Aug. 30 – Sept. 5, 2015
Arts, Drama, Culture
Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Sun., Aug. 30, 7:00 pm
Her Majesty’s Secret Service, or MI6 as it is known, is the world’s most
legendary spy agency, thanks to the James Bond stories. Set up in 1909 as the
Secret Service Bureau, the existence of MI6 was not formally acknowledged until
1994 – which goes a long way toward understanding the modus operandi of this
government agency. With unprecedented access to some of the key players in
British espionage, this film lifts the veil on the shadowy world of spying,
going back in time and behind the scenes to look at some the world’s most
calculated and delicately executed operations.
Sherlock, Series II: The Reichenbach Fall
Sun., Aug. 30, 8:00 pm
The struggle goes on in 21st-century London as the updated team of Sherlock
Holmes and Dr. Watson battle the worst that modern criminality has to offer,
including a computer-savvy arch-villain who wants to rule the world. Benedict
Cumberbatch returns as the world’s foremost consulting detective, with Martin
Freeman as the stalwart, if edgy, Dr. John Watson and Andrew Scott as the
unassuming mastermind of evil, Jim Moriarty.
The Reichenbach Fall
Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock” begins innocently enough when
the criminal mastermind breaks into the Crown Jewels. As the scheme unfolds,
Moriarty poses the “final problem,” and a tabloid reporter reveals the “shocking
truth” about the great detective.
Sun., Aug. 30, 9:30 pm
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi return in this UK comedy series as partners
Freddie and Stuart, who have lived together in a small central London flat
for nearly 50 years. Constantly picking each other apart and holding onto
petty slights for decades, the duo are always cracking snide remarks aimed
at the other’s age, appearance and flaws. However, underneath their vicious,
co-dependent fighting, they have a deep love for one another.
Feeling unfit, Freddie and Stuart join Ash at his gym, where a young fitness
instructor persuades the pair to sign up for an expensive membership. With
Freddie and Stuart spending so much time at the gym, Violet and Penelope
discover how pleasant their flat can be without the bickering pair in it.
THE FORSYTE SAGA
Part 12 of 13
Sun., Aug. 30, 10:00 pm
This dramatic miniseries, first aired in 2002, chronicles three generations
of the Forsytes, an upper middle-class family in Victorian and Edwardian
England. Damian Lewis, Gina McKee and Ioan Gruffudd star with Rupert Graves,
Amanda Root and Corin Redgrave.
Part 12 of 13
Irene, who has told her son Jon about her relationship with Soames, wants to
thwart Jon and Fleur’s love affair. When Soames and Irene meet again, he
recounts their history in a threatening manner. Jon tells Fleur it’s over.
Ledward Kaapana and Family
Mon., Aug. 31, 7:30 pm
On most Friday evenings, slack key artist Ledward Kaapana gets together with
his neighbors to share potluck dishes, laughter and music. For Ledward, it’s
a tradition that goes back to his younger days in Kalapana on the island of
Hawaii. “When I was growing up, we used to have kani ka pila…everybody sit down
and enjoy, listen to music,” Ledward remembers. This special Na Mele features
Ledward and his sisters Lei Aken, Lehua Nash, and Rhoda Kekona, playing their
music in Ledward’s garage. Ledward’s falsetto voice leads off with “Nani,” and
Lei, Lehua and Rhoda take vocal solos on “Kanohe,” “Kalapana” and “Holei.” Sit
back and enjoy!
Myrtle Beach, Part 2 of 3
Mon., Aug. 31, 9:00 pm
The Roadshow investigates a story about stolen art from South Carolina’s Hobcaw
Barony estate with appraiser Debra Force and a former FBI agent. Discoveries
from the visit to Myrtle Beach include an 1860 letter signed by Abraham
Lincoln, a gift of crystals from Marilyn Monroe and an 1850s South Carolina
sword valued at $30,000-$40,000.
Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the
WWII Internment Camps
Mon., Aug. 31, 11:00 pm
Using historical footage and interviews from artists who were interned, this
film tells the story of how traditional Japanese cultural arts were maintained
at a time when the War Relocation Authority emphasized the importance of
assimilation and Americanization. Included are stories of artists in the fields
of music, dance and drama who were interned at Tule Lake, Manzanar,
Amache/Granada, Rohwer, Gila River and Topaz.
Tues., Sept. 1, 7:30 pm
How deep is a tattoo? Does the ink only go skin deep? Practitioner Keone
Nunes seeks to learn more about his subjects before settling on a design and
putting ink to skin. He looks to their genealogy, their personal story, their
vision, before deciding on a design that he deems appropriate to the individual.
For practitioner Keone Nunes, a tattoo is more than skin-deep; it’s a
representation of who that person is.
This program will be rebroadcast on Wed., Sept. 2 at 11:00 pm and Sun.,
Sept. 6 at 4:00 pm.
