Week of January 15th
Rick Steves' Special: Luther and the Reformation
Sunday, January 15th at 2:00 p.m.
In 1510, a young monk from Germany named Martin Luther walked 700 miles to Rome on a pilgrimage. He returned home disillusioned, and in 1517, raised 95 difficult theological questions at the university where he taught - and kicked off what became the Protestant Reformation. By questioning corrupt Catholic Church practices, Luther unleashed a torrent of public frustration and undercut the power of the Church. In RICK STEVES SPECIAL: LUTHER AND THE REFORMATION, travel expert Rick Steves sheds light on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by visiting key sites (including Erfurt, Wittenberg and Rome), and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe, from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation. It's a story of power, rebellion and faith that precipitated change in Europe and Christianity forever, and contributed to the birth of our modern world.
Monks of Vina
Sunday, January 15th at 3:00 p.m.
What started out as a story of winemaking in the documentary THE MONKS OF VINA ended up being a look into the lives of the men who have dedicated themselves to a monastic life. With the challenging wine harvest of 2012 as the backdrop, the film explores the rituals and curiosities of monastic life. Along the way, the monks' faith is tested, especially among the new arrivals who recently relinquished all worldly possessions, and took their vows of poverty, obedience and chastity. Lifting a veil on the spiritual side of winemaking, THE MONKS OF VINA reveals the extreme sacrifice and devotion required in a quest to become closer to God.
Victoria on Masterpiece
Sundays at 9:00 p.m. beginning January 15th
Follow Victoria's (Jenna Coleman) dramatic story, from the time she becomes queen in 1837 at age 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), her first prime minister, and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes).Preview
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: American Experience
Tuesday, January 17th at 8:00 p.m.
Recounts the death of America's first assassinated president and the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth.
Frontline: Divided States of America
January 17th & 18th at 9:00 p.m.
Examine the partisanship that gridlocked Washington and charged the 2016 presidential campaign, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle and the racial tensions that have erupted throughout the country.Preview
PBS Newshour Inauguration 2017: A Special Report
Friday, January 20th, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Join WVPT for live coverage of the Presidential Inauguration
Alicia Keys: Landmarks Live in Concert
Friday, January 20th at 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy the debut of a pop music series. Grammy-winner Alicia Keys performs in notable locations all around New York, including the world-famous Circle Line, the Unisphere and Harlem's Apollo. Hosted by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Week of January 22nd
Mercy Street Season 2
Sundays at 8:00 p.m. beginning January 22nd
Episode encores are the following Thursday at 9:00 p.m. after their premiere
Based on true stories, MERCY STREET takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War home front as they face the unprecedented challenges of one of the most turbulent times in our nation's history.Preview
Secrets of the Six Wives
Sundays at 10:00 p.m. beginning January 22nd
Travel with historian Lucy Worsley back to the Tudor court to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of Henry VIII's six wives, each of whom found a method of exerting influence. The programs combine drama with historical comment.
Rachel Carson: American Experience
Tuesday, January 24th at 8:00 p.m.
Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. Mary-Louise Parker is the voice of Rachel Carson in this moving and intimate portrait.Preview
Frontline: Trump's Road to the White House
Tuesday, January 24th at 10:00 p.m.
An investigation of how Donald Trump defied expectations to win the presidency. Through interviews with key players, the film shows how Trump rallied millions of supporters, defeated adversaries, and who he's bringing into the White House with him.
Alzheimer's: Every Minute Counts
Wednesday, January 25th at 10:00 p.m.
Watch as the national public health threat posed by Alzheimer's disease is revealed. Explore an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer's disease. This powerful documentary illuminates the impending social and economic crisis for America unless a cure for Alzheimer's is found.Preview
Thursday, January 26th at 8:30 p.m.
This program will take you through the back roads of Virginia and show you some great wineries while we get the opportunity to taste some delicious wines. Along the way, you'll learn a little bit about production of wines and then we'll go back to our host Tassie Pippert's house and make some great food that pairs well with the wines we taste today. It's time to un-wine Virginia!
Week of January 29th
Brad Paisley: Landmarks Live in Concert
Friday, January 27th at 9:00 p.m.
Country music superstar Brad Paisley returns to his roots in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains for a special outdoor concert at West Virginia University. Hosted by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Race Underground: American Experience
Tuesday, January 31st at 9:00 p.m.
Learn how America's first subway, in Boston, overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen and the great fears of its citizenry to create a rapid transit system soon replicated throughout the country.
Frontline: Iraq After Isis
Tuesday, January 31st at 10:00 p.m.
On-the-ground reporting from Iraq reveals what's happening in areas where ISIS has been pushed out. With rare access, an investigation into powerful militias and growing sectarianism shaping Iraq. Also: a reporter's journey into the battle for Mosul.