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Front and Center
Saturdays at 10:30pm
Front and Center is the critically-acclaimed concert series that was launched in the spring of 2012. The concert series, now in its fifth season, has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, Country Music Association, American Music and Academy of Country Music Award winners, rock icons and multi-platinum sellers.
February 13 – Counting Crows
Academy Award-nominated rockers Counting Crows perform their classic hits and songs off their forthcoming album, Somewhere Under Wonderland.
February 20 – John Hiatt
At the Iridium, Grammy-nominated rock guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter John Hiatt performs hits from his 1974 debut, Hangin' Around the Observatory, through his 22nd studio album, 2014's Terms of My Surrender.
February 27 – Dierks Bentley
The 11-time Grammy Award nominee and six-time CMA Award nominee is joined on stage by some of Nashville's best-known songwriters - Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, Brett James and Jon Randall - for the 10th anniversary celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series. The taping included acoustic performances and stories about many of the songs performed, including hits "What Was I Thinking," "Drunk on a Plane" and "I Hold On.”
Experience powerful investigative storytelling that answers only to you. From criminal justice to politics to global issues, the reporting of PBS’ flagship public affairs series takes you inside the controversial, complex stories shaping our times.
February 9 at 10:00pm - Fantasy Sports Gamble
See an investigation with the New York Times into fantasy sports and online sports betting. With law enforcement cracking down, the film traces the growth of these booming businesses and goes inside their operations at home and abroad.
February 23 at 9:00pm - Chasing Heroin
Facing a heroin epidemic, America is experimenting with radical new approaches to the drug problem. Following four addicts in Seattle, examine U.S. drug policy and what happens when heroin is treated like a public health crisis, not a crime.
The Great British Baking Show
Thursdays at 8:00pm
Follow the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers whose goal is to be named the U.K.’s best. Each week, the bakers tackle a different skill, the difficulty of which increases as the competition unfolds.
February 4 – Pies & Tarts
Almost half-way through the baking competition, the remaining bakers face pies and tarts. Custard tarts are their Signature challenge, followed by mini pear pies — one of the more unusual Technical challenges in the competition tent. Finally, contestants battle their biggest bake yet: three-tiered pies. The Showstopper allows them only four hours to create a towering collection of pies.
February 11 - Continental Cakes
And then there were six. The remaining bakers now face three European cakes. For the Signature, bakers are asked to make yeast-leavened cakes. Their work’s cut out for them in the most demanding Technical challenge yet: they have two hours to make the 24-step Swedish Princess torte. And finally, for the Showstopper, they must create a contemporary version of the Hungarian Dobos torte.
February 18 – Pastries
Week seven in the tent sees the bakers tested on all kinds of weird, wonderful pastries. They’re assigned Signature savory parcels, ranging from pasties to samosas. The Technical challenge throws them into uncharted territory with a pastry none has heard of … the round and crusty kouign amann. Paul tests the bakers’ patience in a challenge to create this multi-layered, buttery pastry. Finally, Showstopper éclairs will give five lucky bakers a spot in the quarter-finals.
February 25 – Quarter Final
There are just five bakers left. This week’s challenges test them on working with unconventional flours and unusual desserts. For the Signature challenge, they must make a loaf using flours such as spelt, rye, potato or tapioca flours. The Technical challenge is dacquoise, made with three layers of fragile coiled meringue sandwiched with coffee custard and topped with hazelnut praline, a gluten-free dessert. For the Showstopper challenge, the bakers have to venture out of their comfort zone to create novelty vegetable cakes, dairy-free.
Friday, February 12 at 9:00pm
HITMAKERS is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process. Today’s artists challenge the paradigm further, taking control of their careers and sometimes shucking the system altogether to record and release music on their own. Record labels large and small also have found they must innovate to thrive.
Entertaining and thoughtful, HITMAKERS boasts an unforgettable soundtrack. The special features interviews and performances from notable artists such as Melissa Etheridge, The Roots’ Questlove, Sharon Jones, rising DJ/producer Steve Aoki and many more.
In Performance at the White House: Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles
Friday, February 26 at 9:00pm
Hear interpretations of the music of Ray Charles, using his own big-band musical arrangements, by renowned as well as up-and-coming artists. The performance, a White House partnership with the Smithsonian, airs from the East Room.