PROGRAM LISTINGS November 11 - November 17, 2012

Arts, Drama, Culture

National Salute to Veterans
Sun., Nov. 11, 7:00 pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host the inaugural broadcast of the program celebrating all our American heroes who have served throughout our country's history. The all-star line-up includes Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), Forest Whitaker, Pia Toscano, Javier Colon, Kris Allen, A.J. Cook, Jason Ritter and Yolanda Adams, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra. This national television event is produced by Capital Concerts, the nation's leading producer of live holiday specials and the production force behind A Capitol Fourth and the National Memorial Day Concert. These premier celebrations of America's most important holidays have become annual traditions and the number one and number three top-rated programs on PBS.

Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2
Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Sun., Nov. 11, 8:00 pm
Mon., Nov. 12, 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.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
On the eve of war, Beryl and Harry face a race against time to get married. Meanwhile, Mr. Pritchard makes a decision that throws the running of 165 into chaos, until an old friend lends a helping hand. As Lady Agnes returns to London, a dark discovery has explosive consequences for all inside Eaton Place and changes the landscape forever.

Putting It Together (1980-Present)

Sun., Nov. 11, 9:00 pm
Legendary as the "Abominable Showman," notorious producer David Merrick re-conquers Broadway in 1980 with a smash adaptation of the movie musical 42nd Street. But soon the biggest hits are arriving from an unexpected source–London. Producer Cameron Mackintosh redefines the business of show business as Cats, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon become international blockbusters.

Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George defies categorization, while Jerry Herman's crowd-pleasing La Cage aux Folles has two men sing a love song to each other for the first time on Broadway – a breakthrough soon overshadowed by the rising decimation of the AIDS crisis on Broadway.

Then with Julie Taymor's triumphant re-imagining of The Lion King, Disney leads an astonishing resurrection of 42nd Street. Composer Jonathan Larson scores a bittersweet victory with the rock-flavored Rent, and the old-style musical is reborn in Mel Brooks' The Producers, which becomes the first must-see musical comedy in decades, despite a ticket price of $480 for each VIP seat.

After 9/11, Broadway – like the rest of America – emerges from the darkness. Broadway's corporate dominance continues to grow. "Oh, I've been hearing about Broadway disappearing ever since I put on long pants," says illustrator Al Hirschfeld. "I mean, it's been the fabulous invalid. You know, but it survives, it survives."

The episode features interviews with writer/producer Mel Brooks, actor Kristin Chenoweth, Walt Disney Corporation CEO Michael Eisner, actor/book writer Harvey Fierstein, composer/lyricist Jerry Herman, actor Nathan Lane, playwright/director James Lapine, producer Rocco Landesman, director Arthur Laurents, Nederlander Theaters chairman James Nederlander Sr., director Susan Stroman and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Highlights include home movies of Jonathan Larson working as a waiter before leaving his job to create Rent, and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Wicked in rehearsal and opening on Broadway.

Shreveport: Road through Northern Louisiana

Sun., Nov. 11, 10:00 pm
This music-based travel series invites viewers to discover the exciting rhythms of the planet. In each episode, ethnomusicologist and world music record producer Jacob Edgar embarks on a quest to find the world's best songs. With local musicians as his guide, Edgar receives a backstage pass to trendy nightclubs, international festivals, recording studio jam sessions and rollicking rehearsal rooms; samples exotic local cuisine; visits off-the-beaten path attractions and parties at hidden venues only the locals know. This season kicks off a three-episode foray into Louisiana, where Jacob seeks out the region's authentic sounds – from the bayou to Bourbon Street.

Shreveport: Road through Northern Louisiana
Shreveport, a city with a rich musical history, counts among its myriad musical traditions the African American sounds of the South, country music, swing, rockabilly and the spicy influence of Cajun and Creole music. As guest host, rock star and blues guitar virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepherd visits Lead Belly's grave for an acoustic jam with local icon Buddy Flett and enjoys a special performance on the stage where Elvis first tasted stardom. He also sits down with guitarist James Burton for a demonstration of his pioneering guitar licks and sits in on a boogie party with the band Dirtfoot.

Keep Loving the Ocean

Sun., Nov. 11, 10:30 pm
This program about the marine environment after the earthquake and people's continuing interaction with the sea is set in the seaside town of Shichigahama. American artist Christian Riese Lassen meets local surfers who are working to clean up the tsunami debris from the beaches. He also hears the singing of local children who brought solace to those who suffered from the disaster and paints together with them.

Genoa Keawe & Family

Mon., Nov. 12, 7:30 pm
The late Aunty Genoa Keawe, beloved for her "aloha spirit" as much as her legendary falsetto singing, was joined in this performance by her sons and grandchildren to kanikapila in the old-time, good-fun family way. Aunty Genoa plays with sons Eric K. Keawe on guitar and vocals, Arthur Keawe on ukulele and vocals, and Gary Keawe Aiko on upright bass and vocals. Granddaughter Pomaika'i Keawe performs on ukulele and vocals. Two other granddaughters, Kawahineu'iokalani and Sanoe Keawe, provide hula artistry.

Cats and Dogs

Mon., Nov. 12, 8:00 pm
Whether it's a ceramic dog or a painted cat, this special is chock full of appraisals featuring felines and canines – in sculpture, on canvas and in many other forms. Take a look at an original "Hush Puppy" mascot, odd dog portraits and a "naughty cat" bronze.

Antiquing in New York, NY

Mon., Nov. 12, 9:00 pm
This week on MARKET WARRIORS, pickers Miller, John, Bob and Kevin head to the Big Apple in search of big treasures at the Antiques Garage in the heart of New York City. They team up to find the right piece of ephemera from the 100 dealers packed into cramped quarters. Among the wide array of items the pickers find are an antique child's rake, a woodcut of Grand Central Terminal and an abstract painting of a woman. The winning picker is determined at Ken Farmer's Auctions in Radford, Virginia, where the items go under the hammer.

Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream

Mon., Nov. 12, 10:00 pm
If income inequality were a sport, the residents of 740 Park Avenue in Manhattan would all be medalists. This address boasts the highest number of billionaires in the United States, many of whom actively lobby and finance political campaigns to lower taxes on the wealthy. Less than four miles away, Park Avenue runs through New York's 16th Congressional District in the South Bronx, which has the highest poverty rate in the U.S. Minutes away from one another as the crow flies, these New Yorkers face dramatically different economic realities.

Hawaii as Home

Tues., Nov. 13, 7:30 pm
Leslie Wilcox presents stories from previous guests about being at home in Hawaii. Some guests reminisce about their neighborhoods and families; others talk about how they embraced Hawaii as their new home. Kū Kahakalau, Corbett Kalama, Derek Kurisu, Nola Nahulu and Puakea Nogelmeier are among the guests featured.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 14 at 11:00 pm and Sun., Nov. 18 at 4:00 pm.

Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home

Tues., Nov. 13, 8:00 pm
The music of America's signature folk singer-songwriter has been recorded by everyone from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to the Irish rock band U2. Originally blowing out of the Dust Bowl in 1930s Depression-era America, he blended vernacular, rural music and populism to give voice to millions of downtrodden citizens. Guthrie's prolific music, poetry and prose were politically leftist, uniquely patriotic and always inspirational. He joined music with traditional oral history and was central to the folk music revival. His is a complex story filled with frenetic creative energy and a treasure trove of cultural history, as well as personal imperfections and profound family tragedy.

Wed., Nov. 14, 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., Nov. 14 at 11:30 pm and Sun., Nov. 18 at 3:30 pm.

Na Mele: Tony Conjugacion

Thurs., Nov. 15, 9:00 pm
Tony Conjugacion returns to his roots and pays tribute to his musical influences in this special. This spontaneous kanikapila is a historic occasion captured by the cameras in the PBS Hawaii studio.

