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Mondays at 10:00pm
This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. INDEPENDENT LENS features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history. The series is supported by interactive companion Web sites and national publicity and community engagement campaigns. Visit the companion website at pbs.org/independentlens/
April 7 – Brothers Hypnotic
Not-always-willing subjects of a utopian family experiment, the eight men of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble were forged into a band as kids by their father, jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now making their way on the streets and in the music business, they test their father’s ideals against their own brotherly vision. By Reuben Atlas.
April 14 – Trials of Muhammad Ali
This documentary covers Muhammad Ali’s toughest bout, his battle to overturn his five-year prison sentence for refusing U.S. military service. The film traces a formative period in Ali’s life, one unknown to young people and neglected by those who remember him as a boxer but overlook how controversial he was when he first took center stage. Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning civil rights, religion and wartime dissent. This film zeroes in on the years 1967 to 1970, when Ali lived in exile within the U.S., stripped of his heavyweight belt and banned from boxing, sacrificing fame and fortune on principle.
April 21 – Muscle Shoals
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and the Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start its own successful studio, Muscle Shoals Sound. In this joyful film, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism and mystery, and why it remains influential today.
In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul
Monday, April 7 at 10:00pm
A PBS music special in the East Room of the White House, hosted by President and Mrs. Obama. Performances by Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott will pay homage to the great “foremothers” of music, with songs expressing the struggles and the achievements of women in American music. The evening will celebrate American women artists whose work has left an indelible and profound impact on our national musical culture, across Blues, Jazz, Soul, Rhythm and Blues and Rock and Roll.
Live from Lincoln Center
Fridays at 9:00pm
April 4 – James Naughton: The Songs of Randy Newman
James Naughton, the celebrated director, singer and Tony Award-winning actor, takes to the stage in the Allen Room at Lincoln Center in this concert special to honor American songwriter Randy Newman.
April 11 – Jason Isbell: Moving Forward
Alabama native Jason Isbell, formerly of the Drive-By Truckers, showcases music from his new, critically acclaimed country music album Southeastern, with personal and exquisite songs in this concert special from the Allen Room at Lincoln Center.
Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge, Season 2
Sundays at 9:00pm
The store never sleeps! Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”) reprises his role as London’s retail king, Harry Gordon Selfridge, for a second season of the series hailed as “addicting” by The Wall Street Journal. Created by Emmy® Award-winning writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice), “Mr. Selfridge, Season 2” costars Frances O’Connor (“Madame Bovary”), Aisling Loftus (“Page Eight”), Amanda Abbington (“Case Histories”) and Ron Cook (“Little Dorrit”).
March 30 - Season 2 premiere - Rose returns from America for the store’s fifth anniversary. Agnes returns from training in Paris. Lord Loxley returns to torture Lady Mae.
April 6 – Miss Mardle gets a lucky break, Leclair resurfaces and Loxley seeks Harry’s help. All await Churchill’s appearance at the store.
April 13 – The start of World War I spurs enlistment fever among the male staff. Ladies organize a benefit for refugees. Leclair has a mysterious obsession.
April 20 – Miss Mardle houses a handsome refugee, Thackeray spies on Leclair and Harry has a showdown at cards with Loxley.
April 27 - Loxley’s corrupt empire expands, Leclair lands in deep trouble, Victor and Agnes make plans and Harry joins the war effort.
Wednesday at 8:00pm
NATURE has been the benchmark of natural history programs on television, capturing the splendors of the natural world from the African plains to the Antarctic ice. The series has won more than 600 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including 10 Emmys, three Peabodys and the first award given to a television program by the Sierra Club. Find out more about NATURE at pbs.org/wnet/nature/
April 2 – White Falcon, White Wolf
Follow the perilous parenthood of two species — white gyrfalcons and Arctic wolves — on Canada’s remote Ellesmere Island.
April 9 – My Bionic Pet
The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology can provide just what they need, and scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefitting both animals and humans. Meet these inspiring animals and the remarkable individuals whose work has helped them live their lives again.
April 16 – Touching the Wild
Joe Hutto has dedicated seven years of his life to becoming a wild mule deer. Ordinarily, the deer herd would run from any human, but these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own. As he crosses the species divide, Hutto taps into a new understanding of these elusive animals. His joy in his new family is infectious, but this human predator also learns to see the world from the point of view of prey — and it’s an experience that will rock him to his core; sharing their world so personally takes a toll that sends him back to his own kind.
April 23 – Snow Monkeys
In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys functions in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows his and her place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. One innocent little monkey, unaware of his own low status, reaches out to this lonely leader and they form a rare and remarkable bond that alters both their lives. Changing seasons bring new babies, family disagreements and tragedies. Mating season brings competition for females as the days grow shorter and colder in the rush to winter. With their now confident leader to guide them and their families to shelter and care for them, these snow monkeys are ready to face the world.
April 30 – Love in the Animal Kingdom
Animals dance, sing, flirt and compete with everything they’ve got to find and secure a mate. For many, the all-important bonds they share as a couple are what enable the next generation to survive. Can we call these bonds love? In this delightful, provocative look at the love life of animals, watch the feminine wiles of a young gorilla, the search for Mr. Right among a thousand flamingos, the open “marriages” of blue-footed boobies, the soap opera arrangements of gibbons and all the subtle, outrageous, romantic antics that go into finding a partner.