Sunday, January 2 at 8:00 p.m.
In the 1960s, this symbol of the United States became an emblem of environmental degradation, as the pesticide DDT and other human pressures brought it to the brink of extinction. Following their protection as an endangered species, bald eagles have come roaring back. Photographed by three-time Emmy-winning cinematographer Neil Rettig, this first-ever HD hour on bald eagles focuses on the drama of the nest.
Monday, January 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Miami Beach, Part I
The Roadshow hits the sunshine state in this three-parter that hails from Miami Beach. WPBT was there and we'll take you behind the scenes to find out what its like to take this show on the road. We'' also get to see what kinds of treasures South Floridians keep in their closets.
Monday, January 3 at 9:00 p.m.
Robert E. Lee
Nearly a century and a half after his death, Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration. This film examines the life and reputation of the general, whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero of the Confederacy and who was elevated to almost god-like status by his admirers after his death.
Wednesday, J anuary 5 at 9:00 p.m.
Great Performances at the Met
Anna Netrebko revives her sensational turn in this sophisticated bel canto comedy, opposite Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo in the title role. Met Music Director James Levine conducts. When Otto Schenk’s production premiered in 2006, the New York Times acclaimed it as “brilliant” and “wonderful.”
Sunday, January 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story
Nature goes behind the scenes of Born Free to examine the genesis and aftermath of this landmark story. The documentary takes viewers through challenges in making Born Free and the real-life drama of the Adamsons as pioneering conservationists. Nature will revisit the people featured in the movie and discuss the importance and dangers of their revolutionary views about animals.
Monday, January 10 at 9:00 p.m.
U.S. Grant: Warrior
The greatest hero of the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant was a brilliant military strategist who rose from obscurity to a rank held previously only by George Washington, then became a leader for whom thousands of Northern soldiers were willing to fight and die, and for whom thousands did. His hard-nosed fighting style won him the nickname "Unconditional Surrender" Grant and the admiration of the Northern public.
Tuesday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m.
In 2010, epic earthquakes all over the planet delivered one of the worst annual death tolls ever recorded. The deadliest strike was in Haiti, where a quake just southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince, killed more than 200,000, reducing homes, hospitals, schools and the presidential palace to rubble. In exclusive coverage, a NOVA camera crew follows a team of U.S. geologists as they first enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.
Tuesday, January 11 at 9:00 p.m.
Nou Bouke: Haiti's Past, Present & Future
This documentary, produced by The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald and directed by Joe Cardona, focuses on Haiti’s past, present and future in light of the apocalyptic January 12th earthquake that now marks a new chapter in the nation’s history. Nou Bouke is a Creole slogan that is painted on many ruinous walls throughout Port-au Prince, loosely translated to “We’re Tired” and indeed Haitian history is tainted with daunting chapters of failed political plans and hollow promises of development.
Tuesday, January 11 at 10:00 p.m.
Battle for Haiti
The film also offers intimate portraits of the fearful lives many Haitians are living, as the central government and judicial system routinely fail to maintain order. “Haiti is a nation that committed collective suicide some time ago,” the chief of the UN mission tells FRONTLINE. If the gangs are not defeated, many now believe a new Haiti cannot be born.
Tuesday, January 11 at 11:00 p.m.
Children of Haiti
In the midst of Haiti’s lush mountains and historical relics is an epidemic of over 500,000 orphan children who wander the streets day and night. Known as the “soulless” and forgotten by their own people, they do what they must to survive each day. “Children of Haiti” follows three teenage boys who reflect on their country and their lives, while sharing a common dream of education, government assistance, and social acceptance. By Alexandria Hammond.
Wednesday, January 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides
Called “the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived” by über-critic Pauline Kael, this 2010 Oscar-winning best actor embodies traits far beyond brilliance as an actor. He is an exceptional musician, a photographer, an occasional vintner and a storyteller. He hails from an illustrious Hollywood family, working as a child with his father Lloyd and brother Beau on television’s “Sea Hunt.” Bridges endures with vigor and grace. His own decades-long marriage and daughters remain the center of his world.
Wednesday, January 12 at 8:00 p.m.
When You're Strange - The Doors
The Doors remain 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.
Sunday, January 16 at 8:00 p.m.
White Falcon, White Wolf
For the wolves and the falcons on Canada's remote Ellesmere Island, as well for as the snowy owls, musk oxen, lemmings, Arctic foxes and hares who share this fragile ecosystem with them, fortunes are always precarious. The species are not rearing any young which is having a huge impact on how they will survive. What will happen this year if the problem persists?
Sunday, January 16 at 9:00 p.m.
The plot of Downton Abbey is straight out of Jane austen, updated to the era that introduced electric lights and telephones. It is 1912. The Titanic has just gone down in the north atlantic,taking with it the two male heirs to downton abbey, whose current lord grantham has only daughters—albeit marriageable ones. His nearest male relative is a handsome lawyer—a bachelor—living in Manchester, who soon learns the ropes of managing a sprawling country estate, with its army of devoted, sometimes bickering servants, its hunts, garden parties, and sexual intrigues.
Monday, January 17 at 9:00 p.m.
In the summer of 1868, paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh boarded a Union Pacific train for a sightseeing excursion through the heart of the newly opened American West. While most passengers simply saw magnificent landscapes, Marsh soon realized he was traveling through the greatest dinosaur burial ground of all time. Ruthless, jealous and insanely competitive, Marsh would wrestle over the discovery with the other leading paleontologist of his generation, Edward Drinker Cope. Over time, the two rivals would uncover the remains of dozens of prehistoric animals, including 130 species of dinosaur.
Tuesday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Pioneers of Television
Storytellers Gene Roddenberry, Irwin Allen and Rod Serling created the storylines and characters behind the best-loved futuristic television of their time. But as Roddenberry’s “Star Trek” competed for ratings with Allen’s “Lost in Space,” each show’s creator aimed for a very different direction. This episode explores how Roddenberry and Serling (of “The Twilight Zone”) used the future as a stage for modern morality plays, and William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and other science-fiction stars describe how they prepared to interact on-camera with a malevolent alien force … or, perhaps, a giant radish.
Wednesday, January 19 at 9:00 p.m.
In NOVA’s fascinating new four-hour series, MAKING STUFF, popular New York Times technology reporter David Pogue takes viewers on a thrilling tour of the material world we live in, and the one that may lie ahead—offering viewers a behind-the-scenes look at scientific innovations that are ushering in a new generation of materials that are stronger, smarter, smaller and cleaner than anything we’ve ever seen.
Sunday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Birds of Paradise
Living in the depths of the New Guinean rainforest are birds of unimaginable color and beauty. When Europeans first saw the plumes of these fabulous creatures in the 16th century, they believed they must be from heaven and called them birds of paradise. The people of New Guinea make even greater claims. They say the birds possess supernatural powers and magic. But to find these birds in New Guinea is one of the toughest assignments, and to witness their extraordinary mating displays is even tougher.
Monday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Check, Please! Season 5 Premiere
Popular host, Chef Michelle Bernstein returns to the studio, along with 15 South Florida foodies, chosen from a pool of over a thousand applicants. In the upcoming episodes, we’ll hear from a firearms instructor, a fashion stylist, and a financial analyst, just to name a few. Even a local mayor will join in the fun! Favorite eateries from West Palm Beach to Miami will be featured, with a little something for everyone.