July 2017– TV Programming Highlights
July 4 @ 7pm & 8:30pm – A Capitol Fourth
Celebrate our country’s 241st birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. With cameras positioned around the city, viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere.
July 6 @ 8pm – Rhapsody On The Rio Grande: A Confluence Of Culture
The Rio Grande River divides two countries for miles. Yet across the borders of the US and Mexico, the music flows as does the river. This documentary discusses the development of Rio Grande Rhapsody, a newly composed work for organ, orchestra, and Mariachis. Viewers will experience the marrying of music of two diverse cultures through the collaboration of the classical sound of the Laredo Symphony with the richness of traditional mariachi music from Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán de Guadalajara.
July 10 @ 9pm – POV: Last Men in Aleppo
After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying themselves for a siege. Through the volunteers known as the White Helmets, experience firsthand the daily struggle for sanity in a country at war.
July 11 @ 9pm – Frontline: Terror in Europe
Inside Europe’s fight against the rise of Islamist terrorism. As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top counter-terror officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium.
July 13 @ 8pm – Highpointers
Two college-age women attempting to climb the highest peaks in 50 states meet their match in Wyoming. This warmly-told family film in the first to introduce the little known sport of ‘highpointing,” a quirky American hobby for nature lovers and climbers. Their quest turns more serious as they learn Wyoming’s Gannett Peak is deep in wilderness territory.
July 16 @ 9pm – Remember Me (series)
When pensioner Tom Parfitt, played by Michael Palin, stages a fall in his eerie Yorkshire home in order to escape into residential care, a chilling and macabre mystery unfolds.
July 18 @ 7pm – Weekend in Havanna
Geoffrey Baer tours Havana, newly open to Americans, with locals who share its culture and history.
July 18 @ 8pm – Rare – Creatures of the Photo Ark (series)
RARE: CREATURES OF THE PHOTO ARK travels with photographer Joel Sartore as he photographs at-risk and rare species in the wild, in zoos, in nature preserves, and explores his Photo Ark initiative. This series reveals why ensuring species’ future matters to us all.
July 18 @ 9pm – Frontline: Life on Parole
Follow former prisoners through the challenges of their first year on parole. With unique access, the film goes inside the effort to change the way parole works in Connecticut and reduce the number of people returning to prison.
July 20 @ 8pm – Inside Peace
Inmates doing hard time in a Texas jail enroll in a Peace Class and struggle to discover their humanity and beat the odds as they put their lives back together from the inside out. Over the course of four years, we follow three men who gradually begin to change the way they see themselves and their place in the world. Their road becomes even more treacherous when they leave prison and face a world that doesn’t always say “Welcome home.”
July 23 @ 7pm Wild Alaska (series)
Airing live with hosts Martin and Chris Kratt, PBS, in partnership with the BBC, will turn the cameras on a must-see natural spectacle as thousands of the world’s wildest animals gather to take part in Alaska’s amazing summer feast.
Vast, remote and wild, Alaska is a land of extremes — an arctic world where long, dark winters challenge even the heartiest creatures and where, for a scant few months in the summer, the sun barely sets on an explosion of wildlife on land and in the sea so incredible that it must be seen to be believed. From the beautiful mountains and tundra to the thousand-pound bears and majestic bald eagles, WILD ALASKA LIVE tells the tale of a remarkable moment in time, of the conservation successes and challenges of preserving this wilderness and of America’s last frontier.
July 25 @ 7pm – Summer of Love: American Experience
In the summer of 1967, thousands of young people from across the country flocked to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to join in the hippie experience, only to discover that what they had come for was already disappearing. By 1968 the celebration of free love, music and an alternative lifestyle had descended into a maelstrom of drug abuse, broken dreams and occasional violence. Through interviews with a broad range of individuals, including actor Peter Coyote and politician Willie Brown this presentation offers a complex portrait of the notorious event that many consider the peak of the 1960’s counter-culture movement.
July 27 @ 8pm – Gordon Getty: There will Be Music
GORDON GETTY: THERE WILL BE MUSIC profiles a man born into extraordinary wealth who chose to concentrate largely on music rather than on the family business. Gordon Getty’s father, J. Paul Getty, was at the time of his death in 1976, the richest man in the world. But as the progeny of his father’s fourth marriage, Gordon also inherited a family history that included scandal and tragedy. However, Gordon has more than survived and he has earned, on his own, membership in the highest echelons of the worlds of the arts and ideas. He is the author of complex, groundbreaking economic theories, and is an influential philanthropist and patron of the arts. It is music, however, that is Getty’s chief pursuit. His compositions reflect a rich imagination and mastery of technique, as well as his courage to go against the grain of modernism.