PROGRAM LISTINGS October 14 - October 20, 2012
Arts, Drama, Culture
CALL THE MIDWIFE
Sun., Oct. 14, 7:00 pm
This moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London's East End in the 1950s. Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End.
Jenny is placed on the district nursing roster for a few weeks, to extend her experience of community practice. During her rounds, she attends to Joe, a gentle old soldier, and a friendship forms. At the antenatal clinic, Trixie and Cynthia enroll Winnie as a new patient. In her 40s, Winnie, who thought her days of diapers and babies were long gone, seems upset by her pregnancy. By contrast, her husband, Ted, is overjoyed. However, at the baby's birth, everyone gets a little surprise.
Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2
The Love That Pays the Price
Sun., Oct. 14, 8:00 pm
Mon., Oct. 15, 11:00 pm
The saga continues at 165 Eaton Place, with new characters upstairs and down. Set in 1936, the lives of masters and servants have never been so captivating, as two new arrivals make their mark and Lady Agnes reveals a dark secret.
The Love That Pays the Price
Lady Agnes catches the eye of charismatic American millionaire Caspar Landry, but as she and Sir Hallam look to their future, a tragic turn of events leaves their promised dreams, and a close family member, in jeopardy. Downstairs, Mrs. Thackeray makes a momentous decision that throws the running of 165 into chaos. Blanche and Mr. Amanjit continue to clash, until a heart-breaking cause compels them to reconsider their differences.
BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL
Syncopated City (1919-1933)
Sun., Oct. 14, 9:00 pm
This six-part documentary series chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. The series draws on a wealth of archival news footage, lost and found television moments, original cast recordings, still photos, feature films, diaries, journals, intimate first-person accounts and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in creating the American musical.
Syncopated City (1919-1933)
Gossip columnist Walter Winchell gives Broadway a nickname that becomes synonymous with all of New York: "It is the Big Apple, the goal of all ambitions, the pot of gold at the end of a drab and somewhat colorless rainbow." With the advent of Prohibition and the Jazz Age, America convulses with energy and change, and nowhere is the riotous mix of classes and cultures more dramatically on display than Broadway. "There was this period in which everybody was leaping across borders and boundaries," says director/producer George C. Wolfe. "There was this incredible cross-fertilization, cultural appropriation."
While brash American women flapped their way to newfound freedoms, heroines of Broadway like Marilyn Miller become a testament to pluck and luck. It's the age of "Whoopee" and the "Charleston," Runnin' Wild and George White's Scandals.
In 1921, a jazz show like no other arrives: Shuffle Along, which features a rich, rousing score by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, reopening Broadway's doors to black talent. Unique talents like the Marx Brothers and Al Jolson - a Jewish immigrant and Prohibition's biggest star - rocket to stardom.
The Gershwin brothers, the minstrels of the Jazz Age, bring a "Fascinating Rhythm" to an entire nation. Innovative songwriting teams like Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart ignite a new age of bright melodies and clever lyrics with the massive hit Manhattan. But as the Roaring Twenties come to a close, Broadway's Jazz Age suffers the one-two punch of the "talking picture" and the stock market crash, triggering a massive talent exodus to Hollywood and putting an end to Broadway's feverish expansion.
The episode features interviews with actor Carol Channing, Gershwin sister Frances Gershwin Godowsky, Jolson & Co. creator Stephen Mo Hanan, critic Margo Jefferson, writer Miles Krueger, New Yorker theater critic John Lahr, radio host/music critic Jonathan Schwartz, theater historians Max Wilk and Robert Kimball, and director/producer George C. Wolfe. Highlights include rare performance footage of composer Eubie Blake and a specially animated sequence of Rodgers and Hart's 1927 hit "Thou Swell" from A Connecticut Yankee.
TOMORROW BEYOND 3/11
Education: Projects for Future Generations
Sun., Oct. 14, 10:00 pm
French journalist Lucie Mei-Dalby reports from Iwaki about the OECD Tohoku School project on global human resources. She also interviews Welsh writer C.W. Nicol in Higashi-Matsushima about his Forest School project for children.
THE FRENCH CHEF CLASSICS
French Onion Soup
Sun., Oct. 14, 10:30 pm
Cooking legend and cultural icon Julia Child introduced French cuisine to American kitchens in 1963, with the pioneering public television series THE FRENCH CHEF. Unlike anything ever seen on television before, it was entertaining and real in a way that influenced every culinary television program that followed.
