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August 2020

Scroll down to learn about this month's featured programs. Shows are organized week by week. All programs are on 13.1 unless otherwise noted.

RSVP 2020!: August 29–September 13

Don't miss the special programs during RSVP 2020. Click the link below to download a guide (pdf). Thank you for your support!

RSVP 2020! Program Guide

August 1-8

Lessons from the Real World

Lessons from the Real World
A highly informative and entertaining documentary, filled with a diverse range of articulate teachers, students and lessons will surely bring much needed attention to a long neglected and critical aspect of the debate around public education.

Saturday, August 1 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 8/3 at 3 pm ET.

Eastland: The Shipwreck That Shook America

Eastland: The Shipwreck That Shook America
Passengers packed aboard a Great Lakes excursion steamer never suspected that the SS Eastland had a dark past. But others knew it and the tragedy that would end 844 lives became America's shameful secret.

Sunday, August 2 at 3 pm ET.

D-Day at Pointe-Du-Hoc

D-Day at Pointe-Du-Hoc
An incredible story of adversity and courage from World War II featuring interviews with surviving veterans from the Pointe-Du-Hoc assault.

Sunday, August 2 at 7 pm ET.

Family of Us: A PBS American Portrait Story

Family of Us
A PBS American Portrait Story
See a moving and meaningful picture of families in America today and the way they shape our lives.

Sunday, August 2 at 10:30 pm ET.

Home Diagnosis

Home Diagnosis
Hosts Grace and Corbett test and diagnose a recently rehabbed house that now has unexpected comfort and moisture issues, leaving the homeowner not knowing whom to trust.

Mondays at 5:30 pm ET, begins August 3.

Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes

Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes
Follow award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off to explore the remarkable life and career of America's first female landscape architect.

Monday, August 3 at 9 pm ET.

POV: Chez Jolie Coiffure

POV Chez Jolie Coiffure
Meet Sabine, the charismatic Cameroonian proprietor of an underground hair salon.

Monday, August 3 at 10 pm ET.

Reagan: American Experience: Lifeguard

Reagan: American Experience
Lifeguard
Ronald Wilson Reagan left the White House one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century — and one of the most controversial. Part 1 of 2.

Tuesday, August 4 at 8 pm, Part 2 8/11 at 8p.

Statecraft: The Bush 41 Team

Statecraft: The Bush 41 Team
Examine George H.W. Bush's foreign policy team's expertise as they navigated international crises.

Tuesday, August 4 at 10 pm ET.

Animals with Cameras, A Nature Miniseries: Ep. 3

Animals with Cameras, A Nature Miniseries
Ep. 3
Deep-dive with Chilean devil rays, track brown bears' diets and follow dogs that protect sheep.

Wednesday, August 5 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 8/12 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA "Rise of the Mammals"

NOVA
Rise of the Mammals
An amazing fossil discovery reveals how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.

Wednesday, August 5 at 9 pm ET.

Forces of Nature "Color"

Forces of Nature
Color
Understand how Earth's colors are created and what they mean.

Wednesday, August 5 at 10 pm ET.

Kalb Report: We The People

Kalb Report
We The People
Journalist Marvin Kalb explores whether our nation is approaching a constitutional crisis, and how we navigate these uncharted waters.

Thursday, August 6 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 8/7 at 3 pm ET. Part 2 airs 8/13 at 8 pm.

Great Performances: In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams

Great Performances
In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams
Follow a group of talented young creators led by composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda as they produce an original musical--a Latin and hip-hop-infused odyssey telling the story.

Friday, August 7 at 9 pm ET.

The Story of China: The Last Empire/The Age of Revolution

The Story of China
The Last Empire/The Age of Revolution
Witness the fall of the empire, the revolutions of the 20th century and the birth of today’s China.

Friday, August 7 at 10 pm ET.

Highpointers with the Bargo Brothers

Highpointers with the Bargo Brothers
Virginia
The Bargo Brothers travel from sea to summit on their trip to Virginia.

Saturdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins August 8.

America's Socialist Experiment

America's Socialist Experiment
Between 1910 and 1960, elected socialists in Milwaukee reduced corruption and improved conditions for working people.

Saturday, August 8 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 8/10 at 3 pm ET.

August 9-15

Destination Michigan Ep. 3 We explore Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course in Allegan. Next, we’ll hop on the ferry for a stop on Sugar Island. Let’s stay in the UP to learn how the St. Mary’s River plays a vital role in the world economy.  Sunday, August 9 at 3 pm ET.

Destination Michigan
Ep. 3
We explore Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course in Allegan. Next, we’ll hop on the ferry for a stop on Sugar Island. Let’s stay in the UP to learn how the St. Mary’s River plays a vital role in the world economy.

Sunday, August 9 at 3 pm ET.

River Voices: A Portrait of An American River

River Voices: A Portrait of An American River
In 1937, the Ohio River at Portsmouth, OH reached an astounding 74 feet and more than 32,000 people were displaced from their homes. The river left behind unimaginable devastation but the community responded with a massive cleanup effort that still resonates with people today.

