PROGRAM LISTINGS April 28 - May 4, 2013
Arts, Drama, Culture
CALL THE MIDWIFE
Season 2, Part 5 of 8
Sun., April 28, 7:00 pm
CALL THE MIDWIFE, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, returns for a second season, with all its well-loved characters as well as some new faces. Nonnatus House opens its doors to warmly welcome the audience back into 1950s East End London and continues to follow Poplar's community of exceptional midwives and nuns.
Part 5 of 8
The Poplar community pulls together to prepare for the annual Summer Fete. This year, with the introduction of a baby show, the midwives will be more involved than ever, especially Trixie, who assumes responsibility for securing a celebrity judge. At the ante-natal clinic, Jenny meets Nora, an impoverished mother of eight, who is distraught that she may soon have another mouth to feed.
Mr. Selfridge, Part 5 of 8
Sun., April 28, 8:00 pm
Jeremy Piven (Entourage) stars as a wheeling-dealing American who shows early 1900s Londoners how to shop. Based on the life of colorful retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge, the eight-part series is created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House). Also starring are Frances O'Connor, Aisling Loftus, Zoe Tapper, Amanda Abbington, and Samuel West.
Part 5 of 8
Mr. Grove takes over in Harry's absence, but faces irate temperance marchers and other challenges. Meanwhile, Agnes gets to know Henri, the window dresser.
THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE
Part 2 of 3
Sun., April 28, 9:00 pm
This mini-series follows four ordinary women with the extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom's main decryption establishment. Now, in 1952, Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean have returned to civilian life, keeping their intelligence work secret from all, including family and friends. A series of ghastly murders targeting women, however, re-unites the team as they set out to decode the pattern behind the crimes.
Part 2 of 3
When Scotland Yard dismisses the women's theories, they realize it's up to them to stop the killer before he takes his next victim. They identify a suspect and use Lucy to lure him into a trap, but their plan goes badly awry and Lucy is assaulted. Shaken, the women take a different approach, contacting former war department members. Susan plans to meet with a psychiatrist whom she believes has helpful information, completely unaware of the danger that awaits her.
LAND OF THE DRAGON
Sun., April 28, 10:00 pm
There are many schools and styles of Chinese Martial Arts in China. See how Chinese Martial Arts, also known as kung fu by the Western world, have been preserved and passed down from generation to generation.
TOMORROW: JAPAN BEYOND 3/11
Passing on Memories of Disaster
Sun., April 28, 10:30 pm
U.S. journalist Lucy Birmingham investigates disaster education in Japan to find out how much use was made of the lessons of the Great East Japan Earthquake. She also examines the discussion about which disaster remains should be preserved, which should be cleared away and how could they be utilized for future generations.
NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG
Mon., April 29, 7:30 pm
Singer Raiatea Helm is joined by dad Zachary Helm, Jack Ofoia, Casey Olsen, Aaron Salā and dancer Nani Dudoit for a performance in the PBS Hawaii studio. In between songs Raiatea talks about her influences, recordings and responsibilities as a Hawaiian artist.
Rapid City, SD, Part 2 of 3
Mon., April 29, 8:00 pm
The Roadshow hits the open road to visit the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, located in the town famous for its annual motorcycle rally. Highlights from the floor include TWA travel posters, a 1932 signed photograph of Mount Rushmore and a Rock-Ola juke box valued at $2,000-$3,000.
Mon., April 29, 9:00 pm
The Roadshow's first visit to Phoenix was in 1997, when Arizona's biggest story was a UFO sighting dubbed the "Phoenix Lights." Flash forward 16 years for these believe-it-or-not moments: "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus," the original 1897 letter to the New York Sun, was appraised at $20,000 to $30,000 and gets a nice current value of $30,000 to $50,000; on the other hand, a circa 1890 mechanical bank, then worth $3,700, gets a lump of coal and a current value of $1,000 to $1,500.
Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of Different Drum
Mon., April 29, 11:30 pm
Native American music may not conjure images of tubas, trumpets and John Phillip Sousa marches. Yet this vibrant musical tradition has been a part of Native American culture for more than 100 years. This film traces the origins of the four remaining multi-generational, community-based tribal bands: the Iroquois Indian Band from upstate New York, the Fort Mojave Tribal Band from Needles, California, the Zuni Pueblo Band from northwestern New Mexico and the Navajo Nation Band from Arizona.
LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX
Aung San Suu Kyi
Tues., April 30, 7:30 pm
Leslie Wilcox talks with Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Her nonviolent campaign for human rights and democracy in Burma led to her initial house arrest in 1989. Suu Kyi speaks candidly about house arrest, her current political role and the elusive but important goal of perfect peace. This episode was produced in partnership with Pillars of Peace Hawaii, an initiative of the Hawaii Community Foundation.
This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed. May 1 at 11:00 pm and Sun., May 5 at 4:00 pm.
LEAHEY & LEAHEY
Wed., May 1, 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., May 1 at 11:30 and Sun., May 5 at 3:30 pm.
PBS HAWAII PRESENTS
Dream Big: Nanakuli at the Fringe
Thurs., May 2, 9:00 pm
Big dreams are often followed by heartfelt gratitude. Such is the case in this PBS HAWAII PRESENTS documentary, produced and directed by Roy Kimura. The students of Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center (NPAC) were given a prestigious, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel halfway across the globe to perform at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. The students feared they would not be able to raise enough money to attend The Fringe, the world's largest arts festival. Yet Nanakuli, a community often characterized with a poor public and self-image, rallied behind its students. The resulting journey proved to be an emotional, life-changing one for everyone involved.
Around the World – Pacific Journeys: Santiago to Pitcairn
Thurs., May 2, 11:00 pm
Host Zay Harding begins his Pacific journey in Santiago de Chile, gateway to the culturally unique Easter Island. From here he heads to Tahiti, the Polynesian paradise that enticed Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, Captain Cook and Captain Bligh and his Bounty mutineers to stay longer than planned. Zay embarks on an ocean voyage along the waters charted by these famous explorers, including a perilous crossing to Pitcairn Island, which the descendents of the Bounty mutineers call home today.
Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris
Fri., May 3, 9:00 pm
At an age when most artists' best work is behind them, modern dance pioneer Paul Taylor continues to win acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his recent dances, as well as his classics. Recorded during the Taylor Company's 2012 performances at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris, this special presents two of Taylor's enduring masterworks: Brandenburgs, first performed in 1988 to music from Bach's Brandenburg concertos #3 and #6; and his 2008 ballet Beloved Renegade, set to Francis Poulenc's "Gloria" and inspired by the life and work of poet Walt Whitman.
BROADWAY OR BUST
Part 1 of 3: The Casting Call
Fri., May 3, 10:00 pm
From a nationwide casting call of more than 50,000 high school students participating in 30 regional competitions, just 60 musical theater performers earn the right to participate for one week in the National High School Musical Theater Awards competition. Cameras follow these talented performers, the best in the country, to New York, where they meet their colleagues face-to-face. As day one unfolds, they learn a new opening number from director Van Kaplan and choreographer Kiesha Lalama, get one-on-one coaching in music, theater, dancing and acting from some of Broadway's top talent - including Leslie Odom Jr., Michael McElroy and Liz Callaway - and prepare for their solos in front of an influential group of judges.
BROADWAY OR BUST
Part 2 of 3: Boot Camp
Fri., May 3, 11:00 pm
Boot camp - there's no other way to describe it. The second episode picks up where the first left off, launching headlong into the fire of the rehearsals, coaching and coaxing sessions that take place during one week of intense preparation for the auditions and the awards ceremony, popularly known as "The Jimmy Awards" in honor of renowned Broadway theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander. Fighting fatigue, the eager performers quickly see what a learn-by-immersion experience is all about - and get an eye-opening look at what life is like on Broadway. The central drama of the episode lies in both the progress and setbacks of the individual performers. As the week moves along and the final auditions loom, the program closes with another round of uncertainty. Participants dig in and launch into last-minute preparations for their auditions.
MARTHA STEWART'S COOKING SCHOOL
Sat., May 4, 5:00 pm
Everyone knows the importance of eating vegetables, but some home cooks avoid cooking them simply because they don't know how. In this episode, Martha shares her favorite methods for preparing vegetables so that they retain their delicious flavors, bright colors, and nutritional properties, offering quick, easy-to-follow recipes and tips. Viewers learn how to make simple vegetable side dishes, including steamed spinach, sautéed broccoli rabe, roasted cauliflower "steaks," brown sugar-glazed carrots, sautéed sugar snap peas and shelled peas with mint and lemony kale salad.
