Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, 2015
Arts, Drama, Culture
Secrets of Westminster
Sun., Sept. 27, 7:00 pm
The Houses of Parliament and the Tower of Big Ben are classic London emblems
of historic British democracy. The Palace of Westminster, which includes the
House of Commons and the House of Lords, stands as a monument to a fair and
open political system, but within its gothic walls are the hidden worlds of
Parliament, where back-stabbing, intrigue and traditions are the order of the
day. Around the corner, Westminster Abbey is steeped in Anglo-Saxon myths,
legends and history of over 3,000 great men and women buried or memorialized
here throughout the ages.
INDIAN SUMMERS ON MASTERPIECE
Part 1 of 9
Sun., Sept. 27, 8:00 pm
Julie Walters stars as the glamorous doyenne of an English social club in
the twilight era of British rule in India. Set in a subtropical paradise, the
series dramatizes the collision of the high-living English ruling class with
the local people agitating for Indian independence. As the drama unfolds, the
two sides alternately clash and merge in an intricate game of power, politics
and passion. Also starring in the lavish production are Henry Lloyd-Hughes,
Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth and Lillete Dubey.
Part 1 of 9
The British arrive at their summer headquarters in northern India for a season
of parties, romance and trouble – including attempted murder.
Sun., Sept. 27, 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.
It’s someone’s big day, but things are far from smooth with the appearance
of an unexpected guest. Penelope and Mason are asked to pick up the wedding
cake, which doesn’t go as planned. It’s not long before the blissful event
becomes a potential disaster.
Richard Ho ʻopiʻi and George Kahumoku Jr.
Mon., Sept. 28, 7:30 pm
Richard Hoʻopiʻi and George Kahumoku Jr. walked into the PBS Hawaii studio,
sat down with their instruments, and began to play. George, with his mellow
slack key guitar and soothing voice, performing alongside Richard, with his
never-ending smile and his beautiful falsetto, offered song after song, with
talk story in-between. This impromptu concert can only be described as
Rapid City, Part 3 of 3
Mon., Sept. 28, 8:00 pm
Host Mark L. Walberg explores 19th-century Sioux weapons with appraiser John
Buxton at beautiful Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. Notable finds include
a 1760s Chester County Pennsylvania spice chest; two sets of Frank Lloyd
Wright blueprints; and a Favrile Fabrique Tiffany desk lamp valued
Albuquerque, Part 1 of 3
Mon., Sept. 28, 9:00 pm
Discover the treasures of Albuquerque, including: a 1969 Woodstock jacket
and program; a silk wedding gown, ca. 1875; and a Jane Peterson oil, “The
Answer,” ca. 1925. Which one is valued at $300,000? Plus, a visit to the
International Balloon Museum.
I’LL HAVE WHAT PHIL’S HAVING
Mon., Sept. 28, 10:00 pm
Journey with Phil Rosenthal, creator of the TV series Everybody Loves
Raymond, as he learns from chefs, vendors, culinary leaders and style
-setters. Rosenthal visits the kitchens on and off the well-worn gastronomic
path that keep traditions alive and create new ones.
Follow Phil in his search for the most delicious ramen, the sushi of his
dreams and anything else that makes Tokyo a global culinary capital. He
serves New York egg creams to his guests and dials down with TV host and
comedian David Spector.
A Few Great Bakeries
Mon., Sept. 28, 11:00 pm
Explore warm and toasty bakeries from Massachusetts to California. Find out
how a business that makes cakes, pies, bread and bagels can become a
neighborhood landmark. We visit mostly small family-run bakeries from
Portland, Maine to Juneau, Alaska, with many stops along the way. It’s part
food program, part travelogue, part appreciation of workers who start early
in the morning so we have wonderful things to eat all day.
Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox
Tues., Sept. 29, 7:30 pm
From the moment she arrived in Hawaii in 1977, Holly Henderson, a product of
New York and Massachusetts, knew that she was home. But she has always thought
of herself as a guest in Hawaii. This “guest” was once arrested while protesting
the eviction of Hansen’s disease patients from Hale Mohalu, and since arriving
here, she has trained innumerable executive directors and board members of
This program will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 11:00 pm and Sunday,
Oct. 4 at 4:00 pm.
