Highlights February 20 to February 26
Posted on Feb 17, 2023
Monday, February 20
Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner (1868-1967). The program charts Garner's extraordinary life, from his humble roots in Blossom Prairie, Texas, to his 38-year tenure on Capitol Hill where he wielded power as Speaker of the House during the darkest days of the Great Depression. Garner ran as a presidential candidate at the 1932 Democratic Convention and twice served as vice president to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Cactus Jack offers insights into this brazen political dealmaker who helped reshape the Democratic Party and push through New Deal legislation. Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill opens new chapters in U.S. history-and provides vital clues to the way our nation does business today. Cactus Jack: Lone Star On Capitol Hill at 4:00 pm.
Visit Music City for astonishing finds including a Civil War Union soldier archive, Disneyland railroad hat badges, ca. 1957, and an art deco diamond, sapphire & pearl necklace, ca. 1925. One find is $75,000 to $85,000! Antiques Roadshow Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, Hour 2 at 7:00 pm.
Journey to Palm Springs for vintage and antique finds such as a 1965 Noah Purifoy sculpture, Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker coat, ca. 1970, and a Franz Bergman foundry Vienna bronze lamp from around 1920.Can you guess which is valued at $125,000? Antiques Roadshow Palm Springs, Hour One at 8:00 pm.
Discover the fascinating and unexpected history behind America's favorite board game. Part detective story and part pop culture commentary, the film explores what makes this game - a celebration of unbridled capitalism - such an enduring favorite. American Experience Ruthless: Monopoly's Secret History at 9:00 pm.
DOUBLE DUMMY is the unexpected and thrilling look at the fiercely competitive game of bridge. The film follows the USA 1 Under 21 team as they battle it out at the World Youth Team Championships. DOUBLE DUMMY bridges the generation gap and explores the game of bridge and its growing popularity with younger generations. Move over Great British Baking Show, there are new kids in town! Double Dummy at 10:00 pm.
Tuesday, February 21
Henry Louis Gates reveals the unexpected family trees of activist Angela Y. Davis and statesman Jeh Johnson, using DNA and long-lost records to redefine notions of the black experience-and challenge preconceptions of America's past. Finding Your Roots And Still I Rise at 7:00 pm.
Experience the 1990s during the Clinton years and the unstoppable rise in popularity of Hip Hop, which becomes a force that is attacked by all sides of the political establishment. Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World Culture Wars at 8:00 pm.
Follow the evolution of Hip Hop as its artists turn into multimillionaires and successful entrepreneurs. As a cultural phenomenon, Hip Hop continues to change history and is adopted as the voice of protest around the world. Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World Still Fighting at 9:00 pm.
"Hyphy" was a musical movement that emerged from the streets of Oakland, California in the '90s and encouraged kids to "go dumb" -- to stop thinking, have fun, and dance instead of get violent. WE WERE HYPHY explores this movement through interviews with the charismatic artists behind the music and also looks at the dances, fashions, and culture spawned by their genius. The film traces the movement's influence on a variety of artists, from legendary figures such as Keak da Sneak, Mac Dre, and Mistah FAB to modern-day artists such as Kamaiyah, G-Eazy and Rafael Casal. A love letter to Hyphy, the film also details the highs and lows of the movement and its enduring place in the hip-hop pantheon. We Were Hyphy at 10:00 pm.
Wednesday, February 22
Join the researchers making ground-breaking discoveries and going to extraordinary lengths to save wild canids around the world, from endangered wolves to injured African wild dogs. Dogs in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries Defending Wild Dogs at 7:00 pm.
In July 2022, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope released its first images, looking further back in time than ever before to show our universe in stunningly beautiful detail. Within hours of the images' release, NOVA's Ultimate Space Telescope told the dramatic story of the decades-long development, exciting launch, and successful deployment of the most ambitious telescope ever made. But that was just the beginning: With tons of new data and spectacular images flooding in, Part II follows scientists as they peer deep in time to answer some of astronomy's biggest questions. How did the first stars and galaxies form? What role did supermassive black holes and dark matter play? And can we see the fingerprints of life in the atmospheres of distant exoplanets? Nova New Eye on the Universe at 8:00 pm.
Join a team of archaeologists as they examine one of the most significant Viking graves ever found and test the DNA of the remains of the female warrior buried inside, rewriting our understanding of Viking society. Secrets of the Dead Viking Warrior Queen at 9:00 pm.
One of modern rock’s premier bands, Spoon performs songs from their Grammy-nominated album Lucifer On the Sofa alongside fan favorites. Austin City Limits Spoon at 10:00 pm.
Thursday, February 23
Using tools provided by the Opportunity Coaches, families continue with meetings, homework, and fulfilling the goals they set out to achieve while moving forward with their financial independence. Opportunity Knock$ $eeing Is Believing at 7:00 pm.
Kelly Corrigan speaks with poet and educator Mahogany L. Browne to learn more about the power of poetry and the importance of listening to younger generations. Mahogany speaks to the various ways in which her work aims to address both personal and broader societal issues of race, sexism, and systemic oppression. Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan Mahogany L. Browne at 7:30 pm.
