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Wednesday, March 21st at 8 PM
Forests are far more complex than previously imagined. The documentary, filmed in 4K, travels deep into the remote forests of the Kalkalpen National Park in Austria - the largest area of wilderness in the Alps. Abandoned and unmanaged by man for close to a quarter of a century, the forest's dramatic cycle of growth and decay now rules the landscape. What appears at first to be devastation and destruction is in fact part of the fundamental process of the forest's regeneration and transformation back to its natural, primeval state.
Wednesday, March 21st at 10 PM
Learn why Imperial Japan built a network of defensive lines, bunkers and fortifications across the island of Okinawa-turning it into a deadly killing machine-and consider its grisly legacy.
Thursday, March 22nd at 9 PM
Elizabeth is rushed to the hospital where Jack confirms she has suffered a heart attack. Jack tenderly looks after Elizabeth as she recovers. Heavily sedated and rambling, Elizabeth comes close to revealing a secret of her past. Elizabeth's frail health leads Anna and Gino to postpone telling their families about their relationship; however, when Carla finds Anna's contraception hidden in her room, she becomes suspicious and confronts Gino.
Thursday, March 22nd at 10 PM
Alice Waters lies in bed at night worrying about what to feed you. She knows that she can make you happy. She also knows, in her hidden heart, that if she can find the perfect dish to feed each person who comes to her door, she can change the world. Every great cook secretly believes in the power of food. Alice Waters just believes this more than anybody else. She is certain that we are what we eat, and she has made it her mission in life to make sure that people eat beautifully. Waters is creating a food revolution, even if she has to do it one meal at a time.
Friday, March 23rd at 10 PM
Richard Pryor’s impact on the craft of comedy and today’s top comics is legendary and unrivaled. This program surveys the profound and enduring influence of one of the greatest American comics of all time.
Saturday, March 24th at 9 PM
At 68 years old and with 16 other albums under his belt, music veteran Iggy Pop is still making history. The godfather of punk took the Austin City Limits stage for his inaugural appearance on the show just days before the release of Post Pop Depression, about which New York Magazine raves, “There exist nobody on Earth quite like Iggy Pop, and his great new album is further proof.” Conceived in partnership with Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme, a two-time ACL veteran who also produced the album, Post Pop Depression was recorded in secret in Palm Desert, CA with a vibe described as “Detroit meets Palm Desert by way of old Berlin.”
Sunday, March 25th episode #701 at 8 PM and episode #702 at 9 PM
Season 7 of Call the Midwife begins tonight with back to back episodes. First, in episode #701, Lucille, two days late due to the snow and ill, is called from her sick bed to assist with a breech birth. A single mother plans to give up her baby for adoption, but Trixie is concerned that her blood type might cause problems for baby. Episode #702 follows immediate at 9 PM. Watch as Lucille faces racism and prejudice when a new mother becomes ill. Sister Winifred is keen to have fathers be more involved in the care of their babies.
Monday, March 26th at 9 PM
How do we live with death in our eye? With defiant rage as Dylan Thomas exhorts us? With gentle acceptance? Or, more commonly, with denial? What is our story and will it sustain us at the end? This program features nine men and women of uncommon eloquence and intelligence grappling with these questions. For them, death is no longer an abstraction, far off into the future. They come from all walks of life, all ages, the dying and the healthy, believers and skeptics, some recognizable, some obscure. They have been shocked into mortality and are forever changed.
Tuesday, March 27th at 8 PM
The Hawaiian Islands are the most remote major island group on earth. On the second-largest island of Maui, the Haleakala volcano rises 10,000 feet — nearly two miles — into the sky. And the massive crater located at its summit carries the unique distinction of "The Quietest Place on Earth." For some, the exquisite stillness of this stark volcanic landscape can mimic a religious experience, while for others, it simply inspires a deeper awareness of humans' place in nature. From the producers behind APT Exchange's When the Mountain Calls,THE QUIETEST PLACE ON EARTH explores Maui's geological and spiritual birthplace. Featuring stunning cinematography, this poetic documentary looks at the majestic landscape through the eyes of Hawaiian cultural practitioners, artists, scientists, doctors, authors, musicians, paniolo (cowboys) and spiritual leaders, many of whom live on Haleakala's slopes.
