Arts, Drama, Culture
CALL THE MIDWIFE
Season 4, Part 4 of 8
Sun., April 19, 7:00 pm
Inspired by the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, CALL THE MIDWIFE follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from London’s Nonnatus House, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. In Season 4, the community prepares to enter a new decade – the 1960s.
Part 4 of 8
Sister Winifred’s eyes are opened to Poplar’s seedy underworld when she cares for an expectant prostitute. Meanwhile, Barbara struggles to understand why an expectant father would put undue pressure on his wife to bear a son, and Sister Monica Joan feels redundant as the busy midwives go about their work. The bishop’s meeting with Tom leads to an argument between Trixie and Tom.
Mr. Selfridge, Season 3, Part 4 of 8
Sun., April 19, 8:00 pm
The third season of the popular series, starring Jeremy Piven as the flamboyant American entrepreneur who founded the famous Selfridge’s department store, picks up the story in 1919. The acclaimed cast includes Aisling Loftus, Katherine Kelly, Gregory Fitoussi, Amanda Abbington and Tom Goodman-Hill.
Part 4 of 8
When Locksley makes a surprise move, Harry ups the stakes. Princess Marie makes her own move. Victor and Violette are caught off guard.
WOLF HALL ON MASTERPIECE
Part 3 of 6
Sun., April 19, 9:00 pm
Thurs., April 23, 11:00 pm
Internationally acclaimed actor Mark Rylance and Emmy-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) star as Thomas Cromwell and King Henry VIII in this adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels, which chart the meteoric rise of Cromwell in the Tudor court — from blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor.
Part 3 of 6
With the cardinal dead, it falls to Cromwell to orchestrate a marriage between the king and Anne Boleyn. The king rewards Cromwell for his loyalty, but he is being closely watched by his enemies.
Sun., April 19, 10:00 pm
This film follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious youths – Roque, Kasey, and Anthony – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. While told through a personal perspective, their stories connect with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.
Richard Ho’opi’i and George Kahumoku Jr.
Mon., April 20, 7:30 pm
Richard Ho’opi’i and George Kahumoku Jr. walked into the PBS Hawaii studio, sat down with their instruments, and began to play. George, with his mellow slack key guitar and soothing voice, performing alongside Richard, with his never-ending smile and his beautiful falsetto, offered song after song, with talk story in-between. This impromptu concert can only be described as pure joy.
Santa Clara, CA, Part 1 of 3
Mon., April 20, 8:00 pm
The Roadshow is in Santa Clara, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stephen Fletcher travel to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose to learn about arts and crafts made by Japanese and Japanese Americans interned in camps during World War II. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include an Italian hotel proprietor’s autograph book that includes signatures from John Steinbeck, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain; a Margaret Keane “big eyes” painting; and a collection of 1936-1939 Edward Weston photographs, previously owned by Academy Award-winning special effects artist Warren Newcombe, and now valued at $180,000 to $260,000.
Biloxi, MS, Part 2 of 3
Mon., April 20, 9:00 pm
With NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center near Biloxi, Mississippi, as a backdrop, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Noel Barrett to explore the world of vintage space toys. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include a 1943 National League signed baseball; a circa 1770 sword used in the Revolutionary War; and a beautifully preserved 1811 silk-on-silk embroidery, made in Philadelphia and taken from an English print, valued at $40,000 to $50,000.
The Great Invisible
Mon., April 20, 10:00 pm
On April 20, 2010, a disastrous explosion took place on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil-drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. After two days ablaze, the Deepwater Horizon sank, causing the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The spill flowed unabated for almost three months, dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of oil in the ocean, shutting down the local fishing industry, polluting the fragile ecosystem, and raising serious questions about the safety of continued offshore drilling.
Eyewitnesses provide first-hand accounts of the tragedy from the moment of the explosion to its still unfolding repercussions. The film brings a new and unique perspective to the ongoing tension between the haves and the have-nots, exploring the crisis through the eyes of oil industry executives, survivors, and local residents who are left to pick up the pieces while the world moves on.
