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Africa’s Great Civilizations
Monday-Wednesday, February 27-March 1 at 9:00pm
Beginning with Africa’s ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures.
Africa’s contributions to the human community’s development of art and language, writing and religion, agriculture and government, the arts and sciences are commonly misunderstood, or even ignored. This landmark series presents a new and comprehensive narrative about Africa and the history of the extraordinary diverse peoples of its continent, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Cape of Good Hope, from the Red Sea and down the Nile River, and from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic.
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.
January 31 at 9:00pm – The Race Underground
Learn how America’s first subway, in Boston, overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen and the great fears of its citizenry to create a rapid transit system soon replicated throughout the country.
February 7 – Oklahoma City
Follow the rise of the extremist militia movement, from Ruby Ridge to Waco, that led to the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history—the 1995 bombing by Timothy McVeigh that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City.
February 14- Ruby Ridge
Examine the 1992 FBI siege at Ruby Ridge that helped launch the modern militia movement through eyewitness accounts, including Randy Weaver’s daughter and federal agents involved in the deadly confrontation. .
American Masters - Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Tuesday, February 21 at 8:00pm
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.
Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles.
February 6 – Indianapolis, Hour Two
Discover treasures from Indianapolis including a 1952 Joe Louis-signed whiskey bottle, a Sheraton sideboard, ca. 1820, and a 1928 NY Yankees team-signed baseball. Which one is the top find of the hour?
February 13 – Indianapolis, Hour Three
Travel to Indianapolis for hidden treasures including an 1898 Alphonse Mucha JOB poster, a 1974 George Nakashima “Kent Hall” floor lamp and a 1961 Ty Cobb-signed baseball. Which is the big find?
February 20 – Palm Springs, Hour One
Journey to Palm Springs for vintage and antique finds such as a 1965 Noah Purifoy sculpture, Carroll O’Connor’s Archie Bunker coat, ca. 1970, and a Franz Bergman foundry Vienna bronze lamp from around 1920. Can you guess which is valued at $125,000?
February 27 – Palm Springs, Hour Two
Learn more about fantastic Palm Springs finds including a 1966 Roy Lichtenstein screenprint, a NASA Apollo archive, ca. 1965, and a Tiffany Studios mosaic panel, ca. 1905. One is appraised at $100,000-$150,000!
Aurora: Fire in the Sky
Wednesday, February 1 at 10:00pm
In Earth’s polar regions, the aurora—a ghostly flicker and colorful glow— mysteriously brightens the night sky. One of the most incredible natural phenomena in the world, the array of colors of the aurora is a source of endless theory and wonder. What creates such beauty and spectacle? Find out Wednesday, February 1 at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings), when PBS premieres AURORA: FIRE IN THE SKY, a one-hour documentary that links popular myths to the aurora’s physical effects on the natural world. For some tribes, it is the spirit of ancestors playing ball in the sky; for others, it’s a harbinger of war, plague and famine. The film visits Finland’s Saami, Alaska’s Inuit, Canada’s Native Americans and New Zealand’s Maori, each with legends of their own. The film travels the globe, incorporating scientific research and myth, to share with viewers the awe-inspiring mystery of the aurora.