Morale is at an all-time high as the ship prepares to turn around and head home, even though home is still months away.
Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild
Sun, 09/08/2013 - 9:00pm
Less than 200 years ago, the Great Plains was one of the greatest grassland ecosystems on Earth, stretching nearly a million square miles down the heart of the continent. The prairie was a place of constant motion, shaped by an unforgiving cycle of the seasons. Huge numbers of bison, elk, pronghorn, deer, prairie dogs, prairie wolves and even grizzlies were common.
Wed, 09/04/2013 - 11:00am
Building the Dream recounts the origins of a bold idea for an MLK Memorial which originated at a small, informal gathering of King’s Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers in 1983. Alpha Phi Alpha takes up the cause, eventually creating the MLK Memorial Foundation to broaden the effort including corporate and private partners in the cause.
Faces Of America
Tue, 09/03/2013 - 4:00pm
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.