society

POV
The Overnighters

 

Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay despite the congregation’s objections and neighbors’ fears. When opposition to the “overnighters” reaches a boiling point, Pastor Jay makes a decision with shattering consequences. The film tells the story about the promise of redemption and the limits of compassion.

 

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC
Downton Abbey, Season 5, Part 9 of 9


This Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning hit drama returns for a fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate – an entertaining formula that has made “Downton Abbey” the highest-rated drama in PBS history. The acclaimed ensemble cast is joined by guest stars Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton and Peter Egan as Lord Flintshire, together with new characters played by Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia.

Part 9 of 9
The Crawleys go to a shooting party at a castle in Northumberland and return to Downton for Christmas holida

 

NOVA
Colosseum: Roman Death Trap

 

The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical arena, tens of thousands of gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals met their deaths. Ancient texts report lions and elephants emerging from beneath the floor, as if by magic, to ravage gladiators and people condemned to death. Then, just as quickly, the Colosseum could be flooded with so much water that ships could engage in sea battles. Could these legends be true? Now, with access to one of the world’s most protected world heritage sites, archaeologists and engineers team up to re-create ancient Roman techniques to build a 25-foot lifting machine and trap-door system capable of releasing a wolf into the Colosseum’s arena for the first time in 1,500 years.

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
The Forgotten Plague


By the dawn of the 19th century, the deadliest killer in human history, tuberculosis, had killed one in seven of all the people who had ever lived. The disease struck America with a vengeance, ravaging communities and touching the lives of almost every family. The battle against the deadly bacteria had a profound and lasting impact on the country. It shaped medical and scientific pursuits, social habits, economic development, western expansion, and government policy. Yet both the disease and its impact are poorly understood: in the words of one writer, tuberculosis is our “forgotten plague.”

 

A PATH APPEARS
Part 3 of 3

 

Join New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow as they meet activists fighting for women’s rights in Kenya.

 

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC
Downton Abbey, Season 4, Part 7 of 8

 

Robert and Thomas return from America. Bates disappears for a day, Edith prepares to go abroad, suitors flock to Mary and Rose makes a move.

 

 

Return to the Wild:
The Chris McCandless Story

 

Take a fresh look at the enigmatic story of a young American hiker named Chris McCandless, the accomplished son of successful middle class parents, who was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and became the subject of the best-selling Jon Krakauer book and Sean Penn-directed movie Into the Wild. McCandless’ letters, released for the first time, as well as new and surprising interviews, probe the mystery that still lies at the heart of a compelling story that has become part of the American literary canon.

 

 

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
Miami Beach, FL, Part 3 of 3 | Madison, WI, Part 2 of 3

 

Miami Beach, FL, Part 3 of 3

Host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Eric Silver at Miami’s Wolfsonian Museum to examine its large collection of World’s Fair objects – from souvenir ash trays to Fair objects to spectacular works of fine art. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include a rare Qing Dynasty (early 18th-century) vase; a 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins Model 6120 guitar; and a charming oil painting by popular Victorian artist John George Brown, valued at $40,000 to $50,000.

 

Madison, WI, Part 2 of 3

In Madison, Wisconsin, the Roadshow investigates the shocking heist of artifacts from the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include photos by noted American photographer Edward Weston in the late 1930s or early 1940s; a table crafted for the owner’s parents circa 1956 by mid-century-modern master furniture maker George Nakashima; and an ornate silver, enamel and turquoise-studded exhibition piece, crafted by Tiffany for the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago.

 

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
Bully

 

This cinematic, character-driven documentary puts a human face on the devastating impacts of the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. At its heart are those with huge stakes in the issue: five kids and families whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying epidemic. The film, shot over the course of one school year, opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés and captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, communities and society as a whole.

 

 

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