In her passionate, capable and approachable way, Child changed the way Americans cook, eat and think about food. She was a natural television star, warm and exuberant and ready to share all of the lessons she had learned from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and her years of work on her groundbreaking cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julia presented the nuances of every recipe while also teaching her audience the basics of French cooking, from the proper way to choose and prepare cuts of meat, chop and sauté onions, achieve the perfect simmer and how to flambé safely. Never afraid to make mistakes on camera, she used them to her advantage to show her viewers how to adapt with confidence.
In honor of what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday in 2012, this special collection of three original black-and-white episodes of THE FRENCH CHEF from the 1960s features Julia preparing some of her favorite French classics: French Onion Soup, Quiche Lorraine and French Apple Tarts.
NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG
Richard Hoopii, Led Kaapana, Bobby Ingano, Chris Kamaka and Ululani Hoopii
Mon., Oct. 15, 7:30 pm
An encore presentation of this classic homage to the unique Hawaiian tradition of male falsetto singing, recorded at the PBS Hawaii studios.
Antiquing in Canton, TX
Mon., Oct. 15, 9:00 pm
This week, pickers Miller, John, Bob and Kevin head out to Canton, Texas, home to First Monday Trade Days - a large outdoor monthly market with a mixture of antiques and new wares. The challenge to find authentic Mission Oak furniture amid the recently-made crafts puts one picker up against the clock. Key finds include a pair of Knoll Chairs, a Bostrom Brady surveying tool and an antique document box. The winning picker is determined at A.N. Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles, California, where chosen items go under the hammer.
Standing Bear's Footsteps
Mon., Oct. 15, 10:00 pm
This is the story of an Indian chief who went to court to prove he was a person … and in the process redefined what it means to be an American. The documentary traces one man's journey from his Nebraska homeland to the malaria-infested plains of Indian Territory and finally to a trial that made front page news across America.
Standing Bear's odyssey began in 1877, when the Ponca tribe was exiled from the Niobrara valley to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma, a place they called death country. As Standing Bear's son was dying, he begged his father to take his body home for burial with his ancestors. In January of 1879, Standing Bear began the long walk north to keep his promise.
Before he and his small band could make it home, they were arrested and imprisoned at Fort Omaha. With the secret support of a famous army general, Standing Bear sued the U.S. government for his freedom. The film weaves interviews, re-creations and present-day scenes to tell a powerful story about human rights.
LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX
Minnijean Brown Trickey, Part 1 of 2
Tues., Oct. 16, 7:30 pm
In 1957, Minnijean Brown was a high-school student who wanted a better life and a better education than she was offered at the all-black school where she would have gone if the U.S. Supreme Court hadn't opened the way for public school desegregation. Minnijean was one of The Little Rock Nine – nine young, African American students who walked through the doors of the all-white Little Rock Central High in Arkansas' state capital, standing face to face with an angry mob in a defining moment for the nation's civil rights movement.
Today, Minnijean Brown Trickey is a teacher, writer and lecturer whose life work has been to build understanding and promote freedom and equality.
This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Oct. 17 at 11:00 pm and Sun., Oct. 21 at 4:00 pm.
Tues., Oct. 16, 8:00 pm
The program uses the current presidential election as a lens through which to view America's racial landscape. The program delves into immigrants' reshaping of the American electoral landscape, white voters' reaction to their declining numbers and diminished influence, and the economic imbalance between races that may affect America's political future.
LEAHEY & LEAHEY
Wed., Oct. 17, 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., Oct. 17 at 11:30 pm and Sun., Oct. 21 at 3:30 pm.
Grand Canyon Serenade
Wed., Oct. 17, 8:00 pm
This program presents a stunning visual portrait of the Grand Canyon set to the music of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Vivaldi and Satie.
Na Mele Treasures I
Thurs., Oct. 18, 9:00 pm
This modern classic, recorded in 2006, features some of Hawaii's greatest talents: Robert Cazimero, Iwalani Kahalewai, Bill Kaiwa, Nina Kealiiwahamana and Emma Veary. This encore of the first installment in the Na Mele Treasures series is presented in memory of Uncle Bill and Aunty Iwalani, who have since passed on.
