Feb. 14 – Feb. 20, 2016


Children’s Programming



Weekdays at 6:30 am beginning Mon., Feb 15



READY JET GO! is a new PBS KIDS earth science and astronomy series for
children ages 3-8. The program takes viewers on a journey into outer
space, building on children’s curiosity about science, technology and
astronomy. The series follows two neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an
all-consuming desire for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion
for science fiction and imagination. They befriend the new kid on their
street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from
the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore the solar system and the
effects it has on the science of our planet, while learning about
friendship and teamwork along the way.


Arts, Drama, Culture



Downton Abbey, Season 6, Part 6 of 9

Sun., Feb. 14, 7:00 pm



The highest-rated drama in PBS history, this Emmy and Golden Globe
award-winning hit drama’s sixth and final season features intimately
interlaced stories centered on an English country estate.


Part 6 of 9
The hospital war reaches a climax. Violet goes on the warpath. Daisy
tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith.
Thomas feels trapped.



Downton Abbey, Season 6, Part 7 of 9

Sun., Feb. 14, 8:00 pm



The highest-rated drama in PBS history, this Emmy and Golden Globe
award-winning hit drama’s sixth and final season features intimately
interlaced stories centered on an English country estate.


Part 7 of 9
A car race gives Mary flashbacks. Mrs. Patmore opens for business. Mrs.
Hughes tricks Carson. Things get serious for Edith. Robert gets a
surprise gift.



The Dead Room

Sun., Feb. 14, 9:00 pm

Thurs., Feb. 18, 10:00 pm



Based on real events, MERCY STREET takes viewers beyond the battlefield
and into the lives of a distinctive cast of characters – doctors, nurses,
contraband laborers and Southern loyalists – set in the chaotic world of
Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia, and the Mansion House Hospital in
the early years of the Civil War.


The Dead Room
The unexpected visit of a hospital inspector throws the staff into disarray.



Jim Henson

Sun., Feb. 14, 10:00 pm

Fri., Feb. 19, 11:00 pm



This biographical profile uses Jim Henson’s most memorable quotes to frame
his life story. Follow Henson’s career, from his early television work with
the Muppets in the 1950s to his commercial work, his breakthroughs with
Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, his fantasy films of the 1980s to his
sudden death in 1990.


Hawaiian Airlines Presents: Na Mele at Halekulani’s House Without a Key

Mon., Feb. 15, 7:30 pm



NA MELE goes on location to document a traditional, cherished Hawaiian
experience. Halekulani has a special place in the hearts of Hawaii’s people
and everyone who has spent time there. PBS Hawaii captures a late afternoon
at the hotel’s House Without a Key with hula dancers Kanoe Miller and Debbie
Nakanelua-Richards, and the musical trio Pa‘ahana (Pakala Fernandes, Kaipo
Kukahiko and Douglas Po‘oloa Tolentino).



Charleston, SC, Part 1 of 3

Mon., Feb. 15, 8:00 pm



The Roadshow visits Charleston, SC and learns about a Babe Ruth archive;
highlights from the Roadshow floor include a Japanese iron and gold vase
from around 1890 and a walnut cellarette.



Atlanta, GA, Part 2 of 3

Mon., Feb. 15, 9:00 pm



Highlights from the Roadshow floor include a circa 1939 edition of Gone
With The Wind
, signed by the author and the cast of the film; an 1875
Persian turquoise and diamond Victorian bracelet; and a circa 1930 painting
by legendary Philadelphia impressionist Mary Elizabeth Price, valued at
$40,000 – $60,000.



The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights

Mon., Feb. 15, 10:00 pm



Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders
of the civil rights era. This film follows his journey from segregated Kentucky
to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, Young took
the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and
government, including three presidents. He had the difficult tasks of calming
the fears of white allies, relieving the doubts of fellow civil rights leaders
and responding to attacks from the militant Black Power movement.



B.B. King

Mon., Feb. 15, 11:00 pm



Explore B.B. King’s challenging life and career through candid interviews with
the King of the Blues, filmed shortly before his death in May 2015. Fellow
music stars including Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John
Mayer and Ringo Starr, pay tribute to King’s legend.



