PROGRAM LISTINGS February 12 - February 18, 2012

Arts, Drama, Culture

Downton Abbey Season 2
Part 5 of 7

Sun., Feb, 12, 7:00 pm
The Emmy-winning series resumes the story of aristocrats and servants of Downton Abbey during the tumultuous World War I era. The series stars Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville, as well as a drawing room full of new actors, portraying the loves, feuds and sacrifices of a glittering culture thrown into crisis.

Part 5 of 7: As the war nears its end, Downton's aristocrats and servants put their lives back together. Mary and Sir Richard go estate hunting. A mysterious wounded officer makes a shocking revelation.

Downton Abbey Season 2
Part 6 of 7

Sun., Feb. 12, 8:00 pm
Part 6 of 7: The Spanish flu strikes Downton, disrupting one match, hastening another and transforming the fortunes of all. Mary, Sybil and Robert each confront a moment of truth. Anna and Bates know a moment of happiness.

Dreamers Theater
Sun., Feb. 12, 10:00 pm
This program follows a group of teens and young adults with a variety of developmental disabilities as they rehearse and stage an original musical that dramatizes the issues they face. The uplifting performance documentary intercuts real-life stories with similar scenes from the play, as individuals with autism spectrum disorder, Down's Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome and other high-functioning disorders or differences navigate the challenges of employment, transportation woes, housing, relationships and more.

Lost and Found

Sun., Feb. 12, 11:00 pm
Performer and historian Michael Feinstein leads viewers across America and through musical history in three new episodes of the acclaimed series MICHAEL FEINSTEIN'S AMERICAN SONGBOOK.

This episode reveals Feinstein's discovery of an undocumented, unknown song by one of the giants of American popular music and follows his quest to verify its authenticity. Along the way, he persuades another musical legend, Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, to teach him an unpublished, unrecorded song from his songwriting "trunk" that's never been heard prior to this broadcast.

Na Pali; Manuakepa

Mon., Feb. 13, 7:30 pm
Two outstanding Kauai groups offer their special style of Hawaiian music in this vintage performance from the PBS Hawaii studios. Na Pali and Manuakepa infuse their own special talents into traditional and original material. Songs include "Limahuli, "Hokulea Hula," "Moonlight Lady," "Lokelani Blossoms," "Hawaiian Love Chant" and more.

Pittsburgh, PA, Part 1 of 3

Mon., Feb. 13, 8:00 pm
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Alasdair Nichol head to the Andy Warhol Museum to check out some early works of the Pittsburgh native from his pre-Factory days—eclectic illustrations that garner ample attention from today's collectors. Highlights include intimate correspondence between Cole Porter and actor Monty Woolley; a finely knotted circa 1920 silk Kashan rug; and one of the best flea market finds of all time: a 17th-century rhinoceros horn cup, purchased for $1 and valued at $350,000 to $450,000!

Pono Shim: ALOHA Moments

Tues., Feb. 14, 7:30 pm
Pono Shim is CEO of Enterprise Honolulu and son of political visionaries Alvin and Marion Heen Shim. At a young age, he learned the deeper meanings of aloha from none other than Aunty Pilahi Paki - the woman who shared her prophecy of aloha for life in the 21st century. Leslie Wilcox sits down with Pono as he explains aloha and other values from his kupuna that guide him today.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Feb. 15 at 11:00 pm and Sun. Feb. 19, at 4:00 pm.

Wed., Feb. 15, 7:30 pm
Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Feb. 15, at 11:30 pm and Sun., Feb. 19, at 3:30 pm.

More Than a Month

Thurs., Feb. 16, 10:00 pm
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. This tongue-in-cheek journey investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" America.

Venice City Guide

Thurs., Feb. 16, 11:00 pm
Host Justine Shapiro takes in the city's landmarks nestled along the Grand Canal: the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Square and Basilica. She cheers on the racers at the Regata Storica, an historic gondola competition full of pomp and circumstance. She walks the red carpet at Venice's Film Festival, views the art at the city's Biennale Festival and enjoys medieval festivals on the mainland in Monselice and Asolo.

Saloon Singers

Fri. Feb. 17, 9:00 pm
Performer and historian Michael Feinstein leads viewers across America and through musical history in three new episodes of the acclaimed series MICHAEL FEINSTEIN'S AMERICAN SONGBOOK.

This episode examines the allure of musical nightlife, from Mississippi juke joints to the neon of Las Vegas, where Feinstein gets a private tour of the now-closed Liberace Museum - and gets to play one of the rhinestone encrusted pianos. Feinstein also delves into the history of nightclub entertainment, from the Cotton Club in Harlem to Sinatra's Rat Pack, and talks to some pioneers of the form, such as poet and author Maya Angelou, who once made her living doing a calypso club act in San Francisco.

A New Step Every Day

Fri. Feb. 17, 10:00 pm
Performer and historian Michael Feinstein leads viewers across America and through musical history in three new episodes of the acclaimed series MICHAEL FEINSTEIN'S AMERICAN SONGBOOK.

