Best of Birds
 
Wednesday, August 31st at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, September 2nd at 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate the natural world with Nature's "all-star bird collection," a catalogue pledge special featuring some of the most memorable bird scenes from Nature's awardwinning library. Included in the special will be excerpts from fan favorites like My Life as a Turkey, An Original DUCKumentary, Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air, Raptor Force, Birds of the Gods, Ireland's Wild River and more.

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Earthflight: A Nature Special Presentation
 
Wednesday, August 31st at 9:00 p.m.
 
To fly like a bird, Earthflight not only captures remarkable images of wild flocks but also relies on some extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Filmed over four years on 6 continents and in more than 40 countries, the Earthflight team uses many extraordinary techniques. For some of the unique flying shots, members of the team become part of the flock. The birds follow wherever they go - even in a microlight over Edinburgh and London. In Africa, paragliders float alongside wild vultures, while a model vulture carries a camera inside the flock. In South America, wild-living macaws, that were rescued as babies, still come back to visit their "foster mother," one of the cinematographers, as he travels along a jungle river. In Africa, a radio-controlled drone silently infiltrates masses of pink flamingos without disturbing a feather, and microlights and helicopters capture the dramatic moment white storks arrive over Istanbul. Back in Africa, a tame vulture carries a camera across the African bush and recreates the behavior of his wild relatives. Similarly, in the United States, a flock of hand-reared snow geese follows the migration route of wild flocks and takes in the sights and sounds of New York City - managing to get lost in Brooklyn.
 
 

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P.O.V. - Iris
 
Monday, August 1st at 10:00 p.m.
 
Meet Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who's had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. Albert Maysles' film shows a woman with an inspirational enthusiasm for fashion, art and people.
 
 
 
 
 
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P.O.V. - Ping Pong
 
Friday, August 12th at 10:00 p.m.
 
Call this old age, extreme edition: Eight players with 703 years among them compete in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China's Inner Mongolia. British players Terry, 81, who has been given a week to live, and Les, 91, a weightlifter and poet, are going for the gold. Inge, 89, from Germany, has used table tennis to paddle her way out of dementia. And Texan Lisa, 85, is playing for the first time. "Ping Pong" is a wonderfully unusual story of hope, regret, friendship, ambition, love - and sheer human tenacity in the face of aging and mortality.
 
 
 SuperBrain-s
Super Brain with Dr. Rudy Tanzi
 
Saturday, August 20th at 11:30 a.m.
 
SUPER BRAIN is a program exploring new discoveries in neuroscience that maximize the potential of the human brain in practical and actionable ways. The field of neuroscience has been exploding with new findings by the day. Ever since it became possible to view the human brain as it lights up with activity, researchers have had to change long-held assumptions about an organ that has been called "the three-pound universe." Dr. Tanzi is introduced by his co-author Dr. Deepak Chopra. In his new program, SUPER BRAIN, Harvard Medical School professor Rudy Tanzi takes advantage of cutting-edge research to show the way we all can maximize our brain's potential. He crosses the next horizon in brain functioning where every person can reach a much higher level of fulfillment and achievement by harnessing the brain's hidden potential for change, creativity, and intelligence. "Super brain" isn't an exaggeration or a speculation by futurists. The program will dispel many long-held myths including that aging in the brain is irreversible and the brain's hard wiring cannot be changed - Dr. Tanzi explains and demonstrates new techniques for keeping the brain youthful and retaining mental acuity as we age.

 

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Escape Anxiety with Suzanne Jesse
 
Saturday, August 20th at 1:30 p.m.
 
Afraid to speak in public? Do you avoid social gatherings? You're not alone. Clinical therapist and former anxiety sufferer Suzanne Jessee shares her personal struggles with anxiety and reveals the eight steps to combat this debilitating condition in the program, ESCAPE ANXIETY. The clinician, inspirational and educational speaker, and meditation guru was diagnosed with anxiety, severe depression, panic disorder and early-stage agoraphobia in 1991. Determined to understand her illness, Suzanne underwent years of schooling, training and clinical experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Arts in addiction studies from the world-renowned Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Center City, Minn.. While working at Hazelden, Suzanne wrote the multi-disciplinary therapeutic in-home program Escape Anxiety. Now, through her coaching webinars and soon-to-be published book, Escape Anxiety: 8 Steps to Freedom Through Meditative Therapy, Suzanne hopes to offer mental health care that anyone can use in the comfort of their own homes.
 
 Yakox-s
Yakov Smirnoff: Happily Ever Laughter, The Neuroscience of Romantic Relationships
 
Saturday, August 20th at 2:30 p.m.
 
Laugh and learn with the entertainer as he inspires viewers to bring back the honeymoon stage and keep it going. Using infectious charm and research-based advice, Yakov provides tools for sparking romantic relationships using love and laughter.
 