Sarah Richards

Tues., Feb. 16, 7:30 pm



Sarah Richards was the President of Hawaii Theatre Center for nearly 25 years
and retired in June 2014. She spearheaded the Hawaii Theatre’s restoration,
and the $32 million fundraising campaign for the project. Born and raised in
Indiana, Sarah always had a love for the arts, which she brought with her
to Hawaii.


This program will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 11:00 pm and Sunday,
Feb. 21 at 4:00 pm.



Family Reunions

Tues., Feb. 16, 8:00 pm



Join Harvard scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., as he delves into the genealogy
of 27 guests. Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and
experience that makes up the fabric of America.


Family Reunions
Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J,
through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their
very foundations.



The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Tues., Feb. 16, 9:00 pm

Sat., Feb. 20, 8:00 pm



This is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party,
its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political
awakening for black people and the painful lessons wrought when a movement
derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source,
weaving rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there:
police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black
Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring
Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and dozens of others, the film is a vibrant
chronicle of this pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary
culture in America.


David Bowie: Five Years

Tues., Feb. 16, 11:00 pm



Trace five pivotal years in the late pop icon’s career: 1971 and the creation
of Ziggy Stardust; 1975 with Young Americans and the Thin White Duke
persona; 1977 and the release of Low and Heroes; 1980 with “Ashes
to Ashes;” and 1983 with the huge commercial success of Let’s Dance.



Gettin’ Figgy with It

Wed., Feb. 17, 7:30 pm and 11:30 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.


Gettin’ Figgy with It
Vivian is under the gun to pen an entire book chapter on figs in three days.
The stress inspires a fig and honey bourbon slushie tasting and a fig preserves



Canefield Songs: Holehole Bushi

Thurs., Feb. 18, 9:00 pm



In this film, Professor of Anthropology Christine Yano explains, “If we want
to know something of what some of these women’s lives were like…we could do no
better than to listen to their own words, as expressed through song.” The women
that Professor Yano is referring to are Japanese immigrants who worked in
Hawaii’s sugarcane fields in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through
their canefield songs, or holehole bushi, these women sang about their joys and
sorrows of trying to start life in a new world. Hosted and narrated by ukulele
virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, the film tells the story of music teacher Harry
Urata, and his efforts to record, preserve and perpetuate these musical oral


Our American Family: The Furutas

Thurs., Feb. 18, 9:30 pm



Through hard work, the Furutas, a Japanese American family in Wintersburg, CA
established a successful goldfish farm, only to have their business devastated
and family separated in the wake of WWII. Following years in an Arizona
relocation camp, their indomitable spirit prevails as they return home and band
together to pursue the American dream a second time.



Sarah Vowell: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Thurs., Feb. 18, 11:00 pm



Best-selling author Sarah Vowell discusses her unconventional account of George
Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French
aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette.



Carole King

Fri., Feb. 19, 9:00 pm



Delve into the hit singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to
the music mecca of 1970s LA to the present. King joins collaborators and family
in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the
tapestry. This year also marks the 45th anniversary of King’s landmark album
Tapestry, which spawned the hits “It’s Too Late,” “I Feel the Earth Move,”
“You’ve Got a Friend” and “So Far Away.”


Bluegrass Underground Special

Fri., Feb. 19, 10:00 pm



Taped 333-feet below ground within Tennessee’s extraordinary Cumberland Caverns,
this music special showcases well-established and emerging artists within the
broad spectrum of Bluegrass, Jam Band, Roots-Rock, Neo-Folk and Americana genres.
Featured artists include Andrew Bird, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell, Widespread Panic,
Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack and others.



Maui, Hawaii

Sat., Feb. 20, 7:00 pm



This series combines flavorful ingredients, top chefs and beautiful locations
for the ultimate dining experience. In the third season of the Emmy-nominated
series, Australian Chef Pete Evans goes coast-to-coast, and across the sea,
traveling to Nashville, Louisville, Miami, San Antonio, Hawaii and other US
locations to meet the best chefs in each area and cook a delicious meal that
incorporates local and seasonal ingredients.


