“As Goes Janesville” catapults viewers to the front lines of America’s debate over the future of its middle class — a debate that has become a pitched battle over unions in the normally tranquil state of Wisconsin. First, General Motors shuts down Janesville’s century-old plant, causing mass layoffs and exiling residents who must leave in search of work. Then newly elected governor Scott Walker ignites a firestorm by introducing a bill to end collective bargaining, unleashing a fury of protest and sparking a recall election. Spend three years in the lives of laid-off workers trying to reinvent themselves; business leaders aligned with the governor to promote a pro-business agenda they believe will woo new companies to town; and a state senator caught in the middle, trying to bring peace to his warring state and protect workers’ rights. As goes Janesville, so goes America, a polarized nation losing its grasp on the American Dream. Directed by Brad Lichtenstein.
Mon, 10/08/2012 - 9:00pm
In this week’s episode of MARKET WARRIORS, our pickers (Miller, John, Bob and guest picker Bob Cirillo) head out west to the world famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA for their monthly flea market. This week our pickers are challenged to find Native American wares, and as off-screen host Mark L. Walberg describes, one of our pickers uncovers a piece with a questionable past (one of them buys a forgery that gets surrendered to the U.S. Government). Some notable picks include a Whitney Houston collectible, leather gauntlets and Picasso dominos. Their finds are auctioned at Baker Auction in Denver, CO.
Sun, 10/07/2012 - 9:00pm
As 165 Eaton Place reopens its doors, two new arrivals make their mark. Sir Hallam’s forthright aunt, Blanche, disrupts life upstairs, while feisty new maid Beryl struggles to adjust to life in service. Meanwhile, Lady Agnes’ concern for her children reveals a dark secret about Mr. Pritchard. Sir Hallam’s preoccupation with Nazi Germany leads him into dangerous waters, and a chance meeting unlocks a hidden desire.
Sun, 10/07/2012 - 8:00pm
As Jenny Lee settles into her role, there is a new arrival at Nonnatus House — Chummy. A welcome pair of extra hands, Chummy sets about showing her worth, but her overwhelming desire to please and her inability to ride a bike prove obstacles in gaining the respect of Sister Evangelina. Meanwhile, a chance encounter with Mary, a pregnant young runaway, forces Jenny to see an unfamiliar, darker side of life.
Sat, 10/06/2012 - 8:00pm
The residents of the village of Midsomer Mallow fear for their chances of winning the Perfect Village competition when a local thief and womanizer is brutally killed with a pitchfork. Worse, there is no shortage of suspects, and then two of the judges are murdered.
Broadway Or Bust
Fri, 10/05/2012 - 10:00pm
PBS is bound for Broadway with a primetime documentary series that tracks the real-life stories of America’s top high school musical performers, vying in the ultimate competition to find the nation’s best young theater stars. Part competition, part performance and part non-fiction drama, the event starts in regional theatrical programs, where judges around the country select the best performers in the country. The 60 finalists then descend on Broadway, where they plunge into the eye of the theatrical storm for one intense week of rehearsals, coaching, mentoring and cut-throat competition. After an intense final audition, finalists are selected, and these “best of the best” American high school performers take part in the grand finale of the week, the competition for The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (a.k.a. The Jimmy Awards), a one night, star-studded event held at Minskoff Theatre in June 2012. That night, the judges select and anoint the nation’s leading male and female high school musical theatre performers.
Fri, 10/05/2012 - 9:00pm
This musical adventure series roams America and the world in search of compelling music, telling the stories behind the music and the artists who create it. Hosted by public radio’s Marco Werman, the magazine-format show features three stories and a special “global hit” performance at the end of the episode. Reporters include Alexis Bloom, Arun Rath and Mirissa Neff. The show combines travel, soul-satisfying music and a sense of humor with top-notch journalism.
Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:00pm
As a tropical storm beats down on an island in the Philippines, two sisters leave work and never reach home. Paco Larrañaga, a 19-year-old student, is sentenced to death for their rape and murder, despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. “Give Up Tomorrow” exposes shocking corruption within the judicial system of the Philippines and one of the most sensational trials in the country’s history. Two grieving mothers, entangled in a case that ends a nation’s use of capital punishment but fails to free an innocent man, dedicate more than a decade to executing or saving him. By Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco.
PBS NewsHour Debates 2012: A Special Report
Wed, 10/03/2012 - 9:00pm
Jim Lehrer, executive editor of PBS NEWSHOUR, moderates the first debate. The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced before the debate. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.
Sun, 03/17/2013 - 6:00pm
“Half a million women a year die in childbirth,” says Nicholas Kristof. “It’s not biology that’s killing them but neglect.” Diane Lane and Kristof investigate maternal mortality in Somaliland, where one in 12 women dies in childbirth due to poor nutrition and the effects of female genital mutilation (FGM) — also known as cutting — a brutal ritual that has been performed on more than 130 million women around the world. They meet with Edna Adan, founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital, Somaliland’s first maternal health facility. Adan saves the lives of pregnant women on a daily basis with sophisticated health care and C-sections. She also trains midwives, who then return to their communities, and works to educate women about the dangers of FGM, which causes infection and scarring that leads to difficulties in childbirth. Lane and Kristof visit the hut of a local woman who performs cuttings and learn how Adan and her army of midwives are trying to turn the tide against this dangerous, deeply entrenched tradition.