In 1851, word spreads across the country of a beautiful area of California’s Yosemite Valley, attracting visitors who wish to exploit the land’s scenery for commercial gain and those who wish to keep it pristine. Among the latter is a Scottish-born wanderer named John Muir, for whom protecting the land becomes a spiritual calling. In 1864, Congress passes an act that protects Yosemite from commercial development for “public use, resort and recreation” — the first time in world history that any government has put forth this idea — and hands control of the land to California. Meanwhile, a “wonderland” in the northwest corner of the Wyoming territory attracts visitors to its bizarre landscape of geysers, mud pots and sulfur pits. In 1872, Congress passes an act to protect this land as well. Since it is located in a territory, rather than a state, it becomes America’s first national park: Yellowstone.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Mon, 09/02/2013 - 11:00am
It's Neighbor Day on DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD! One little idea is about to become a big celebration! Don't miss this amazing musical event with everyone's favorite neighbor on PBS KIDS.
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Sun, 09/01/2013 - 9:00pm
As Martha defends a vulnerable teenager, the pupils are given their first opportunity to stand up in court. In a separate case at a police tribunal, she is forced to defend a police officer accused of racism. As the pressure continues to mount for Martha and the pupils, Clive receives some astonishing news that could change not only his personal life, but life at chambers for everyone.
Sun, 09/01/2013 - 8:00pm
The final episode begins with Churchill’s trip to the Normandy beaches in June 1944. When victory in Europe finally came, Churchill led the celebrations, but in private, he brooded about the dangers of Stalin and communism. Two months later, he lost an election, but returned to contest the 1951 election, pledging to lead Britain in the post-war age and determined to forge a peaceful alliance between the U.S. and the USSR. One month short of his 77th birthday, he became prime minister again. The pressures of leadership quickly began to show, however, and in 1953, he suffered a severe stroke; in 1955, he resigned. The last 10 years of his life were a time for reflection. When he died in January 1965, it was the end of a remarkable life — and the end of an era.
Sun, 09/01/2013 - 6:00pm
Uncover the latest research and groundbreaking experiments that are redefining intelligence throughout our lifespan, especially during our later years. Showing viewers the amazing science behind our intelligence — how it shapes our experience and enjoyment of the world around us — SMARTER BRAINS reveals how we can change and improve it, regardless of age.
Side By Side
Fri, 08/30/2013 - 9:00pm
This special, hosted and co-produced by film star Keanu Reeves, investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. Reeves gets an insider’s perspective on the industry’s most basic delivery system, marveling at what artists have accomplished with emulsion film and digital pixels, and exploring how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions.
British Antiques Roadshow
Thu, 08/29/2013 - 10:30pm
Fiona Bruce and the team visit the National History Museum of Wales at St Fagans, just outside Cardiff. Amongst the objects catching the eye of the specialists are a collection of early dog collars, and a doll gifted by Queen Mary as a thank you after she took tea in a miners cottage. Plus, veteran ceramics specialist, Henry Sandon, reveals which one antque object he’d most wish to find.
Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring "I Have a Dream” speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. The film reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the remembrances of key players such as Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young. Supporters and other testimonials of the March include Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Roger Mudd, Peter Yarrow and Oprah Winfrey, in addition to historians, journalists, authors and ordinary citizens who joined some 250,000 Americans who thronged to the capital on that momentous day to peacefully demand an end to two centuries of discrimination and injustice. Other notable figures featured in the film include Clayborn Carson, Andrew Young, Clarence Jones, Edith Lee Payne, Roger Mudd, Julian Bond, Joyce Ladner, Rachell Horowitz and Peter Yarrow.
Mon, 08/26/2013 - 10:00pm
Nominated for an Oscar®, this a deeply personal first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. Palestinian Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, shot the film, and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi co-directed. The filmmakers follow one family’s evolution over five years, witnessing a child’s growth from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him. The film is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production.