The viewer's told Chet to trip to Wichita Falls and he isn't disappointed. He climbs the "World's Littlest Skyscraper," mountain bikes the urban trails, and eats some "red tacos" washed down with a "red draw." The Daytripper Wichita Falls, TX at 8:00 pm.
The fizz goes out of a sparkling wine launch when the glasses are laced with poison. Who is targeting the Midsomer Vinae Winery and what does the attack have to do with the death of a child in a hit-and-run accident? Guest star Claire Bloom (Doc Martin; Limelight) Last appearance of Tamzin Malleson as resident pathologist Dr. Kate Wilding. Midsomer Murders A Vintage Murder, 1 & 2 at 8:29 pm.
Retrace the beloved author's footsteps to see the real places that inspired her literary universe. Learn how Christie drew on her surroundings throughout her life, immortalizing the people and locations she encountered in her extraordinary work. Agatha Christie's England at 10:01 pm.
Friday, February 24
In RICK STEVES ISLAND HOPPING EUROPE, join Rick on a tour of four of Europe's most intriguing and surprising islands: Malta, Capri, Orkney, and Skye. This untraditional island-hopping adventure skips the hot sun and tiki drinks, but comes with remote beaches, Crusader castles, pre-historic wonders, windswept slopes, and salty traditional island lifestyles. Rick Steves Island Hopping Europe at 7:30 pm.
Glimpse behind the curtain at opera legends Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman's famed concert at Carnegie Hall on March 18, 1990, featuring performance clips and new interviews with opera star Angel Blue, Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb and more. Great Performances The Magic of Spirituals at 8:00 pm.
Recorded on his 1994-1995 world tour, ALWAYS AND FOREVER: AN EVENING OF SONGS AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL features the legendary Luther Vandross at his most smooth and sensuous, performing his greatest hits and favorite covers. Songs include "Never Too Much," "Stop to Love," "Here and Now," "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now," and "Give Me the Reason." Luther Vandross - Always and Forever: An Evening Of Songs at Royal Albert Hall at 9:30 pm.
One of modern rock’s premier bands, Spoon performs songs from their Grammy-nominated album Lucifer On the Sofa alongside fan favorites. Austin City Limits Spoon at 11:00 pm.
Saturday, February 25
Travel through Italy to meet some of the remarkable artisans who still make exceptional items by hand - from glass blowers and ceramicists to olive oil makers and cashmere weavers - all of whom exhibit talent, dedication and love for their art. Italy Made with Love at 11:00 am.
With permission from Queen Elizabeth, this program covers a year in Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and the natural history of this remarkable hidden royal treasure in the heart of London. The Queen’s Garden at 12:30 pm.
Few things in the world make us feel more confident and alive than good posture. Join Miranda Esmonde-White for AGING BACKWARDS 4: THE MIRACLE OF FLEXIBILITY, where viewers learn how simply incorporating gentle flexibility and range of motion exercises can improve posture and help reverse the signs of aging, improve organ health, and increase energy. Aging Backwards 4: The Miracle of Flexibility at 2:00 pm.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of "Rocky Mountain High," the iconic title track from Denver's 1972 album, the John Denver estate is partnering with Sony Legacy to digitize the concert special John Denver's Rocky Mountain High. Filmed in 1974 at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater, the concert features Denver performing in his prime at this stunning outdoor venue. One of the world's best-known and best-loved artists, Denver earned international acclaim as a songwriter, performer, actor, environmentalist and humanitarian. Denver's career spanned four decades, and his timeless music has outlasted countless trends and garnered numerous awards and honors. Today, millions of fans old and new enjoy the work of this extraordinary performer, celebrated for songs such as "Leaving On a Jet Plane," "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Sunshine On My Shoulders, " "Annie's Song," "Rocky Mountain High'' and many more. John Denver's Rocky Mountain High at 5:00 pm.
The eighth annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame salutes Texas music pioneer Joe Ely. Guests include famed Texas songwriting legends Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore along with all-stars Rodney Crowell, Marcia Ball and Lloyd Maines. ACL 8th Annual Hall of Fame Honors Joe Ely at 7:00 pm.
Fresh off their 18-month 50th Anniversary Tour, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music - continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits, multiple GRAMMY, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band's accolades continue to accumulate. In September 2022, the band played at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, performing Bob Dylan songs that include "Forever Young," as well their groundbreaking album Will the Circle Be Unbroken, which has been inducted into the Library of Congress as well as the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - The Hits, The History & Dirt Does Dylan at 8:00 pm.
ROY ORBISON FOREVER is a celebration of the effortlessly cool, five-time Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. The program charts Orbison's career and close relationships with other musicians through interviews and archive performances, some of them never before seen in America. From the sell-out international tour with The Beatles through his collaboration with George Harrison and The Traveling Wilburys, Orbison’s captivating legacy endures. Among the songs performed are "Oh, Pretty Woman," "It's Over," "Only The Lonely," “Cryin'," "Dream Baby,” and "Blue Bayou.” Featured interviews include Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Bono, Gerry Marsden, Jeff Lynne, and Olivia Harrison as well as Barbara Orbison. Roy Orbison Forever at 9:30 pm.