A CHEF’S LIFE
Don’t Tom Thumb Your Nose at Me! Part 2
Wed., Sept. 2, 7:30 pm
A Chef’s Life is a cooking and documentary series that takes viewers inside
the life of Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband Ben Knight, opens a
fine dining restaurant in her small hometown in Eastern North Carolina. Each
episode follows Vivian out of the kitchen and into cornfields, strawberry
patches and hog farms as she hunts down the ingredients that inspire her
menus. Using a chef’s modern sensibilities, Vivian explores Southern cuisine,
past and present – one ingredient at a time. A celebration of true farm-to-
table food, the series combines the action and drama of a high-pressure
business with the joys and stresses of family life.
Don’t Tom Thumb Your Nose at Me! Part 2
The excitement of the night before turns into heightened emotion and real
nerves for Vivian as she faces one challenge after another in the prep
kitchen before the SFA luncheon. Wondering at the sanity of this undertaking,
she’s glad to have Chef Jason Vincent to lend some street cred to the whole
Thurs., Sept. 3, 9:30 pm
This episode visits New York and Los Angeles – home to the two largest Korean
populations in the United States – to explore what distinguishes each. Both are
24-hour hubs of food and drinking culture. However, New York City’s Koreatown
covers just one block, whereas Los Angeles’ Koreatown seems like a city unto
itself. At dinner with host Lisa Ling and her husband Paul Song, Chef Sang Yoon
breaks down the basics of Korean cooking. Back in New York, Top Chef winner
Kristen Kish, a Seoul-born Korean adoptee, receives a kimchi tutorial from
Korean YouTube sensation, Maangchi. The episode ends with a night out at Pocha
32, an export of Korea’s popular “tent” restaurants.
Thurs., Sept. 3, 10:00 pm
Host Zoe D’Amato begins her travels in Newfoundland and Labrador, then heads
to the maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New
Brunswick. She makes her way to Quebec to soak in its old-world, European
culture and concludes her trip in Ontario, where she experiences the dizzying
heights of Toronto’s CN Tower and the thundering magnificence of Niagra Falls.
Fri., Sept. 4, 9:00 pm
Discover the story of Althea Gibson (1927-2003), who emerged as the unlikely
queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She was the first African
American to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open)
– a decade before Arthur Ashe. The documentary explores her mentoring by boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson, former New York City mayor David Dinkins and others.
Interviewees include Dinkins, Wimbledon champion Dick Savitt and all-time great
Billie Jean King.
Billie Jean King
Fri., Sept. 4, 10:30 pm
This profile first aired in 2013 to commemorate the 40th anniversaries of the
famous Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match and
the launch of the Women’s Tennis Association. King presents her own story, with
perspective from Serena and Venus Williams, Hillary Clinton, Sir Elton John,
Maria Sharapova, Gloria Steinem, Chris Evert and Bobby Riggs’ son Larry.
Northern Thai Cuisine
Sat., Sept. 5, 7:00 pm
Andy Ricker, a carpenter-turned-chef from Portland, OR, prepares a welcome
dinner for the participating chefs at LA’s Lotus of Siam restaurant, with
Chef/owner Saipin Chutima at the helm. The duo create their collective version
of a spicy Issan dish. At the table, Jet Tila rhapsodizes about the days when
his family opened America’s first Thai grocery store in Hollywood and introduced
lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and other ingredients to the American
DREAM OF ITALY
Sat., Sept. 5, 7:30 pm
With its amazing landscapes, rich artistic treasures, deep ties to the past
and warm people, it is no wonder that Americans dream of Italy as a travel
destination. Join Italian travel expert Kathy McCabe as she explores the
diverse areas of Italy. We’ll meet Italy’s chefs, artisans and historians
who are deeply connected to their land, carrying on and preserving traditions.
Piedmont is the land of truffles and wine. Kathy tries to get truffle hunters
Natale and Giorgio Romagnolo to reveal their secret hunting grounds, then
tastes the precious white truffles they find. Then it is time to attend the
World Truffle Auction where the bidding gets frenzied for these rare tubers.
We visit Cascina Bruciata vineyard to learn about the hearty Barolo, Barbaresco
and Barbera wines that are produced in Piedmont.
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Les Contes D’Hoffmann
Sat., Sept. 5, 8:00 pm
Tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the role of Hoffman, the tortured poet and
unwitting adventurer in Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece. Hibla Gerzmava,
Erin Morley and Christine Rice sing the three heroines – each an idealized
embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the
shadowy Four Villains. Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score for a Bartlett
Sher’s wild, kaleidoscopic production.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
The Avett Brothers/Nickel Creek
Sat., Sept. 5, 11:00 pm
ACL showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek.
The Avett Brothers perform tunes from their album Magpie and the
Dandelion, while Nickel Creek highlights their album A Dotted Line.