Blanching with Seth and Angela Raynor
Sat., May 4, 5:30 pm
This episode is 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.
THE MIND OF A CHEF
Sat., May 4, 7:00 pm
There's something rotten in Chef David Chang's kitchen – and that's a good thing. Rotten is delicious: katsuibushi, XO sauce, and kimchi. His pastry chef Christina Tosi also shows that the best flavor in a banana cream pie comes from rotten bananas.
RICK STEVES' EUROPE
London: Historic and Dynamic
Sat., May 4, 7:30 pm
In many-faceted London, Rick ponders royal tombs in Westminster Abbey, learns how to triple the calories of an English scone at teatime and discovers treasures in the British Library. Later he enjoys the vibrant evening scene in Soho and straddles the Prime Meridian at Greenwich.
Tea Lands of China
Sat., May 4, 8:00 pm
This program follows two Americans, Mark Rozell, a retail manager at Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz, CA, and Victoria (Tori) Boyert, owner of Satori Tea Company in San Jose, CA, as they travel to two major tea regions in China to learn about two different types of Chinese tea.
Longjing tea is a green tea grown in Hangzhou City in eastern China while pu'er tea is grown in the southwest Yunnan Province near the border of Burma, Laos and Vietnam.
Mark and Tori learn how to pluck, process and brew a perfect cup of longjing tea at tea farms in Hangzhou City. They also get a chance to eat popular dishes made with longjing tea. During their stay in Hangzhou they visit what is called "heaven on earth," the famous West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which encompasses beautiful nature scenes and pagodas along the cityscape.
In Yunnan Province, Mark and Tori meet many different minority groups who introduce them to pu'er tea. They climb 9 feet tall pu'er tea trees to pluck their leaves, learn how the tea is processed, and drink a cup of the tea with Lahu and Bulang people.
World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements
Sat., May 4, 10:00 pm
This film interweaves the story of a remarkable educator and the extraordinary game he developed to demonstrate the complexities of peace and global conflict. Teacher John Hunter's "World Peace Game" is a hands-on political simulation exercise in which students tackle real-world military, economic and environmental issues. The nine- and 10-year-olds divide into groups, including nation states, the World Bank, United Nations officials, indigenous peoples and even arms dealers. Then, they face daily challenges ranging from insurgencies and global warming to ethnic tensions and natural disasters. Working together, while also balancing the interests of their own "nations," they attempt to achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Sat., May 4, 11:00 pm
Grammy-winners Coldplay, the modern-rock giants who have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, perform hits and selections from their LP, Mylo Xyloto.
MOYERS & COMPANY
Sun., April 28, 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.
Mon., April 29, 10:00 pm
The blistering deserts of southern Arizona have been littered with the scorched and desiccated bodies of more than 2,000 illegal border crossers in the past decade and a half. The grisly task of locating and identifying them falls to overwhelmed local coroners and tireless volunteers, who attempt to provide closure to devastated families.
Top Secret America - 9/11 to the Boston Bombings
Tues., April 30, 10:00 pm
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the threat of terrorism again confronts Americans. More than a decade after 9/11 and hundreds of billions of dollars later, there are pressing questions about whether America's investment in its "terrorism industrial complex" has made us safer. FRONTLINE reporter Dana Priest traces the journey from 9/11 to the Marathon bombings and investigates the secret history of the twelve-year battle against terrorism
HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network
Thurs., May 2, 7:30 pm
Kalaheo High School students host this week's show from their campus in Kailua, Windward Oahu. Students from Seabury Hall Upper School on Maui cover the ongoing restoration efforts on Kahoolawe. On Oahu, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama students visit 'Ulu'ulu, Hawaii's official archive for historical footage, currently housed at UH West Oahu.
This episode also features student stories from: Hawaii Preparatory Academy (Hawaii Island); Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and Kapaa Middle School on Kauai; Waialua High and Intermediate School and Wheeler Middle School on Oahu.