Panama & Colombia

Thurs., Nov. 15, 11:00 pm
Host Megan McCormick takes a trip through Colombia and Panama, two countries that are largely untouched by mass tourism. In Panama City, Megan tries different Panama hats, which she learns are really from Ecuador but were misnamed as far back as the 1850s when Americans were building the railroad during the Gold Rush. She also visits the Panama Canal, the crucial byway that generates $1 billion a year for the Panamanian economy. In Colombia, Megan finds herself witness to a shooting. Undeterred, she decides to learn more about the country's crime-ridden history. She stops by Bogota's police museum to see an exhibition of the infamous drug dealer Pablo Escobar, and then visits the Caribbean coast and the beautiful historic city of Cartagena, where she learns about the city's Spanish colonial past and listens to some of Colombia's most popular music, vallenato.


Fri., Nov. 16, 9:00 pm
This program follows the evolution of American craft in its drive toward exploration, experimentation and innovation, a move toward new forms and creative solutions. The artists featured are: Tanya Aguiñiga, Lia Cook, Clary Illian, Warren Mackenzie and Jeff Oestereich. Explore their trailblazing attempts to cross-pollinate culture, aesthetics and technologies, moving forward the development of American craft.

From ramen to rotting bananas, from Copenhagen to Kansas City, from pork buns to golf clubs, this series combines travel, cooking, history, science and humor for an unforgettable journey. Join executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted Korean-American chef and restaurateur David Chang, a New York Times best-selling author and chef-owner of the Momofuku restaurant group. Chang brings a voracious appetite for food knowledge and a youthful exuberance to cooking and travel, whether cooking in his kitchens in New York and Australia or traveling for inspiration to Japan, Denmark, Spain or Montreal.

Fri., Nov. 16, 10:00 pm
There's something rotten in 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.

Fri., Nov. 16, 10:30 pm
David Chang hangs out with one of his best friends, Rene Redzepi – who happens to be the world's top chef.


Sat., Nov. 17, 4:00 pm
Martha Stewart returns to PBS with a new culinary master class for American home cooks. In each episode, Martha demonstrates classic cooking techniques and basics, using her signature step-by-step, how-to teaching process to illustrate the building blocks of recipes everyone should know.

In this episode, Martha shares her favorite methods for preparing vegetables so that they retain their delicious flavors, bright colors, and nutritional properties, and offers 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.

Thickening with Susur Lee

Sat., Nov. 17, 5:30 pm
The key to making great sauces is thickening. Ming demonstrates how to make a reduction and a roux. Joining him in the kitchen is Top Chef Masters culinary sensation, Susur Lee. Together Ming and Susur will cook on the fly, using mystery ingredients and the technique of thickening to serve up two tasty dishes: Chinese-style paella and seared chicken breast orzo risotto with endive caper salad.

Wagner's Ring Cycle: Siegfried

Sat., Nov. 17, 7:00 pm
The young hero Siegfried grows up in the wilderness, raised by Alberich's conniving brother Mime. He puts together the broken pieces of the sword Nothung, uses it to slay the fearsome dragon Fafner, and takes the ring for himself. To fulfill his destiny, he must overcome one more opponent–Wotan, now disguised as the Wanderer, who knows the world of the gods is coming to an end – and cross through the magic fire to his true love, Brünnhilde.

Public Affairs

Sun., Nov. 11, 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.

The Suicide Plan

Tues., Nov. 13, 9:30 pm
You have an incurable illness, you want to die and you want help dying – what can you do? The terminally ill who live in Oregon or Washington can openly ask a doctor for help, but in the rest of the country, where physician-assisted suicide is illegal, people who are suffering turn in secret to friends, family and even activist organizations. FRONTLINE explores this shadow world of assisted suicide, where the lines between legality and criminality are blurred, taking viewers inside one of the most polarizing social issues of our time, told by the people choosing to die, and by their "assisters," individuals and right-to-die organizations at risk of prosecution for their actions.

HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network
Thurs., Nov. 15, 7:30 pm
Students from Maui Waena Intermediate School host this episode and file a report on a 16-year-old female professional motocross racer. From Kauai, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School students report on their school's unusual on-campus personal electronics policy.

Other featured schools: Konawaena High School (Hawaii Island); Maui High School (Maui); Halau Lokahi, Mililani Middle School, Moanalua High School and Waianae Intermediate School (Oahu).

This program encores Saturday, Nov. 17 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,

UH Sports

Thurs., Nov. 15, 8:00 pm
Host Dan Boylan and guests discuss University of Hawaii at Manoa's Division I athletic program, a longtime institution for student achievement and community pride. In light of recent fallout from the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco, INSIGHTS explores the athletic program's mission, how it benefits students and the community, and the feasibility of continuing a Division I program in a budget-strapped environment.

Scheduled to appear: Robert Cooney, Associate Professor and Former Chair of UH Manoa's Faculty Senate; Jim Leahey, sportscaster and co-host of PBS Hawaii's Leahey & Leahey; John McNamara, Associate Athletic Director at UH Manoa; and Dave Reardon, sports columnist with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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

Fri., Nov. 16, 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., Nov. 16, 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.

Fri., Nov. 16, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

Science and Nature

Animal Odd Couples

Tues., Nov. 13, 11:00 pm
Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a goat guiding a blind horse; a doe who regularly visits her Great Dane surrogate mother; a juvenile gibbon choosing to live with a family of capuchins, and so on. Are these examples of instincts gone awry? Now, NATURE investigates the reasons why animals form these special bonds which have mystified scientists for years. Informed by the observations of caregivers and noted scientists Temple Grandin and Marc Bekoff, the film explores what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

An Original DUCKumentary

Wed., Nov. 14, 8:00 pm
Ducks fly through the air on short stubby wings, traveling in large, energy-efficient formations over thousands of miles. There are some 150 species of them, representing a wide variety of shapes, sizes and behaviors. Some are noisy and gregarious, others shy and elusive. They are familiar animals, but most of us don't really know these phenomenal, sophisticated creatures at all. This program follows a wood duck family as a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks, then come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds.

Ultimate Mars Challenge

Wed., Nov. 14, 9:00 pm
In August, a rover named Curiosity touched down inside Mars' Gale Crater, carrying 10 new instruments that will advance the quest for signs that Mars might once have been suitable for life. But the rover's mission was risky. After parachuting through the Martian atmosphere at twice the speed of sound, Curiosity was gently lowered to the planet's surface by a "sky crane." This first-of-its-kind system has been tested on Earth, but there was no guarantee it would work on Mars. With inside access to the massive team of scientists and engineers responsible for Curiosity's on-the-ground experiments, NOVA was there for the exhilarating moments after the rover's landing and the discoveries to come.

NOVA scienceNOW
What Will the Future Be Like?

Wed., Nov. 14, 10:00 pm
Mobile phones that read your mind? Video games that can cure cancer? Wearable robots that give you the strength of Iron Man? Host David Pogue predicts which technologies will transform daily life for you and your grandkids. These advancements are already taking shape in laboratories around the world. Gadgets that once were purely science fiction are on the verge of becoming as common as the iPhones and Androids we use every day.


Uncommon Courage: Patriotism and Civil Liberties
Thurs., Nov. 15, 10:00 pm
Fri., Nov. 16, 11:00 pm
This program explores the personal histories of second generation Japanese Americans who served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service during World War II as Japanese language specialists in the Pacific, and after the war during the Occupation of Japan. It examines the uncommon courage of these soldiers whose faith in the future of America fueled the desire to prove themselves by defending their country while many of their families and friends were imprisoned in isolated incarceration camps, stripped of their civil liberties.