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Ted Williams: American Masters

Monday, July 23rd at 9 PM

During his remarkable career with the Boston Red Sox, Ted Williams earned many nicknames – The Kid, The Splendid Splinter and Teddy Ballgame, but the only nickname that he wanted was “the greatest hitter who ever lived.” In that pursuit, he combined his preternatural gifts with a fierce work ethic to become widely regarded as one of the greatest ever to play the game of baseball and in the process elevated the science of hitting in ways still emulated today.

10 That Changed America - Modern Marvels

Tuesday, July 24th at 8 PM

Celebrate those who have scoffed at the laws of nature and defied the naysayers — and sometimes even gravity — by undertaking these fantastic feats of engineering. Each story includes a fun physics lesson and a tale of human folly, beginning at the Erie Canal, a 363-mile long man-made waterway that was built in the 19th century by thousands of laborers using primitive hand tools. Learn how professional engineers connected our growing nation by building magnificent bridges, intricate rail networks, and a continent-wide system of freeways. Discover the extreme measures that engineers have taken to deliver water from distant rivers to our kitchen sinks. It’s easy to take these modern marvels for granted with today’s easy access to roads, bridges, and drinking water. But behind many of our daily conveniences was a clever engineer — and a remarkable story.

No Passport Required - Chicago

Tuesday, July 24th at 9 PM

Chef Marcus Samuelsson visits the city's longstanding Mexican community - the second-largest in the U.S. - to learn about its heritage and cuisine. He tastes tacos de cecina and grilled nopales, and learns the secrets of mole sauce from a master.

Earths Natural Wondeers - Surviving Against the Odds

Wednesday, July 25th at 8 PM

See how people in some of the natural wonders, including Brazil, Ethiopia, Laos, the Faroes and Switzerland, must push themselves to the limit in order to survive. Survival demands skill, ingenuity and bravery.

Andes: Kingdoms of the Sky

Wednesday, July 25th at 9 PM

Experience the astonishing natural life found in the world's longest mountain range, where pumas hunt guanaco, shape-shifting frogs hide in remote cloud forests and descendants of the Inca build bridges of grass.

800 Words - Episode 102

Thursday, July 26th at 8 PM

In the Australian comedy-drama 800 WORDS, recently widowed Sydney newspaper columnist George Turner (Erik Thomson) sets out to make a fresh start with his teenage children by moving to the tiny New Zealand town where he vacationed as a child. Tonight, George rapidly becomes the most unpopular new Aussie in town after calling Weld a 'dead end town' in his column. Shay and Arlo also feel the fallout from their father's faux pas at their new school.

Breaking Big -- Roxane Gay

Friday, July 27th at 8:30 PM

As a quiet child of Haitian immigrants, Roxane Gay transcended all expectations and became a leading voice in modern feminist movement, with her essay collection "Bad Feminist." But how did she transform a painful childhood into a powerful battle cry and a successful career that would end up helping women around the world?

Fats Domino - Walkin' Back to New Orleans

Friday, July 27th at 10 PM

The city of New Orleans changed forever on August 29, 2005, when its levees failed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. One of the areas hit hardest by the storm was the Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood rich in culture and tradition. In the aftermath of Katrina, rumors spread throughout New Orleans and the world that legendary piano man Antoine "Fats" Domino, a lifelong resident of the Ninth Ward, and his wife of 50 years, perished in the storm. A city in mourning was awash in even more grief. Narrated by actor John Goodman, FATS DOMINO - WALKIN' BACK TO NEW ORLEANS recounts the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's harrowing rescue following Hurricane Katrina and his triumphant, and possibly final, return to the stage for a benefit concert almost two years after the storm. Domino's concert, captured in high-definition, proved no small feat for the shy performer who has never been comfortable in the spotlight.

Tunnel: Vengenance (Season 3 Episode 4)

Saturday, July 28th at 8 PM (Encore Presentation)

When Karl and Elise reach a dead end in the case, they both resort to unconventional means in pursuit of the truth. With the body count rising, the stakes could not be higher but will their gambles pay off?

