JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 From the President’s Desk Happy New Year! PBS39 has been enriching our community since 1965. In a world where we can spend hours clicking through mindless channels, PBS39 continues to tell the stories that are important to you. We are proud to provide: • Non-commercial public television programs free of charge to every citizen; • Award-winning local documentary and public affairs programs; • Early childhood education for thousands of pre-schoolers and their parents; • Educational classroom services, including an on-demand video archive that impacts 150,000 students each day; • The Create channel featuring cooking, arts & crafts, gardening, home improvement, and travel; • Professional development and support of 11,000 teachers. Our commitment to this level of excellence remains steadfast. You can be sure that 2011 will not only bring you the best programs on television, but also the best educational and community services possible. I look forward to sharing new experiences, new programs and this New Year with you! All the best,
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U.S. Grant: Warrior: American Experience This film paints a revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders, from his first days on
1 SATURDAY - 2 SUNDAY PBS39 Special Programming
14 FRIDAY 8:00 Washington Week 8:30 MASTERPIECE Classic: Downton Abbey (part 1 of 4) 10:00 Rick Steves’ Europe 10:30 Need To Know
3 MONDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: Miami Beach, FL A rare 1960 re-release movie poster for the iconic biker film The Wild One;
a George Ohr vase with a surprising secret; and a 1940s mobile by Alexander Calder — grabbing the number two spot in the list of alltime highest value ROADSHOW appraisals. (part 1 of 3) Robert E. Lee: American Experience Film examines the life and reputation of Robert E. Lee, whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and hero of the Confederacy and who was elevated to almost godlike status by his admirers after his death.
the Ohio frontier to the darkest days of the Civil War. Young Lincoln
11 TUESDAY 8:00 NOVA: Deadliest Earthquake In 2010, epic earthquakes all over the planet delivered one of the worst annual death tolls ever recorded. NOVA follows teams of scientists in Haiti and Chile after the deadly quakes in those countries as they try to gather data to aid in preventing future disasters. 9:00 Nou Bouke: Haiti’s Past, Present and Future Nou Bouke, the Creole term for "We’re Tired," is a testament to the harsh reality for many in the Western Hemisphere's most desperate nation. 10:00 FRONTLINE: Battle For Haiti FRONTLINE examines the uphill fight to re-build Haiti in the face of
10 MONDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: Miami Beach, FL An archive of correspondence, circa 1965, between Winston Churchill and the guest’s great aunt and uncle; a stunning 1908 example of New Orleans’ Newcomb College pottery; and an heirloom collection of vintage jewelry. (part 2 of 3)
15 SATURDAY 8:00 Keeping Up Appearances 9:00 As Time Goes By 10:00 Old Guys 10:30 Are You Being Served? 11:00 Waiting For God 12:00 Austin City Limits: Monsters of Folk 16 SUNDAY 8:00 NATURE: White Falcon, White Wolf 9:00 MASTERPIECE Classic: Downton Abbey (part 2 of 4) Mary entertains three suitors, including a Turkish diplomat whose boldness leads to a surprising event. Downstairs, the shocking former life of Carson, the butler, is unmasked and Bates risks his health to remain valet. 10:30 Rick Steves’ Europe 11:00 EASTENDERS 12:00 Globe Trekker: Midwest USA 17 MONDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: Miami Beach, FL A rare, Qing Dynasty (early 18th century) vase; a 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins Model 6120 guitar; and a charming oil painting by popular Victorian artist John George Brown. (part 3 of 3) 9:00 Dinosaur Wars: American Experience Two paleontologists uncovered the remains of 130 species of dinosaur
8 SATURDAY PBS39 Special Programming 9 SUNDAY 8:00 NATURE: Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story The dramatic story of the Adamsons’ rescue of three lion cubs and their attachment to Elsa, whom they released back into the wild, was the first filmic exploration of animals as individuals. 9:00 MASTERPIECE Classic: Downton Abbey (part 1 of 4) When the Titanic goes down, Lord Grantham loses his immediate heirs and his daughter Mary loses her fiancé, throwing Downton Abbey and its servants into turmoil. 10:30 Rick Steves’ Europe 11:00 EASTENDERS
13 THURSDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: Miami Beach, FL (part 2 of 3) 9:00 Chihuly: Fire & Light The artist explores the use of neon lights to accompany his already vibrant glass pieces. 10:00 AMERICAN MASTERS: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides
deep-rooted corruption and intimidation. 12 WEDNESDAY 8:00 AMERICAN MASTERS: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides Called “the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived” by über-critic Pauline Kael, this 2010 Oscar-winning best actor embodies traits far beyond brilliance as an actor. 9:30 AMERICAN MASTERS: The Doors When Your Strange The first feature documentary to tell the Doors' story uses only original footage — much of it previously unseen — shot between the group’s formation in 1965 and Morrison’s death in 1971. Johnny Depp narrates.
and collected thousands of specimens, putting American science on the world stage in the late 1800s, but their professional rivalry left both men alone and almost penniless. Roads To Memphis: American Experience The wildly disparate yet fatefully entwined stories of assassin James Earl Ray and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan.