Maui, Hawaii
Pete explores, cooks and dines with two of the island’s excellent chefs, 2014
Maui Chef of the Year Isaac Bancaco, and founder of the mobile kitchen Maui
Fresh Streatery Kyle Kawakami. The adventure starts with some off–shore fishing.
Back on shore the team prepares a modern take on a traditional Maui feast at the
spectacular Noho‘ana Farm known for its taro and poi.


Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions

What’s Cooking in Rome?

Sat., Feb. 20, 7:30 pm



Burt visits the Coliseum and discovers that it had a roof that could be pulled
into place during bad weather – 2,000 years before the Houston Astrodome. We
find out why the Pantheon was never broken down for its marble, and take a tour
of the Vatican, St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel.


Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert

Sat., Feb. 20, 10:00 pm



Arlo Guthrie, son of legendary musician Woody Guthrie, reveals the events behind
the writing of “Alice’s Restaurant” – his 18-minute musical monologue that spawned
a platinum-selling record and a full-length motion picture. In this concert, Arlo
performs the song and others from his career, along with anecdotal stories.



Tedeschi Trucks Band

Sat., Feb. 20, 11:00 pm



The Grammy Award-winning group featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an
ensemble of musicians showcases their latest record, Let Me Get By.


Public Affairs



Sun., Feb. 14, 6:00 pm



Hosted by Alexander Heffner, this weekly public affairs program is a thoughtful
excursion into the world of ideas, exploring issues of national and public
concern with the most compelling minds of our times.



Focus on Generation Z

Thurs., Feb. 18, 7:30 pm



This special edition of HIKI NŌ highlights some of the best stories from the
winter quarter of the 2015-16 school year. Besides being excellent stories, the
features in this compilation were also selected for how they reflect the values
of Generation Z: people born in 1995 or later. HIKI NŌ students, currently middle
and high schoolers, are part of Generation Z. National surveys show that, in
general, Gen Z-ers are tech-savvy entrepreneurs who are very aware of the world’s
problems and are looking for practical ways to solve them. They are empathetic
to others, socially conscious, tend not be gender or age biased and share an
affinity with senior citizens.


The stories featured in this compilation, along with the Gen Z trends they
reflect, are:


“A Home for Larenzo” (Waianae Intermediate School – Oahu)


A student leader at the Waianae Boys and Girls Club is found to be homeless.


Gen Z trend: They are growing up in a post 9/11 world during a recession, with
1 in 4 American children living in poverty.


“Science Teacher” (Sacred Hearts Academy – Oahu)


A female science teacher at an all-girls school receives national recognition
from President Obama.


Gen Z trend: Traditional gender roles are being challenged.


“Ukulele Hale” (Mid-Pacific – Oahu)


An ukulele virtuoso decides to open his own music school rather than be employed
by someone else’s school.


Gen Z trend: Entrepreneurship is in their DNA.


“Dog Wheelchair” (Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School – Kauai)


An 8th grade girl uses an engineering app to design and build a wheelchair for her
disabled dog.


Gen Z trend: They use technology to solve problems.


“Deaf Cheerleader” (Maui High School – Maui)


A deaf high school student is determined to do everything her hearing peers can
do, including being part of the Junior Varsity cheerleading squad.


Gen Z trend: They are empathetic and accepting of differences.


“Joe Young” (Kapaa Middle School – Kauai)


A retired police officer beats prostate cancer without surgery, radiation, or
chemotherapy. His cure: leading a happy life.


Gen Z trend: They have a great affinity and respect for elders.


“Iloreta Brothers” (Kapaa High School – Kauai)


A young man with Cerebral Palsy and his brother participate in long distance runs
to promote their social awareness campaign called “I Am My Ability, I Am Not My


Gen Z trend: They exhibit social entrepreneurship.


This edition of HIKI NŌ is hosted by HIKI NŌ alumna, University of Hawaii
at Manoa Communications/Political Science major, and Gen Z-er Shisa Kahaunaele.


This program encores Saturday, Feb. 20 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Feb. 21 at 3:00 pm.
You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,



Life as a Muslim in Hawaii

Thurs., Feb. 18, 8:00 pm



What is life in Hawaii like for nearly 5,000 Muslims? They come from 42 different
countries and are of different races and cultures. Some of these Muslim faithful
are American-born citizens. This discussion explores the advantages and challenges
of life in Hawaii as they practice their faith.