The “great invisible” that gives the film its title is still out there – the unseen crude that sunk to the ocean floor, the unanswered questions about the consequences of oil consumption on a massive scale, and the forgotten people whose lives were forever changed by the disaster.
LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX
Tues., April 21, 7:30 pm
With only a piano, a conductor and some lights, Henry Akina founded an opera company in Berlin in 1981. Under Akina’s direction, the fledgling Berlin Chamber Opera grew into a successful venture. Now, as Artistic Director of Hawaii Opera Theatre, Henry Akina has presented Hawaii with The Mikado, Madame Butterfly and other visually stunning productions. Whether it’s with a small company in Berlin, or on a grand stage in Hawaii, Akina’s respect for the art of opera remains the same.
This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., April 22 at 11:00 pm and Sun., April 26 at 4:00 pm.
The National Mall: America’s Front Yard
Tues., April 21, 8:00 pm
Fri., April 24, 11:00 pm
The National Mall, placed in the very center of our nation’s capital, is a landscape unlike any other. Lined by some of the world’s finest museums and dotted with monuments to the country’s most revered figures, the National Mall draws millions of visitors each year. Most of them have only a vague sense of the struggles involved in creating this unique space. This program presents the surprising story of the Mall’s birth and evolution, which includes the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial.
Tues., April 21, 9:00 pm
What drove a company of American soldiers – ordinary young men deployed to liberate a small nation from an oppressive neighbor – to murder more than 300 unarmed Vietnamese civilians? Were they “just following orders,” as some later declared? Or, as others argued, did they break under the pressure of a misguided military strategy that measured victory by body count? Filmmaker Barak Goodman focuses his lens on the 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities. Eyewitness accounts of Vietnamese survivors and men of the Charlie Company 11th Infantry Brigade and audio recordings from the Peers Inquiry recount one of the darkest chapters of the Vietnam War.
THE MIND OF A CHEF
Wed., April 22, 7:30 pm & 11:30 pm
Join executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted Korean American chef and restaurateur David Chang, a New York Times best-selling author and chef-owner of the Momofuku restaurant group. Chang brings a voracious appetite for food knowledge and a youthful exuberance to cooking and travel, whether cooking in his kitchens in New York and Australia or traveling for inspiration to Japan, Denmark, Spain or Montreal.
David Chang profiles regional BBQ in North Carolina, Texas, and Kansas City – plus the smoky bacon from Allen Benton in Tennessee.
PBS HAWAII PRESENTS
Thurs., April 23, 9:00 pm
Through first person accounts, this film chronicles the changes and adjustments that Japanese Buddhism adopted when it came to Hawaii, eventually becoming one of the most unique forms of Buddhism in the world. Elderly temple members and Buddhist priests, along with recently discovered vintage color footage, unfurl the history and provide a rare glimpse into the birth of American Buddhism.
Tough Trains: Vietnam
Thurs., April 23, 10:00 pm
Host Zay Harding discovers the checkered and often-dangerous history of the Vietnamese railway. His perilous journey takes him to Hanoi, Hue, the DMZ and Ho Chi Minh City where he meets a general who led the final attack on the Presidential Palace during the Vietnam War.
AMERICA’S BALLROOM CHALLENGE
Part 1 of 3
Fri., April 24, 9:00 pm
This three-part series, hosted by former U.S dance champions Mary Murphy and Tony Meredith, features all four major styles of competitive ballroom dancing: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard and International Latin. In addition to 25 world-class couples competing to be named “America’s Best,” the series includes backstage footage of the couples preparing for competition; exhibitions featuring other top couples in each style of dance, from children to Pro-Am champions; and behind-the-scenes looks at different aspects of the world of ballroom dancing, from music to hairstyles.
Part 1 of 3
In the first hour, the six finalists in the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions compete as a group, performing the standard dances in their respective categories, with judges scoring their performances. Then each couple performs a “Showdance” solo.