Sundays at 7 pm ET, begins August 9.

Endeavour Season 7 On Masterpiece: Oracle

Endeavour Season 7 on Masterpiece Oracle
A murder puts Thursday on a quest to find the killer. Morse makes a new acquaintance.

Sundays at 9 pm ET, begins August 9.

The RVers

The RVers
Learning to Drive a Huge RV (Part 1) RVing’s Sense of Community; On-The-Road: Pat and Chris and their Unicat

Mondays at 5 pm ET, begins August 10.

POV "About Love"

POV About Love
About Love examines the many affections across three generations of the Phadke family.

Monday, August 10 at 10 pm ET.

Reagan: American Experience: An American Crusade

Reagan: American Experience
An American Crusade
Ronald Wilson Reagan left the White House one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century — and one of the most controversial. Part 2 of 2.

Tuesday, August 11 at 8 pm ET.

Nature: Undercover in the Jungle

Nature
Undercover in the Jungle
Go undercover in the untouched Amazon jungle to meet some of the most incredible creatures on Earth.

Wednesday, August 12 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA: Decoding The Pyramids

NOVA
Decoding The Pyramids
Shine a light on new archaeological evidence of how the Great Pyramid of Giza was engineered.

Wednesday, August 12 at 9 pm ET.

Forces of Nature "Motion"

Forces of Nature
Motion
Learn how we experience the consequences of natural forces that keep Earth on the move.

Wednesday, August 12 at 10 pm ET.

Great Performances "Much Ado About Nothing"

Great Performances
Much Ado About Nothing
From The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, this 2019 production features an all-black cast.

Friday, August 14 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 8/15 at 1:30 am ET.

Second Wind: The Tale of a Sailor

Second Wind: The Tale of a Sailor
Follow award-winning nautical photographer Onne van der Wal as he completes a solo, hands-on restoration of a 1972 Pearson 36 sailboat.

Saturday, August 15 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 8/17 at 3 pm ET.

August 16-22

Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album

Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album
Explore how the royal family has shaped their image in photos, from Queen Victoria to Princess Diana.

Sunday, August 16 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 8/17 at Midnight ET.

Endeavour Season 7 on Masterpiece "Raga"

Endeavour on Masterpiece
Raga
A gang clash results in tragedy. A restaurant customer disappears. A shocking murder is discovered.

Sunday, August 16 at 9 pm ET.

PBS Newshour Convention Coverage "0Democratic National Convention"

PBS Newshour Convention Coverage
Democratic National Convention
Tune in for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Democratic convention.

Monday-Thursday, 8/17-8/20 at 8 pm.

Fire in the Heartland: Kent State, May 4th, and Student Protest in America

Fire in the Heartland: Kent State, May 4th, and Student Protest in America
The story of a generation of students at Kent State University, who stood up in the 1960s and 1970s against racism, tyranny, violence, and war and paid for it with their lives.

Tuesday, August 18 at 3 pm ET. .

Once Was Water

Once Was Water
Once Was Water is a solutions-oriented documentary that tells the story of how Las Vegas leads the United States in sustainable water conservation.

Thursday, August 20 at 3 pm ET.

Thank You for the Challenge: The 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Thank You for the Challenge: The 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
Every four years, 40 of the world's most talented young violinists are invited to Indianapolis, Indiana for the musical challenge of a lifetime: the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Friday, August 21 at 3 pm ET.

Great Performances: Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I

Great Performances
Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I
Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe star in the Tony Award-winning revival of the classic musical.

Friday, August 21 at 9 pm ET.

Citizen Soldier

Citizen Soldier
Expert panelists on the American Revolution explore the role of George Washington in the American Revolution. The panel illuminates how General Washington first established the citizen soldier tradition in American military history.

Saturday, August 22 at 10 pm ET.

August 23-29

Speaking Grief

Speaking Grief
Interviews with grieving families from across the U.S., whose losses range from stillbirth to suicide, to address common misconceptions about grief. Through candid personal stories and conversations with experts in the grief field, the film also presents ideas for how family and friends can better support each other through loss.

Sunday, August 23 at 11 am ET.

The Island: Mackinac in Seasons

The Island: Mackinac in Seasons
You're invited to take a trip through the seasons with CMU Public Broadcasting to explore one of the most popular family island destinations in the world, Mackinac Island. Get to know the beautiful and historic island through the people, businesses and families who call it home through the changing seasons.

Sunday, August 23 at 3:30 pm ET.

Alone in the Wilderness, Part 2

Alone in the Wilderness, Part 2
Dick Proenneke's account of his 30-year adventure in the remote Alaska wilderness continues in this sequel. Part 1 airs 8/31.

Sunday, August 23 at 7 pm ET. Repeats 8/31 at 3 pm ET.

