Public Television for the North Coast

Highlights & Specials

Wild Alaska LIVE - Episode 102

Wednesday, July 26th at 8 PM

Airing live with hosts Martin and Chris Kratt, PBS, in partnership with the BBC, will turn the cameras on a must-see natural spectacle as thousands of the world's wildest animals gather to take part in Alaska's amazing summer feast.

Natures Great Race - Zebras

Wednesday, July 26th at 9 PM

Thousands of zebra face lions, hunting dogs, drought and starvation as they undertake the world’s most newly discovered migration. Braving one of Botswana’s most brutal wildernesses, they make Africa’s longest land mammal migration to the rich grasslands of Nxai Pan National Park, 155 miles to the south.

Sherlock on Masterpiece - The Final Problem

Thursday, July 27th at 9 PM

In this episode, written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, long-buried secrets catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a long game indeed and Sherlock and Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over?

Food Flirts

Friday, July 28th Episode 101 at 10 PM and Episode 102 at 10:30 PM

Meet the Brass Sisters a.k.a. The Food Flirts! Two passionate food explorers of a certain age on a mission to tackle their culinary bucket list…one bite at a time! In each episode of Food Flirts, the ladies ‘flirt’ their way into chefs’ kitchens to discover two ethnically unique and delicious delights, then head home to experiment and create cross cultural culinary mash-ups to tantalize your taste-buds! Food, fun, flirting and friendship are always on the menu!

Austin City Limits - Sam Smith/Future Island

Saturday, July 29th at 9 PM

Chart-topping British soul singer and songwriter Sam Smith topped off a whirlwind 2014 with an astonishing six major Grammy nominations. There is virtually no contemporary vocalist as stylish and elegant as Smith, a throwback to an elite crew of singers from an earlier generation. A beautifully soulful singer, the 22-year old London native makes a stunning ACL debut performing the songs of unrequited love and heartbreak that drive his landmark platinum album In the Lonely Hour. Like soul singers of yore, Smith takes to the ACL stage as his eight-piece band is already a minute into the show-opener “Nirvana,” the title track of his early EP. Baltimore’s Future Islands share the episode, also making an epic ACL debut. Having steadily built a fan base since their first album in 2006, the synth-pop trio became a breakthrough smash in 2014 with the critically acclaimed Singles, landing on top of many year-end best lists including Pitchfork, Stereogum, Spin, Rolling Stone and NPR.

The Tunnel - Sabotage Episode 7

Saturday July 29th at 10 PM

Learn if Karl and Elise get to Vanessa in time. Karl wonders if he's being threatened. Elise and Eryka cross the line, but they could live to regret it.

Wild Alaska - LIVE - Episode 103

Sunday, July 30th at 8 PM

Airing live with hosts Martin and Chris Kratt, PBS, in partnership with the BBC, will turn the cameras on a must-see natural spectacle as thousands of the world's wildest animals gather to take part in Alaska's amazing summer feast.

Boys of '36: American Experience

Tuesday, August 1st at 8 PM

Inspired by Daniel James Brown’s critically acclaimed nonfiction book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, The Boys of ’36 is the thrilling story of the American Olympic rowing team that triumphed against all odds in Nazi Germany. In the summer of 1936, nine working class young men from the University of Washington took the rowing world and the nation by a storm when they captured the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Berlin. These sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers overcame tremendous hardships—psychological, physical and economic—to beat not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast but also Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers. Featuring interviews with Brown, historians and surviving children of the 1936 Washington team, The Boys of ’36 recounts their unexpected victory and the obstacles they overcame to achieve it, giving hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Great Depression.

Frontline: The Vaccine War

Tuesday, August 1st at 10 PM

Join an investigation into the science and politics of vaccine safety.Despite a scientific consensus that there is no link between vaccines and disorders like autism, the war over whether to immunize children continues.

Ireland's Wild Coast

Wednesday, August 2nd at 8 PM

Follow a unique, personal journey along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world featuring the wildlife and wild places that make it so special. Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson takes viewers on an authored odyssey along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast – the place he chooses to make his home after 30 years spent shooting some of the world’s most celebrated wildlife films. Hanging like an emerald jewel off the western edge of Europe, Ireland has always been a place apart – the last scrap of rock before the void of the Atlantic Ocean. Never conquered by the Romans, Ireland was for millennia the very edge of the known world for Europeans and the last stop for countless animals before they disappeared into the mists of the western ocean on their ceaseless journeys of life.