This program encores Saturday, May 4 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 pm. You may also viewHIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII
Thurs., May 2, 8:00 pm
Host Dan Boylan moderates this discussion on same-sex marriage. This month 20 years ago, the Hawaii State Supreme Court made a landmark ruling that sparked widespread discussion about same-sex marriage. Although bills to either legalize gay marriage or reserve marriage for opposite-sex couples both stalled this legislative session, the marriage debate continues.
Scheduled to appear are: James Hochberg, Attorney and President of Hawaii Family Advocates; Steven Levinson, Retired State Supreme Court Justice; Glenn Stanton, Director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family; and Renea Stewart, same-sex marriage advocate.
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 email@example.com
Service: When Women Come Marching Home
Thurs., May 2, 10:00 pm
This documentary portrays the courage of women veterans as they transition from active duty to their civilian lives. It takes the audience on a journey from the deserts of Afghanistan to rural Tennessee and from Iraq to urban New York City. It shows women functioning as fully accepted and contributing members of a military unit as well as the devastating isolation and persecution of those who report rape. We see these women as veterans fighting to find homes, demanding services, responding to therapy and gaining their independence. Through interviews in their kitchens, bathrooms, even therapy sessions, the film reveals the raw truths of our women warriors fighting in the battlefield called "home."
WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL
Fri., May 3, 7:30 pm
For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. Hosted by Gwen Ifill, it 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., May 3, 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 MCLAUGHLIN GROUP
Fri., May 3, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.
Sat., May 4, 9:00 pm
At a time when many children play more in front of screens than outside, this film explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds.
Science and Nature
Legendary White Stallions
Wed., May 1, 8:00 pm
Hear the story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions, from their origins in ancient times to the almost unknown drama of their rescue in 1945. The program focuses on the bond that develops between horse and rider and begins at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Here the perfect harmony between horse and rider, as well as the beauty and power of the magnificent white stallions, is celebrated in their impressive performance.
Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures
Wed., May 1, 9:00 pm
Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. This NOVA miniseries takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. With high-energy host and geologist Richard Smith, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids. Epic in scope, intimate in nature, this is the untold story of the Land Down Under, the island continent that has it all.
After the asteroid impact 65 million years ago - believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs - Australia was set adrift on a lonely voyage in southern seas. Dr. Smith travels this continent to uncover how it became the strange island it is today. Australia's many unusual creatures, like the kangaroo and the cassowary, tell a tale of isolation, change and resilience. Australia's long history has seen mountains rise and fall, seas come and go and whole kingdoms of life triumph and disappear. In this final episode of the mini-series, NOVA races down the last 65 million years to the present day.
THE DUST BOWL
Reaping the Whirlwind
Tues., April 30, 8:00 pm
Ken Burns' THE DUST BOWL surveys the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when the frenzied wheat boom of the "Great Plow Up," followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. See vivid interviews with 26 survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom-seen movie footage that bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible perseverance. The documentary is also a morality tale about our relationship with the land that sustains us - a lesson we ignore at our peril.
In the second part, experience the gradual relief as the families of the plains seek new lives in California and government conservation efforts - and a break in the drought in 1939 - eventually stabilize the soil and bring the farms back to life, but with dangers of another Dust Bowl facing future generations.
Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust
Tues., April 30, 11:00 pm
This film recounts a fascinating yet seldom-told chapter in World War II history. It chronicles a real-life Casablanca, in which a high-profile group of poker buddies – including Colonel Dwight Eisenhower – hatched an intricate international plan of rescue and re-settlement, saving 1,300 Jews from certain death in Nazi concentration camps. This gripping story is told through interviews with historians, friends and relatives of the key participants, and first-person accounts from refugees.
SECRETS OF THE DEAD
Bugging Hitler's Soldiers
Wed., May 1, 10:00 pm
Spied upon in a bugging operation of unprecedented scale and cunning, 4,000 German POWs revealed their inner thoughts about the Third Reich and let slip military secrets that helped the Allies win WWII. The film tells the story of how those conversations were recorded and how they can now reveal, in shocking detail, the hearts and minds of the German fighter. Only now have more than 100,000 hours of these secret recordings been declassified, researched and cross referenced. The documentary includes intense, full-dialogue dramatic reconstructions that use the verbatim transcripts of these bugged conversations to reveal the dark heart of the Nazi regime as never before.