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Program Picks For September 2013

Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington
Tuesday, 9/17, 7pm; Friday, 9/20, 10pm

Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington

KCTS 9's Enrique Cerna, the son of Mexican immigrants, examines the history of Latinos in Washington and how their dramatic population growth is bringing change to politics, education, immigration and entrepreneurship in the state.

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Latino Americans (3 parts)
Tuesdays, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 8pm

Latino Americans (3 parts)

Presented in three parts, this landmark six-hour documentary featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and more than 500 years of history. Latino Americans is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today

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Pedro E. Guerrero, Portrait of an Image Maker
Monday, 9/23, 12:30pm

Pedro E. Guerrero, Portrait of an Image Maker

Pedro E. Guerrero was the photographer for three of America's most famous artists: architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder. Guerrero's six-decade career included long-term relationships with each of these individuals. Guerrero's collection of photographs on this web site also includes scenes of New York in the 1940's, Mid-Century Modern homes and interiors from the 1950's, and Nudes from the 1930's.

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Churchill (Part 3 of 3)
Sunday, 9/1, 8pm

Churchill (Part 3 of 3)

Explore the later life of Churchill, the embodiment of Britain and the age of imperial grandeur.

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American Masters: Billie Jean King
Tuesday, 9/10, 9pm

American Masters: Billie Jean King

To commemorate the 40th anniversaries of both the infamous Billie Jean King / Bobby Riggs tennis match -- the Battle of the Sexes -- and the launch of the Women's Tennis Association, this film looks back to the 12-year old southern California girl who played tennis on public courts, observed disparity and unfairness and, as she soared athletically, never stopped trying to remedy the situation. Her competitiveness on the circuit was matched by her egalitarian efforts on behalf of women and her commitment to prove consistently that in diversity there is strength -- ultimately being awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama. King presents her own story with perspective added by Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Gloria Steinem, Elton John and Bobby Riggs' son.

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NOVA: Ground Zero Supertower
Wednesday, 9/11, 9pm

NOVA: Ground Zero Supertower

NOVA kicks off a fall season with a return to Ground Zero to witness the final chapter in an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit: the completion of One World Trade Center. Examine the new skyscraper rising up 104 stories and 1,776 feet from the site where the Twin Towers once stood and go underground to the construction of a museum that will house artifacts from 9/11. The greatest test is still to come, though: Will the final product be a fitting site for national remembrance?

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Hanford
Monday, 9/16, 9pm

Hanford

In 1943, a city sprang up overnight in the desert. 45,000 workers came from all over the United States to build the world’s first large-scale nuclear reactor in a top secret project launched during World War II. Life at Hanford was one of constant secrecy. Workers were told a bare minimum about the project only knowing they were contributing to the war effort. Less than 1% actually knew the true nature of their work.

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Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington
Tuesday, 9/17, 7pm; Friday, 9/20, 10pm

Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington

KCTS 9's Enrique Cerna, the son of Mexican immigrants, examines the history of Latinos in Washington and how their dramatic population growth is bringing change to politics, education, immigration and entrepreneurship in the state.

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Latino Americans (3 parts)
Tuesdays, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 8pm

Latino Americans (3 parts)

Presented in three parts, this landmark six-hour documentary featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and more than 500 years of history. Latino Americans is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today

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Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music
Sunday, 9/21, 12:30am; 9/29, 5pm

Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music

The Ballets Russes the most innovative dance company of the 20th century propelled the performing arts to new heights through groundbreaking collaborations between artists, composers, choreographers, dancers, and fashion designers. Founded by Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) in Paris in 1909, the company combined Russian and Western traditions with a healthy dose of modernism, thrilling and shocking audiences with its powerful fusion of choreography, music, and design. Diaghilev’s success depended primarily on his ability to identify and bring together the most creative artists of his day. Recognizing the vitality of contemporary art, he called upon Léon Bakst, Natalia Goncharova, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Giorgio de Chirico, among others, to create dynamic set designs and exquisitely decorated costumes that shared a unified aesthetic. They in turn brought the most important artistic developments of the early 20th century including futurism, cubism, and surrealism to the ballet stage. The troupe’s productions notably the infamous Rite of Spring, now celebrating its 100th anniversary instigated a revolution in dance.