White House: Inside Story

Thursday, August 3rd at 9 PM

The White House is one of America’s most iconic buildings; it is a symbol of shared national history and is home to the most powerful person on Earth. Here the president charts the course for the country, and the First Family lives in the spotlight. It's home, office and a museum. It's a bunker in times of war, a backdrop for command performances or state visits, and the heart of the American body politic. It takes a staff of more than 100 to maintain it, and its collection of antiques and paintings makes it a showplace for American art and design. In this two-hour special presentation The White House: Inside Story takes viewers behind the scenes to meet those who keep the house running smoothly, supporting the president and guarding the First Family’s privacy. We’ll see how the building has evolved over 200 years changing with the currents of history and the tastes of its occupants.

Great British Baking Show - Season 4, Episode 9 - Patisserie and Episode 10 - The Final

Friday, August 4th at 9 PM with the Final following at 10 PM

Join the four remaining bakers in the semi-final as they bash and fold pastry to achieve perfect lamination; make yeast cake with a fruity top and delicate chocolate work; and prepare a multiple mini-cake bake. Which three will go to the final? Immediately following at 10 PM you can find out who will be crowned the winner after the finalists wrestle with meringues, undertake a British classic with only one recipe instruction and no measurements, and tackle one of the most complex challenges ever seen on the series.

Ken Burns: America's Storyteller - American Sampler - Pledge

Saturday, August 5th at 5 PM

The program explores the tremendous depth and breadth of Burns’s work with a special emphasis on films that reveal the unique American character such as Thomas Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain, Jackie Robinson and others.

60's Pop, Rock and Soul (My Music) - Pledge

Saturday, August 5th at 8 PM

60s POP, ROCK & SOUL: MY MUSIC is a concert hosted by beloved icons Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits ("I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am") and Davy Jones of The Monkees ("Daydream Believer"). The special features hits and favorites of the AM radio era: Paul Revere & The Raiders ("Kicks"), Gary Lewis & The Playboys ("This Diamond Ring"), The Kingsmen ("Louie, Louie"), The Ventures ("Hawaii Five-O"), Question Mark & The Mysterians ("96 Tears") and Jefferson Starship ("Somebody to Love"). Every song is a classic from the decade of peace, love and profound social change - sung by performers who represent a period of time that resonates through the generations.

Emmylou Harris - At the Ryman - Pledge

Sunday, August 6th at 8:30 PM

Twenty-six years ago Emmylou Harris and her acoustic band the Nash Ramblers performed a three-night stint at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Those performances, which were live recording sessions for their Grammy Award-winning album At the Ryman, helped spearhead efforts to refurbish the century-old former home of the Grand Ole Opry. On May 2, 2017, Harris and the Nash Ramblers returned to the venue for a sold-out show, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Ryman. EMMYLOU HARRIS – AT THE RYMAN

Monterey Pop: The Summr of Love - Pledge

Sunday, August 6th at 10 PM - Pledge

During the Summer of Love, 1967, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival ushered in a new era of rock ’n’ roll. The festival launched the careers of music legends like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding. These stellar performers, however, were just a few among a diverse and talented cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and the Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Eric Burden and the Animals, and The Who. Director D.A. Pennebaker captured the decade’s spirit during the three-day festival in his acclaimed documentary entitled “Monterey Pop” and immortalized moments that have become legend. MONTEREY POP: THE SUMMER OF LOVE presents the best of Pennebaker’s documentary.

Frank Sinatra: The Voice of Our Time - Pledge

Monday, August 7th at 8 PM

Hosted by singer Mel Torme, FRANK SINATRA: THE VOICE OF OUR TIME chronicles the career of the legendary singer, focusing on his rise to fame in the music world, his acting career, and his involvement in politics and fundraising. The program integrates archival television and film clips with interviews from lyricist Sammy Cahn, singer/television personality Dinah Shore, film critic Leonard Maltin, and music critic John Rockwell. Performance clips include "It Was A Very Good Year," "Fly Me To The Moon," "Ol' Man River," "Stardust," "Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "I've Got The World On A String," "Come Rain Or Come Shine," "Come Fly With Me," "One For My Baby" and many more.