Sunday, February 26
Sitting has gathered a negative reputation in recent decades. But if done skillfully, in moderation, and punctuated with well-designed exercise breaks, sitting can not only be comfortable and restful, but even therapeutic. In SECRETS TO PAIN-FREE SITTING WITH ESTHER GOKHALE,viewers learn how to heal their backs as they sit. Using Gokhale Method techniques, viewers discover how to use gentle traction to elongate their backs, and breathing to naturally massage their spines.Additionally, they learn special exercises that pair with sitting to keep them alert and burn a few calories. Rather than being scared away from "the new smoking," viewers gain a new appreciation of sitting as a natural, healthy way for work or play. Secrets to Pain-Free Sitting with Esther Gokhale at 12:00 pm.
The first part traces the life of Jesus of Nazareth, exploring the message that helped his ministry grow and the events that led to his crucifixion around 30 C.E. The film then turns to the period that followed Jesus' death, examining the rise of Christianity and concluding with the first revolt the bloody and violent siege of Jerusalem and the beginning of a rift between Christianity and Judaism. New evidence suggests that Jesus' followers, because of their diversity and the differences in their cultures and languages, looked at and interpreted Jesus and his teachings in many different ways. Frontline From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians - Pax Romana at 1:00 pm.
The second hour turns from the life of Jesusto the period that followed his death, examining the rise of Christia nity and concluding with the First Revolt -- the bloody and violent siege of Jerusalem and the beginning of a rift between Christianity and Judaism. "A Light to the Nations" explores new evidence suggesting that Jesus' followers, because of their diversity and the differences in their cultures and languages, looked at and interpreted Jesus and his teachings in many different ways. Frontline From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians - A Light to the Nations at 2:15 pm.
Two-time Grammy-winning country music superstar Reba McEntire shines in concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, singing selections from her debut gospel album "My Chains Are Gone." Reba lends her unmistakable voice to classic hymns and songs of hope and is joined on stage by the Issacs, Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson. Hosted by Bill Gaither (Classic Gospel series). Reba McEntire: My Chains Are Gone: Hymns and Gospel Favorites at 3:30 pm.
Throughout the 1950s, Elvis Presley led the rock and roll revolution in music and pop culture. In the 1960s, he concentrated mainly on his successful movie career. By 1968, it had been more than seven years since he had appeared on stage in front of a live audience. In June of 1968, Elvis taped his first television special in Burbank, California. It aired on December 3 of that same year and accomplished two things: it saved his career and showcased some of the best music of his life. Premiering on NBC, it attracted 42% of the viewing audience, was the network’s biggest ratings victory that year and the season’s top-rated show. It stands today as one of the great moments in rock music history and as a stunningly brilliant milestone in Elvis’ career. Elvis Presley: '68 Comeback Special at 5:00 pm.
Go behind-the-scenes of this thrilling MASTERPIECE mystery series with cast and crew. Featuring Kate Phillips as Victorian London's brilliant, beautiful and first female sleuth, and Stuart Martin as her friend, William "The Duke" Wellington. Miss Scarlet & The Duke: Secrets Revealed at 7:00 pm.
For the past decade, Shaun Evans and Roger Allam, the detective duo at the heart of the series Endeavour, have charmed audiences with their portrayals of the cerebral and solitary DS Morse and the older and wiser DCI Fred Thursday. After 10 phenomenally successful years, Evans, Allam and screenwriter Russell Lewis have mutually decided to bring the internationally renowned MASTERPIECE series to a close with season 9. "Endeavour has been a real labor of love for all of us, and we salute Russell Lewis for his extraordinary achievement in chronicling Endeavour Morse's coming of age across 72 hours of TV," said executive producer Damien Timmer. "Russell always knew where he wanted the series to end, and that remorseful day is nearly upon us. He has many surprises up his sleeve for the final three films, with the return of some familiar faces and new challenges for Endeavour and Thursday to face before the final goodbye." Endeavour: A Countdown to the Final Goodbye at 8:30 pm.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of "Rocky Mountain High," the iconic title track from Denver's 1972 album, the John Denver estate is partnering with Sony Legacy to digitize the concert special John Denver's Rocky Mountain High. Filmed in 1974 at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater, the concert features Denver performing in his prime at this stunning outdoor venue. One of the world's best-known and best-loved artists, Denver earned international acclaim as a songwriter, performer, actor, environmentalist and humanitarian. Denver's career spanned four decades, and his timeless music has outlasted countless trends and garnered numerous awards and honors. Today, millions of fans old and new enjoy the work of this extraordinary performer, celebrated for songs such as "Leaving On a Jet Plane," "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Sunshine On My Shoulders, " "Annie's Song," "Rocky Mountain High'' and many more. John Denver's Rocky Mountain High at 10:00 pm.