Look what's coming to Blue Ridge PBS!
#MeToo, Now What – NEW SERIES!
Fridays at 8:30pm beginning February 2
In the current moment, when sexual harassment is at the forefront of the national conversation, this five part series aims to take the discussion to another level, engaging both women and men from all generations and walks of life in dialogue about these difficult issues. With the goal of making sense of these tumultuous times, the series seeks to answer this: How did we get here and how can we use this moment to effect positive and lasting change?
Hosted by Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International.
American Epic Sessions
Friday, February 9 at 9:00pm
Jack White and T Bone Burnett invite today’s greatest artists to test their skills against the long-lost machine that recorded their musical idols and forebears by rebuilding a 1920s recording device, timed by a weight-driven system of clockwork gears. Stripped of the comforts and security of modern technology, the artists have three minutes and one chance to get their music etched into the surface of a revolving wax disc before the weight hits the floor. Conceived as a sonic experiment,—an attempt to recreate the conditions of the early record company field teams—the result is a series of remarkable performances by familiar artists forced to meet the standards of their heroes. Going back to basics and capturing the energy of a unique live performance in the grooves of a rotating wax disc, these recordings are heard exactly as they were made—“lightning in a bottle”.
Artists include Jack White, Frank Fairfield, The Americans, Nas, Alabama Shakes, Los Lobos, Elton John, Ashley Monroe, Taj Mahal, Pokey Lafarge, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Blind Boy Paxton, The Hawaiians, Bettye Lavette, The Avett Brothers, Ana Gabriel, Stephen Stills, Beck, Rhiannon Giddens, Raphael Saadiq, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.
Tuesdays at 9:00pm
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.
February 6 – The Gilded Age
Meet the titans and barons of the glittering late 19th century, whose materialistic extravagance contrasted harshly with the poverty of the struggling workers who challenged them. The vast disparities between them sparked debates still raging today.
February 13 – The Bombing of Wall Street
Explore the story behind the mostly-forgotten 1920 bombing in the nation’s financial center, which left 38 dead – a crime that launched the career of J. Edgar Hoover yet remains unsolved today.
American Masters - Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Friday, February 16 at 9:00pm
Journey through the prolific life of the 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons and others.
AMERICAN MASTERS explores the lives and creative journeys of America’s most enduring artistic and cultural giants. With insight and originality, the series illuminates the extraordinary mosaic of our nation’s landscape, heritage and traditions.