Alabama

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Huntsville, Alabama

 

Huntsville, Alabama remains one of the most unassuming cities in the USA. It doesn’t take long to see why Rocket City is something very special. A leafy green city near the Tennessee border, it’s earned the moniker Rocket City—fitting, considering it’s one of the homes of the US Space Program. However, Huntsville is more than just a hub for scientists. You’ll find incredible artists, delicious soul food, live music, and tons of rich culture. These are just a few reasons why Huntsville is a place to love.

 

 

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
Birmingham, AL, Part 1 of 3

 

In Birmingham, AL, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Catherine Williamson at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to discuss the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century and to look at materials related to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include hand-colored Andy Warhol lithographs that were stuck on a shelf for around 20 years; a pair of southern dolls that includes an “Alabama baby” doll purchased for 50 cents; and a Frederic Remington portrait with a letter from the artist to the owner’s great-grandmother, appraised together for $600,000 to $800,000.

 

 

A CAPITOL FOURTH

 

America’s Independence Day celebration is broadcast from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. Scheduled to appear: Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, Cassadee Pope, Amber Riley, Jackie Evancho, Sutton Foster and the Broadway cast of On Your Feet!, Christopher Jackson, along with the National Symphony Orchestra and a grand fireworks display.

 

Encore: Mon., July 4, 9:00 pm

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

 

From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, this program captures the legacy of the man some call America’s Shakespeare. Film and theater luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, Charles Dutton and others share their stories of the career and experience of bringing Wilson’s rich theatrical voice to the stage. This film tells of his journey to the Great White Way, the triumphs and struggles along the path to such seminal works as Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson and others before his death in 2005.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
Trapped

 

Go to the front lines of the controversial battle currently being waged over so-called TRAP laws – Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers – which reproductive rights advocates believe are designed to restrict access to abortion. Told through the eyes of doctors, clinic owners and staff in Alabama and Texas, the film reveals the impact of the hundreds of new laws passed since 2011 that set additional standards and regulations for abortion providers.

 

A CAPITOL FOURTH
On PBS Hawaii

A CAPITOL FOURTH

 

Don’t forget to watch A CAPITOL FOURTH this Independence Day!

 

Celebrating 35 years on air, the 2015 A Capitol Fourth features music legend Barry Manilow, country music superstars Alabama, singer/songwriter Nicole Scherzinger, CMA 2012 New Artist of the Year Hunter Hayes, Grammy Award-winning KC and the Sunshine Band, classical pianist Lang Lang, the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jack Everly.