May 17 – May 23, 2015
Arts, Drama, Culture
CALL THE MIDWIFE
Season 4, Part 8 of 8
Sun., May 17, 7:00 pm
Inspired by the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, CALL THE MIDWIFE follows the nurses,
midwives and nuns from London’s Nonnatus House, who visit the expectant mothers
of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. In Season 4,
the community prepares to enter a new decade – the 1960s.
Part 8 of 8
Trixie and Sister Mary Cynthia team up to support a deaf mother-to-be, while a
case of morning sickness proves more serious than initially suspected. Elsewhere,
Fred’s daughter is less than delighted about his forthcoming wedding.
Mr. Selfridge, Season 3, Part 8 of 8
Sun., May 17, 8:00 pm
The third season of the popular series, starring Jeremy Piven as the flamboyant
American entrepreneur who founded the famous Selfridge’s department store,
picks up the story in 1919. The acclaimed cast includes Aisling Loftus,
Katherine Kelly, Gregory Fitoussi, Amanda Abbington and Tom Goodman-Hill.
Part 8 of 8
With Harry’s future hanging in the balance, the store throws the sale to end
all sales. Cupid also makes some final decisions.
FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Sun., May 17, 10:00 pm
Every picture tells a story, but in this series, valuable paintings are treated
as crime scenes! Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of
the art world lies a dimension rarely seen – a darker side of incalculable
wealth, social ambition and sometimes subterfuge. In the third season of this
audience pleasing mini-series, a recognized art sleuth, a doctor of history
and cutting-edge scientists again join forces to discover the truth behind
controversial works of art.
The experts take on a doubly challenging investigation as they try and prove
that not one, but two paintings are missing works by John Constable, one of
Britain’s best loved but most widely faked artists. Gillie Dance used to keep
her painting Yarmouth Jetty under the bed in her London home, never
quite believing it was by John Constable – but the team starts to get excited
when a previous owner turns out to have a close connection to the Constable
family. Another painting, A Sea Beach Brighton, used to hang in Boston’s
prestigious Museum of Fine Arts, until they sold it off at a fraction of its
possible value in the early ‘90s. Attorney Tom Toppin and his wife Bernie
snapped it up and they’ve been struggling to prove its authenticity ever since.
Philip has a hunch that the proof they seek lies in other Constable paintings
in U.S. galleries. Will the experts agree?
Jerry Byrd & Friends
Mon., May 18, 7:30 pm
NA MELE presents a special encore of the smooth sounds of the late master
steel guitarist Jerry Byrd. Byrd was joined for this nostalgic journey by
four master musicians in their own right: Hiram Olsen Jr. on guitar and
vocals; Dennis Keohokalole on ukulele and vocals; Gary Aiko on upright bass
and vocals; and the late Ned Ka’apana on guitar and vocals.
Charleston, WV, Part 2 of 3
Mon., May 18, 8:00 pm
Part Two of the stop in Charleston, West Virginia, features highlights such
as a collection of Marilyn Monroe stills from some of her greatest cinematic
hits; a British rainbow spatterware pot, ca. 1860, purchased for $10; and an
1849 ship’s log and register chronicling the journey from Boston to San
Francisco during the Gold Rush. Also: Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser
Kathleen Bailey travel to The Huntington Museum of Art to discuss antique
Ohio Valley glass.
Washington, DC, Part 2 of 3
Mon., May 18, 9:00 pm
At the offices of the U.S. General Services Administration, host Mark L. Walberg
interviews Inspector General Brian Miller about the New Deal’s WPA program, the
tens of thousands of artworks produced under its auspices and the current
effort to find some of these lost treasures. Highlights from the Roadshow floor
include an 1813 Congressional sword; an early 20th-century Tiffany & Co.
Sinclair mantel clock; and an early 20th-century Charles Schreyvogel sculpture
depicting a soldier and his horse, valued at $60,000 to $90,000.
Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox
Tues., May 19, 7:30 pm
The next LONG STORY SHORT features Mike Irish, known as Hawaii’s “kim chee king.” As
a young man starting college, Mike broke his neck in a football impact which left him
paralyzed. He had to leave college and faced the prospect of never walking again.
However, he never gave up hope – and somehow he regained full movement. Perhaps as a
result of facing down his fear, Mike lives with a sort of fearlessness which has helped
make him a successful Honolulu businessman. You’ll hear how risk-taking helped him develop
an unconventional business model and enabled him to corner the market in legacy local food brands.
This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed.,
May 20 at 11:00 pm and Sun., May 24 at 4:00 pm.
Nā Loea: The Masters II
Tues., May 19, 11:00 pm
From sustainable fishing and land management practices, to preserving
traditional language and arts, this program shares the stories of native
Hawaiians who have dedicated their lives to practice, preserve and pass on
knowledge and expertise accumulated over years. Featured are: Mac Poepoe, a
Native Hawaiian fisherman and a community leader on Molokai who has dedicated
his life to ensuring that the ocean will be well-stocked for generations to
come; and Herbert Hoe, who recognized how the widespread health afflictions
of the Native Hawaiian people impaired their ability to care for themselves,
and created his ‘Ai Pono diet program utilizing the traditional foods of
A CHEF’S LIFE
Pimp My Grits
Wed., May 20, 7:30 pm
A Chef’s Life is a documentary and cooking series that takes viewers inside
the life of Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband Ben Knight, returned
home to open a fine dining restaurant in small-town 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.
Pimp My Grits
The restaurant gears up for a practice service when the new equipment and new
menu will be tested in real time – but nothing goes as planned. One of the big
changes to the restaurant’s menus is the addition of a section called “Pimp My
Grits,” where Vivian exalts the lowly, quintessentially Southern ingredient in
four distinct ways.
Tough Trains: Siberia
Thurs., May 21, 10:00 pm
Host Zay Harding boards the infamous “Ice Train” for a wintry trip to the far
north of Siberia, deep inside the Arctic Circle on the world’s northernmost
railway line. His journey takes him through Tobolksk to the gas fields of Novy
Urengoy and follows the abandoned route of Stalin’s “Railway of Death.” He visits
a Communist gulag and camps overnight with the Nenet nomadic tribe.
RIDING THE RAILS IN CHINA 2
Part 1 of 2
Thurs., May 21, 10:00 pm
American travelers Chris and Sarah visit the magnificent Shenyang Imperial
Palace, Changchun World Sculpture Park and the Benxi Water Cave.
The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & The Military Family
Fri., May 22, 9:00 pm
Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, which recognize outstanding
achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans
and military families. Among those scheduled to appear are Nick Jonas, Jerry
Lewis, Arturo Sandoval and Brian Williams.
A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House
Fri., May 22, 10:00 pm
President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama welcome Willie Nelson, John Fogerty,
Mary J. Blige, Romeo Santos, Common, Daughtry, plus performing members of the armed
services, to offer a musical tribute to the service and sacrifice of our troops
and the often overlooked contribution of their families back home.
VICTORY GARDEN’S edibleFEAST
Sat., May 23, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDEN’s edibleFEAST takes viewers on a journey across America, traveling
from garden to sea, mountains to fields, to learn about fresh local foods and the
people who grow and produce them. Hosted by passionate foodie and TV
personality Amy Devers, each episode features the work of 2013 James Beard
Award-winning filmmaker and Chef Daniel Klein, who introduces viewers to
gardeners, farmers and food producers around the country.
In Vancouver, Canada, gardener and author Andrea Bellamy shows how to create a
worm composter, propagate herbs by taking cuttings and harvest flax seeds. Chef
Chris Roper is cooking rye-crusted sturgeon with lightly pickled beets, and
smoked salmon salad with cucumber. Then, go out on crab boats with fishermen
dedicated to keeping low-impact practices viable for small-scale harvesters,
and visit a mobile truck farm owned by Judy Kenzie.
RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
Sat., May 23, 7:30 pm
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.
Amsterdam is quaint and jarring, traditional and modern and a delight to explore. Under
tall facades leaning out below quaint church towers, Rick shows us that this
city is more than Rembrandts, Van Goghs and marijuana-filled coffee shops.
The 2015 National Geographic Bee
Sat., May 23, 8:00 pm
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National
Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The
contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools
with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining
and challenging competition.
Hawaii’s State Geographic Bee winner vies for the Bee crown and the top prize of
a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic
Soul of a Banquet
Sat., May 23, 9:00 pm
Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) ventures into the world of Cecilia
Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened
her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco
and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film is equal parts
delectable showcase of gastronomy and touching portrait of Chiang’s journey
from a childhood in Beijing before the Cultural Revolution to accidental
restaurateur on the west coast of the United States. Featuring interviews with
Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl and Chiang herself.
Sat., May 23, 10:00 pm
Over the course of a momentous year, Kumu Hina, a native Hawaiian mahu
(transgender) teacher, inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place
as leader of an all-male hula troupe, as she herself searches for love and
a fulfilling romantic relationship with an unpredictable young Tongan man.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Sat., May 23, 11:00 pm
The Grammy-winning Bon Iver performs material from its self-titled second album.
Secrets, Politics and Torture
Tues., May 19, 10:00 pm
FRONTLINE examines the fight over the CIA’s controversial interrogation methods,
widely criticized as torture. Through recently declassified documents and interviews
with key political leaders and CIA insiders, investigate what the CIA did and
whether it worked.