800 Words - Episode 102

Sunday, July 29th at 7 PM

In the Australian comedy-drama 800 WORDS, recently widowed Sydney newspaper columnist George Turner (Erik Thomson) sets out to make a fresh start with his teenage children by moving to the tiny New Zealand town where he vacationed as a child. Tonight, George rapidly becomes the most unpopular new Aussie in town after calling Weld a 'dead end town' in his column. Shay and Arlo also feel the fallout from their father's faux pas at their new school.

Endeavour Season 5 on Masterpiece - "Requiem"

Sunday July 29th at 9 PM

After the mysterious disappearance of a teacher, Endeavour finds himself undercover, investigating the dark world of a public school. When a body is unexpectedly discovered, Endeavour has to question who he can trust – and uncover the truth about the crimes before more people are hurt. Thursday is determined to solve the ongoing unsolved murders linked to Eddie Nero, and charges Fancy with tracking down the elusive Cromwell Ames. Meanwhile, Thursday’s life is turned upside down by the return of his brother, and Endeavour looks towards the future with the possibility of a new relationship.

No Passport Required - Queens, New York

Tuesday, July 31st at 9 PM

Chef Marcus Samuelsson goes inside the Indo-Guyanese community to explore its roots and cuisine. Marcus eats Trinidadian roti, visits a cross-cultural bush cook, plays cricket and learns how to make a traditional Guyanese chicken curry.

Outback - The Kimberley Comes Alive

Wednesday, August 1st at 8 PM

The Kimberley region in North West Australia boasts some of the most spectacular wilderness, and tough characters, in existence. We meet the humans and the creatures, who – as the wet season comes to an end – begin their adventures across this diverse and surprising landscape. From the tiny orphaned joeys to the majestic osprey, survival takes guts (and sometimes even the huge heart of human carers). It’s a land where humans and animals live in dangerous, and exquisite, proximity.

Wonders of Mexico - Forests of the Maya

Wednesday, August 1st at 9 PM

In Mexico’s far south lies an unusual peninsula: the Yucatan. Swathed in a forest covering 50,000 square miles, this land was once ruled by the mighty Maya civilization. This immense peninsula is actually a giant slab of porous limestone, meaning water is quickly sucked underground. This poses a serious challenge for those living here; for six months of the year virtually no rain falls. But the Yucatan is a place full of secrets, which hold the key to survival in these difficult times. At the peak of the dry season, a young morelet crocodile searches for prey in one of only a few groundwater pools. Thirst even lures the most elusive forest creature, the jaguar. Above, in the canopy, a mother spider monkey is searching for food; fortunately she knows just the place: the spectacular Maya temple of Calakmul. Once home to over 50,000 people, its ruins and ancient cultivated gardens left a lasting legacy in this forest.

800 Words - Episode 103

Thursday, August 2nd at 8 PM

Questions are raised over Laura Turner's death, and the Weld rumor mill goes into overdrive. George goes on an epic manhunt through the local populous to learn the source of the scandalous gossip.

A Place to Call Home - Episode #111 - "True to Your Heart"

Thursday, August 2nd at 9 PM

Newly discharged from the hospital, Elizabeth is unimpressed by the way Regina is behaving towards George and asks her to leave. With tension in the house and James' secret, growing feelings for Harry, Olivia and James agree that the best chance for their family rests in the city.

Brandi Carlile in Concert - A Bluegrass Underground Special

Friday, August 3rd 10 PM

Self taught, Seattle-based and Grammy nominated for Americana Album of the Year, Brandi Carlile’s style revolves around pop, rock, alt-country and folk. Her songs serve up personal stories of parents and childhood; of divorce, marriage and religion; of love and of loss. Here are stories of forgiveness, reconciliation, of climbing out of bed every morning open to love.

