Highlights May 15 to May 21

Posted on May 12, 2023

Monday, May 15

Catch a trunkful of never-before-seen treasures from ROADSHOW's season 27 tour, like a 1791 Jane Young world map needlework, an Albert Einstein collection and Carlo Giuliano earrings & necklace, ca.1890. One treasure is up to $120,000! Antiques Roadshow Junk in the Trunk 12 at 7:00 pm.

Celebrate our 20th anniversary with treasures like a 1919 Belmont Stakes trophy, 1963 "The Avengers" comics and two Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso oil paintings. Which find is worth $200,000 to $300,000? Antiques Roadshow Spokane, Hour One at 8:00 pm.

One woman's road to heal from childhood sexual abuse evolves into the story of a family's journey through generational trauma, of discovery, loss, and bonding-at once agonizing and beautiful. Independent Lens Silent Beauty at 9:00 pm.

Susan Page is the Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. Page discusses her latest book, "The Matriarch," a biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush, one of the most storied women in American political history. Overheard with Evan Smith Susan Page, Journalist and Author at 10:30 pm.

Tuesday, May 16

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. works with Pamela Adlon and Kathryn Hahn, two guests whose family trees were obscured by scandals, to discover the truth about their ancestors. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Things We Don't Discuss at 7:00 pm.

See the world through the eyes of Nam June Paik, the father of video art and coiner of the term "electronic superhighway." Experience the acclaimed artist's creative evolution, as Academy Award nominee Steven Yeun reads from Paik's own writings. American Masters Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV at 8:00 pm.

This week on On Story, we hear from action writer Chris Fedak. Blockbuster action sequences are a fantastic spectacle to behold. However, when all hell is breaking loose on screen, what does that look like on the page? The writer of Michael Bay's 2022 film Ambulance, Chris Fedak, joins us to use the film as a case study to discuss writing compelling action that pushes the story forward. On Story On Writing Action: Ambulance with Chris Fedak at 10:00 pm.

Self-taught ramen master Masamoto Ueda and his wife Kazuko have run their Tokyo ramen shop, Bizentei, for more than forty years. Together with their customers, they have created a welcoming place of community. On the weekends, they venture together across the Japanese countryside, harvesting pears, bamboo shoots, and wild mountain yams. An intimate portrait of Japan's culture of food, community, and work, COME BACK ANYTIME features gorgeous scenery, mouth-watering dishes, and a delightful cast of regular customers. It's a heart-warming reminder of life's simplest pleasures: a delicious meal, relaxed conversations with friends, and a special place to call one's own. Come Back Anytime at 10:30 pm.

Wednesday, May 17

Journey to the enchanted Scandinavian Forest, an ancient land shrouded in myth and legend. Elusive wolves and lynx stalk this secret world, while osprey and reindeer survive the ever-changing seasons through surprising and ancient alliances. Wild Scandinavia Heartlands at 7:00 pm.

Is what you see real? Join neuroscientist Heather Berlin on a quest to understand how your brain shapes your reality, and why you can't always trust what you perceive. Learn the surprising tricks and shortcuts the brain takes to help us survive. NOVA Your Brain: Perception Deception at 8:00 pm.

The cowboy is the quintessential American fiercely independent, brave,and laconic. Examine the myths and realities of this archetype, which remains as potent as ever in the 21st century. Iconic America: Our Symbols and Stories with David Rubenstein The Cowboy at 9:00 pm.

Enjoy an intimate hour with renowned singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright. The American/Canadian performer and composer sings songs from his latest album Unfollow the Rules. Austin City Limits Rufus Wainwright at 10:00 pm.

Thursday, May 18

Kelly Corrigan speaks with Maya Shankar about identity foreclosure, the trouble of cognitive forecasting, and new beginnings. Now a cognitive scientist and podcaster, Maya grew up immersed in the world of music as a violinist, starting her career by studying at Juilliard at just nine-years-old. Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan Maya Shankar at 7:00 pm.

Travel expert Peter Greenberg explores the hidden gems of Yucatan. Plus, tips in case of an airplane evacuation. And, restaurants in the record books. The Travel Detective Hidden Gems of Yucatan at 7:30 pm.

