This special showcases one of Philadelphia’s cultural treasures, Pennsylvania Ballet, and honors the company’s golden anniversary. Featured are the pas de deux from After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon, Under the Sun Pas de Deux by Margo Sappington and “Diamonds” from Jewels by George Balanchine. Included are interviews with Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet founder, and Roy Kaiser, artistic director of the company.
Nazi Mega Weapons
Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:00pm
Hitler’s megalomaniacal impulses led him to demand the construction of the largest tank the world had ever seen – a mobile fortress weighing 180 tons. But even this colossus couldn’t satisfy Hitler’s thirst for enormous weapons of war, as he went on to request a land battleship weighing 1,000 tons. This is the story of the Nazi engineers tasked with fulfilling that dream, and an arms race that resulted in the evolution of super-guns and tanks.
Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:00pm
With unprecedented access, FRONTLINE investigates the impact of mass incarceration in America, focusing on a troubled housing project in Louisville, Kentucky, and a statewide effort to reverse the trend. There are some 2.3 million people behind bars in the U.S. today, but a disproportionate number come from a few city neighborhoods, and in some places the concentration is so dense that states are spending millions of dollars a year to lock up residents of single blocks. “Prison State” examines one community, Louisville’s Beecher Terrace housing project, and follows the lives of four residents as they move in and out of custody, while Kentucky tries to break that cycle and shrink its prison state.
Tue, 04/29/2014 - 9:00pm
This documentary examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is his transformation from a mainstream, establishment Los Angeles Times reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed by a law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became an instant martyr to the Latino community — which had often criticized his reporting. Featuring material from recently released files, the program removes Salazar from the glare of myth and martyrdom and offers a clear-eyed look at the man.
Pioneers of Television
Tue, 04/29/2014 - 8:00pm
This episode traces the story of people of color on American television — including the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (“Julia”) and Bill Cosby (“I Spy”). Latino landmarks range from “I Love Lucy” with Desi Arnaz to “Miami Vice” with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian-Americans like George Takei (“Star Trek”), who details his youth spent in a Japanese internment camp.
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 8:00pm
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW travels to Anaheim, California, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Richard Johnston head to Rickenbacker International Corporation to discuss vintage electric guitars. Highlights include two pairs of performance shoes that belonged to “The Beverly Hillbillies” star Buddy Ebsen; a jade jewelry collection that includes a necklace, ring and earrings, appraised for $30,000 to $36,000; and an oil painting titled Sacré-Couer et Moulin, by French artist Maurice Utrillo, valued at $80,000 to $120,000.
The Bletchley Circle
Sun, 04/27/2014 - 10:00pm
Millie’s import/export sideline leads to her abduction by a crime ring involved in trading perfume, cigarettes and stockings — and in human trafficking. After her release, Millie is determined to help those sold into prostitution. Millie, Jean, Lucy and Alice decide to tip off Customs and Excise to intercept a contraband shipment and catch the traffickers.
Sun, 04/27/2014 - 8:00pm
The midwives discover that a young Down Syndrome woman is six months pregnant, leading to difficult confessions and decisions. Dr. Turner suggests that Shelagh take over the running of Nonnatus House to allow an exhausted Sister Julienne to recuperate. This includes overseeing the arrangements for Sister Evangelina’s surprise jubilee celebrations. But the atmosphere turns sour when a lemon meringue pie goes missing. Patsy, a new nurse, arrives at Nonnatus House. Her no nonsense, hard-working attitude and sense of humor mean she’s an immediate hit with the nuns and midwives.
Sun, 04/27/2014 - 5:30pm
WSKG’s Artist Café showcases an expansive variety of national and local artists including photographers, dancers, poets and many more. This week we feature blacksmith Dave Koeing, decay photographer Paul Biales, sculptor Jonathan Latiano and Ithaca potter Tomas G. Black.