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Discover the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Television’s most-watched history series, acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, has been honored with every major broadcast award.
September 3 at 8:00pm – The Mine Wars
Go inside the bitter battle to unionize coal miners at the dawn of the 20th century. The struggle over the power that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War, and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone.
September 10 at 9:00pm – The Feud
Discover the real story behind the most famous family conflict in U.S. history — the battle between the Hatfields and McCoys. Much more than a tale of two warring families, the film goes beyond the myth to show the forces that ignited the feud.
American Masters- Raul Julia: The World’s a Stage
Friday, September 13 at 9:00pm
Discover the life and career of Raul Julia, the charismatic, award-winning actor and humanitarian known for versatile roles on stage and screen, from Shakespearean plays to “The Addams Family.” A co-presentation of VOCES and American Masters.
AMERICAN MASTERS, which pioneered the television biography genre, continues to offer insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life. Winner of the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.
Animal Babies: First Year on Earth
Wednesdays at 8:00pm
Meet six baby animals from across the globe. Follow along as they experience joy and hardship, confront near-daily adversities, navigate their habitats, and overcome challenges in their first year of life.
August 28 - First Steps
See how the babies learn to understanding their surroundings in environments ranging from Africa to Sri Lanka to Iceland. The most basic tools for survival must be learned in their first three months to thrive and ultimately survive.
September 4 – Testing Limits
Learn the new challenges baby animals face once they can get around on their own. Every day brings new trials and tribulations, like searching for food, surviving in harsh environments and bonding with family members.
September 11 – New Frontiers
Join the baby animals as they near the end of their first year of life. It’s time for these young ones to branch off from the comfort of their mothers and learn to explore the great unknown on their own.
Bluegrass Underground - NEW SEASON!
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
September 7 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Truly iconic, profoundly influential, and a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues to add to their legendary status.
September 14 – Amanda Shires
Road warrior, new mom and recently minted MFA in creative writing, Shires cuts her own genre blended roots-rock with fierce-sweet violin, soaring vocals and critically acclaimed compositions. Shires was Americana's 2017 Emerging Artist of the Year.
September 21 – Keb’ Mo’
Nashville-based singer/songwriting bluesman and four-time Grammy Award winner Keb' Mo' has been described as "a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America."
September 28 – Josh Ritter
Best known for his distinctive Americana style and narrative lyrics, Josh Ritter is two decades into a storied career, constantly changing and challenging the earlier versions of himself. Josh Ritter, it seems, may just be getting started.
Country Music – A Film by Ken Burns
Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the twentieth century. The series, directed by Ken Burns, features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. No one has told the story this way before.
Sunday, September 15 – The Rub (Beginnings-1933)
See how what was first called “hillbilly music” reaches new audiences through phonographs and radio, and launches the careers of country music’s first big stars, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
Monday, September 16 – Hard Times (1933-1945)
Watch as Nashville becomes the heart of the country music industry. The genre grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II as America falls in love with singing cowboys, Texas Swing and the Grand Ole Opry’s Roy Acuff.
Tuesday, September 17 – The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953)
See how the bluegrass sound spreads in post-war America, and meet honky-tonk star Hank Williams, whose songs of surprising emotional depth are derived from his troubled and tragically short life.
Wednesday, September 18 – I Can’t Stop Loving You (1953-1963)
Travel to Memphis, where Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley usher in the era of rockabilly. Ray Charles crosses America’s racial divide by recording a country album. Patsy Cline shows off Music City’s smooth new Nashville Sound.
Sunday, September 22 – The Sons & Daughters of America (1964-1968)
See how country music reflects a changing America, with Loretta Lynn speaking to women everywhere, Merle Haggard becoming “The Poet of the Common Man” and audiences looking beyond race to embrace Charley Pride.
Monday, September 23 – Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (1968-1972)
Learn how country music responds to a nation divided by the Vietnam War, as Army captain turned songwriter Kris Kristofferson sets a new lyrical standard, and artists like Bob Dylan and the Byrds find a recording home in Nashville.
Tuesday, September 23 – Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973-1983)
Witness a vibrant era in country music, with Dolly Parton finding mainstream success; Hank Williams, Jr. and Rosanne Cash emerging from their famous fathers’ shadows; and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings launching the “Outlaw” movement.
Wednesday, September 25 – Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’ (1984-1996)
Learn how “New Traditionalists” like George Strait, Randy Travis and the Judds help country music stay true to its roots. Witness both the rise of superstar Garth Brooks and the return of an aging Johnny Cash to the industry he helped create.