Friday, July 1 at 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 3 at 8:00 p.m.
From D-Day to Berlin
It was a nearly a year before the defeat of Nazi Germany was complete and Hitler's Third Reich lay in ruins - a year of murderous struggle in the hedgerows of the bocage, exhilaration at the liberation of Paris, tragedy in the ill-fated Operation Market Garden and panic as the Wehrmacht stunned the Allies with a full-blooded offensive in the Battle of the Bulge.
The Gorilla King
For 33 years, Researcher Kelly Stewart (daughter of the late Jimmy Stewart) has been chronicling the life of a silver back gorilla named Titus, who despite his turbulent youth grew up to be the 400 pound leader of the of the pack, a title which he earned with brute strength and grit.
Monday, July 4 at 8:00 p.m.
A Capitol 4th
Jimmmy Smits Hosts All-Star Line-Up for A CAPITOL FOURTH with Performances by Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Matthew Morrison, Jordin Sparks, Little Richard with the Broadway Cast of Million Dollar Quartet, Kelli O’Hara and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Tuesday, July 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Wes Cowan asks, “Did rebels use this spear, or pike, in abolitionist John Brown’s raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry?” The word “Siberia” etched into this bullet makes Eduardo Pagán wonder why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I. And Elyse Luray sizes up a Ronald McDonald costume. Was it part of the first national Ronald McDonald ad campaign?
Tuesday, July 5 at 9:00 p.m.
Britain's Royal Weddings
Sophie Raworth explores the history of royal weddings in 20th-century Britain, interviewing members of the public and those who helped organize the official celebrations. She also charts how social attitudes toward the grand ceremonies have changed over the years.
Tuesday, July 5 at 10:00 p.m.
It’s the biggest intelligence breach in U.S. history—the leaking of more than half-a-million classified documents on the Wikileaks website in the spring of 2010. Behind it all, stand two very different men: Julian Assange, the Internet activist and hacker who published the documents, and an Army intelligence analyst named Bradley E. Manning, who’s currently charged with handing them over.
Wednesday, July 6 at 8:00 p.m.
The first episode 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. The birds are filmed jostling over the best locations and collecting floating sticks on the wing.
Wednesday, July 6 at 9:00 p.m.
At a research site in Fongoli, Senegal, a female chimpanzee breaks off a branch, chews the end to make it sharp, then uses this rudimentary spear to skewer a tasty bush baby hiding inside a hollow tree. Captured in exclusive video, it is the first time anyone has documented a chimpanzee wielding a carefully prepared, preplanned weapon, and it is a tantalizing glimpse into the depths of ape intelligence.
Sunday, July 10 at 1:00 p.m.
The Civil War: The Cause
What caused the war? Beginning with an examination of slavery, this episode looks at the causes of the war and the burning questions of union and states’ rights. John Brown leads a rebellion at Harper’s Ferry, Abraham Lincoln is elected president, Fort Sumter is fired upon and both sides rush to arms. Introducing the series’ major figures — Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant — the episode concludes with the disastrous Union defeat at Manassas, where both sides realize it is to be a very long war.
Sunday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Oceans in Glass: Behind the Scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
The program tells the intriguing story of how the aquarium successfully exhibited a great white shark for a record-breaking 198 days. Historically, it has been impossible to keep great whites in captivity, primarily because of their notorious refusal to eat. But the aquarium was given the opportunity to put its expertise and years of preparation to the test with a young female caught accidentally in a fishing net.
Monday, July 11 at 8:00 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, July 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Why did the Civil War soldier behind this letter want to lead an African American unit? If these are really the signatures of Charles Lindbergh and helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky, what aircraft did this fabric come from? And, did African American artists create this 1950s comic book, Negro Romance?
Tuesday, July 12at 11:00 p.m.
Enemies of the People
The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet, the “killing fields” of Cambodia have remained largely unexplained — until now, in “Enemies of the People.” Enter Thet Sambath, an unassuming, yet cunning, investigative journalist who lost his family in the conflict and spends a decade gaining the trust of the men and women who perpetrated the massacres.
Wednesday, July 13 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.
Wednesday, July 13 at 9:00 p.m.
Kings of Camouflage
Despite its name, the cuttlefish is not a fish but a cousin of the more familiar octopus and squid. Together, they are a part of the class of marine mollusks called cephalopods, or “headfooters.” These are soft-bodied animals without a protective outer shell or spine.Dr. Jean Boal of Millersville University in Pennsylvania shows viewers how well and how fast cuttlefish can learn.
Wednesday, July 13 at 10:00 p.m.
Space Age: NASA's Story (pt 2)
To the Moon
The breathless pace and daring of the Apollo program sees NASA master previously unimagined tasks in the attempt to achieve the most incredible acomplishment in the history of human endeavour. From the ashes of tragedy on Apollo 1 emerges a determination that puts Apollo 8 in orbit around the Moon ahead of schedule.
Sunday, July 17 at 1:00 p.m.
The Civil War: Valley of the Shadow of Death/Most Hallowed Ground
lysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee are pitted against each other in an extraordinary series of battles from the wilderness to Petersburg in Virginia. The presidential campaign of 1864 sets Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general, George McClellan. The stakes are nothing less than the survival of the Union itself. Opinion in the North has turned strongly against Lincoln and the war, but 11th-hour Union victories at Mobile Bay, Atlanta and the Shenandoah Valley tilt the election to Lincoln, and the Confederacy’s last hope for independence dies.
