How did life storm the beaches and dominate planet Earth? Ancient Australian fossils offer clues. While the oceans were teeming, the world above the waves remained an almost lifeless wasteland — until the Silurian period, when the conquest of the land began. Host Richard Smith introduces Earth’s forgotten pioneers: the scuttling arthropod armies that invaded the shores and the waves of green revolutionaries whose battle for the light pushed plant life across the face of a barren continent. Join NOVA’s prehistoric adventure as four-legged animals walk onto dry land, with the planet poised for disaster.
Tue, 04/16/2013 - 9:00pm
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.
Tue, 04/16/2013 - 8:00pm
This series of performance specials at the White House presentsthe best of American performing arts. From the Broadway musical to opera, country and western, gospel, ballet, jazz and more, the series has featured the extraordinary richness of American music and dance.
Mon, 04/15/2013 - 10:00pm
Trace the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.
Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00pm
This week on MARKET WARRIORS, the pickers head to Rochester, Minnesota, to the annual Gold Rush Olmsted County market, where the pickers are paired up to find something French and one picker struggles to make it through the round. Off-screen host Mark L. Walberg observes as the pickers seek advice from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW experts on some items they’re considering flipping at auction. Some key finds include a Chinese sandalwood box, an antique radio and a Limoges landscape painting. One picker strikes gold with a bidder from China taking part at Ken Farmer Auctions in Radford, Virginia, where all of this week’s items are auctioned.
Mon, 04/15/2013 - 8:00pm
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW explores the craftsmanship of Cincinnati carved furniture. Then, it’s off to the races with a trophy from the 1908 Belmont Stakes and an early 20th-century toy horse and buggy, to highlight just a few discoveries. Others include a French advertising poster and an impressive bust of Abraham Lincoln, valued at $5,000-$7,000.
Sun, 04/14/2013 - 10:00pm
This is the story of the great Jewish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, who, in 1936, was able to move 70 of the best Jewish musicians from Germany to Palestine to found what would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Huberman’s efforts ultimately rescued 1,000 Jews from the Holocaust.
Sun, 04/14/2013 - 8:00pm
Jenny is seconded to a short-staffed London Hospital to work on the male surgical ward. Hesitant about her temporary assignment, she becomes increasingly uneasy when she finds herself working under an intimidating surgeon. Back in Poplar, Jane, a new addition to the household, lends a hand in Jenny’s absence. In one of their most unusual cases, the nuns and midwives meet a forthright pair of identical twins, one of whom is pregnant. As the two come to terms with the impact a baby will have on each of them, Jenny unexpectedly helps to save the life of an old friend.