A CHEF’S LIFE
Turnips – The Roots
Wed., Sept. 30, 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.
Turnips – The Roots
Rainy winters can yield some dull vegetable varieties, few more unglamorous than
the turnip. Nevertheless, Vivian is determined to showcase this root vegetable.
She features her winter rolls with pickled turnips at a charity dinner with James
Beard Award-winner Ashley Christiansen and other notable chefs from the region.
She frets over whether her roll is sexy enough to stand up to the opulent
surroundings, amidst such distinguished company. Despite her misgivings, the
roll is a head turner and Vivian manages to make some new friends.
PBS HAWAII PRESENTS
Ohta-San: Virtuosity and Legacy
Thurs., Oct. 1, 9:00 pm
Jessie Kalima. Lyle Ritz. Eddie Kamae. Herb Ohta. In the 50s, 60s and 70s, these
giants of the ukulele snatched the simple four-stringed instrument away from
the background and planted it firmly at the front of the stage. In this
special, Herb Ohta, known as Ohta-San, brings his solo ukulele riffs to the PBS
Hawaii studios, playing numbers such as “Rhapsody in Blue,” “The Girl from
Ipanema,” and his chart-topping ballad, “Song for Anna.” He also teams up with
his son, Herb Ohta Jr., for their take on the Hawaiian classics “Hi’ilawe” and
Delhi & Rajasthan, India
Thurs., Oct. 1, 10:00 pm
During her exploration of North India, Trekker Holly Morris visits the state of
kings in Vrindavan, tours the majestic forts in the pink city of Jaipur, soaks
in the relaxed atmosphere of Jodhpur and feasts on Rajasthani cuisine at the
colorful Bundi Utsav Festival.
Decoding Ancient Chinese Gardens
Thurs., Oct. 1, 11:00 pm
Suzhou, China is the heart and origin of the world’s oldest classical Chinese
gardens and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lance, an architect, and Kelly, a
landscape designer, from the SF Bay Area experience the synthesis of art, nature
and architecture from several masterpiece gardens in Suzhou, China. These two
travelers visit the Master of Nets Garden, which was designed and built during
the Song Dynasty almost 1000 years ago. They traverse the rock maze of the Lion
Forest Garden, experience the tranquility of the Couple’s Retreat Garden and
more. Along the way, they see the architectural poetry of the garden-like
Suzhou Museum, designed by the world famous architect, I.M. Pei. An exciting
excursion to the water town of Tongli, south of the Yangzte River Delta,
exposes Lance and Kelly to ancient waterways, bridges and residential
Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
for Popular Song
Fri., Oct. 2, 9:00 pm
Enjoy a star-studded tribute to the songwriting team who penned such classic
tunes as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “What the World Needs Now Is
Love,” “Walk on By” and “Alfie.” Among the artists paying tribute to Bacharach
and David are Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, Lyle
Lovett and Arturo Sandoval.
Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
Fri., Oct. 2, 10:00 pm
This documentary dissects the persecution of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and
explores how the Chinese government’s attempts to silence him have backfired
and converted him into one of the world’s best known artists and an irrepressible
voice for free speech and human rights.
James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty
Fri., Oct. 2, 10:00 pm
The original art star, James McNeill Whistler was a caustic wit and man-about-town.
Best known for his painting “Whistler’s Mother,” Whistler was one of the most
recognized artists in Europe and is today placed in the first rank of modern
painters. Dramatic re-creations, art, graphics and interviews combine to
profile this fascinating character.
THE MIND OF A CHEF
Sat., Oct. 3, 7:00 pm
Ever since 1999, when Chef Gabrielle Hamilton put canned sardines and Triscuits
on the first menu of her tiny, 30-seat East Village restaurant, Prune, she has
nonchalantly broken countless rules of the food world. Prune has always been an
idiosyncratic restaurant, with no culinary mission other than to serve what
Hamilton likes to eat in an environment in which she wants to eat. Hamilton
won the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef NYC in 2011 and is author of a
best-selling memoir, Blood, Bones and Butter, which garnered a James
Beard Award for Writing and Literature in 2012.
