This Month At A Glance
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- Sherlock, Season 3 - "His Last Vow" - Sunday, February 2, 10pm
- Antiques Roadshow - Mondays, 8pm and Thursdays, 10pm
- POV - February 3 10 PM, February 7, 10:30pm
- NOVA - Wednesdays, 9pm
- Super Skyscrapers - Wednesdays, February 5-26, 10pm
- American Masters - "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" - Friday, February 7, 9pm
- Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall of Jack Johnson - Monday, February 10, 10pm
- Billy The Kid: American Experience - Tuesday, February 11, 8pm
- Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience - Tuesday, February 11, 9pm
- Grand Coulee Dam: American Experience - Tuesday, February 18, 8pm
- The Rise And Fall Of Penn station: American Experience - Tuesday, February 18, 9pm
- Triangle Fire: American Experience - Tuesday, February 25, 8pm
- The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
- Murder On The Home Front - Sunday, February 16, 10pm
- Nature - "Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem" - February 19, 8pm
- Great Performances - Fridays, 9pm
- The March - Monday, February 24, 10pm
- Jazz And The Philharmonic - Friday, February 28, 9pm
Sherlock, Season 3 - "His Last Vow"
To Sherlock Holmes, Charles Augustus Magnussen is the Napoleon of blackmail - and the one man he truly hates.
Anqitues Roadshow is revving up in Motor City as host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Noel Barrett head to the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum to explore model cars made by Hudson Car Company. Highlights include Marvin Gaye's 1964 passport, purchased for 50¢ at an estate sale, and a signed photo album of President Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet and Senate.
American Promise spans 13 years as two middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, New York, turn their cameras on their son and his best friend, who make their way through Manhattan's Dalton School, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. This provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.
"Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special"
The first-ever animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. The special features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project, when everyday people sit down together to share memories and tackle life's important questions.
"Roman Catacomb Mystery"
Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the catacombs - a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long - a cemetery for the citizens of ancient Rome. In 2002, maintenance workers stumbled through an opening in one of the tunnel walls and discovered a previously unknown complex of six small rooms, each stacked floor to ceiling with skeletons. It was a mass grave, locked away for nearly 2,000 years.
"Great Cathedral Mystery"
The dome that crowns Florence's great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - the Duomo - is a masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as an average cruise ship.
"One World Trade Center"
One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the western hemisphere and a famous modern landmark, is engineered to be the safest and strongest skyscraper ever built. This episode follows the final year of exterior construction, culminating with the milestone of reaching the symbolic height of 1,776 feet. This is a construction job suffused with the history of the site and a sense of duty to rebuild from the ashes of Ground Zero.
"The Vertical City"
Shanghai Tower isn't just a skyscraper - it's a vertical city, a collection of businesses, services and hotels all in one place, fitting a population the size of Monaco into a footprint the size of a football field. Within its walls, residents can literally work, rest, play and relax in public parks, looking up through 12 stories of clear space. Not just one, however, but eight of them, stacked on top of each other, all the way to the 120th floor.
"The Billionaire Building"
Upon completion, One57, on Manhattan's 57th Street, will rise more than 1,000 feet, making it the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere and boasting spectacular views of Central Park. Condominiums at One57 showcase state-of-the-art interiors - double-height ceilings, full-floor apartments, bathrooms clad in the finest Italian marble and the finest material finishes.
American Masters - "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth"
Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer/activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, she came of age during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th-century America. Her mother, poverty and participation in the civil rights movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall of Jack Johnson
This film by Ken Burns chronicles the life and career of boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion and one of the greatest fighters of the 20th century. Johnson ultimately lost his title in a bout in Cuba in 1915, after fleeing the United States following his federal conviction for allegedly violating the Mann Act.
Billy The Kid: American Experience
On April 28, 1881, 21-year-old Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, just days from being hanged for murder, outfoxed his jailors and electrified the nation with the latest in a long line of daring escapes. Just a few weeks later, the notorious young outlaw was gunned down by an ambitious sheriff. The Kid was soon mythologized by a never-ending stream of dime-store romances and later, big-screen dramas.
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience
Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits - robbing banks and trains in the West and then seemingly vanishing into thin air - became national news and the basis of rumors and myth.
Grand Coulee Dam: American Experience
Grand Coulee played a central role in transforming the Northwest; it was the largest hydroelectric power producing facility in the world when it was completed in March 1941. After WWII, an irrigation project made possible by the dam helped turn the deserts of central Washington into rich farmland. But the dam prevented access to one of the greatest salmon rivers in the world.
The Rise And Fall Of Penn station: American Experience
One of the greatest architectural and engineering achievements of its time, New York's Pennsylvania Station opened to the public in 1910. Designed by renowned architect Charles McKim, the station was a massive civil engineering project, covering nearly eight acres and requiring the construction of 16 miles of underground tunnels.
Triangle Fire: American Experience
On March 25, 1911, a fire ripped through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York's Greenwich Village. Terrified workers tried to make their way downstairs, but the factory owners kept the doors on the ninth floor locked, and the inadequate fire escape soon crumpled. Hundreds of horrified on-lookers watched as young men and women jumped from the windows. By the time the fire burned out, 146 people were dead.
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
On Sunday, February 16, The Black Atlantic (1500-1800), The Age of Slavery (1800 -1860), and Into the Fire (1861-1896)
On February 23 Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940), Rise! (1940-1968), and A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)
Murder On The Home Front
When young women are found murdered amid the chaos of the London Blitz of World War II, brilliant Home Office Pathologist Dr. Lennox Collins, on his first murder case, and his newly recruited assistant Molly Cooper clash with the police over just who the main suspect is.
Nature - "Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem"
"Honey badger is bad ass." Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation, with 51 million hits. This "thug of the savannah" is one the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions and snakes.
Sting: The Last Ship
Rock ‘n' roll Renaissance man Sting has embarked on a new venture, The Last Ship, a musical play for which he has written original music and lyrics. Exploring a range of universal themes, The Last Ship dramatizes the impact of the demise of the ship-building industry in Sting's home town of Wallsend, England.
Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring "I Have a Dream" speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. The film reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the memories of key players such as Jack O'Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young.
Jazz And The Philharmonic
Jazz And The Philharmonic is a unique, generational and wholly American concert experience that highlights two of the greatest musical art forms the world has ever seen, classical and jazz. With performances by artists such as Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Terence Blanchard and Elizabeth Joy Roe, this special emphasizes the works of legendary past composers such as Bach and Mozart with these contemporary artists.