VOCES ON PBS
Now en Español
Fri., April 24, 10:00 pm
A fascinating look at a rarely seen side of Hollywood, this program follows the trials and travails of five hard-working Latina actresses who dub Desperate Housewives for Spanish language audiences in the U.S. With real lives that are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts, these dynamic women struggle to pursue their Hollywood dreams while balancing the responsibilities of paying rent and raising children. The film chronicles their lives as they audition for parts and work in the dubbing studio while striving for a career that offers more prominent – and on-screen – roles.
VICTORY GARDEN’S edibleFEAST
New York City
Sat., April 25, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDEN’s edibleFEAST takes viewers on a journey across America, traveling from garden to sea, mountains to fields, to learn about fresh local foods and the people who grow and produce them. Hosted by passionate foodie and TV personality Amy Devers, each episode features the work of 2013 James Beard Award-winning filmmaker and Chef Daniel Klein, who introduces viewers to gardeners, farmers and food producers around the country.
New York City
See how innovative gardeners and farmers make it work in New York City. First, visit a former chef who uses ocean water from Long Island to make her own salt on Manhattan rooftops. Then, venture into the parks of the city to see the wild bounty available for urban foraging and then ascend to the rooftops of two Brooklyn farms to learn about their gardening techniques. Finally, Chef Einat Admony of Balaboosta restaurant prepares two simple and elegant eggplant dishes.
RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
The Best of Israel
Sat., April 25, 7:30 pm
America’s leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countrysides. Each episode contains Rick’s valuable insights on art, culture and history, and his practical, experience-enhancing travel advice.
The Best of Israel
We start in Jerusalem, alive with religious tradition and passion – Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. We then visit cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, the fortress of Masada and the Sea of Galilee. We’ll also pay our respects at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, and drop into an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to savor the local cuisine.
Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler
Sat., April 25, 8:00 pm
Discover the story of legendary musician Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), the first truly modern violin virtuoso. Through vintage performances, master classes and Heifetz’ previously unseen home movies, this documentary portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do New interviews include other great violinists influenced by Heifetz, including Itzhak Perlman, Ivry Gitlis and Ida Haendel, former students Ayke Agus and Sherry Kloss, and biographers John Anthony Maltese and Arthur Vered. They reveal how Heifetz was a mysterious, idiosyncratic, solitary figure who embodied the paradox of artistic genius: a dedication to his craft at all costs.
A Celebration of Peace Through Music
Sat., April 25, 9:00 pm
Concert conductor Sir Gilbert Levine leads world-class orchestral and vocal ensembles in a moving musical tribute to the 2014 canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII by Pope Francis. Selections include Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” Verdi’s Messa Da Requiem and others. Special field pieces follow Levine as he travels to Buenos Aires, Kraków, Venice, Vienna, Rome and Washington, D.C. to show how music and spirit can unite our world.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
The Shins/Dr. Dog
Sat., April 25, 11:00 pm
ACL presents alternative rock with the Shins and Dr. Dog. The Shins play songs from their latest record Port of Morrow, while Dr. Dog highlights its album Be the Void.
Tues., April 21, 10:00 pm
FRONTLINE investigates American-born terrorist David Coleman Headley, who helped plan the deadly 2008 siege on Mumbai. In collaboration with ProPublica, the film reveals how secret electronic surveillance missed catching the Mumbai plotters, and how Headley planned another Charlie Hebdo-like assault against a Danish newspaper.
Thurs., April 23, 7:30 pm
This look back at some of the outstanding HIKI NŌ stories from the winter quarter of the 2014/2015 school year is hosted by two former HIKI NŌ interns, Akane Kashiwazaki and Terrence Nahina, now students at the University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media.
