1950s

MAGIC MOMENTS
The Best of 50’s Pop

The Best of 50s Pop

 

Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone and Nick Clooney host this nostalgic trip back to the 1950s. The program’s mix of live performance and archival footage takes viewers back to the era’s pop music days with classic moments from Patti Page, Perry Como, Debbie Reynolds, the McGuire Sisters and more.

 

The Best of 50s Pop

The Best of 50s Pop

 

This special presents top pop hits of the 1950s by singers and groups who brought songs of love and optimism to listeners glued to their AM radios. These classic tunes and immortal voices bring back those memories with artists such as Patti Page, The Four Lads, Frankie Laine, The Four Aces, Ed Ames, The McGuire Sisters, Gogi Grant and others.

 

Call the Midwife
Holiday Special

 

Join the revels as Poplar readies itself for Christmas 1960. An unexpected surprise for a grieving mother brings the holiday magic home, while Nonnatus is rocked when one of its own disappears. A film crew promises to make this a memorable Christmas.

 

John Sebastian Presents:
Folk Rewind

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind

 

Air date: Thurs., June 11, 9:30 pm

 

This special focuses on the greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 1950s and 1960s folk era. Presented by the lead singer of The Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe in Magic”), the program features a treasure trove of historical footage not seen in more than four decades, plus performances by artists who are still appearing in concert today. Featuring Pete Seeger and Judy Collins singing “Turn, Turn, Turn,” Harry Belafonte’s hit “Jamaica Farewell,” Trini Lopez’s rendition of “If I Had a Hammer,” Rod McKuen’s classic “Seasons in the Sun,” Bobby Darin’s heartfelt “Simple Song of Freedom” and many more.

 

 

Rickover:
The Birth of Nuclear Power

 

Combative, provocative and searingly blunt, Admiral Hyman G. Rickover was a flamboyant maverick and a unique American. When few thought it possible, then-Captain Rickover undertook to harness the power of the atom to drive the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, whose trip under the polar ice pack was one of the great adventure stories of the 1950s. Later, Rickover built the world’s first commercial nuclear power plant at Shippingport, PA. Rickover’s achievements made him a national celebrity, and he appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Many questioned Rickover’s goal of an all nuclear navy, and others questioned his creation of a technocratic elite, his own navy within the Navy. However, few contested that he had transformed the Navy and changed the course of America’s technological development.