Tuesday, May 1 at 10:00 p.m.
Money, Power & Wallstreet (Part 2)
FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk (“Inside the Meltdown,” “The Warning”) investigates how two U.S. administrations have confronted the crisis — while dealing with sharp internal divisions and a relationship with Wall Street marked by mistrust and dependence, mutual interests and competing goals.
Wednesday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Death of the Oceans
Sir David Attenborough reveals the findings of one of the most ambitious scientific studies of our time - an investigation into what is happening to our oceans.
Wednesday, May 2 at
Smartest Machine on Earth
Smartest Machine on Earth chronicles NOVA’s unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to IBM researchers as they develop the technology for Watson, the state-of-the-art computing system.
Thursday, May 3 at 11:00 p.m.
Circo” (Circus) intimately portrays the Ponce family circus as it struggles to make a living from its artistry, sweat and wit against the backdrop of Mexico’s collapsing rural economy.
Friday, May 4 at Midnight
Natasha Izquierdo hosts the groundbreaking web-based series of programs produced in Miami that will also be aired on WPBT2. The list of programs includes Sound Theory, a program that showcases local talent, and Chat Chow, a show about local restaurants and cuisine.
Sunday, May 6 at 9:00 p.m.
Sherlock: Series II - A Scandal in Belgravia
Picking up from last season’s gripping conclusion, Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler, whose motto is “know when you are beaten.” It seems she has incriminating photos of a session with a British royal. Can she outsmart Sherlock at his own game—and at a battle he is ill prepared to wage: love?
Wednesday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m.
The White Lions
This is the story of two remarkable and extremely rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood. The program chronicles the dangers the two must face in the wild because of how highly visible they are.
Wednesday, May 9 at
In this NOVA special, get a look at the science behind the last year’s tornado outbreak, meeting those affected and the scientists striving to understand the forces behind the tragedy. Could their work improve tornado prediction in the future?
Wednesday, May 9 at
Hunt for the Supertwister
With jaw-dropping 3-D graphics generated by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, “Hunt for the Supertwister” features spectacular footage of terrifying twisters and gives viewers a front-row seat to the risky and thrilling art of storm chasing.
Wednesday, May 9 at 11:00 p.m. & Wednesday, May 16 at 9:00 p.m.
Pleasure and Pain
We all know that where there is pleasure, pain can't be far behind, and host Michael Mosley gamely exposes himself to some painful experiments to show why the two are so interlinked.
Thursday, May 10 at 11:00 p.m.
“Summer Pasture” is the story of a young nomadic couple living with their infant daughter in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet. The film offers a rare window into a highly insular community seldom seen by outsiders.
Sunday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m.
Moyers & Company
Continuing his long-running conversation with the American public, Bill Moyers is back with Moyers & Company, a weekly series of smart talk and new ideas aimed at helping viewers make sense of our tumultuous times through the insight of America’s strongest thinkers. The program also features Moyers’ hallmark essays on democracy.
Sunday, May 13 at 9:00 p.m.
Sherlock: Series II - The Hounds of Baskerville
Sherlock and Watson pursue the trail of the Baskerville experiments—top-secret government research on genetically engineered gigantic animals for military use. Or so it is rumored. Whatever the truth, something big is up on the moors.
Monday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m.
In a 2007 TV Land/Entertainment Weekly poll, Americans voted Carson the greatest icon in the history of television. Two-time Emmy®-winning filmmaker Peter Jones explores his life, career, complexities, and contradictions in the two-hour documentary.
Tuesday, May 15 at 11:00 p.m.
& Wednesday, May 16 0t 11:00 p.m.
The Story of Reggae
The documentary begins with the early roots of reggae music, and its rise to popularity. It also examines how the music was used to recount experiences and songs of social commentary were written. It also covers both the music scene and the social climate in Jamaica during the sixties. By the end of the sixties reggae had established itself as mainstream pop music - and Bob Marley was its reigning king.