Chet visits the South Texas wetlands to climb lighthouses, fish the bays, and eat fresh seafood. He discovers the long history of this coastal town and the many generations who've lived here. The Daytripper Port Isabel, TX at 8:00 pm.

Sikes goes on the run with Oliver as Brownlow and the police search Fagin's den. Oliver Twist at 8:30 pm.

Pip wants nothing to do with Magwitch and rushes to confront Miss Havisham. At Satis House he learns that Estella may be lost to him. Back in London Wemmick warns him that the penalty for Magwitch's return from Australia will be hanging. Now Pip must help him escape. Great Expectations Episode 3 at 9:00 pm.

Following the raid, Hector is mired in a public scandal, and the newsroom rushes to expose Cilenti's blackmail scheme and the nuclear profiteering-with help from surprising sources. As the broadcast nears, Freddie's persistence finally catches up with him. The Hour Fallout at 10:00 pm.

Friday, May 19

MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema and our lives. Through iconic film clips, interviews and archival footage, the documentary captures the history, impact, and creative process of this overlooked artform and the artists behind it. Entertaining and educational insights from legendary directors including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, John Lasseter, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola, and Ryan Coogler, amongst many, whose award-winning work with their sound collaborators have created immersive and multi-sensory audience experiences. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound at 7:30 pm.

As modern humans, we crave both connection to others and our own solitude. Artists, scholars, and other great creative thinkers explore these contrasting impulses. The Articulate Hour Together/Alone at 9:00 pm.

Enjoy an intimate hour with renowned singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright. The American/Canadian performer and composer sings songs from his latest album Unfollow the Rules. Austin City Limits Rufus Wainwright at 10:00 pm.

Saturday, May 20

For thousands of years, New Mexico's northwestern quadrant has been home to a wide variety of native peoples. The places they chose to live are a showcase of the powers of volcanoes and erosion. These natural monuments help define the territories these people have chosen and have become symbols for their homelands. Towering volcanic remnants shoot up from the earth while others record disruptive flows of lava that continue nearly to the present. Some formations defy normal human expectations. In the Americas with David Yetman The Wild and Explosive Past of Northwest New Mexico at 11:30 am.

This week on Weekends with Yankee, senior food editor Amy Traverso explores Rockland, Maine, with chef Jordan Benissan of Me Lon Togo. They start at Rockport Harbor, where Jordan shares his journey from Togo, in West Africa, to coastal Maine. Later, they source chicken from gourmet butcher shop Bleecker & Greer, and head to Me Lon Togo to cook Jordan's mother's peanut chicken stew. The day ends with a party filled with Jordan's musician friends. Heading southwest to Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, adventurer Richard Wiese meets up with former NASA astronaut Cady Coleman as well as local glass artist Josh Simpson, and also hears from Maggie North, the curator of a 50-year retrospective of Josh's work at D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Massachusetts. Finally, we make a stop in New Milford,Connecticut, where husband-and-wife team Stacy Kunstel and Michael Partenio make playful and romantic home products, from lighting accents to tables, under the brand Dunes and Duchess. We get an up-close look at their unique designs in their shop and highlight some of their signature pieces. Weekends with Yankee Made with Love in New England at 12:30 pm.

Movies allowed America to export its dreams around the world, influencing culture along the way. From the silver screen to the laptop screen, Gabe takes a journey through cinema history to find out why celluloid holds a special place in America's heart. Reconnecting Roots Hollywood: The Imagine Nation at 4:30 pm.

A coalition endeavors to save the Right Whale while allowing fishermen to save their livelihoods. Immigrant women enjoy hiking together and working on volunteer park projects. Land owners use conservation easements to ensure that original homesteads survive. This American Land Ropeless Fishing to Save Whales, Women Hikers Give Back, Preserving Original Homesteads at 6:00 pm.

Enjoy a tribute to late Texas singer/songwriters Jerry Jeff Walker and Billy Joe Shaver. Austin City Limits Texas Icons: Jerry Jeff Walker & Billy Joe Shaver at 7:00 pm.

The team join Naomi in Saint Barnabas when her best friend's father is murdered at a wedding. Meanwhile, Marlon tries to prepare for his sergeant exams but is easily distracted. Death in Paradise An Unpleasant Homecoming at 8:00 pm.

Agatha Christie's Poirot at 8:55 pm.