This episode explores the fast and furious 1920s and 1930s, when jazz was hot, credit was loose and illegal booze flowed freely in underground speakeasies. Between performances, Feinstein illustrates the impact of talking pictures, the dawn of radio and the fledgling recording industry. Additionally, it introduces viewers to other collectors and musicians who keep the spirit of the Jazz Age alive today.

The Standard World Championships

Fri., Feb. 17, 11:00 pm
is a three-part series highlighting the year's championship competitions. Art, entertainment and sport are combined to create DanceSport - the flamboyant spectacle that continues to gather momentum on an international level. Top dancers from all over the world compete for prestigious titles in the three main ballroom dancing disciplines: Latin, Standard and World Ten. The standard competition is comprised of the waltz, slow foxtrot, tango, Viennese waltz and quickstep.

Jacques Pepin and Paner

Sat., Feb. 18, 5:30 pm
SIMPLY MING returns for its ninth season with 26 brand-new episodes featuring more mouthwatering recipes, celebrity appearances and road trips to visit some of host Ming Tsai's favorite chefs. Each episode features a technique demonstration, followed by two dishes - one prepared by a guest chef and one by Ming, who must create a meal "on the fly" using cooking staples found in Ming's kitchen and with an unknown secret ingredient.

You know a cooking technique is a true classic when it can be found around the world. On this episode, Ming and his guest, the world-renowned Jacques Pepin, show you the technique. Watch as they cook two new dishes using the paner technique: Panko-Crusted Butter Fish with Wasabi-Avocado Cream & Mango and Paner au Beurre Turkey with Mushroom Ratatouille.

The Great Rivers of Europe: Nuremberg to Linz

Sat., Feb. 18, 7:00 pm
Burt starts off in Nuremberg with visits to the 900-year-old Imperial Castle, the open farmers' market and his favorite cookie shop. Then he sails to Regensburg to visit the remains of an ancient Roman fort and cruises through the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey where the Benedictine monks have been brewing one of Europe's great beers since 1050.

San Antonio, Texas, More Than the Alamo

Sat., Feb. 18, 7:30 pm
The finer things in life have always been a big part of the San Antonio, TX experience and there are a slew of attractions to entertain the visitor - the Alamo, Riverwalk, fine dining, music, art - but it's San Antonio's diverse cultures and the way the people love to celebrate that is most impressive. Host Joseph Rosendo returns to San Antonio, a town he's visited regularly since 1969, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and introduce viewers to some of his favorite things and show them why San Antonio is called every Texan's second hometown.

Olmsted and America's Urban Parks
Sat., Feb. 18, 10:00 pm
Frederick Law Olmsted (1822 - 1903) designed New York City's Central Park, over 150 years ago and it remains an undisputed haven of tranquility in one of most unnatural places in the world. This documentary examines the visionary urban planner and landscape architect's impact on the development of America's first great city parks. Told in large part through Olmsted's own words, voiced by Oscar-winner Kevin Kline, this film weaves together his poignant personal story and pioneering vision with contemporary footage of the lasting masterpieces he left behind.


Sat., Feb. 18, 11:00 pm
Modern rock band Wilco returns to the ACL stage with songs from its latest LP The Whole Love.

Public Affairs

Sun., Feb. 12, 5:00 pm
Bill Moyers returns to public television with MOYERS & COMPANY, a weekly hour of compelling and vital con­versation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time. A range of scholars, artists, activists, scientists, philosophers and newsmakers bring context, insight and meaning to important topics. The series also occasionally includes Moyers' own timely and penetrating essays on society and government.

Not in Our Town: Class Actions
Mon., Feb. 13, 10:30 pm
This program features three stories of students and their communities standing together to stop hate and bullying. Fifty years after James Meredith became the first black student at the segregated University of Mississippi, football fans revive the chant "The South will rise again." Student leaders confront the divisive practice, sparking a campus visit from the Ku Klux Klan. The college town of Bloomington, Indiana, shocked after a Korean student was murdered by a white supremacist a decade ago, bands together again after anti-Semitic attacks on the eve of Hanukkah. In Lancaster, a city east of Los Angeles, a middle school counselor starts an anti-bullying program that inspires a citywide campaign after teen suicides in nearby towns shake the town into action.

Mother Nature's Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age
Mon., Feb. 13, 11:00 pm
This program explores nature's powerful role in children's health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of "nature deficit disorder" are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders and depression.

The Interrupters

Tues., Feb. 14, 9:00 pm
During one weekend in Chicago in 2008, 37 people were shot, seven of them fatally. FRONTLINE follows a group of older former gang leaders trying to "interrupt" shootings and protect their communities from the violence they once committed. The film follows the inner workings of CeaseFire, an innovative program in Chicago designed to prevent shootings, including weekly meetings where the interrupters report on the simmering disputes and the senseless shootings in their neighborhoods. This special episode is a compelling journey into the stubborn, persistent violence that plagues our American cities.