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Fri., Feb. 19, 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.



Fri., Feb. 19, 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.



Fri., Feb. 19, 8:30 pm



THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest
political analysts in the nation.


Science and Nature



Raising the Dinosaur Giant

Wed., Feb. 17, 8:00 pm



Have scientists discovered the biggest animal to have ever walked the planet?
Deep in a South American desert, a giant is being awakened after 101 million
years of sleep. Paleontologists have discovered a giant femur – the largest
dinosaur bone that has ever been unearthed. Another 200 bones from the same
species have also been discovered. Sir David Attenborough guides us through
the remarkable journey of waking the giant as it happens – connecting the dots,
translating the paleo jargon and explaining the revelations using living examples,
other dinosaur discoveries and CGI visuals.



Iceman Reborn

Wed., Feb. 17, 9:00 pm



Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on
Earth. Now, newly discovered evidence sheds light not only on this mysterious
ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe.



Ice Age Death Trap

Wed., Feb. 17, 10:00 pm



Racing against developers in the Rockies, archaeologists uncover a unique site
packed with astonishingly preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons and other giant
extinct beasts, opening a window on the vanished world of the Ice Age.





Master Showcase with Paul Schurch

Sat., Feb. 20, 2:00 pm



Hosted by carpenter, craftsman and educator Tommy MacDonald, the sixth season
of this series offers woodworking enthusiasts the confidence to fulfill their
furniture-making dreams. With help from his friends Al, Eli and Steve and
special guests, Tommy creates bold and inspiring woodworking designs. Tommy
also travels to historic landmarks around the country for inspiration.


Master Showcase with Paul Schurch
Tommy travels to sunny Santa Barbara, California to catch up with master
marquetry man Paul Schurch of Schurch Woodwork. Together Tommy and Paul
create a maple and mahogany table with some amazing marquetry inlaid
on top.



Sat., Feb. 20, 2:30 pm



Tom completes a closet by adding a coat rack, shelving and a new door. Scott
replaces a wobbly sconce at a home that was once a church.



The Final Countdown

Sat., Feb. 20, 3:00 pm



The kitchen counters are installed. Tommy builds a columned divider between
the eating area and mudroom. Richard points out the mechanical improvements
in the basement.



Bar Cookies

Sat., Feb. 20, 4:00 pm



Bar cookies are one-pan wonders, delicious and simple to make. Join Martha as
she prepares four different kinds: peanut butter and jelly bars inspired by the
favorite childhood combo; a rich and decadent brownie with a surprise ingredient;
pecan bars with a sticky toffee-like topping; and a healthy fruit and nut
energy bar.



Chocolate-Caramel Layer Cake

Sat., Feb. 20, 4:30 pm



Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the perfect
chocolate-caramel layer cake. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews ice cream
scoops. Finally, gadget guru Lisa McManus uncovers the best large ice cream
makers and thermometers.



Julia Remembered

Sat., Feb. 20, 5:00 pm



Jacques Pépin presents his final series, featuring demonstrations of his impeccable
technique along with candid exchanges between Jacques and his family and friends.


Julia Remembered
Jacques takes a stroll down memory lane as he lovingly prepares dishes once enjoyed
with his dear cooking companion Julia Child. Jacques’ retrospective menu begins
with a shucking lesson, the first step towards an oyster chowder with potatoes,
spinach and corn. Jacques then recreates Julia’s classic South of France
eggplant-tomato gratin, a dish with layers of rustic flavors.



Jody Adams

Sat., Feb. 20, 5:30 pm



SIMPLY MING returns for another season of mouth-watering recipes, celebrity
appearances and culinary road trips. Each episode kicks off with a technique
demonstration, followed by two dishes – one prepared by a nationally renowned
guest chef and one by host Ming Tsai. This season focuses on comfort food –
from childhood classics to melting-pot dishes from around the world.


Jody Adams
This episode is all about homemade soups, and to stir up some deliciousness,
Ming is joined by his old friend Jody Adams. A James Beard award-winning chef,
Jody makes a flavorful green pea and artichoke soup with two kinds of pesto,
while Ming serves up a real hot and sour soup.