Great Performances: Pavarotti A Voice for the Ages - Pledge

Tuesday, August 8th at 8 PM

Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages celebrates the launch of Luciano Pavarotti’s career 50 years ago. Hear the late, great tenor in some of his finest performances, singing “Nessun Dorma” and other beloved arias from La Boheme, Rigoletto and Aida; Neapolitan songs in arrangements by Henry Mancini including “Mamma” and “La mia canzone al vento,” and audience favorites “O Sole Mio” and “Torna a surriento”; as well as popular duets with Bono, Sting, and Eric Clapton, and with The Three Tenors. Like Enrico Caruso before him, Luciano Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. Quickly establishing his trademark rich sound as the great male operatic voice of the 20th century, he expanded his reach to stadium concerts and pop collaborations which brought him fame beyond measure.

Legends of Folk: Isn't This a Time! - Pledge

Tuesday, August 8th at 9:30 PM

FOLK LEGENDS: ISN’T THIS A TIME! is perhaps one of the greatest folk concerts of all time. The Weavers, Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie performed together at Carnegie Hall in 2003 and now that concert is being televised for the first time on PBS. This last gathering of these legendary folk artists was also the last in a series of annual concerts at Carnegie Hall that was produced by the late folk impresario Harold Leventhal.

70's Soul Superstars (My Music) - Pledge

Wednesday, August 9th at 8:30 PM

Join Patti LaBelle for an all-star reunion of the legends of 1970s Motown, R&B and soul, including the Commodores, original lead Eugene Record reuniting with the Chi-Lites, the Stylistics, Yvonne Elliman, Heatwave, the Trammps and the Emotions.

Emmylou Harris - At the Ryman - Encore - Pledge

Thursday, August 10th at 9:30 PM

Twenty-six years ago Emmylou Harris and her acoustic band the Nash Ramblers performed a three-night stint at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Those performances, which were live recording sessions for their Grammy Award-winning album At the Ryman, helped spearhead efforts to refurbish the century-old former home of the Grand Ole Opry. On May 2, 2017, Harris and the Nash Ramblers returned to the venue for a sold-out show, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Ryman. EMMYLOU HARRIS – AT THE RYMAN

Il Volo Notte Magica - Pledge

Friday, August 11th at 8 PM

Join the international superstar trio and special guest Placido Domingo for a magical night of music beneath the stars in Florence, Italy’s beautiful Santa Croce Square. Il Volo pays tribute to the Three Tenors with songs in true operatic style.

Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30 - Pledge

Friday, August 11th at 9:30 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.

Great Performances: Hamilton's America - Pledge

Saturday, August 12th at 8 PM

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.

Joe Bonamassa: Live at Carneigie Hall - An Acoustic Evening - Pledge

Saturday, August 12th at 10 PM

Last year January 21st and 22nd Joe Bonamassa performed 2 unique all-acoustic shows at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York City. Both performances were filmed and recorded for ‘Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall –An Acoustic Evening’. An evening of extraordinary music with new arrangements of favorite songs as well as brand new, never-before-heard songs. Before you think: "Didn't Joe already release an acoustic live show back in 2013?", the Carnegie Hall show is nothing like that show in Vienna. The Vienna acoustic show had Joe surrounded with a variety of instruments, like guitars, mandolin, violin, banjo, harmonium and much more, and various guest musicians who played them. This new live album is a band performance, including members from Joe's stellar band, three Australian backing vocalists, and instrumentalists varying from cello, erhu, percussion, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy and saxophone. Remember Jimmy Page & Robert Plant's No Quarter: Unledded?

60s Generations (My Music) - Pledge

Sunday, August 13th at 9:30 PM

Join hostess Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas for an all-star concert featuring the hippest hit-makers of the 1960s. Among the legendary artists who reunite on stage are blue-eyed soul icons The New Rascals ("People Got To Be Free"/"Groovin'"/"Good Lovin'"), rock-jazz fusion masters Blood, Sweat & Tears ("You've Made Me So Very Happy"), folk-rock pioneer Roger McGuinn of The Byrds ("Mr. Tambourine Man"), British blues-rocker Eric Burdon of The Animals ("It's My Life"), psychedelic sensation Iron Butterfly ("In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"), soft-rock favorites The Association ("Never My Love"), soul-pop duo Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., formerly of The Fifth Dimension ("Wedding Bell Blues"), singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon ("What The World Needs Now Is Love") and more.