Sunday, July 17 at 9:00 p.m.
Zen - Vendetta
A killer is on a vendetta-fueled rampage against those who wrongly imprisoned him, including a cop who had almost nothing to do with it: Zen. But Zen is too busy dealing with another crime—a politically-charged murder—to notice that he’s on the psychopath’s hit list.
Tuesday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Could a propeller be from a World War II drone, the prototype for the assault drones the U.S. uses today in Afghanistan and Iraq? This inscribed, wooden club appears to be a gift to Teddy Roosevelt. Who gave him this club, and why? If Clara Barton wrote this letter, why was she concerned about the life of the soldier she mentions?
Tuesday, July 19 at 11:00 p.m.
Biblioburro, The Donkey Library
In “Kings of Pastry,” 16 chefs, including Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago’s French Pastry School, whip up the most gorgeous, delectable, gravity-defying concoctions and edge-of-your-seat drama as they deliver their spun-sugar desserts to the display table. The inevitable disasters and successes prove both poignant and hilarious.
Wednesday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m.
The southerly ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao), swept by dry trade winds, are virtual deserts. Every year, 20,000 Caribbean flamingos arrive to breed on their salt pans. The clear waters around Bonaire have the greatest variety of reef fish anywhere in the Caribbean. The final island to be featured is Trinidad, cut off from South America by rising sea levels 2,000 years ago. Its island fauna include many mainland species such as red howler monkeys, capuchins and scarlet ibis.
Wednesday, July 20 at 9:00 p.m.
The Great Inca Rebellion
The Incans were highly intelligent and sofisticated technologically. So how could a tiny Spanish army of gold-seeking adventurers bring the powerful Inca Empire, home to over 10 million people, so quickly to its knees? Some scientists have discovered that perhaps the Spanish had been plotting an Incan demise for several years.
Wednesday, July 20 at 10:00 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.
Wednesday, July 20 at 11:00 p.m.
Secrets of the Dead
China's Terracotta Warriors
The extraordinary story of China’s 8,000 terracotta warriors begins two centuries before the birth of Christ. The first emperor of China was preparing an extravagant tomb for his journey into the afterlife — and decreed that he be protected forever by a monumental army. Since then no one has seen these ancient warriors in their original splendor, brightly painted and fully armed, ready to protect their Emperor for all eternity. Now this once mighty army will be returned to its former glory for the first time.
Sunday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m.
The Civil War: War is All Hell/The Better Angels of Our Nature
Following Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration, Petersburg and Richmond finally fall to Ulysses S. Grant’s army. Robert E. Lee’s tattered Army of Northern Virginia flees westward towards Appomattox, where the surrender of Lee to Grant takes place. Meanwhile, John Wilkes Booth begins to dream of vengeance for the South. Later, on April 14, five days after Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Abraham Lincoln is assassinated. Lincoln is buried, John Wilkes Booth is captured and the war finally comes to a close.
Sunday, July 24 at 9:00 p.m.
Zen - Cabal
A disgraced aristocrat jumps off a bridge. Or was he pushed? As usual, Zen gets mixed signals from his scheming bosses: the Ministry of Justice wants a ruling of suicide, while a powerful and beautiful female prosecutor hints that Zen had better start looking for the murderer.
Tuesday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 26 at 11:00 p.m.
Can the Japanese characters carved into this cane unlock the mystery of a family’s past in a World War II relocation camp? Can HISTORY DETECTIVES trace this unusual wooden telescope to its Revolution era ancestor? And is this drawing of huge, eight pound gold nuggets genuine or another example of Gold Rush hype?
Mugabe and the White African
Mugabe and the White African,” much of which was filmed clandestinely, tells an alarming story from one of the world’s most troubled nations. In Zimbabwe, de facto dictator Robert Mugabe has unleashed a “land reform” program aimed at driving whites from the country through violence and intimidation. One proud “white African,” however, has challenged Mugabe with human rights abuses under international law.
Wednesday, July 27 at 9:00 p.m.
How is it that dinosaurs managed to survive and even thrive in the gloom of the dark and frigid polar regions? This is one of today's most intriguing, little-known enigmas in paleontology. Now, a unique field expedition, covered exclusively by NOVA, will set out for Alaska's North Slope to defrost a jackpot of new fossil clues.
Sunday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m.
A story of seduction and revenge, and directed by Marco Bellocchio, Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto from Mantua stars Placido Domingo as Rigoletto. Also, Julia Novikova stars as his daughter Gilda; Vittorio Grigolo as the Duke; and Ruggero Raimondi as the assassin Sparafucile.
Sunday, July 31 at 4:00 p.m.
An American Family: Anniversary Addition
On Thursday, January 11, 1973, the first broadcast of An American Family changed television history forever. A 12-hour documentary series on PBS, An American Family chronicled seven months in the day-to-day lives of the William C. Loud family of Santa Barbara, California. The series challenged conventional views of middle class American family life with its depiction of marital tensions that led to divorce, an elder son's gay lifestyle and the changing values of American families.