 
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Easy Yoga for Easing Pain
 
Sunday, August 21st at 10:30 a.m.
 
Based from her home in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Easy Yoga for Easing Pain will feature Peggy both explaining and demonstrating why yoga can effectively alleviate the pain in painful joints. And to further reinforce the value of incorporating yoga as part of daily living, we will track five or six individuals whom Peggy has been working with to see first hand how her program has affected the quality of their lives. As part of the program, viewers will also be a fly on the wall in one of Peggy's jam-packed yoga classes. These classes include men and women from all walks of life and all ages -- teens to octogenarians. Peggy will also address larger lifestyle considerations for those dealing with pain. According to Peggy, "Yoga is only part of the healing process. Our sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits are also fanning the flames of joint pain, and research shows that these factors can greatly exacerbate the pain in problem joints." As an instructor who walks the walk, Peggy will discuss how some of the simplest changes can make a positive and lasting impact on your daily life, and she is living proof. She will also demonstrate some of the easy changes that can be incorporated into a daily routine.
 
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Ric Edelman's The Truth about Retirement
 
Tuesday, August 23rd at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, August 26th at 4:00 p.m.
 
In RIC EDELMAN'S THE TRUTH ABOUT RETIREMENT, financial advisor Ric Edelman-host of the syndicated personal finance talk radio show The Ric Edelman Show and the television series THE TRUTH ABOUT MONEY WITH RIC EDELMAN-provides an action plan that people can use to ensure a fiscally secure retirement. With a focus on the new Social Security laws that took effect in the beginning of 2016, Ric conveys the important strategies that viewers of all ages need to plan their retirement. He also covers investment strategies and estate planning. The program is fast, entertaining and accessible, and filled with information individuals can use to make informed decisions about their financial futures.
 
 
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Suze Orman's Financial Solutions for You!
 
Tuesday, August 23rd at 9:30 p.m.
Friday, August 26th at 2:00 p.m.
 
We all have financial issues and problems. Suze Orman's latest special sharply focuses on her helping individual viewers "find financial solutions for you." As always, Suze's advice is based not just on numbers, but on a critical understanding of ourselves and our emotional needs. The special's central theme is that our financial decision-making should be guided by an understanding of "the goal of money." As Suze perceptively defines it: "The goal of money is to make you feel secure." Our financial solutions should work to fulfill that goal. In addition, Suze stresses the importance of making financial decisions that you feel comfortable with. Financial problems are caused when you do things with money that do not seem "right" to you, despite pressures and advice from others.
 
 
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Easy Yoga: The Secret to Strength & Balance with Peggy Cappy
 
Saturday, August 27th at 11:30 a.m.
 
Muscle loss actually begins in your thirties (earlier than most of us might have guessed) and it continues at a rate of about three percent per decade without intervention. The good news is according to Peggy Cappy, yoga can come to the rescue. In Cappy's latest program, Peggy will show us how yoga can come to the aid to people who want to increase strength and mobility at any age.
 
 
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Age Reversed with Miranda Esmonde-White
 
Saturday, August 27th at 12:30 p.m.
 
AGING BACKWARDS WITH MIRANDA ESMONDE-WHITE provides valuable insights on combating the physical signs and consequences of aging. Scientific,yet entertaining and accessible, the three-part special shares practical information on slowing down and potentially reversing the aging process through exercise and other lifestyle choices. Charismatic Classical Stretch host Miranda Esmonde-White, a former National Ballet of Canada dancer, motivates viewers to stretch and strengthen their way to feeling and looking younger. Interviews with doctors and physiotherapists, testimonials from Classical Stretchenthusiasts ranging in age from 22 to 90, and clear explanations from Esmonde-White illustrate the damage caused by a sedentary lifestyle and the benefits of exercise at every stage of life.
 
 
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The Pain Antidote with Dr. Mel Pohl
 
Saturday, August 27th at 1:30 p.m.
 
Manage chronic pain with this step-by-step program towards a healthier and more vibrant life. Using both traditional and alternative healing techniques, Dr. Pohl offers an innovative, painkiller-free approach to turn down the volume on pain.

 

 
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Visions of Italy, Southern Style
 
Sunday, August 21st at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 25th at 4:00 p.m.
 
Shot in high-definition video from a helicopter-mounted camera, VISIONS OF ITALY: Southern Style takes viewers on a seamless sojourn starting with Rome, following along the rugged western coastline to the toe of the "boot" at Reggio Calabria, and then back inland over the countryside to Rome. This program features stunning aerial footage, an informative and poetic narrative celebrating southern Italy’s considerable charms and a soundtrack that underscores the emotional connections America’s Italians have for their motherland. Images of Italy no tourist’s camera could capture are set to Neapolitan classics, choral selections, Italian folk songs, and the works of Italian composers such as Rossini, Puccini, and Vivaldi, with Italian-American performers including Dean Martin and Michael Amante.
 
