When World War I began in 1914, the air forces of the opposing nations consisted of handfuls of rickety biplanes from which pilots occasionally took pot shots at one another with rifles. By 1918, the fighter had become an efficient killing machine with a growing strategic impact on the outcome of the war. With the help of aviation buffs dedicated to bringing back classic WWI fighters, NOVA joins the team as they uncover the secrets of some of aviation’s most colorful and deadly early flying machines and explores how their impact played a key role in the nightmare slaughter of the Western Front.
Finding Your Roots
Tue, 10/28/2014 - 8:00pm
Trace three guests’ roots into the heart of slavery, revealing that there is no singular narrative and challenging preconceptions of an era that profoundly shaped our nation’s sense of itself. Hip-hop artist Nas discovers a web of his slave ancestors and their intimate relationship with their slave master; award-winning actress Angela Bassett meets ancestors whose slave family tragedy is rivaled only by a triumphant emancipation story; and presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett goes back in time more than 200 years to meet a formidable line-up of free people of color — all of them of trailblazers.
Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:00am
CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest is a one-hour PBS KIDS special that celebrates curiosity, friendship and trying new things, all while providing safe and family-friendly holiday entertainment. Tune in for Halloween Fun with Curious George and his Friends!
Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:00pm
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga team up for a special concert from the stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City, performing selections from their collaborative classic jazz recording, Cheek to Cheek.
How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson
Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:00pm
Best-selling author Steven Johnson considers how the invention of the mirror gave rise to the Renaissance, how glass lenses allow us to reveal worlds within worlds and how, deep beneath the ocean, glass is essential to communication. He learns about the daring exploits of glassmakers who were forced to work under threat of the death penalty, a physics teacher who liked to fire molten glass from a crossbow and a scientist whose tinkering with a glass lens allowed 600 million people to see a man set foot on the moon. The link between the worlds of art, science, astronomy, disease prevention and global communication starts with the little-known maverick innovators of glass.
Art in the Twenty-First Century
Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:00pm
Can acts of engagement and exploration be works of art in themselves? Leonardo Drew, Thomas Hirschhorn and Graciela Iturbide use their practices as tools for personal and intellectual discovery, simultaneously documenting and producing new realities in the process.
Providing unique access to some of the most compelling artists of our time, Season 7 features a dozen artists from the United States, Europe and Latin America, and transports viewers to artistic projects across the country and around the world. In locations as diverse as a Bronx public housing project, a military testing facility in the Nevada desert, a jazz festival in Sweden and an activist neighborhood in Mexico, the artists reveal intimate and personal insights into their lives and creative processes. Each episode is organized around a theme that connects the artists: Investigation, Secrets, Legacy and Fiction.
Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:00pm
Candidates, lawmakers and political leaders discuss the top issues facing voters this fall in New York State. This "Party Night" invites Republicans to discuss issues like Common Core education standards, hydraulic fracturing and Government corruption.
Among the guests will be Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's running mate Chris Moss.
This program will be simulcast on WSKG Radio and WSKG Television and streamed online at WSKG.org.