In the early 20th century, America has a dozen national parks, but they are a haphazard patchwork of special places under the supervision of different federal agencies. The conservation movement, after failing to stop the Hetch Hetchy dam, pushes the government to establish one unified agency to oversee all the parks, leading to the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916. Its first director, Stephen Mather, a wealthy businessman and passionate park advocate who fought vigorously to establish the NPS, launches an energetic campaign to expand the national park system and bring more visitors to the parks. Among his efforts is to protect the Grand Canyon from encroaching commercial interests and establish it as a national park, rather than a national monument.
National Parks: America's Best Idea
Tue, 09/03/2013 - 9:00pm
By the end of the 19th century, widespread industrialization has left many Americans worried about whether the country — once a vast wilderness — will have any pristine land left. At the same time, poachers in the parks are rampant, and visitors think nothing of littering or carving their names near iconic sites like Old Faithful. Congress has yet to establish clear judicial authority or appropriations for the protection of the parks. This sparks a conservation movement by organizations such as the Sierra Club, led by John Muir; the Audubon Society, led by George Bird Grinnell; and the Boone and Crockett Club, led by Theodore Roosevelt. The movement fails, however, to stop San Francisco from building the Hetch Hetchy dam at Yosemite, flooding Muir’s “mountain temple” and leaving him broken-hearted before he dies.
National Parks: America's Best Idea
Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00pm
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.