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PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science and technology, and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits. Check out the NOVA Next website at pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next.
May 4 at 9:00pm – Operation Lighthouse Rescue
The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, is soon to become the next victim of the persistent erosion of the island’s cliffs. Join engineers as they race to rescue this national treasure.
May 4 at 10:00pm – Petra: Lost City of Stone
More than 2,000 years ago, the thriving city of Petra rose up in the bone-dry desert of what is now Jordan. An oasis of culture and abundance, the city was built by wealthy merchants who carved spectacular temple-tombs into its cliffs, raised a monumental Great Temple and devised an ingenious system that channeled water to vineyards, bathhouses, fountains and pools. But following a catastrophic earthquake and a slump in its desert trade routes, Petra’s unique culture faded and was lost to most of the world for nearly 1,000 years. Now, in a daring experiment, an archaeologist and sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone.
May 11 at 9:00pm – Bombing Hitler’s Supergun
Growing desperate in 1943, Hitler hatches plans for a diabolical weapon: a bank of “superguns” housed in a massive underground complex in Nazi-occupied northern France. Together the guns would be able to pump 600 high explosive shells 100 miles into downtown London every hour. This weapon could spell doom for the allies. But how can such a massive gun possibly work? Join NOVA as engineers, archaeologists and WWII historians investigate this fearsome weapon. And discover the two audacious missions designed to destroy the seemingly impregnable supergun complex, one of which is led by Joseph Kennedy, Jr.
Secrets of the Dead
Part detective story, part true-life drama, SECRETS OF THE DEAD explores some of the most iconic moments in history to debunk myths and shed new light on past events. Using the latest investigative techniques, forensic science and historical examination to unearth new evidence, the series shatters accepted wisdom, challenges prevailing ideas, overturns existing hypotheses, spotlights forgotten mysteries and ultimately rewrites history.
May 17 – Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb
Learn about the legendary queen Cleopatra, who ruled the Egyptian empire. Will an amateur archaeologist’s theory reveal where the queen’s lost tomb is hidden?
May 24 – Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings
Following a team of international scientists, this film exclusively documents an archeological sensation: the exploration of royal tombs beneath the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacán. Despite many decades of research, not much is known about the long-lost Teotihuacán society. But when archeologists enter the newly discovered burial chambers, they find the clues that may finally tell us who these mysterious people were.
May 31 – Jamestown’s Dark Winter
Follow forensic anthropologists as they excavate the early American colony and uncover dark secrets. What do the newly discovered bones of a 14-year-old English girl reveal about what really happened during the winter of 1609?
Ted Talks: War and Peace
Monday, May 30 at 9:00pm
Join those who have experienced war—fighters, journalists, psychologists and more—to learn how it affects everyone. Hear extraordinary, passionate talks and performances from Adam Driver, Rufus Wainwright, Sebastian Junger and many more vital voices.
Wallander, Season 4 on Masterpiece – NEW SEASON!
Sundays at 9:00pm
Kenneth Branagh returns for the fourth and final season to his Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated role as the soul-searching Swedish cop based on the character created by best-selling novelist and father of the Nordic noir craze, Henning Mankell.
May 8 – The White Lioness
The case of a missing Swede in South Africa leads Wallander down a dangerous path. Worst of all, he’s having blackouts.
May 15 – A Lesson in Love
A knife-slashed corpse takes Wallander on a chase for the victim’s missing daughter. Increasingly forgetful, he breaks a cardinal rule of policing.
May 22 – The Troubled Man
With his memory failing, Wallander draws on primal instincts to crack a decades-old submarine mystery. But is it finally curtains for Kurt?
Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
Friday, May 27 at 10:00pm
Rosanne Cash, Edie Brickell, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo, Neil Young and more pay tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Nelson’s lyrics give voice to America’s heartland and his music pushes genre boundaries.