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February 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.

Festival 21! Feb. 27–March 15

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February 1-6

Rick Steves Europe

Rick Steves' Europe 
Austrian and Italian Alps
In the Alps of Austria and Italy, we celebrate both nature and culture.

Mondays at 5 pm ET, begins February 1.

Independent Lens 9to5: The Story of a Movement

Independent Lens 
9to5: The Story of a Movement
Go inside the inspiring movement for women's workplace equality in the 1970s.

Monday, February 1 at 10 pm ET.

The Jazz Ambassadors

The Jazz Ambassadors
Discover how the Cold War and Civil Rights movement collided in a music story of diplomacy and race.

Tuesday, February 2 at 9 pm ET.

Frontline China's COVID Secrets

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

Tuesday, February 2 at 10 pm ET.

Nature Pumas: Legends of the Ice Mountains

Nature 
Pumas: Legends of the Ice Mountains
Travel to the mountains of Chile to discover the secrets of the puma, the area’s biggest and most elusive predator. Discover how this mountain lion survives and follow the dramatic fate of a puma mother and her cubs.

Wednesday, February 3 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA | Beyond the Elements "Reactions"

NOVA | Beyond the Elements
Reactions
Discover the chemical reactions that constantly transform our world. Like one that enables us to feed billions but when reversed, is explosive. And lock-and-key molecules that put the heat in hot peppers or make deadly venoms useful to medicine.

Wednesdays at 9 pm, 3 Part Series begins February 3. Repeats 2/4 at 3 pm ET.

Europe's New Wild: The Missing Lynx

Europe's New Wild
The Missing Lynx
Across the Iberian Peninsula, rewilding efforts allow the Iberian lynx -- the rarest cat in the world -- to flourish once again. In Portugal's Coa Valley, the introduction of ancient species heralds the return of the region's top predators.

Wednesdays at 10 pm ET, begins February 3.

Ask the Expert: Dentists

Ask the Experts
Dentists
Area dentists answer questions called in by local viewers.

Thursday, February 4 at 8 pm. Repeats 2/5 at 3 pm.

Professor T: Cuberdo

Professor T
Murder by Numbers Part 2
With Daan fighting for his life in hospital, the search for the killer continues. Annelies meets with the widow of the third victim, urgently trying to find connections between the three murders.

Friday, February 5 at 9 pm ET.

Africa’s Great Civilizations: The Atlantic Age

Africa’s Great Civilizations
The Atlantic Age
Explore the impact of the Atlantic world, creating new kingdoms and the transatlantic slave trade.

Saturday, February 6 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 2/8 at 3 pm ET.

America from the Ground Up: The Ancestors

America from the Ground Up
The Ancestors 
Join Monty as he sets out to explore the ways that America’s Native peoples used and altered the landscape. From the earliest mound builders in Louisiana and Texas to the massive Pueblo towns and cities of New Mexico and Arizona, Monty digs into the archaeological story of the ancestors.

Saturday, February 6 at 10 pm ET. Repeats 2/7 at 2:30 pm ET.

February 7-13

Miss Scarlet and the Duke: Memento Mori

Miss Scarlet and the Duke
Memento Mori
A photographer specializing in post-mortem portraits gets menacing messages from beyond the grave. Eliza's investigation takes her into the spirit world.

Sunday, February 7 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 2/8 at Midnight ET.

All Creatures Great and Small: Ep. 5

All Creatures Great and Small
Ep. 5
James volunteers to be the official vet at the Darrowby Show. His ordeals include an ethical plight involving Helen’s bull.

Sunday, February 7 at 9 pm ET.

The Long Song on Masterpiece: Ep. 2

The Long Song on Masterpiece
Ep. 2
The handsome overseer Robert arrives, sparking a bitter rivalry between July and her mistress. Meanwhile, the field hands rebel against Robert's work demands.

Sunday, February 7 at 10 pm ET.

Pinkalicious & Peterrific: Cupid Calls It Quits

Pinkalicious & Peterrific
Cupid Calls It Quits
The all-new one-hour Valentine's Day special celebrates friendship and teaches young boys and girls how to express their feelings through art.

Monday, February 8 at 8 am; Repeats 2/8 at 11a, 2/10 at 11a, 2/12 at 11:30a. Repeats 2/8 at 11:30 am ET.

American Experience: Goin' Back to T-Town

American Experience
Goin' Back to T-Town
Hear from Black residents of Tulsa's Greenwood as they relive their community's rise and decline.

Monday, February 8 at 9 pm ET.

Independent Lens: Women in Blue

Independent Lens
Women in Blue
Female Minneapolis police officers seek gender equity. A fatal shooting threatens their progress.

Monday, February 8 at 10 pm ET.

Voices for Freedom: The Hyers Sisters' Legacy

Voices for Freedom 
The Hyers Sisters' Legacy
The Hyers Sisters were celebrated in opera nationwide from 1871-73, but in 1876 -- perilous times, when touring blackface minstrels denigrated African Americans -- they stood up and became "voices" for the dignity of their people.

