PROGRAM LISTINGS October 7 - October 13, 2012
Arts, Drama, Culture
CALL THE MIDWIFE
Sun., Oct. 7, 7:00 pm
This moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London's East End in the 1950s. Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End.
As Jenny Lee settles into her role, there is a new arrival at Nonnatus House - Chummy. A welcome pair of extra hands, Chummy sets about showing her worth, but her overwhelming desire to please and her inability to ride a bike prove obstacles in gaining the respect of Sister Evangelina. Meanwhile, a chance encounter with Mary, a pregnant young runaway, forces Jenny to see an unfamiliar, darker side of life.
Upstairs Downstairs, Season 2
A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing
Sun., Oct. 7, 8:00 pm
Mon., Oct. 8, 11:00 pm
The saga continues at 165 Eaton Place, with new characters upstairs and down. Set in 1936, the lives of masters and servants have never been so captivating, as two new arrivals make their mark and Lady Agnes reveals a dark secret.
A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing
In the years before WWII begins, 165 Eaton Place reopens its doors and welcomes viewers back into the lives of its inhabitants, upstairs and down. Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam's family is now complete with the addition of two small children, but Sir Hallam is drawn into dangerous waters by his preoccupation with the threat of Nazi Germany and the return of troubled Lady Persie. Lady Agnes catches the eye of charismatic American multi-millionaire Casper Landry, and Sir Hallam's aunt, Dr. Blanche Mottershead, has made herself comfortable in the house after Lady Maud's death. Meanwhile, life downstairs adjusts to the absence of Rose and the addition of the spirited new nursery maid, Beryl. With upstairs and downstairs harboring life-changing secrets, and the menace of war creeping ever closer, the smooth running of Eaton Place threatens to come to a halt.
BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL
Give My Regards to Broadway (1893-1927)
Sun., Oct. 7, 9:00 pm
This six-part documentary series chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. The series draws on a wealth of archival news footage, lost and found television moments, original cast recordings, still photos, feature films, diaries, journals, intimate first-person accounts and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in creating the American musical.
Give My Regards to Broadway (1893-1927)
When Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. first hits New York in 1893, the intersection of Broadway and 42nd is nobody's idea of "the crossroads of the world." But by 1913, "The Ziegfeld Follies really were an amalgamation of everything that was happening in America ... at that time," says writer Philip Furia. "Flo Ziegfeld was like the Broadway equivalent of the melting pot itself."
Ziegfeld's story introduces many of the era's key figures: Irving Berlin, a Russian immigrant who becomes the voice of assimilated America; entertainers, such as Jewish comedienne Fanny Brice and African-American Bert Williams, who become America's first "crossover" artists; and the brash Irish-American George M. Cohan, whose song-and-dance routines embody the energy of Broadway. This is also the story of the onset of a world war and the Red Summer of 1919, when labor unrest sweeps the nation - and Broadway.
The episode culminates in Ziegfeld's 1927 production of Jerome Kern's and Oscar Hammerstein II's far-sighted masterpiece, Show Boat. "The history of the American musical theater is divided quite simply into two eras: everything before Show Boat, and everything after Show Boat," says writer Miles Kreuger. With the Great Depression, the Ziegfeld era becomes a memory.
The episode features interviews with Irving Berlin's daughter Mary Ellen Barrett, Ziegfeld Follies girls Doris Eaton and Dana O'Connell, New Yorker critic Brendan Gill, theater artist Al Hirschfeld, composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and Ziegfeld's daughter Patricia Z. Stephenson. Highlights include newly restored color footage of The Ziegfeld Follies and footage of Fanny Brice singing "My Man."
TOMORROW BEYOND 3/11
Building a Future on Cuisine
Sun., Oct. 7, 10:00 pm
Last year, internationally acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse organized a charity gala to raise money for the oyster farmers along the Sanriku coast whose businesses were wiped out in the 3/11 disaster. He also visited the disaster-ravaged community of Ishinomaki and helped prepare French-style cuisine at a charity event. Ducasse feels a special fondness for the Tohoku region; oysters from the Ishinomaki area helped save the French oyster industry from extinction in the 1960s. Ducasse visits the local oyster farmers to see how they are recovering from the disaster, and meets with local chefs, who recount their experiences of 3/11.