Tuesday, March 27th at 9 PM
One of the most important, yet least known activists of our time, Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in founding the first farm workers union with César Chávez. Tirelessly leading the fight for racial and labor justice, Huerta evolved into one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century — and she continues the fight to this day, in her late 80s. With unprecedented access to this intensely private mother of 11, Peter Bratt's film Dolores chronicles Huerta’s life from her childhood in Stockton, California to her early years with the United Farm Workers, from her work with the headline-making grape boycott launched in 1965 to her role in the feminist movement of the '70s, to her continued work as a fearless activist. Featuring interviews with Gloria Steinem, Luis Valdez, Angela Davis, her children and more, Dolores is an intimate and inspiring portrait of a passionate champion of the oppressed.
Wednesday, March 28th at 8 PM
A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.
Wednesday, March 28th at 10 PM
Learn how Japan, in a bid to dominate the Pacific, builds the biggest battleship in the world. A floating fortress with the most powerful guns and the thickest armor ever mounted on a warship, the Japanese believe her unsinkable.
Thursday, March 29th at 9 PM
Sarah and George begin a secret affair and start meeting at the cottage for their romantic trysts. Anna attempts to subtly push her father towards Sarah, hoping that if she can get them together, he will be more open to learning about her relationship with Gino. However, she is frustrated by the arrival of her aunt, Regina. Meanwhile, James continues to struggle with his emotions as both he and Harry play down their feelings for each other.
Friday, March 30th beginning at 9 PM
Back to back episodes of Soundbreaking tonight. First, at 9 PM, epsoide #101 we explore the role of the music producer tasked with turning an artist's vision into a hit and view the contrasting styles of some of the most accomplished producers. Featuring George Martin, Sam Phillips, Tom Petty, Dr. Dre and more. Next at 10 PM, in episode #102, we learn how the recording studio itself became an instrument. From the advent of magnetic tape, chart the evolution of multi-track recording and the ingenuity of artists such as the Beatles, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac. At 11 PM, in episode #103, we celebrate the most essential part of a song and the most challenging to capture--the vocal track. Consider the ineffable emotional quality that makes a vocal track truly great; with Adele, Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera.
Saturday, March 31st at 9 PM
Enjoy modern roots rock with Band of Horses and Parker Millsap. BOH play tunes from their album Why Are You OK, as Millsap supports The Very Last Day.
Sunday, April 1st at 9 PM
A moment of distraction triggers a crisis in the lives of a happy, successful British couple in Ian McEwan’s haunting tale of a lost child and redeemed love, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire).
Tuesday, April 3rd at 8 PM
Witness the fatefully entwined stories of assassin James Earl Ray and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., against the backdrop of the seething and turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. Based on the book by Hampton Sides (Ghost Soldiers), the program relies on eyewitness testimony from King's inner circle and the officials involved in Ray's capture and prosecution following an intense two-month international manhunt.
Tuesday, April 3rd at 9 PM
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores America’s changing racial landscape—celebrating how far we have come toward equality and asking why we still have so far to go. Features conversations with Eric Holder, Shonda Rhimes and DeRay Mckesson.
Wednesday, April 4th at 8 PM
Butterflies have been flying around our planet for more than 50 million years, and today around 20,000 different species inhabit the globe. Nature: Sex, Lies and Butterflies follows their lives from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to the emergence of the full-blown, winged creature. Explore their astonishing survival techniques, including 360° vision, deceptive camouflage, chemical weaponry and fantastic flight. Through sophisticated macro-filming, look beyond the butterflies’ bright colors and fragile beauty to follow them on one of the greatest migrations on earth.
Thursday, April 5th at 10 PM
Join Elise and Karl as they investigate the abduction of a French couple from the Eurotunnel, leaving behind their traumatized daughter.Days later a passenger plane crashes into the Channel. Is it a coincidence or are the two events connected?
Friday, April 6th at 9 PM
From the invention of the electric guitar to synthesized music, learn how innovators used electricity to unleash new and never-before-heard sounds. Hour 4 reveals the power of technology to continuously redefine music, from Delta blues to The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Devo.