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Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery (2 parts)
Sundays, 9/22 and 9/29, 7pm

Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery (2 parts)

James Cook journeys from life as a barefoot farm boy to commanding his own ship on one of the British Empire's first great scientific expeditions. He revolutionized the accuracy of naval mapping and the way the world is recorded. In further adventures, his genius for precision navigation helps Britain win the war and control of North America. Cook's reward is command of the great scientific expedition to the Pacific Ocean and the newly discovered exotic and sexually liberated Tahiti to record the 1769 Transit of Venus. When the observation is complete, Cook opens secret orders and learns he is to solve one of the world's great mysteries -- he must find the Great Southern Continent.

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Pedro E. Guerrero, Portrait of an Image Maker
Monday, 9/23, 12:30pm

Pedro E. Guerrero, Portrait of an Image Maker

Pedro E. Guerrero was the photographer for three of America's most famous artists: architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder. Guerrero's six-decade career included long-term relationships with each of these individuals. Guerrero's collection of photographs on this web site also includes scenes of New York in the 1940's, Mid-Century Modern homes and interiors from the 1950's, and Nudes from the 1930's.

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Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation
Wednesdays, 8pm

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation

What would it be like to see the world from a bird’s perspective? To experience riding on the backs of bald eagles and snow geese or flying alongside a flock of brown pelicans as they scan and dive for fish in the ocean below. State-of-the-art technology and sophisticated camera techniques have now made it possible to do just that and more as EARTHFLIGHT, A Nature Special Presentation takes viewers on a breathtaking aerial adventure over six continents. This month: Episode One: North America (airs 9/4); Episode Two: Africa (airs 9/11); Episode Three: Europe (airs 9/18); and Episode Four: South America (airs 9/25).

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NOVA: Ground Zero Supertower
Wednesday, 9/11, 9pm

NOVA: Ground Zero Supertower

NOVA kicks off a fall season with a return to Ground Zero to witness the final chapter in an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit: the completion of One World Trade Center. Examine the new skyscraper rising up 104 stories and 1,776 feet from the site where the Twin Towers once stood and go underground to the construction of a museum that will house artifacts from 9/11. The greatest test is still to come, though: Will the final product be a fitting site for national remembrance?

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Brains on Trial with Alan Alda (2 parts)
Wednesdays, 9/18 & 9/25, 7pm

Brains on Trial with Alan Alda (2 parts)

On trial is Jimmy Moran, who at 18 took part in a store robbery during which the storeowner's wife was shot and grievously injured. Presiding is distinguished U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who has a longstanding interest in neuroscience and its conceivable effect on criminal law. The trial raises common questions: Is a witness lying? How reliable is eyewitness testimony? What's the best way to avoid a biased jury? How well can the defendant's intentions be judged? Alan Alda explores how brain-scanning technology is providing insights into these questions and discusses the implications of neuroscience entering the courtroom.

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NOVA: Why Ships Sink
Wednesday, 9/18, 9pm

NOVA: Why Ships Sink

Twenty million passengers embark on cruises each year, vacationing in deluxe "floating cities" that offer everything from swimming pools to shopping malls to ice skating rinks. And the ships just keep getting bigger: The average cruise ship has doubled in size in just the last ten years. Some engineers fear that these towering behemoths are dangerously unstable, and the recent tragedy of the Costa Concordia has raised new questions about their safety. Now, NOVA brings together marine engineering and safety experts to reconstruct the events that led up to famous cruise disasters, including the ill-fated Concordia, the Sea Diamond, and the Oceanos.

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Katmai: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula
Friday, 9/20, 1pm

Katmai: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula

Filmmaker John Grabowska reveals the wilderness of the Alaska Peninsula, a cloud-cloaked landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the largest in the world.

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Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild (2 parts)
Sundays, 9/22 & 9/29, 1pm

Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild (2 parts)

This two-part program follows photographer Michael Forsberg, as he examines what wildness remains in the plains of North America. Stretching nearly one million square miles down the heart of the continent, the Great Plains is a fragile and threatened ecosystem. Covering a variety of wildlife and habitats, this program introduces a host of dedicated people working to keep the wild alive. Produced by Nebraska Educational TV and based on Forsberg's book of the same name.