18 TUESDAY 8:00 Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction Transports viewers behind-thescenes for a look at the inception of four of the most popular genres in television: science fiction, westerns, crime dramas and local kids’ TV. 9:00 Secrets of the Dead: Herculaneum Uncovered 10:00 FRONTLINE: Are We Safer? Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest investigates the terrorism-industrial complex that grew up in the wake of 9/11.
22 SATURDAY 8:00 See 1/15 Lineup 12:00 Austin City Limits: The National/ Band of Horses
animals? Do our pets — like dogs — have the same feelings we do?
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20 THURSDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: Miami Beach, FL (part 3 of 3) 9:00 Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction 10:00 Niagara Falls 21 FRIDAY 8:00 Washington Week 8:30 MASTERPIECE Classic: Downton Abbey (part 2 of 4) 10:00 Rick Steves’ Europe 10:30 Need To Know
NOVA scienceNOW: How Smart Are Animals? How well can we understand what’s going on in the brains of non-human
23 SUNDAY 8:00 NATURE: Birds of the Gods David Attenborough introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists
19 WEDNESDAY 8:00 Niagara Falls 9:00 NOVA: Making Stuff Stronger Join The New York Times technology columnist David Pogue as he discovers how the "stuff" in our world is becoming stronger, smaller,
cleaner and smarter. What is the strongest material in the world? NOVA scienceNOW: Can We Live Forever? Why do our bodies fall apart over time? Is there any way to stop the process? How well can we build body parts and organs to replace ones that get damaged? Neil de Grasse Tyson hosts.
on a grueling expedition to find and film Birds of Paradise; the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers. MASTERPIECE Classic: Downton Abbey (part 3 of 4) Matthew brings out the bitter rivalry between sisters Mary and Edith. Servants Thomas and O’Brien scheme against Bates, while head housemaid Anna is attracted to him. Rick Steves’ Europe EASTENDERS Globe Trekker: Malawi and Zambia
24 MONDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: San Diego, CA Handwritten draft of the 1933 song “Stormy Weather”; an heirloom circa 1864 Tiffany cameo; and a turn-ofthe-century aristocratic portrait by Robert Henri. (part 1 of 3) 9:00 Panama Canal: American Experience Using an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage, interviews with canal workers and first hand accounts of life in the Canal zone, this film unravels the story of one of the world’s most significant technological achievements. 10:30 Hoover Dam: American Experience 25 TUESDAY 8:00 Pioneers of Television: Westerns Westerns filled small screens across the country night after night and were some of the most successful television shows in history. 9:00 Secrets of the Dead: Headless Romans In the English city of York near the ancient ruins of Hadrian's Wall, archaeologists have unearthed more than 30 Roman-era skeletons. 10:00 FRONTLINE: The Wounded Platoon The dark tale of the men of Third Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion of the 506th Infantry and how the war followed them home. 26 WEDNESDAY 8:00 Bear Island Program explores the secret world of western Canada's and Alaska's coastal rainforest grizzlies. 9:00 NOVA: Making Stuff Smaller Examines the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and microrobots.
27 THURSDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: San Diego, CA (part 1 of 3) 9:00 Pioneers of Television: Westerns 10:00 Bear Island 28 FRIDAY 8:00 Washington Week 8:30 MASTERPIECE Classic: Downton Abbey (part 3 of 4) 10:00 Rick Steves’ Europe 10:30 Need To Know 29 SATURDAY 8:00 See 1/15 Lineup 12:00 Austin City Limits: Sonic Youth / The Black Keys 30 SUNDAY 8:00 NATURE: Born Wild: The First Days of Life 9:00 MASTERPIECE Classic: Downton Abbey (part 4 of 4) The heir crisis at Downton Abbey takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, rumors fly about Mary’s virtue. Her sister Sybil takes a risk in her secret political life. Anna unearths Bates’ mysterious past and O’Brien and Thomas plot their exit strategy. 10:30 Rick Steves’ Europe 11:00 EASTENDERS 12:00 Globe Trekker: Pacific Island: Fiji, Vanuatu, and Solomon 31 MONDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: San Diego, CA An 18th-century ivory carved crèche; a beautifully preserved banner from George Washington’s inauguration ball; and a circa 1900 Turkmenistan rug. (part 2 of 3) 9:00 Greely Expedition: American Experience This film reveals how poor planning, personality clashes, questionable decisions and pure bad luck conspired to turn a noble scientific mission into a human tragedy. 10:00 Chautauqua: An American Narrative A timeless, idyllic community where artists hone their crafts, the greatest thinkers of our time speak their minds and tens of thousands come to engage in learning and self-improvement.
