PROGRAM LISTINGS March 31 - April 6, 2013

Arts, Drama, Culture

Season 2, Part 1 of 8

Sun., March 31, 7:00 pm
CALL THE MIDWIFE, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, returns for a second series, 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 1 of 8
It's 1958. Returning from a long day of duties, Nurse Jenny Lee finds the Nonnatus House community gathered to wish her a happy birthday, before she, Chummy, Trixie and Cynthia head off to the cinema. However, the midwife's good cheer is short-lived when the next day she's assigned a new patient, Molly Brignall. Molly's due date is imminent and Jenny worries about the harm that could come to Molly and her children. Meanwhile, Trixie and Sister Evangelina find themselves aboard a Swedish cargo ship looking after the captain's daughter, who is about to have her first baby.

Mr. Selfridge, Part 1 of 8

Sun., March 31, 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 new 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 1 of 8
Upstart American Harry Selfridge moves heaven and earth to build his visionary department store in London. But opening day is just the start of his retail revolution.

One Million People's Flowers Will Bloom

Sun., March 31, 10:00 pm
"Hana wa Saku" ("The Flowers will Bloom"), NHK World's theme song for recovery played at the end of each Tomorrow Beyond 3/11 program, struck a chord with viewers across Japan and abroad. The song rose high on Japan's Oricon chart and many people submitted homemade music videos and sent messages about the song's meaning to them. This special looks at the hopes and feelings this song aroused.

Kunqu Opera

Sun., March 31, 10:30 pm
Uncover the mystique behind Chinese Kunqu opera, which is on UNESCO's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity list. Kunqu opera combines performance traditions of both northern and southern China.

Na Palapalai

Mon., April 1, 7:30 pm
Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning high energy trio Na Palapalai brings their falsetto style of Hawaiian music to the PBS Hawaii Studios in this special encore presentation.

Cincinnati, OH, Part 1 of 3

Mon., April 1, 8:00 pm
The Roadshow visits the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a look at vintage electric signs. Other highlights include a baseball bat used by Mickey Mantle and works by locally born artist Edward Henry Potthast, valued at $41,000-$63,000.

Part 1 of 2

Mon., April 1, 9:00 pm
Part 2 of 2
Tues., April 2, 9:00 pm
In a special two-part series, a co-presentation of FRONTLINE and INDEPENDENT LENS, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (FRONTLINE'S "Country Boys") creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

Robin's battles in tribal court with her ex-husband for custody of the children, even after he is convicted of abusive sexual contact with his daughter, illuminates how serious this problem is on the reservation. Her quest to heal her family, find a man worthy of her love, build a career and fulfill her goal of returning to her reservation to help prevent the abuse of women and children, takes her on an intimate and inspiring journey full of heartbreak, discovery and redemption.

A Symphonic Journey

Mon., April 1, 11:00 pm
Rick teams up with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra for a musical journey that begins in the United States, and touches down in seven different European countries. The special celebrates music's power to stir the patriotic soul. Steves utilizes his extensive knowledge of European history and culture to help set the context for each piece. The orchestra performs a selection of stirring 19th-century anthems by Romantic-era composers, including Grieg, Smetana, Strauss, Berlioz, Elgar, Wagner and Verdi.

Hawaii as Home

Tues., April 2, 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. April 3 at 11:00 pm and Sun., April 7 at 4:00 pm.

Wed., April 3, 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., April 3 at 11:30 and Sun., April 7 at 3:30 pm.

Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka 'Ukulele

Thurs., April 4, 9:00 pm
For nearly 100 years, from their tiny shop in Honolulu, Kamaka and Sons has crafted the diminutive instrument that has become the gold standard for ukulele worldwide. This program is a Hawaiian story about age-old values of hard work, fortitude, honesty and creativity from a distinctly Hawaiian point of view. Rooted in such concepts as aloha (unconditional love), malama (to serve and care for) and pono (doing what's right), this film offers insight into this family of businessmen and artists and how they work together to preserve the family tradition of success and artistry.

