Week of February 26th
Thodos Dance Chicago's "A Light in the Dark"
Sunday, February 26th at 2:00 p.m.
Experience the story of Helen Keller like never before in the critically acclaimed story ballet A LIGHT IN THE DARK from Thodos Dance Chicago. This Emmy nominated performance film puts you in the best seat in the house for this unique interpretation of the Keller tale, featuring theatrical choreography from Broadway legend Ann Reinking and award winning artistic director Melissa Thodos, inspiring orchestral music from composer Bruce Wolosoff, and brilliant dance performances from the Thodos Dance company (including Jessica Miller Tomlinson as 'Helen Keller', and Alissa Tollefson as 'Anne Sullivan').
Sunday, February 26th, 4:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Catch up on the first 6 episodes of Victoria before the season finale on March 5th.
Africa's Great Civilizations
February 27th & March 1st and 2nd at 9:00 p.m.
In his six-hour series, Africa's Great Civilizations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only shaped their own rich civilizations, but also the wider worldPreview
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs & The New South Africa
Tuesday, February 28th at 8:00 p.m.
The amazing story of anti-apartheid activist and lawyer Albie Sachs is chronicled.
State of the Union Address
Tuesday, February 28th at 9:00 p.m.
Join WVPT for President Trump's first State of the Union Address
Friday, March 3rd at 9:00 p.m.
GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.
Ken Burns: The Civil War
Saturday, March 4th at 12:30 p.m. & Sunday March 5th at 1:30 p.m.
In this in-depth overview of the iconic documentary, you'll see video clips and interviews with Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Buddy Squires and others.
Mercy Street Marathon
Season 1: Saturday, March 4th
2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Season 2 (First 5 eps): Sunday, March 5th
3:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Season 2 Finale: Sunday, March 5th
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.
Christopher Cross & Friends
Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 p.m.
The singer performs the pop songs that his fans love with Mike Love, Michael McDonald and others.
Week of March 5th
Rick Steves' Europe: Great German Cities
Sunday, March 5th at 10:30 p.m.
In this special, travel expert Rick Steves explores five of Germany's most important cities: Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Frankfurt and Nurnberg. From Baroque palaces to stunning modern skyscrapers, and from riverside promenades to rowdy beer halls, these cities are wonderful places to explore the country's fascinating culture.
10 Homes That Changed America
Monday, March 6th at 8:00 p.m.
Visit homes that transformed residential living, from grand estates like Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater to the pueblos of Taos, New Mexico, and the tenements of 19th-century New York.Preview
10 Parks That Changed America
Tuesday, March 7th at 8:00 p.m.
Explore the serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life, from Savannah's elegant squares to a park built over a freeway in Seattle to New York's High Line.Preview
10 Towns That Changed America
Wednesday, March 8th at 8:00 p.m.
Visit influential towns across the country from Greenbelt, Maryland, and Seaside, Florida, to Riverside, Illinois, and Levittown, New York,that had a lasting impact on the way our cities and suburbs are designed.Preview
Makers - Season 2 Marathon
March 6th - 8th from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Six documentaries in the MAKERS project feature groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Each program will profile prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations.
Patsy Cline: American Masters
Thursday, March 9th at 9:00 p.m.
Celebrate the life and legacy of the groundbreaking "Crazy" singer who defined modern country music. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, the film features interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Beverly D'Angelo, Wanda Jackson and others.Preview
Travis Tritt: A Man & His Guitar
Thursday, March 9th at 10:30 p.m.
Join the country music hit-maker with the soulful voice and exceptional guitar prowess along with special guests Marty Stuart and James Otto. This new concert was taped and recorded in an intimate setting at Tennessee's historic Franklin Theater.
Great British Baking Show Marathon
All 3 seasons
Friday, March 10th from 9:00 p.m. to
Saturday, March 11th at 8:00 p.m. &
Saturday, March 11th from 10:00 p.m. to
Sunday, March 12th at 8:30 p.m.
Follow the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers whose goal is to be named the U.K.'s best. Each week, the bakers tackle a different skill, the difficulty of which increases as the competition unfolds. Mary Berry, a leading cookbook writer, and Paul Hollywood, a top artisan baker, serve as judges. Together with hosts and comic foils Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, Berry and Hollywood search for the country's best amateur baker by testing the competitors' skills on cakes, breads, pastries and desserts, crowning a winner after 10 weeks of competition.
Week of March 12th
Nature - Super Hummingbirds
Sunday, March 12th at 8:30 p.m.
