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July 2015 – TV Programming Highlights

July 3 @ 8pm The National Mall: America’s Front Yard
The United States National Mall, set in the heart of Washington, DC, is a place unlike any other on earth, and its history is equally fascinating. This special reveals the surprising and inspiring story of the Mall’s evolution.

July 4 @ 7pm & 8:30pm – A Capitol Fourth
A CAPITOL FOURTH, featuring musical performances by some of the country's best known and award-winning musicians in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, on National Public Radio and around the world to our troops on the American Forces Network. Bringing viewers the most spectacular fireworks display anywhere in the nation, the annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH captures the pyrotechnics from every vantage point with 20 television cameras stationed around the city -- including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument and across the Potomac River. In tribute to America's birthday, the show is capped off with Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery.

July 7 @ 7pm – American Experience: The Abolitionists (series)
Shared beliefs unite Angelina Grimké, daughter of a plantation family; Frederick Douglass, a slave; William Lloyd Garrison, founder of The Liberator; Harriet Beecher Stowe, a writer; and John Brown, who devotes his life to the abolitionist cause. Series: Vividly bringing to life the epic struggles of the men and women who fought to end slavery, THE ABOLITIONISTS tells the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. Fighting body and soul, they led the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation.

July 7 @ 9pm – Frontline: Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria
“Nightmare Bacteria.” That’s how the CDC describes a frightening new threat spreading quickly in hospitals, communities and across the globe. FRONTLINE reporter David Hoffman investigates the alarming rise of untreatable infections: from a young girl thrust onto life support in an Arizona hospital, to a young American infected in India who comes home to Seattle, and an uncontrollable outbreak at the nation’s most prestigious hospital, where 18 patients were mysteriously infected and six died, despite frantic efforts to contain the killer bacteria. Fueled by decades of antibiotic overuse, the crisis has deepened as major drug companies, squeezed by Wall Street expectations, have abandoned the development of new antibiotics. Without swift action, the miracle age of antibiotics could be coming to an end

July 10 @ 8pm – American Masters: Harper Lee: Hey Boo
Explore the phenomenon behind "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the mysterious life of its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, including why she never published again. The documentary reveals the context and history of the novel’s Deep South setting, and the social changes it inspired after publication. The popular film version, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, leaves an enduring image for the novel’s message. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and others reflect on the novel’s power, influence, popularity, and the ways it has shaped their lives.

July 13 @ 9pm – POV: Web Junkie
Follow the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers who prefer the virtual world to the real one. The military-style rehab program may set a standard as the world comes to grips with the consequences of excessive internet use.

July 14 @ 8pm – American Experience: Blackout
Look back at what happened in New York City the night the lights went out in summer 1977, plunging seven million people into darkness. The event led to both horrifying lawlessness and acts of selflessness and generosity.

July 14 @ 9pm – Frontline: Escaping ISIS
Hear gripping, first-hand accounts of women who escaped the brutal reign of ISIS. This hard-hitting film explores the lives of women who were held as sex slaves, the people who saved them and women who endured—and also enforced—ISIS’ harsh rules.

July 16 @ 8pm – Designing Healthy Communities (series)
Designing Healthy Communities is a multimedia project that highlights people and communities trying to balance health and nature with work, play, and life, and offers best practice solutions for all citizens. Stories and methodologies explored in Designing Healthy Communities point the way toward a healthy and sustainable future. The host of our series is Dr. Richard Jackson, pediatrician, former CDC head of environmental science, top public health official in California, and current UCLA Department Chair and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. We met Dr. Jackson at one of the more than 150 lectures and papers he delivers annually.

July 17 @ 8pm – Great Performances: Driving Miss Daisy
Enjoy performances by Angela Lansbury as a well-to-do Jewish matron and James Earl Jones as her African-American chauffeur, a twosome whose unlikely friendship evolves during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era.

July 21 @ 7pm – Humanity from Space
From the perspective of space, trace humankind’s journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. With mind-boggling data and CGI, the program shows how we’ve transformed our planet and produced a world of extraordinary complexity.

July 22 @ 7pm – Life on the Reef (series)
Over the course of a year, Life on the Reef follows those who live in one of the most extraordinary places on the planet. From the fringing reefs, the coral cays and the islands of the Torres Strait, the human residents of the Great Barrier Reef find the critical balance between our needs and those of an ever-diminishing natural world. Life on the Reef combines the very best of observational documentary story telling with cutting edge blue chip natural history to present a unique and fresh angle on Australia's greatest natural icon. This is the blue frontier… where man meets wild and Nature calls the shots.

July 28 @ 7pm – The Bomb
See how America developed the most destructive invention in human history — the nuclear bomb — how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives. Hear from historians and those who experienced the dawn of the atomic age.

July 28 @ 9pm – Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail
This series reveals the cultural, scientific and natural history of the most wondrous and terrifying rock on Earth. This is the extraordinary, untold story of uranium.

July 31 @ 8pm – Virtuosity – The Cliburn
Watch the world’s best young pianists try to make a name for themselves at the Cliburn, a high-stakes piano competition that becomes as much a test of character as a musical proving ground. The winner is virtually guaranteed a performing career.