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Outdoor Idaho: Rec Tech
Tuesday, 9/24, 7:30pm

Outdoor Idaho: Rec Tech

We focus on Idaho’s growing recreational technology industry and the adventurous men and women behind some of those rec tech innovations. From guns and ammo and hunting knives to whitewater rafting, drift boats, ski goggles and energy bars, Idaho entrepreneurs are leading the way in making the outdoors more fun and accessible for all.

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NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword
Wednesday, 9/25, 9pm

NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword

The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings' rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the "Secrets of the Viking Sword."

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Skeletons of the Sahara
Wednesday, 9/25, 10pm

Skeletons of the Sahara

This film tells the story of scientist Paul Sereno's amazing discovery of a prehistoric human burial ground in the middle of one of the world's most forbidding deserts. Like many great scientific discoveries, this one happens by accident. Sereno, one of the world's leading experts in finding fossils of dinosaurs and ancient crocodiles, is on an expedition to Niger, in Saharan Africa. Six weeks into a three-month journey, Sereno's team makes an unexpected discovery. They find bones all right, but these bones don't belong to prehistoric beasts -- they are human bones, the last remnants of a people who lived from 10,000 to 5,000 years ago when this now forbidding landscape was a thriving culture on the edge of a vast lake. Sereno's team counts the remains of dozens within a few minutes.

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Global Health Frontiers: Dark Forest, Black Fly
Thursday, 9/26, 11pm

Global Health Frontiers: Dark Forest, Black Fly

In poor, remote communities across Africa, parasitic worms transmitted by small black flies infect millions. The resulting river blindness torments sufferers with intense itching, and eventually robs them of their sight. This program travels to the front lines of Uganda's fight to eradicate this devastating disease. Narrated by Mia Farrow, the documentary highlights the field work and insights of scientists, health professionals and humanitarians, including former President Jimmy Carter, committed to solving the problem.

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Austin City Limits: Mumford & Sons/Flogging Molly
Saturday, 8/31, midnight

Austin City Limits: Mumford & Sons/Flogging Molly

Mumford & Sons: Blending acoustic instrumentation, rock ‘n’ roll drive and a tireless work ethic, Mumford & Sons have an international reputation as one of the best live bands, winning the hearts of their audiences with their masterful, melancholy voices and musical skills. Flogging Molly: With their astounding melodies and a heavy influence of traditional Irish folk music, Flogging Molly has brought the distinct spheres of rock and folk music a little closer with a unique trademark of old fashioned Celtic punk that has held a distinct fan base for the past decade.

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Austin City Limits: Spoon
Sunday, 9/1, 1am (late-night Saturday)

Austin City Limits: Spoon

Hailed as one of the most engaging American bands of the past decade (The Phoenix) by critics and fans, Spoon returns to Austin City Limits for their third turn on the stage with a new album that strikes a balance between its early angsty indie-rock and the soulful deconstructed pop of its 2007 release, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Billboard).

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Salute to Vienna
Monday, 9/2, 7pm

Salute to Vienna

This program is a lavish music and dance gala concert taped live at the historic Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria in April 2013. Hosted by world-famous mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade, (Metropolitan Opera) and Academy Award-winning actor and Viennese-native Maximilian Schell, (Judgment at Nuremberg), this fundraising special celebrates the musical heritage of Vienna. The concert presents the most-popular excerpts from well-known operettas like "The Merry Widow", "Land of Smiles", "Die Fledermaus," and many others, performed by an international cast of superstars.

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The All-Star Orchestra
Friday, 9/6, 10pm

The All-Star Orchestra

The All-Star Orchestra gives you a front row seat to the world's greatest music and the map to an unforgettable musical journey. The All-Star Orchestra began with a commitment to classical music education and contemporary American composers. The All-Star Orchestra's thrilling performances, filmed in high-definition with 19 cameras during a once-a-year "summit" in New York's historic The Grand at Manhattan Center, will inspire audiences for classical music via public television, DVDs, and websites dedicated to music education. And in addition to experiencing the music itself, you'll learn what goes into composing, conducting, and performing each piece through interviews with the conductor, musicians, composers, and special guests.

