May 23 @ 9pm – POV: The Return
In 2012, California amended its “Three Strikes” law, shortening the sentences of thousands of “lifers.” See this unprecedented reform through the eyes of freed prisoners, disrupted families and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law.
May 24 @ 7pm – Genealogy Roadshow: Season 3
Follow a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories. Each individual’s past links to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America.
May 24 @ 9pm – Frontline: Business of Disaster
Disasters are big business. Follow an investigation with NPR into who profits when disaster strikes. The film focuses on Superstorm Sandy: the thousands still not home, the agencies that were supposed to help and the companies that made millions.
May 27 @ 8pm – American Masters: The Highwaymen
Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio.
May 29 @ 7pm, encore at 8:30pm – National Memorial Day Concert
Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 27th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network.
May 30 @ 8pm – TED Talks: War and Peace
Join those who have experienced war—fighters, journalists, psychologists and more—to learn how it affects everyone. Hear extraordinary, passionate talks and performances from Adam Driver, Rufus Wainwright, Sebastian Junger and many more vital voices.
May 31 – April 2 @ 11pm – American War Stories: Vietnam
This three-hour documentary focuses on the personal stories of individuals who served in the Vietnam conflict and provides insight into a war that continues to profoundly affect the lives of those veterans and their families today including our general culture, politics and lives. It gives those veterans a voice so that we can better understand their experiences and the Vietnam War’s effect on all of our lives. The documentary is structured as three one-hour programs; Escalation, focusing on the growing U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia from the mid-50’s to 1967; Turning Point, the turbulent and tide-turning period of 1968 and ’69 ; and Draw Down, the eventual reduction of forces until America’s departure in 1973, followed by the fall of Saigon in 1975.