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NOVA
Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:00pm

The first stage in the adventure of human flight began with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th-century Paris, where a handful of brilliant and colorful pioneers developed all the essential features of today’s hot air and gas balloons. Their exploits fascinated Benjamin Franklin, who was serving in Paris as the American ambassador. To explore this burst of innovation, NOVA re-creates key flights, including the world’s first manned voyage on November 21, 1783. A descendant of the Montgolfier brothers, who invented the hot-air balloon, will join a team to build an accurate replica of the fragile paper and canvas craft using 18th-century tools and materials. NOVA evokes the thrilling and daunting prospect that the balloon pioneers faced as they left Earth for the first time.

Makers
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:00pm

Track American women’s increasing participation in war — from Vietnam to the present — as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was “outed” as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents Molly Moore, Clarissa Ward and Christiane Amanpour about life on the battlefield. The film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy.

Independent Lens
Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:00pm

In China in 2003, twin babies Mia and Alexandra were found in a cardboard box and placed in an orphanage, where authorities separated the infants and concealed their sibling relationship. Two sets of prospective adoptive parents — one from California and the other from Norway — meet during the adoption process and launch an investigation that reveals that the girls are sisters. The girls grow up knowing they have a twin living on the other side of the world. When the girls are eight, Mia and her family go to Norway to visit Alexandra, and discover that the girls not only look and act alike, but are unmistakably and inextricably connected to each other. By Mona Friis Bertheussen.

Antiques Roadshow
Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:00pm

In Jacksonville, Florida, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stuart Whitehurst travel to the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum to learn about a 17th-century pirate book. Highlights include a Babyland Rag topsy-turvy doll, ca. 1905, composed of both a Babyland Rag doll and a Steiff bear; a diamond Art Deco bracelet watch, purchased 30 years ago for a few hundred dollars and now estimated at $10,000 to $12,000; and Robert E. Lee’s own map of critical battle areas around Richmond, brought to the ROADSHOW by a descendant of General Richard Stoddert Ewell, now worth $50,000 to $100,000.

Masterpiece Mystery!
Sun, 10/19/2014 - 9:00pm

Thirteen years after Lewis' first successful arrest as a detective inspector, the forensics have been called into question and the case re-opened for appeal. Lewis fears the worst — but nothing can prepare him for a new string of murders resembling the original murders with the original weapon. Did he arrest an innocent man? With Lewis' reputation in jeopardy, Hathaway and Maddox race to catch the killer.

Masterpiece Classic
Sun, 10/19/2014 - 8:00pm

Denise faces her first personnel problem, while Moray sets a desperate plan in motion. Myrtle also confronts a crisis.

Midsomer Murders
Sat, 10/18/2014 - 8:00pm

John Ransom collapses and dies outside a pub after a fight with his brother-in-law over the baptism of his niece. He has electrical scars across the top of his head, from being a lab rabbit for his brother
"Mad" Max, who was conducting experiments on his sibling, suspecting him of having the ability, known as "second sight" to predict events that should be unpredictable.

AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS WITH MARIA HINOJOSA
Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:30pm

This is the first national series dedicated to examining the new American mainstream — the growing numbers of African Americans, Asians, Latinos, mixed race, immigrants, women, youth and LGBTs, whose growing purchasing power and influence over the arts, culture, commerce and the outcome of elections are affecting every aspect of contemporary life. Each half-hour program focuses on stories from every corner of the nation, amplified “by the numbers” — a distillation of the latest statistical information about population, health, education, quality of life and consumer trends.

How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson
Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:00pm

Best-selling author Steven Johnson boards a submarine to discover what a lack of natural light means for a sailor’s working day and visits Heathrow, the world’s busiest airport, to try to get timings right at air traffic control. The story of getting a grip on time is full of curious garage tinkerers. One of them, railway clerk William F. Allen, was so exasperated by the chaos caused by the 8,000 local times zones in the U.S. that he fought tirelessly to standardize time into four zones. Learn how advancements in navigation, the way we work, technology and travel would have been impossible without the unsung heroes of time.

Nature
Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:00pm
A kakapo, the world’s heaviest and only flightless parrot.

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive. “Animal Misfits” reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

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