TV Programming Highlights
January 2019 – TV Programming Highlights
Jan. 8 @ 7pm – Finding Your Roots (Season 5)
Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to uncover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 cultural trailblazers with fascinating histories. The series ends with an exploration of how science and history can inspire the next generation.
Jan. 8 @ 9pm – USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter
Follow a scientific detective story detailing the discovery of the USS Indianapolis wreck site, 18,000 feet below the Philippine Sea. The ship’s sinking during World War II was the largest loss of life in U.S. Naval history.
Jan. 9 @ 7pm – Nature: Attenborough and the Sea Dragon
Join Sir David Attenborough as he pieces together the remarkable discovery of the Ichthyosaur, a fearsome fish lizard that lived during the age of dinosaurs.
Jan. 9 @ 9pm – The Dictators Playbook (Series)
From Mussolini to Saddam Hussein, dictators have had a profound effect on the 20th century. How did they seize and wield power? What forces rose up against them or resisted them in secret? How did they finally come to the bitter end? This series answers those questions in six immersive hours, each a revealing portrait of brutality and power.
Jan. 10 @ 8pm – Beyond These Walls: Building Community through Public Art
In 1992 a small group of community leaders in Portsmouth, Ohio asked, “How can we create pride in our community, improve the local economy and change a dying part of town into the vibrant place it once was?” This is the story of the local visionaries and extraordinary artists who transformed a drab 2,200 foot section of the town’s floodwall into a vast display of public art, history and pride.
Jan. 13 @ 8pm – Victoria on Masterpiece (Season 3)
It is 1848, and revolution is breaking out across Europe. In Britain, one woman stands between order and chaos: Queen Victoria. Jenna Coleman stars as the young but fearless monarch, facing a crisis that threatens to end her reign.
Jan. 15 @ 8pm – The Swamp: American Experience
Explore the story of Florida’s Everglades, America’s greatest wetland. A tale of greed, hubris and destruction, the film chronicles the repeated efforts to conquer what was once seen as a useless wasteland and the passionate efforts to preserve it.
Jan. 16 @ 7pm – Nature Equus: Story of the Horse (2 Part Series)
Travel around the world with anthropologist Niobe Thompson to uncover the history of mankind’s relationship with the horse. Discover the habits and biology of these majestic animals and ride along with the world’s last nomadic tribes.
Jan. 17 @ 8pm – With Infinite Hope: MLK and the Civil Rights Movement
With Infinite Hope looks back at the life, leadership, and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program follows King’s career from his hiring at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, through his death on April 4th, 1968 in Memphis. The documentary includes interviews with people who participated in well-known events of the Civil Rights Movement: the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Freedom Rides, the Birmingham Children’s March, Selma, and the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike.
Jan. 17 @ 9pm – Backstage Pass (Season 9)
BackStage Pass features live studio and festival performances, and offers a look behind the scenes as artists reveal the inspiration behind the music. For its ninth season, the series showcases nationally renowned acts ranging from blues artist Karen Lovely, to pop-world group SIAS, to reality show contestants Jack + The Bones, and more.
Jan. 18 @ 8pm – Great Performances: Orphee et Eurydice from Lyric Opera of Chicago
Reimagine Christoph Willibald Gluck’s enduringly popular opera based on the famous Greek myth. From Lyric Opera of Chicago in collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet. Starring Dmitry Korchak, Andriana Chuchman and Lauren Snouffer.
Jan. 22 @ 8pm – The Big Burn: American Experience
In August 1910, a massive wildfire swept across the Northern Rockies, devouring more than three million acres in 36 hours. The catastrophe would define the fledgling U.S. Forest Service and the nation’s fire policy for much of the 20th century.
Jan. 24 @ 8pm – A Spark of Nerve
In the inspiring new documentary, A Spark of Nerve, Producer Linda Schaller is given rare access to the groundbreaking work of Dr. Susan E. Mackinnon. The first woman to receive the American College of Surgeons Innovation Award, Dr. Mackinnon is restoring movement to limbs that many doctors believe to be permanently paralyzed. It’s not science fiction! With a pioneering technique called nerve transfer surgery, patients are rewired with their own redundant nerves, retraining the brain to move lifeless muscles.
Jan. 26 @ 8pm – Austin City Limits: Willie Nelson
Relish an hour with American music legend Willie Nelson. The Texan superstar performs a set of hits and songs from his latest album My Way.
Jan. 28 @ 8pm – Independent Lens: The King
Climb into Elvis’ 1963 Rolls-Royce for a musical road trip that traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. Featuring Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Ethan Hawke, Chuck D and many more.
Jan. 29 @ 9pm – No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story
(Broadcast on Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Anne Frank’s father, Otto struggles to obtain visas to save his family from the Holocaust. This unknown chapter of Anne’s life is revealed through Otto’s letters that show how the world turned its back on the Franks & millions. The Frank families’ story mirrors today’s refugee crisis and the controversial immigration policies.