Month: January 2015

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
War of the Worlds

 

On Sunday, October 30, 1938, the night before Halloween, millions of Americans gathered around their radios and heard a news bulletin about strange explosions on Mars, followed by other reports that led them to believe an alien invasion was in progress. Relive the thrill of Orson Welles’ infamous radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, 75 years after it set off one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history. The film examines the elements that made America ripe for the hoax: America’s longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium; the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937; and Welles himself, the 23-year-old wunderkind director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme. 

 

PBS HAWAII PRESENTS
One Voice

 

Through the personal stories of student song directors, this music documentary tells the story of the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest. Every year in Hawaii, 2,000 high school students compete in the contest, in which young leaders direct their peers in singing Hawaiian music in four-part harmony. Follow the elected student song directors to see how the tradition creates an indelible experience that builds class unity, instills cultural pride and builds character. Meet their families and learn about their hopes and dreams for the future. Experience Hawaiian culture as it has survived, flourished and grown through the universal power of music and song.

 

 

RICK STEVES’
The Best of Israel

 

America’s leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countrysides. Each episode contains Rick’s valuable insights on art, culture and history, and his practical, experience-enhancing travel advice. 

 

The Best of Israel 
We start in Jerusalem, alive with religious tradition and passion – Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. We then visit cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, the fortress of Masada and the Sea of Galilee. We’ll also pay our respects at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, drop into an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to savor the local cuisine.

 

 

FRONT AND CENTER
Here Come the Mummies

 

Here Come the Mummies is a funk/R&B band known for performing in full mummy attire with stage names that are rumored to cover the identities of moonlighting Grammy-winning band members. This performance was captured at the War Memorial in Nashville and includes the songs “Ra Ra Ra,” “Carnal Carnival” and “Petting Zoo.”

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Special: Great Natural Wonders

 

Join the Trekkers as they explore some of the world’s great natural wonders. Megan discovers erupting volcanoes in Hawaii and Java, Ian encounters the Arctic, Justine hikes the Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia, Eils treks deep into the Amazon rainforest, and Holly travels with the nomadic Tuareg tribe in the Sahara Desert. Other destinations include Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Victoria Falls and spectacular national parks around the world, from New Zealand and Botswana to Kenya and Ecuador.

 

The Road to Fame

 

This is a unique coming-of-age story with Chinese characteristics. The film chronicles the staging of the American musical Fame – China’s first official collaboration with Broadway – by the senior class of the country’s top drama academy. During the eight-month process, five students compete for roles, struggle with pressure from family and authority, and prepare to graduate into a cut-throat and corrupt entertainment industry. They must confront complex social realities and their own anxieties, and, in the process of staging Fame, negotiate their own definitions of and paths to success in today’s China.

 

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC
Downton Abbey, Season 5, Part 4 of 9

 

This Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning hit drama returns for a fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate – an entertaining formula that has made “Downton Abbey” the highest-rated drama in PBS history. The acclaimed ensemble cast is joined by guest stars Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton and Peter Egan as Lord Flintshire, together with new characters played by Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia. 

 

Part 4 of 9 
Lord Merton delivers a bombshell to Isobel, and Mary does likewise to Tony. Police suspicions deepen in an unexplained death. Robert and Sarah lock horns.

 

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Edison

The holder of more patents than any other inventor in history, Thomas Alva Edison had amassed a fortune and achieved glory as the genius behind such revolutionary inventions as sound recording, motion pictures and electric light. This film offers new perspectives on the man and his milieu, and illuminates the nature of inventing and its role in turn-of-the century America’s rush to the future.

 

 

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