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Saving Brinton: America Reframed

– History teacher Mike Zahs uncovers a trove of 19th century show reels of one of America’s first motion picture impresarios, William Franklin Brinton. Zahs sets out to restore these show reels and present them to today’s audiences. In this portrait of an unlikely Midwestern folk hero, SAVING BRINTON offers a meditation on the legacy of illusionist Frank Brinton, and the magic of living history.

Airs 2/25 at 9 p.m.

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The Secret of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Journalist Ian Hislop and conductor John Eliot Gardiner reveal the story behind the creation of this iconic work. Described as the “greatest ‘great’ piece ever written,” its opening notes are among the most recognizable in history. Although no one really knows what Beethoven was trying to express with this piece, this program makes the case that his passion for the ideals of freedom and brotherhood fueled his Fifth Symphony.

Airs 2/24 at 10 p.m.

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Jayhawkers

An American sports drama/biographical film, focusing on the legendary 1956 Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. The film follows Forrest “Phog” Allen (Kip Niven) head coach of the Jayhawks men’s basketball team from 1919 to 1956, as he recruited 7 foot 1inch Wilt Chamberlain (Justin Wesley), capturing the trials and tribulations that Chamberlain (Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers) faces during his time with the Jayhawks. It explores the impact of Chamberlain’s presence in Lawrence, Kansas, and the impact his participation had on college sports at a time when the Civil Rights Movement was just beginning in America.

Airs 2/23 at 4 p.m.

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Secrets of the Dead

Part detective story, part true-life drama, SECRETS OF THE DEAD unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events. Using the most up-to-date science in the laboratory and in the field, scientists and researchers examine the missing pieces of each puzzle, completing the picture of what had been merely an assemblage of suppositions. #1606

  • The Nero Files – The Roman emperor Nero is considered one of history’s greatest criminals – a cruel, insane and brutal ruler. His name has become synonymous with evil, and he stands accused of killing his step-brother, his wife and his mother, as well as burning Rome to the ground for his own artistic inspiration. But are these stories true? Can they be proven? Recent research, modern interpretations of historical sources and new discoveries cast a different light on the accusations levelled at the Roman emperor. Secrets of the Dead: The Nero Files investigates Nero’s reign with the help of the internationally renowned criminal psychologist Thomas Müller, using “cold case” methodology.  Did history get it wrong? Was Nero a far better ruler than he’s ever been given credit for?

Airs 2/20 at 10 p.m.

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Unchained: Generational Trauma and Healing

A one-hour documentary that examines the lingering trauma handed down from the American slavery system. Men and women describe how they broke the emotional chains passed down from their slave ancestors. Others demonstrate the moral courage needed to face their own racial attitudes. In this film, all viewers face the roots of American racism and the processes that usher lasting reconciliation.

Airs 2/20 at 4 a.m

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Thirsty Land

A documentary film about extreme drought, agriculture, & the water crisis in the Western United States and how these challenges impact farmers, cities, and local communities. We hear from world-renown water and climate experts, farmers, city and state leaders who tell us their stories about managing water resources in an already dry climate, now impacted by drought. The film was shot during the spring, summer and fall of 2015, during the record-breaking drought in California. Managing water resources in the west is vital to the production of food for Americans and for people all over the world. California’s farmers provide approximately 50 percent of all fruits and vegetables for the United States, and 20%for the world. Without water, food production is not possible. City and state leaders all across the west are working together with farmers to ensure there’s enough water to go around for everyone.

Airs 2/19 at 2 a.m.

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It’s All In the Game: The Leta Andrews Story

Narrated by NBA Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton, IT’S ALL IN THE GAME profiles Leta Andrews, the all-time winningest high school basketball coach in U.S. history. During her career, Leta posted 1,416 wins and received numerous honors and awards. Leta entered the coaching profession in the 1960s, in an era before Title IX became law in 1972. Her early career has been described as an anomaly because most, if not all, of her high school coaching competitors were men. During those days, as one of the few women coaches, Leta had to constantly prove herself. Players recognized Leta as a tough, demanding coach who expected the best from her “young ladies” – both on and off the court. No exceptions. She played no favorites, not even with her own three daughters on the team. (All three would go on to play for the University of Texas). Leta witnessed firsthand the evolution of girls’ basketball, including the change from half court to full court, from a six- to a five-player game, and the creation of the 3-point shot. Her determination, rise from poverty, and the trials and tribulations along the way make quite a story for a rich and engaging biography. In 2014, at the age of 76, Leta retired after 52 years of coaching girls’ basketball. Over the course of her impressive career, Leta led her teams to 16 state Final Four appearances, and a state championship title in 1990. She was also inducted into the National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and was named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

Airs 2/7 at 3 a.m., 2/20 at 3 a.m., 2/27 at 2 a.m.

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Flight to Freedom (2/60 minute programs)

Flight to Freedom tells the complete story of the underground railroad. Host Cicely Tyson narrates this profile of the people, places and events behind one of the most remarkable yet largely untold chapters of American history. The documentary chronicles the rise of the slave system and follows the many freedom trails northward — from Memphis up the Mississippi, from Kentucky across the Ohio River to Ripley and Oberlin, from Maryland to Philadelphia, through upstate New York and into Canada. It concentrates on the men and women of all races who served on or who were saved by the underground railroad. And while the civil war put an end to the need for the railroad, “Flight to Freedom” reveals situations where slavery stopped in name only. The program also tells the modern day story of the growing efforts to preserve what little legacy remains of the underground railroad — how communities are trying to save one-time station houses and how people are retracing the trail their great grandparents took to Canada.

Airs 2/13 at 3 a.m. and 2/14 at 3 a.m.

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1964: The Fight for a Right

By the mid twentieth century, Mississippi’s African Americans had suffered from nearly 75 years of slavery by another name – Jim Crow discrimination. In 1964 in Mississippi, people died in an effort to force the state to allow African Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Although, the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer has passed, the struggle for voting rights is still pertinent. According to the NAACP, states have recently passed the most laws limiting voter participation since Jim Crow. Moreover, these laws also disenfranchise other people of color, the elderly, poor, and disabled. With the 2015 anniversary of the Voting Rights Act as well as the upcoming presidential primaries and general election, voting rights will remain at the forefront of a national debate. With historical footage and interview with Freedom Summer architects and volunteers, as well as present day activists, 1964: THE FIGHT FOR A RIGHT uses Mississippi to explain American voting issues in the last 150 years. For instance, why are red states red?

Airs 2/6 at 4 a.m. and 2/13 at 2 a.m.

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