Oct. 5, 8pm & 9:30pm – Elton John in Concert
Legendary artist Elton John returns to the stage for a specially staged concert. With a hit list spanning 5 decades Elton performs many of his hits including “Your Song”, “Rocket Man” and “Candle in the Wind” as well as Elton’s new single “Home Again” from his 30th album “The Diving Board.”
Oct. 6, 8pm – Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise (series)
Young and ambitious country girl Denise Lovett arrives in a booming northern city and takes a job at The Paradise, the glittering department store across from her uncle’s drapery shop. It’s not long before her beauty and talent catch the eye of the store’s dashing owner, John Moray. Denise struggles to navigate the competing personalities in the Ladieswear department where she has been placed. Can her ingenuity save the day when she’s faced with her first challenges as a shop girl?
Oct. 7, 8am and 2pm (Mon-Fri) – premiere of new PBSKids program – Peg+Cat
PEG + CAT follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick, Cat, as they embark on adventures, solve problems and learn foundational math concepts and skills.
Oct. 8, 8pm – Frontline: League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis
The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has covered up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. In a special investigation, FRONTLINE joins prize-winning journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada to reveal the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries, drawn from their forthcoming book League of Denial.
Oct. 13, 9pm – Sam Houston: American Statesman, Solider & Pioneer (series)
Sam Houston is remembered today primarily for his activities in Texas, but in fact he was also a giant of the frontier and a dominant American political figure in the 1800s. This film is the first to document Sam Houston’s remarkable life. No one who learns Sam Houston’s story will ever see American History the same way again.
Oct. 14, 9pm – POV: “56 Up”
“56 Up” is the eighth film in a series of landmark documentaries that began 49 years ago when UK-based Granada’s World in Action team interviewed a diverse group of seven-year-old children from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Michael Apted, a researcher for the original film, has returned to interview the “children” every seven years since, at ages 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49 and now at age 56. In this latest chapter, more of the original group takes part than ever before.
Oct. 15, 7pm – Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle
Join host and narrator Liev Schreiber to explore the dawn of the comic book genre and trace the evolution of the characters and their ongoing cultural impact worldwide. Chart the progression from the first comic books born during the Great Depression to the television debut of Superman in the 1950s, to the emergence of superheroes who reflect changing social mores in the 1960s and 70s, to today’s insatiable enthusiasm for superheroes embraced in all media and by all demographics. Featuring on-camera interviews with Stan Lee, Adam West, Lynda Carter, Michael Chabon and Todd McFarlane.
Oct. 16, 9pm – Raw to Ready (series)
Explore the science, innovation and sheer genius it takes to transform the most basic ingredients into powerhouse machines. From aircraft to big rigs to earth movers, venture deep inside factories and witness the hard work and craftsmanship necessary to build these incredible machines. Uncover the hidden stories of human ingenuity that have transformed the earth’s most essential raw materials into monumental marvels of modern technology. Natural resources, critical moments in time and human ingenuity forge the world’s most awe-inspiring machines.
Oct. 18, 8pm – Great Performances 40th Anniversary Celebration
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.
Oct. 21, 7pm – The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (series)
This six-hour series chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present. Presented and written by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the series draws on some of America’s top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, guiding viewers on an engaging journey across two continents to shed new light on the experience of being African American. Among those interviewed are Kathleen Cleaver, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Congressman John Lewis, civil rights activist Diane Nash and more.
Oct. 24, 7pm – STEM: Latinos, A Critical Need in America
Although a rich and diverse population, Hispanics make up a disproportionate share of the nation’s high school dropouts, a trend that is increasing at an alarming rate across the country. This fact imperils not just the future of the Hispanic community but of our nation’s global competitiveness. In March 2013, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) assembled a panel of experts to discuss industry STEM occupational needs, recruitment and retention strategies and action plan for priming the STEM pump. This program aims to initiate a nationwide discussion to frame questions concerning the need to recruit and graduate a critical mass of Hispanics in the STEM disciplines.
Oct. 26, 9pm – Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go to the Dance)
A stellar lineup of Mexican-American musicians take the stage in front of a live audience. Enjoy performances by award winning artists Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guests. Interspersed with interviews, Vamos al Baile (Let’s go to the Dance) captures the different styles of Mexican-American music and the family atmosphere of the dance halls in which they are performed.
Oct. 27, 9pm – Arts in Context: The Art of Dia de los Muertos
Discover the personal history and unique art of Dia de los Muertos through the stories of San Antonio artists who capture this rich cultural heritage. Arts In Context explores the fabric of our past. Although the philosophy behind Dia de los Muertos began in the Mexican culture, now it crosses all cultures as a ceremony to remember and value the ones who led us to where we are today.
Oct. 28, 9pm – Independent Lens: The Graduates
This two-part special examines the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. These student profiles offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy and pressure to contribute to the family finances.
Oct. 29, 8pm – American Experience: War of the Worlds
On Sunday, October 30, 1938, the night before Halloween, millions of Americans gathered around their radios and heard a news bulletin about strange explosions on Mars, followed by other reports that led them to believe an alien invasion was in progress. Relive the thrill of Orson Welles’ infamous radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, 75 years after it set off one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history. The film examines the elements that made America ripe for the hoax: America’s longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium; the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937; and Welles himself, the 23-year-old wunderkind director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme.