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August 2021

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.

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August 1-7

Bears of Durango

Bears of Durango
In response to an exponential increase in black bear-human conflicts, Colorado Parks and Wildlife commissioned a six-year study to determine the factors of the phenomenon, and to propose solutions to quell it.   

Sunday, August 1 at 7 pm ET.

Secrets of Royal Travel: Secrets of the Royal Flight

Secrets of Royal Travel
Secrets of the Royal Flight
Take to the skies for an insider's look at the regal luxury of royal air travel. From 1936 when Edward became Britain's first reigning monarch to fly as both passenger and pilot, to the present, discover how jet-setting has defined the modern royals.  

Sunday, August 1 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 8/2 at Midnight.

Unforgotten on Masterpiece: Ep. 4

Unforgotten on Masterpiece
Ep. 4
Cassie and Sunny discover Walsh was chased by all four suspects on the night in question. The pathologist identifies a cause of death implying Walsh was murdered.  

Sunday, August 1 at 9 pm ET.

Professor T: Mother Love

Professor T
Mother Love
Professor T is called upon to help investigate the disappearance of a 6-year-old girl. Tensions rise between DI Paul Rabbit and Professor T until they finally come to blows.  

Sunday, August 1 at 10 pm ET.

POV: Pier Kids

POV Pier Kids
Follow the Black, homeless queer and trans youth who call NYC's Christopher Street Pier their home as they withstand tremendous amounts of homophobia and discrimination while working to carve out autonomy and security in their lives.  

Monday, August 2 at 10 pm ET.

American Experience: Jesse Owens

American Experience
Jesse Owens
Trace the story of Jesse Owens’ remarkable victories in the face of Nazi racism during the 1936 Olympics.  

Tuesday, August 3 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 8/4 at 1 am ET.

American Experience: The Fight

American Experience
The Fight
Learn the stories of two extraordinary boxers: Max Schmeling of Germany and American Joe Louis.  

Tuesday, August 3 at 10 pm ET. 

Nature Super Cats: Cats in Every Corner

Super Cats: Cats in Every Corner
Discover how cats have conquered the world, thriving in almost every landscape on Earth.  

Wednesday, August 4 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA: Emperor's Ghost Army

NOVA Emperor's Ghost Army
Investigate how and why life-sized terracotta statues were made for Emperor Qin Shi Huang of China.  

Wednesday, August 4 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 8/5 at 3 pm ET.

Secrets of the Dead: Viking Warrior Queen

Secrets of the Dead
Viking Warrior Queen
Join a team of archaeologists examining the history-changing DNA of a female Viking warrior.  

Wednesday, August 4 at 10 pm ET.

Brave New Wild

Brave New Wild
Story of the Golden Age of rock climbing before and after the Dawn Wall of 1970, told by a climber’s daughter.  

Thursday, August 5 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 8/6 at 3 pm ET.

Hillary: Home

Hillary arrives home to worldwide fame. He marries Louise and returns to beekeeping. When he is offered the chance to join an Antarctica expedition, he must choose between a new adventure and staying behind with his growing family.  

Friday, August 6 at 9 pm ET.

Classic Albums: Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

Classic Albums
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
Listen as all four band members tell the story behind one of the greatest albums ever made. Pink Floyd's masterpiece, 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon, broke records when it sold more than 30 million copies and spent 740 weeks on the U.S. charts. Part of Quiet on the Set! Thank you for your support.  

Friday, August 6 at 10 pm ET.  Repeats 8/7 at 2 am ET.

Making It in America

Making It in America
Highlighting the important contributions being made by immigrant entrepreneurs to the economy of Florida and the United States, across multiple fields – from construction to medicine to tech.   

Saturday, August 7 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 8/9 at 3 pm ET.

August 8-14

Vaccination from the Misinformation Virus

Vaccination from the Misinformation Virus
In the age of social media, we can all be fooled by digital misinformation. This one-hour documentary explains how to overcome our bias to understand why vaccines are safe, crucial to community health and save millions of lives annually.  

Sunday, August 8 at 7 pm ET.

In Their Own Words: Princess Diana

In Their Own Words
Princess Diana
See how Diana defied expectations and evolved into one of the most impactful icons of our time.  

Sunday, August 8 at 8 pm ET.

Unforgotten on Masterpiece: Ep. 5

Unforgotten on Masterpiece 
Ep. 5
Cassie and Sunny interview two of the suspects again and get closer to the truth. Balcombe believes she knows the cause of Walsh's death. Things take an unexpected and devastating turn for Cassie.  

Sunday, August 8 at 9 pm ET.

Professor T: Sophie Knows

Professor T
Sophie Knows
Professor T befriends a vulnerable girl and is convinced she is the key witness to a murder. Dan and Lisa agree to go on a date, but when her boss confronts her about their inappropriate relationship, Lisa makes a bold decision.  

Sunday, August 8 at 10 pm ET. 

Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special

Dream of Italy Tuscan Sun Special
Host Kathy McCabe travels to the hilltop town of Cortona to meet Frances Mayes — New York Times best-selling author of the 1996 memoir Under The Tuscan Sun — for an exclusive tour of the book’s countryside villa, Bramasole.   

Monday, August 9 at 5 pm ET.

Frontline: In the Shadow of 9/11

In the Shadow of 9/11  

Tuesday, August 10 at 9 pm ET.

Nature: Super Cats: Science and Secrets

Super Cats: Science and Secrets
See how new technologies help uncover some cats' most intimate secrets, including the cheetah's gymnastic abilities and why lions are able to hunt cooperatively. Conservationists are fighting to protect the most endangered species around the globe.  

Wednesday, August 11 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA Operation Lighthouse Rescue

NOVA Operation Lighthouse Rescue
Join engineers as they race to rescue a historic Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse from certain doom.  

Wednesday, August 11 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 8/12 at 3 pm ET.

Secrets of the Dead: Cleopatra's Lost Tomb

Secrets of the Dead
Cleopatra's Lost Tomb
Discover whether an amateur archaeologist’s theory leads to the lost tomb of the Egyptian queen.  

Wednesday, August 11 at 10 pm ET.

Our Gorongosa

Our Gorongosa
Dominique Goncalves, a vibrant Mozambican ecologist who runs the Gorongosa elephant ecology project, shares the myriad ways Gorongosa is redefining the identity and purpose of an African national park.  

Thursday, August 12 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 8/13 at 3 pm ET.

Hillary: Race to the Pole

Race to the Pole
Hillary is homesick and bored with setting up supply bases for the Antarctica expedition. He decides to try for another major achievement: reaching the South Pole himself.  

Friday, August 13 at 9 pm ET.

Codeswitching: Race and Identity in the Suburban Schoolhouse

Codeswitching Race and Identity in the Suburban Schoolhouse
Students who shuttle between their inner-city neighborhoods and the white suburban schools, in pursuit of a better education, find themselves swapping elements of culture, language, and behavior to fit in with their suburban counterparts. They may act or speak differently based on where they are, called code-switching.  

Saturday, August 14 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 8/16 at 3 pm ET.

August 15-21

The Cheech

The Cheech
A fascinating look at a national icon’s love affair with art, and his incredible contribution to promote and preserve a vital part of American cultural identity.  

Sunday, August 15 at 7 pm ET.

All Creatures Great and Small: Between The Pages

All Creatures Great and Small Between The Pages
Get to know the cast and creators of the hit series based on James Herriot’s beloved books. Savor the best moments from the first season, and look ahead to what might happen in Season 2. Part of Quiet on the Set - One Night Only! Thank you for your support.

Sunday, August 15 at 7:30 pm ET.  Repeats 8/16 at Midnight.

Unforgotten on Masterpiece: Ep. 6

Unforgotten on Masterpiece
Ep. 6
Despite a tragic turn of events, Sunny and the team narrow down the suspects. Will they succeed in bringing Walsh's killer to justice? Part of Quiet on the Set - One Night Only! Thank you for your support.

Sunday, August 15 at 9 pm ET.

Professor T: The Dutiful Child

Professor T
The Dutiful Child
When an attempt is made on a businessman’s life, Professor T believes the culprit may be close. Part of Quiet on the Set: One Night Only! Thank you for your support. 

Sunday, August 15 at 10 pm ET.

Spirit of the Florida Keys

Spirit of the Florida Keys
Host Chad Crawford provides a colorful, quirky look at the history and culture of the beautiful archipelago 15 miles south of Miami.   

Monday, August 16 at 5 pm ET.

Restoration Neon

Restoration Neon
The history of the neon signs from their first usage in Las Vegas in the late 1920s to present day.  

Monday, August 16 at 9 pm ET.

William Allen White: What's The Matter with Kansas

William Allen White What's The Matter with Kansas
Showcasing the life and work of William Allen White, one of America’s most illustrious journalists who advised presidents and world leaders.   

Tuesday, August 17 at 8 pm ET.

From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner

From Honor to Medal The Story of Garlin M. Conner
The remarkable story of Lt. Garlin Conner, an American hero whose exploits in World War II made him among the most decorated soldiers in American history.  

Tuesday, August 17 at 9 pm ET.

In The Executioner's Shadow

In The Executioner's Shadow
Riveting personal stories: the rare perspective of a former state executioner who nearly executes an innocent person; a Boston Marathon bombing victim who struggles to decide what justice really means; and the parents of a murder victim who face abandoning their values or fighting for the life of their daughter’s killer.   

Tuesday, August 17 at 10 pm ET.

Watershed Moment

Watershed Moment
In December 2007 the Chehalis River Valley in Washington State experienced a catastrophic flood, inciting interest in building a flood retention dam. This wild salmon stronghold already faces rising water temperatures and a 100-year legacy of habitat degradation. Learn more about this little known basin and restoration efforts being made to preserve its fragile habitat.  

Wednesday, August 18 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 8/25 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue

NOVA Operation Bridge Rescue
Follow the rebuilding of New York's historic Blenheim Covered Bridge.  

Wednesday, August 18 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 8/19 at 3 pm ET.

Secrets of the Dead: Egypt's Darkest Hour

Secrets of the Dead
Egypt's Darkest Hour
Follow archaeologists examining a rare mass grave from the collapse of ancient Egypt's Old Kingdom.  

Wednesday, August 18 at 10 pm ET.  .

Hillary: Heartbreak

After suffering a medical emergency, Hillary devotes himself to building schools and hospitals in Nepal. He faces his biggest struggle yet–forgiving himself–when Louise and their youngest child die in a plane crash on the way to visit him.  

Friday, August 20 at 9 pm ET.

News Matters

News Matters
Follow the desperate attempt by Colorado journalists to save the 125-year-old Denver Post from slow death at the hands of hedge fund owner Alden Global Capital, while trying to cut through the noise of social media and opinion news outlets.   

Saturday, August 21 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 8/23 at 3 pm ET.

August 22-28

The World is My Country

The World is My Country
Martin Sheen presents the epic true story of the daring, controversial and decades-ahead-of-his-time World Citizen #1, Garry Davis.  

Sunday, August 22 at 7 pm ET.


Experience the early days of Chickasaw stunt pilot Pearl Carter Scott and her struggles to decide between family and adventure.  

Sunday, August 22 at 8 pm ET.

Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World

Pearl Carter Scott On Top of the World
The thrilling life of Pearl Carter Scott, who flew with the famed aviator Wiley Post and became an early female stunt pilot. After retiring from flying, she served the Chickasaw Nation, never accepting the limitations that the world put on her as a Chickasaw woman.  

Sunday, August 22 at 10 pm ET.

Vanishing Chinatown: The World of the May's Photo Studio

Vanishing Chinatown The World of the May's Photo Studio
Hundreds of photographs, serendipitously rescued from a Chinatown dumpster, chronicle the lives of San Francisco’s Chinatown a century ago from an insider's perspective.   

Sunday, August 22 at 10:30 pm ET.

Native America:  From Caves to Cosmos

Native America
From Caves to Cosmos
Combine ancient wisdom and modern science to answer a 15,000-year-old question: who were America's First Peoples? The answer hides in Amazonian cave paintings, Mexican burial chambers, New Mexico's Chaco Canyon and waves off California's coast.  

Tuesdays at 8 pm ET, begins August 24.

American Experience: The Big Burn

American Experience
The Big Burn
Learn the story of a wildfire that devoured more than three million acres in the Rockies in 1910.  

Tuesday, August 24 at 9 pm ET.

Frontline: China's COVID Secrets

China's COVID Secrets
The untold story of the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and how China responded.  

Tuesday, August 24 at 10 pm ET.

Nature: Natural Born Rebels: Hunger Wars

Natural Born Rebels: Hunger Wars
Meet the animals who will steal, cheat and right to get food, including kleptomaniac crabs, thieving macaques, and cannibalistic lizards.  

Wednesday, August 25 at 8 pm ET

When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time

When Whales Walked Journeys in Deep Time
Meet the ancient ancestors of four iconic creatures: crocodiles, birds, whales and elephants. Join top scientists on a global adventure as they follow clues from the fossil record and use 21st century technology to make exciting new discoveries.  

Wednesday, August 25 at 9 pm ET.

To The Ends of The Earth: The Natural World - Pushing Boundaries

To The Ends of The Earth The Natural World - Pushing Boundaries
Explore expanded horizons, traveling from the driest deserts in Africa all the way to the mountainous Himalayas.  

Thursday, August 26 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 8/27 at 3 pm ET.

Flesh and Blood on Masterpiece: Ep. 1

Flesh and Blood on Masterpiece
Ep. 1
Enjoy an unconventional thriller about the perils of late-life romance. The lives of three adult siblings are disrupted when their recently widowed mother declares she's in love with a new man.  

Fridays at 9 pm ET, begins August 27.

Race is The Place
A visual and verbal riff on race in America from a wide variety of artists, poets, rappers, performance artists and stand-up comics.  

Saturday, August 28 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 8/30 at 3 pm ET.

August 29-31

Corporate Welfare: Where's the Outrage?

Corporate Welfare Where's the Outrage? 
A Personal Exploration by Johan NorberExamine the many ways government policies support big business interests at the expense of small businesses, individuals, and local communities. Hosted by Johan Norberg, Free To Choose Media executive editor and Cato senior fellow.  

Sunday, August 29 at 7 pm ET.

Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets: The Reformation

Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets
The Reformation
Join Lucy for the inside story of the English Reformation. Was Henry VIII’s desire to divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn the real reason for England’s split from Catholic Europe? Or was a secret political agenda really at work?  

Sunday, August 29 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 8/30 at Midnight ET.

POV: The Song of the Butterflies

POV The Song of the Butterflies
Indigenous painter Rember Yahuarcani pursues a successful career in Lima, but when he finds himself in a creative rut, he returns home to his Amazonian community and discovers why his ancestors' stories cannot be forgotten.  

Monday, August 30 at 10 pm ET.

Native America: Nature to Nations

Native America
Nature to Nations
Explore the rise of great American nations. Investigate lost cities in Mexico, a temple in Peru, a potlatch ceremony in the Pacific Northwest and a tapestry of shell beads in upstate New York whose story inspired our own democracy.  

Tuesday, August 31 at 8 pm ET.

Generation 9/11

Generation 9/11
Of the almost 3,000 people who died on 9/11, around one hundred were fathers of babies who were not yet born. Follow the lives of a number of these children and their families, as we track their journeys into adulthood.    

Tuesday, August 31 at 9 pm ET.