VISIONS OF ITALY: Southern Style also takes viewers over the charming cliff sides of Sorrento and the picturesque fishing port of Positano, San Marco, Nicotera, Diamante and other stops along the "Calabrian Riviera"; up the "Valley of the Dragon" to towering Ravello; past the pristine Greek temples at Paestum; into the heart of the action at the bustling seaport of Salerno and swordfishing crews at Bagnara Calabra; over the crossroads of Cosenza; around the palace and formal gardens of old Caserta, the abbey at Monte Cassino, the Pope’s summer residence at Lake Castel Gondolfo, the
breathtaking fountains at Tivoli Gardens (Villa D’Este) and, with a bird’s eye view, the striking juxtaposition of ancient and modern Rome. We see the most well-known sites of these cities - but from an unprecedented perspective.
 
 
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Rick Steves' Italy: Cities of Dreams
 
Sunday, August 21st at 3:30 p.m.
 
Travel guru Rick Steves tours the ancient glories and back-street riches of three great Italian cities - Rome, Venice and Florence. Starting in Florence, Rick beholds the art of Fra Angelico, Botticelli and Michelangelo before savoring a Florentine-style steak. In Rome, he ventures into the rustic neighborhoods of Trastevere and the Ghetto. In Venice, he gazes upon the splendor of the Doge before embracing the good life with a gastronomic pub crawl and a romantic gondola ride. During the breaks, Rick offers insights into Italian culture and travel.
 
 
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Ken Burns: The Civil War
 
Sunday, August 21st at 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 28th at Noon
 
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark series with this in-depth overview of the iconic documentary. See video clips and interviews with Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Buddy Squires and others.
 
 
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Potomac By Air: Our Nation's River
 
Wednesday, August 24th at 8:00 p.m.
Monday, August 29th at 2:30 p.m.
 
POTOMAC BY AIR: OUR NATION'S RIVER explores the nation's history through an aerial trip along the striking curves of the Potomac River,accompanied by an uplifting musical soundtrack and pleasing narration that describes natural historical and cultural points of interest along the way. Beginning in West Virginia, the fly over pledge event captures the flow of the Potomac River as it rapidly descends through the Appalachian Mountains into the Piedmont region of Maryland, then proceeds south past the Great Falls into the nation's capital, before ending in the Chesapeake Bay. The program provides viewers with a scenic journey of the river's natural and man-made history along with America's remarkable collection of monuments and memorials-from the Washington Monument to the White House and more. Stunning, low-altitude high-definition footage of the river is complemented by day and evening shots of the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and other landmarks.
 
 
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Chesapeake Bay By Air
 
Wednesday, August 24th at 9:30 p.m.
Monday, August 29th at 4:00 p.m.
 
CHESAPEAKE BAY BY AIR captures the unparalleled wild beauty, rich history and natural serenity of the bay from 2,000 feet. The program marries gentle verse, prose and music with dramatic images captured by high-definition cameras, which bring the region into razor-sharp perspective. CHESAPEAKE BAY BY AIR's meandering aerial journey transports viewers to many of the Chesapeake Bay's stunning locations - from dawn over the Susquehanna River and the mysterious carved marsh of Blackwater Wildlife Refuge to the tranquil fishing village of Smith Island and the smokestacks of Sparrow's Point. Cameras also soar above the ancient Calvert Cliffs, Annapolis and bustling Baltimore, the steel spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridges and historic Point Lookout.
 
 
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Great Railway Journeys of Europe
 
Thursday, August 25th at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 31st at 10:30 p.m.
 
Historian and archetypal Englishman Julian Davidson travels from the frozen wastes of Norway to the sunny shores of the Italian Adriatic coast, sampling the delights of some of the most dramatic and fascinating railway journeys in Europe. In Norway he explores the capital Oslo before boarding the superfast intercity express train towards Bergen. This takes him high into the ice fields, crossing the highest point of any European railway. He takes a detour onto on one of the most spectacular pieces of track anywhere in the world called the Flamsbana, and then continues on to Bergen where he visits the home of composer Edvard Grieg. Vienna is Julian's next port of call where he tours the world famous Ringstrasse and Shonbrunne Palace, discovering the facts behind the staggering wealth and achievements of Emperor Franz Joseph's Austro-Hungarian Empire. Hopping onto one of Austria's advanced Railjet passenger trains, he is whisked high into the Alps and the breath-taking mountain line known as the Semmering pass. After a brief stop, he continues on to the end of the line in the beautiful Italian coastal town of Trieste. Glasgow is the second city of Scotland and the start of Julian's journey north into the Western Highlands and four hundred years back in time to learn of feuding kings and fractious clans. He visits the ancient town of Fort William where he climbs aboard "The Jacobite," a lovely old steam train which takes him on a line recognizable for being the "Hogwarts Express" in the Harry Potter film series. He ends in the port of Malaig, hopping off point for the Western Isles.
 