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Celtic Thunder: Mythology
Saturday, 9/7, 5pm

Celtic Thunder: Mythology

The latest show from Celtic Thunder and the show's 9th special for Public Television. Filmed on location at the Helix Theater in Dublin (where they filmed their debut show in 2007), it's fitting that Celtic Thunder have chosen to return to their roots in order to film this musical odyssey back to the heart of the Celt. This program tells the story of our ancestors in Ireland, their legends, their history and their stories. It's the lifeblood of modern day Ireland and it's influences from our Celtic past that are that are still reflected in its people today. Like the Celts, Mythology is bold, challenging, strong, proud and steeped in history. On the set of Mythology the old and the new combine, modern catalyst images are projected onto ancient standing stones, a giant Celtic cross takes center stage and the tempo of the music is strongly echoed in the theatrical and moody lighting. All six Celtic Thunder principals feature prominently in Mythology, from haunting solo numbers to rousing ensembles and great original tracks that were written especially for Mythology, such as the show opening number "Voices" and the finale "My Land".

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Alfie Boe Storyteller at the Royal Albert Hall
Saturday, 9/7, 5pm

Alfie Boe Storyteller at the Royal Albert Hall

The UK platinum-selling superstar and Tony-Award winner Alfie Boe brings his second television concert special to PBS, Alfie Boe - Storyteller at The Royal Albert Hall. Coming off his success in England with three Top Ten albums, two sold-out tours and over a million albums sold, Alfie Boe is poised to continue winning over US fans with Storyteller. The concert features a full 19-piece band, and casts a wide net of selections from Alfie's repertoire, including tracks from the new album, Classical arias, and of course, his signature song "Bring Him Home", from his acclaimed turn as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

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David Garrett: Music Live in Concert
Saturday, 9/7, 5pm

David Garrett: Music Live in Concert

Filmed in Hanover at the sold-out TUI Arena, in front of an audience of over 10,000 fans, star violinist David Garrett presents Music - Live in Concert. Joined by his band and the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt for this stunning live extravaganza, David brilliantly combines different musical styles and eras. He not only presents pieces that stir the soul but also sets new standards in the virtuosity and versatility of his violin playing. With arrangements of the great composers from Beethoven to The Beatles, Coldplay to Clementi, David captivates his audience with different elements from the world of music and wows them with stunning visual backdrops and pyrotechnics.

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Great Performances: The Hollow Crown, Richard II
Sunday, 9/22, 2pm

Great Performances: The Hollow Crown, Richard II

The Hollow Crown is a lavish new series of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays. In Richard II, King Richard (Ben Whishaw) is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke (Rory Kinnear) and Thomas Mowbray (James Purefoy). Richard calls for a duel but then halts it just before swords clash. Both men are banished from the realm. Richard visits John of Gaunt (Patrick Stewart), Bolingbroke's Father, who, in the throes of death, reprimands the King. After seizing Gaunt's money and lands, Richard leaves for wars against the rebels in Ireland. Bolingbroke returns to claim back his inheritance. Supported by his allies, Northumberland (David Morrissey) and the Duke of York (David Suchet), Bolingbroke takes Richard prisoner and lays claim to the throne.

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Austin City Limits: Esperanza Spalding
Saturday, 9/21, midnight

Austin City Limits: Esperanza Spalding

ACL presents an hour with jazz/soul singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding in support of her LP Radio Music Society.

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Austin City Limits: Gary Clark Jr./Alabama Shakes
Sunday, 9/22, 1am (late-night Saturday)

Austin City Limits: Gary Clark Jr./Alabama Shakes

ACL presents modern blues and soul with Gary Clark, Jr. and Alabama Shakes. Austin guitarist Clark showcases his major label debut, while Alabama's Shakes spotlight their critically acclaimed Boys & Girls.

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Austin City Limits: Jack White
Saturday, 9/28, midnight

Austin City Limits: Jack White

White Stripes leader Jack White performs in support of his solo LP Blunderbuss.

