The Catholic Church uses all of its might to try and silence Luther, including accusations of heresy and excommunication. Protected by his local ruler, Frederick the Wise, Luther continues to write radical critiques of the Church. In the process, he develops a new system of faiththat places the freedom of the individual believer above the rituals of the Church. Aided by the newly invented printing press, his ideas spread rapidly. He is called before the German imperial parliament in the city of Worms and told he must recant. Risking torture and execution, Luther refuses, proclaiming his inalienable right to believe what he wishes. His stand becomes a legend that inspires revolution across Europe, overturning the thousand-year-old hegemony of the Church. But as the reformation expands into a movement for social freedom, Luther finds himself overwhelmed by the pace of change and is left vainly protesting that his followers should be concerning themselves with God.
Martin Luther: Driven to Defiance
Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:00pm
Martin Luther is born into a world dominated by the Catholic Church. For the keenly spiritual Luther, the Church's promise of salvation is irresistible. Caught in a thunderstorm and terrified by the possiblity of imminent death, he vows to become a monk. But after entering the monastery, Luther becomes increasingly doubful that the Church can actually offer him salvation. His views crystallize further when he travelsto Rome and finds the capital of Catholicism swamped in corruption. W racked by despair, Luther finds release in the pages of the Bible, discovering that it is not the Church, but his own individual faith that will guaratee his salvation. With this revelation he turns on the Church. He attacks its practice of selling Indulgences in his famous 95 Theses, putting himself on an irreversible path to conflict with the most powerful institution of the day.
Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:30pm
Fast-paced and provocative, the award-winning SECOND OPINION focuses on health literacy in an engaging, entertaining and accessible way. Host Dr. Peter Salgo leads a panel of medical specialists and patients through the twists and turns of real-life medical mysteries. Season 10 topics include: heart disease, concussion, melanoma, whooping cough and diabetes. In addition, a new field segment, “Myth or Medicine,” uses viewer-submitted questions to help separate medical fact from fiction.
Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:00pm
All across America, school food is undergoing a major transformation to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Cafeteria Man provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring fresher, healthier food to the millions of kids in our nation's schools, with the ultimate goal of enhancing their well-being. The documentary follows nationally-recognized, charismatic chef Tony Geraci for several years as he works to revamp school food programs in Baltimore and Memphis, despite the challenges. Says best-sellng author and food activist Michael Pollan in the film: "If Tony makes this happen here, I think you'll see this happening all over the country."
Little League: A History
Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:00pm
Narrated by legendary baseball broadcaster Vin Scully, LITTLE LEAGUE: A HISTORY traces the 75-year history of the world's largest organized youth sports program, from its humble beginnings in Williamsport, Penn. to its current status as a worldwide phenomenon. Past and present Little League players, administrators, coaches, umpires, and others reflect on the role Little League played on their lives. Notable interviewees include: President George W. Bush, NASA Space Shuttle Commander Story Musgrave, Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig, former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, former MLB pitcher Mike Mussina, Cincinnati Reds player Todd Frazier, and MLB's official historian, John Thorn. LITTLE LEAGUE: A HISTORY also includes interviews with the family members of Little League founder Carl Stotz; Carolyn King, whose 1973 lawsuit against Little League contributed to the league's landmark policy reversal of prohibiting girls from playing Little League Baseball; Kathryn "Tubby" Johnston Massar (the first girl to ever play Little League); and the three surviving members of the original Little League team formed in 1939.
THREE FAITHS, ONE GOD: JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:00pm
THREE FAITHS, ONE GOD: JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM thoughtfully examines the religious beliefs and practices shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims to illustrate how many in the Abrahamic faith communities are dealing with historical conflicts and charts their dedication to facilitating understanding and respect. THREE FAITHS, ONE GOD captures a broad range of voices and ideas of ordinary people and respected scholars in the interfaith field. The program contrasts the religious practices of the three faiths, including the rituals of fasting and marriage. Later, the program features a dramatic and moving example of reconciliation as the father of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter opens a dialogue between Muslims and Jews to create better understanding between the two faiths. In the same spirit, a conflict-resolution workshop engages in an intensive dialogue as they attempt to dispel myths, misconceptions and stereotypes about each others' religion.
The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama
Sun, 12/14/2014 - 9:00pm
The story of the Jewish experience begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible, a chronicle of their stormy relationship with a faceless, formless, jealous God. It was loyalty to this "God of Words" that defined the distinct identity of the ancient Jews and preserved it despite all that history could throw their way - war, invasion, deportation, enslavement, exile and assimilation. The story unfolds with a dazzling cast of historical characters: Sigmund Freud dying in exile in London; Victorian evangelicals and explorers following "in the footsteps" of Moses; Jewish mercenaries living, prospering and intermarrying in the pagan land of Egypt; Messianic Jews dreaming of the Apocalypse; and a Jewish historian, Josephus, who witnessed first-hand the moment when the apocalypse finally came and the Romans destroyed the Jewish High Temple in Jerusalem.
Washington Week With Gwen Ifill
Sat, 12/13/2014 - 8:00pm
Join moderator and managing editor Gwen Ifill each week as she leads a robust roundtable discussion with award-winning journalists who provide reporting and analysis of the major stories emanating from the nation’s capital.
In My Lifetime
Fri, 12/12/2014 - 6:00pm
IN MY LIFETIME thoughtfully and thoroughly examines the 68-year history of nuclear weapons — the most destructive force ever invented. Filmed in Europe, Japan and the U.S., IN MY LIFETIME focuses on the continuing struggle of citizens, scientists and political leaders working to reduce or eliminate the atomic threat, while others search for ways to build nuclear weapons. In contemporary interviews, former heads of state, United Nations representatives, figures from the nuclear establishment, Manhattan Project scientists, Nobel Peace- and Pulitzer Prize-winners, military personnel and atomic-bomb survivors recount the birth of the nuclear age and detail the key developments that followed. The film shifts between historical events, including the Cuban missile crisis and the historic 1986 Reykjavik Summit between Reagan and Gorbachev to present-day efforts to contain the spread of nuclear weapons. IN MY LIFETIME also details the obstacles — political and human — impeding a solution to this complex global issue.