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Silent Sacrifice:  Stones of Japanese American Incarceration

Silent Sacrifice: Stones of Japanese American Incarceration illuminates a dark chapter in American history. In February 1942, just 10 weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the removal of any or all people considered a threat to national security from designated military areas. SILENT SACRIFICE shares the experiences of Japanese Americans who were living in the San Joaquin Valley prior to Executive Order 9066. Interviewees discuss what drew them to the area, the businesses and farms their families established, and both the discrimination many faced in their adopted land as well as the friendships they formed. They then reveal the shock and confusion felt in the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor and the tragic and disorienting uprooting of lives as families were forced to abandon their homes and move into temporary assembly centers before being sent to permanent internment camps.

Airs 6/23 at 10:30 p.m.



Robert Penn Warren: A Vision

Robert Penn Warren is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry and was named U.S. Poet Laureate in 1986. His 1946 novel about political corruption, All the King’s Men, was translated into an Academy Award winning film. The documentary explores the life and career of one of our nation’s most acclaimed writers and features previously unreleased home movie footage of the author and his family.

Airs 6/21 at 3-4 a.m.

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Second Opinion – CPR in America

90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. Receiving immediate CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. But 70% of Americans feel helpless because they don’t know CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim. CPR IN AMERICA aims to change that. Second Opinion has partnered with the American Heart Association to produce a special with one key goal…to teach all of America Hands-Only CPR! The special will be released in coordination with the brand-new CPR guidelines that will be released amidst great publicity on Thursday, October, 15, 2015. This groundbreaking special will include documentary-style patient stories, a studio audience of survivors and rescuers, interviews with doctors who were involved in drafting the new guidelines, and easy to follow Hands-Only CPR demonstrations.

Airs 6/21 at 2-3 a.m.

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Moscone:  A Legacy of Change

This documentary chronicles the life of George Moscone, California legislator and mayor of San Francisco, whose life was cut tragically short by an assassin’s bullet 40 years ago this November. We’ll look at how Moscone changed the face of progressive politics both locally and nationally with his campaigns on behalf of racial equality, fair labor practices, and civil rights, especially for the LGBTQ community.  Besides family members and lifelong friends, interviews include U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and former S.F. Mayor and California State Senate President Pro Tem Willie Brown.

Airs 6/19 at 1-2 a.m.

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Rivers of Life


  • #101 The Nile: Rivers of Life – The Nile is the world’s longest river. From elephants and leopards to extreme kayakers and ancient wonders, its great length provides a lifeline for Africa’s wildest beasts and for some of the world’s most incredible cultures.

Airs 6/19 at 8 p.m.

  • #102 The Amazon: Rivers of Life – The Amazon, the greatest river system on Earth, amasses one-fifth of Earth’s freshwater as it flows east from the Andes to the Atlantic. Boiling streams, crystal clear lagoons, pink river dolphins and a strange new reef are some of its many secret and extreme worlds.

Airs 6/26 at 8 p.m.


Hitler’s Holocaust Railways

Chris Tarrant (Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways) explores the darkest chapter of rail history in HITLER’S HOLOCAUST RAILWAYS. As Tarrant examines the Nazi’s scheme to build the world’s most powerful railway leading up to World War II, he meets with Holocaust survivors to hear their stories.

Airs 6/17 at 9 p.m. (repeats 6/23 at 8 p.m.)

American Masters


  • Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life – Playwright, librettist, scriptwriter and outspoken LGBTQ activist Terrence McNally has long believed in the power of the arts to transform society and make a difference. The new documentary American Masters – Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life, premiering nationwide

Friday, June 14 at 9 p.m. on WXXI in honor of LGBT Pride Month, lifts the curtain on the life, career and inspirations of the complicated and brilliant Emmy- and four-time Tony Award-winning writer.

  • Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl explores Lynn’s hard-fought road to stardom, her struggles to balance her marriage to Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn and six children with her music career, her friendships and collaborations with Spacek, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash and music producer Owen Bradley, along with her life on the road, her Nashville and Hurricane Mills communities, her songwriting inspirations and her music’s lasting impact on her peers and fans.

Airs 6/16 at 11 p.m.

  • Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices – Trace the journey of one of America’s greatest choral music conductors. With no formal training, Robert Shaw was legendary for his interpretations of classical music’s choral masterpieces and inspired generations of musicians with the power of music.

Airs 6/21 at 9 p.m.

  • Itzhak – airs 6/28 at 9 p.m. – description above under Dialogue for Disability.



Safe Haven

In 1944, 982 refugees from 18 European countries were brought to the United States as guests of President Franklin Roosevelt.   FDR agreed to admit this small token group in lieu of a much larger plan to create many safe havens all over the country and bring in possibly hundreds of thousands of refugees. The camp was Fort Ontario Army Camp in Oswego, NY. Through interviews with former refugees and archival footage, Safe Haven, tells the story of America’s only refugee shelter for Holocaust victims. Robert Clary, a former refugee, hosts.

Airs 6/12 at 4-5 a.m.