Wednesday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Cracking the Koala Code
Loin leading scientists as they unravel just what a forest needs to support a healthy population of koalas by listening to these marsupials themselves.
Friday, May 18 at 9:00 p.m.
Great Performances at the Met
The Enchanted Island
William Christie conducts the work, which uses arias by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others to tell a new story featuring characters from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 p.m.
Sherlock: Series II - The Reichenbach Fall
Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical
plot for revenge which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind
breaks into the Crown Jewels.
Monday, May 21 at 10:00 p.m. & Sunday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Battle of Midway
Director, John Ford, a Commander in the Navy reserve serving on temporary duty at Midway Atoll at the time, risked enemy fire to get his footage and was wounded by shrapnel during the Japanese air attack. He received the Purple Heart for the wound, as all military wounded in action do, but later was awarded the Legion of Merit for his actions during the battle.
Monday, May 21, Tuesday, May 22, Wednesday, May 23 at 11:00 p.m. & Sunday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m.
D-Day to Berlin
Documentary director George Stevens enlisted in WW2 and ended up filming some of the most memorable footage of the war. He and his crew (known as Stevens' Irregulars) ended up filming, as the title says, the landing on Normandie and the eventual surrender in Berlin.
Wednesday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Salmon: Running the Gauntlet
Investigate the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers have become instruments in audacious experiments to replicate every stage of the fish’s life cycle.
Wednesday, May 23 at
Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor
For decades, it has been thought that the Arizona was brought down by fire from Japanese aircraft during their attack on Pearl Harbor. But the discovery of a Japanese "midget sub" far from the scene of the battle raises new questions about the Arizona's final hours.
Wednesday, May 23 at
Missing in Mig Alley
NOVA follows the poignant and sometimes harrowing efforts of the family members of some WWII pilots to trace what happened to their loved ones who went missing more than a half-century ago.
Thursday, May 24 at 11:00 p.m.
Left by the Ship
JR, Charlene, Margarita and Robert are half American; they are among the many children born to U.S. servicemen who were stationed on military bases in the Philippines until 1992. Like most Filipino Amerasians, they were left behind by their biological fathers and largely forgotten. Over the course of two years, they delve into the psychological and social consequences of the U.S. military presence and its legacy.
Friday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Goat Rodeo Live
Four great string virtuosos come together for their first concert to create what critics are now hailing “a most remarkable and organic cross-genre project in which the fire and drive of the bluegrass world meet the clarity and class of the classical music world.”
National Memorial Day Concert
The multi award-winning event will be co-hosted for the seventh year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CSI:New York) and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans causes and supporting our troops in active service. Joining them will be an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists.
Monday, May 28 at 10:00 p.m. & Thursday, May 31 at 11:00 p.m.
Hell and Back Again
In “Hell and Back Again,” two overlapping narratives are intercut — the life of a Marine at war on the front and the life of the same Marine in recovery at home — creating both a dreamlike quality and a strikingly realistic depiction of how Marines experience this war.
Tuesday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Civilization: The West and the Rest with Nial Ferguson
The two-part series examines Niall Ferguson’s six principles of prosperity: Competition, Science, Modern Medicine, Democracy, Consumerism, and Work Ethic.
Wednesday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m.
It strikes with deadly precision, delivering venom that is packed with three different kinds of toxins 10 times more deadly than needed to kill an adult human. But in the tiny country of Swaziland in southern Africa, a team of herpetologists has an entirely different “take” on these creatures and hopes their six-week study will change public perception of what they feel is the world’s most misunderstood snake.
Wednesday, May 30 at 9:00 p.m.
Venom: Nature’s Killer
Venom scientists are in a race against time. Inside the bodies of many creatures, evolution has produced extremely toxic cocktails, all designed for one reason: to kill. It took millions of years to perfect these ultimate brews of proteins and peptides, and we have only just begun to discover their potential. Now, the race is on to collect and study them before the animals that produce them disappear.