America

GLOBE TREKKER
Tough Trains: The Transcontinental Railroad, USA

 

This episode looks at one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th Century: the Transcontinental Railroad. Trekker Zay Harding explores the rich history of railroads on this incredible 3,000-mile journey across America. Traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific, through four time zones and 12 states, he experiences some of the most epic landscapes and stunning scenery in North America.

 

 

FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Black Like Me

 

This acclaimed series with Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of popular figures.

 

Black Like Me
Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux discover a tapestry of the unexpected in their ancestry, revealing slaves and free people of color, Civil War legacies and forgotten European origins.

 

FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Puritans and Pioneers

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Puritans and Pioneers

 

Actors Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy trace their nonconformist ancestors through American conflicts – the Civil War and the American Revolution, all the way back to the Puritan establishment.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Road Trip: Rust Belt Highway, USA

 

Trekker Megan McCormick takes to the road to explore the industrial heartland of America, through some of America’s most underrated regions and beautiful countrysides. Megan takes us through the cities of Pittsburgh, Detroit and Flint, Michigan, along the famous Highway 61 before we skirt the shores of the Great Lakes. In Ohio, she visits Cleveland, Toledo and Akron, the former “Rubber Capital of the World.”

 

Lidia Celebrates America
Homegrown Heroes

Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes

 

Join celebrity chef and author Lidia Bastianich as she travels across the United States in a celebration of culture through food. In Homegrown Heroes Lidia pays homage to the men and women of our military and all they’ve sacrificed for this country. Homegrown Heroes looks at veterans who return home and find farming to be a path back to civilian life.

 

Seven poignant veterans’ stories take Lidia from the heart of Appalachia in Loom, West Virginia to Richmond, Kentucky and Anaheim, California, and prove that farming, beekeeping, and raising livestock can help people reconnect in a meaningful way to the community.

 

FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Funny Business

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Funny Business

 

Comedic guests Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari take a serious look at their family trees, learning contrasting stories of assimilation, independence, hardship and success.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Tough Trains: Bolivia

 

Since the 1860s, Bolivia has lost land to all its surrounding countries, leaving it landlocked and without vital access to coastal ports. As compensation, both Chile and Brazil agreed to build railways from Bolivia to their coasts, but they have not received proper investment since. Trekker Zay Harding travels along these railways from the Brazilian Pantanal to the Chilean coast. The first stop is Bolivia’s agricultural heartland of Santa Cruz, followed by the constitutional capital of Sucre. Zay then heads to Potosi, followed by a journey to Uyuni, where he visits the Salar de Uyuni – a salt flat rich in both salt and lithium. Zay heads to Bolivia’s administrative capital, La Paz, before concluding his trip at the Pacific coast.

 

Secrets of Spanish Florida:
A Secrets of the Dead Special

 

The first permanent European settlement in the United States was founded in 1565–two generations before the settlements in Jamestown and Plymouth–not by English Protestants, but by the Spanish and a melting pot of people they brought with them from Africa, Italy, Germany, Ireland and even converted Jews, who integrated almost immediately with the indigenous tribes. Secrets of Spanish Florida – A Secrets of the Dead Special uncovers one story of America’s past that never made it into textbooks. Follow some of America’s leading archaeologists, maritime scientists, and historians as they share the story of Florida’s earliest settlers. It’s a story that has taken more than 450 years to reveal.

 

PACIFIC HEARTBEAT
Waiting for John

 

Feel the pulse of the pacific – the stories of its people, cultures, languages, music and contemporary issues – in Season 5 of PACIFIC HEARTBEAT, the nationally distributed series from Pacific Islanders in Communications and PBS Hawaii. The five films in this season highlight struggles, values and victories that draw us together and make our Pacific cultures unique.

 

Waiting for John
If you had never heard of an airplane or a refrigerator, would you think it was a miracle when one arrived? When the American military landed on a remote island in the South Pacific during World War II, the islanders were amazed by America’s fantastic cargo. The John Frum Movement was born: a unique religion now considered the last surviving “cargo cult.” The program explores the history and last vestiges of this extraordinary religion, and in the process asks, where do our prophets come from? And what makes people believe?

 

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