Explore the many meanings of hunger and how hunger influences Chef Gabrielle as
a person and chef. She demonstrates the way cooks can make the best of what they
JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Uncovering South Korea
Sat., Oct. 3, 7:30 pm
On Joseph’s first visit to Korea, he discovers that while the capital city of
Seoul’s modern skyline and prosperity are impressive, it’s Korea’s extraordinary
history, traditions and customs that are the cornerstones of its culture.
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Sat., Oct. 3, 8:00 pm
Enjoy an operatic double bill: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta features Anna
Netrebko and Piotr Beczala. Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle features Nadja
Michael and Mikhail Petrenko. Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Vampire Weekend/Grizzly Bear
Sat., Oct. 3, 11:00 pm
ACL presents indie rock with Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear. Vampire Weekend
plays songs from its album Modern Vampires of the City, while fellow New
York act Grizzly Bear highlights its album Shields.
THE OPEN MIND
Sun., Sept. 27, 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.
My Brother’s Bomber, Part 1
Tues., Sept. 29, 10:00 pm
For some 25 years, FRONTLINE producer Ken Dornstein has been haunted by the
bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland – the terrorist act that
killed 270 people, including his older brother David. Now, in this emotional and
suspenseful three-part special, Dornstein sets out to find the men responsible
for one of the worst attacks on Americans before 9/11. From the ruins and chaos of
post-Qaddafi Libya, Dornstein hunts for clues to the identities and whereabouts
of the suspects, whom he tracks for almost five years across the Middle East
and Europe. With each episode, Dornstein encounters new witnesses and unearths
fresh evidence that brings him closer to the truth. Watch this rare, real-life
spy thriller that’s also a timely reflection on the legacy of America’s long
war on terror and a meditation on loss, love, revenge and the nature of
Thurs., Oct. 1, 7:30 pm
This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Kapaa Middle School on Kauai.
Students from Maui Waena Intermediate School on Maui profile Jasmine Doan, a
senior from Seabury Hall who launched two community service projects that
benefit students across the island. The daughter of two entrepreneurs, Jasmine
is following in her parents’ footsteps: She created the Maui Math Circle, a
student-volunteer-based organization that tutors Maui elementary school
students in math and helps them develop a passion for numbers. Jasmine also
launched the TEDx Youth Conference on Maui, a spin-off of the highly popular
speakers’ series on technology, entertainment, and design. She created the
TEDx Youth Conference so that “…middle and high school students from Maui can
share their ideas, their passions, and their stories with the greater community.”
Students from Waiakea High School on Hawaii Island examine the rising number
of ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries among high school student-athletes
and show how some are overcoming their injuries; students from Aliamanu Middle
School on Oahu profile Pilialoha Lee Loy, a beloved teacher who has taught at
the school for forty-five years; students from Radford High School on Oahu
illustrate the key first step in learning to drive – getting your Hawaii
driver’s learner permit; students at Hongwanji Mission School on Oahu feature
the close bond between eighth grader Cole Miyamura and his father, Davin
Miyamura, who teaches at the school and has coached his son on twenty-seven
sports teams; and students from Moanalua High School on Oahu file a report on
This program encores Saturday, September 19 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, September 20
at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII
What Happens to Hawaii Elders Who Don’t Have a Personal Safety Net?
Thurs., Oct. 1, 8:00 pm
Whether it’s job loss, illness, divorce or other life circumstances, some
islanders find themselves at wit’s end, running out of money in retirement.
What options do they have? And how are Hawaii taxpayers affected? What happens
to Hawaii elders who don’t have a personal safety net?
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WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL
Fri., Oct. 2, 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., Oct. 2, 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., Oct. 2, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest
political analysts in the nation.
SCIENCE & NATURE
Sun., Sept. 27, 10:00 pm
See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to
survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology
cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became
Discover the ancient humans living across Asia when Homo sapiens arrived. Our
ancestors mated with them and their genes found a home within our DNA. More
than that, they’ve helped us face down extinction.
