It’s a century-old obsession to find the right raw materials to build a car that is fit for both king and race car driver — perfectly luxurious and perfectly fast. The Bentley Motor Company has built common raw ingredients into their signature Mulsanne, an engineering achievement made possible by aluminum, leather, iron, wood and pigment.
Wed, 10/23/2013 - 9:00pm
What happens when engineers open up nature’s toolbox? David Pogue explores bold innovations inspired by the Earth’s greatest inventor, life itself. From underwater wi-fi based on dolphin communication, to robotic “mules” and “cheetahs” for the military, to swarms of robotic bees, Pogue travels the world seeing the “wildest” ideas put into action in new inventions and technologies. It is a journey that sees today’s bacteria turned into tomorrow’s metallurgists, viruses building batteries, and even DNA, the Code of Life, put to work in “living” computers. Will the stuff of the future take on a life of its own?
Tue, 10/22/2013 - 9:00pm
On January 16, 2013, al-Qaeda terrorists took control of a giant gas facility in Algeria in a siege that lasted four days and led to the deaths of 37 expatriate workers. This program tells in forensic detail and, for the first time, the story of the siege and investigates the circumstances of the attack: who were the people behind it, why did they attack and how were they able to pull it off? The film also examines the controversial Algerian response that contributed to the 37 fatalities, exploring the human tragedies and consequences of the attack.
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 10:00pm
The Waiting Room
This immersive documentary film interweaves several stories that unfold in surprising ways in the ER waiting room at Oakland, California’s Highland Hospital — a facility stretched to the breaking point. The film is an intimate rendering of the story of the health care system at a moment of great change, told through the eyes of people stuck — sometimes for up to 14 hours — in the waiting room. It’s a film about one hospital, its multifaceted community and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us. By Peter Nicks.
Let Me Down Easy
Called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Anna Deavere Smith (“The West Wing,” “Nurse Jackie”) turns her theatrical exploration to matters of the human body. As in her acclaimed earlier plays Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles, Deavere Smith interviews an eclectic range of people and then performs as the interviewees in their own words.
Sun, 10/20/2013 - 9:00pm
Miss Audrey falls ill and Moray must appoint one of the girls as her substitute, causing the rivalry between Denise and Clara to intensify. Meanwhile, Katherine is enjoying the affections of new suitor Peter Adler, but she is still conflicted about her lingering feelings for Moray. A surprising character finds the cause of Miss Audrey’s illness, and Moray steps in to bring her back to health.
Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:30pm
It’s a great literary mystery: who wrote the works of William Shakespeare? Although the official story of a Stratford merchant writing for the London box office has held sway for centuries, questions over the authorship of the plays and poems have persisted. Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles are among the many famous figures who doubted that a grain-dealer from Stratford-Upon-Avon was England’s “Star of Poets.” Derek Jacobi leads a cast featuring literary experts and actors Vanessa Redgrave and Mark Rylance in a quest to uncover the truth about an elusive author and discovers a forgotten nobleman whose story could rewrite history.
Fri, 10/18/2013 - 9:00pm
In celebration of the series’ 40th anniversary on PBS, GREAT PERFORMANCES hosted an all-star homecoming at Lincoln Center. Through performance and remembrance, a stellar roster of alumni shared their stories of what GREAT PERFORMANCES and public television have meant to them. Appearances by Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Martins, Patti Austin & Take 6, Elina Garanca and Michael Buble.
Raw to Ready
Wed, 10/16/2013 - 10:00pm
To extract precious metals found beneath the earth requires a massive 232-ton, two-story-tall dump truck with a load capacity of 320 tons — a giant earth-mover like the Komatsu 930-E. This amazing engineering achievement is made possible by five essential raw ingredients: coal, chromium, mineral oil, latex rubber and sulphuric acid, an electron superhighway that generates massive power.