By June 1944, there are signs on both sides of the world that the tide of the war is turning. On June 6, 1944 — D-Day — a million and a half Allied troops embark on the invasion of France. Among them are Dwain Luce of Mobile, who drops behind enemy lines in a glider; Quentin Aanenson of Luverne, who flies his first combat mission over the Normandy coast; and Joseph Vaghi of Waterbury, who manages to survive the disastrous landing on Omaha Beach, where German resistance ravages the American forces in the bloodiest day in American history since the Civil War. But the Allies succeed in tearing a 45-mile gap in Hitler's vaunted Atlantic Wall.
History of Science
Sat, 08/03/2013 - 10:00pm
Michael Mosley begins with the story of one of the great upheavals in human history - how we came to understand that our planet was not at the center of everything in the cosmos, but just one of billions of bodies in a vast and expanding universe.
Sat, 08/04/2012 - 10:00pm
When BBC reporter John Sweeney last investigated the Church of Scientology – supported by Hollywood stars like Tom Cruise and John Travolta – three years ago, he was spied on by sinister strangers and condemned as a bigot by the church’s leaders. Fearing brain-washing, he lost his temper and exploded, the video of which then immediately appeared on Youtube.
Now, as Sweeney returns to investigate the church again, one of the officials has turned whistleblower to help him reveal its dark secrets, and a host of ex-Scientologists tell Sweeney shocking allegations – which the organization denies – about this religion of the stars. The Secrets of Scientology tells the story of what was going on behind the scenes back then – and what is happening now.
Sat, 08/04/2012 - 8:00pm
DCI Barnaby's plans to move to the village of Fletcher's Cross are disrupted when the wife of a landowner is bludgeoned to death in the village of Midsomer Worthy with a cricket bat while out walking her dog. The bat belongs to the landowner's son, but has no fingerprints on it. Barnaby and Detective Sergeant Troy gradually find themselves caught up in a succession of sinister murders.
Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:00pm
Examine the history and role of American golf course architecture and explore the unique relationship between the people who play the game and the places where they play. GOLF’S GRAND DESIGN focuses on golf course architecture from the 1880s through present day and highlights some of America’s best known and most influential courses, including the creative individuals who helped fashion them. The program also explores various eras and trends that affected course design and the game.
Fri, 08/03/2012 - 9:00pm
Follow Dr. Albert Barnes’ remarkable rise from Philadelphia’s working-class neighborhood to the top of the modern art world. This unique tale bounces back and forth through time as the late Dr. Barnes travels the world to collect works of art by some of history’s most famous artists — Picasso, Cezanne, Matisse, Renoir and many others. The film digs deep into the intricacies of each painting, offering a rare look at the priceless collection and the new Philadelphia museum that houses it.
Ken Burns: The War
Thu, 08/02/2012 - 9:00pm
Despite American victories in the Solomons and New Guinea, the Japanese empire still stretches 4,000 miles. In November 1943, on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, the Marines set out to prove that any island can be taken by all-out frontal assault. Back home, the public is devastated by color newsreel footage of the furious battle and grows more determined to do what's necessary to hasten the end of the war.
Ken Burns: The War
Wed, 08/01/2012 - 9:00pm
By January 1943, Americans have been at war for more than a year. The Germans still occupy most of Western Europe; the Allies can't agree on a plan or timetable to dislodge them. American troops, including Charles Mann of Luverne, are now ashore in North Africa. At Kasserine Pass, Erwin Rommel's seasoned veterans quickly overwhelm the poorly led and ill-equipped Americans, but after George Patton assumes command, the Americans begin to beat back the Germans. In the process, thousands of soldiers learn to adopt the outlook that "killing is a craft," as reporter Ernie Pyle explains to readers back home.
Tue, 07/31/2012 - 9:00pm
After an overview of the Second World War, which engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and cost at least 50 million lives, inhabitants of four towns — Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; and Luverne, Minnesota — recall their communities on the eve of the conflict. For them, the events overseas seem far away. Their tranquil lives are shattered by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and America is thrust into the great cataclysm.
Tue, 07/31/2012 - 8:00pm
What does the evocative symbol of a bird dropping a bomb mean? Did two patches with the symbol belong to a World War II unit? Then, Gwen Wright connects a tiny swatch of tattered red fabric to a pivotal moment in U.S. Civil War history. Did a neckpiece and leggings once belong to Chief Black Kettle, known as a Cheyenne Peace Chief? Finally, did President Lincoln actually sign this note?