Making America tells the story of the peopling of the New World, of how land came to define the settling and identity of America, and of how the guests’ ancestors were part of this history. We discover descriptions of Meryl Streep’s eighth great-grandfather who fought in Metacom’s War; records of a land dispute in Spain that pushed Eva Longoria’s ancestors to leave for the New World; a treaty that Louise Erdrich’s Native American ancestor was forced to sign; and Yo-Yo Ma’s family genealogy in China, which gives insights into his identity he has longed for his whole life.
Mon, 09/02/2013 - 7:00pm
The Emmy award-winning documentary series Carrier unfolds in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a thousand miles from nowhere, in the floating city that is the USS Nimitz—a Navy ship three football fields long and seven stories high, inhabited by 5,000 sailors and marines and 60 military aircraft, all of them en route to the Persian Gulf.
Fri, 08/30/2013 - 7:00pm
On the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic “I have a dream” speech, Alabama Public Television, in association with Rubicon Productions, Inc., proudly presents Building the Dream. In production for more than four years, Building the Dream offers unique insight into the challenges faced - and overcome - in the twenty-seven year effort to create a national memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. Interviews with Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Andrew Young, John Lewis, John Warner, Connie Morella, John Sarbanes, King family members, and others tell the story of the Memorial from conception to completion.
Faces Of America
Tue, 08/27/2013 - 4:00pm
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.