Touching the Void
Thurs., April 4, 9:30 pm
Based on the international best-seller by renowned climber Joe Simpson, this film recounts the extraordinary story of a climb Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, undertook in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. The two ambitious young mountaineers set off to scale the hitherto unclimbed west face of Siula Grande, a remote and treacherous 21,000-foot peak. Starting their descent in a blizzard, Simpson fell and shattered his leg, launching a battle for survival in which both men were faced with life-or-death decisions that tested the human spirit to its limit. Simpson and Yates return to Siula Grande together for the first time to retell their story for the cameras.

Rome, Eternally Engaging

Thurs., April 4, 11:00 pm
Rick Steves explores the "Eternal City" of Rome, a grand and ancient metropolis rich with exquisite art, vibrant culture and centuries of history. He traces the rise and fall of classical Rome, meanders through the heart of Bernini's Baroque Rome and visits the Vatican. He also uncovers the charms of hidden neighborhoods filled with character and energy, enjoys a Roman feast and mixes and mingles with the locals during an early-evening stroll through the city's romantic nightspots.

Show Tunes

Fri., April 5, 9:00 pm
Michael Feinstein, America's most passionate music preservationist, returns to PBS in a star-studded third series of his celebration of the Great American Songbook. In three new episodes, he explores the enduring popularity of show tunes, the pas de deux between music and choreography and the indelible impact that radio in its heyday had on the American musical canon.

Show Tunes
Stephen Sondheim, Angela Lansbury and Christine Ebersole appear in this episode about great American musicals. Sondheim reveals the composers he most admires and shows Feinstein some rare home movie footage of the original Broadway production of the classic Follies. Tony Award-winner Ebersole gives a tour de force performance of some of the greatest show tunes of all time, and Lansbury reflects on her Broadway career, from Mame to Sweeney Todd and more. Feinstein discusses his personal relationship with Ira Gershwin and performs the classic "Lullaby of Broadway."

Let's Dance

Fri., April 5, 10:00 pm
Fred Astaire was the favorite of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and the Gershwins. Why was this dancer so beloved by these composers? That question launches Feinstein into an exploration of the marriage of music and choreography, unearthing rare home movies of Astaire rehearsing on set, and never-before-seen footage of Gene Kelly's Broadway debut in the original Pal Joey. Liza Minnelli, who knew both Astaire and Kelly, dispatches an amazing deconstruction of a dance number from the musical perspective. Feinstein explores the popularity of ballroom dance in America and performs "Singin' in the Rain" and "Let's Dance."

Holiday Classics

Sat., April 6, 5:00 pm
Delicious TV's new spin-off series VEGAN MASHUP is an entertaining and informative cooking show, whether you're looking to incorporate healthier recipes into your week or considering the switch to a plant-based diet. Hosts and cookbook authors Terry Hope Romero, Toni Fiore, and Miyoko Schinner share some of their favorite recipes, bringing along some exciting celebrity guest chefs to mix it up. The series brings fresh taste to some beloved traditional dishes, and shows how easy it is to transition delicious plant-based meals into any home cook's culinary repertoire.

Holiday Classics
This episode will have you breaking out the best china and every family member digging in to the bounty of vegan deliciousness. Recipes include Thanksgiving fritters and sweet potato chipolte bisque.

On the Road in the Azores IV

Sat., April 6, 5:30 pm
Seafood and the Azores go hand in hand, and Ming gets right into the thick of things when he travels to the beautiful area of Caldeira do Santo Cristo. Here, with the help of local vintner Fortunad Garcia, Ming creates four unique small dishes using classic Azorean ingredients.


Sat., April 6, 7:00 pm
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.

David Chang makes instant ramen dishes and tsukemen. He travels to Japan for a bowl of the original tsukemen and visits a noodle factory. Food scientist Harold McGee explains alkalinity and its role in ramen.

Florence: Heart of the Renaissance

Sat., April 6, 7:30 pm
Fifteenth-century Florence was the home of the Renaissance. Join Rick for a gaze into the self-assured eyes of Michelangelo's David, enjoy Botticelli's Birth of Venus, delve into the 3-D wonders of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, appreciate Fra Angelico's serene beauty and climb the dome that kicked off the Renaissance.