GORONGOSA PARK: REBIRTH OF PARADISE
New Blood/Hidden World
Tues., Sept. 29, 8:00 pm
Experience the inspiring rebirth of an African wilderness through the eyes of
Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman Bob Poole. Darting lions, wrestling crocs,
facing down angry elephants – it’s all part of a day’s work as he joins the battle
to “re-wild” Mozambique’s legendary national park.
Bob and the lion team find one of the cubs with a wound and race to save her.
Then, a massive relocation mission is launched to bring back zebra and eland –
Africa’s largest antelope.
Rappelling into deep gorges, Bob and a team of scientists discover forests full
of new species and unexplored caves.
Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Wild Lessons
Wed., Sept. 30, 8:00 pm
Watch two-toed baby sloth Pelota learn to be independent in Costa Rica, while
in Australia, young kangaroo Harry must be taught to socialize with his mates.
Baby fruit bat Bugsy needs special help when his mother can’t provide milk.
E.O. Wilson: of Ants and Men
Wed., Sept. 30, 9:00 pm
This film chronicles the remarkable life and groundbreaking ideas of biologist
E.O. Wilson, founder of the discipline of sociobiology, world authority on
insects and Pulitzer-prize winning writer on the subject of human nature.
JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness
Tues., Sept. 29, 11:00 pm
For many, President Lyndon Baines Johnson is chiefly remembered for escalating
the United States military involvement in Vietnam. But 50 years ago, he
engineered two of the most important laws Congress ever passed, the 1964 Civil
Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This special examines how LBJ
THE WOODWRIGHT’S SHOP
A Tool Bench for Every Home
Sat., Oct. 3, 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.
A Tool Bench for Every Home
Roy demonstrates how to build a small bench for storing.
ASK THIS OLD HOUSE
Sat., Oct. 3, 2:30 pm
Roger teaches Kevin about lengths to consider when mowing the lawn. Richard travels
to Pittsburgh to install a thermostat that interfaces with a smartphone to save
energy and money. Ross Trethewey walks Kevin through the installation of a
photovoltaic solar array on a barn.
THIS OLD HOUSE
A Home for Matt & Cat
Sat., Oct. 3, 3:00 pm
Kevin meets HFOT community outreach coordinator Chris Mitchell, who explains why
community involvement is important. More than 150 local volunteers are laying
down the sod, mulching the beds and planting. Closet builder Brian McSharry has
been working with the DeWitts on a special design for the master closet, and
Norm and Kevin work with Matt to design and build a table for the new dining
room. At the end of a long journey, the DeWitts move into their new home.
Never Enough Chocolate
Sat., Oct. 3, 4:00 pm
Attention chocolate lovers! Learn the techniques needed to prepare two standout
chocolate desserts: a milk-chocolate pistachio tart and a rich flourless
chocolate cake. Chocolatier Jacques Torres stops by to share his expert tips.
COOK’S COUNTRY FROM AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN
Pasta for Every Palate
Sat., Oct. 3, 4:30 pm
Test cook Erin McMurrer shows host Christopher Kimball how to make pork ragu
at home. Then, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to making
perfect pasta with roasted garlic sauce, arugula and walnuts.
The Oven is On
Sat., Oct. 3, 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.
The Oven is On
There is nothing like a warm oven to make guests feel invited in a kitchen. In
this episode, Lidia shares three of her favorite oven baked dishes: eggplant
and rice Parmigiana; vegetable and meat casserole; and bread pudding with pears.
MEXICO: ONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS
Under the Influence (of Tacos)
Sat., Oct. 3, 5:30 pm
Chef Jorge Vallejo’s cooking at his intimate restaurant Quintonil in Mexico City
has long been an inspiration for Rick. But what inspires Jorge? In one word: Tacos.
In this episode, Rick follows Jorge on a taco tour, from the simple vegetable
preparations at Tacos Gus to the super-rich and satisfying suadero-style
tacos at Taqueria Los Cocuyos. Back in Chicago, Rick makes amazing tacos at
home, complete with homemade tortillas.