Tuesday, February 1 at 9:00 p.m.
The Space Age: NASA's Story
The program offers a fresh look at an amazing organisation and mankind’s quest to understand the universe. Blending stunningly restored footage with revealing, insightful and engaging interviews with the people who were there - the astronauts, family members and journalists - this is an epic story of the heroes, the triumphs and the tragedies of space exploration.
Tuesday, February 1 at 11:00 p.m.
For Once In My Life
Made up of 28 musicians and singers who all have severe mental and physical disabilities, the Spirit of Goodwill Band is a raucous home away from home where members are free to display their talent, humor and tenacity. “For Once in My Life” challenges preconceived notions of what it means to be disabled.
Sunday, February 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Love, language, guilt, envy, generosity, secrets, lies and sophisticated society are not unique to humans. We share those complex traits with our relatives - the monkeys. Who are the cleverest monkeys? And how much of human experience do they really share?
Monday, February 7 at 9:00 p.m.
When he left the White House in 1988, Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular presidents of the century — and one of the most controversial. A failed actor, Reagan became a passionate ideologue who preached a simple gospel of lower taxes, less government and anti-communism. One by one, his opponents underestimated him; one by one, Reagan surprised them, rising to become a president who always preferred to see America as a "shining city on a hill." This is a two-part special.
Tuesday, February 8 at 10:00 p.m.
Over a single generation, the Web and digital media have remade nearly every aspect of modern culture, transforming the way we work, learn and connect in ways that we're only beginning to understand. FRONTLINE producer Rachel Dretzin ("Growing Up Online") teams up with one of the leading thinkers of the digital age, Douglas Rushkoff ("The Persuaders," "Merchants of Cool"), to continue her exploration of life on the virtual frontier.
Tuesday, February 8 at 11:00 p.m.
When I Rise
“When I Rise” is a feature-length documentary about Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.
Sunday, February 13 at 1:30 p.m.
René Pape takes on one of the greatest bass roles in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth. Valery Gergiev conducts Mussorgsky’s epic spectacle that captures the suffering and ambition of a nation, with Aleksandrs Antonenko, Vladimir Ognovenko, and Ekaterina Semenchuk leading the huge cast.
Sunday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m.
Live from Lincoln Center
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Beethoven & Brahms
Upon the death of Beethoven, Franz Schubert asked, "Who can do anything after him?" No one was more expected to answer that question than Johannes Brahms, who was widely regarded as the obvious heir to Beethoven's legacy. This season's Winter Festival reveals how courageously Brahms received the mantle of Beethoven, pairing striking parallels in their repertoire.
Sunday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m.
The Himalayan mountain system is the planet’s highest and home to the world’s tallest peaks. NATURE explores the diversity of wildlife and habitats of this mountain chain starring the mysterious snow leopard.
Sunday, February 13 at 9:00 p.m
Any Human Heart
William Boyd adapts his acclaimed 2002 novel about a man — at various times a writer, lover, prisoner of war and spy — making his often precarious way through the 20th century in "Any Human Heart." Matthew MacFadyen, Gillian Anderson, Hayley Atwell, Kim Cattrall and Jim Broadbent star.
Tuesday, February 15 at 9:00 p.m.
Space Age: NASA's Story (pt 3/4)
Triumph & Tragedy
With repeated triumphs and new challenges come increasing risk, until loss breaks the pattern. The white-knuckle suspense thriller of Apollo 13’s famous near-disaster is only a triumphant prelude to darker moments ahead. The launch of the space shuttle program promises routine trips to Earth orbit for many new astronauts. But just when that promise seems fulfilled, routine shuttle launches begin to bore the public. NASA responds by training a school-teacher to fly, in order to teach children lessons from space.
Tuesday, February 15 at 10:00 p.m.
In this unique, hidden-camera look at the world of sexual slavery, FRONTLINE follows the remarkable journey of one man determined to find his trafficked wife, as he poses as a trafficker himself to buy back her freedom. FRONTLINE also talks with one of the men who trafficked the man’s wife, and exposes some of the government indifference that allows the abuses to continue virtually unchecked.
Wednesday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m.
In 1989, Hurricane Hugo decimated the Puerto Rican parrot population, leaving only three breeding pairs. By contrast, green iguanas have used floating debris to colonise new islands, showing that resilience and adaptability are the key to survival. With climate change scientists predicting more frequent and intense hurricanes in future, the ability of the Caribbean wildlife to survive and recover from them will be severely tested.
Sunday, February 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
American Experience Special
Eyes On the Prize
Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning television series produced by Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985. Series topics range from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954 to the Voting Rights Act in 1965; from community power in schools to "Black Power" in the streets; from early acts of individual courage through to the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions.
Monday, February 21 at 9:00 p.m.
Jimmy Carter traces the ascent of an ambitious country boy from a peanut farm in Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office; it examines the failings of Carter's political leadership in the context of the turbulent 1970s; and explores the role religion played in his career. The film features interviews with many close to the Carter administration, including his wife Rosalynn, son Chip, Press Secretary Jody Powell and Vice President Walter Mondale.
Tuesday, February 22 at 9:00 p.m.
Space Age: NASA's Story (pt 4/4)
Life & Death in Space
After visiting the Moon, humanity seeks to explore deep space and learn to live beyond the Earth. This requires extensive experimentation, and the building of NASA’s first space station – Skylab. Thus begins a new stage in space exploration, heralding the replacement of rivalry with partnership; The International Space Station unites over a dozen nations – with Japanese, Canadian and European astronauts aiming to complete it by 2010. Meanwhile NASA’s greatest asset – the Hubble Space Telescope – reveals what is waiting for us deep in space, having begun its life as NASA’s most famous mistake.
Tuesday, February 22 at 11:00 p.m.
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
An iconoclast who himself became an icon, William Burroughs explored the outer boundaries of culture and identity in the 1950s. His work was vilified by conservatives and banned by the U.S. government, but emerged to influence artists for generations to come. Burroughs' friends and colleagues remember the public persona and the private man.
Wednesday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m.
The program gives an overview of the variety of the Caribbean’s natural history, revealing the hidden wild side of the islands. Spotted and bottlenose dolphins cruise the shallow sand banks around the Bahamas. The mangrove forests of Barbuda’s shallow lagoons provide ideal nest sites for the Caribbean’s largest colony of frigatebirds.
Friday, February 25 at 10:00 p.m.
During the nineteenth century, at a time when women were seen as weak, dependent and submissive, the Mambisas emerged as women warriors who fought in Cuba's War of Independence. The last 50 years, however, have been the most difficult. Under the Castro regime, many have become political prisoners and separated from their families for indefinite periods of time. Their heroism and sacrifice has continues into today, not with weapons, but through activism. Mambisas recounts the history of these women throughout the 150 year struggle for the Cuba's freedom.