 
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Appalachians
 
Sunday, August 28th at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 1st at 1:30 p.m.
 
The vast Appalachia region stretches across 13 states and is home to more than 23 million people, yet it may be the least understood culture in America. Appalachia has existed for generations as a region apart, isolated physically and culturally by its rugged mountains. The ethnically diverse Appalachian people - including many of the country's first immigrants - played a profound, and often overlooked, part in the nation's history and cultural and economic development. THE APPALACHIANS, introduced by country music star Naomi Judd, is a comprehensive historical and cultural overview of this distinctive region. This three-part series documents the unique legacy, courage, character, arts and culture of the central and southern Appalachian people. The film includes the work of outstanding Appalachian historians and scholars, writers, poets and musicians, including Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, Alison Kraus and traditional folk artists from the region.
 
 
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Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert
 
Tuesday, August 30th at 2:00 p.m.
 
The Sonoran Desert is alive with beauty, and this stunning film captures the changes over the seasons with views of its remarkable plants and animals. Desert Dreams showcases 182 species of plants and animals in a first-of-its-kind presentation of the Sonoran Desert as it changes over the course of a full year. Desert Dreams blends HD video footage and time-lapse imagery captured over four years with stills from the filmmaker's photographic archive compiled over three decades to chronicle five seasons: Dry Summer, Wet Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring. The supporting soundtrack combines natural sounds with a kaleidoscope of flute and percussion vignettes performed by world-class musician Gary Stroutsos, featuring 29 musical instruments with "earth tones" to create a pictorial and musical tapestry without narration or people.
 
 
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Smith Mountain Lake: Generating Power, Creating Memories
 
Tuesday, August 30th at 3:30 p.m.
 
For nearly 50 years, the beauty of Smith Mountain Lake has been a draw for those seeking rest and recreation. Embedded in the minds of generations of lake goers are memories of camping, boating, fishing, swimming, and cookouts. Today the face of the lake has changed as more and more folks call it home. Lots that used to host tents and trailers now contain large homes. The surrounding area once dotted with tobacco barns and farms is today home to a wide variety of businesses. However, the main purpose of the lake and the reason it was built remains the same - to generate electricity. Smith Mountain Lake is 40 miles long with 500 miles of shoreline. Construction on the dam which holds it in place began in 1960. The lake began filling in September of 1963 and reached full pond in March 1966.In conjunction with Smith Mountain Lake, Leesville Lake, a smaller lake was also created. A new documentary by award winning Blue Ridge PBS will explore the history of the lakes and learn about the communities that were flooded when they were created. Viewers will see how the lakes and dams were built and hear first-hand accounts from those who built them. Also included will be stories, photos and footage of the lakes down through the years.
 
 
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Roosevelts: An Intimate History
 
Tuesday. August 30th at 8:00 p.m.
 
FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed. Aimed at ending the Depression, his sweeping New Deal restores the people's self-confidence and transforms the relationship between them and their government. Eleanor rejects the traditional role of first lady, becomes her husband's liberal conscience and a sometimes controversial political force in her own right. As the decade ends, FDR faces two grave questions: whether to run for an unprecedented third term and how to deal with the rise of Hitler.
 
 
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America's Wild West
 
Tuesday, August 30th at 10:30 p.m.
 
The men and women who helped to tame the west were larger-than-life Americans-rebels, pioneers, and icons of the frontier culture. Both heroes and villains, they captured the imagination of a nation and inspired a stream of novels, television shows, and big-screen dramas. Step into the past with America's Wild West, a new special that captures some of the best moments from American Experience's films of the Wild West: Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Custer's Last Stand, Jesse James, Kit Carson and Wyatt Earp.
 
 
 HiddenEurope-s
Rick Steves' Hidden Europe
 
Friday, September 2nd at 2:30 p.m.
 
In a thrilling two-hour special designed to stoke viewers' travel dreams, Rick Steves reveals a dozen of his favorite overlooked European destinations. In this select and intriguing collection of segments taken from recent seasons of Rick Steves' Europe, Rick travels to the cliff-hanging vistas of Civita, San Sebastian (Spain's proud Basque capital), the enchanting castle town of Cesky Krumlov, the thriving Moroccan port of Tangier, the well-preserved Italian fortress hill town of Lucca, battle-scarred Mostar in Bosnia, the delightful Alpine town of Hallstatt, vibrant (and unspoiled) Volterra,the fairytale Danish isle of Aero and the romantic and traffic-free Greek island of Hydra, among other sights.
 