Austin City Limits - Dan Auerbach / Shinyribs

Saturday, August 4th at 9 PM

Akron's Dan Auerbach puts the Black Keys on hold to showcase his second solo album Waiting on a Song. Fronted by Kevin Russell of the Gourds, Austin's Shinyribs whips up Texas country soul from its new LP I Got Your Medicine.

The Royal Wedding: Highlights of the Day

Sunday, August 5th at 9 PM

Relive the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with highlights of the arrival of guests and royal family, the wedding ceremony, the carriage procession by the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and their departure for evening festivities. Kirsty Young, Dermot O'Leary, and Huw Edwards anchor the coverage from the BBC.

10 Towns That Changed America

Tuesday, August 7th at 8 PM

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.

Outback - The Dry Season

Wednesday, August 8th at 8 PM

It might be the dry season but there’s no rest in the outback: There are turtle eggs to be laid, saltwater crocodiles to dodge and young birds on maiden flights. Cattle must be mustered from the far corners of vast cattle properties and, when that is done, rodeos slam into action. More quietly, archaeologists are led through remote wilderness by traditional owners, revealing breathtaking galleries of ancient rock art. Out at sea, elite athletes dive the ocean depths in the name of the world’s most spectacular pearl, risking dangerous encounters with curious giants. Meanwhile, mother to marsupials Mandy Watson sets her babies free.

Wonders of Mexico - Mountain World

Wednesday, August 8th at 9 PM

Mexico is a vast country, dominated by the Sierra Madre, or "Mother Mountains." Journey down this rocky spine and you’ll discover an amazing diversity of life and culture. In the far north, a secret mountain world offers a vital outpost for Mexico’s black bears. Here, oak trees provide the bears with a feast of acorns, but the limestone hills mean there is little groundwater available. We join a mother bear and her three cubs who overcome this problem thanks to a unique relationship with their ranching neighbors. The grandest mountain vistas of all are found in the northwest. The Copper Canyon covers 25,000 square miles and is home to the Rarámuri. To navigate the difficult terrain they’ve become remarkable long distance runners.

800 Words - Episode 104

Thursday, August 9th at 8 PM

As he comes to terms with his status as the new ladies' man of Weld, George is dragged into a celebration (or not) of Weld's X-rated history.

A Place to Call Home - Episode #112 - "New Beginning"

Thursday, August 9th at 9 PM

George is delighted when Sarah agrees to marry him. But when Elizabeth discovers her threat to disinherit George has backfired, she resolves to take a different approach. Meanwhile, Anna encounters complications with her pregnancy. Before James and Olivia leave Ash Park, he goes to visit Harry to say goodbye.

Great Performances - Chicago Voices

Friday, August 10th at 10 PM

Celebrate Chicago's vibrant music culture with performances by Renee Fleming, Broadway's Jessie Mueller, rap artist Lupe Fiasco, folk legend John Prine, pop and gospel singer Michelle Williams and world-renowned tenor Matthew Polezani.

Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles

Saturday, August 11th at 7 PM

Iconic Vision tells the story John Parkinson, the architect who created many of Los Angeles’ most iconic structures, including City Hall, The Coliseum, Union Station and Bullocks Wilshire among many others. The son of an English mill worker, he arrived in North America in 1883 with a toolbox and $5. When he died in 1935, he had inspired over $100,000,000 in construction projects in L.A. alone.

Austi City Limits - Angelique Kidjo

Saturday, August 11th at 9 PM

Revel in the high-energy performance of African singer/songwriter Angélique Kidjo. The Grammy-winning Benin native and her four-piece band raise the roof with songs from her recent LP, Eve.

Churchill's Secret on Masterpiece

Sunday, August 12th at 9 PM

Set during the summer of 1953, Churchill’s Secret tells a little-known part of Winston Churchill’s great life story. Having suffered a life-threatening stroke, which his inner circle conspired to hide from the public, the film charts the course of Churchill’s (played by Cranford’s Michael Gambon) remarkable recovery with the help of his spirited nurse (Emma’s Romola Garai). Told from the point of view of his children, his long-suffering wife, and the men of his cabinet, the film casts an honest light on the tensions within his brilliant and dysfunctional family, and investigates the strain that his great public service wrought upon his private life.

