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Fridays at 9:00pm
Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of jazz — the quintessential American art form. The 10-part series follows the growth and development of jazz music from its beginnings to the present.
May 6 – Dedicated to Chaos (1940-1945)
Young rebels take jazz in startling new directions, but their innovations are largely unnoticed amidst the war effort. In Europe, jazz is banned by the Nazis and embraced by their opponents as a symbol of freedom and democracy.
May 13 – Risk (1945-1955)
Jazz, the official symbol of American democracy abroad, splinters at home into different camps: white and black, cool and hot, East and West, traditional and modern. Miles Davis becomes the most influential musician of his generation.
May 20 – The Adventure (1955-1960)
As rhythm and blues and rock ’n’ roll erode jazz’ audience further, the music nonetheless enjoys a time of great creativity. Free-jazz challenges all the jazz conventions, provoking a debate about the genre’s definition that continues to this day.
Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece, Season 4
Sundays at 10:30pm (except where noted) and Thursdays at 8:00pm
As creditors close in, can Harry seal the deal that will save his mercantile empire? Jeremy Piven (Entourage) stars in the thrilling final season, dramatizing the climactic battle for the future of London’s iconic department store, Selfridge & Co.
May 1 at 10:00pm – Episode Six
Sidney seeks oblivion. His friend Sam seeks forgiveness. A dead girl’s parents seek revenge. Amanda seeks Sidney. Leonard finally takes a stand.
May 8 – Episode Seven
he Whiteleys deal starts to look bad. A reporter confronts Jimmy. Grove undertakes a good deed and a new project before retiring. Harry and Mae also retire.
May 15 – Episode Eight
Josie takes on a new role and an old one. Whiteleys’ troubles lead Jimmy and Mr. Crabb to take a big risk. Found out, Jimmy takes desperate measures.
May 22 – Episode Nine
The press links Harry with Jimmy’s demise. Suppliers refuse to sell. Stockholders are up in arms. Meanwhile, the store’s 20th anniversary sale approaches. What’s Harry to do?
The National Memorial Day Concert 2016
Sunday, May 29 at 8:00pm & 9:30pm
Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 27th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network.
National Parks: America’s Best Idea
Monday-Friday, April 25-29 at 9:00pm
Monday-Friday, April 25-29 at 9:00pm This six-part documentary series directed by Ken Burns and co-produced with his longtime colleague, Dayton Duncan, who also wrote the script, is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. As such, it follows in the tradition of Burns's exploration of other American inventions, such as baseball and jazz.
Monday, April 25 – The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)
Examine the radical idea of creating national parks for the enjoyment of everyone.
Tuesday, April 26 - The Last Refuge (1890-1915)
Investigate the efforts of Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and others to preserve and protect pristine lands.
Wednesday, April 27 – The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919)
Learn about the federal agency created to protect the parks and the fight over the Grand Canyon.
Thursday April 28 – Going Home (1920-1933)
Encounter the growing numbers of visitors to the parks and those who advocate for park expansion.
Friday, April 29 - Great Nature (1933-1945)
Learn about the changes to the national parks during the Great Depression and World War II.
Saturday, April 30- The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)
Examine the proliferation of protected lands and the protection of predatory animals.
Wednesdays 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 27 – Owl Power
For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children’s stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids.
May 4 – The Last Orangutan Eden
Ecologist Chris Morgan (“Bears of the Last Frontier”) travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the efforts to save its wild orangutan population, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation. Morgan spends time with orphaned orangs at rehabilitation centers observing the process of teaching them the survival skills they’ll need to be released back into the wild.
May 11 – Nature’s Perfect Partners
Learn the value of teamwork among animal partners, even ones as odd but perfect as hippo and fish. There are times in life when all you need is a little help. Sea and land animals collaborate using brainpower to solve complex problems and stay alive.
May 18 – Jungle Animal Hospital
Witness the day-to-day drama at one of the world’s wildest hospitals deep in the Guatemalan jungle. A vet and his team take on dangerous challenges as they care for endangered animals — from stitching up a rare baby bird to wresting a crocodile.
May 25 – Meet the Coywolf
The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is taking over territories once roamed by wolves and slipping unnoticed into our cities. Its appearance is very recent — within the last 90 years — in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. Beginning in Canada but by no means ending there, the story of how it came to be is an extraordinary tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere.