PROGRAM LISTINGS February 26 - March 3, 2012

Arts, Drama, Culture

The Grove
Sun., Feb, 26, 7:00 pm
More Americans have been lost to AIDS than in all the U.S. wars since 1900, and the pandemic has killed 22 million people worldwide. Few know about the existence of the National AIDS Memorial, a seven-acre grove hidden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. This documentary chronicles the garden's transformation from a neglected eyesore to a landscaped sanctuary to a national memorial. The film shows how a community in crisis found healing and remembrance, and how the seeds of a few visionary environmentalists blossomed into something larger than they could have imagined. However, controversy erupted over an international design competition, opening up questions of what it means to be a national memorial — and how to mark a time of unimaginable loss.

The Old Curiosity Shop

Sun., Feb. 26, 8:00 pm
A teenage girl and her grandfather lose everything to a maniacal moneylender and flee his relentless pursuit. The saga of Little Nell, Grandfather and their tormentor, Daniel Quilp, is one of Charles Dickens' most heartrending tales. Derek Jacobi stars as Grandfather, with Sophie Vavasseur as Nell and Toby Jones as Quilp.

A Broadway Celebration

Sun., Feb. 26, 9:30 pm
This special features a series of performances by major Broadway artists and new talent, presenting selections from American musicals that reflect the spirit, energy and ambition of America. President and Mrs. Obama hosted the event on July 19, 2010. The program is emceed by Nathan Lane and includes Idina Menzel, Brian d'Arcy James, Audra McDonald, Chad Kimball, Marvin Hamlisch, Karen Olivo, Tonya Pinkins, Assata Alston and a youth ensemble from the Joy of Motion Dance Center.

Funny Business
Sun., Feb. 26, 11:00 pm
This documentary travels into the studios of celebrated cartoonists like George Booth, Roz Chast, Ed Koren and Sam Gross, all contributors to The New Yorker magazine, long considered the créme de la créme of the cartooning world. Dozens of cartoons, some selected by the artist themselves, help show how an artist's personality is integral to the work and the importance of having a unique "voice" in getting published. The cartoonists' portraits are interwoven with the weekly meeting that takes place at The New Yorker magazine - when veterans and newcomers come to show their material.

Mahi Beamer; Nina Kealiiwahamana; Robert Cazimero

Mon., Feb. 27, 7:30 pm
Three magical talents, Mahi Beamer, Nina Keali'iwahamana and Robert Cazimero, blend their voices together to create an intimacy that only comes with the blending of family and good friends in this encore presentation of a vintage NA MELE episode from the PBS Hawaii studios.

Pittsburgh, PA, Part 3 of 3

Mon., Feb. 27, 8:00 pm
In Pittsburgh, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Arlie Sulka at the Carnegie Museum of Art to explore the striking, vibrantly colored vases, bottles and jars made by glass master Maurice Marinot. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include a collection of correspondence between members of the Kennedy family and JFK's former personal secretary; a circa 1928 Art Deco jade sapphire ring; and a 1946 oil painting by Rockwell Kent, along with an inherited letter from the artist, valued at $150,000 to $250,000.

Red, White and Blues

Mon., Feb. 27, 9:00 pm
President and Mrs. Obama host this all-star celebration of the blues, the musical form that sprang from the Mississippi Delta, up Highway 61 to the West Side of Chicago, with deep roots in Africa and slavery and influences on modern American music from soul to rock and roll. Leading popular artists' performances trace those migratory roots and pay homage to the great figures of the genre and the songs they made famous -- from Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters.

The program is hosted by Taraji P. Henson and features performances by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Keb Mo, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader.

Cab Calloway: Sketches

Mon., Feb. 27, 10:00 pm
Explore the life of this pioneering jazz legend who charmed audiences with his bravado and showmanship. A singer, dancer and bandleader, Cab Calloway led one of the most popular African-American big bands during the jazz and swing eras of the 1930s-40s, with Harlem's famous Cotton Club as his home stage. Calloway is best known for the "Hi de hi de hi de ho" refrain from his signature song "Minnie the Moocher," his portrayal of Sportin' Life in Porgy and Bess (1952) and for his role in The Blues Brothers (1980).

The Pit
Mon., Feb. 27, 11:00 pm
This film takes viewers to one of the most primitive, yet highly ritualized arenas of the financial world: the floor of the New York Board of Trade (NYBOT). Billions of dollars of raw goods are traded daily at the NYBOT, setting the price of commodities - from cotton to orange juice - throughout the world. Using their own money, traders make and lose fortunes every day in this bustling center of raw capitalism. In the last few years, computers have been introduced onto the trading floor, threatening to make many of the NYBOT's old ways obsolete. This program tells the story of that transformation.

Jimmy Borges: The Ballad Continues

Tues., Feb. 28, 7:30 pm
Hawaii's legendary jazz vocalist Jimmy Borges hears the story in every song, and his own story is nothing short of breathtaking. The PBS Hawaii board member is back on the scene and on screen. Leslie Wilcox sits down with Jimmy in a special two-part episode of LONG STORY SHORT. In this half-hour, Jimmy reveals what he did to gain exclusive access to Frank Sinatra's music archive. He also opens up about the most difficult challenge he has had to face - battling cancer.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Feb. 29 at 11:00 pm and Sun. March 4, at 4:00 pm.

The Amish

Tues., Feb. 28, 8:00 pm
This program answers many questions Americans have about this insistently insular religious community, whose intense faith and adherence to 500-year-old traditions have by turns captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused for more than a century. With unprecedented access, built on patience and hard-won trust, the film is the first to penetrate deeply and explore this attention-averse group. In doing so, the program paints an intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life. It questions why and how the Amish, a closed, communal culture, have thrived within one of the most open, individualistic societies on earth; explores how, despite their ingrained submissiveness, the Amish have successfully asserted themselves in resisting the encroachments of modern society and government; asks what Americans' attraction to the Amish says about deep American values; and looks at what the future holds for a community whose existence is so rooted in the past.

Long Distance Warrior
Tues., Feb. 28, 11:00 pm
A modern-day David battling the corporate Goliath, entrepreneur William G. McGowan (1927–1992) took on the most powerful monopoly of his time - AT&T and its Bell System of local phone companies - and won. This documentary details the compelling story behind this forward-thinking business maverick, beginning with McGowan's upbringing in Pennsylvania coal country, his internship at Shell Oil and the consulting and venture capitalist career which made him a millionaire at 41, allowing him to buy into tiny Microwave Communications Incorporated (MCI). As chairman of MCI, McGowan waged decades-long legal and advertising battles against rival AT&T to ensure more Americans could choose their long-distance carrier. As a result, he helped transform a costly luxury ($12 for first three minutes) into an affordable commodity many now take for granted.

Wed., Feb. 29, 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. 29, at 11:30 pm and Sun., March 4, at 3:30 pm.

Waimea 'Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar

Thurs., March 1, 9:00 pm
Every year, some of the greatest 'ukulele and slack key guitar virtuosos converge at the Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela on Hawaii Island for five days of workshops, school outreach events, public concerts and musical sharing among themselves. The annual event is called the Waimea 'Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Institute. PBS Hawaii tells the story of the institute in an hour-long documentary/concert film, with rousing performances by Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa, Dennis and David Kamakahi, Richard and Kalae Ho'opi'i, Bobby Ingano, Sonny Lim, Aaron Mahi and Danny Carvalho.

Whatever It Takes

Thurs., March 1, 10:00 pm
This film chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the first year of the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics, an innovative public high school in New York City's South Bronx. This deeply emotional, character-driven documentary focuses on the school's dynamic rookie principal and a spunky ninth-grade girl with big dreams but even bigger obstacles. The personal stories of the school's students and staff call to mind larger themes of school reform and the need for educators, parents and policy makers to prioritize the transformation of the public school system so that all children can receive a quality education. Grittily realistic, yet ultimately triumphant, the film paints a compelling picture of cutting-edge ideas and dedicated individuals, united in their vision to restore hope to a broken community.