Outback - Return of the West

Wednesday, August 15th at 8 PM

Inland Kimberley is now so stiflingly hot, everything and everyone moves with caution – with the exception of gold diggers Honest John and Steve. The region's remaining waterholes are packed with animals, forced dangerously close. Windjana Gorge is a prime example: a pristine oasis where brave humans wade into croc-infested water all in the name of science. The coast is also a place to congregate. Thousands of shorebirds arrive from the world’s longest single migration, only to be blasted with nets by crafty bird lovers. The humidity builds and finally, the skies explode with thunder and rain. Nyul Nyul ranger Albert Wiggan sings a welcome to the life it brings and arrival of a new season in his ancient land.

Wonders of Mexico - Burning North

Wednesday, August 15th at 9 PM

Northern Mexico is the country’s driest region, dominated by two great deserts: the Sonoran and Chihuahuan. And as you travel west, the conditions just get hotter, drier and more challenging. In this episode, we’ll unravel the forces that have created this arid world, and discover that for the animals who live here, overcoming these conditions can bring rich rewards. In Central Northern Mexico are vast prairies, home to black tailed prairie dogs. These sociable rodents live in large colonies which attract a lot of predators. Their burrows offer sanctuary from coyotes and birds of prey but not from bullsnakes. So the adults bravely attack these reptiles to protect their pups. Mexico’s prairies are the birthplace of an iconic way of life. In the 16th century, the Spanish brought cattle and horses here, training locals to manage their herds. The vaquero, or cowboy, was born.

800 Words - Episode 105

Thursday, August 16th at 8 PM

The family's attempts to mark Laura's birthday are disrupted by the discovery that their new home is on the verge of collapsing, forcing them to move temporarily into the local motel.

A Place to Call Home - Episode #113 - "Secret Love"

Thursday, August 16th at 9 PM

James sees a psychiatrist who agrees to treat his sexuality but James and Olivia's hopes of a brighter future are challenged when George arrives and confronts his son. Anna is relieved when Gino believes that she miscarried and together they grieve and pray for their lost child. They decide to spend the night together at the cottage before telling their families of their intention to marry. Elizabeth is worried that Regina is getting closer to discovering the skeletons of Sarah's past in Europe. Carolyn travels to Inverness and meets with Jack, who is stunned to learn he is Anna's father. But a bigger shock is in store for those at Ash Park when a dead body is found in the river.

Great Performances - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018

Friday, August 17th at 10 PM

Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual open-air concert from Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, featuring conductor Valery Gergiev and internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko as a guest soloist.

Johnny Mathis - Wonderful Wonderful (My Music) (Pledge Event)

Saturday, August 18th at 7 PM

Recorded at The Tropicana in Atlantic City on October 27, 2006 in celebration of his 50 years in show business, Johnny performs many of his hits including "In the Morning," "Wonderful! Wonderful!, "What I Did For Love," "Chances Are," "Misty, "Maria," Stranger in Paradise" and "A Certain Smile."

A River's Last Chance (Pledge Event)

Sunday, August 19th at 8 PM

“A River’s Last Chance: A Story of Salmon, Timber, Weed and Wine along California’s Mighty Eel River,” by former Humboldt State University student and the director of storytelling for Pacific Rivers, Shane Anderson. The Eel River in Northern California is arguably the best opportunity for wild salmon recovery on the entire west coast. The river and salmon have weathered decades of over fishing , abusive logging, catastrophic floods and droughts , a hydro power dam that diverts water out of basin. Today the Eels recovering wild salmon compete for water with the region’s underground multi billion dollar cannabis economy and the multi billion dollar wine industries of Sonoma and Mendocino. This film is rooted in the belief that we can live symbiotically with our watersheds and encourage both a rivers recovery and economic future.

