Live From Lincoln Center
Thu, 09/27/2012 - 8:00pm

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER makes the world’s greatest artists accessible to home viewers in virtually every corner of the United States. It remains the only series of regularly scheduled live broadcast performances on American television today. Fred Child, host of NPR’s “Performance Today,” is the announcer.

WSKG Original Production
Wed, 09/26/2012 - 10:00pm

It all started with good news: our community is located above one of the largest natural gas deposits in the world, the Marcellus Shale formation. But this gas can only be extracted by fracking - a controversial method that has so highly polarized friends, families and neighbors that meaningful dialogue has broken down.

FRACK YOU! was written to restore the lines of communication. Presenting both sides of the issue in a way that generates laughter and provides a common ground for people to start a dialogue about fracking that moves beyond “talking points” and increases community awareness of the topic. It frames a controversial issue around personal narratives, humanizing an abstract debate without “taking sides”.

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 9:00pm

Explore the long-term environmental effects posed by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as a means of extracting natural gas within the Marcellus Shale Deposit in NY, PA, W. VA and MD.

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 9:00pm

What does it take to save a student? Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas — an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country’s future. At Houston’s Sharpstown High, once a notorious “dropout factory,” a high-stakes experiment is underway to rescue students from the edge. FRONTLINE spent a semester immersed in Sharpstown High to produce an unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors and principal waging a daily, personal struggle to get them to graduation. A troubling and inspiring journey through the maze of an inner-city high school, “Dropout Nation” investigates the causes, challenges, and potential solutions of a national emergency.

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 8:00pm

Examine the medical, ethical and financial challenges of containing runaway healthcare spending. MONEY AND MEDICINE, in addition to illuminating the so-called waste and overtreatment that pervade our medical system, explores promising ways to reduce healthcare expenditures while improving the overall quality of medical care. With candor and poignancy, the documentary captures the painful end-of-life treatment choices made by patients and their families, ranging from aggressive interventions in the ICU to palliative care at home. The film also investigates the controversy surrounding diagnostic testing and screening, as well as the shocking treatment variations among patients undergoing an assortment of elective procedures. MONEY AND MEDICINE provides a timely contribution to the debate over healthcare reform and deficit reduction that is heating up as the 2012 presidential election approaches.

American Masters
Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:00pm

For much of the 20th century, Carl Sandburg was synonymous with the American experience, a spokesman on behalf of “the people.” Using his unique life — from impoverished beginnings on the Illinois prairie to the halls of Congress to “The Ed Sullivan Show” — as the basis for free-verse poetry, Sandburg became one of the most successful writers in the English language: a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, biographer (most notably of Abraham Lincoln), children’s storyteller, novelist and captivating performer. Yet, after his death in 1967, his literary legacy faded and his poems, once taught in schools across America, were dismissed under the weight of massive critical attack. AMERICAN MASTERS provides a dynamic examination into the life, work and controversy surrounding Sandburg, exposing his radical politics and anarchist writing during WWI as well as the burgeoning resurgence of interest in him and his contributions.

Market Warriors
Mon, 09/24/2012 - 9:00pm

This week on MARKET WARRIORS, our pickers (Miller, John, Bob and Kevin) return to one of the largest markets in the world, the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, MA. As off-screen host Mark L. Walberg describes, they scour the 16 fields of vendors in search of the best piece of art pottery. Some notable picks include a Rookwood vase and a painted blanket chest. In this week’s episode, one picker is drawn to an item that will bring them great rewards while another buys a forgery that will cause them to second-guess their knowledge. Later in the episode, the pickers team up (Bob and Kevin against John and Miller) in a round to buy an object to re-sell it the same day. Their finds go under the hammer at Cowan's Auction in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Market Warriors
Mon, 09/24/2012 - 8:00pm

This week on MARKET WARRIORS, our pickers (Miller, John, Bob and Kevin) head to the Midwest for one of the largest shows in the region, the Springfield Extravaganza in Springfield, OH. Once there our pickers are challenged to sift through the 2,000 vendors to find the best piece of cast iron to sell at auction. Off-screen host Mark L. Walberg describes some unique picks including a Jazzboy Jim toy, a Salvador Dali lithograph, and a pair of chairs made of skis. Their finds are auctioned at A.N. Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles.

Masterpiece Mystery!
Sun, 09/23/2012 - 9:30pm

An escapee from a psychiatric hospital sets fire to a flock of geese and then incinerates a passing hiker. And he’s far from finished. While investigating, Wallander is unexpectedly visited by Anna, an old friend of his estranged daughter, Linda (Jeany Spark, “Sherlock”). Then Anna disappears. As more arson attacks occur, it appears that Anna may be connected and that Wallander must reconcile with Linda and join forces to find Anna at all costs. Father-daughter concord is hardly helped by Linda’s memory that her dad once had an affair with Anna’s mother.

Masterpiece Mystery!
Sun, 09/23/2012 - 8:00pm

A raft adrift in Swedish waters holds a grisly cargo: two dead Latvians who have been horribly tortured. Arriving to investigate from Riga, Latvia’s capital, is an enigmatic police major. He reports back to headquarters and then disappears. After learning of the major’s death, Wallander goes to Riga and meets his widow, Kristina (Rebekah Staton, “Tess of the D’Urbervilles”). Together, they become embroiled in a desperate search for files that may document high-level corruption that threatens to make Wallander and Kristina the next torture victims — and corpses.

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