remaining August Highlights
August 27 @ 8pm – 1964: The Fight for a Right
By the mid twentieth century, Mississippi’s African Americans had suffered from nearly 75 years of slavery by another name - Jim Crow discrimination. In 1964 in Mississippi, people died in an effort to force the state to allow African Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Although, the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer has passed, the struggle for voting rights is still pertinent. According to the NAACP, states have recently passed the most laws limiting voter participation since Jim Crow. Moreover, these laws also disenfranchise other people of color, the elderly, poor, and disabled.
August 28 @ 8pm – Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015
The Vienna Philharmonic performs an open-air concert from the gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. Zubin Mehta conducts, with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist, in works by Grieg, Sibelius, Richard Strauss and Johann Strauss II.
August 30 @ 7pm - Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service
Her Majesty’s Secret Service is the world’s oldest and most famous spy agency. Home to the legendary Agent 007, James Bond, it has been at the centre of international espionage for over 100 years. Now the truth is revealed behind the covert operations, the tales of treachery and the double-agents who’ve risked their lives.
August 31 to September 2 @ 7pm @ 10pm – Big Blue Live
Presented by both the BBC and PBS, Big Blue Live presents scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in a live TV broadcast to view the rejuvenation of the once endangered ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California, where marine creatures convene in a once-a-year confluence of fins, fur and fangs. In both feeds, as well as streaming online and in social media, viewers can watch one of nature’s great “reality shows” delivered through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea, and below the waves. The multi-platform event will be anchored by four on-air correspondents from a reporting hub at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from aboard NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ research vessels. Leading scientists and other experts will provide additional insights.
September 2015 – TV Programming Highlights
Sept. 4 @ 8pm - American Masters: Althea
Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. Features Billie Jean King and David Dinkins.
Sept. 6 @ 7pm – Arthur & George on Masterpiece (series)
In 1906, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, suffering greatly from the loss of his wife and assuaged by guilt and grief, could not even find refuge in his writing: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson refused his call. It was only when his faithful secretary, Woodie, presented him with an apparent real-life miscarriage of justice to try and solve, that he could be roused to action; to use his own skills of detection to rival those of his fictional creation. The case in question was that of George Edalji, a Parsee solicitor, who was convicted and served a three-year sentence for writing obscene letters and mutilation and killing livestock in Great Wyrley, Staffordshire. Arthur believed in George's innocence, and suspected that he was in fact a victim of racial discrimination and police corruption. Based on the true story, depicted in Julian Barnes' novel.
Sept. 6 @ 8pm – Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock Series III (series)
Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a third season of the modern version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the go-to consulting detective in 21st-century London and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson.
Sept. 7 – 11 @ 8pm – The Civil War
THE CIVIL WAR, the award-winning film produced and directed by Ken Burns, will be rebroadcast over five consecutive nights in September 2015. The broadcast, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the series’ initial broadcast in September 1990, will present for the first time a newly restored high-definition version. This is also the first time the film will be seen with the same fidelity and framing as the negative that Burns and his co-cinematographers Allen Moore and Buddy Squires shot more than 25 years ago.
Sept. 14 & 15 @ 8pm – American Experience: Walt Disney
This mini-series offers an unprecedented look at the man who created a world and built an empire. Uniquely adept at art as well as commerce, Walt Disney was a master filmmaker who harnessed the power of technology to tell stories of outsiders struggling for acceptance and belonging, while questioning the conventions of class and authority. As Disney rose to prominence and gained financial security, his work became increasingly celebratory of the American way of life that made his unlikely success possible. A polarizing figure -- though true believers vastly outnumber his critics -- Disney's achievements are indisputable. This film examines Disney's complex life and continuing legacy, featuring rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, interviews with biographers and historians, as well as the animators and designers who helped turn his dreams into reality.
Sept. 15 @ 7pm – In Their Own Words: Jim Henson
Follow Jim Henson’s career, from his early television work with the Muppets in the 1950s to his commercial work and network appearances, his breakthrough with SESAME STREET and “The Muppet Show,” his fantasy films and his sudden death in 1990.
Sept. 17 @ 8pm – Justice for my People: The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Story
Broadcast in recognition of the Texas state holiday in honor of Dr. Hector P. Garcia.
JUSTICE FOR MY PEOPLE tells the story of Dr. Hector P. Garcia - Mexican Revolution refugee, medical doctor to the barrios, decorated war veteran, civil rights activist and presidential confidante - as he fought to bring attention to the Mexican-American civil rights movement. Returning to Texas after World War II with six battle stars, Garcia found that while Mexican-American veterans had been changed by the war, prejudiced America had not. His people faced public school segregation, squalid living conditions in labor camps and second-class citizenship.
Sept. 18 @ 8pm – American Masters: Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey
This film captures the life and work of Pedro Guerrero, a Mexican American photographer born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who goes on to an international career as photographer of master American artists of the 20th century. Using Guerrero's words, the film gives the viewer an insider's look into three of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson as well as important images of modernist architecture.
Sept. 22 @ 7pm & 8pm – Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise (series)
Wildlife cameraman Bob Poole joins an international team of conservationists on one of the largest wilderness re-wilding projects ever attempted: a million war-damaged acres in central Mozambique called Gorongosa National Park.
Sept. 24 @ 8pm – Great Museums – Soundtracks: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
GREAT MUSEUMS' newest release takes viewers to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Opened in 1995, the museum, designed by architect I.M. Pei, is a spectacular glass pyramid, reflecting the idea that Rock and Roll is a "prism" through which we can more clearly see and understand our culture and ourselves. The one-hour film features the museums' fascinating collection of sights and sounds that skillfully recreate the story of Rock from its roots to its ubiquitous acceptance as the soundtrack of our lives. The film also explores the annual Hall of Fame Inductions and Concerts, which began in 1986, to recognize those who created and influenced Rock and Roll.
Sept. 25 @ 8pm – American Masters: The Women’s List
For the latest chapter in his "List" film series, director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders turns his lens toward 15 women who helped create and define contemporary American culture. "The Women's List" interviews trailblazers in their respective fields to document their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard and their influence felt. Interviewees include Madeleine Albright, Gloria Allred, Laurie Anderson, Sara Blakely, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Aimee Mullins, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Wendy Williams and Nia Woodlaw.
Sept. 27 @ 8pm – Indian Summers on Masterpiece (series)
Julie Walters stars as the glamorous doyenne of an English social club in the twilight era of British rule in India. Set in a subtropical paradise, the 9-part series explores the collision of the high-living English ruling class with the local people agitating for Indian independence. As the drama unfolds, the two sides alternately clash and merge in an intricate game of power, politics and passion.
Sept. 30 @ 8pm – E.O. Wilson of Ants and Men
Examine the remarkable life and groundbreaking ideas of biologist E.O. Wilson, founder of the discipline of sociobiology, world authority on insects and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer on the subject of human nature.