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Hitmakers
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:00pm

HITMAKERS is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process.

Today’s artists challenge the paradigm further, taking control of their careers and sometimes shucking the system altogether to record and release music on their own. Record labels large and small also have found they must innovate to thrive. Entertaining and thoughtful, HITMAKERS boasts an unforgettable soundtrack. The special features interviews and performances from notable artists such as Melissa Etheridge, The Roots’ Questlove, Sharon Jones, rising DJ/producer Steve Aoki and many more.

Finding Your Roots
Tue, 11/11/2014 - 8:00pm

Sally Field learns that she descends from William Bradford, who arrived on the Mayflower and helped his fellow Puritans establish their new lives in colonial America. Her ancestors sided with the British crown during the war for independence and paid the ultimate price. Deepak Chopra’s family made a similar gamble while living under harsh British rule in India — his grandparents pledged their loyalty to the British in hopes of achieving a higher place in society, and his father chose to fight alongside British soldiers during WWII. Sting’s ancestors, who fueled Great Britain’s world dominance during the Pax Britannica by building its merchant ships and working in its coal mines, toiled under unbearable working conditions and Dickensian poverty.

The Aviators
Sun, 11/09/2014 - 1:00pm

An award-winning weekly documentary-lifestyle-science TV series featuring interesting people, the latest aircraft, current technology and fly-in destinations.

Richard Pryor: Icon
Sun, 11/23/2014 - 10:00pm

Richard Pryor’s impact on the craft of comedy and today’s top comics is legendary and unrivaled. This program surveys the profound and enduring influence of one of the greatest American comics of all time.

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Sun, 11/23/2014 - 8:00pm

This special celebrates “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, 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, a lineup of the biggest names in comedy salutes the 17th recipient of the humor prize.

MARTIN CLUNES & A LION CALLED MUGIE
Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00pm

In MARTIN CLUNES & A LION CALLED MUGIE, actor Martin Clunes (Doc Martin,The Man Who Lost His Head) partners with conservationist Tony Fitzjohn for an historic wildlife mission: to reintroduce lions to Kora National Reserve in Kenya for the first time in 25 years. Martin travels to the reserve, made famous through the work of legendary conservationist George Adamson (Born Free),to witness the rescue and rehabilitation of an orphaned cub named Mugie. Tony and Martin begin training the young lion to be re-released into the wild, but all does not go according to plan in this heart-wrenching documentary.

Great Performances
Fri, 11/21/2014 - 9:00pm

One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES for an encore presentation. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats reigned over an 18-year Broadway run and unending touring productions that continue to travel the globe. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Webber’s hit-filled stage version boasts musical highlights aplenty, including Elaine Paige’s return to her original role as Grizabella, the faded “glamour cat” singing the show-stopping ballad “Memory.”

Expressions
Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:00pm
Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:30pm

Expressions presents a live broadcast from the WSKG Studios: The Sim Redmond Band!   Since their inception over 10 years ago, the Sim Redmond Band has been steadily on the rise, forging new ground in roots music. Traveling around the globe, playing with the likes of the Neville Brothers, the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, and Habib Koite, SRB's unique blend of roots-rock, African, and Jamaican music, is fresh, yet timeless, and continues to spread like wild fire.

They are based in Ithaca, NY but their magnetic pole is Africa, particularly the sounds eminating from West & South Africa. This has served as a pivot for the Sim Redmond Band to spring into straight ahead grooves and pumping reggae. The vocal teamwork of Sim Redmond, Jen Middaugh, and Nate Silas Richardson creates a harmonically rich sound that is rare and beautiful. Lyrically, they explore dreams, truth, and matters of the heart. The music of the Sim Redmond Band has reached the hearts of people all around the world. They have toured extensively, selling over 10,000 records in the U.S and over to 20,000 in Japan, where SRB has toured numerous times. 

Father Brown
Sat, 11/22/2014 - 9:00pm

When an ex-serviceman drops dead in the street, Father Brown
investigates the facility where he was a patient. Could something
sinister lie beneath the surface at Danvers Retreat?

NOVA
Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:00pm

In less than two minutes in March, a one-square-mile field of debris slammed into the Washington state community of Oso, killing 41 and destroying nearly 50 homes. Drawing on analyses of other recent landslides around the world, geologists are investigating what triggered the deadliest U.S. landslide in decades and whether climate change is increasing the risk of similar disasters around the globe.

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