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Independent Lens - Farmer/Veteran

Monday, May 29th at 10 PM

Home from three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton forges a new identity as a farmer, hatching chicks and raising goats on 43 acres in rural North Carolina. He dives into life on the farm with his new love Jessica, but cannot shake the lingering traumas of war. The stories he tells about his battlefield experiences seem unmoored from reality as he oscillates between states of heightened awareness and “feeling zombified” from a cocktail of prescriptions meant to keep him stable. For the viewer, as for Alex, what to believe about his past is uncertain. The farm becomes a terrain to unearth what is buried, what it really means to be “the perfect soldier," and where to go from here.

Food -- Delicious Science -- We Are What We Eat

Wednesday, May 31st at 10 PM

Learn from Michael Mosley and James Wong how the hidden chemistry in our food keeps us alive.

Joe Bonamassa: Live at Carneigie Hall - An Acoustic Evening

Friday, June 2nd at 8 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?

Monterey Pop: The Summr of Love

Frid, June 2nd at 9:30 PM

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.

Elvis '56

Saturday, June 3rd at 7:30 PM

In 1956, Elvis Presley was a 21-year-old new singing sensation and both he and his rockabilly sound were unknown outside of the South. Narrated by Levon Helm (The Band), ELVIS '56 (3rd Release) opens a time capsule to reveal the legendary performer at the very beginning of his meteoric career. It captures the sights and sounds of that pivotal year using exclusive tour photographs, kinescopes of Presley's controversial appearances on TV, newsreel clips, and radio interviews. Footage of performances captures the young, explosively talented Presley on the brink of his soon-to-be superstardom. Just one year later, he achieved widespread fame, selling a billion records worldwide and becoming the highest-paid star in Hollywood.

Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution

Saturday, June 3rd at 9 PM

This program offers a look back at the creation, and ongoing influence, of the revolutionary 1967 Beatles album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." When The Beatles stopped playing live in 1966, they suddenly had the time to pour all of their energy into writing and recording, creating an album that was a performance unto itself. Released in 1967, after what had been essentially a media blackout on what the band had been up to, the album was immediately a sensation and was recognized as a new chapter, not just in rock music, but in the history of all music. Hosted by British television presenter Howard Goodall, this film uses visually striking elements to conjure up the psychedelic world of Sgt. Pepper, provide context for the culture of the day, and show how the album was driving force within that culture.

Great Performances: Pavarotti A Voice for the Ages

Sunday, June 4th at 7:30 PM

The one-hour program will include a segment from an historic recording of Rodolfo’s aria from La Bohème, “Che gelida manina” (“Your tiny hand is frozen”), that had been lying dormant in the archives for 50 years, only now to be unearthed by Pavarotti’s widow, Nicoletta Mantovani. This significant track will also appear on Pavarotti: The 50 Greatest Tracks, released by Decca in the U.S. on October 22, 2013, celebrating his 50 years recording for the label. Half a million people flocked to hear the maestro in Central Park and millions worldwide watched on television. Audiences adored his larger than life personality, childlike charm, generous figure, and happy-go-lucky style. To his adoring fans, the tenor became a titan of popular culture. In 1963, he launched an international career when he debuted in Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich and finally in London substituting for the ailing Giuseppe di Stefano as Rodolfo in La Boheme at Covent Garden.

Weddings of Downton Abbey

Sunday, June 4th at 9 PM

Join Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley) for a bridal bouquet of favorite “I Do” moments from the series. Features new interviews with Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge, the creative team who brought these romantic relationships to life.

Jonas Kaufmann - My Italy

Monday, June 5th at 8 PM

There is no other place in the world like Italy: the sun and the sea salt, the citrus and the coffee, and the inescapable sound of music that stirs the soul. In the music documentary and concert program JONAS KAUFMANN – MY ITALY, renowned operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann, Italy’s “adopted tenor-son,” showcases his special affinity with the Italian way of life and culture – and, of course, its music. Accompanied by the Orchestra della RAI Torino under the direction of Jochen Rieder, Kaufmann sings popular tenor numbers that include “Torna a Surriento,” “Cor ’ngrato,” “Mattinata,” “Parla più piano,” “Caruso” and “Il canto.” The program was recorded in June 2016 at the Teatro Carignano located in Turin, Italy.

Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30

Monday, June 5th 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.

Ken Burns: America's Storyteller - American Sampler

Tuesday, June 6th at 8 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.

Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution

Tuesday, June 6th at 9:30 PM

This program offers a look back at the creation, and ongoing influence, of the revolutionary 1967 Beatles album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." When The Beatles stopped playing live in 1966, they suddenly had the time to pour all of their energy into writing and recording, creating an album that was a performance unto itself. Released in 1967, after what had been essentially a media blackout on what the band had been up to, the album was immediately a sensation and was recognized as a new chapter, not just in rock music, but in the history of all music. Hosted by British television presenter Howard Goodall, this film uses visually striking elements to conjure up the psychedelic world of Sgt. Pepper, provide context for the culture of the day, and show how the album was driving force within that culture.

Paul Simon: The Concert in Hyde Park

Wednesday, June 7th at 9 PM

On July 15, 2012, Paul Simon and his musicians headlined the closing night of the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London’s Hyde Park. Simon’s epic career-spanning set list included Simon & Garfunkel classics, solo favorites and much more. Both immediate and retrospective, the three-hour set took a rapt audience through his extensive repertoire, from “The Sound of Silence” and “The Boxer” to “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and “Late in the Evening.” The performance also featured vibrant renditions of “You Can Call Me Al” and “The Boy in the Bubble” in honor of the 25th anniversary of his landmark Grammy-winning album Graceland.

Monterey Pop: The Summr of Love

Thursday, June 8th at 8 PM

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.

Conversation with Bill Moyers

Thursday, June 8th at 9:30 PM

Bill Moyers with Don Shelby. Credit: Courtesy of Twin Cities PBS Bill Moyers is a renowned American journalist, political commentator, and best-selling author. From his beginnings in Marshall, Texas, Moyers made his way to Washington, D.C. and served as White House Press Secretary for President Lyndon Johnson from 1965-67. After serving in the administration, Moyers then worked at several major networks, including CBS News and NBC News. He has hosted numerous programs for PBS, including Bill Moyers Journal and NOW with Bill Moyers. Over the course of his over five decade career, Moyers has won more than 30 Emmys and nine Peabodys, and has been honored with the National Academy of Television Arts & Science’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In May 2016, Bill Moyers sat down in front of a live studio audience with retired Minneapolis journalist and news anchor Don Shelby to reflect on his long and esteemed career.

American Epic Sessions

Friday, June 9th at 8 PM

In The American Epic Sessions, the American Epic team has reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by twenty of today’s greatest artists. In this beautifully filmed musical feature, these artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era. Engineer Nicholas Bergh has reassembled this recording system from original parts and it is now the only one left in the world. The system consists of a single microphone, a towering six-foot amplifier rack, and a live record-cutting lathe, powered by a weight-driven pulley system of clockwork gears. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the 1920s, they called this “catching lightning in a bottle.” All the musical performances in this film are live.

Johnny Mathis - Wonderful Wonderful (My Music)

Saturday, June 10th at 8 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."

60s Generations (My Music)

Sunday, June 11th at 6 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.

Joe Bonamassa: Live at Carneigie Hall - An Acoustic Evening

Sunday, June 11th at 8 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?