Sunday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Prohibition: A Nation of Drunkards
is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.
The culmination of nearly a century of activism, Prohibition was intended to improve, even to ennoble, the lives of all Americans, to protect individuals, families, and society at large from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse.
Monday, October 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Prohibition: A Nation of Scofflaws
In 1920, Prohibition goes into effect, making it illegal to manufacture, transport or sell intoxicating liquor. This episode examines the problems of enforcement, as millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight. While a significant portion of the country is willing to adapt to the new law, others are shocked at how inconsistent the Volstead Act actually is. As weaknesses in the law and its enforcement become clear, millions find ways to exploit it.
Tuesday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Prohibition: A Nation of Hypocrates
Nearly a century before, women had hoped Prohibition would make the country a safer place for their children. But by the late 1920s many American women believe that the “Noble Experiment” has failed. Sabin unifies women of all classes, refuting the notion that all women support Prohibition and denouncing the law itself as the greatest threat to their families. Sabin and others argue that repeal will bring in tax revenue and provide desperately needed jobs.
Wednesday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Dogs that Changed the World
Thousands of years ago, as humans began to settle in villages, the wolf emerged from the wild and made the startling leap to “man’s best friend.” Once domesticated, dogs would accompany human cultures down through the centuries and to the far corners of the world. Much more recently, the Victorian Age transformed them into the most varied species, and one of the most common pets, on the planet.
Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00 p.m.
Building the Great Cathedrals
NOVA investigates the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used to erect their towering, glass-filled walls and reveals the hidden formulas drawn from the Bible that drove medieval builders ever upward.
Sunday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Growing Hope Against Hunger
During a food drive on Sesame Street, Elmo meets guest stars Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and learns how the struggle with hunger affects a new friend, Lily. The seeds of hope are planted when they visit a community garden and learn with Rosita how people can work together to take steps towards solutions.
Tuesday, October 11 at 9:00 p.m.
The Anthrax Files
In the fall of 2001 envelopes carrying deadly anthrax were delivered to U.S. Senate offices, network news divisions and a tabloid newspaper.
Now, new questions are being raised about the FBI’s investigative methods and whether Ivins really did it.
Tuesday,October 11 at 10:00 p.m.
Women, War & Peace
As the story will reveal, the majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nations and their armies, but rather by gangs, insurgent groups, and warlords armed with small arms and improvised weapons. Women have become primary targets in these conflicts and though they are suffering unprecedented casualties they are simultaneously emerging as critical partners in brokering peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.
Wednesday, October 12 at 10:00 p.m.
Immunization: A Shot of Reality
Immunizations help protect us from disease. Without them, our immune systems could break down and we would eventually die. This series of programs give us an in-depth overview of immunization, how it began and how their presence has been beneficial to us, despite some controversy over their safety.
Wednesday, October 12 at 11:00 p.m.
Catholicism: Amazed and Afraid
In this first episode of CATHOLICISM, journey with Father Robert Barron to the mysterious and sacred sites of the Holy Land. From Caesarea Phillipi, to the Sea of Galilee, to Jerusalem and finally to the eternal city of Rome, Fr. Barron illuminates the Catholic Faith’s conviction that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah and the revelation of God become man in Christ.
Friday, October 14 at 9:00 p.m.
PBS Arts from Minnesota
Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore
Gilbert and Sullivan’s first blockbuster is among the most crowd-pleasing comic musicals in history, loved for its dynamite songs, gleefully entertaining story and saucy satire. The captain’s daughter is in love with an ordinary sailor but her father has a more sophisticated suitor in mind. Will she and her beloved defy convention and set sail for love? Filled with Sullivan’s memorable melodies – infused with fresh musical arrangements ranging from big band swing to classic pop – H.M.S. Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone, young or old.
Sunday, October 16 & 23 beginning at 1:00 p.m.
American Ballroom Challenge
All four major dance styles are featured — American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, International Latin — with the focal point of the broadcast being the "show dances," where each couple has the floor to themselves. Actress, singer, and dancer Jean Louisa Kelly joins the series as co-host this season.
Sunday, October 16 at 9:00 p.m.
An ex-cop from Yorkshire jogs across the hills overlooking Edinburgh, listening to mournful American country singers and mulling over his tangled life. It’s private investigator Jackson Brodie, played by Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) in a trio of exciting mysteries based on Kate Atkinson’s bestselling novels.
Tuesday, October 17 at 9:00 p.m.
Lost in Detention
Since President Obama took office, deportations have doubled in numbers. FRONTLINE calls into question the nature of the treatment of illegal immigrants, despite pressure from the GOP on the Administration to come up with even tougher measures to secure the nation's borders.
Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m.
The season opener will examine the health of wildlife populations in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone, the area around the reactor that remains too dangerously radioactive for human habitation 25 years after the meltdown of the nuclear power plant on April 26th, 1986.
Wednesday, October 19 at 11:00 p.m.
Catholicism: That Than Which Nothing Greater Can Be Thought
The Ineffable Mystery of God” Journey from the heights of Mount Sinai to the mysterious sites of Istanbul, from the glittering streets of Paris to the glorious Sistine Chapel. Father Robert Barron presents the Catholic Faith's compelling vision of God as the ineffable and majestic Trinity.
Friday, October 21 at 9:00 p.m. & Monday, October 24 at 10:00 p.m.
PBS Arts from Seattle
Pearl Jam: Twenty
Movie director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) pays homage to the quintessential "grunge" band, Pearl Jam, by piecing together several hours of footage that documents different stages of their career. “Pearl Jam Twenty” chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon after their rise to mega-stardom, their step back from center stage and the creation of a work culture that would sustain them.
Tuesday,October 25 at 10:00 p.m.
Women, War & Peace:
When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women in Afghanistan who are risking their lives to make sure that women have a seat at the negotiating table. Tilda Swinton narrates.
Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Invasion of the Giant Pythons
Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States, home to numerous unique and endangered mammals, trees, plants, birds and turtles, as well as half a million alligators. However, the Everglades is also the dumping ground for many animal invaders. Predatory pythons slithered into this protected wilderness and thrived, and the refuge has consequently become less a haven than a killing ground every day since then.
Wednesday, October 26 at 9:00 p.m.
Iceman Murder Mystery
He’s been dead for more than 5,000 years and poked, prodded, and probed by scientists for the last 20. Yet Ötzi the Iceman, the famous mummified corpse pulled from a glacier in the Italian Alps, continues to keep many secrets.
Friday, October 28 at 9:00 p.m.
& Sunday October 30 at 4:00 p.m.
PBS Arts from Miami
Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp
Witness the grace and beauty of one of America’s finest dance companies, Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, in a trio of signature works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp. Watch the company’s critically acclaimed performances of Balanchine’s “Square Dance” and “Western Symphony” and Tharp’s “The Golden Section.” GREAT PERFORMANCES is a production of Thirteen for WNET New York Public Media. The evening’s presentation is in collaboration with PBS member station WPBT.
Sunday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m.
American in Primetime
The program presents some of the most compelling shows on television today, as well as those of the past, by focusing on key character archetypes — the man of the house, the independent woman, the misfit and the crusader — that have remained a staple of primetime through the generations, capturing both the continuity of the character and the evolution.
Monday, October 31 at 9:00 p.m.
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Will Ferrell
The Kennedy Center will present the 14th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to SNL alumni Will Ferrell. The award, named to honor one of America's—and the world's—greatest humorists, will feature a lineup of the biggest names in comedy. Ferrell starred for seven seasons on Saturday Night Live. Some of his most memorable SNL characters include Craig the Spartan Cheerleader, musical middle school teacher Marty Culp, and President George W. Bush.