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Austin City Limits: Sonic Youth/The Black Keys
Sunday, 9/29, 1am (late-night Saturday)

Austin City Limits: Sonic Youth/The Black Keys

ACL presents the evolution of electric guitar music with Sonic Youth and the Black Keys. Sonic Youth showcases the avant-garde rock of its latest album The Eternal, while the Black Keys highlights the classic blues rock of its recent record Brothers.

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Great Performances: The Hollow Crown, Henry IV, Part 1
Sunday, 9/29, 2pm

Great Performances: The Hollow Crown, Henry IV, Part 1

The Hollow Crown is a lavish new series of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays. In Henry IV, the heir to the throne, Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston), defies his father, King Henry (Jeremy Irons), by spending his time at Mistress Quickly's (Julie Walters) tavern in the company of the dissolute Falstaff (Simon Russell Beale) and his companions. The King is threatened by a rebellion led by Hal's rival, Hotspur (Joe Armstrong) Hotspur's father Northumberland (Alun Armstrong) and his uncle Worcester (David Hayman). In the face of this danger to the state, Prince Hal joins his father to defeat the rebels at the Battle of Shrewsbury and kill Hotspur in hand-to-hand combat. Michelle Dockery plays Hotspur's wife, Kate Percy.

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Diaghilev & The Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music
Sunday, 9/29, 4:30pm

Diaghilev & The Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music

The Ballets Russes the most innovative dance company of the 20th century propelled the performing arts to new heights through groundbreaking collaborations between artists, composers, choreographers, dancers, and fashion designers. Founded by Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) in Paris in 1909, the company combined Russian and Western traditions with a healthy dose of modernism, thrilling and shocking audiences with its powerful fusion of choreography, music, and design. Diaghilev’s success depended primarily on his ability to identify and bring together the most creative artists of his day. Recognizing the vitality of contemporary art, he called upon Léon Bakst, Natalia Goncharova, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Giorgio de Chirico, among others, to create dynamic set designs and exquisitely decorated costumes that shared a unified aesthetic. They in turn brought the most important artistic developments of the early 20th century including futurism, cubism, and surrealism to the ballet stage. The troupe’s productions notably the infamous Rite of Spring, now celebrating its 100th anniversary instigated a revolution in dance.

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BBC World News
Weekdays, 5am

BBC World News

The latest global news from the world's largest news broadcaster. The newscasts contain all the most up-to-date news, interviews, analysis, business reports and world sports news.

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BBC World News America
Weekdays, 5pm

BBC World News America

News coverage and analysis of international events and issues with a fresh perspective, connecting the dots between the United States and the world. Matt Frei and Katty Kay serve as series anchors.

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Doc Martin: Series 5
Fridays, 8pm

Doc Martin: Series 5

Dr. Martin Ellingham is back and prepared to deal with all sorts of ailments facing the villagers of Portwenn.

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Call the Midwife: Series 2
Fridays, 9pm

Call the Midwife: Series 2

Friday nights aren’t the same without your weekly dose of the midwives of Nonnatus House. Follow newly-minted midwife Jenny Lee as she and her fellow midwives treat medical problems in 1950s Poplar district East London.

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BBC Newsnight
Sundays, 11:30am

BBC Newsnight

A weekly round-up of news and current affairs including interviews with global opinion formers and documentary features from all over the world. Presenters include Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark, Gavin Esler and Emily Maitlis. Thought-provoking and informative, Newsnight offers in-depth analysis of complex global issues. Produced out of the BBC's London studio, BBC Newsnight and BBC World News draw from the BBC's unrivalled global newsgathering resource of 2,000 journalists and 70 international bureaus.

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Churchill (Part 3 of 3)
Sunday, 9/1, 8pm

Churchill (Part 3 of 3)

Explore the later life of Churchill, the embodiment of Britain and the age of imperial grandeur.

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Masterpiece Mystery! Silk
Sundays, 9/1 & 9/8, 9pm

Masterpiece Mystery! Silk

Follow the rivalries, passions and intrigues of criminal law, starring Maxine Peake (Little Dorrit) and Rupert Penry-Jones (The 39 Steps, MI-5) as rival barristers.

