Tue, 04/10/2012 - 8:00pm

Join Len Goodman, a judge on “Dancing With the Stars,” as he examines the 100-year legacy of the Titanic, exploring the human stories that unfolded in the years after the ship sank. He meets descendants of passengers and crew and hears how, for the families of many on board, the sinking was just the start of the story. He visits Belfast, the city where Titanic was built, and journeys to other towns left scarred by the tragedy.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 10:30pm

Program focuses on the ancient Christian prayer first recited by the Apostles more than 2,000 years ago in the Egyptian desert. Passed down verbally from one generation to the next, monks eventually transcribed the sacred words into instruction manuals originally intended only for those dedicated to a life of isolation. Travel to the caves, monasteries and convents where the faithful still chant this ancient meditation.

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Antiques Roadshow
Mon, 04/09/2012 - 8:00pm

A 1775 Revolutionary War canteen; an 1834 last will of historic Alamo fighter Ben Milam; a 1787 Debbe Poor sampler — the oldest sampler on record from Andover, Massachusetts — valued at $40,000.Against the backdrop of Indian Cliff Ranch, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Bruce Shackelford discuss the styles and construction that distinguish Texas spurs and what collectors of vintage spurs are willing to pay for them.

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Great Expectations, Part 2
Sun, 04/08/2012 - 9:00pm

An orphan boy meets an escaped convict, a crazed rich woman, a bewitching girl, and grows up to have great expectations of wealth from a mysterious patron, on Great Expectations, Charles Dickens' remarkable tale of rags to riches to self-knowledge.

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Sun, 04/08/2012 - 8:00pm

What do Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick have in common? They are both famous actors and both descend from prominent American families that have been in this country since its inception. But they share something else, too: Both had ancestors who were early opponents of slavery. Bacon’s Quaker ancestors repudiated slavery long before the rest of the country, in 1780. And Sedgwick’s ancestor Theodore Sedgwick argued the freedom case of Elizabeth Freeman, also known as “Mumbet,” in 1781 — which helped bring an end to slavery in Massachusetts. These facts – and many others – are revealed to Sedgwick and Bacon in this episode, revealing quite a bit about slavery in the North in the process.

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Fri, 04/06/2012 - 10:30pm

Just days after the release of her record-breaking sophomore album, “21,” British sensation Adele performed for a small group of lucky fans at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club in Santa Monica, CA. Her powerful voice filled the elegant ballroom with hits like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” from “21,” and “Chasing Pavements” from her Grammy-winning debut album, “19,” as well as a cover of the soul classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

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Renee Fleming
Fri, 04/06/2012 - 9:00pm

Join celebrated soprano Renée Fleming for an intimate performance in Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Featuring the rarely performed operatic masterpiece Knoxville Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber, the program also marks the first television performance of songs from Fleming’s new pop and indie-rock album, Dark Hope. A favorite of the Emmy-winning series as both performer and host, Fleming will also perform Broadway favorites and a special duet with popular vocalist Josh Groban.

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Independent Lens
Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:00pm

Discover the man behind the furry red monster named Elmo — puppeteer Kevin Clash. As a teenager Clash had very different aspirations from his classmates — he wanted to be a puppeteer, to be part of Jim Henson’s team. Combining archival footage with material from the present day, filmmaker Constance Marks explores Clash’s story in vivid detail and chronicles the meteoric rise of Jim Henson in the process. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and including interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell and others, this insightful documentary offers up a rare, behind-the-scenes look at SESAME STREET and the Jim Henson legacy.

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Wed, 04/04/2012 - 9:00pm

David Pogue spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements. Fewer than 100 naturally occurring elements form the ingredients of everything in our world. Why are some elements, like platinum and gold, relatively inert, while others, like phosphorus and potassium, are violently explosive? Why are some vital to every breath we take, while others are potentially lethal? Take a roller coaster ride through nature’s hidden lab and the compelling stories of discovery that revealed its secrets.

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Wed, 04/04/2012 - 8:00pm

Find out how clever — and how much like us — whales and dolphins might be. In some respects the brains of whales and dolphins are more complex than ours. Whales and dolphins work co-operatively, show empathy and are self-aware.

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