May 31 @ 5pm & 7pm – 50’s & 60’s Party Songs (My Music)
Chubby Checker hosts this first-ever MY MUSIC special on the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll dance music for kids of all ages. From the Eisenhower era explosion of Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis to the 1960s cultural phenomenon of “The Twist” to the youthful frat-rock sounds of the Kingsmen, this is a good-time celebration of classic party music that has spanned generations.
May 31 @ 9pm – Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust – The Bridge to Russia Concert
Musical icon Billy Joel is captured at his electrifying best in this series of stadium concerts taped in 1987, the first fully staged, high-energy rock show ever presented in the Soviet Union. The program features classic songs and hits including “Only the Good Die Young,” “Big Shot,” “Uptown Girl,” “A Matter of Trust,” “You May Be Right,” “Innocent Man,” “Honesty,” “Allentown” and a cover of the Beatles’ “Back in the U.S.S.R.”
June 2 @ 7pm – Lent at Ephesus
Crowned Billboard’s Top Traditional Classical Album Artist for two years straight, the Benedictines of Mary enchant listeners with their celestial voices and intricate harmonies. Venturing inside the monastery in rural Missouri, this is the fascinating story of how the sisters made their album and includes full-length performances that demonstrate the power and beauty of these songs.
June 2 @ 8pm – Great Performances: The Dave Clark 5: Glad All Over
The Dave Clark Five were actually the first English group to tour America in May of 1964, and thus the first to spearhead the ensuing rock ‘n’ roll “British invasion” that changed the world. This program features newly filmed interviews with Tom Hanks, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band, Stevie Wonder, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons of Kiss all sharing their memories of how the music of the 60s and the cultural revolution of 1964 changed their lives.
June 3 @ 7pm – Birds of the Lower Laguna Madre
This new documentary by wildlife photographer Richard Moore explores the Lower Laguna Madre. The Mother Lagoon is home to an astonishing variety of birdlife, and most of the more than 500 species of birds found in deep South Texas. The Laguna Madre is the epicenter of the most important migratory corridor in North America, and home to historic Green Island where the world’s largest reddish egret colony resides.
June 3 @ 8:20pm – Phantom Cat of the Chaparral: Endangered Ocelot
This new documentary by wildlife photographer Richard Moore looks at the almost extinct Ocelot. Biologists estimate there are less than 50 rare Ocelots clinging to existence in South Texas. The last foothold of this strikingly beautiful cat are two small breeding populations on remote ranchlands and at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge where private landowners are working with state and federal agencies to save the endangered Ocelot.
June 6 @ 7:30 pm – Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead
Filmed in October 1980 in Radio City Music Hall, the luminous performances on DEAD AHEAD captured the band at a moment of transformation. These concerts were the culmination of a month-long musical odyssey in San Francisco and New York City during which the band stretched the boundaries of more than 100 songs, from “Lost Sailor” to jug-band tunes, such as “Monkey and the Engineer,” played in coffeehouses. Performances include “Fire on the Mountain,” “Ripple,” “Bird Song” and “On the Road Again.”
June 9 @ 8pm – Brazil with Michael Palin (series)
Join Michael Palin in Brazil, where he travels from the lost world of Amazonia to the buzzing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, meeting the people and visiting the places that shape this South American nation.
June 12 @ 8pm – Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship
How can the United States meet its ever-expanding demands on the ocean without destroying it? To answer this question, OCEAN FRONTIERS introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts. Ocean Frontierstravels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management— from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta.
June 13 @ 8pm – Great Performances: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary
Located in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Tanglewood is one of the world’s most beloved music festivals. The performance features appearances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra — led by conductors John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons and David Zinman — and iconic Tanglewood artists Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Serkin and James Taylor. The program includes pieces by Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, Copland, Haydn, Sarasate, Ravel and Tchaikovsky and selections from the Great American Songbook.
June 15 @ 8pm – Masterpiece Mystery! “The Escape Artist (series)
David Tennant (Former MASTERPIECE Contemporary host, Doctor Who) stars as a brilliant defense lawyer with a storybook family and a potent nickname, “The Escape Artist,” for his ability to spring the obviously guilty. Then he gets a trial that changes his life forever. This gripping legal thriller costars Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) as the hero’s rival, along with a courtroom full of ambitious attorneys and one very unnerving defendant.
June 16 @ 9pm- American Pharaoh
This documentary about the Egyptian National Football Team, their American coach, Bob Bradley, and the team’s quest to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil follows the team on and off the pitch, and offers a unique window into events unfolding in Egypt following the historic revolution. Bradley arrived in Cairo in late 2011 and found a country and a team in chaos. The rebuilding of the team offers a powerful metaphor for the rebuilding of Egypt and the country’s journey toward democracy.
June 17 @ 7pm – John Glenn: A Life of Service
JOHN GLENN: A LIFE OF SERVICE captures the pivotal events in John Glenn’s life: his humble beginnings in Depression-era Ohio, his life-changing ride-along with a barnstormer, his enlistment following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, his 122 combat missions during World War II and the Korean War, his envelope-pushing exploits as a Naval test pilot, and his transition to astronaut during the Cold War.
June 19 @ 8pm – Ten Lives: A Feral Cat Odyssey
TEN LIVES is the first film to not only delve in to the lives of feral cats, but to also show how thousands of people around the world are working tirelessly to make their lives better and prevent the birth of unwanted kittens through the proven trap/neuter/return process. The film also dispels many of the negative myths about feral cats, especially the idea that they are a significant contributor to the decline of birds, especially songbirds, worldwide.
June 29 @ 8pm – Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour, Season 2 (series)
Before INSPECTOR MORSE, there was the rookie Constable Morse. Shaun Evans returns for a second season with four all-new mysteries as young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar…but with his deductive powers already running in high gear.