Serving America: Memories of Peace Corps
Sat., April 6, 10:30 pm
This short film highlights the experiences of some of the nearly 3,000 volunteers who served during the early years of the Peace Corps. A mix of archival film and photographs, along with personal stories from former volunteers, tells a story of service and idealism. Interviews convey the volunteers' passion, commitment and bravery as they lived and worked in developing countries, including South and Central America, Africa and the Middle East. From near-fatal obstacles to spiritual epiphanies, these men and women describe their transformative experiences.

Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples

Sat., April 6, 11:00 pm
Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop. Raitt presents songs from her latest album Slipstream, while Staples performs songs from her recording You Are Not Alone and a selection of Staple Singers classics.

Public Affairs

Sun., March 31, 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.

HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network
Thurs., April 4, 7:30 pm
Students from Kapolei High School in West Oahu host this week's show. Maui High School students cover Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's Honolulu visit, while students from another Maui school, King Kekaulike High School, profile a forensic science teacher.

This episode also features student stories from: Hawaii Preparatory Academy and Waiakea High School on Hawaii Island; and Ewa Makai Middle School, Kalani High School, and Kamehameha Schools – Kapalama on Oahu.

This program encores Saturday, April 6 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,

Green Energy Financing

Thurs., April 4, 8:00 pm
Host Dan Boylan moderates this discussion on legislative proposals to fund the state's clean energy infrastructure. According to House Bill 856, financing a "green infrastructure" at the lowest possible cost is a key step, as Hawaii moves toward its goal of 70 percent clean energy by the year 2030. Guests will discuss the financing structure being proposed.

Scheduled to appear: Mike Gabbard, Senate Committee Chair on Energy and Environment; Robert Harris, Sierra Club Hawaii Executive Director; and Traci Kim, Innovation, Planning and Policy Branch Manager for the Hawaii State Energy Office.

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Fri., April 5, 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.

Fri., April 5, 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.

Fri., April 5, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

Bitter Seeds
Sat., April 6, 8:00 pm
Biotechnology is changing the way farming is done all over the world. Advocates believe the New Green Revolution is the only way to provide sufficient food for the world's growing population, while opponents raise environmental concerns and fear that GMOs drive small scale farmers off the land. This film explores the controversy.

Science and Nature

What Plants Talk About

Wed., April 3, 8:00 pm
Hardcore science is effortlessly integrated with a light-hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are. From the stunning heights of the Great Basin Desert to the lush coastal rainforests of west coast Canada, scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the secret world of plants, revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young. It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate and, sometimes, wage all-out war.

Ancient Computer

Wed., April 3, 9:00 pm
An unpromising lump of metal found in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck turns out to be an extraordinary treasure: the world's first computer. NOVA follows the ingenious detective work that painstakingly discovered the truth about the ancient Greek device: it was an astonishingly sophisticated astronomical calculator and eclipse predictor, unrivaled until the era of modern science and believed to be from the workshop of Archimedes.

Eat, Fast and Live Longer with Michael Mosley
Wed., April 3, 10:00 pm
Fri., April 5, 11:00 pm
British journalist and physician Michael Mosley sets an ambitious goal: to become healthier and lose weight while making as few changes as possible to his life. He discovers a powerful new science behind the old idea of fasting, a program that still allows him to enjoy his favorite foods. He takes a road trip across the U.S. to investigate how a little hunger can turn on the body's "repair genes" and tries the new science himself. Mosley learns that a diet based on feast and famine has powerful effects on the body, reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. The diet seems to pack the anti-aging clout of calorie restriction while still allowing for a taste of the good life. And it turns out to be not only good for the body; it may also be good for the brain.


Tues., April 2, 8:00 pm
In this episode, the Detectives investigate stories from the American West. First off, did a biography of legendary frontiersman Kit Carson once belong to members of his family? Next, they find out the meaning behind the mysterious inscription on sheet music of the popular western song "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." Then, from the rodeo to Hollywood, a saddle tells the story of Yakima Canutt, who made life safer for movie stunt artists.

Part 1: Sat., April 6, 9:00 pm
Part 2: Sat., April 6, 9:45 pm
This two-part series chronicles the dramatic story of a proud and ambitious warrior nation, and how Japan ultimately paid a terrible price for its audacity. The documentary explores Japan's militaristic history in the first half of the 20th century – from its victory in the Russo-Japanese war to its defeat in World War II. (Part 1 is followed immediately by Part 2.)