 
 
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Great Performances: Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration
 
Friday, August 19th at 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 23rd at 1:30 pm

Celebrate Joan Baez' birthday with guests David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern, Richard Thompson and Paul Simon.

 

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The Highwaymen: Live at Nassau Coliseum
 
Saturday, August 20th at 4:00 p.m.
Monday, August 29th at 10:00 p.m.
 
Join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -"the Mt. Rushmore of country music"- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like "Big River," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Always on My Mind."
 
 
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Celtic Woman: Emerald
 
Saturday, August 20th at 10:00 p.m.
 
 
Emerald from Celtic Woman will celebrate Ireland and the Emerald Isles' spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes.
 
 
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Alabama: Hymns & Gospel Favorites
 
Sunday, August 21st at 11:30 a.m.
 
One of the most acclaimed country bands of all time, Alabama celebrate their love for gospel music in this collection of songs of faith including "Church in the Wildwood," "I'll Fly Away," "The Old Rugged Cross" and the new "Angels Among Us." Although they typically perform in large arenas, Randy, Teddy and Jeff gather family and friends for an intimate concert at home for Hymns & Gospel Favorites.
 
 
 
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He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley
 
Sunday, August 21st at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 28th at 10:00 a.m.
 
The intensity of Elvis Presley's love and devotion for gospel music is revealed in the documentary He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley.  Narrated by veteran newscaster Sander Vanocur, the special will be pledge tested on several public televisions in December 2002.  Presley's story is told with vintage photos, interviews and video footage, including some never-before-available scenes of Elvis's impromptu offstage gospel performances.  Many interviews reveal that Presley's unshakable commitment to gospel music was tested many times by producers and record label executives, who were later to be surprised when the Grammys overlooked Presley's No. 1 hits in favor of three of his best gospel performances.
 
 
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Lawrence Welk's TV Treasures
 
Sunday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m.
 
This documentary about the legendary television series, "The Lawrence Welk Show," features rarely seen footage from more than 50 years of the longest-running series on national television and outstanding never-before-seen archival performances by members of the Welk Musical Family, starting with the earliest days of the show. Fourteen members of the Musical Family vividly describe how the weekly show was produced and tell some "behind the scenes" stories. Costume designer Rose Weiss and Larry Welk, the son of Lawrence Welk, discuss the early days of the show and how it evolved from a "band" showcase into a full-fledged weekly series.
 
 
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Summer, Surf & Beach Music We Love
 
Monday, August 22nd at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 24th at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 27th at 5:00 p.m.
 
Celebrate the sun-drenched sounds of the greatest surf guitar rock and pop tunes by legendary artists that still ride the waves of popularity today. Listen to hits from the Beach Boys, Ventures, Drifters, Jan & Dean and more.
 
 
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The Ed Sullivan Show and My Music Present California Dreamin': The Songs of The Mamas and The Papas
 
Monday, August 22nd at 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 24th at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 28th at 2:30 p.m.
 
Celebrate 50 years of the harmonious pop-folk-rock group that defined an era. The special features interviews and performances by Mama Cass,Michelle, Denny and John, with rare footage not seen in decades.
 
 
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Carol Burnett's Favorite Sketches
 
Tuesday, August 23rd at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m.
 
Join Carol Burnett for her personally selected favorite moments from her long-running comedy series, including sketches from the first five years of the show not seen in decades.
 
 
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50's & 60's Rock Rewind
 
Friday, August 26th at 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 31st at 3:30 p.m.
 
From the R&B pioneers to the pop teen crooners, the 1950s and early 1960s were an exciting musical time for the youth of America. In this all new MY MUSIC special, the spotlight shines on the sounds of the '50s and '60s rock and pop scene with all archival footage of the hit makers in their prime. Fast songs, slow dances and the back beat were all the rage as teenagers tuned in to their radios as they "readied for their steadies', and went from pony tails to proms. The age of innocence and adolescence created Rock and Roll's first revolution, with the songs that take us back to those happy days of the 1950s and early 1960s.
 
 
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Magic Moments: Best of 50's Pop
 
Saturday, August 27th at 3:00 p.m.
Monday, August 29th at 8:00 p.m.
 
The second installment of the "My Music" series will be hosted by Mary Lou Metzker, Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone, Debbie Reynolds and Patti Page. Magic Moments: The Best of 50's Pop will feature a cavalcade of 1950's pop music recording legends, reuniting and performing their biggest hits live. The McGuire Sisters (who reunite for the first time since 1967), The Lennon Sisters, The Chordettes, The Crew Cuts, The Four Lads, The Four Aces, The Four Coins, Don Cherry, Gogi Grant and more will take the stage and share the good times, with this stroll down memory lane. This all new fundraising nostalgia-fest will feature a mix of new "live" performances, and short archival footage transitions of the fads, fashions, news stories and pop cultural events of the 1950's decade. Tribute montages will also highlight the superstar 50's pop icons that we've lost in recent years (Dean Martin, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Ray and more). Special guest presenters will include: Wink Martindale, Rip Taylor, Brett Somers, Dr. Joyce Brothers The Lennon Sisters, Nick Clooney, Fess Parkey and Joni James.
 