South Atlantic

Thurs., March 1, 11:00 pm
Host Zay Harding takes an epic adventure to the ends of the earth, voyaging to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Orkneys, South Shetland Islands, Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. Following in the footsteps of countless explorers, adventurers, naturalists and conservationists, Zay explores the South Atlantic's frozen, wind-swept wilderness.

Peter, Paul and Mary: 25th Anniversary Concert
Fri., March 2, 9:00 pm
In 1986, the legendary trio Peter, Paul and Mary marked their 25th anniversary with the taping of their very first PBS special. Now, two and a half decades later, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the group in Greenwich Village, this joyous and deeply moving live concert is being re-broadcast. The special features songs that became, for many, the soundtrack of their generation. Songs include such timeless classics as "Puff, the Magic Dragon," "If I Had a Hammer," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and "Blowin' in the Wind."

These Amazing Shadows

Fri., March 2, 11:00 pm
What do the films Casablanca, Blazing Saddles and West Side Story have in common? Besides being popular, they have also been deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and are listed in The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film and the American experience itself. The current list of 550 films includes selections from every genre - documentaries, home movies, Hollywood classics, avant-garde, newsreels and silent films.

This documentary weaves clips from America's most-beloved films (and many rarer treasures) with moving personal tales of how specific films have reflected our culture and changed lives. The film includes interviews with famous directors including Christopher Nolan, John Lasseter, Rob Reiner, John Singleton, Barbara Kopple and John Waters and members of the National Film Preservation Board.

Masuhara Morimoto and Sushi

Sat., March 3, 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.

Learn how to make sushi from the master, Iron Chef Morimoto, when Ming stops in at his downtown Napa Valley Restaurant. Together the chefs take us through Sushi 101. With perfectly cooked and seasoned rice, fresh farm produce from Napa Valley, and pristine fish, they come up with Ming's Omusubi with Alaskan Crab Salad and Morimoto's Sashimi Salad.

Superstars of Seventies Soul Live
Sat., March 3, 8:30 pm
This special is a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of soul music legends — all original performers singing their greatest hits. Soul diva Patti LaBelle hosts the historic reunion of classic recording artists of the decade, including The Commodores, The Chi-Lites, The Stylistics, Yvonne Elliman, Heatwave, The Trammps, The Emotions and The Manhattans.

Steve Martin/Sarah Jarosz

Sat., March 3, 11:00 pm
Bluegrass is the order of the night with Steve Martin and Sarah Jarosz. Comedian Martin picks up his banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers for new tunes in the old tradition. Young Texan Jarosz rewrites the bluegrass rules with her original songs and style.

Public Affairs

Sun., Feb. 26, 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.

Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown

Tues., Feb. 28, 10:00 pm
FRONTLINE continues its investigation of nuclear safety with an unprecedented account of the crisis inside the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011. With exclusive eyewitness testimony from key figures in the drama - including the Japanese prime minister and senior executives at the power company Tepco - FRONTLINE tells the story of the workers struggling frantically to reconnect power inside the plant's pitch-dark and highly radioactive reactor buildings; the nuclear experts and officials in the prime minister's office fighting to get information as the crisis spiraled out of control; and the plant manager who disobeyed his executives' orders when he thought it would save the lives of his workers. The story profiles the Japanese soldiers and firefighters drafted to cool the reactors, who were wounded when the reactor housings exploded; and the families, living near the nuclear plant, who unknowingly fled in the same direction as the radioactive plume, exposing themselves to dangerously high radiation levels.

HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network
Thurs., March 1, 7:30 pm
Students from Nanakuli High and Intermediate School host this episode of HIKI NŌ. Correspondents from Mid-Pacific Institute file an update on Oahu's fireworks ban. Also, students from Kamehameha Schools Maui present an update on the translocation of nene geese from Kauai to Maui. Correspondents from Damien Memorial in Honolulu report on monumental change for the all-boys' school: becoming co-ed. Meanwhile, Waimea High students on Kauai capture a community's feelings and memories surrounding an old sugar mill that is now facing demolition.

This week's other featured schools: Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science (Hawaii Island); Waimea High School (Kauai); Campbell High School and Damien Memorial School (Oahu).

This HIKI NŌ newscast encores Saturday, March 3 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 pm. You may also view this newscast and past episodes on our website,

Republican Presidential Candidates

Thurs., March 1, 8:00 pm
Tune in to the next INSIGHTS as Dan Boylan and guests discuss the 2012 GOP presidential candidate race, ahead of Hawaii's Republican primary election on March 13. Hawaii's chair of the Republican Party and local representatives for some of the candidates will discuss how each campaign is doing in the islands and how Hawaii's GOP primary compares to recent ones in other states.

Scheduled guests include: David Chang, State Chairman, Hawaii Republican Party; Cindy Sue Clark, Finance Director, Newt Gingrich Hawaii campaign; Mike Greco, Volunteer, Ron Paul Hawaii campaign; and Fritz Rohlfing, Chair, Mitt Romney Hawaii campaign.

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may also email your questions ahead of time to

Fri., March 2, 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., March 2, 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., March 2, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

Science and Nature

Echo: An Elephant to Remember

Wed., Feb. 29, 8:00 pm
Echo, the elephant matriarch, was the subject of many films and the leader of a carefully studied herd of elephants in Africa. This past fall, she died of natural causes. This film is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers that cared for and studied this amazing herd.

Japan's Killer Quake

Wed., Feb. 29, 9:00 pm
The March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan was the world's fourth largest earthquake since recordkeeping began in 1900 and the worst ever to shake the country. The seismic shock wave released over 4,000 times the energy of the largest nuclear test ever conducted; it shifted the earth's axis by 6 inches and shortened the day by a few millionths of a second. The tsunami slammed Japan's coast with 30 feet-high waves that traveled 6 miles inland, obliterating entire towns in a matter of minutes. The episode combines authoritative on-the-spot reporting, personal stories of tragedy and survival, compelling eyewitness videos, explanatory graphics and exclusive helicopter footage for a unique look at the science behind the catastrophe.


Japanese SuperSub

Tues., Feb. 29, 10:00 pm
In the spring of 1946, ten months after the end of World War II, an explosion rocks the Pacific off the coast of Hawaii. America has just destroyed one of Japan's most advanced weapons systems - the I-401 aircraft carrier submarine. But this was no belated attack against the defeated Japanese. Bound by an agreement to share any discoveries with the Soviets, but feeling the pressure of the looming cold war, it was a calculated decision to keep the technology out of Soviet hands. The Japanese had built their sub to take the war to U.S. shores. Merging the stealth and tactical advantages of sea and sky, the revolutionary submarine carried three specially designed Seiran attack bombers, which could be launched from the deck of the sub within seven minutes of its reaching the surface. With missions to attack U.S. cities and blow up the Panama Canal, the aircraft carrier submarine had the potential to change the course of the war in the Pacific. But fortunately for America, its secret weapon - the atom bomb - was put into action first. "Japanese SuperSub" investigates Japan's efforts to take submarine technology where it had never gone before, and reveals how close the Japanese came to using the sub for an attack on the U.S.

Special Programming

Ed Slott's Retirement Rescue!
Sat., March 3, 7:00 pm
This program is a powerful call-to-action for American consumers concerned about their retirement. Ed Slott defines the monumental fiscal problems facing Americans and provides a step-by-step solution to creating a plan of action. Ed Slott builds on his earlier programs with all new information but continues with the "Slott formula" of using humor, personal stories and detailed facts from the tax code to make his points.