With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before. Speed is their middle name. Their lives are moving faster than the eye can see. They possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. And for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. They are great athletes, tender mothers, brave in combat, and up for any challenge. They are Super Hummingbirds, the smallest and most brilliant birds on earth.Preview
Nature - The Story of Cats: Asia to Africa
Sunday, March 12th at 10:00 p.m.
Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats.Preview
National Parks: America's Best Idea
March 13th - 15th from 8:00 pm - midnight
The film is a human history set against the most stunning backdrop imaginable. The film works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters -- some famous, most not, from every walk of life -- who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some -- but not all -- of how these majestic places came to be national parks.
Ken Burns: America's Storyteller
Thursday, March 16th at 9:00 pm
Join Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma,Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sam Waterston, Doris Kearns Goodwin and more for a tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker and an exclusive look at the upcoming production The Vietnam War.Preview
Potomac By Air: Our Nation's River
Thursday, March 16th at 10:30 pm
America's history is explored with an aerial trip along the striking curves of the Potomac River.
Tom Jones: A Soundstage Special Event
Friday, March 17th at 9:00 pm
Don't miss the iconic singer and special guest Grammy winner Alison Krauss. Jones performs signature songs "Delilah," "It's Not Unusual," "Green, Green Grass of Home," "Kiss" and "Thunderball," as well as new material from his recent albums.
Roy Orbison: Black and White Night 30
Friday, March 17th at 10:30 pm
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of an iconic concert with an all-star cast including Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J. D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes. Newly edited and remastered.
21 Days to a Slimmer, Younger You with Dr. Kellyann
Saturday, March 18th at Noon
Dr. Kellyann explains how you can undergo your own life-changing weight loss transformation.
WVPT Spelling Bee
Saturday, March 18th at 10:00 am
Join WVPT for the regional 2017 Scripps Spelling Bee
A Chef's Life Series Marathon
Saturday, March 18th
1:30 p.m. to midnight
Sunday, March 19th
6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
A Chef's Life is a new food/reality series featuring Chef Vivian Howard. Vivian was making a name for herself in New York City, when her father, a hog farmer, offered to get her started in her own restaurant. The catch? It would be located in her home town, a place she swore she would never return --- the Deep South. The series plunges audiences into the kitchen of the restaurant Chef and The Farmer, a highbrow restaurant located in Kinston, NC, one of the most impoverished communities in the U.S.
Week of March 19th
History Detectives Marathon
March 20th - 22nd
8:00 p.m. - midnight
9:00 p.m. - midnight
History Detectives explore the stories behind historic sites, artifacts and tall tales told in cities across the country, with the help of an inquisitive team of fact-finders with an uncanny talent for uncovering the truth.
Maya Angelou: American Masters
Friday, March 24th at 9:00 p.m.
Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others.
Week of March 26th
Soldier On: Life After Deployment
Sunday, March 26th at 2:00 p.m.
In Soldier On: Life After Deployment three women - Natasha Young, Amanda Tejada and Lyndsey Lyons - confront the challenges of readjusting to civilian life after their post-9/11 military service. Once back in the United States, the women cope with the disintegration of their relationships, alcohol and substance abuse, depression, health problems, military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and employment difficulties.
Is America In Retreat?
Sunday, March 26th at 3:00 p.m.
Is America In Retreat? examines the hard questions American foreign policy leaders face in dealing with a rapidly changing world order. A militarily aggressive Russia and China, along with deteriorating conditions in the Middle East, are forcing the greatest foreign policy debate of our decade.
To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters on Masterpiece
Sunday, March 26th at 9:00 p.m.
Learn the extraordinary story of how, against all odds, the famous literary trio had their genius for writing romantic novels recognized in a male-dominated 19th-century world.
Dead Reckoning: War & Justice
Tuesday, March 28th
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Civilians worldwide are increasingly the targets of war crimes. This unprecedented series examines the evolution of postwar justice in investigating genocide, ethnic cleansing and other atrocities and in prosecuting the perpetrators.
Great Performances: Dudamel Conducts Tangos Under the Stars
Friday, March 31st at 9:00 p.m.
Sway to LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl as he leads the orchestra in an evening of Latin music, including works by Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla and Lalo Schifrin.
Great Performances: Dudamel Conducts A John Williams Celebration
Friday, March 31st at 10:30 p.m.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's gala celebration of Williams' peerless achievements reunites Williams with violinist Itzhak Perlman. The performance features noted Williams compositions, including themes from Schindler's List. Natalie Portman hosts.Preview