Saturday, April 7th at 9 PM
She’s a two-time Grammy-winning, multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter with a string of instantly recognizable hits: “True Colors,” “She Bop,” “I Drove All Night,” “Change of Heart,” “Time After Time” and the immortal “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” She’s also a recent Tony-winning Broadway composer for the smash musical Kinky Boots, as well as an Emmy-winning actress for her role on Mad About You. The legendary Cyndi Lauper showcases both her newest release Detour and her catalog of hits in her Austin City Limits debut.
Sunday, April 8th at 4:30 PM
Former gang members and at-risk students turn their lives around through the power of flight in Salinas. Plus, young adults discover career options in Chico, an Oakdale football coach shares why he loves his job, and Fresno special educations students serve and learn at a district-owned café. 03/07/2018
Sunday, April 8th at 9 PM
Cassie and Sunny confront a skeleton buried in a cellar. Is it ancient or more recent? Moldering clues tell them it's a 40-year-old murder and identify suspects Father Rob, Lizzie, Sir Phillip, and Eric.
Sunday, April 8th at 10:30 PM
See how an unexpected visitor forces Alan to think about his past, making Gillian and Caroline anxious - his decision to keep his secret from Celia is bound to backfire. Meanwhile, Caroline and pregnant Kate set a date for their wedding.
Tuesday, April 10th at 8 PM
Follow a team of experts as they solve the enduring mystery of exactly where Hannibal and his troops crossed the Alps to launch a surprise attack on Rome.
Wednesday, April 11th at 8 PM
There is a growing problem in North America affecting moose, the largest species of the deer family. Whether they make their home in the Canadian Rockies or in Minnesota, moose populations are declining at a rapid rate. One reason is that many of the newborn calves are not surviving their first year. In order to find out why, one intrepid cameraman spends a year documenting the life of a moose calf and its mother to understand what it takes to survive. The program is a first-person account by cameraman and naturalist Hugo Kitching of his year spent in Jasper National Park in the Canadian province of Alberta, a wilderness area that covers over 4,000 square miles. Arriving in late spring, he sets out to find a mother moose with a newborn calf, a challenging task as expectant mothers head to remote areas of the rugged terrain to give birth.
Wednesday, April 11th at 9 PM
For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilna was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world, earning the title “Jerusalem of the North” until World War II, when the Nazis murdered about 95% of its Jewish population and reduced its synagogues and cultural institutions to ruins. The Soviets finished the job, paving over the remnants of Vilna’s famous Great Synagogue so thoroughly that few today know it ever existed. Now, an international team of archaeologists is trying to rediscover this forgotten world, excavating the remains of its Great Synagogue and searching for proof of one of Vilna’s greatest secrets: a lost escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners inside a horrific Nazi execution site.
Thursday, April 12th at 10 PM
Learn why a soundbite from the plane's black box suggests a terrifying possibility. A surprising chain of events brings Karl and Elise closer to the abductors, but will they get to the Fourniers in time?
Friday, April 13th at 8:30 PM
Co-hosts Michael Gerson, a syndicated Washington Post columnist, and Amy Holmes, a political news commentator, interview guests to explore the framework of today’s news and political conversations — examining history, faith and culture.
Saturday, April 14th at 9 PM
Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor performs beloved classics and selections from his chart-topping new album Before This World, his first collection of original music in 13 years.
Sunday, April 15th at 9 PM
Cassie and Sunny dig deeper into Jimmy's murder, which involved torture. Father Rob remembers Jimmy fondly. So does Eric. Questioned about past gangland ties, Sir Phillip refuses to cooperate.
Monday, April 16th at 10 PM
Travel to West Virginia with investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback in this detective story that uncovers the troubling truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months.
Tuesday, April 17th at 8 PM (Next Weeks Episode, #102, will air on Saturday, April 28th at 3 PM)
Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity itself. Images and artifacts found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and South America testify to the urge to develop civilizations. Liev Schreiber narrates.
Wednesday, April 18th at 8 PM
Disastrous hurricanes. Widespread droughts and wildfires. Withering heat. Extreme rainfall. It is hard not to conclude that something’s up with the weather, and many scientists agree. It’s the result of the weather machine itself—our climate—changing, becoming hotter and more erratic. In this 2-hour documentary, NOVA will cut through the confusion around climate change. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and that human activity is causing it? How and when will it affect us through the weather we experience? And what will it take to bend the trajectory of planetary warming toward more benign outcomes? Join scientists around the world on a quest to better understand the workings of the weather and climate machine we call Earth, and discover how we can be resilient—even thrive—in the face of enormous change.
