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May 2015 – TV Programming Highlights

May 1 @ 9pm – Voces on PBS “El Poeta”
Meet renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal murder of his 24-year old son — collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 70,000 dead since 2006.

May 2-9 @ 6pm – KEDT Auction Beach Party
Bid high and support your Community-owned Public Television station.

May 11 @ 8pm – The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (series)
The lives of the three great Roosevelts -- Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor -- are captured in this series. Ken Burns and producer, Paul Barnes describe the lives and times of these three American icons who influenced 20th century American history more than perhaps any other family. Through wars, revolutions, depressions, movements, the three led the country through what was called America's century. At times they had little in common but for one thing they always had in common . . . their ability, desire and conviction to lead.

May 13 @ 7pm – Nature: Animal Childhood
In every animal's life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own two feet, so to speak, and face the world alone. For a few, this happens just moments after birth, with no life lessons from parents to help them, no time to hone their survival skills. Others have the advantage of home schooling under the watchful eye of a mentor or family member. But growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally. These are the trials and tribulations of young animals all over the world, as they prepare to leave home.

May 15 @ 9pm – American Masters: American Ballet Theatre at 75
This film delves into the rich, 75-year history of one of the world's preeminent ballet companies. Ric Burns' documentary combines rehearsal footage, virtuoso performances and interviews with American Ballet Theatre's key figures: artists pivotal to the company's formation, including Alicia Alonso, the late Donald Saddler and Frederic Franklin; contemporary luminaries, including dancers Susan Jaffe and Julie Kent, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie; and past and present stars Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, Marcelo Gomes and Hee Seo.

May 18 @ 9pm – Independent Lens: 1971
A group of ordinary citizens broke into a small FBI office in Pennsylvania in 1971 and shared with the world their findings on COINTELPRO, the FBI's illegal surveillance program. Now, they tell their story publicly for the first time.

May 19 @ 9pm – Frontline: Secrets, Politics & Torture
The dramatic story of the fight over the CIA’s controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture. Based on recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders, the film investigates what the CIA did and whether it worked.

May 20 @ 8pm NOVA: Rise of the Hackers
Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank and even date online. Computers hold our treasured photographs, private emails and all of our personal information. This data is precious -- and cybercriminals want it. Now, NOVA goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math, and a new field called "ultra-paranoid computing," all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers. From the two men who uncovered the world's most advanced cyber weapon to the computer expert who worked out how to hack into cash machines and scientists who believe they can store a password in your unconscious brain, NOVA investigates how a new global geek squad is harnessing cutting-edge science -- all to stay one step ahead of the hackers.

May 21 @ 7:30pm – 2015 National Geographic Bee
The annual National Geographic Bee returns for the 27th consecutive year. This year, award-winning journalist, speaker, producer and television host Soledad O’Brien will serve as host and moderator. The 2015 National Geographic Bee will feature fourth- to eighth-graders vying for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second and third prizes are college scholarships of $15,000 and $10,000. The finalists, all winners of their state-level geographic bees, have triumphed over a field of nearly 4 million students to earn a place in the national championships. They represent the 50 states, District of Columbia, Atlantic Territories, Pacific Territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools.

May 24 @ 7pm, Encore @ 8:30pm – National Memorial Day Concert
On Memorial Day weekend, PBS unites the nation with an evening that has become an American tradition. The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT honors the service and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The concert is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, to millions more at home and on the American Forces Network to troops serving around the world. The multi award-winning broadcast features an all-star line-up in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra and is co-hosted for the sixth time by Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise and Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna, two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans' causes and supporting the troops in active service. The event has become the nation's memorial service offering viewers a time to remember, to heal and bring the country together.

May 25 @ 8pm – The Homefront
View intimate portraits of America’s military families, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military. The revealing documentary tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.

May 29 @ 8pm – Great Performances: Andris Nelson Inaugural Concert
This program celebrates the start of Andris Nelsons' tenure as the 15th music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and features two of the conductor's close colleagues, the acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, and the outstanding German tenor Jonas Kaufmann. They sing selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires, then join forces for a powerful duet from Puccini's Manon Lescaut. The concert opens with Wagner's Tannhauser Overture -- the work that first inspired a five-year-old Nelsons to a life in music -- and closes with Respighi's spectacular orchestral showcase, Pines of Rome.