The Bomb

Tuesday, August 15th at 8 PM

It began innocently enough. In 1938, two German chemists accidentally discovered how to split the nucleus of the uranium atom: nuclear fission. Einstein’s E=mc2 equation predicted that the amount of energy released from just one atom would be enormous. Physicists all over the world immediately realized that fission might make a bomb of extraordinary power — and that Nazi Germany might be capable of creating one. The fear of Adolph Hitler getting a nuclear weapon led to a race to deter him by developing such a bomb first. Thus began a chain of events that would lead inexorably to Hiroshima, the nuclear arms race, the hydrogen bomb, the Cuban Missile Crisis and some of the greatest fear and tension ever in world history.

Frontline - Terror in Little Saigon

Tuesday, August 15th at 10 PM

FRONTLINE and ProPublica team up to investigate a wave of terror that targeted Vietnamese-American journalists. Uncovering a trail that leads from American cities to jungles in Southeast Asia, FRONTLINE and ProPublica shine new light on a series of unsolved murders and attacks.

Nova - Emperor's Ghost Army

Wednesday, August 16th at 9 PM

Emperor Qin Shi Huang of China was buried in a mausoleum with around 9,000 terracotta statues. Investigate how and why the life-sized figures were made and the technology behind the crossbows, spears and swords carried by the clay warriors.

Doc Martin - Going Bodmin - Episode 1

Thursday, August 17th at 8 PM

As Martin moves in and meets the locals, he realizes that adjusting to village life is not going to be smooth sailing. In his sharp suits and flashy car, he's a fish out of water. His first patient is Sir Gilbert Spencer, a retired lieutenant colonel, with an embarrassing problem – he's grown breasts. Meanwhile, it's Lifeboat Day in Portwenn, and the harbor is alive with stalls, fairground rides and a jazz band, but Martin has become the butt of jokes among the bevy of teenage girls from the village. Just when he thinks the day couldn't get any worse, Martin is forced off the road and into a ditch on his way out of the village. He's rescued by local police constable, Mark Mylow, who takes him home. But as Martin opens the door, he finds the hall ankle deep in sludgy water. It's the final straw. Martin decides he is not cut out to be a village G.P., and decides to tender his resignation. Can anything or anyone change his mind?

Great Performances "Vienna Philharmonci Summer Night Concert 2017"

Friday, August 18th at 9 PM

Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual open-air concert from Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace. Featured are guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach with superstar soprano Renee Fleming as special guest soloist.

Austin City Limits - Don Henley

Saturday, August 19th at 9 PM

Don Henley, both as solo artist and as a member of the Eagles, has received many accolades, including eight Grammy Awards, numerous gold and platinum records and performed sold-out concert tours worldwide. A respected, popular and critically celebrated musical artist, Henley is a founding member, vocalist and songwriter of the Eagles, who pioneered and epitomized a musical style of country, folk, rhythm and blues, rock and pop has become one of the most influential bands in America.

Endeavour Season 4 on Masterpiece - Game

Sunday, August 20th at 9 PM

Follow Endeavour, who while struggling with Joan Thursday's sudden departure, is consumed by a nightmarish hunt for a serial killer. He must race against time to find the connection between a chess-playing "thinking" machine and a baffling drowning.

Nova "Eclipse Over America"

Monday, August 21st at 9 PM

On August 21, 2017, millions of Americans will witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years. As in all total solar eclipses, the moon will block the sun, revealing its ethereal outer atmosphere—its corona—in a wondrous celestial spectacle. While hordes of citizens prepare to flock to the eclipse’s path of totality, scientists, too, are staking out spots for a very different reason: to investigate the secrets of the sun’s elusive atmosphere. During the eclipse’s precious seconds of darkness, they will shed light on how our sun works, how it can produce deadly solar storms, and why it’s atmosphere is so hot. NOVA investigates the storied history of solar eclipse science and joins both seasoned and citizen-scientists alike as they don their eclipse glasses and tune their telescopes for the eclipse over America.