Tuesday, February 9 at 1 am ET.

The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special

The Power of We
A Sesame Street Special
Elmo and friends plan a virtual community singalong as they stand up against racism.

Tuesday, February 9 at 11 am; Repeats 2/9 at 1p, 2/11 at 11a and 1p. Repeats 2/9 at 1 pm ET.

Al Capone: Icon

Al Capone: Icon
Al Capone: the quintessential self-made American man, ruthless killer or both? Just his name sparks images of pin-stripe suits and bloody violence. To this day, Americans are fascinated by this celebrity gangster. The question is why?

Tuesday, February 9 at 9 pm ET

Nature: Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas

Nature
Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas
Witness the wildlife and serene beauty of America’s Wild West.

Wednesday, February 10 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA|Beyond the Elements: Indestructible

NOVA | Beyond the Elements
Indestructible
Scientists have created virtually indestructible versions of glass, rubber, and plastic. But are they too tough? As the environmental impact of the quest for durability becomes clear, scientists look for ways to maintain utility but minimize harm.

Wednesday, February 10 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 2/11 at 3 pm ET.

Europe's New Wild: Return of the Titans

Europe's New Wild
Return of the Titans
Travel to the Carpathian Mountains and beyond, where Europe's most iconic species are thriving.

Wednesday, February 10 at 10 pm ET.

Ask the Doctors: Heart and Arteries

Ask the Doctors
Heart and Arteries
Area physicians answer viewers' questions on the topics of the heart and arteries.

Thursday, February 11 at 8 pm. Repeats 2/12 at 3 pm.

Professor T: Ring of Fire

Professor T
Cuberdo
Daan returns to the office, but things are not easy, and Annelies' guilt puts their relationship under strain. Their first new case involves a number of fatalities linked to eating poisoned sweets, and the trail leads to the manufacturer.

Friday, February 12 at 9 pm.

Africa’s Great Civilizations: Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations

Africa’s Great Civilizations
Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations
Gates explores the dynamism of 19th-century Africa and the “scramble” for its riches.

Saturday, February 13 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 2/15 at 3 pm ET.

America from the Ground Up: New Spain

America from the Ground Up
New Spain
From the conquistador's quest for mythical cities of gold to the Pueblo Revolt that almost ended their American experiment, to the Spanish missions and presidios of Texas and the Southwest, Monty is on an expedition to uncover the archaeological history of Spanish colonial America.

Saturday, February 13 at 10 pm ET. Repeats 2/14 at 2:30 pm ET.

February 14-20

Second Opinion with Joan Lunden

Second Opinion with Joan Lunden
A national initiative to promote health literacy and empower viewers to take charge of their healthcare.

Sundays at 11:30 am ET, begins February 14.

Romantic Evening with Jackie Allen

Romantic Evening with Jackie Allen
Jazz singer Jackie Allen backed by her national all-star quintet perform a concert featuring romantic loves songs from The Great American Song Book.

Sunday, February 14 at 3:30 pm ET.

Community First: A Home for The Homeless

Community First
A Home for The Homeless
A unique and innovative new model for transforming the lives of homeless people through the power of community.

Sunday, February 14 at 7 pm ET. .

Miss Scarlet and the Duke: Cell 99

Miss Scarlet and the Duke
Cell 99
Searching for the secret to her father’s fate, Eliza goes to an abandoned prison. When the Duke joins her, they stumble on a nefarious criminal enterprise.

Sunday, February 14 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 2/15 at Midnight ET.

All Creatures Great and Small: Ep. 6

All Creatures Great and Small
Ep. 6
Defying Siegfried, Tristan coaxes James to try a risky procedure to save a stricken cow. Then James gets a shock from Helen.

Sunday, February 14 at 9 pm ET.

The Long Song on Masterpiece:Ep. 3

The Long Song on Masterpiece
Ep. 3
Facing labor unrest and financial ruin for the plantation, Robert's sanity starts to unravel, with devastating effects on July. Years later, she makes a remarkable discovery.

Sunday, February 14 at 10 pm ET. .

American Experience: Voice of Freedom

American Experience
Voice of Freedom
Voice of Freedom interweaves Marian Anderson’s rich life story with this landmark moment in history, exploring fundamental questions about talent, race, fame, democracy, and the American soul.

Monday, February 15 at 9 pm, Repeats 2/27 at 8 pm as part of Festival! 2021.

The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song: Part 1

The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song
Part 1
Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of African American religion.

Tuesday, February 16 at 9 pm, Part 2 airs 2/17 at 9 pm, Repeats 2/28 at 5:30 pm as part of Festival! 2021.

NOVA|Beyond the Elements: Life

NOVA|Beyond the Elements
Life
Without the chemistry of photosynthesis, ozone, and an enzyme called Rubisco, we wouldn't exist. So why do we? Discover the molecules that allowed life on Earth to begin, and ultimately thrive, and how scientists use evolution in chemistry.

Wednesday, February 17 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 2/18 at 3 pm ET.

The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our SongPart 2

The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song
Part 2
Discover how the Black church expanded to address social inequality and minister to those in need.

