A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grassroots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in the effort to reverse the disastrous effects of global warming and worldwide water shortages. View these industrious rodents, once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. With their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.
Tue, 05/13/2014 - 9:00pm
Last year, Edward Snowden downloaded tens of thousands of top-secret documents from a highly secure government computer network. The revelations that followed touched off a fierce debate over the massive surveillance operations conducted by the National Security Agency. Now, FRONTLINE investigates the secret history of the unprecedented surveillance program that began in the wake of September 11th and continues today. Through exclusive interviews with intelligence insiders, cabinet officials and government whistle-blowers, part one reveals how the U.S. government came to monitor the communications of millions of Americans and to collect billions of records on ordinary people around the world.
Coming Back with Wes Moore
Tue, 05/13/2014 - 8:00pm
Wes’ journey begins with Bonnie Collins, the mother of Brian Collins, one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer. Last year, after getting married and beginning a new career, Brian abruptly took his own life. The questions surrounding this tragedy initiate Wes’ desire to learn more about why some can get on with their lives, while some cannot.
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:00pm
On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated — and resulted in the tragic deaths of 11 people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “...let the fire burn.” Using archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Jason Osder brings to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 8:00pm
In Richmond, Virginia, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Reid Dunavant travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art to talk about silver coffee and teapots. Highlights include a late 19th-century Albert Neuhuys watercolor that was bought by a very young collector for $2.00 and is now valued at $1,000 to $1,500; a 1982 UNC championship signed basketball featuring teammates Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Sam Perkins and more; and an early 20th-century Alice R.H. Smith watercolor that originally belonged to the owner’s mother, a close family friend of the artist, now appraised for $85,000.
Sun, 05/11/2014 - 8:00pm
Sister Julienne calms an anxious new mother who has put her baby in grave danger. Jenny returns from the Mother House restored and is seconded to The London. Impressed at first with the facilities and efficiency, she soon begins to see cracks in the establishment, especially when her patient suffers complications and she’s stopped from looking after her. Chummy is upset to learn that her mother has walked out on her father, leaving Lady Browne penniless. As Dr. Turner and Shelagh continue the adoption process, they uncover a devastating secret. Trixie struggles to hide her disappointment when Tom cancels a date.
Sun, 05/11/2014 - 5:30pm
WSKG’s Artist Café showcases an expansive variety of national and local artists including photographers, dancers, poets and many more. In this episode we feature local sculptor Momoko Takeshita Keane, animator Mark Simon, painter Joseph Watson,and glassblower Michelle Kaptur. View Momoko's segment here.
Sat, 05/10/2014 - 10:30pm
Tim is given extra incentive to rekindle his romance with Caitlin after, thanks to Moritz, finding himself on an assassin's hit list. Marcus, meanwhile, has been biding his time and is in prime position to humiliate rival Nick at Justine's dinner party.