 
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Cornerstones of Rock - A Soundstage Special
 
Saturday, August 27th at 10:30 p.m.
 
Take a nostalgic trip back to the 1960s and 70s with the legendary garage bands whose rocking hits had teens dancing across the USA. Cornerstones of Rock brings together eight iconic bands -- the Buckinghams, the Ides of March, the American Breed, the Shadows of Knight, the Standells, the Cryan' Shames, the New Colony Six, and the McCoys - for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion as they perform their best-known songs before an audience of enthusiastic fans in an intimate setting taped at WTTW's Grainger Studio in Chicago.
 
 
 
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Inspector Lewis - New Season
 
Sundays at 9:00 p.m, August 7th - 21st
 
Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return as Inspector Lewis and CS Hathaway, investigating new cases of murder and other crimes in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford.

 

 

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I Miss Downton Abbey
 
Monday, August 22nd at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 25th at 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 28th at 9:00 p.m.
 
Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable series, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations of the most successful British drama ever.
 
 
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Inside Mercy Street
 
Saturday, August 27th at 10:00 p.m.
 
Go behind the scenes of the new Civil War-era drama about Americans on the home front during this turbulent time. The special features interviews with the creative team, video clips and footage showcasing the compelling themes of this powerful drama.
 
 
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Inside Poldark
 
Sunday, August 28th at 10:30 p.m.
 
Relive the thrilling first season of the swashbuckling romantic series with hints of what's to come for the dashing Captain Ross Poldark. Featuring cast and creator interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and the spectacular Cornish coastline.
 
 
 
 
 

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               9/11 Programming 
               Spotlight Education Programming 
               Election Programming       
               Drama Programming 
               History & Nature 
 
 
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Downton Abbey Encore - Programming Note
 
 
Due to special programming & our August pledge drive Downton encores on Thursday nights will not air.  
 
There will be a encore of the entire series over the Labor Day weekend. The marathon will begin Friday, September 2nd at 9:00 p.m. and run through Monday September 5th. 
 
Please note that there will be an hour break on Monday September 5th at 6:00 p.m. in order to broadcast the PBS Newshour
 
 
Season 1:
 
Friday September 2nd, 9:00 p.m. to
Saturday, September 3rd, 4:59 a.m. 
 
Season 2:  
 
Saturday, September 3rd, 4:59 a.m. to 5:24 p.m.
 
Season 3 (Episodes 1-6): 
 
Saturday, September 3rd, 5:24 p.m. to
Sunday, September 4th, 3:37 a.m.
 
Manners of Downton Abbey & More Manners of Downton Abbey: 
 
Sunday, September 4th, 3:37 a.m. to 5:33 a.m.
 
Season 3 (Final Episode): 
 
Sunday, September 4th, 5:33 a.m. to 7:43 a.m.
 
Season 4: 
 
Sunday, September 4th, 7:43 a.m. to 8:34 p.m.
 
Season 5: 
 
Sunday, September 4th, 8:34 p.m. to
Monday, September 5th, 9:44 a.m.
 
Season 6 (Episodes 1-6): 
 
Monday, September 5th, 9:44 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 
Season 6 (Final 3 episodes): 
 
Monday, September 5th, 7:00 p.m. to
Tuesday, September 6th, 12:30 a.m.
 
 
 
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British Programming (Saturday nights)
 
Programming Notes:
 
On September 10th, Keeping Up Appearances & As Time Goes By will also air at 7:00 & 7:30 p.m. in addition to their usual times at 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.
 
On September 17th, Father Brown will also at 7:00 p.m. in addition to its usual time at 9:00 p.m.
 
Doc Martin is hiatus. It will return to Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 24th
 
 
 
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Back Home Again: A Tribute to John Denver
 
Thursday, September 1st at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24th at 10:00 p.m.
 
Join Tom Becker and The Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra at the Wayne Theatre as they pay tribute to John Denver.
 
 
 
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9/11: Inside the Pentagon

Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 p.m.

Website

On September 11, 2001, Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people. What happened behind the 
walls of the Pentagon is a largely untold chapter in history. Fifteen years later, survivors and first responders shed light
on that tragic day.
 
 
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Frontline: The Man Who Knew
 
Tuesday, September 6th at 9:00 p.m.
 