Thurs., May 21, 7:30 pm
This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach in West Oahu.
Ewa Makai Middle School on Oahu introduces us to P.E. for the 21st century. When students
take physical education at this high-tech middle school on the Ewa plain, they don’t just
play dodge ball or run laps around the track. We learn how their innovative P.E. program
is using computer technology to help students get fit both physically and digitally.
Maui High School on the Valley Island explores the challenges of designing schools to
provide a healthy learning environment while keeping out intruders. Architect Charles
Kaneshiro, president of Group 70 International based in Honolulu, shows the design
elements he incorporated at Puʻu Kukui Elementary School in Wailuku, Maui, to provide
“zones of supervision” throughout the multi-building campus.
On Hawaii Island, Hawaii Preparatory Academy students Mason Dupont and Jacob McCafferty
researched, designed and created a remote-controlled boat that can be used to study marine
life such as whales. The boat wasn’t created for a traditional class in engineering or
science, but for a self-directed, independent study project.
Kapaa High School on Kauai tells us about a new program created by the Kauai Humane Society
to encourage the adoption of dogs. Volunteers take dogs from the Kauai Humane Society on
field trips to various places on the island to help them meet potential owners.
Kamehameha Schools Kapalama on Oahu takes us into a classroom that takes 21st century skills
to a new level as students learn the intricacies of cell division, land ecology and geographical
mapping through the popular video game, Minecraft. Students experience hands-on interaction with
the land, exploration of their Hawaiian culture, and, of course, video gaming! The results:
collaboration that combines creativity, communication, critical thinking – and a little bit
Students of Kapaa Middle School on Kauai show us what makes their May Day program different
from others in the state, and reveal what it takes to prepare for this beloved Hawaii tradition.
This program encores Saturday, May 23 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, May 24 at 3:00 pm.
You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII
Does Fine Arts Education Have a Place in Hawaii’s Public Schools?
Thurs., May 21, 8:00 pm
Federal and state mandates have compelled public schools to focus more time and resources on academic standards and less on the fine arts. Are we shortchanging students by not giving them an outlet for creative expression? Has fine arts education fallen by the wayside with the push to excel in critical thinking in Hawaii’s public schools?
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is a live public affairs show that is also live streamed on PBSHawaii.org.
Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging.
You may also email your questions ahead of time to
WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL
Fri., May 22, 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., May 22, 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., May 22, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest
political analysts in the nation.
Science and Nature
The Sagebrush Sea
Wed., May 20, 8:00 pm
One of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent consists of a massive
sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West. This
spartan yet spectacular landscape supports more than 170 species of hardscrabble
birds and mammals. Among those that have adapted to survive here are birds found
nowhere else: greater sage-grouse that lead remarkable lives mostly hidden in
the sage. But once each year, males emerge for days on end to strut and display
as prospective mates for discriminating females, which mate with only one or
two of them. Females must then raise their chicks on their own, with little
food, water or shelter to sustain them, while plenty of predators wait for
their smallest mistake. Today, they must also contend with wells and pipelines
tapping the resources buried deep below. The sagebrush and the grouse carry on,
but they’re losing ground.
Rise of the Hackers
Wed., May 20, 9:00 pm
Our lives have gone digital. We shop, bank and even date online. Computers hold
our treasured photographs, private emails, and all of our personal information.
This data is precious – and cybercriminals want it. Now, NOVA goes behind the
scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling
to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math and a new
field called “ultra-paranoid computing,” all working to forge unbreakable codes
and build ultra-fast computers. From the two men who uncovered the world’s most
advanced cyber weapon to the computer expert who worked out how to hack into
cash machines and scientists who believe they can store a password in your
unconscious brain, NOVA investigates how a new global geek squad is harnessing
cutting-edge science – all to stay one step ahead of the hackers.
The Billionaire Building
Wed., May 20, 10:00 pm
As urban space shrinks, we build higher and faster than ever before, creating a
new generation of skyscrapers. Super skyscrapers are pushing the limits of
engineering, technology and design to become greener, stronger, smarter and more
luxurious than their predecessors. This four-part series follows the creation of
four extraordinary buildings, showcasing how they will revolutionize the way we
live, work and protect ourselves from potential threats.
The Billionaire Building
Upon completion, One57, on Manhattan’s 57th Street, will rise more than 1,000 feet,
making it the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere and boasting
spectacular views of Central Park. This episode follows the teams tasked with
creating New York’s most luxurious residential skyscraper and their ambition to
redefine luxury living the big city. Condominiums at One57 showcase state-of-the-art
interiors – double-height ceilings, full-floor apartments, bathrooms clad in the
finest Italian marble and the finest material finishes.