Featured in this compilation show are:
A story from H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui about McKayla Wandell, who grew up with a meth-addicted father and now uses what she has learned from that experience to help other teens cope with similar hardships through her talks at Maui TEDx conferences; a story from Wheeler Middle School on Oahu about eighth-grader Macy Walters’ quest to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, despite (and because of) the fact that she suffers from a rare autoimmune disease; a report from Moanalua High School on Oahu about why Hawaii’s high school students consume so much caffeine; a personal profile from King Intermediate School on Oahu about Aisha Yamamoto, a King Intermediate seventh-grader who loves using her skills as a DJ to get kids moving on the dance floor; a point-of-view report from Hoku Subiono of Kua o ka La PCS Milolii Hipuu Virtual Academy on Hawaii Island in which turns the lens on the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope project on Mauna Kea and his own struggles to reconcile his love of science with his Hawaiian heritage; a profile from Waianae Intermediate School on Oahu about Shardenei Luning, a young woman who finds similarities between her lives as a beauty pageant contestant and Pop Warner football player; and from Campbell High School on Oahu, the story of dancer Christian Jacob Nguyen, who uses his art-form to cope with the trauma of his parents’ divorce.
This program encores Saturday, April 25 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII
How Should Hawaii House Its Prisoners?
Thurs., April 23, 8:00 pm
Hawaii reportedly placed 41% of its inmates in Arizona prisons last year. Now the State says it’s getting ready to send away 250 more prisoners while it replaces push-button technology in its electronic locking system at the Halawa Correctional Facility. With this development and with the prison system considering relocating and re-envisioning the Oahu Community Correctional Center, INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII asks, How Should Hawaii House Its Prisoners? Daryl Huff hosts this discussion.
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is a live public affairs show that is also live streamed on PBSHawaii.org. Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may also email your questions ahead of time firstname.lastname@example.org.
WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL
Fri., April 24, 7:30 pm
For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered one of the most interesting conversations of the week. Hosted by Gwen Ifill, it is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.
CHARLIE ROSE – THE WEEK
Fri., April 24, 8:00 pm
This weekly series features the iconic TV anchor’s focus on the events and conversations shaping this week and the week ahead. Drawing on conversations from his nightly PBS program and new insightful perspectives from around the world, it captures the defining moments in politics, science, business, culture, media and sports.
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP
Fri., April 24, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.
Science and Nature
Animal Homes: Animal Cities
Wed., April 22, 8:00 pm
For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Icelandic puffins form nesting colonies of more than a million, providing shared information about food sources and reducing the odds of attacks on individual birds. But colonies are useful for predators, too. Social spiders in Ecuador work together to capture prey 20 times the size an individual might subdue on its own. For others, communal living provides multi-generational care-giving options or the opportunity to build enormous cities like the acre-wide multi-million-citizen colonies built by leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica, or Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, built entirely by tiny corals.
Invisible Universe Revealed
Wed., April 22, 9:00 pm
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble’s landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. From its inception through its early days, when a one-millimeter engineering blunder turned the telescope into an object of ridicule, to the five heroic astronaut missions that returned Hubble to the cutting edge of science, NOVA hears from the scientists and engineers on the front line who tell the amazing Hubble story as never before. This single telescope has helped astronomers pinpoint the age of the universe, revealed the birthplace of stars and planets, advanced our understanding of dark energy and cosmic expansion and uncovered black holes lurking at the hearts of galaxies. For more than a generation, Hubble’s stunning images have brought the beauty of the heavens to millions, revealing a cosmos richer and more wondrous than we ever imagined. Join NOVA for the story of this magnificent machine and its astonishing discoveries.
NAZI MEGA WEAPONS
The Siegfried Line
Wed., April 22, 10:00 pm
Five times the length of Hadrian’s Wall, Hitler’s Siegfried Line was one of the greatest fortifications in the history of warfare. The campaign to breach it took six months and cost the American forces close to 140,000 casualties. This is the story of the men who built it and those who gave their lives fighting to defend – and destroy – it.
