Week of April 23rd
Independent Lens: The Last Laugh
Monday, April 24th at 10:00 p.m.
Hear Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner and other Jewish comics and thinkers discuss the provocative question of whether any topic - including the Holocaust - should be off-limits in comedy.
Wednesday, April 26th at 10:00 p.m.
Watch an innovative documentary that illustrates how weather works by performing brave, ambitious (even unlikely) experiments that show how nature transforms simple ingredients like wind, water and temperature into something spectacular and powerful.Preview
Search for the USS Scorpion
Thursday, April 27th at 8:30 p.m.
Scientists from the US Navy searches for the USS Scorpion which was lost during the War of 1812.
Latin Music USA
Fridays, April 28th & May 5th at 9:00 p.m.
Latin Music USA is a film about American music. Fusions of Latin sounds with jazz, rock, country, rhythm and blues - music with deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize. It's a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and across musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all.
Week of April 30th
Victorian Slum House
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m, beginning May 2nd
Follow participants as they move into an 1860s tenement made up of sparse rooms, a shared water pump and outdoor privies. They seek to make a living by matchbox making, wood turning and the rag trade, work once done by their impoverished forebears.Preview Clip
We Served Too: Story of Women's Airforce Service
Tuesday, May 2nd at 9:00 p.m.
This is a story of a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes...the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs).
Plants Behaving Badly
Wednesdays, May 3rd & 10th at 10:00 p.m.
Examine the extraordinary behavior of carnivorous plants, which have been a feature of many a sci-fi film over the years. The reality turns out to be far stranger than the fiction. See why.Preview
Week of May 7th
Plastic Paradise: A Short, Swingin' Trip Through America's Polynesian Obsession
Sunday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m.
Tiki culture is explored and a fascinating gathering of Polynesian pop enthusiasts is highlighted.
Canadian Rockies By Rail
Sunday, May 7th at 3:00 p.m.
Canadian Rockies by Rail takes viewers along for a trip through the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies, exploring some of the most stunning scenery in the world. The rail journey will be aboard the renowned Rocky Mountaineer, known as one of the best rail journeys in the world. The journey begins in Seattle, Wash. with stops in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, and other memorable places. During the journey the program will explore the rich history and culture of the region, the history of the railroad and its importance to Canada, discover the local cuisine, meet the people of the region, and offer views of the endless natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
Sundays at 4:00 p.m. beginning May 7th
GLOBE TREKKER transports viewers to unforgettable destinations through its stunning photography, rhythmic indigenous music and spirit of adventure. In each episode, one vibrant young traveler ventures off the beaten path to soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. In keeping with their aim of "living as the locals do," charismatic hosts Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Zay Harding, Megan McCormick and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages.
Free to Rock
Tuesday, May 9th at 9:00 p.m.
This documentary explores how American rock and roll contributed to the end of the Cold War.
Week of May 14th
Great Performances at the Met: Nabucco
Sunday, May 14th at 1:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi's early drama of Ancient Babylon, Nabucco, with Placido Domingo adding a new role to his repertory as the title character. Liudmyla Monastyrska sings the tour-de-force role of Abigaille, Nabucco's willful daughter,with Jamie Barton as Fenena, Russell Thomas as Ismaele, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the prophet Zaccaria.
King Charles III on Masterpiece
Sunday, May 14th at 9:00 p.m.
The hit Broadway show "King Charles III" is adapted for television. A 2016 Tony nominee for Best Play, the drama imagines Prince Charles' ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth's death.
Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m, May 16th - 30th
Go inside one of the greatest-ever untold stories: how the ordinary people of America were given the opportunity to make records for the first time. This three-part film, narrated by Robert Redford, melds space, time and technology to reveal the raw roots of American music. Tracing the odyssey of the first recording teams, from the gritty streets of Memphis to the Texas plains and the islands of Hawaii, American Epic captures the breathtaking variety and excitement of their discoveries. Musicians featured include Jack White, Nas, Taj Mahal, The Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, the Memphis Jug Band,Elder J.E. Burch, Dick Justice, Charley Patton, Son House, Joseph Kekuku, Lydia Mendoza, and the Cajun Breaux Family.Preview
Frontline - American Patriot
Tuesday, May 16th at 10:00 p.m.
See how one family's fight against the government invigorated armed militias and "Patriot" groups. Inside the Bundy family's standoffs over land in the West, and the groups aligned with them that have grown to levels not seen in decades.
Food - Delicious Science
Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m, May 17th - 31st
Food - Delicious Science is the thrilling science story of the food on your plate and the physics, chemistry and biology that lies hidden inside every bite. Across three episodes we use the latest imaging techniques to reveal this inner world of food and we reveal along the way why such a variety of foods have ended up in our diet and how they affect our lives. When viewed at the microscopic level, food resembles a vast range of alien landscapes that shift in remarkable ways as we cook them. Each time we eat, a cascade of biological reactions is set off inside our bodies: from flavor explosions in the mouth; to an energy rush; to occasionally triggering waves of disgust.And how these ingrained human reactions and cravings for food have deep evolutionary roots that offer a whole new way of thinking about our relationship to the modern diet.