FEB. 1 TUESDAY 8:00 Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas Actors Bill Cosby (I Spy) and Angie Dickinson (Police Woman) reveal the methods behind their successes as the first African-American and break through female lead characters in a television series. 9:00 Apollo Wives 10:00 FRONTLINE: TBA 2 WEDNESDAY 8:00 Secrets of the Dead: Slave Ship Mutiny 9:00 NOVA: Making Stuff Cleaner Host David Pogue is on a quest to clean up, using new green materials
to build and power the devices of the future. NOVA scienceNOW: How Does the Brain Work? Can new science help us understand how the brain allows us to think, act, feel, behave and process the world around us?
3 THURSDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: San Diego, CA (part 2 of 3) 9:00 Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas 10:00 Pennsylvania Diners and Other Roadside Restaurants 4 FRIDAY 8:00 Washington Week 8:30 MASTERPIECE Classic: Downton Abbey (part 4 of 4) 10:00 Rick Steves’ Europe 10:30 Need to Know 5 SATURDAY 8:00 Keeping Up Appearances 9:00 As Time Goes By Reunion Special 10:00 Old Guys 10:30 Are You Being Served? 11:00 Waiting For God 12:00 Austin City Limits: Lyle Lovett/ Bob Schneider 6 SUNDAY 6:00 Keeping Up Appearances Marathon 11:00 Eastenders 12:00 Globe Trekker: South Africa 2
7 MONDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: San Diego, CA Memorabilia from a 1957 Buddy Holly and The Crickets concert in Liverpool, England; a quintessential Texas painting of bluebonnets by noted artist Robert Wood; and four unusual Chinese porcelain panels. (part 3 of 3) 9:00 Reagan: Lifeguard: American Experience (part 1 of 2) A Democrat turned Republican and an actor turned politician, Reagan is a study in complexity. 11:00 Nancy Reagan: Role of a Lifetime 8 TUESDAY 8:00 Pioneers of Television: Local Kids’ TV Local kids’ programs shaped the childhoods of millions of American children in the early years of television. 9:00 Space Age: NASA’s Story A fresh look at an amazing organization and mankind's quest to understand the universe. Part one deals with disastrous rocket tests to the glorious conclusion of the Gemini Program. (part 1 of 4) 10:00 FRONTLINE: TBA 9 WEDNESDAY 8:00 NOVAsciencenow: How Smart Are The Animals? 9:00 NOVA: Making Stuff Smarter Program explores an army tanker truck that heals its own bullet wounds, an airplane wing that changes shape as it flies, and cloth ing that can monitor its wearer’s heart rate, health and mood. 10:00 NOVA: Smartest Machine On Earth Known as “Watson,” this IBM super computer is so advanced it’s pursuing the first-of-its-kind challenge competing against Jeopardy! champions to prove its uncanny ability to mimic the human thought process. 10 THURSDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: San Diego, CA (Part 3 of 3) 9:00 Pioneers of Television: Local Kids’ TV 10:00 Historic Pennsylvania An artistic approach to showcasing significant and historic sites in Pennsylvania. 11 FRIDAY 8:00 Washington Week 8:30 MASTERPIECE Classic: Downton Abbey (part 4 of 4) 10:00 Rick Steves’ Europe Classics 10:30 Need to Know 12 SATURDAY 8:00 See 2/5 Lineup 12:00 Austin City Limits: Dave Matthews Band
13 SUNDAY 8:00 NATURE: The Himalayas 9:00 MASTERPIECE Classic: Any Human Heart (Part 1 of 3)
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William Boyd adapts his acclaimed 2002 novel about a man — at various times a writer, lover, prisoner of war, and spy — making his often precarious way through the 20th century. Matthew MacFadyen, Gillian Anderson, Hayley Atwell, Kim Cattrall and Jim Broadbent star. Rick Steves’ Europe Classics Eastenders Globe Trekker: Senegal and Carpe Verde
14 MONDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: Des Moines, IA A late Victorian 14-karat gold vest chain and fob; a pair of 1963 and 1966 Green Bay Packers signed footballs; and a rare collection of promotional movie memorabilia from Hollywood’s Golden Age. (part 1 of 3) 9:00 Reagan: An American Crusade: American Experience (part 2 of 2) 15 TUESDAY 8:00 Pioneers of Television: Late Night The stories of Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson 9:00 Space Age: NASA’s Story (part 2 of 4) 10:00 FRONTLINE: TBA 16 WEDNESDAY 8:00 The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside The Oval Office 9:00 NOVA: Crash of Flight 447 On June 1, 2009, Flight AF447, flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean, taking with it all 228 lives on board. 10:00 NOVA scienceNOW: Where Did we Come From? This program asks and explores questions that surround our origin. 17 THURSDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: Des Moines, IA (Part 1 of 3) 9:00 Pioneers of Television: Late Night 10:00 Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania’s Tuskegee Airmen The story of struggle and the ultimate triumph of the brave AfricanAmerican soldiers who served their country during World War II. Feb.