Thurs., Oct. 18, 10:00 pm
When a Navajo couple discovers their children have a disorder that makes exposure to sunlight fatal, they also learn their reservation is a hotbed for this rare genetic disease. The film follows Dorey and Yolanda Nez as they confront cultural taboos, tribal history and their own unconventional choices to learn the shocking truth: The consequences of the Navajos' Long Walk - their forced relocation by the U.S. military in 1864 - are far from over.
Thurs., Oct. 18, 11:00 pm
Host Adela Ucar encounters whirling dervishes and tranquil tea gardens in Konya, then treks along the Lycian Way and relaxes on the sun-kissed beaches of Myra. Later she visits the Sabanci Mosque and samples exquisite cuisine in Adana. She also explores the bustling bazaars of Gaziantep and experiences Kurdish culture in the basalt-walled city of Divarbakr.
VOCES ON PBS
Fri., Oct. 19, 11:00 pm
VOCES ON PBS is a four-part series showcasing Latino artists, athletes and performers who reflect their culture while defying all expectations. From the housing projects of Brooklyn to a Mexican wrestling ring, from the ranches of California to the crumbling beauty of Castro's Cuba, the programs shine a light on the unexpected.
When poet-performer Lemon Andersen held a Tony Award in his hands for his work in Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, this three-time felon had achieved more than anyone could have ever imagined. But when the show closed, he lost everything and moved his wife and two small daughters back to the projects. In desperation, he turned to the only things he had left — his pen and his past.
Blanching with Seth and Angela Raynor
Sat., Oct. 20, 5:30 pm
The Emmy-winning SIMPLY MING returns for its landmark 10th season with more mouthwatering recipes, celebrity appearances and culinary road trips. This season, Chef Ming Tsai plays host to nationally renowned chefs and visits some on location in Boston, San Antonio, Chattanooga and as far away as the Azores. Each episode begins with a technique demonstration, followed by two dishes - one prepared by a guest chef and one by Ming.
On this premiere episode of season 10, it's all about blanching - the secret to improving color, taste and texture in foods. In the studio, Ming cooks on the fly with Nantucket chefs Seth and Angela Raynor. Using the blanching technique and secret ingredients they team up to create two new dishes: grilled lobster with summer herbed butter-roasted potatoes and fried pork and couscous with peach sesame compote.
Ed Sullivan's Top Performers 1966-1969
Sat., Oct. 20, 7:00 pm
From the U.S. television debut of the Beatles in 1964 to the Doors' infamous one-time-only appearance, The Ed Sullivan Show brought the greatest musical acts in the world into America's living rooms every Sunday night. This new special features the Beatles as well as memorable performances from other superstars of the 60s pop-rock era, including the Mamas & the Papas, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Rivers, the Beach Boys, The Association, Tom Jones and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind
Sat., Oct. 20, 9:00 pm
This special focuses on the greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 1950s and 1960s folk era. Presented by the lead singer of The Lovin' Spoonful ("Do You Believe In Magic"), the program features a treasure trove of historical footage that has not been seen in more than four decades, plus new performances by artists who are still appearing in concert today. Featuring Pete Seeger and Judy Collins singing "Turn, Turn, Turn," Harry Belafonte's hit "Jamaica Farewell," Trini Lopez's rendition of "If I Had a Hammer," Rod McKuen's classic "Seasons in the Sun," Bobby Darin's heartfelt "Simple Song of Freedom" and many more.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Sat., Oct. 20, 11:00 pm
The Grammy-winning band Bon Iver takes the ACL stage to perform material from its self-titled second album.
MOYERS & COMPANY
Sun., Sept. Oct. 14, 5:00 pm
Bill Moyers presents 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.
PBS NEWSHOUR DEBATES 2012: A SPECIAL REPORT
Presidential Debate 2
Tues., Oct. 16
Live at 3:00 pm
Encore at 9:00 pm
The PBS NEWSHOUR presents live coverage (90 minutes) and analysis (30 minutes) of the three presidential candidates' debates in October.
Candy Crowley, CNN chief political correspondent and anchor, CNN's State of the Union, moderates the second presidential debate, which will take the form of a town meeting. Citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Each candidate will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants asking the questions will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.
HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network
Thurs., Oct. 18, 7:30 pm
Students from Kamehameha Schools - Kapalama in Honolulu host this edition of HIKI NŌ. Seabury Hall Middle School students on Maui feature a school project in which students create woven hats for children in different parts of the globe. From Oahu, Kawananakoa Middle School profiles Joel Kim, a coach at Palolo Boxing Club.
Other featured schools: Hawaii Preparatory Academy (Hawaii Island); Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and Island School (Kauai); Lahainaluna High School (Maui); and Kalani High School and Saint Andrew's Priory (Oahu).
This program encores Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII
Election 2012: US Senate
Thurs., Oct. 18, 8:00 pm
Host Dan Boylan moderates this candidates' forum for the US Senate race. With both Mazie Hirono (D) and Linda Lingle (R) scheduled to appear, INSIGHTS provides an unscripted, unfiltered look at the candidates and an opportunity for viewers to ask them questions.
INSIGHTS is also available online via live streaming. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri., Oct. 19, 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.
NEED TO KNOW
Fri., Oct. 19, 8:00 pm
This weekly current affairs series covers the issues being considered by candidates and voters - from immigration to education to health care, environment, jobs and the economy - from Main Street's point of view.
The program also profiles up-and-coming political leaders and will report regularly from the road, hosting the program from key states whose issues are important to the national election. Essays, many from Jon Meacham and from a diverse group of other journalists and big thinkers, are a weekly feature.
Respected and experienced media professionals anchor the program and report from the field. They include: Jeff Greenfield, a seasoned political, media and culture reporter and commentator who has worked for CNN, CBS and NBC; Maria Hinojosa, host and managing editor of NPR's Latino USA and former senior correspondent of NOW On PBS; Scott Simon, longtime host of NPR's Weekend Edition; and Ray Suarez, co-anchor of the PBS NEWSHOUR.
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP
Fri., Oct. 19, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.
Fri., Oct. 19, 9:00 pm
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have crafted their campaign narratives, telling you who they are, what they've done and how they would lead America. But there's more to their stories. This FRONTLINE special documents the places, people and decisive moments that have made the men who are competing for the presidency. Hundreds of hours of research and dozens of original interviews reveal new details and fresh insights about the two candidates - and our choice this November.
Science and Nature
Forensics on Trial
Wed., Oct. 17, 9:00 pm
There is a startling gap between the glamorous television world of CSI and the gritty reality of the forensic crime lab. With few established scientific standards, no central oversight and poor regulation of examiners, forensics in the U.S. is in a state of crisis. NOVA investigates how modern forensics, including the analysis of fingerprints, bite marks, ballistics, hair and tool marks, can send innocent men and women to prison - and sometimes even to death row. Of more than 250 inmates exonerated by DNA testing over the last decade, more than half of the wrongful convictions stemmed from invalid or improperly handled forensics. With the help of vivid recreations of actual trials and cases, NOVA investigates today's shaky state of crime science as well as cutting-edge solutions that could help investigators put the real criminals behind bars.
Can Science Stop Crime?
Wed., Oct. 17, 10:00 pm
What's the secret to stopping crime? David Pogue gives the third degree to scientists pushing the limits of technology - not only to solve horrific murders, but also to try to prevent crimes. Pogue learns the latest techniques, from unraveling the clues embedded in a decomposing corpse to detecting lies by peering directly into a suspect's brain to tracking the creation of a psychopath's mind. And a genius crime-stopper has made some terrifying discoveries, including how easy it is for a bad guy to highjack - not just your laptop, but your kids' toys, your pacemaker and even your car.
Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel
Tues., Oct. 16, 11:00 pm
Discover the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind Gone With the Wind, one of the world's best-selling novels that was adapted into one of the most popular films of all time. No ordinary woman, Margaret Mitchell was a charismatic force who challenged the stifling Southern social order and struggled with the changing role of women and the liberation of African Americans.
Easy Yoga for Easing Pain
Mon., Oct. 15, 8:00 pm
Joint pain is the major complaint of millions of individuals who suffer from arthritis, who've injured themselves or who perform jobs that require some form of repetitive action. All joint pain sufferers share a common observation: joint pain is unrelenting. According to host and yoga expert Peggy Cappy, yoga can be a great first line of defense. In this new program, she demonstrates how yoga can increase flexibility, reduce joint and muscular aches and pains and even combat fatigue.