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Nicholas and Alexandra: The Letters

Historian Suzannah Lipscomb explores the great love story of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, more than a century after their execution. The two-part series focuses on the couple’s intimate correspondence, which chronicles their eccentric religious views, political ineptitude, and reliance on the mystic, Rasputin, in the lead-up to the 1917 Russian Revolution.

  • #101 airs 4/1 at 9 p.m. (repeats 4/6 at 4 p.m.)
  • #102 airs 4/8 at 9 p.m. (repeats 4/13 at 4 p.m.)

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Shots Fired

Shots Fired is a short documentary about courage, communications and resilience in the face of a school shooting. Just before school started on an April morning a student with a .357 Magnum walked into the Commons, an area teaming with North Thurston High School (NTHS) students, raised the gun and fired into the ceiling. Chaos erupted. The student fired a second shot. What happened next is the best-case scenario in the face of such terror. No one died. Rather than taking sides in the gun control/rights debate, Shots Fired offers a rare look at a school shooting. Even with no fatalities, the residual trauma is palpable. Students, teachers, school administrators and staff along with first responders reflect on what happened, what went well and what could have worked better. School shootings often end in unbearable tragedy. In Shots Fired, tragedy is upended by unforgettable courage and resilience.

Airs 4/1 at 2:30-3 a.m.

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Shanghai 1937: Where World War II Began

When did World War II begin? Americans might say December 7, 1941-the day the Japanese Imperial navy attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. For Europeans, it was September 1, 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. But in China, people will tell you a different date -August 13, 1937, the start of the Battle of Shanghai. That day, after what is called the “century of humiliation,” including six years of repeated “incidents” initiated by the Japanese military, China at last “stood up.” Shanghai was the most international city in Asia, with a large foreign population, so at the time of the military conflict, it was headline news around the world. Based on the book Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtzeby Danish author Peter Harmsen, SHANGHAI 1937: WHERE WORLD WAR II BEGAN introduces key figures in the conflict, chronicles how the battle unfolded over the course of three months, and explores the aftermath and years of war that followed. SHANGHAI 1937 incorporates rarely seen archival footage as well as interviews with author Peter Harmsen, military historian Edward Drea and professor of modern Chinese history Hans Van DeVen, in addition to two Chinese experts on this subject: Su Zhiliang, Ph.D. of Shanghai Normal University, and Ma Zhendu, director of the Second Historical Archives of China. The film also includes vivid recollections of men and women, such as Ronald Morris, Liliane Willens and Patricia D. Silver, who experienced these events as foreign children living in Shanghai.

Airs 3/27 at 4 a.m.

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Soldier On: Life After Deployment

Three women – Natasha Young, Amanda Tejada and Lyndsey Lyons – confront the challenges of readjusting to civilian life after their post-9/11 military service. Once back in the United States, the women cope with the disintegration of their relationships, alcohol and substance abuse, depression, health problems, military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and employment difficulties.

Airs 3/25 at 8 p.m.; 3/26 at 1 a.m.; 3/26 at 9 a.m.; 3/26 at 3 p.m. 3/31 at 5 a.m.

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War Zone/Comfort Zone

Women account for roughly 14 percent of the active-duty U.S. military and more than 24 percent of the National Guard, yet they often receive less than a hero’s welcome upon their return to civilian life. Many face poverty, homelessness and joblessness; deal with the psychological and physiological effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from military sexual trauma and combat related injuries; and often receive poor service from a Veterans Administration ill-equipped and, in some cases, unwilling to help them. The Emmy -nominated documentary WAR ZONE/COMFORT ZONE uncovers the plight of these veterans through the intense and personal stories of four women veterans coping with life after their military service. Each seeks a sense of normalcy and peace without the benefit of a comprehensive support system. WAR ZONE/COMFORT ZONE weaves together intimate interviews with the story of two women – Shalini Madaras and Joy Kiss – struggling to establish transitional housing for homeless female veterans in Bridgeport, Connecticut, despite virulent community opposition.

Airs 3/25 at 7 p.m.; 3/26 at midnight; 3/26 at 8 a.m.; 3/26 at 2 p.m.; 3/31 at 4 a.m.

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Women: War & Peace – (4/60 minute programs)

A series on the changing roles of women in war and peace. The vast majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nation states and their armies, but rather by informal entities: gangs, insurgent groups and warlords using unconventional weapons. The series reveals how post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Yet they are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict. WOMEN, WAR& PEACE spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan, and Colombia to Liberia, placing women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security and reframing our understanding of modern warfare.” Actors Matt Damon, Geena Davis, Tilda Swinton and Alfre Woodard narrate.

  • #201 – Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs – When Claire confronts her husband, Malcolm Webster, over his wild spending, he tries to control her with sedatives. Afraid he’ll soon be caught; he silences her forever. Three years on, he has a new bride…and history appears to be repeating itself. Airs 3/25 at 9 p.m.
  • #202 – The Trials of Spring – Follow 3 Egyptian women as they put their lives and bodies on the line fighting for justice and freedom. The film tells the story of Egypt’s Arab Spring, the human rights abuses that came to define it and the women willing to risk everything. Airs 3/25 at 10 p.m.
  • #203 – Naila and the Uprising – Discover the story of a courageous, nonviolent women’s movement that formed the heart of the Palestinian struggle for freedom during the 1987 uprising. One woman must make a choice between love, family and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three. Airs 3/26 at 9 p.m.
  • #204 – A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers – Embark on a risky yearlong U.N. peacekeeping mission into earthquake-ravaged Haiti with an all-female Bangladeshi police unit. Leaving their families behind, these police officers shatter stereotypes as they rise in the name of building peace.

Airs 3/26 at 10 p.m.

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Hard Problems: The Road to the World’s Toughest Math

HARD PROBLEMS follows the six exceptional high school students who represented the United States in 2006 at the world’s toughest math competition – the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Each year, the grueling and exhilarating contest pits the top teams from 90 countries against one another. In their quest to solve some of the most challenging problems, these dedicated and talented young men and women – some immigrants, others U.S.-born – shatter many stereotypes and cliches about the mathematically gifted. HARD PROBLEMS provides an insightful and thoughtful look at the process that produces and nurtures successful Olympiad teams, and ultimately, the great mathematicians of the future.

Airs 3/25 at 2 a.m.

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Free To Rock

Ten years in the making, FREE TO ROCK explores how American rock and roll contributed to the end of the Cold War. In the eyes of the Soviet Ministry of Culture, western rock music combined the twin evils of spreading the English language and encouraging illicit free enterprise. It was prohibited by the Soviet and Eastern Block authorities and deemed as propaganda. However, the “soft power” of American rock music was pumped into Eastern Europe and the USSR by Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. This forbidden music inspired thousands of underground rock bands and tens of millions of their passionate supporters. Their enthusiasm for rock and roll became a youth movement that openly defied the Communist government. Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, the film features interviews with former President Jimmy Carter; Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the USSR; musicians Billy Joel and Mike Love; Robert Santelli, Executive Director of the Grammy Museum; Oleg Kalugin, a former major general in the Soviet KGB; Soviet rock artists Stas Namin, Pete Anderson and Andrey Makarevich; and other scholars and experts.

Airs 3/22 at 3 a.m.

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