An estimated 80,000 Americans are in solitary confinement — even people who haven’t committed violent crimes — sometimes for years or even decades. Using extraordinary access to the segregation unit at the maximum security Maine State Prison, FRONTLINE examines America’s use of solitary confinement — a practice U.S. prisons and jails resort to more than most other countries. Some prison officials see it as necessary to keep order and safety, but critics say it is inhumane and counterproductive. “Solitary Nation” is an extraordinarily rare and intimate view of life in solitary, through the stories of inmates living in isolation, the prison officers who keep them locked in and a new warden who is re-thinking the practice and trying to reduce the number of inmates in solitary.
Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:00pm
Experience the battle for a living planet in the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism. Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep narrate.
Pioneers of Television
Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:00pm
From George Clooney on “ER” to Richard Chamberlain on “Dr. Kildare,” television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses shows no signs of letting up. Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Gloria Reuben and Eriq LaSalle open up about the secrets of “ER”; Howie Mandel, Ed Begley Jr. and Christina Pickles revisit “St. Elsewhere.” The episode also features the final interview with Chad Everett of “Medical Center” before his recent death.
Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:30pm
An eco-themed one-hour special, “The CYBERCHASE Movie” follows Matt, Jackie, Inez and Digit as they are called on to rescue the animals and restore harmony to Ecotopia after Hacker and his bumbling robots wreak havoc. Environmental and math topics explored include natural habitats, the impact of habitat loss and proportional reasoning.
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00pm
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and the Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start its own successful studio, Muscle Shoals Sound. In this joyful film, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism and mystery, and why it remains influential today.
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 8:00pm
In Anaheim, California, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Philip Weiss travel to the Queen Mary to talk about ocean liner memorabilia. Highlights include a Marx Brothers prop duck, one of two duck props made for the “You Bet Your Life” television show; two sketches by pop star Michael Jackson, ca. 1973, that were given to the owner by Jackson in a tenth-grade art class; and a Frederic Church oil painting, ca. 1867, that once belonged to the owner’s great-aunt, who was married to the artist, and is now appraised for $100,000 to $150,000.
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 3:30pm
PBS KIDS premieres the first-ever CYBERCHASE movie! An eco-themed one-hour special, “The CYBERCHASE Movie” follows Matt, Jackie, Inez and Digit as they are called on to rescue the animals and restore harmony to Ecotopia after Hacker and his bumbling robots wreak havoc. Environmental and math topics explored include natural habitats, the impact of habitat loss and proportional reasoning.
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:00am
Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:00pm
Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:00am
Thu, 04/24/2014 - 4:00pm
Fri, 04/25/2014 - 7:00am
ARTHUR is based on the best-selling children's books by Marc Brown. The series revolves around an eight year-old aardvark, his four year-old sister DW, and their family and friends. ARTHUR is a show about being a kid, exploring the world, and finding your place in it. It's about kids finding inner strengths, learning to make choices for themselves, taking responsibility for them and of course, having fun. In each episode, Arthur and his gang guide us through stories that deal with real 'kid issues' -- timeless difficulties and joys that all kids experience.
The Bletchley Circle
Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:00pm
Alice Merren is in prison awaiting trial for the murder of her former Bletchley Park colleague. Jean, believing Alice is covering for someone, begins to reunite the circle to help establish the innocence of one of their own. The investigation leads to a young woman who seems to have had a relationship with the deceased and in whose home they find documents suggesting a military cover-up of a chemical spill. The women use the skills honed at Bletchley Park — and take dangerous chances — to try to exonerate Alice.