James Beard: American Masters
Friday, May 19th at 9:00 p.m.
Experience a century of food through the life of iconic chef James Beard. The quintessential American cook, he hosted the first cooking show on television in 1946, was a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, and introduced Julia Child to New York.
Julia Child: American Masters
Friday, May 19th at 9:00 p.m.
Savor the life and legacy of Julia Child, who introduced French cuisine to America through her public TV series, The French Chef, in 1963. First aired in August 2004, the film tells two love stories: "Julia & Paul Child" and "Julia & French food."
Week of May 21st
Dark Angel on Masterpiece
Sunday, May 21st at 9:00 p.m.
Joanne Froggatt, who stole the hearts of millions of viewers as Anna on "Downton Abbey," stars in a totally different role in this spine-tingling drama - the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, Britain's first female serial killer.Preview
Dick Winters: Hang Tough
Sunday, May 21st at 11:00 p.m.
DICK WINTERS: "HANG TOUGH" honors one of World War II's most respected combat leaders - Major Richard D. Winters (1918-2011). Emmy -winning British actor Damian Lewis (Homeland), narrates the documentary and shares his thoughts on Winters, who he portrayed in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. "HANG TOUGH" traces Winters' formative years growing up in Pennsylvania, his development as a leader in the U.S. Army, the famed attack on Brecourt Manor on D-Day, and the dedication on June 6, 2012 of the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Normandy, France. In addition to Winters' own recollections, original members of Winters' unit, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne, speak of his commitment to his men, his heroism and his legacy.
Frontline - Bannon's War
Tuesday, May 23rd at 10:00 p.m.
President Trump's advisor Stephen Bannon's war - with radical Islam, Washington, and White House rivals. The story of Bannon's fight to deliver on Trump's promises, with a confrontational style based on his personal crusade to dramatically transform America.
Jacques Pepin: American Masters
Friday, May 26th at 9:00 p.m.
Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pepin, a young immigrant with movie-star looks and a charming Gallic accent, who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form to become one of America's most beloved food icons.
Alice Waters: American Masters
Friday, May 26th at 10:00 p.m.
Discover Alice Waters, who, with her cafe Chez Panisse, became a major force behind the way Americans eat and think about food, launching the explosion of local farmers' markets and the edible schoolyard.
Week of May 28th
Canine Soldiers: The Militarization of Love
Sunday, May 28th at 2:00 p.m.
Canine Soldiers explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols. In wars where the rules of engagement have shifted from traditional combat to the unforeseen and the invisible, these highly trained dogs are saving soldiers' lives and giving them comfort, hope and protection.
Return to Normandy
Sunday, May 28th at 3:00 p.m.
Twenty-two World War II veterans are invited on a trip to attend the 70th anniversary celebration of the invasion of D-Day in Normandy, France. Many of the veterans have reservations about attending and some are excited to set foot on the sands they fought on decades ago. No veteran was expecting the hero's welcome that they would receive during their ten day visit that, in the end, would change their lives.
Last Ring Home
Sunday, May 28th at 3:30 p.m.
Last Ring Home is the story of Lt Minter Dial and his 1932 Annapolis Naval Academy ring that miraculously made its way home 17 years after he was killed as a POW of the Japanese in WWII. The Last Ring Home is a spellbinding account of one man's obsession with a family mystery and the product of decades of research and inquiries. It also explores author Minter Dial's pursuit of the true story of his namesake, his late grandfather Lt. Minter Dial, USN, a celebrated war hero whose suffering and trauma nearly buried his memory forever.
National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 28th at 8:00 & 10:00 p.m.
Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 28th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.
PBS Previews - The Vietnam War
Sunday, May 28th at 9:30 p.m.
This program takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: THE VIETNAM WAR. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program will give viewers an advance look at this Fall's most anticipated film.
Searching for Augusta: The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne
Sunday, May 28th at 11:30 p.m.
SEARCHING FOR AUGUSTA: THE FORGOTTEN ANGEL OF BASTOGNE tells the little-known story of Augusta Chiwy, a black nurse, and her heroic service at a U.S. military aid station during the opening days of the Battle of The Bulge. Her remarkable story of bravery went untold for over 60 years, until historian and author Martin King tracked her down and wrote a book celebrating her heroism. Augusta Chiwy passed away on August 23, 2015 in Belgium at the age of 94. Her life story was celebrated in the New York Timesfeature series "The Lives They Lived." Using archival footage and photos, black and white sketches, and interviews with author Martin King, historian Michael Collins, and others, the documentary pieces together the remarkable true story of this previously unsung hero, whose compassion and unwavering courage helped save countless of American soldiers.
Independent Lens: Farmer/Veteran
Monday, May 29th at 10:00 p.m.
A combat veteran starts a farm to help cultivate a healthier life outside the Army. While the sense of duty he once felt as a soldier returns, his crippling PTSD remains as he and his wife nervously anticipate the birth of their first child.
Nova: Troubled Waters
Wednesday, May 31st at 9:00 p.m.
The water contamination crisis in Flint, MI, has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure. Discover the chemistry, biology and engineering that led to this disaster.