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Black America Since MLK: And I Still Rise
Tuesday, November 15 & 22 at 8:00pm
A look at the last 50 years of African-American history — from Stokely Carmichael to Barack Obama, James Brown to Beyoncé — charting the remarkable progress made and raising hard questions about the obstacles that remain.
November 15 – Out of the Shadows / Move On Up
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history, charting the incredible progress made — as well as the obstacles that remain. Features conversations with Jesse Jackson, Nas and Donna Brazile.
November 22 - Keep Your Head Up/Touch the Sky
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores America’s changing racial landscape—celebrating how far we have come toward equality and asking why we still have so far to go. Features conversations with Eric Holder, Shonda Rhimes and DeRay Mckesson.
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this 12-part “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
November 5 – The Lone Bellow
The Lone Bellow was born as a creative outlet for singer Zach Williams. Now a thriving part of Brooklyn’s Americana scene, roots-folk-rock trio was recently nominated for Americana Duo/Group of the Year. The simple, finely crafted songs of redemption are buoyed by a larger-than-life power.
November 12 – Drivin’ N Cryin’
Rolling Stone magazine explained veteran rockers DNC thusly, “Crunching hard rock is the Drivin’ part. Brittle country-ish balladry the Cryin’…” Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Kevn Kinney and Drivin’ N Cryin’ have for 30 years offered die-hard fans a blend that arcs from intimate acoustic folk to soaring (and searing) guitar-laden Southern rock.
November 19 – Sierra Hull
The Tennessee mandolin prodigy (shown at right) is all grown up and fresh from releasing her third solo album, the Bela Fleck-produced Weighted Mind. Fleck notes, “She plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved… Her vocals and songwriting matured to the level of her virtuosity.” Hull, who has played the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, is the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music.
Downton Abbey, Season Two on Masterpiece
Thursdays at 7:00pm
Multiple Emmy winner, Downton Abbey, resumes the story of aristocrats and servants of Downton Abbey during the tumultuous World War I era.
The international hit, written by Julian Fellowes, stars Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville, as well as a drawing room full of new actors, portraying the loves, feuds and sacrifices of a glittering culture thrown into crisis. Laura Linney hosts
November 3 – Episode One
Two years into World War I, Downton Abbey is in turmoil, as Matthew and other young men go to war — or avoid it. The women also pitch in, and many couples see their romantic dreams dashed.
November 10 – Episode Two
Downton is turned into a convalescent home.
November 17 – Episode Three
Matthew and William embark on a perilous patrol behind German lines.
The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece
Sundays at 8:00pm
Keeley Hawes stars as a widow who transplants her four unruly children from Britain to sun-drenched Corfu in 1935. Based on Gerald Durrell’s autobiographical trilogy, the series was lauded as “completely satisfying” when it aired in the UK.
November 6 – Episode 4
Leslie gets thrown out of the house and ends up in court. Theo and Spiros are his attorneys. Margo settles into her new job—and a new dress. Louisa has more man trouble.
November 13 – Episode 5
Louisa’s aunt arrives from England to a string of mishaps. Bad moods and bad luck threaten to end the Durrells’ Greek idyll. Sven comes to the rescue.
November 20 – Episode 6
Big plans are afoot, but the Durrells can’t decide whether to proceed. Larry faces a crisis—and he’s not the only one. Margo’s countess makes a breakthrough.