November 2014 – TV Programming Highlights
Nov. 6 @ 7pm – Race to Nowhere
Called a "must-see movie" by The New York Times, RACE TO NOWHERE points to a silent epidemic plaguing America's schools. The film features the heartbreaking stories of students pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve. Bombarded since preschool by academic standards, competition for educational opportunities, and run-away schedules, achievement-obsessed young people struggle to accommodate these intense demands. This documentary shines a light on the price some kids pay for this "race to nowhere." Through interviews with teachers, parents and education experts, it reveals an education system where cheating, disengaged students, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are commonplace.
Nov. 8 @ 8pm – Austin City Limits: Los Lobos
Explore contemporary California rock with Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Veteran rockers Los Lobos perform a 40th anniversary career overview. Lively folk rockers Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play songs from their LP We the Common.
Nov. 9 @ 8pm – Masterpiece Contemporary: Worricker (series)
Sun, sand, and CIA are the themes of Johnny’s (Nighy) clandestine retirement on a Caribbean island, overrun with high-rolling American businessmen who are bankrolling a mysterious project. Their worldly-wise publicist (Winona Ryder) and a tycoon named Curtis (Christopher Walken) befriend Johnny. The cloak-and-dagger life revives when a dodgy British philanthropist named Stirling Rogers (Rupert Graves) arrives with an associate, Margot (Helena Bonham Carter), whom Johnny knows well. Johnny’s new mission is to escape from an ever-tightening noose.
Nov. 10 @ 9pm – Bringing the Fallen Home
Bringing the Fallen Home is the story of America's fallen warriors, their families and those charged with the solemn responsibility of ensuring dignity and honor to the fallen and care and support to families of the fallen. The program gives a voice for family members to tell the story of their fallen loved ones, and recollect their experiences at Dover Air Force Base for the solemn dignified transfer of their loved one's remains. More than 20 family members opened up their homes to the filmmakers and told their heartbreaking and heartwarming stories that remind all Americans of the great sacrifices made every day for America's freedom.
Nov. 11 @ 8pm – Navy SEAL’s- Their Untold Story
Despite the widespread attention paid to the SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) since they eliminated Osama bin Laden, the story of how these clandestine commandoes evolved in response to changing threats — from WWII to the War on Terror — and how their extraordinary abilities shaped U.S. and world history, has remained untold. Few people know the unheralded tales of the first frogmen who dared to face almost certain death with little training, scant equipment and untested tactics. “NAVY SEALS – THEIR UNTOLD STORY” revisits the most riveting missions of each era to tell the story of how the SEALs changed the nature of the Navy’s special operations,”
Nov. 13 @ 7pm – Challenge Season X
The 2015 battle for the KEDT “Challenge Cup” begins between 24 South Texas high schools. First up is a match between the Ray Texans and the Carroll Tigers
Nov. 14 @ 8pm – Hitmakers
HITMAKERS is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process. Today’s artists challenge the paradigm further, taking control of their careers and sometimes shucking the system altogether to record and release music on their own. Record labels large and small also have found they must innovate to thrive. Entertaining and thoughtful, HITMAKERS boasts an unforgettable soundtrack. The special features interviews and performances from notable artists such as Melissa Etheridge, The Roots’ Questlove, Sharon Jones, rising DJ/producer Steve Aoki and many more.
Nov. 18 @ 8pm – American Experience: Cold War Road Show
Revisit one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history — the unprecedented barnstorming across America by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of Communism and America’s arch-nemesis, during 13 days in 1959.
Nov. 22 @ 8pm – ACL Presents American Music Festival
ACL presents highlights from the 2014 Americana Music Festival, recorded in Nashville. Performers include Loretta Lynn, Jackson Browne and Taj Mahal.
Nov. 23 @ 7pm – Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize
This special celebrates “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, a lineup of the biggest names in comedy salutes the 17th recipient of the humor prize.
Nov. 24 @ 9pm – Independent Lens: Muscle Shoals/Waiting for a Train
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the "Singing River," as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. In this joyful film, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism and mystery, and why it remains influential today. This program will air with the short film "Waiting For A Train: The Toshio Hirano Story"
Nov. 26 @ 7pm – Nature: My Life as a Turkey
Based on the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto, portrayed by wildlife photographer Jeff Palmer, this film chronicles Hutto’s remarkable experience of imprinting wild turkey eggs and raising the hatchlings to adulthood. Deep in the wilds of Florida, Hutto spent each day out and about as a “wild turkey” with his family of chicks — until the day came when he had to let his children grow up and go off on their own. As it turned out, this was harder than he ever imagined. Hutto’s story also became a book, "Illumination in the Flatlands."
Nov. 27 @ 9pm – Shelter Me: New Beginnings
SHELTER ME is an inspiring series that celebrates the human-animal bond by telling positive stories. Each story shows how people’s lives are improved when shelter pets are given a second chance. Champion is a German Shepherd mix that was found on the streets of Compton. He was so emaciated he could not stand on his own. He was brought to an animal shelter where he regained his strength and was then given the most incredible second chance. Wings of Rescue, a group of volunteer pilots, flew Champion and 104 other shelter dogs from overcrowded shelters to safety in the northwest. People literally ran out on the tarmac to meet the dogs as they arrived (see attached). Champion now lives on a 700 acre ranch...far away from the life he previously lived...a new beginning for him and all the dogs that went on this journey. Shelter Me: New Beginnings will leave viewers full of hope after watching these uplifting stories.