On the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, FRONTLINE rebroadcasts the extraordinary saga of FBI special agent John O'Neill. As the bureau's top counterterrorism agent, O'Neill - who investigated the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole - joined then national security counterterrorism co-coordinator Richard Clarke in believing that the United States should kill Osama bin Laden before Al Qaeda launched a devastating attack on America. Richard Clarke, then speaking in his first major interview, talks about O'Neill's battles with the FBI top brass who found O'Neill's James Bond style an anathema. Forced out of the job he loved, O'Neill took a new position in the private sector - as head of security at the World Trade Center, where he was killed on September 11. The story of O'Neill's life and death provides a rare glimpse inside the FBI and helps answer the question: What did the government know?
 
 
 loveofbrother s 
For The Love Of Their Brother
 
Sunday, September 11th at 3:00 p.m.
 
FOR THE LOVE OF THEIR BROTHER is the heroic story of New York firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11, and his loving family, who were determined to honor his life. As a way to trace Stephen's last steps through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Ground Zero on that fateful day, his six older siblings created The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run, a 5K race that has grown exponentially since it first began in 2002. In that inaugural year, there were 1,500 runners. By 2013, there were 25,000 participants, with more than $50 million raised and distributed to orphanages and firemen burn units. In addition, a portion of the funds raised was directed into building smart homes for wounded service members from the Iraq and Afghan wars via the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Through archival footage and radio dispatches from 9/11, and interviews with Siller's family, Senator Chuck Schumer, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, and retired New York police detective Daniel Rodriguez, FOR THE LOVE OF THEIR BROTHER chronicles Stephen's life, recounts the day his family's life changed forever, and highlights how they turned heartache into heroism.
 
 
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In Our Son's Name
 
Sunday, September 11th at 4:00 p.m.
 
Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez's lives shatter with the death of their son, Greg, who dies with thousands of others at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Instead of seeking revenge, the grieving couple begin a journey of reconciliation that transforms their lives. Their odyssey thrusts them reluctantly into the public eye as they speak out against war in Iraq and Afghanistan, oppose the death penalty for 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, and befriend his mother. Seeking to understand the nature of violence, Phyllis and Orlando engage in an emotional dialog with men incarcerated at Sing Sing prison for violent crimes, who themselves seek reconciliation. Over time they reach a new understanding of their rebellious son. Interviews, verite footage, and striking archival images create a a subtle, profound story told with disarming candor -- a response to violence that challenges conventional concepts of justice and healing.Shadd Maruna, Dean of the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice said about the film: "I watched this powerful and healing documentary in a lecture theater filled with utterly transfixed undergraduates - literally the 9/11 generation - and you could have heard a pin drop in the room. None of us could help but be moved, even transformed, by Phyllis and Orlando's remarkable courage and dignity."


 
 
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P.O.V. - All The Difference
 
Monday, September 12th at 10:00 p.m.
 
 
Accompany two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago on their journey to achieve their dream of graduating from college. Follow the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty.
 
 
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Frontline: A Subprime Education
 
Tuesday, September 13th at 9:00 p.m.
 
Examine reports of predatory behavior and fraud in the troubled for-profit college industry and the implosion of Corinthian Colleges; also "Omarina's Story," how a program to stem the high school drop-out crisis has affected one girl's journey.
 
 
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Ted Talks: Education Revolution
 
Tuesday, September 13th at 10:00 p.m.
 
 
Explore innovative approaches to education with hosts Baratunde Thurston and Sara Ramirez. Speakers, including Anna Deavere Smith and Sal Khan, discuss the school-to-prison pipeline, micromanaging kids and turning struggling students into scholars.
 
 
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NOVA: School of the Future
 
Wednesday, September 14th at 9:00 p.m.
 
In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for all children.
 
 
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Time for School: 2003-2016
 
Thursday, September 15th at 9:00 p.m.
 
Meet five children from five countries, struggling to get what Americans take for granted: a basic education. Combining current-day footage with material shot over more than a decade, the film reveals who made it through, despite daunting obstacles.
 
 
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Craft in America: Teachers
 
Thursday, September 15th at 10:30 p.m.
 
 
Follow artists committed to passing on their skills and passion for craft to new generations. Featured are Barbara Teller Ornelas, Lynda Teller Pete, Therman Statom, Mark Mitsuda at Punahou School and Linda Sikora at Alfred University.
 
 
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American Graduate Day
 
Saturday, September 17th from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
 
Celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and students address the country's dropout crisis.
 
 
 
 
 
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Navajo Math Circles
 
Sunday, September 18th at 2:00 p.m.
 
 
This program follows Navajo students in a collaboration with mathematicians. Using a model called math circles, the students stay late after school and assemble over the summer at Dine College in Tsaile, Arizona, to study mathematics. The math circles approach emphasizes student-centered learning by putting children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction.
 
 
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Class of '27: America Reframed
 
Sunday, September 18th at 3:30 p.m.
 
