Tuesday May 4th at 10:00 p.m.
The business of higher education is booming. It’s a $400 billion industry fueled by taxpayer money. But what are students getting out of the deal? Critics say a worthless degree and a mountain of debt. Investors insist they’re innovators, widening access to education. FRONTLINE follows the money to uncover how Wall Street and a new breed of for-profit universities are transforming the way we think about college in America.
Sunday, May 2nd at 8:00 p.m.
Kilauea: Mountain of Fire
Kilauea, on Hawaii’s Big Island, is the world’s most active volcano. Its latest eruption began in 1983 and hasn’t stopped. Since that time, it has created 544 acres of new land and consumed 200 homes. But as we watch nature’s own fireworks display and witness the devastation wrought by flowing lava, we’ve also been able to observe a process that’s central to life on these islands. The most spectacular moment of creation is when lava pours into the ocean creating new land; it is here that filmmaker Paul Atkins finds himself getting a shot few have ever filmed.
Monday, May 3 at 9:00 p.m.
Roads to Memphis
A riveting crosscut narrative of a killer and his prey, ROADS TO MEMPHIS is the fateful story of an assassin and his target set against the seething, turbulent forces in American society that drove two men to their violent and tragic collision on April 4, 1968. Following the inexorably converging paths of James Earl Ray and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ROADS TO MEMPHIS is both an incisive portrait of an America on edge in that crisis-laden year and a cautionary tale of how the course of history can be forever altered by the actions of one individual.
Monday May 5th at 9:00 p.m.
Live From Lincoln Center
Violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax perform in the intimate Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Alan Alda hosts.
Monday May 10th at 11:00 p.m.
San Francisco Quake
The infamous 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake could not have been more dramatic. Striking just as the entire nation was tuning in to watch the first World Series between two Bay Area teams, the quake caused 63 deaths, more than 2,000 injuries and brought massive destruction to the region.
Tuesday, May 11th at 8:00 p.m.
Hunt for the Super Twister
On May 3, 1999, one of the most powerful tornadoes ever recorded carved a path of complete destruction near Oklahoma City. To scientists, the supertwister held sobering lessons about the future for rapidly expanding cities in tornado-threatened areas. Most tornadoes form suddenly and with little warning. But now meteorologists are on the verge of a breakthrough that may solve the puzzle of how these killer storms spawn and where they are likely to strike. NOVA follows stormchasers as they probe the tornado’s deadly secrets.
Wednesday, May 12th at 9:00 p.m.
When You're Strange
The creative chemistry of four brilliant artists — drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison — made the Doors one of America’s most iconic and influential, theatrical and mysterious, thrilling and sometimes frightening rock bands. This, the first feature documentary to tell their story, uses only original footage — much of it previously unseen — shot between the group’s formation in 1965 and Morrison’s death in 1971. Johnny Depp narrates.
Tuesday May 18th at 9:00 p.m.
Pedigree Dogs Exposed
Two years in the making, Pedigree Dogs Exposed lifts the lid on the true extent of health and welfare problems in pedigree dogs. This in-depth investigation suggests they're in serious trouble, plagued by genetic disease due to decades of inbreeding. Disturbing footage includes Cavalier King Charles spaniels in terrible pain because they've been bred with heads so small that their brains outgrows their skulls.
Wednesday, May 19th at 8:00 p.m.
Why We Love Cats and Dogs
This film launches an in-depth investigation into the great divide between dogs and cats and just what draws people to these two polarizing pets. Animal behaviorists, psychologists, trainers and devoted owners all weigh in. Dogs, we find, are geniuses at reading what we want. And the complex cat-human bond can be as fickle or as deep as a marriage. Funny, touching and provocative, NATURE asks how well we really know our best friends and why we love them so much.
Wednesday, May 19th at 11:00 p.m.
Secrets of the Dead
The Deadliest Battle
Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 was the largest troop offensive in military history. And the Battle of Stalingrad is arguably the deadliest single battle the world has ever seen. The eventual Russian victory has long been lauded as a shining example of Stalin’s military genius. By the time the battle was over, more than one million lives had been lost and the course of the war permanently altered.
Monday, May 24 at 9:00 p.m.
Riding the Rails
During the Depression-era in the 1930s, tens of thousands of teenagers hopped freight trains in search of a better life elsewhere. What they discovered was a mixture of adventure, camaraderie, hardship and loneliness. They saw a country in turmoil and found experiences that affected them for the rest of their lives — their ultimate freedom traded for despair, joblessness and even death. Through first-hand accounts, this program recalls the stories of teen drifters crisscrossing America during tough times. Richard Thomas narrates.
Tuesday, May 25th at 9:00 p.m.
QE2: Last Voyage
Based on Daniel Goldhagen’s book of the same title, this is an exploration of the nature of genocide, ethnic cleansing and large-scale mass murder in our time. Goldhagen speaks with victims, perpetrators, witnesses, religious leaders, politicians, diplomats, historians, humanitarian aid workers and journalists.
Tuesday, May 25th at 10:00 p.m.
One year after the deadliest domestic airline accident in seven years, FRONTLINE investigates the crash of Continental 3407 in Buffalo, NY, and discovers a dramatically changed airline industry, where regional carriers now account for half of the nation’s daily departures. The rise of the regionals and arrival of low-cost carriers have been a huge boon to consumers, and the industry insists that the skies remain safe. But many insiders are worried that now, 30 years after airline deregulation, the aviation system is being stretched beyond its capacity to deliver service that is both cheap and safe.
Wednesdays, May 26th at 9pm & 10pm
This four-part series explores the key technological advances that have defined ground warfare through the ages. From the gladius to the AK47, from the chariot to the tank, from the trebuchet to the howitzer, and from the battle ramp to the star fort, the series follows the fascinating punch and counterpunch of battle tactics and new technologies. With classic examples like the stirrup and lesser known innovations like the gunner’s quadrant, the series reveals how even the smallest innovations can have a wide ranging effect on the way wars are fought.
Monday May 31st at 8:00 & 9:30 p.m.
National Memorial Day Concert
The multi award-winning event, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, will be co-hosted for the fifth year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (“CSI: New York”) and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service.