Kung Fu Master: Zhao Jianyang
Sun., Oct. 7, 10:30 pm
This film tells the story of Zhao Jianying, an 86 year old Kung Fu master born on Wudang Mountain in China's Hubei province. As a child she suffered severe illness, until one day a soldier noticed how sick she was and offered to teach her Kung Fu, an art form that literally saved her life. Though it was uncommon at that time for females to learn Kung Fu, it was Zhao Jianying's passion for Kung Fu that shaped her life.
NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG
Mon., Oct. 8, 7:30 pm
An encore presentation of a vintage performance in the PBS Hawaii studio by Ho'okena: Manu Boyd, Ama Aarona, Glen H.K. Smith and Horace K. Dudoit III. Nani Dudoit provides hula.
Keola Beamer: Mālama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)
Mon., Oct. 8, 8:00 pm
This program tells the story of Keola Beamer's journey through song. The respected composer and slack key guitarist partners with an array of musicians, including Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, American jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer and Hawaiian vocalist Raiatea Helm. These collaborations demonstrate how one can retain cultural identity while openly sharing with others to create something new - a global art form. This multicultural exchange reaches its zenith when Beamer performs a Hawaiian-language version of John Lennon's "Imagine," with musicians playing traditional Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Classical European and American Jazz instruments. In another particularly moving segment, Keola accompanies his wife Moanalani Beamer as she performs a hula as a quadriplegic woman who magically regains her limbs in a dream.
Antiquing in Pasadena, CA
Mon., Oct. 8, 9:00 pm
In this week's episode of MARKET WARRIORS, our pickers (Miller, John, Bob and guest picker Bob Cirillo) head out west to the world famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA for their monthly flea market. This week our pickers are challenged to find Native American wares, and as off-screen host Mark L. Walberg describes, one of our pickers uncovers a piece with a questionable past (one of them buys a forgery that gets surrendered to the U.S. Government). Some notable picks include a Whitney Houston collectible, leather gauntlets and Picasso dominos. Their finds are auctioned at Baker Auction in Denver, CO
LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX
Tues., Oct. 9, 7:30 pm
Leslie Wilcox talks with Desmond Tutu, the South African former archbishop who openly and peacefully opposed apartheid. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate recalls tough experiences that taught him peace and compassion. Archbishop Tutu also explains why it's best to forgive, even in the most difficult situations. He even reveals his lighthearted side and talks about how humor can defuse tense moments.
This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Oct. 10 at 11:00 pm and Sun., Oct. 14 at 4:00 pm.
Sound Tracks: Music without Borders 2
Tues., Oct. 9, 11:00 pm
This musical adventure program roams America and the world in search of compelling music, telling the stories behind the music and the artists who create it. Hosted by public radio's Marco Werman, the magazine-format show features three stories and a special "global hit" performance at the end of the episode.
"The Jazz Ambassador" – Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are in Chicago, spreading the gospel of jazz to young and old.
"Into the Mystic" – The latest animated movie from Pixar, called Brave, tells the story of a young girl in a fantasy Scotland of the past. We go behind the scenes to meet the Scottish folk singer, Julie Fowlis, who wrote and sang the movie's theme song.
"Shaking the Tree" – Africa's most famous living singer, Youssou N'dour, began his career creating exciting music in his homeland, Senegal. This year, N'dour ran for president of Senegal as a reform candidate.
"Global Hit: Of Monsters and Men" - Of Monsters and Men, the indie rock band out of Iceland, found an unlikely international hit with their first single "Little Talks." The six-piece group performs an unplugged version of their second single from their debut album Mountain Sounds.
LEAHEY & LEAHEY
Wed., Oct. 10, 7:30 pm
Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."
This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Oct. 10 at 11:30 pm and Sun., Oct. 14 at 3:30 pm.
Globe Trekker Special: Planet of the Apes
Thurs., Oct. 11, 11:00 pm
The Trekkers visit the last strongholds of many rare and sometimes endangered species of primates. Justine Shapiro heads to Thailand in search of the White-Handed Gibbon. Holly Morris, Ian Wright and Megan McCormick get up close and personal with the orangutan in Borneo and Sumatra, the chimpanzee in Tanzania and Zambia and the Mountain Gorilla in the remote mountains of Uganda. Ian glimpses the elusive Golden Bamboo Lemur on Madagascar; Eils Nevitt discovers the Black-Crowned Dwarf Marmoset - at six inches high, the world's second-smallest monkey - in the Amazon jungle; and Zay Harding encounters two enormous and extremely rare apes in Africa: the Drill in Cameroon and the Mandrill, known as the world's largest monkey, in Gabon.
Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends
Fri., Oct. 12, 9:00 pm
David Foster, who has collaborated with some of the greatest superstars in music, returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES with some of his favorite artists for a magnificent night of music. Recorded in October 2010 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, "Hitman Returns," the follow-up concert to the hugely popular 2008 "Hitman: David Foster & Friends," is an all-star celebration featuring even more chart-topping stars and music from the 15-time Grammy Award winner's extensive career catalog. Guests include Chaka Khan, Seal, Kenny Loggins, Michael Bolton, All-4-One and Jackie Evancho.
VOCES ON PBS
Fri., Oct. 12, 11:00 pm
VOCES ON PBS is a four-part series showcasing Latino artists, athletes and performers who reflect their culture while defying all expectations. From the housing projects of Brooklyn to a Mexican wrestling ring, from the ranches of California to the crumbling beauty of Castro's Cuba, the programs shine a light on the unexpected.
In 1961, in the heady first days of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro asked three visionary architects to build the Cuban National Arts Schools on what had been the golf course of a country club. Before construction was completed, the Revolution became Sovietized, and suddenly the project was denounced as bourgeois and counter-revolutionary. In this film, these radical, magnificent buildings become a prism through which we see the turbulent, ever-shifting history of Castro's Cuba and follow the fates of the three architects, now in their 80s, who may get a second chance to revitalize their utopian project.
Mom & Dad Tsai and Pressure Cookers
Sat., Oct. 13, 5:30 pm
Chef Ming's on top of the world in Napa Valley, affectionately known as the Spring Mountain District where he's joined by his parents, Steven and Iris Tsai. Together they show us the perfect culinary marriage of chicken, duck and wine when they create coq au vin and red roast duck with scallion pancakes.
Tony Bennett: Duets II
Sat., Oct. 13, 7:00 pm
In celebration of his 85th birthday, the legendary Tony Bennett released the critically acclaimed album Duets II, which followed his Grammy-winning Duets, released in honor of his 80th birthday. Bennett made music history with Duets II when it debuted at the top of the Billboard Album charts, making Bennett the oldest artist to ever achieve the #1 spot. Featuring his greatest hits performed with today's biggest stars, Duets II was recorded live in studios from Los Angeles to London, New York to Italy, with Nashville in between. Bennett is joined by a diverse roster of contemporary artists including Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Michael Bublé, k.d. lang, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse (in what became her last recording). The sessions were filmed to capture the magic of these performers singing with the master of the Great American Songbook. Full song performances include "Body and Soul" (with Amy Winehouse), "The Lady Is a Tramp"(with Lady Gaga), "Speak Low" (with Norah Jones), "The Way You Look Tonight" (with Faith Hill), "It Had to Be You (with Carrie Underwood), "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (with Willie Nelson) and more.
Country Pop Legends
Sat., Oct. 13, 9:00 pm
Country pop legends unite to perform their biggest and best-loved hit recordings from the 50s, 60s and 70s in this special. Country music legend Roy Clark hosts this three-decades-long, emotional trip down memory lane. Contemporary performances by Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Bill Anderson, BJ Thomas, the Bellamy Brothers and more are intermixed with classic full-length vintage archival gems from the vaults.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Sat., Oct. 13, 11:00 pm
Rock icons Radiohead takes the ACL stage. The band performs songs from its Grammy-nominated LP The King of Limbs.
MOYERS & COMPANY
Sun., Sept. Oct. 7, 5:00 pm
Bill Moyers presents MOYERS & COMPANY, a weekly hour of compelling and vital conversation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time. A range of scholars, artists, activists, scientists, philosophers and newsmakers bring context, insight and meaning to important topics. The series also occasionally includes Moyers' own timely and penetrating essays on society and government.
As Goes Janesville
Mon., Oct. 8, 10:00 pm
This film catapults viewers to the front lines of America's debate over the future of its middle class - a debate that has become a pitched battle over unions in the normally tranquil state of Wisconsin. First, General Motors shuts down Janesville's century-old plant, causing mass layoffs and exiling residents who must leave in search of work. Then newly elected governor Scott Walker ignites a firestorm by introducing a bill to end collective bargaining, unleashing a fury of protest and sparking a recall election. Spend three years in the lives of laid-off workers trying to reinvent themselves; business leaders aligned with the governor to promote a pro-business agenda they believe will woo new companies to town; and a state senator caught in the middle, trying to bring peace to his warring state and protect workers' rights. As goes Janesville, so goes America, a polarized nation losing its grasp on the American Dream.
