Tuesday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Trapped in an Elevator
Elevators - they are technological wonders that can take us into the sky, or they can be deathtraps. NOVA explores how they are made and what safety precautions are used to keep people safe. We also look at the elevator systems on the some of the tallest buildings in the world, as well as hear harrowing tales of being trapped.
Tuesday, November 2 at 10:00 p.m.
What does it take to get what you want in Washington? FRONTLINE takes us behind the scenes at the Whitehouse as the Obama Administration pulls whatever maneuvers, be they closed-door deals or tradeoffs, necessary to carry out the President's policies in the face of almost paralyzing opposition.
Tuesday, November 2 at 11:00 p.m.
Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining, insightful, and often humorous look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema and examining the ways that the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding—and misunderstanding—of Natives. Narrated by Diamond with infectious enthusiasm and good humor, Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian is a loving look at cinema through the eyes of the people who appeared in its very first flickering images and have survived to tell their stories their own way.
Wednesday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Secrets of the Dead
The Silver Pharaoh
The royal tomb of Pharaoh Psusennes I is one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Egyptian treasures - even more remarkable than that of Tutankhamen. So why hasn’t the world heard about it? The tomb was discovered filled with lavish jewels and treasure almost by accident in 1939 by the French archaeologist Pierre Montet while he was excavating in northern Egypt. The royal burial chamber came as a complete surprise – no Egyptologist had anticipated a tomb of such grandeur in this area.
Wednesdays, November 3, 10 & 17 at 9:00 p.m.
We go behind the scenes to explore a distinctive world with its own rules and lingo and no fixed address. It reveals the sights, sounds and stories of the circus’ fascinating cultural legacy in unprecedented breadth and scope as viewers escape into a place of passion, excitement, perseverance and even heartache. From the training and rehearsals to the bravery and the intensity of life — and work — in the circus, the cameras capture it all.
Fridays, November 5, 12 & 19 at 10:00 p.m.
Fusing cultural history, travel and contemporary life, the three-part series features tales of the lavish court of the Sun King Louis XIV and the sexual decadence of revolutionary Paris; the crazy early 1900s immortalized by the notorious Moulin Rouge and Folies Bergère to the jazz explosion of the Thirties and the heyday of Sixties hedonism, which inspired the film, music and literature of the time.
Thursday, November 7 at 3:00 p.m.
American Ballroom Challenge
All four major dance styles are featured—American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, and International Latin—with the focal point of the broadcast being the “show dances,” where each couple has the floor to themselves. An international panel of judges will decide which couple walks away with the crown. Actress, singer, and dancer Jean Louisa Kelly joins the series as co-host this season.
Sunday, November 14 at 9:00 p.m.
The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize
A lineup of top entertainers including Fred Armisen, Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Krakowski, Steve Martin, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, and Betty White will salute Tina Fey in the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize For American Humor. The evening will pay tribute to the humor and accomplishments of the popular writer, producer, actress and comedienne.
Sunday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m.
The richest wetland habitat in the Middle East, believed by many religious scholars to be the original Garden of Eden, was strategically reduced to miles of scorched earth and was thought to have been destroyed forever. As the region turned to dust, the interdependent communities of people and wildlife were virtually wiped out. But one man is on a mission to restore this precious ecosystem, against all odds, and two filmmakers are determined to tell his story.
Wednesday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Secrets of the Dead
Slave Ship Mutiny
Slave Ship Mutiny" tracks the efforts of archaeologists, historians and slave descendents to discover the full story of this dramatic historical event. They want to learn what happened on the Meermin, how the slaves were able to overpower their captors, and why the ship ended up wrecked on a wild, windswept beach 200 miles east of Cape Town.
Monday, November 15 at 9:00 p.m.
Ken Burns' Baseball
The 10th Inning
The program tells the tumultuous story of America’s national pastime from the early 1990s to the present day, introducing an unforgettable array of players, teams and fans, celebrating the game’s resilience and enduring appeal, and showcasing both extraordinary accomplishments — and devastating losses and disappointments.
Tuesday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Secrets of Stonehenge
NOVA's cameras were granted exclusive access to the dig site at Bluestonehenge, a prehistoric stone circle monument recently discovered about a mile from Stonehenge, we join a new generation of researchers finding important clues to the enduring mystery of Stonehenge. Who built this structure, and what technology did these ancient people use to erect such massive rocks?
Sunday, November 14th at 3:00 p.m. & 21st at 2:30 p.m.
Anne of Green Gables
The children’s classic chronicles the life of the spirited orphan Anne Shirley (Megan Follows) on Price Edward Island, Canada, from her struggles as an adolescent to her triumphs as a young woman. Filmed on location amidst the spectacular scenery of Prince Edward Island, the miniseries is an epic masterpiece full of wit, style and emotional power.
Sunday, November 21 at 9:00 p.m.
Christopher Eccleston ("Doctor Who") channels John Lennon in this acclaimed recreation of Lennon’s last turbulent years with the Beatles, co-starring Naoko Mori ("Torchwood") as Yoko Ono, the woman blamed for breaking up the band, and Christopher Fairbank (MASTERPIECE "Tess of the D’Urbervilles") as Freddie Lennon, John’s absentee father.
Monday, November 22 at 9:00 p.m.
The program looks at the period of John Lennon's life following the breakup of the Beatles in 1971. It was during this time that he and his wife, Yoko Ono, moved to New York and settled down. He took on the role of house husband and wrote some of the most prolific songs of his career. Some say this was the happiest time of his life until he was brutally gunned down in 1980.
Wednesday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m. & Friday the 26th at 10:00 p.m.
The President's Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval Office
As the 44th president’s chief photographer, Pete Souza is never far behind President Obama. Now, in the new National Geographic Special, viewers get to follow Souza, and those who came before him, for a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency. It’s a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world, for history.
Wednesday, November 24 at 9:00 p.m.
Sondheim: The Birthday Concert
From his early years under the tutelage of friend and mentor Oscar Hammerstein II and continuing through the groundbreaking productions of his later career, Stephen Sondheim has been a singular voice in the American musical theater, a true original in the pantheon of major American songwriters and composers. Sondheim led the way from Broadway’s golden age into the increasingly ambivalent times of America’s post-Vietnam, rock ‘n’ roll culture.
Saturday, November 27 at 9:00 p.m.
John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind
This My Music special focuses on the greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 1950s and 1960s folk era. Presented by the lead singer of The Lovin’ Spoonful ("Do You Believe In Magic"), FOLK REWIND features a treasure trove of historical footage that has not been seen in more than four decades, plus new performances by artists who are still appearing in concert today.
Saturday, November 27 at 11:00 p.m.
Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul
Honoring Les Paul is the 5-time Grammy winner for Best Rock Instrumental performance and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductee Jeff Beck. Jeff and the band play Les Paul classics such as “How High the Moon,” “Mockin’ Bird Hill” and “Bye Bye Blues,” as well as blistering versions of rock-n-roll staples such as “Twenty Flight Rock,” “Peter Gunn,” “Rocking Is Our Business,” “New Orleans” and the incredible “Walking in the Sand.” The program was taped at the Iridium Jazz club in New York City, where Les Paul took the stage every week from 1995 until his passing in August 2009.
Tuesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Celtic Woman Holiday Special
The Celtic Woman journey to international renown began in 2005. Their voices blend together so smoothly you might think these women have been harmonizing since they were in their cribs. "They sing like angels, almost ethereal on their classical material yet equally adept at creating good fun with folksier numbers," says the New York Times. Join them in this latest special as they sing seasonal favorites.