Leonard Cohen -- Tower of Song (Pledge Event)

Sunday, August 19th at 9:30 PM

Filmed at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec on the first anniversary of his death, LEONARD COHEN – TOWER OF SONG celebrates the globally recognized icon, poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen. The special features performances by a star-studded lineup of international artists, and includes many of Cohen’s most celebrated songs, augmented by rare archival interviews and concert footage. A 24-piece orchestra, and special guests kd lang, Sting, Elvis Costello, Damien Rice and more pay tribute with moving renditions of “Dance Me to the End of Love,” “Hallelujah,” “Suzanne,” "Bird on a Wire" and “Democracy” to name a few.

Perry Como -- Till the End of Time (Pledge Event)

Monday, August 20th at 8 PM

For over fifty years, crooner Perry Como ranked as one of America's most successful and beloved entertainers. Starting as a big band singer in the late 1930s, a radio star in the 1940s and then a TV headliner in the 1950s and onward, Perry was a warm and welcome presence in tens of millions of households for six decades, charting over 100 hit songs along the way. Now, for the first time, a collection of Como's biggest hits from long-lost and newly-restored episodes of his TV programs - including rare color programs and more recently discovered lost footage - is being presented on PBS. Hosts are Peter Marshall and Nick Clooney.

Great Performances - The Chris Botti Band in Concert (Pledge Event)

Monday, August 20th at 9:30 PM

Watch the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter perform with vocalists Sy Smith and Victoria Swift, violinist Caroline Campbell and more. Equally at home in all musical genres, Botti performs “The Look of Love,” “Cinema Paradiso” and “When I Fall in Love.”

Betty White: First Lady of Television (Pledge Event)

Tuesday, August 21st at 8 PM

Celebrate the beloved star’s 80th anniversary in show business with this warm look at her life and career. Features tributes from her friends and co-stars including Ryan Reynolds, Valerie Bertinelli, Tina Fey, Carl Reiner and more.

Nature - Giraffes (Pledge Event)

Wednesday, August 22nd at 8 PM

What does it take to relocate a herd of wild giraffes in Africa? One man, his family, and a band of enthusiastic helpers are about to find out. Their journey will take them across the wild heart of Uganda, crossing the mighty Nile River. The size of this operation cannot be underestimated, particularly when your cargo is so precious. That's because these are no ordinary giraffes, they are in fact the world's rarest. Any mistake could be costly, not only for the giraffes being moved but also for an entire species.

Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters (Pledge Event!)

Thursday, August 23rd at 9 PM

MY MUSIC Presents THE CARPENTERS: CLOSE TO YOU is a music-filled documentary that traces the Carpenters' career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group's friends in the music business, featuring their their top recording hits, including "(They Long to Be)Close to You," "Top of the World," "For All We Know," "Superstar," "Yesterday Once More," "Rainy Days and Mondays" and "We've Only Just Begun." Between 1970 and 1983, the Carpenters were awarded 10 gold singles and 9 gold albums, many of which also achieved multi-platinum status. They won Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Vocal group in 1970 and for Album of the Year in 1971. That same year, Karen and Richard hosted the NBC-TV summer series, "Make Your Own Kind of Music" and later starred in a series of specials on ABC-TV into the 1980s.

Dionne Warwick: Then Came You (My Music) (Pledge Event)

Friday, August 24th at 8:30 PM

Celebrate the legendary, Grammy-winning singer and her greatest hits, spanning her roots in gospel, chart-topping partnership with Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and duets with The Spinners, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder.

Hamilton's America (Pledge Event)

Friday, August 24th at 10 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.

Betty White: First Lady of Television (Pledge Event)

Saturday, August 25th at 8 PM

Celebrate the beloved star’s 80th anniversary in show business with this warm look at her life and career. Features tributes from her friends and co-stars including Ryan Reynolds, Valerie Bertinelli, Tina Fey, Carl Reiner and more.

