September 2016– TV Programming Highlights
September 30 @ 8pm – Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016
Semyon Bychkov conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. The mostly French program includes works by Bizet, Poulenc, Ravel, Offenbach and Johann Strauss II. With French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque.
October 2016– TV Programming Highlights
Oct. 1 @ 8pm – Austin City Limits: Paul Simon
Savor a career-spanning set from Paul Simon. The singer/songwriter legend performs his classics, songs from Graceland, Simon & Garfunkel tunes and tracks from his latest LP, Stranger to Stranger.
Oct. 2 @ 8pm – Poldark Season 2 on Masterpiece (series)
Aidan Turner stars as Captain Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolution and finds that his fighting days are far from over.
Oct. 3 @ 9:30pm – Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice (repeats 10/6 @ 8pm)
Meet the charismatic pioneering activist whose rallying cry of “su voto es su voz” (your vote is your voice) started a grassroots movement that transformed the nation’s political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote.
Oct. 6 @ 9pm – Austin Revealed: El Despertar
Explore the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin, TX unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture. Through first person interviews, hear how these individuals placed the goals of the community first and made a lasting impact through empowerment, sacrifices, accomplishments and failures.
Oct. 7 @ 8pm – Getting Ahead
This program examines the hotly-debated nationwide movement to increase the minimum wage. The documentary follows Tavis Smiley as he travels to Northern California, where the increases have been in place for at least a year, and offers a look at the real impact of higher wages on communities, businesses and employees.
Oct. 7 @ 9pm – Dream On
Political comedian John Fugelsang retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, who popularized the idea of the American Dream in 1831, to find out whether that American Dream is still alive today.
Oct. 11 @ 8pm – Frontline: Confronting ISIS
Investigating the U.S.-led efforts to degrade and destroy ISIS. Reporting from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey, the film examines the successes, failures, and challenges of the fight, as ISIS loses ground in the region but strikes out abroad.
Oct. 13 @ 8pm – Bill W: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous
Bill W. tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine’s 100 Persons of the 20th Century. Interviews, recreations, and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow. With Bill as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women – a success that made him an icon within A.A., but also an alcoholic unable to be a member of the very society he had created. A reluctant hero, Bill Wilson lived a life of sacrifice and service, and left a legacy that continues every day, all around the world.
Oct. 18 @ 8pm – American Experience: Tesla
Meet Nikola Tesla, the genius engineer and tireless inventor whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century. Although eclipsed in fame by Edison and Marconi, it was Tesla’s vision that paved the way for today’s wireless world.
Oct. 18 @ 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.
Oct. 20 @ 8pm – Feeling Good About America: The 1976 Presidential Election
Chronicles the race between incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford and Democratic candidate and Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, who stepped onto the national stage touting his outsider status and promising, “I’ll never lie to you.” The documentary explores Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon, the anti-establishment sentiment surging through the country, Carter’s primary strategy in a crowded field, and the challenge to Ford by Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination. Using a combination of archival clips and interviews, the film examines this close race and discusses how the 1976 Presidential election was the last time in which the country wasn’t polarized in the manner it is today.
Oct. 21 @ 8pm – Hamilton’s America (encore @ 9:30pm)
This documentary follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Questlove, Jimmy Fallon, Nas, Stephen Sondheim and more.
Oct. 23 @ 7pm – The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece (series)
Critics were enthralled by The Durrells in Corfu during its recent UK broadcast: The Daily Mail called it “a masterclass in ideal Sunday telly,” while The Daily Telegraph wrote “…it has all the classic ingredients for Sunday night viewing,” and praised the program’s “warmth, nostalgia, beautiful locations and a star, in Keeley Hawes.… [It’s] more than enough to lift the spirits, salve the soul, and make us dive for a laptop to book our very own bit of bliss in the sun.”
Oct. 24 @ 9pm – POV: Thank You for Playing
When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife document their emotional journey with a video game, “That Dragon, Cancer.” It evolves from a cathartic exercise into an acclaimed work of art.
Oct. 27 @ 8pm – Concussions: Answers in the Blood?
In the sports world, while concussion awareness is on the rise and current diagnostic protocols are improving, concussion diagnosis still relies heavily on symptoms and self-reporting by athletes. Now, a team of scientists at the University of Montana is attempting to develop a blood test to provide a definitive diagnosis for concussions.
Oct. 27 @ 9pm – The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer
The Smartest Team begins where other concussion documentaries leave off, not simply identifying the risks concussions pose in football, but offering high school programs across the country specific ways to minimize risks. The documentary shows how a team of experts, working with an Oklahoma high school football team, is able to reduce its concussion rate by 75% in just one season.
Oct. 28 @ 8pm – The Mark Twain Prize: Bill Murray
This year, the Kennedy Center has selected Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian, Bill Murray as the recipient of the 2016 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Named for America’s foremost humorist, this most prestigious award for comedic excellence has been awarded over its 19-year history to the likes of Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, George Carlin, Carol Burnett and a dozen other comedic veterans who have demonstrated remarkable creativity and accomplishment in the art of making us laugh.