The Storm Makers
Mon., Aug. 31, 10:00 pm
Featuring brutally candid testimony, this film is a chilling exposé of
Cambodia’s human trafficking underworld and an eye-opening look at the complex
cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels this brutal modern slave trade.
More than half a million Cambodians work abroad and a staggering third of these
have been sold as slaves. Most are young women, held prisoner and forced to work
in horrific conditions, sometimes as prostitutes, in Malaysia, Thailand and
The story is told from the perspectives of a former slave whose return home
is greeted with bitterness and scorn by her mother; a successful trafficker –
known in Cambodia as a “storm maker” for the havoc he and his cohorts wreak –
who works with local recruiters to funnel a steady stream of poor and
illiterate young people across borders; and a mother who has sold to the
recruiter not only local girls, but also her own daughter.
Tues., Sept. 1, 10:00 pm
FRONTLINE investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that
have surrounded Vladimir Putin’s reign in Russia. Tracing his career back
over two decades, the program examines how the accumulation of wealth and
power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War.
NHK WORLD SPECIAL
Nagasaki Touched by the Bomb
Tues., Sept. 1, 11:00 pm
In the summer of 1945, a 16-year-old boy named Sumiteru Taniguchi was exposed to
intense heat rays and radiation on the streets of Nagasaki. He barely survived.
Braving the pain, Taniguchi spent his entire life campaigning against the
horrors of radiation and nuclear weapons by allowing people to see and feel the
severe burns on his back. Recently, unexpected visitors have been coming to
meet Taniguchi: second-generation victims of the atomic bomb. Many of the
victims had never heard about their parents’ radiation experience, or if they
had, they were compelled to remain silent about it, due to discrimination
against A-bomb survivors and their fears about the hereditary effects of
radiation. Taniguchi’s vivid accounts are helping these people come to terms
with their status as second-generation victims.
Thurs., Sept. 3, 7:30 pm
This special presentation of all stories nominated for the 2015 HIKI NŌ Awards
represents the best of the best from the 2014-2015 school year. The 34 nominees
include middle and high schools from Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island and Kauai. The
award categories include: Best Personal Profile, Best News Writing, Best Home-
Base School, Best Cinematography and Best Overall Story. This presentation was
screened for live audiences at theaters on Maui, Hawaii Island (Hilo and Kona),
Kauai and Oahu. The winners will be announced by PBS Hawaii President and CEO
Leslie Wilcox and Bank of Hawaii Foundation President Donna Tanoue in a
livestream presentation on Thursday, September 24 at 3:00 pm on
Katrina Ten Years After: A Second Life, a Second Chance
Thurs., Sept. 3, 11:00 pm
This program looks at how, ten years later, the city of New Orleans has achieved
what seemed almost unimaginable a decade ago: the resurrection of one of
America’s most beloved cities.
WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL
Fri., Sept. 4, 7:30 pm
For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered one of the most interesting
conversations 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.
CHARLIE ROSE – THE WEEK
Fri., Sept. 4, 8:00 pm
This weekly series features the iconic TV anchor’s focus on the events and
conversations shaping this week and the week ahead. Drawing on conversations
from his nightly PBS program and new insightful perspectives from around the
world, it captures the defining moments in politics, science, business,
culture, media and sports.
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP
Fri., Sept. 4, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest
political analysts in the nation.
SCIENCE & NATURE
Big Blue Live
Mon., Aug. 31, 2:00 pm, encore at 8:00 pm
Tues., Sept. 1, 2:00 pm, encore at 8:00 pm
Wed., Sept. 2, 2:00 pm, encore at 8:00 pm
Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in a live TV broadcast
to view the once endangered, now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California.
A coproduction between the BBC and PBS, this three part series will air live over
three afternoons at 2:00 pm Hawaii time, with encores featuring updated content
each evening at 8:00 pm.
Scientists, filmmakers, photographers and other experts will come together to
film some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures – humpback whales,
sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters,
brown pelicans, blue whales and more – gathering at this time of year in
Monterey Bay to feed on the abundance of food in these waters. Monterey Bay’s
unique underwater geography, with a deep ocean canyon close to shore, brings
species by the thousands into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Viewers can watch one of nature’s great reality shows, delivered through
state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, by boat and
below the waves, broadcast from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from aboard
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary vessels, as well as from Monterey
Bigger Than T.rex
Wed., Sept. 2, 9:00 pm
Almost a century ago, paleontologists found the first tantalizing hints of a
monster even bigger than Tyrannosaurus rex, perhaps the largest predator ever
to walk the Earth: spectacular fossil bones from a dinosaur dubbed Spinosaurus.
But the fossils were completely destroyed during a World War II Allied bombing
raid, leaving only drawings, lots of questions, and a mystery: What was
Spinosaurus? Now, the discovery of new bones in a Moroccan cliff face is
reopening the investigation into this epic beast. What did it feed on and how?