Tuesday, February 17 at 9 pm ET.

Europe's New Wild: The Land of the Snow and Ice

Europe's New Wild
The Land of the Snow and Ice
In Lapland, natives and conservation groups work to save an age-old reindeer migration.

Wednesday, February 17 at 10 pm ET.

Ask the Lawyers: February 21

Ask the Lawyers
February 21
Area attorneys answer phoned-in questions from viewers.

Thursday, December 17 at 8 pm ET. Thursday, February 18 at 8 pm Repeats 2/19 at 3 pm.

Driving While Black

Driving While Black
Discover the new freedoms and perils for African Americans on the road in the age of the automobile.

Friday, February 19 at 9 pm ET.

COVID Vaccine: Ask the Experts

COVID Vaccine: Ask the Experts
Get answers from the nation's experts about COVID-19 and the available vaccines.

Saturday, February 20 at 8 pm ET.

America from the Ground Up: Worlds Collide

America from the Ground Up
Worlds Collide
As the Spanish Empire collapsed around the globe, its old European rivals and an upstart America begin to tear away Spanish lands in America. Join Monty for the expedition to uncover the archaeological story of the fight for a continent.

Saturday, February 20 at 10 pm ET. Repeats 2/21 at 2:30 pm ET.

February 21-28

Waking Up to Wildfires

Waking Up to Wildfires
Following the 2017 Northern California wildfires, researchers at the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center study the short and long-term effects of fire-related exposures on physical and mental health. The program also explores the ongoing experiences of first responders, fire survivors, and mental health professionals still dealing with the aftermath of the disaster.

Sunday, February 21 at 3:30 pm ET.

Black Ballerina

Black Ballerina
The story of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, while pursuing their dreams, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity. Today, young dancers of color continue to face formidable challenges breaking into the overwhelmingly white world of ballet.

Sunday, February 21 at 7 pm ET.

Miss Scarlet and the Duke on Masterpiece: The Case of Henry Scarlet

Miss Scarlet and the Duke
The Case of Henry Scarlet
Forgery, murder and false accusation strain Eliza’s forensic skills as she gets to the bottom of her father’s death, aided by the Duke and her underworld friend Moses.

Sunday, February 21 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 2/22 at Midnight ET.

All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece: Ep. 7

All Creatures Great and Small
Ep. 7
Siegfried hosts a Christmas Eve party, with an even bigger event to follow the next day. Helen accompanies James on an emergency house call.

Sunday, February 21 at 9 pm ET.

Independent Lens: Mr. SOUL!

Independent Lens
Mr. SOUL!
Celebrate SOUL!, the public television variety show that shared Black culture with the nation.

Monday, February 22 at 10 pm ET.

Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin: The Story of March

Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin The Story of March
In a stirring, one-night-only stage presentation, civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis and his co-author Andrew Aydin discuss March, their graphic novel trilogy based on Congressman Lewis' life as a civil rights leader.

Tuesday, February 23 at 1 am ET.

The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song Part 2

The Black ChurchThis is Our Story, This is Our Song
Part 2
Discover how the Black church expanded to address social inequality and minister to those in need.

Tuesday, February 23 at 9 pm ET.

Nature "The Mighty Weasel"

Nature
The Mighty Weasel
Discover the truth about the infamous weasel family. Do these critters deserve their bad reputation?

Wednesday, February 24 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA: Mars 2020 

NOVA Looking for Life on Mars
NASA launches its most ambitious search yet for traces of ancient life on Mars.

Wednesday, February 24 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 2/25 at 3 pm ET.

Europe's New Wild: Europe's Amazon

Europe's New Wild
Europe's Amazon
See how the precious habitats of the Danube Delta depend on a healthy river to continue growing.

Wednesday, February 24 at 10 pm ET.

Ask the Doctors: Women's Health

Ask the Doctors
Women's Health
Area physicians answer questions on women's health called in by viewers.

Thursday, February 25 at 8 pm. Repeats 2/26 at 3 pm.

Sirkka: Past & Present

Sirkka: Past & Present
A veteran of the Women’s Army Corps, of the Finnish-American stage and press, and of numerous progressive and liberal causes, Sirkka’s vivid recollections captivate viewers as she recollects the decades. Part of the Beaumier Doc. Series.

Friday, February 26 at 9 pm ET.

The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song

The Black ChurchThis is Our Story, This is Our Song
Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of African American religion. Part of Festival! 2021.

Sunday, February 28 at 5:30 pm ET.

Anatomy '59: The Making of a Classic Motion Picture

Anatomy '59
The Making of a Classic Motion Picture
Detailing the story behind the 1959 Marquette County, Michigan on-location filming of Otto Preminger’s classic courtroom drama, Anatomy of a Murder. Part of Festival! 2021.

Sunday, February 28 at 8:30 pm ET.

This Land is Your Land (My Music)

This Land is Your Land (My Music)
Take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village. The Smothers Brothers and Judy Collins host. Part of Festival! 2021.

Sunday, February 28 at 10 pm ET.