Explore James Garfield’s unprecedented rise to power, his shooting by a madman and its bizarre and tragic aftermath. Based on the best-seller Destiny of the Republic, the story follows the life of one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president.
Feb. 3 @ 8pm – NOVA: Creatures of Light
NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up—revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.
Feb. 5 @ 8pm – Live from Lincoln Center: From Bocelli to Barton: Richard Tucker Opera Gala
Andrea Bocelli joins Renee Fleming, 2015 Richard Tucker Award-winner Jamie Barton and a formidable array of opera superstars for this perennial high point of the opera season.
Feb. 8 @ 9pm – Independent Lens: A Ballerina’s Tale
Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. Get an intimate look at this groundbreaking dancer during a crucial period in her life.
Feb. 9 @ 8pm – American Experience: The Perfect Crime
Re-examine the shocking story of Leopold and Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to prove they were smart enough to get away with it. Their trial set off a national debate about morality and capital punishment.
Feb. 10 @ 8pm – NOVA: Memory Hackers
Discover how researchers on the cutting edge of mind-control can implant, change and even erase memories. On this thought-provoking journey into the mind, NOVA investigates the mysterious nature of how we remember.
Feb. 11 @ 8pm – PBS Democratic Presidential Debate
Just days after votes are cast in the New Hampshire Primary and the Iowa Caucuses, the PBS NewsHour Democratic Presidential Debate will broadcast live from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
NewsHour co-anchors and co-managing editors, Gwen Ifill & Judy Woodruff will moderate the live debate.
Feb. 12 @ 9pm – David Bowie: Five Years
An intimate documentary spanning five key years in David Bowie's music career, featuring a wealth of unseen footage and charting the star's continual evolution through various roles, making him an icon of our times. This portrait explores Bowie's regeneration in Berlin, and his numerous critical triumphs, and features interviews with all of his closest collaborators.
Feb. 15 @ 9pm – Independent Lens: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights
Follow Young’s journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents.
Feb. 16 @ 8pm – Independent Lens: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Revisit the turbulent 1960s, when a new revolutionary culture emerged with the Black Panther Party at the vanguard. Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.
Feb. 19 @ 8pm – American Masters: Carole King
Delve into the hit singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to the music mecca of ’70s LA to the present. King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry.
Feb. 21 @ 8pm – Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece (Series Finale)
Two romances get complicated. Molesley and Spratt try out new jobs. Thomas takes a fateful step. Mrs. Patmore provokes a scandal. Isobel puts her foot down.
Feb. 23 @ 8pm – Frontline: Chasing Heroin
Facing a heroin epidemic, America is experimenting with radical new approaches to the drug problem. Following four addicts in Seattle, the film examines U.S. drug policy and what happens when heroin is treated like a public health crisis, not a crime.
Feb. 24 @ 9pm – The Human Face of Big Data
The gathering and analyzing of massive amounts of data allow us to address some major challenges, but the accessibility of so much data comes at a steep price. This film captures the promise and peril of the extraordinary knowledge revolution.
Feb. 28 11am – 8pm - Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece
Revisit all episodes from Season 6 during this all day Downton Abbey marathon.
Feb. 28 8pm – More Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special
Return to the world of manners with Alastair Bruce, Downton Abbey’s historical advisor. With interviews with cast members like Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, the program navigates the social protocol of aristocrats and servants in the 1920s.