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Last Tango in Halifax
Sundays, starting 9/8, 8pm

Last Tango in Halifax

Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia (Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid), both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited over the internet after nearly 60 years. As their lives collide for a second time, the couple laments what might have been. While their relationship is a celebratory tale of the power of love at any age, it is also a story about family and the complications the relationship causes, especially for their grown daughters and their extended families.

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Inside Foyle’s War
Thursday, 9/12, 8pm

Inside Foyle’s War

Take a look at how this enormously popular, award-winning Masterpiece Mystery! series has captured loyal fans for over 10 years. The series star, Michael Kitchen as DCS Christopher Foyle, is the articulate sleuth in the sharp fedora who solves the intricate crimes penned by Anthony Horowitz. Hosted by Len Cariou, the special feature interviews the stars of the series and the people behind-the-camera, from the writers to the directors and other production team members.

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Masterpiece Mystery! Foyle’s War VII
Sunday, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 9pm

Masterpiece Mystery! Foyle’s War VII

Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks return in three episodes of this detective series. Set in post-war 1946-47, Foyle (Kitchen) and his loyal friend Sam (Weeks) find themselves adjusting to a new era of secrets, intelligence and security as their worlds shift into those of MI5. Foyle is tasked with protecting Karl Strasser, a Nazi officer turned MI5 informant who believes he's in danger. America wants Strasser extradited for his involvement in a wartime event, but British Intelligence is determined to protect him. As Foyle nears a solution to the case, the unfathomable truth of "Operation Sunflower" is revealed.

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Mr. Bean
Saturdays, 9/21 & 9/28, 11pm & 11:30pm

Mr. Bean

Follow the exploits of Mr. Bean, described by Rowan Atkinson as "a child in a grown man's body", in solving various problems presented by everyday tasks and often causing disruption in the process.

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British Antiques Roadshow
Mondays, 9/23 & 9/30, 7:30pm

British Antiques Roadshow

Fiona Bruce and the team of experts head to Cumbria for another busy day handing out valuations and discovering objects with remarkable stories. At Hutton-in-the-Forest they see a valuable painting once used for target practice, a watch that reveals a little-known fact about life in POW camps, and a small boys toy turns in to a rich collector’s must-have.

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Midsomer Murders: Series 5
Thursdays at 9pm starting 9/26

Midsomer Murders: Series 5

A veteran DCI and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer.

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Scott & Bailey: Series 2
Thursday, 9/26, 10pm

Scott & Bailey: Series 2

Series 2 premiere! In the first of a two-part story, the badly burned body of a disabled man turns up in a remote part of Manchester and a few days later another corpse is discovered. The detectives start to realise the victims were not just murdered, but tortured too. They make an arrest, but it becomes clear their investigation has just scratched the surface. Meanwhile, Janet throws her husband out and Rachel's estranged brother turns up on her doorstep.

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Martin Clunes: Heavy Horsepower
Friday, 9/27, 10pm

Martin Clunes: Heavy Horsepower

The Doc Martin star examines the role of the world's working horses as he begins training his own beloved Clydesdales, Ronnie and Bruce, and puts them through their paces on his Dorset farm. Martin has had the pair for two years, but they still have much to learn as they are sent away to expert trainer Robert Sampson to be instructed in the art of cart-pulling. Martin himself then travels to Europe and America, discovering how working horses are once more proving their value. In Italy he finds out how heavy horses are better for the soil than any tractor.

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Hanford
Monday, 9/16, 9pm

Hanford

In 1943 a city sprang up overnight in the desert. 45,000 workers came from all over the United States to build the world’s first large-scale nuclear reactor in a top secret project launched during World War II. Life at Hanford was one of constant secrecy. Workers were told a bare minimum about the project only knowing they were contributing to the war effort. Less than 1% actually knew the true nature of their work.

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Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington
Tuesday, 9/17, 7pm; Friday, 9/20, 10pm

Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington

KCTS 9's Enrique Cerna, the son of Mexican immigrants, examines the history of Latinos in Washington and how their dramatic population growth is bringing change to politics, education, immigration and entrepreneurship in the state.