Nova "Eclipse Over America"

Wednesday, August 23rd at 8 PM

On August 21, 2017, millions of Americans witnessed the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years. As in all total solar eclipses, the moon will block the sun, revealing its ethereal outer atmosphere—its corona—in a wondrous celestial spectacle. While hordes of citizens prepare to flock to the eclipse’s path of totality, scientists, too, are staking out spots for a very different reason: to investigate the secrets of the sun’s elusive atmosphere. During the eclipse’s precious seconds of darkness, they will shed light on how our sun works, how it can produce deadly solar storms, and why it’s atmosphere is so hot. NOVA investigates the storied history of solar eclipse science and joins both seasoned and citizen-scientists alike as they don their eclipse glasses and tune their telescopes for the eclipse over America.

Doc Martin - Gentlemen Prefer - Episode 2

Thursday, August 24th at 8 PM

Despite his disastrous introduction to life in the sleepy village of Portwenn, the former surgeon has decided to stay and give it a go. The waiting room is full with patients enjoying tea and biscuits served by Elaine. It seems the previous doctor allowed his patients to treat his office as a drop-in café to share their ailments, but not necessarily to seek medical treatment. Elaine's inefficiency pushes Martin over the edge and he fires her. News of her dismissal spreads around the village like wildfire, and Martin becomes universally disliked. The café won't serve him, patients are cancelling appointments and Elaine leaves town, missing her father's wedding. Martin confides in a patient, telling him about the phobia that prevented him from continuing his surgical career. Elaine returns in time for the wedding and Martin asks her to return to work, but on the strict understanding that she adheres to his ground rules.

Shakespeare Live! From The Royal Shakespeare Company

Friday, August 25th at 9 PM

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 2016, The Royal Shakespeare Company hosts a glittering jubilee party — and the world is invited. Shakespeare Live! will celebrate the international legacy of Shakespeare in all the performing arts — including opera, ballet, jazz and musical theatre — from The Bard’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Many iconic characters, speeches and scenes from Shakespeare’s best-known plays will be featured, telling the story of Shakespeare’s life and career. Hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate, among the stars planning to participate are Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, John Lithgow, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, David Suchetand many more. Also featured will be performances by the English National Opera, the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Swan. Prince Charles has also been announced to attend in his official capacity as RSC President.

Ausin City Limits - Foals and Alejandro Escovedo

Saturday, August 26th at 9 PM

Revel in an hour of modern rock with UK superstars Foals and Texas legend Alejandro Escovedo. Foals play tunes from their album What Went Down, while Texas bard Escovedo showcases Burn Something Beautiful, joined by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and alt-rock luminaries.

Endeavour Season 4 on Masterpiece - Canticle

Sunday, August 27th at 9 PM

When morality advocate Joy Pettybon receives a death threat, Endeavour must protect her at all costs. But the arrival of a rebellious band, The Wildwood, quickly drags Endeavour into a bloody war of social attitudes that just had its first fatality.

Walt Disney: American Experience

Tuesday, August 29th at 8 PM

In 1966, the year Walt Disney died, 240 million people saw a Disney movie, 100 million tuned in to a Disney television program, 80 million bought Disney merchandise, and close to seven million visited Disneyland. Few creative figures before or since have held such a long-lasting place in American life and popular culture. From Steamboat Willie to Pinocchio to Mary Poppins, Disney’s movies grew out of his own life experiences. He told stories of outsiders struggling for acceptance and belonging, while questioning the conventions of class and authority. As Disney rose to prominence and gained financial security, his work became increasingly celebratory of the American way of life that made his unlikely success possible. Yet despite the success he achieved, he was driven and restless, a demanding perfectionist on whom decades of relentless work and chain-smoking would take their toll.

Nova - Zepplin Terror Attack

Wednesday, August 30th at 9 PM

In the early days of World War I, Germany, determined to bring its British enemies to their knees, launched a new kind of terror campaign: bombing civilians from the sky. But the aircraft delivering the lethal payloads weren't planes. They were Zeppelins, enormous airships, some the length of two football fields. With a team of engineers, explosives experts, and historians, NOVA investigates the secrets behind these deadly war machines. "Zeppelin Terror Attack" explores the technological arms race that unfolded as Britain desperately scrambled to develop defenses that could neutralize the threat, while Germany responded with ever bigger and more powerful Zeppelins. Why were these German monsters of the sky, filled with highly flammable hydrogen gas, so difficult to shoot down? How were their massive gas bags pieced together from the intestines of millions of cows?