Bee Gees: One Night Only (Pledge Event)

Saturday, August 25th at 9:30 PM

The Bee Gees: One Night Only features the group's 1997 concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. One of the very few Bee Gees performances ever filmed, the music special showcases many of their greatest disco and pop hits, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “To Love Somebody,” “Massachusetts," “You Should Be Dancing/Alone,” and many more.

50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary (Pledge Event)

Sunday, August 26th at 8 PM

50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary is a documentary that celebrates the impact of the preeminent trio that brought folk music to America's mass audiences, combining their artistry with their activism and inspiration over the last 50 years. The program will feature powerful, moving, performances by Peter, Paul and Mary starting with the era of the group's emergence in Greenwich Village through the Civil Rights and anti-war eras where their anthems provided America's soundtrack of social and political change into the 21st century where their legacy and music continues to inform, inspire and enrich successive generations - still providing a moral compass for the way we live our lives.

Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters (Pledge Event)

Sunday, August 26th at 10 PM

MY MUSIC Presents THE CARPENTERS: CLOSE TO YOU is a music-filled documentary that traces the Carpenters' career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group's friends in the music business, featuring their their top recording hits, including "(They Long to Be)Close to You," "Top of the World," "For All We Know," "Superstar," "Yesterday Once More," "Rainy Days and Mondays" and "We've Only Just Begun." Between 1970 and 1983, the Carpenters were awarded 10 gold singles and 9 gold albums, many of which also achieved multi-platinum status. They won Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Vocal group in 1970 and for Album of the Year in 1971. That same year, Karen and Richard hosted the NBC-TV summer series, "Make Your Own Kind of Music" and later starred in a series of specials on ABC-TV into the 1980s.

Mark Twain - Part One

Tuesday, August 28th at 8 PM

In the first episode, Burns takes viewers on a journey through Sam Clemens' early days along the Mississippi River, to the small river town of Hannibal, Missouri. Clemens grows up, stumbling from adventure to adventure until he begins to evolve into Mark Twain, the humorist and writer who would revolutionize the way Americans viewed themselves and their language. The episode ends with the publication of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel that has been banned in hundreds of libraries and schools across the country ever since.

Ancient Invisible Cities

Wednesday, August 29th 9 PM

Professor Darius Arya explores the hidden secrets of three of the most fascinating cities of the ancient world: Cairo, Athens and Istanbul. 3D scans allow us to view the architectural jewels of these cities as they've never been seen before.

800 Words - Episode 107

Thursday, August 30th at 8 PM

George struggles to deal with Shay in the wake of all the trouble, feeling Laura's absence more than ever. Under stress, he also has trouble writing his column.

A Place to Call Home - Episode #201 - "No Secrets, Ever"

Thursday, August 30th at 9 PM

A seemingly typical morning at Ash Park is revealed to be something else entirely. Jack is furious at Carolyn for having kept secret the fact they have a daughter. She refuses to reveal the child's name, wanting to protect the current status quo. Increasingly upset and angry, Jack announces he's going to find out the identity of their daughter, no matter what.

Eva Hesse: American Masters

Friday, August 31st at 9 PM

As the wild ride of the 1960’s came to a close, Eva Hesse, a 34 year-old German-born American artist was cresting the wave of a swiftly rising career. One of the few women recognized as central to the New York art scene, she had over 20 group shows scheduled for 1970 in addition to being chosen for a cover article in ArtForum Magazine. Her work was finally receiving both the critical and commercial attention it deserved. When she died in May, 1970 from a brain tumor, the life of one of that decades’ most passionate and brilliant artists was tragically cut short. Eva Hesse deepens the understanding of this extraordinary artist, not only in terms of her ground-breaking work, but also the life that provided the fertile soil for her achievements. With dozens of new interviews, high quality footage of Hesse’s artwork and a wealth of newly discovered archival imagery, the documentary not only traces Eva’s path but engages in a lively investigation into the creative community.