This special celebrates beloved television icon and entertainment pioneer Ellen DeGeneres, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, some of the biggest names in comedy salute the 15th recipient of the humor prize.
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 10:00pm
“Love Free or Die” is about a man whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner, Mark. The film is about church and state, love and marriage, faith and identity — and one man’s struggle to dispel the notion that God’s love has limits. Gene Robinson became the first openly gay elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christendom. His 2003 elevation in the New Hampshire diocese ignited a worldwide firestorm in the Anglican Communion that has threatened schism. In the face of it all, Robinson confronts those who use religion as a means of oppression and claims a place in the church and society for everyone. Directed by Macky Alston.
Mon, 10/15/2012 - 9:00pm
This week on MARKET WARRIORS, pickers Miller, John, Bob and Kevin head out to Canton, Texas, home to First Monday Trade Days — a large outdoor monthly market with a mixture of antiques and new wares. The challenge to find authentic Mission Oak furniture amid the recently made crafts puts one picker up against the clock. Off-screen host Mark L. Walberg injects quick wit and a collector’s know-how as the pickers scour the market for key finds, which include a pair of Knoll Chairs, a Bostrom Brady Surveying Tool and an antique document box. The winning picker is determined at A.N. Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles, California, where chosen items go under the hammer.
Sun, 10/28/2012 - 9:00pm
Harry’s desire to impress Beryl leads him and Johnny into the world of boxing and, as their big fight draws closer, the boys are determined to reign victorious. Upstairs, as Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam drift further apart, she is reacquainted with someone who shows her an exciting world away from 165 Eaton Place; Sir Hallam makes a dangerous decision that will change his life forever.
Sun, 10/28/2012 - 8:00pm
Jenny finds herself for once not involved in the beginning of life, but at its end. When Nonnatus House cleaner Peggy’s brother Frank is diagnosed with cancer, Jenny and the nuns are called upon to care for him. In doing so, Jenny comes to know the siblings better, learning of their upbringing in a workhouse and the profound effect it had on their relationship. As Jenny tends to Frank, the other residents of Nonnatus House become involved in helping Fred with his latest money-making venture — a pig named Evie. Fred's plan had been to make his fortune from bacon, but this unravels when they realize the pig is pregnant. The nuns and nurses help out Fred and Evie in the manner they know best.
Sun, 10/28/2012 - 1:00pm
Martha Stewart, Emmy® Award-winning TV host, author and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, conducts a culinary master class for American home cooks each week. The teaching series, inspired by her best-selling book Martha Stewart’s Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook, debuts in October on PBS stations. In each 30-minute episode, Martha demonstrates classic cooking techniques and basics. Using her signature step-by-step, how-to teaching process, she illustrates the building blocks of recipes everyone should know (from roasting to poaching to braising and blanching). Every episode will feature Martha’s tips and tricks, inspiring and educating home cooks everywhere.
Sat, 10/27/2012 - 8:00pm
With the death of owner Karl Wainwright, the Easterly Grange Hotel falls into the hands of four beneficiaries. When Gregory Chamber — one of the new hotel owners — does not attend Karl’s funeral, a frantic and worried search party forms. The party scours the woods for a trace of George, ultimately making a grave discovery when they find his severed hand. DCI Barnaby quickly launches a murder investigation, and solving the case takes on a renewed sense of urgency when fatal accidents soon befall the other beneficiaries. A string of affairs and death threats reveal an undisclosed will, a deadly motive and ultimately the "Destroying Angel."
Thu, 10/25/2012 - 10:00pm
Patricio Guzmán’s “Nostalgia for the Light” is a meditation on memory, history and eternity. Chile’s remote Atacama Desert, 10,000 feet above sea level, provides stunningly clear views of the heavens. But it also holds secrets from the past in its arid soil: human remains, from pre-Columbian mummies to the bones of political prisoners “disappeared” during the Pinochet dictatorship. In this otherworldly place, earthly and celestial quests meld: Archaeologists dig for ancient civilizations, women search for their loved ones and astronomers scan the skies for new galaxies.
Wed, 10/24/2012 - 10:00pm
How do you get a genius brain? Is it all in your DNA? Or is it hard work? Is it possible that everyone’s brain has untapped genius — just waiting for the right circumstances so it can be unleashed? From a man who suddenly acquired an extraordinary musical gift after a freak head injury to a “memory athlete” who can remember strings of hundreds of random numbers, David Pogue meets people stretching the boundaries of what the human mind can do. Then, Pogue puts himself to the test: After high-res scanning, he finds out how the anatomy of his brain measures up against the greatest mind of the century — Albert Einstein.
Wed, 10/24/2012 - 8:00pm
NATURE takes an intimate look at the snowy owl, a bird made popular by Harry Potter’s faithful companion, Hedwig. “Snowies” stand out for their magical beauty, intelligence and charm. Filmmakers take us deep into the owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of helpless owlets until they’re able to fly. Viewers discover that these strikingly beautiful Arctic owls have a range of skills far more impressive than those required of magical messengers.