Pip wants nothing to do with Magwitch and rushes to confront Miss Havisham. At Satis House he learns that Estella may be lost to him. Back in London Wemmick warns him that the penalty for Magwitch's return from Australia will be hanging. Now Pip must help him escape. Great Expectations Episode 3 at 9:50 pm.

Join Lucy Worsley for an exploration of how Elizabeth I's image as a warrior queen, created by a series of myths and secrets about her victory over the Spanish Armada, shaped British national identity for centuries. Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets Elizabeth I: The Warrior Queen at 10:45 pm.

PRINCESS DIANA: WHO DO YOU THINK SHE WAS? tells the story of the Spencer family in four parts. We know how the story ends. But how did it all begin? Who was Diana before the palace, before the paparazzi? Behind the modern legend that is 'Diana, Princess of Wales' lie many other stories - in her childhood and in her family's past as Spencers. Princess Diana: Who Do You Think She Was? at 11:45 pm.

Sunday, May 21

Chloe Goshay goes to Somerset, Massachusetts, a small coastal town that has ridden the waves of our national energy policy. Once the home to the largest coal-burning power plant in New England, Somerset lost its bread and butter when the low cost of gas put the plant out of business. The town's state representative, Pat Haddad, writes a bill that brings offshore wind to Massachusetts and revitalizes her small town. Now Somerset will be home to North America's first offshore wind manufacturing plant. Empowered: Energy Heroes Winds of Change at 9:30 am.

Recently impacted by a massive wildfire, Jeff, Zack, and Dave travel to Kings Canyon National Park to see the aftermath. An unexpected rainstorm doesn't dampen the spirits of an overnight camping adventure as morning brings blue skies and a meadow-side hike into the heart of this magical place. Hidden waterfalls and a walk through the largest stand of Giant Sequoia trees in America make this a trip to remember. Outside: Beyond the Lens Kings Canyon National Park at 12:00 pm.

The small but mighty Yampa River supports many human uses, from agriculture to tap water, while remaining wild and free. What will happen to the people, economies and wildlife that have depended on this river for centuries as they face drought and must adapt to new ways of life? Wild Rivers with Tillie The Yampa River - Enough Water to Go Around? at 12:30 pm.

Tony Award nominee Robert O'Hara (Slave Play, The Public's Barbecue) brings his sharp wit and story-telling genius to Central Park's Delacorte Theater with a bold new production of Richard III starring Danai Gurira, whose many film and television credits include Treme, Avengers, The Walking Dead and Black Panther. One of Shakespeare's most indelible villains, Richard is determined to be King, using his brilliant words and dark charm to conceal his dismantling of government and justice to satisfy his lust for power as he manipulates, kidnaps or kills all who stand in his way. This masterful dive into the muddy middle between political genius and violent power grab opened Free Shakespeare in the Park's 60th Season with piercing relevancy and electrifying drama. Great Performances Richard III at 1:00 pm.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning could improve energy efficiency and allow for better prediction of electricity resources. Are the algorithms and computing power sufficient to realize these promises? Pamela Isom, Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office for the US Department of Energy, and Anima Anandkumar, Director of Machine Learning Research at NVIDIA, discuss. Energy Switch Could Artificial Intelligence Change Energy? at 6:00 pm.

Investigate why Queen Anne's powerful role in the forging of Great Britain has often been forgotten. Lucy Worsley shares the inside story of the salacious gossip about Anne's love life that helped destroy her image and legacy. Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets Queen Anne: The Mother of Great Britain at 7:00 pm.

Tom's letter to Lady Bellaston threatens to sink his prospects with Sophia. A swordfight puts him in even deeper trouble. A secret emerges. Tom Jones On Masterpiece at 8:00 pm.

How did the Black Death change Britain? Lucy Worsley examines the latest science and explores how the vast death toll affected religious beliefs, class structure, work and women. Lucy Worsley Investigates: The Black Death at 9:00 pm.

Back home, Massimo and Candela continue to look for each other, but never seem to find the right moment to talk on the phone, the fact that things go from bad to worse for both of them doesn't help: Could love really be the answer to everything? Or will the problematic lives of the two distant lovers push them over the edge? Love, Inevitably Episode 8 at 10:00 pm.