The Choice 2012
Tues., Oct. 9, 9:00 pm
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have crafted their campaign narratives, telling you who they are, what they've done and how they would lead America. But there's more to their stories. This FRONTLINE special documents the places, people and decisive moments that made the men who are competing for the presidency. Hundreds of hours of research and dozens of original interviews reveal new details and fresh insights about the two candidates - and our choice this November.
PBS NEWSHOUR DEBATES 2012: A SPECIAL REPORT
Vice Presidential Debate
Thurs., Oct. 11
Live at 3:00 pm
Encore at 9:00 pm
The PBS NEWSHOUR presents live coverage (90 minutes) and analysis (30 minutes) of the vice presidential candidates' debate. Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, moderates the debate from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.
HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network
Thurs., Oct. 11, 7:30 pm
In this edition, hosted by students from Iolani School in Honolulu, Maui's Lahaina Intermediate School students cover the restoration of Lahaina's iconic Pioneer Mill smokestack. On Oahu, students from Ka Waihona o ka Naauao profile George Kalilikane, whose life was changed by stand-up paddling.
Other featured schools: Hilo High School (Hawaii Island); Kauai High School and Waimea High School (Kauai); and Waianae High School and Waipahu High School (Oahu).
This program encores Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII
Election 2012: Hawaii Island Mayor
Thurs., Oct. 11, 8:00 pm
Host Dan Boylan moderates this candidates' forum for Hawaii Island's non-partisan mayoral race. Incumbent Billy Kenoi and his challenger Harry Kim (Kenoi's mentor and former Hawaii Island mayor) are scheduled to appear. INSIGHTS provides an unscripted, unfiltered look at the candidates and an opportunity for viewers to ask them questions.
INSIGHTS is also available online via live streaming. We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may also email your questions ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri., Oct. 12, 7:30 pm
For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.
NEED TO KNOW
Fri., Oct. 12, 8:00 pm
This weekly current affairs series covers the issues being considered by candidates and voters - from immigration to education to health care, environment, jobs and the economy - from Main Street's point of view.
The program also profiles up-and-coming political leaders and will report regularly from the road, hosting the program from key states whose issues are important to the national election. Essays, many from Jon Meacham and from a diverse group of other journalists and big thinkers, are a weekly feature.
Respected and experienced media professionals anchor the program and report from the field. They include: Jeff Greenfield, a seasoned political, media and culture reporter and commentator who has worked for CNN, CBS and NBC; Maria Hinojosa, host and managing editor of NPR's Latino USA and former senior correspondent of NOW On PBS; Scott Simon, longtime host of NPR's Weekend Edition; and Ray Suarez, co-anchor of the PBS NEWSHOUR.
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP
Fri., Oct. 12, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.
Science and Nature
Siberian Tiger Quest
Wed., Oct. 10, 8:00 pm
Ecologist Chris Morgan has tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on earth. He now embarks on a challenge that will fulfill a lifelong dream - to find and film a Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia's far eastern forests. The film features the work of Korean cameraman Sooyong Park, the first individual ever to film Siberian tigers in the wild. Park spent years in the forest tracking and filming the world's biggest cat. Park's tracking technique was unconventional, but produced more than a thousand hours of wild tiger footage and captured the saga of a Siberian tiger dynasty. Morgan spends time with Park, learning firsthand just how hard it was for him to achieve his remarkable accomplishment.
Secrets of the Viking Sword
Wed., Oct. 10, 9:00 pm
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 mystery of the Viking sword.
What Makes Us Human?
Wed., Oct. 10, 10:00 pm
Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions of other animals who have evolved on this planet. Host David Pogue explores the traits we once thought were uniquely ours - language, tool-making, even laughter - to uncover their evolutionary roots. He traces some of the crucial steps that transformed cave men into accountants - and learns how much of his own DNA came from a Neanderthal ancestor.
Tues., Oct. 9, 8:00 pm
What are the details behind the heroic acts pictured in a poster about two African-American soldiers in World War I? Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) helps find the answer. Then, is a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge one that George Washington used during the American Revolution? And does a Tucson man own one of the first transistor radios ever made? Finally, after 70 years, a Washington man discovers whether a business card ties his father to Prohibition-era underworld crime.