Mon., May 18, 10:00 pm
On March 8, 1971, a band of suburban parents, university professors and
community leaders broke into a small FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania,
just outside Philadelphia. Calling themselves the Citizens’ Commission to
Investigate the FBI, the eight activists took hundreds of secret files and
shared them anonymously with select members of Congress and the news media. By
doing so, they uncovered evidence of the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of
spying on and intimidating American citizens. Despite one of the largest
investigations ever conducted, the FBI never solved the mystery of the
break-in, and the identities of those responsible remained a secret – until
now. For the first time, the members of the Citizens’ Commission have spoken
out. This film tells their story.
THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY
The Fire of Life
Tues., May 19, 8:00 pm
Ken Burns’ seven-part documentary tells the stories of Theodore, Franklin and
Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential
families in American politics. The seven-part, 14-hour series marks the first
time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative.
The Fire of Life
Theodore leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own party, undertakes a
deadly expedition into the South American jungle, campaigns for American entry
into World War I – and pays a terrible personal price. Franklin masters wartime
Washington as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, while Eleanor finds personal
salvation in war work. Her discovery of Franklin’s romance with another woman
transforms their marriage into a largely political partnership. TR’s death at
60 is almost universally mourned, but provides Franklin with a golden
PBS HAWAII PRESENTS
Under a Jarvis Moon
Thurs., May 21, 9:00 pm
This film tells the story of 130 young men from Hawaii who, from the late 1930s
through the early years of World War II, were part of a clandestine mission by
the U.S. federal government to occupy desert islands in the middle of the
Pacific. The first wave of these colonists was a group of Hawaiian high school
students, chosen because government officials assumed Pacific Islanders could
best survive the harsh conditions present on the tiny, isolated islands. For
the young men, who were unaware of the true purpose of their role as colonists,
what ensued is a tale of intrigue, courage, and ultimately, tragedy.
THE WOODWRIGHT’S SHOP
Tapered Tail Tripod Table 1
Sat., May 23, 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.
Tapered Tail Tripod Table 1
Walnut legs riven from the log begin this table inspired by the 19th
century Dominy workshops.
ASK THIS OLD HOUSE
Sat., May 23, 2:30 pm
Learn about planting an indoor tropical garden in a cold climate.
THIS OLD HOUSE
The Veteran’s Special House Project
Sat., May 23, 3:00 pm
Kevin meets Mike Duckett in New Hampshire to see the plans for the DeWitt family’s
specially adapted home from Homes for Our Troops (HFOT). Norm, Tom and Kevin
join builder Ken Dionne and his team to help with framing the exterior walls.
Kevin then travels to Florida to meet Justin Gaertner, another veteran who also
received an HFOT home. Kevin rejoins the project in New Hampshire and finds
that all the exterior walls are secured and the truss roof is going up.
MARTHA STEWART’S COOKING SCHOOL
On the Bone
Sat., May 23, 4:00 pm
The most flavorful, tender cuts of meat are often cooked on the bone. In this
episode, Martha Stewart shares techniques – braising, searing, slow-roasting
and grilling – in four different recipes featuring bone-in cuts: sumptuous
oxtail, slow-roasted beef ribs, cowboy steak and Korean short-rib kebabs.
AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED
Favorite Ways with the Catch of the Day
Sat., May 23, 4:30 pm
Test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to making the perfect
grilled fish tacos at home. Then equipment expert Adam Ried reviews bench
scrapers. Finally, test cook Bryan Roof shows Chris how to make the ultimate
sesame-crusted salmon with lemon and ginger.
SARA’S WEEKNIGHT MEALS
Not Just for Kids
Sat., May 23, 5:00 pm
Chef Sara Moulton returns with a fourth season of SARA’S WEEKNIGHT MEALS, featuring
simple but delicious recipes for putting flavorful, healthy, home-cooked meals
on the table with minimal fuss. In addition, guest chefs from around the globe
prepare their favorite dishes in Sara’s home kitchen before taking her on a
culinary expedition to their favorite local farms, ethnic enclaves and other
secret food sources.
Not Just for Kids
Sara has two kid-friendly recipes, fast and easy for a weeknight, that will satisfy
a picky palate but are tasty and sophisticated enough to please an adult. First
up is beer batter shrimp, then Sara cooks up “pasta pizza.” And for a lunchbox
treat, there’s jiggly orange wedges.
Sat., May 23, 5:30 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.
Today is all about an Italian favorite at parties or large family meals: antipasti!
She teaches viewers how to prepare four delicious snacks: giardiniera (cured
vegetables); anchovy frittata with zucchini; savory onion tart; and