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Katmai: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula
Friday, 9/20, 1pm

Katmai: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula

Filmmaker John Grabowska reveals the wilderness of the Alaska Peninsula, a cloud-cloaked landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the largest in the world.

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Austin City Limits: Esperanza Spalding
Sunday, 9/22, midnight

Austin City Limits: Esperanza Spalding

An hour with jazz/soul singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding in support of her LP Radio Music Society.

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PIE: art. culture. harmony.
Thursday, 9/26, 7pm

PIE: art. culture. harmony.

Some of our favorite musical performances from PIE Season One.

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POV: The World Before Her
Monday, 9/16, 10:30pm

POV: The World Before Her

This film is a tale of two India’s. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant—a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world's largest democracy at a critical transitional moment—and of two women who hope to shape its future.

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POV: The Best Kept Secret
Monday, 9/23, 10pm

POV: The Best Kept Secret

At a public school in Newark, N.J., the staff answers the phone by saying, "You've reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark's best-kept secret." JFK provides an exceptional environment for students with special-education needs. In Best Kept Secret, Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young men for four years, is on an urgent mission. She races against the clock as graduation approaches for her severely autistic minority students. Once they graduate and leave the security of this nurturing place, their options for living independently will be few. Mino must help them find the means to support themselves before they "age out" of the system.

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POV: Ping Pong
Sunday, 9/29, 10:30pm

POV: Ping Pong

Call this old age, extreme edition: Eight players with 703 years between them compete in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China's Inner Mongolia. British players Terry, 81, who has been given a week to live, and Les, 91, a weightlifter and poet, are going for the gold. Inge, 89, from Germany, has used table tennis to paddle her way out of dementia. And Texan Lisa, 85, is playing for the first time. Ping Pong is a wonderfully unusual story of hope, regret, friendship, ambition, love — and sheer human tenacity in the face of aging and mortality.

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Independent Lens: Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey
Monday, 9/30, 10pm

Independent Lens: Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey

This film follows the real life rock 'n' roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime's worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.

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Rudy Maxa’s World
Thursdays at 7:30pm, starting 9/26

Rudy Maxa’s World

Experience lions, giraffes, elephants and dozens of other animals close up in their natural habitat.

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A Chef’s Life
Fridays at 1pm, starting 9/27; Sundays at 5pm, starting 9/29

A Chef’s Life

Chef Vivian Howard was making a name for herself in New York City, when her father, a hog farmer, offered to get her started in her own restaurant. The catch? It would be located in her home town, a place she swore she would never return --- the Deep South. This series plunges audiences into the kitchen of the restaurant Chef and The Farmer, a highbrow restaurant located in Kinston, NC, one of the most impoverished communities in the U.S. When Vivian arrives home, she begs local farmers to grow fennel, lemongrass and Jerusalem artichokes --- none of which are native to the region. Soon, she realizes that the cooking techniques she learned in New York could be applied to her "grandmother's ingredients," the bounty grown by local farmers. Six years in, Vivian has become a pillar in this small community, with the restaurant winning accolades across the country. As the series opens, she and her husband Ben are juggling the business and raising twins, when a devastating kitchen fire destroys the restaurant overnight. What happens next is a true testament to Southern grit.

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Genealogy Roadshow
Mondays at 9pm, starting 9/23

Genealogy Roadshow

Experts in genealogy, history and DNA testing will use information provided by participants such as family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down information. These experts will enlist the help of local historians to add color and context to the investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes a clue in solving the mystery.

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Is School Enough?
Monday, 9:30, noon

Is School Enough?

This program is a transmedia project that illuminates how young people are leveraging digital media to learn, explore interests, connect with others and change the world around them. Designed for parents and educators, the program and destination website acknowledge the persistent generation gap in how many adults view online participation, and demonstrates the full range of opportunities that digital practices can afford today's learners. Rather than focusing on the potential risks of kids' digital use, the program empowers parents and educators to seize the benefits that today's new media offer their children: self- realization based on interests, collective problem- solving through shared purpose, and greater civic and social engagement. Most importantly, it shows how caring adults can transform and energize schools, communities and homes by encouraging -- and enabling -- digital literacy.

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