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PBS Arts Fall Festival 2013
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 9:00pm

Experience a variety of musical genres through the vibrancy of Nashville’s Americana music scene. From Emmylou Harris to Mumford and Sons, Rosanne Cash to The Mavericks, NASHVILLE 2.0 celebrates the American musical melting pot.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 9:00pm

When Daniel learns that Old Peg Leg, a Crimean war veteran who has been visiting Lark Rise for years, has received no pension despite his war injuries, he starts a newspaper campaign protesting against this injustice. Laura is delighted that Daniel has settled in Candleford and even her parents are pleased at the commitment he is showing. But when Daniel presents Laura with his grandmother’s brooch as a token of his affection, she finds she is not ready for such declarations and refuses to accept it. Thomas meanwhile, inspired by a self-help book, sets about trying to transform himself into a “thrusting” success, though Margaret, it turns out, likes him just the way he is.
 

Expressions
Thu, 11/21/2013 - 8:00pm

After returning to his hometown of Cooperstown in 2005, Tim Iversen met up with bassist William C. Green to work on the blueprint for a new jazz group.  With the addition of local drummer Orion Palmer, the final piece fell into place and The Native Sons Jazz Trio was formed.  Drawing on their diverse musical backgrounds, each originating in Cooperstown, the trio has an ever-growing repertoire that will impress the jazz aficionado and entertain all.

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 10:00pm

In this program, scientists around the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event, the path of the sun-grazing comet ISON. The comet, somewhere between one and 10 kilometers in diameter, is currently just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. As it races past Earth toward the sun, it will likely develop a tail to light up the night skies. Then ISON will slingshot around the back of the sun, to emerge perhaps brighter than ever. But there’s jeopardy, too; ISON could evaporate completely, or the sun’s gravity could tear it apart, producing a so-called “string of pearls” – several small comets arching across the night sky. Don’t miss the breathtaking images captured in this special.

NOVA
Wed, 11/20/2013 - 9:00pm

The asteroid that exploded in the skies over Siberia injuring more than 1,000 and damaging buildings in six cities was a shocking reminder that Earth is a target in a cosmic shooting range. From the width of a football field to the size of a small city, these space rocks have the potential to be killers. In a collision with Earth, they could set off deadly blast waves, raging fires and colossal tidal waves. But some audacious entrepreneurs look at asteroids and see payday, not doomsday. Some asteroids are loaded with billions of dollars’ worth of elements like iron, nickel and even platinum. While NASA plans an ambitious mission to return samples from a potentially hazardous asteroid, would-be asteroid miners are dreaming up their own program to scout for potentially profitable asteroids. Will asteroids turn out to be our economic salvation — or instruments of extinction?

NOVA
Wed, 11/20/2013 - 8:00pm

Between the blue sky above us and the infinite blackness of space lies a frontier full of enigmas that scientists have only just begun to investigate. “At the Edge of Space” takes viewers on a spectacular exploration to probe the earth-space boundary zone, home to some of nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites. Discovered in 1989, sprites have eluded capture because they flicker into existence for a mere split-sec¬ond — 40 times faster than an eye blink. NOVA rides with scientists in a high-flying weather observation plane as they hunt for sprites and finally succeed in snaring them in 3D video, gaining vital clues to unravel their mystery. NOVA also combines advanced video technology with stunning sequences shot from the International Space Station.

Frontline
Tue, 11/19/2013 - 10:00pm

FRONTLINE marks the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination with a two-hour reprise of its investigative biography of the man at the center of the political crime of the 20th century. At the heart of the assassination lies the puzzle of Lee Harvey Oswald: Was he the emotionally disturbed lone gunman of the 1964 Warren Commission report? Was he, as the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded, probably part of a conspiracy on that day in Dallas? Or was he an unwitting fall guy, the patsy, as Oswald himself claimed when he was arrested on November 22, 1963? Twenty years ago, in the most comprehensive attempt on American television to penetrate this enduring enigma, FRONTLINE’s investigative team spent more than a year re-examining Oswald’s life and sifting through the psychological, political and forensic evidence of his role in the assassination. Traveling to Japan, Russia, Europe, Mexico, Canada and across the United States, the team uncovered new witnesses, documents, photographs, video and audio recordings of Lee Oswald, many of which had never before been made public.

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 9:00pm

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proved himself a master of a new frontier — not on the battlefields of the Civil War, but in his high-tech command center: the War Department Telegraph Office. The internet of the 19th century, the telegraph gave Lincoln new powers to reshape leadership and wield personal control across distant battlefields. It also connected him to the country in new ways, as information poured in, and allowed him to feel the pulse of the country faster than before. The results of Lincoln’s pioneering experiment in communication led to the rebirth of America on the fields of Gettysburg … both in the battle that turned the tide of the Civil War and in the few words that recast the American ideal as a national creed: the Gettysburg Address. David Strathairn (Lincoln) narrates.

Independent Lens
Mon, 11/18/2013 - 10:00pm

“Indian Relay” documents the hope and determination of modern-day Native-American life and what it takes to win one of the most exciting and dangerous forms of horse racing. From the bitter cold of winter to the heat of summer championship races, the film follows teams from three different tribes as they compete across a grueling season.

Antiques Roadshow
Mon, 11/18/2013 - 8:00pm

Every antique is a survivor, but considering some have made it through exceptionally dangerous circumstances, it is amazing they survived at all. In this special episode, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW highlights amazing tales of rescues, near misses, and beating the odds with treasures that have endured wars, natural disasters, fires and more. A French Blue John urn that remains largely intact despite multiple gunshots is appraised for $3,000 to $5,000. Other highlights include a New Orleans Chess Table that held strong through Hurricane Katrina and hotel stationary — bearing the names of three of the four Beatles — that escaped a fiery end.

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