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Great Performances
Fri, 08/31/2012 - 9:00pm

Join conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the renowned Vienna Philharmonic under the stars in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. Vienna Ballet dancers join the orchestra in celebration of the world of dance in music by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Richard Strauss. The concert also features performances of Debussy’s “La Mer” and the Austrian favorite “Wiener Blut” (“Viennese Blood”) by waltz king Johann Strauss.

A Newshour Special Report
Mon, 08/27/2012 - 8:00pm
Tue, 08/28/2012 - 8:00pm
Wed, 08/29/2012 - 8:00pm
Thu, 08/30/2012 - 8:00pm

Award-winning political journalists Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will co-anchor gavel-to-gavel broadcast coverage from the PBS Skybox at both the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL (August 27 – 30) and from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC (September 4 – 5) as well as the Bank of America Stadium (September 6).

Documentary
Sun, 08/26/2012 - 10:30pm

From the rooftop farms of New York City to the food deserts of Detroit, join FOOD FORWARD to explore the explosion of urban agriculture across America. Meet food rebel John Mooney, whose space-age hydroponic farm on top of a historic building in the West Village of Manhattan is a window into the future of rooftop farming. In Milwaukee, meet the biggest name in urban agriculture, Will Allen, who inspires a new generation of aquaponic innovators. Learn about one woman’s transition from hanging out to harvesting food on the streets of West Oakland. Finally, in Detroit, spend time with 18-year-old Travis Roberts, who grew up watching the city struggle with increasing urban blight. In trouble and more than 100 pounds overweight, he discovered the city’s urban agriculture movement and found a new purpose in life through urban chicken farming. He’s joined by a cast of powerful characters who are rebuilding their city, block by block.

History of Science
Sat, 08/24/2013 - 10:00pm

We are the most power-hungry generation that has ever lived. Michael Mosley explores how that power has been harnessed - from wind, steam and from inside the atom. It took centuries for science to explain what power is, rather than simply what it does.

Documentary
Sat, 08/25/2012 - 10:00pm

With his customary wit, wisdom and willingness to get involved, Michael Mosley gets to grips with the fascinating worlds of pleasure and pain. Teasing out the precise neural circuitry that allows us to experience pleasure, Michael discovers how pleasure is at the root of our ability to make sense of the world, and how it reinforces healthy behaviours such as eating, having sex and keeping warm.

MIdsomer Murders
Sat, 08/25/2012 - 8:00pm

DCI Barnaby returns from a holiday in France to discover an unidentified tramp has been beaten to death in the woods near the village of Marshwood. While he was away, Supt. Ronald Pringle, just before his retirement, quickly arrested a local young man. But Barnaby's suspicion that he is innocent is reinforced when there is an apparent suicide at the same spot. He tries to uncover the connection before there can be another murder

Documentary
Sat, 08/25/2012 - 6:00am

WORLD PEACE AND OTHER 4TH GRADE ACHIEVEMENTS interweaves the story of a remarkable educator and the extraordinary game he developed to demonstrate the complexities of peace and global conflict. Teacher John Hunter's World Peace Game is a hands-on political simulation exercise in which students tackle real-world military, economic and environmental issues. The nine- and 10-year-olds divide into groups, including nation states, the World Bank, United Nations officials, indigenous peoples and even arms dealers. Then, they face daily challenges ranging from insurgencies and global warming to ethnic tensions and natural disasters. Working together, while also balancing the interests of their own "nations," they attempt to achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. As fun and engaging as the game it profiles, WORLD PEACE AND OTHER 4TH GRADE ACHIEVEMENTS provides an inspirational look at the lasting impact of one wise and caring teacher on his students and, potentially, the world.

 

Great Performances at The Met
Fri, 08/24/2012 - 9:00pm

Anna Netrebko’s dazzling portrayal of Massenet’s tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly’s new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met’s principal guest conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.
 

P.O.V.
Thu, 08/23/2012 - 10:00pm

Imagine being picked up off the street, told you have committed a murder you know nothing about and then finding yourself sentenced to 20 years in jail. In 2005 this happened to Toño Zúñiga in Mexico City and, like thousands of others, he was wrongfully imprisoned. “Presumed Guilty” is the story of two young lawyers and their struggle to free Zúñiga. With no background in film, Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete set about recording the injustices they were witnessing, enlisting director Geoffrey Smith (“The English Surgeon,” POV 2009) to tell this dramatic story.
 

NOVA
Wed, 08/22/2012 - 9:00pm

What are dreams and why do we have them? Are they a window into a hidden realm within us? Science is only just beginning to understand. NOVA joins the leading dream researchers and witnesses the extraordinary experiments they use to investigate the world of sleep. From human narcoleptics to sleepwalking cats, from recurrent nightmares to those who can't dream, each sequence contains a vital clue to the question these scientists are pursuing: Why do we dream?
 

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