The Game Changers
Tues., Feb. 14, 11:00 pm
Amidst the debate over fixing the country's ailing education system, this program tells of a bold initiative designed to transform American classrooms. In 2009, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation launched an innovative pilot program to identify high-ability people in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), fund their training at four universities and create new teacher-preparation programs that focus on the skills and knowledge needed in the Information Age. Each student would receive a $30,000 stipend in exchange for completing the newly created master's degree program. Then, they would go to work in Indiana's high-need rural and urban schools. Sixty individuals from different walks of life, from recent college graduates to career-changers, took the daunting challenge. The program follows the Fellows for two years, from university preparation through their first year heading their own classrooms.

HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network
Thurs., Feb. 16, 7:30 pm
Students from Hana K-12 School host the episode of HIKI NŌ. In this edition, student journalists from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai have an update on their Nene geese story that originally aired in December.

Other featured schools: Kea'au High and West Hawaii Explorations Academy (Hawaii Island); Lokelani Intermediate (Maui); Kalani High, Kapolei High, Saint Francis and Waialua High and Intermediate (Oahu).

This HIKI NŌ newscast encores Saturday, Feb. 18 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3:00 pm. You may also view this newscast and past episodes on our website,

The State of Hospitals: Emergency or Evolution?

Thurs., Feb. 16, 8:00 pm
Tune in to INSIGHTS this week as Dan Boylan and guests talk about the state of Oahu's hospitals. Guests will discuss how the island's remaining hospitals are handling the influx of patients and emergencies in the wake of Hawaii Medical Center's closures in Ewa and Liliha.

Scheduled guests include: Josh Green, MD, Senate Health Committee Chair and ER physician; James Ireland, MD, Emergency Services Department Director, City & County of Honolulu; Virginia Pressler, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health; and Arthur Ushijima, President and CEO, The Queen's Health Systems.

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Fri., Feb. 17, 7:30 pm
For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

Fri., Feb. 17, 8:00 pm
NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

Fri., Feb. 17, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

U.S. Health Care: The Good News
Sat., Feb. 18, 8:00 pm
One small community in the Colorado oil patch near the Utah border delivers the highest value-for-the-money health care in the United States, and they cover nearly everyone in town in the process. How do they do it? Could other communities do it, too? Correspondent T.R. Reid interviews health policy experts at the Dartmouth Institute before heading to Colorado and other places in the U.S. where doctors and hospitals are working hard to provide excellent health care at reasonable cost, and sometimes to nearly everyone in town.

Original Minds
Sat., Feb. 18, 9:00 pm
Five teenagers stigmatized by being in Special Ed. struggle to articulate how their brains work, and discover that they are smarter than they thought.

Science and Nature

The Himalayas

Wed., Feb. 15, 8:00 pm
The Himalayan mountain system is the planet's highest and is home to the world's tallest peaks. NATURE explores the diversity of wildlife and habitats of this mountain chain, including the mysterious snow leopard.

Extreme Cave Diving

Wed., Feb. 15, 9:00 pm
This program follows the charismatic Dr. Kenny Broad as he dives into blue holes - underwater caves that formed during the last ice age when sea level was nearly 400 feet below what it is today. They are Earth's least explored and perhaps most dangerous frontiers. With an interdisciplinary team of climatologists, paleontologists and anthropologists, Broad investigates the hidden history of Earth's climate as revealed by finds in this spectacularly beautiful "alternate universe."

Cave People of the Himalaya
Wed., Feb. 15, 10:00 pm
Everest climber and thrill seeker Pete Athans returns to the Himalayas with Dr. Mark Aldenderfer in search of the caves and mummies of a lost civilization. There they risk their own safety to reveal astonishing evidence of a previously unknown 1,500-year-old death ritual high in the Himalayan caves.


Slavery By Another Name
Mon., Feb. 13, 9:00 pm
A Sundance Film Festival selection for 2012, this new documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Wall Street Journal senior writer Douglas A. Blackmon, explores the little-known story of the post-Emancipation era and the labor practices and laws that effectively created a new form of slavery in the South that persisted well into the 20th century. Blackmon examines the concept of "neoslavery," which sentenced African-Americans to forced labor for violating an array of laws that criminalized their everyday behavior. Actor Laurence Fishburne narrates.


Tues., Feb. 14, 8:00 pm
In the 1950s, American women discovered they could earn thousands - even millions - of dollars from bowls that burped. "Tupperware ladies" fanned out across the nation's living rooms, selling efficiency and convenience to their friends and neighbors through home parties. Bowl by bowl, they built an empire that now spans the globe. This documentary, narrated by Kathy Bates, reveals the secret behind Tupperware's success: the women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds who discovered they could move up in the world without leaving the house. TUPPERWARE! charts the origins of the small plastics company that unpredictably became a cultural phenomenon.

Jack Hall: His Life and Times

Thurs., Feb. 16, 9:00 pm
Produced by the Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR), University of Hawaii-West Oahu, this documentary covers Jack Hall's remarkable voyage from ordinary seaman to Vice-President at the ILWU International, and follows the ILWU while retracing some of the most critical events in island labor history.

Compelling interviews include those with Hall's family, friends, politicians, members of the early years of labor organizing in Hawaii and labor historians. The documentary was shot entirely in Hawaii and San Francisco; in addition, exclusive archival film/photographs depict early labor events including strikes, marches and speeches that convey a visceral sense of the times.