Grantchester Season 5 on Masterpiece: Ep. 2Will and Geordie investigate a deadly hit-and-run while dealing with issues in their home lives.  Sunday, June 21 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 6/22 at 1 am ET.

Endeavour on Masterpiece
Zenana
An investigation at Lady Matilda's College uncovers a potential link to a series of crimes.

Sunday, August 23 at 9 pm ET.

Republican National Convention Coverage

PBS Newshour Convention Coverage
Republican National Convention
Tune in for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Republican convention.

Monday-Thursday, 8/24-8/27 at 8 pm.

New Day New Chef

New Day New Chef
Jane Velez-Mitchell and Otep Shamaya host this fun plant-based cooking show, featuring: Olympic medalist, Dotsie Bausch, who makes her Superwoman Bowl and shares the story of taking the podium at 39!

Tuesdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins August 25.

To The Ends of the Earth: Birds of East Africa

To The Ends of the Earth
Birds of East Africa
Professional wildlife photographer Todd Gustafson captures stories of competition, courtship, family, hunting and flight to illustrate the hidden life of East African birds.

Wednesday, August 26 at 3 pm ET.

Sea of Light: A Blind Yachtman's Voyage

Sea of Light: A Blind Yachtsman's Voyage
Across The PacificDocumenting 52-year-old Mitsuhiro Iwamoto’s spectacular achievement as the first blind person to make the brutal transpacific voyage across the Pacific Ocean in an uninterrupted voyage by sailboat, and the life experiences that led him there.

Friday, August 28 at 3 pm ET.

Great Performances Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2019

Great Performances
Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2019
Enjoy the Vienna Philharmonic's annual concert conducted by Gustavo Dudamel with pianist Yuja Wang.

Friday, August 28 at 9 pm ET.

Ken Nordine: Video for the Ear

Ken Nordine: Video for the Ear
Celebrate Chicago’s oldest hipster and original beatnik. Musical and performance artist Laurie Anderson provides narration for the production.

Friday, August 28 at 10:30 pm ET.

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show
Filmed on the 25th anniversary of its first full performance at the 3Arena in Dublin–the spot where it all began–the Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is a powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved family favorite. Part of RSVP 2020!

Saturday, August 29 at 7 pm ET.

Hayao Miyazaki: 10 Years with the Master: Drawing What's RealWith production underway on Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Miyazaki delves into memories of his late mother for a thread to weave the story. "Movies show who you are," he says, "no matter how hard you try to hide it."  Friday, June 26 at 9 pm ET.

ABBA Forever–A Celebration
In 2019 Swedish supergroup ABBA celebrated several anniversaries: 50 years since meeting, 40 years since their last concert, and 20 years since the musical Mamma Mia! gave them a second life. Join in a celebration of the lifetime of joy the group has brought to American fans. Featuring original interviews, rare archival footage and a lot of music. Part of RSVP 2020!

Saturday, August 29 at 9 pm ET.

August 30-31

Twice As Good

Twice As Good
Twice as Good is a travel and cooking show for kids twin sisters Hadley and Delaney.

Sundays at 9 am ET, begins August 30

Destination Michigan Ep. 6

Destination Michigan
Ep. 6
Explore Michigan’s splendor – from the golden beaches and rolling farm land to urban areas rich in recreational opportunities and attractions.

Sunday, August 30 at 3 pm ET.

Great Lakes Now Series: Unlocking the Lakes

Great Lakes Now Series
Unlocking the Lakes
The pandemic raises questions: As stay-at-home orders end around the Great Lakes, does Wisconsin's experience opening businesses predict anything for other communities that depend on tourism? How are researchers, reef restorers and hydroponic farms reacting to the pandemic?

Sunday, August 30 at 3:30 pm ET.

Lawrence Welk: Milestones & Memories

Lawrence Welk
Milestones & Memories
More than 40 stars from “The Lawrence Welk Show” sing, dance and play their hearts out in a once-in-a-lifetime reunion. Part of RSVP 2020!

Sunday, August 30 at 7 pm ET.

Secrets of Scotland Yard

Secrets of Scotland Yard
Hear sleuths reveal secrets of becoming a detective and uncover details of those who've gone before.

Sunday, August 30 at 10 pm ET.

Secrets of Selfridges

Secrets of Selfridges
Uncover hidden stories about Selfridges in London and delve into the mind of its American creator.

Sunday, August 30 at Midnight ET. Repeats 9/1 at 3 am ET.

Secrets of Westminster

Secrets of Westminster
Discover the hidden worlds of London's House of Commons, House of Lords and Westminster Abbey.

Monday, August 31 at 1 am ET. Repeats 9/1 at 4 am ET.

Independent Lens Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Independent Lens
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Celebrate the legacy of icon Fred Rogers in a film from Academy Award winner Morgan Neville. Part of RSVP 2020!

Monday, August 31 at 8 pm ET.

POV Dark Money

POV Dark Money
A reporter in Montana exposes the shadowy world of anonymous campaign contributions.

Monday, August 31 at 10:30 pm ET.