Experience three stories featuring teachers and local leaders, in struggling rural American communities, who join forces to beat the odds and guide their children toward the long-term goal of graduating high school in 2027.
 
 
 
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America By The Numbers: The New Deciders
 
Tuesday, September 6th at 10:00 p.m.
 
 
Learn how Asian-American, black millennial, Arab-American and Latino evangelical voters are exerting their growing strength and influence in this 2016 election special about power and politics, demographics and democracy

 

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The Contenders: 16 for '16
 
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
 
 
September 13th
 
See how being a straight talker in a presidential race had damaging consequences for both the first black, female Democratic candidate, the "unbought and unbossed" Chisholm, and Republican McCain, a war hero dubbed a "maverick."
 
 
September 20th
 
Learn about the outspoken doctor and five-term governor who became a force in Democratic politics and the equally outspoken conservative columnist and commentator who both ran for president hell-bent on restoring the America they thought was lost.
 
 
September 27th
 
Learn why successful governors of Massachusetts, Democrat Dukakis and Republican Romney, both competent contenders, were unprepared to combat the portraits their opponents painted of them and were unable to define themselves to the public.

 

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PBS Newshour: Presidential Debate
 
Monday, September 26th at 9:00 p.m.
 
Live coverage of the 1st 2016 Presidential debate is showcased.
 
 
 
 
 
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Frontline: The Choice 2016
 
Tuesday, September 27th at 9:00 p.m.
 
 
Investigate where the two presidential candidates came from, how they lead and why they want to take on one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. Examine formative moments in their lives through interviews with those who know them best.
 
 
 
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Churchill's Secret on Masterpiece
 
Sunday, September 11th at 8:00 p.m.
 
 
Michael Gambon stars as Winston Churchill in this dramatization of Churchill's life-threatening stroke in 1953, when he was prime minister. His illness was kept secret from the world. Romola Garai plays the remarkable nurse who cared for him.
 
 
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Indian Summers (Season 2) On Masterpiece
 
Sundays at 10:00 p.m.
 
 
September 11th
 
Three years have passed since last season. Aafrin is secretly fighting for Indian independence from inside the civil service. Does Ralph suspect his disloyalty?
 
 
September 18th
 
Aafrin saves his friend's life, but gets a gruesome payback. Ralph's ambition faces a roadblock. Sooni feels family pressure. And Madeline extracts the truth.
 
 
September 25th
 
Sooni and Ian compare notes to solve the mystery of Kaira's murder. Aafrin intrudes on a domestic scene. The Maharajah arrives with his latest flame, a familiar face.
 
 
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Royal Wives at War
 
Sunday, September 18th at 8:00 p.m.
 
 
Take a fresh look at the abdication crisis of 1936 through dramatized monologues by the two women at its heart, the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson, as they look back at the events that led to Edward VIII's decision to give up the throne
 
 
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Poldark Revealed
 
Sunday, September 18th at 9:00 p.m.
 
 
In its first season, "Poldark" took audiences by storm. Now, join the cast and crew on set to uncover the real-life stories behind the history, books and characters and learn what makes Ross Poldark such an unforgettable, much-loved hero.
 
 
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Poldark (Season 2) on Masterpiece
 
Premieres Sunday, September 25th at 8:00 p.m.
 
Sundays at 9:00 after premiere
 
Series will be pre-empted on October 9th due to a
scheduled Presidential Debate
 
 
Against the breathtaking backdrop of 18th century Cornwall, Aidan Turner (Poldark), Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza) and Heida Reed (Elizabeth) return as the complicated love triangle in a new season of the popular romantic saga, based on the novels by Winston Graham.
 
 
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Forces of Nature
 
Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.
 
September 14th
 
We can't directly see the forces that govern Earth, but we can see their shadows in the shapes of nature that surround us. If we understand why these shapes exist, we can understand the rules that bind the entire universe.
 

September 21st

The forces of nature make Earth a restless planet, but they also turned our ball of rock into a home for life. How did our planet's ingredients, the chemical elements, come together and take that first crucial step from barren rock to a living world?

 
September 28th
 
Earth is painted in stunning colors. By understanding how these colors are created and the energy they carry, we can learn the secret language of the planet.
 
 
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Defying the Nazis: The Sharp's War
 
Tuesday, September 20th at 9:00 p.m.
 
Join an American couple's courageous mission in 1939 to help refugees escape Nazi-occupied Europe. Over the course of two years, the pair will risk their lives so that hundreds can live in freedom. A new film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky.
 
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, August 31st
 
9:00 p.m.  Earthflight: A Nature Special Presentation 
 
**Program is now a 90 minute special rather than a half hour as originally presented**
 
10:30 p.m.  Great Railway Journeys of Europe
 
**Charlie Rose at 11:30 pm will be pre-empted - the program will air Thursday September 1st at 12:30 p.m.**
 
 

 

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