Why did it grow so big?
We follow the paleontologists who are reconstructing this terrifying carnivore
piece by piece, revealing a 53-foot-long behemoth with a huge dorsal sail,
enormous, scimitar-like claws and massive jaws, tapered toward the front like a
crocodile, hosting an army of teeth. Bringing together experts in paleontology,
geology, climatology and paleobotany, this NOVA/National Geographic special
brings to life the lost world over which Spinosaurus reigned more than 65
million years ago.
EARTH A NEW WILD
Thurs., Sept. 3, 10:00 pm
Reporting from Palmyra Atoll (one of the most remote coral atolls on Earth),
the Bahamas, and from New York Harbor, host Dr. M. Sanjayan introduces a
vibrant community of scientists, engineers and fishermen who are discovering
new ways to help maintain the remarkable productivity of oceans. He is aware
of the vast threat facing our oceans, but standing in the water playing mid-
wife to a lemon shark is just one of the moments that give him hope that we
can change the way we influence our oceans – the wildest habitat on Earth.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Queen Elizabeth II
Tues., Sept. 1, 9:00 pm
This biographical profile uses Queen Elizabeth II’s most memorable quotes to
frame her life story. We follow the Queen’s remarkable life, from her youth to
her uncle’s abdication, her father’s coronation as King George VI, her
experiences during World War II, her sudden ascension to the throne and her
reign of more than 60 eventful years.
THE WOODWRIGHT’S SHOP
Broken Arch Wall Cabinets
Sat., Sept. 5, 2:00 pm
Using only the hand tools of the pre-industrial era, woodworker Roy Underhill
and his guests prove that there was life before electricity. Whether you think
muscle-powered tools are a thing of the past or a thing of the future, you’ll
reconnect with your own inner craftsperson.
Broken Arch Wall Cabinets
Roy shows us how to make elegant furniture – for the wall!
ASK THIS OLD HOUSE
Sat., Sept. 5, 2:30 pm
Roger helps a homeowner replace a mailbox that was damaged by a snowplow.
Kevin shares some information about windows and Tom helps a homeowner reuse
an old door in a new opening.
THIS OLD HOUSE
Lexington Project 2015: Down to the Wire
Sat., Sept. 5, 3:00 pm
Kevin arrives to see the installation of tall fescue that needs less water and
fertilizer than other varieties. Interior designer Robin Gannon tells Kevin how
she designed the great room entertainment center; then Matt Allen shows how
he’s turning the design into reality. Later, Kevin checks on the salvaged
interior doors that will conceal the TV. In the basement, Richard shows Kevin
the finished mechanical room and closes the loop on the final heating and
MARTHA STEWART’S COOKING SCHOOL
Sat., Sept. 5, 4:00 pm
Martha demonstrates how to make corn fritters, a sweet and savory treat topped
with honey. Next she makes corn stock, which can serve as the base for tasty
summer corn chowder, using potatoes and cream.
COOK’S COUNTRY FROM AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN
American Classics with a Twist
Sat., Sept. 5, 4:30 pm
Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make
meatloaf at home. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a
tasting of frozen pizzas. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers
the secrets to apple pie with cheddar cheese crust.
Simple Weekday Dinner Ideas
Sat., Sept. 5, 5:00 pm
Chef Lidia Bastianich conjures simple, seasonal and economical dishes with
grace, confidence and love. She teaches viewers to draw on their roots, allow
for spontaneity and cultivate a sense of home in the kitchen. Filled with tips
and techniques collected through years in the kitchen and at the family table,
Lidia channels her passion for teaching into a fun and trustworthy curriculum
of kitchen wisdom.
Simple Weekday Dinner Ideas
Lidia shares three of her favorite quick and simple meal ideas which can work
as an appetizer, a lunch or quick dinner. They include: scallops with scallions
and mushrooms; chicken breasts with orange and olives; and tuna with
MEXICO: ONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS
Market Inspirations, Local Genius
Sat., Sept. 5, 5:30 pm
Chef Rick Bayless returns with the 10thfs season of his cooking and travel
show, and this time he’s taking viewers all over the Federal District capital
of Mexico’s sixteen boroughs to explore the vibrant restaurant scene, evolving
cuisine and ancient culture that make this amazing city so irresistible.
Market Inspirations, Local Genius
Rick meets Chef Pablo Salas in Toluca’s Santiago Tianguistengo Market to get
a look at the traditions that inspire Pablo’s cooking. The chefs also visit a
local carniceria for a peek at Toluca’s famed chorizo. In the kitchen
of Pablo’s restaurant Amaranta, Pablo shows us the simple tricks to his
mole with oxtail. Back at home, Rick makes an easy version of chorizo
to use in crispy potato sopes.