ROUGH CUT: WOODWORKING WITH TOMMY MAC
Frank Lloyd Wright Light Pendants
Sat., April 25, 2:00 pm
In the 5th season of the series, respected furniture maker Tommy MacDonald and his friends Al, Eli and Steve share bold and inspiring woodworking designs. Tommy travels to historic landmarks in the Boston area, Chicago and beyond for inspiration, and then returns to his workshop to create pieces for the home and office. Thirteen new half-hour episodes introduce a wide variety of indoor and outdoor projects tailored to the recreational woodworker. The large-scale pieces – including beds, tables and wardrobes – blend new-school methods with old-school techniques.
Frank Lloyd Wright Light Pendants
A woodworker can’t help but be influenced by the great Frank Lloyd Wright. In this episode, Tommy embarks on his second Frank Lloyd Wright style project: the Light Pendant. It’s a light fixture that brings together wood and mechanics and is a statement piece that shows off the style of the famous architect.
ASK THIS OLD HOUSE
Sat., April 25, 2:30 pm
Kevin and Roger meet with meteorologist Jim Cantore to discuss Jim’s biggest weather fear: lightning. Roger heads to Orlando to see a lightning protection system installed. Richard helps a homeowner install a reverse osmosis filter for drinking water.
THIS OLD HOUSE
Lexington Project 2015: Mudroom, Ventilation, Kids’ Rooms
Sat., April 25, 3:00 pm
Master electrician Allen Gallant shows Kevin the new LED ribbon strip lights he’s using under the cabinets in the kitchen and butler’s pantry. Norm and Tom build the new mudroom storage system. Richard and Tom review the critical need for ventilation in the modern, super insulated building. Wallpaper hanger Mark Pehrson shows Kevin his technique for applying wallpaper to a ceiling in one girl’s room. In another daughter’s bedroom, painting contractor Mauro Henrique is setting up to paint decorative stripes on an accent wall.
MARTHA STEWART’S COOKING SCHOOL
French Bistro Classics
Sat., April 25, 4:00 pm
Take a tour of French cuisine as Martha Stewart prepares four bistro favorites. First, there’s a robust stew with seasonal vegetables called lamb navarin. Go to the Riviera as she artfully arranges a show-stopping Niçoise salad. She makes a melted ham-and-cheese croque monsieur topped with a béchamel sauce, and demonstrates how the French transform an odd-looking root vegetable into an exceptional celery-root remoulade.
AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED
Spa Cuisine Gets a Makeover
Sat., April 25, 4:30 pm
Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make perfect poached chicken breasts. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews mandolines, and gadget guru Lisa McManus reviews kid-friendly knives. Finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to fresh carrot-ginger soup.
SARA’S WEEKNIGHT MEALS
Vegan with Adam Sobel
Sat., April 25, 5:00 pm
Chef Sara Moulton returns with a fourth season of SARA’S WEEKNIGHT MEALS, featuring simple but delicious recipes for putting flavorful, healthy, home-cooked meals on the table with minimal fuss. In addition, guest chefs from around the globe prepare their favorite dishes in Sara’s home kitchen before taking her on a culinary expedition to their favorite local farms, ethnic enclaves and other secret food sources.
Vegan with Adam Sobel
Both Huffington Post and Buzzfeed named Chef Adam Sobel’s Cinnamon Snail in New York City one of the Top 5 Food Trucks in America. Adam reveals his secrets to Sara when he cooks Korean barbecue tofu tacos as well as ancho chili black bean potato skins.
Get to Know Your Grains
Sat., April 25, 5:30 pm
Chef Lidia Bastianich conjures simple, seasonal and economical dishes with grace, confidence and love. She teaches viewers to draw on their roots, allow for spontaneity and cultivate a sense of home in the kitchen. Filled with tips and techniques collected through years in the kitchen and at the family table, Lidia channels her passion for teaching into a fun and trustworthy curriculum of kitchen wisdom.
Get to Know Your Grains
Whole grains are the backbone of a balanced meal as well as this episode. Lidia explains some common whole grains viewers can easily find at their local grocer. She then makes a fresh salad of cucumbers with whole wheat couscous, a comforting toasted grain soup, and a healthy meal of baked whole wheat penne pasta with chickpeas.