18 FRIDAY 8:00 Washington Week 8:30 MASTERPIECE Classic: Any Human Heart (part 1 of 3) 10:00 Rick Steves’ Europe Classics 10:30 Need to Know 19 SATURDAY 8:00 See 2/5 Lineup 12:00 Austin City Limits: Pearl Jam 20 SUNDAY 8:00 NATURE: Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Last Journey 9:00 MASTERPIECE Classic: Any Human Heart (Part 2 of 3) 10:30 Rick Steves’ Europe Classics 11:00 Eastenders 12:00 Globe Trekker: Paris City Guide 2 21 MONDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: Des Moines, IA A collection of late 1950s and 1960s Lucy M. Lewis Acoma Pueblo pot tery; an 1820 Russian Loutkin snuff box inscribed with the imperial arms of the Romanov dynasty; and an ex tremely rare 1623 Shakespeare First Folio. (part 2 of 3) 9:00 Jimmy Carter: American Experience The program traces the ascent of an ambitious country boy from a peanut farm in Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office. 22 TUESDAY 8:00 Pioneers of Television: Sitcoms This episode focuses on five key sitcoms: I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, Make Room for Daddy, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. 9:00 Space Age: NASA’s Story (part 3 of 4) 10:00 FRONTLINE: TBA
26 SATURDAY 23 WEDNESDAY See 2/5 Lineup 8:00 David Suchet on the Orient Express: 8:00 12:00 Austin City Limits: Willie Nelson and A Masterpiece Special Asleep at the Wheel With glamour, insight, charm, beautiful photography, and fascinating 27 SUNDAY 8:00 NATURE: Clash:Encounters of Bears and Wolves 9:00 MASTERPIECE Classic: Any Human Heart (Part 3 of 3) 10:30 Rick Steves’ Europe Classics 11:00 Eastenders 12:00 Globe Trekker: The Balkans
stories, David Suchet ("Poirot") leads viewers on a blissfully homicide-free excursion aboard the modern-day Orient Express. NOVA: Venom Venom scientists are in a race against time. Inside the bodies of many creatures, evolution has produced extremely toxic cocktails, all designed for one reason: to kill. NOVA scienceNOW: What’s the Next Big Thing? Program addresses a pressing ques tion regarding the past, present, and future prospects of life: What are technologies most likely to revolutionize life in the future?
28 MONDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: Des Moines, IA A circa 1856 Des Moines city plan, printed just before it officially became Iowa’s new capital; a circa 1838 E.C. Brewster beehive clock; and a circa 1925 round European cut dia mond and platinum ring (part 3 of 3) 9:00 Triangle Fire: American Experience Film marks the 100th Anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory;
24 THURSDAY 8:00 Antiques Roadshow: Des Moines, IA (Part 2 of 3) 9:00 Pioneers of Television: Sitcoms 10:00 The Strip Show 10:00 25 FRIDAY 8:00 Washington Week 8:30 MASTERPIECE Classic: Any Human Heart (part 2 of 3) 10:00 Rick Steves’ Europe Classics 10:30 Need to Know
New York’s worst workplace disaster until 9/11. By the time the fire burned itself out, 146 people were dead. The Hurricane of ‘38: American Experience Rhode Island fishermen, residents and vacationers recount what it was like to live through one of the great est natural disasters recorded in North America.
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