Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:00pm
Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:00pm

FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed. Aimed at ending the Depression, his sweeping New Deal restores the people’s self-confidence and transforms the relationship between them and their government. Eleanor rejects the traditional role of first lady, becomes her husband’s liberal conscience and a sometimes controversial political force in her own right. As the decade ends, FDR faces two grave questions: whether to run for an unprecedented third term and how to deal with the rise of Hitler.

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 8:00pm
Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:00pm

Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president in 1920 and seems assured of a still brighter future until polio devastates him the following summer. He spends seven years struggling without success to walk again, while Eleanor builds a personal and political life of her own. FDR returns to politics in 1928 and, as governor of New York, acts with such vigor and imagination during the first years of the Great Depression that the Democrats turn to him as their presidential nominee in 1932. He survives an attempted assassination as president-elect and at his inauguration tells his frightened countrymen the only thing they have to fear is “fear itself.”

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 8:00pm
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:00pm

Theodore Roosevelt leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own party, undertakes a deadly expedition into the South American jungle, campaigns for American entry into World War I — and pays a terrible personal price. Franklin masters wartime Washington as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, while Eleanor finds personal salvation in war work. Her discovery of Franklin’s romance with another woman transforms their marriage into a largely political partnership. TR’s death at 60 is almost universally mourned, but provides Franklin with a golden opportunity.

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:00pm
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:00pm

Murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency, but in the seven years that follow, he transforms the office and makes himself perhaps the best-loved of all the men who ever lived in the White House — battling corporate greed and building the Panama Canal, preserving American wilderness, carrying the message of American might around the world. FDR courts and weds Eleanor Roosevelt, the shy orphaned daughter of Theodore’s alcoholic brother, Elliott. Together, they begin a family. Franklin enters a law firm, but when he is offered a chance to run for the New York state senate, he jumps at the chance.

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 8:00pm

A frail, asthmatic young Theodore Roosevelt transforms himself into a vigorous champion of the strenuous life, loses one great love and finds another, leads men into battle and then rises like a rocket to become the youngest president in American history at 42. Meanwhile, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, brought up as the pampered only child of adoring parents, follows his older cousin’s career with worshipful fascination and begins to think he might one day follow in his footsteps.

WSKG Original Documentary
Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:30pm

For over 50 years, George F. Johnson had worked to build one of the largest and most successful manufacturing organizations in United States history, The Endicott Johnson Shoe Corporation. EJ Shoes, as it was known, was a mammoth operation, employing over 20,000 people, across nearly two dozen plants, in and around Binghamton, New York. Johnson's company produced more than 52 million pairs of shoes a year, nearly 30% of the shoes made in America at the time. But more importantly, EJ Shoes had become to many a shining example of how a company and its workers could transform the way American industry operated.

Johnson, a documentary film by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Brian Frey, tells the incredible story of George F. Johnson, one of the most successful and progressive industrialists in American history. Johnson chronicles the life and legacy of this uneducated shoemaker from New England, the community he built, and the night America turned it's eyes to the town that made shoes.

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:00pm
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F.S. KEY AND THE SONG THAT BUILT AMERICA celebrates the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." Key, a constitutional lawyer, famously penned the lyrics following the 12-hour bombardment of Ft. McHenry in September 1814. Against a backdrop of history, and through the eyes of Key's loving wife Polly (played by Deborah Hazlett), the film highlights Key’s personal life, legal career and artistic development. The documentary covers Key's major cases (including the Aaron Burr conspiracy), his vehement opposition to the War of 1812, his enlistment in the militia, his participation in the ill-fated defense of Washington, D.C., and his penchant for poetry and art.

Great Performances
Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:00pm

The valiant defense of Fort McHenry on the night of September 13, 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” His message 200 years ago and the poem he set to music quickly spread and became the rallying cry for the new nation. Today, “The Star Spangled Banner” plays a central part in our everyday lives, but it wasn’t until 1931 that Congress declared it our national anthem. On the occasion of the anthem’s 200th birthday, GREAT PERFORMANCES and Maryland Public Television present an entertainment event on the beautiful Baltimore Harbor front to commemorate the anthem’s creation and the courageous battle that inspired it.

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:00pm

For the first time on film, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales reveals an extraordinary treasure trove of rarely seen art by members of the royal family, past and present, exploring a colorful palette of intimate family memory and observation. Shot in the spectacular landscapes of Balmoral, Highgrove, Windsor Castle, Frogmore and Osborne House, THE ROYAL PAINTBOX features art by members of the royal family down the centuries, including some of HRH the Prince of Wales’ own watercolors. The film also features artist Sarah Armstrong-Jones, along with contributions from Lady Antonia Fraser, Jane Roberts, Charles Saumarez Smith, Marina Warner, Jane Ridley, Catherine Goodman, Susannah Fiennes, Warwick Fuller and Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:00pm

The original art star, Whistler was a caustic wit and man-about-town. For the first time, a film examines the biography of the man and the course of his career. Best known for his painting popularly called “Whistler’s Mother,” by his death, Whistler was one of the most recognized artists in Europe and is today placed in the first rank of modern painters. Dramatic re-creations, art, graphics, and interviews combine to profile this fascinating character.

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