Look what's coming to Blue Ridge PBS!
Wild Alaska Live
Sunday, July 23 & 30 and Wednesday, July 26 at 8:00pm
Broadcasting live over three nights with hosts Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt, PBS, in partnership with the BBC, will turn the cameras on a must-see natural spectacle as thousands of the world’s wildest animals gather to take part in Alaska’s amazing summer feast.
Tuesdays at 8:00pm
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents 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.
August 1 - The Boys of '36
Explore the thrilling story of the American rowing team that triumphed at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Inspired by #1 best-seller The Boys in the Boat, the film follows the underdog team that took the nation by storm when they captured gold.
August 29 & September 5 - Walt Disney
Walt Disney was uniquely adept at art as well as commerce, a master filmmaker who harnessed the power of technology and storytelling.
This two-part, four-hour film examines Disney’s complex life and enduring legacy, featuring rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and interviews with biographers, animators and artists who worked on early films, including Snow White, and the designers who helped turn his dream of Disneyland into reality.
Austin City Limits
Saturdays at 9:00pm
Explore the best original music — including contemporary and traditional rock, blues, country, folk, soul and worldbeat — in uninterrupted full concerts recorded live in Austin, Texas.
August 19 - Don Henley
Savor songs from Don Henley’s first solo album in 15 years, Cass County, which represents both Henley’s roots and the next stop on his creative journey.
August 26 – Foals/Alejandro Escovedo
Revel in an hour of modern rock with UK superstars Foals and Texas legend Escovedo. Foals play tunes from the album What Went Down, while Texas bard Escovedo showcases Burn Something Beautiful, joined by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and alt-rock luminaries.
Tuesday, August 15 at 8:00pm
THE BOMB tells a powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history, outlining how America developed the nuclear bomb, how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives. Through state-of-the-art transfer techniques that have turned recently declassified images into vivid, jaw-dropping footage, viewers witness the raw power and strangely compelling beauty of rare views of above-ground nuclear tests. The documentary includes interviews with historians Richard Rhodes, Martin Sherwin, Robert Norris, Sergei Khrushchev and others, along with men and women who helped build the weapon piece by piece. Audiences also hear from former Secretary of State George Shultz and Secretary of Defense William Perry, who reveal how the bomb was viewed inside government circles, as well as those who hold firsthand memories of seeing the first mushroom clouds fill the skies. This groundbreaking film provides captivating insights through its masterfully restored footage and its assembly of voices who were there when the atomic age began.
Tuesday, August 22 at 8:00pm
Twenty years after Princess Diana's death, this new film reveals her story in her own words. What emerges is the narrative of a shy young girl who stepped onto the world stage in 1980 and departed in 1997 as its most famous woman.
Secrets of Althorp at 9:00pm
Take a tour of Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, with her brother Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Nineteen generations of Spencers have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years.