Wednesday, April 18th at 10 PM
Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former star of the popular kids show "Bill Nye The Science Guy" is now advocating for the importance of science, research and discovery in public life. With intimate and exclusive access —as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy — this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution and a science-based world view. The film features Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan and many others.
Thursday, April 19th at 10 PM
Trail Elise as she uncovers some disturbing facts about a passenger, while Karl makes a major breakthrough. The police trace their way to the door of the political cell Defence, but what will they find behind it?
Friday, April 20th at 7:30 PM
Join host James Faulk as he discusses issues impacting the North Coast with State Senator Mike McGuire.
Friday, April 20th at 10 PM
International superstar will.i.am performs from London’s historic Royal Albert Hall in a one-night-only concert event. The Grammy-, Emmy- and Latin Grammy-winning artist, writer and producer reunites with members of the Black Eyed Peas on stage for the first time in over six years, plus special guests Pia Mia, Eva Simons and Lydia Lucy (“The Voice UK”). Performances include “Scream & Shout,” “I Gotta Feeling,” “Let’s Get It Started,” “Where is the Love?” and “#thatPOWER.”
Saturday, April 21st at 9 PM
Savor the old-fashioned soul of Leon Bridges and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Fort Worth native Bridges channels an earlier era with songs from his debut LP Coming Home. Soulful Denver-based singer/songwriter Rateliff centers on the self-titled debut with his band The Night Sweats.
Sunday, April 22nd at 1:30 PM
Join host James Faulk as he discusses issues impacting the North Coast with State Senator Mike McGuire.
Sunday, April 22nd at 9 PM
The past catches up with suspects Father Rob, Lizzie, Sir Phillip and Eric. But which one is Jimmy's killer? It takes a second cold case to solve the mystery.
Wednesday, April 25th at 8 PM
Meet nature’s greatest rebels. From a promiscuous prairie dog to a kleptomaniac crab and an alpha chimpanzee who reigns with an iron fist, this three-part series introduces the most rebellious animals in the natural world. But are these creatures really misbehaving? Across the world new studies are uncovering an astonishing variety of rebellious animal behaviors, and despite how it appears on the surface, researchers are discovering the complex and fascinating science behind why these animals behave the way they do. In fact, being a rebel could be the key to success in the wild. In Episode 1 “Hunger Wars” Meet the animals who will steal, cheat and fight to get food, including kleptomaniac crabs, thieving macaques, con artist spiders, tricky tigers, and cannibalistic lizards.
Wednesday, April 25th at 9 PM
“NOVA Wonders” takes viewers on a journey to the frontiers of science, where researchers are tackling some of the biggest questions about life and the cosmos. From the mysteries of astrophysics to the secrets of the body to the challenges of inventing technologies that could rival—and even surpass—the abilities of the human mind, these six hours reveal how far we’ve come in our search for answers, how we managed to get here, and how scientists hope to push our understanding of the universe even further. Along the way, we meet the remarkable people who are transforming our world and our future.
Friday, April 27th at 9 PM
Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for his killer performance as Aaron Burr in "Hamilton," the acclaimed performer shares a more personal side of his ever-evolving artistry, shaping tender melodic lines with R&B accents, an actor's ear for a lyric, and impeccable elegance.
Saturday, April 28th at 3 PM (Civilizations Returns to Tuesdays at 8 PM next week)
Explore the many functions of the human image in art. Portraits, paintings and sculptures, both life-size and colossal, perform a role-assuaging loss, expressing strength, inspiring fear-and were instrumental in depicting the human body today.
Saturday, April 28th at 9 PM
Dig the best in modern rock with TV on the Radio and The War on Drugs. TVOTR showcases cuts from their latest LP Seeds, while TWOD features songs from its most recent album Lost in the Dream.
Sunday, April 29th at 9 PM
A waterlogged suitcase holds the remains of David Walker, 25 years after he disappeared. Walker’s wife, Tessa, turns out to be a police officer. Cassie and Sunny interview two other suspects, Sara and Colin.