Becoming American explores the many journeys to becoming American that defined the “Century of Immigration” (1820s – 1924) and transformed the United States from a sleepy agrarian country into a booming industrial power. Stephen Colbert’s Irish great-great-grandfather escaped poverty and religious oppression in Limerick and never looked back, whereas Mario Batali’s great-grandfather, who left the place where his family had lived for centuries, struggled to survive in the quartz mines of Montana.
Sun, 08/25/2013 - 7:30pm
THE NEW METROPOLIS — two new half-hour documentaries by award-winning filmmaker Andrea Torrice — highlights the struggle to revitalize and rebuild America’s original suburbs. "A Crack in the Pavement," narrated by actor Peter Coyote, unravels the national infrastructure and regional land-use policy debate through the stories of two public officials from southern Ohio. "The New Neighbors," narrated by actress Ruby Dee, follows a diverse group of residents and public officials from Pennsauken, New Jersey, as they attempt to reverse a declining housing market and create a vibrant, integrated community.
Thu, 08/22/2013 - 7:00pm
What is the strongest material in the world? Is it steel, Kevlar, carbon nanotubes, or something entirely new? NOVA kicks off the four-part series "Making Stuff" with a quest for the world's strongest substances. Host David Pogue takes a look at what defines strength, examining everything from steel cables to mollusk shells to a toucan's beak.
Wed, 08/21/2013 - 4:00pm
The Australian pelican is built for long-distance travel. One of the largest pelicans in the pelican family, with a light skeleton and a wingspan of over eight feet, it can be airborne all day and deep into the night, riding far and high on rising thermals. When rare weather systems bring heavy rains, huge numbers of Australian pelicans abandon the sea and coastal waters and embark on a mass pilgrimage to a place a thousand miles inland. It’s the last place you would look for one of their kind – the Australian Outback, one of the driest, hottest places on the planet.
Faces of America
Tue, 08/20/2013 - 4:00pm
Our American Stories explores the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with her new immigrants in the 20th century. World war tore apart families and sundered the fabric of many lives, but America beckoned and millions came. Yet, America was an ambivalent host. At its best, a place of refuge and salvation, as for film director Mike Nichols whose entire family escaped Nazi Germany.
Mon, 08/19/2013 - 7:00pm
CARRIER, a 10-part series filmed aboard the USS Nimitz, is a character-driven immersion in the high- stakes world of a nuclear aircraft carrier. The episodes follow a core group of characters as they navigate their jobs, families, faith, patriotism, love, the rites of passage and the war on terror.
Wed, 08/14/2013 - 4:00pm
What happens to nature after a nuclear accident? And how does wildlife deal with the world it inherits after human inhabitants have fled? The historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl is now 25 years old. Filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives of the packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the “dead zone” that still surrounds the remains of the reactor.
Fri, 08/09/2013 - 7:00pm
Featuring unexpected turns and transcendent performances, ROCK PROPHECIES goes behind the ropes and beyond the green rooms to view rock ’n’ roll through the eyes of prolific photographer Robert M. Knight. He launched his 40-year career in 1968 with a line-up of now-legendary guitar heroes — Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin — as his first subjects, and went on to capture images of some of the greatest figures in rock ’n’ roll history.
Thu, 08/08/2013 - 11:00am
EVEREST: A CLIMB FOR PEACE chronicles the journey of nine "peace climbers" from different faiths and cultures as they attempt to summit the tallest mountain in the world. Actor Orlando Bloom, also a United Nations Ambassador for UNICEF, narrates. Filmed on location in Nepal, Tibet, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, U.A.E. and the United States, the documentary focuses on Palestinian Ali Bushnaq and Israelis Dudu Yifrah and Micha Yaniv.