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Friday, August 29, 2014 at 9:00pm
American Masters: Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
Explore, through Lange’s granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of the influential “Migrant Mother” photographer. Never-before-seen photos and film footage, family memories and new interviews reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself. more info

Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 9:00pm
Masterpiece: Mystery!: Breathless: Part Two
A procedure goes wrong for Otto, Charlie and Jean. Richard meets an old friend. Elizabeth and Mulligan meet for a showdown. Angela and Otto have an out-of-town trip with a chaperone. Charlie has a close call. A forgotten incident keeps rearing its menacing head. more info

Monday, September 1, 2014 at 10:00pm
POV: After Tiller
This is a probing portrait of the four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas — and in the face of intense protest from abortion opponents. more info

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 8:00pm
Africa
Fly and arrow-dive with cape gannets among sharks, dolphins, whales and the great sardine run. Soar with fish eagles, flamingos, kelp gulls and vultures to see the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes. more info |

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 8:00pm
Cuban Missile Crisis - Three Men Go To War
Explore the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear holocaust. In the first major feature documentary on the subject, the film brings to life the three central characters and explores how the world’s most powerful men fell into an abyss of their own making and outlines the courage and luck it took to climb out again.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 9:00pm
NOVA: Ghosts of Machu Picchu
Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. In the years since Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, there have been countless theories about this "Lost City of the Incas," yet it remains an enigma. more info

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 10:00pm
Operation Maneater: Polar Bear
Mark Evans travels to the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay, where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities. He arrives in the town of Churchill hours after an attack has left two people seriously injured and a bear dead.

Rick Sebak

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 8:00pm
Holy Pittsburgh!
HOLY PITTSBURGH! is a celebration of many of our city’s sacred places, beautiful buildings, ethnic heritages and religious rites. This hour-long documentary takes you on a tour of some of Pittsburgh’s most memorable and unusual houses of worship. more info |

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 9:00pm
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace
View an intimate portrait of one of this generation’s most intriguing and accomplished visionaries. The program, an exploration of what constitutes beauty in the 21st century, offers a tantalizing look at the intersection of art and fashion.

Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 8:00pm
Secrets of Westminster
From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London emblems of historic British democracy. Today, this building stands as a monument to a fair and open political system, but was this always the case?

Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 9:00pm
Masterpiece: Mystery!: Breathless: Part Three
Otto and Elizabeth’s strange marriage becomes plain. Jean forms an unlikely bond with Margaret. Mulligan breaks down. A climactic series of events is kicked off by a swimsuit contest. The intertwined fates of doctors, nurses, spouses and a police inspector converge. more info

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 8:00pm
Enemy of the Reich: Noor INayat Khan Story
In August of 1943, the last surviving clandestine radio operator in Paris desperately signaled London for additional weapons and explosives for the French underground. She knew her time was limited. Within a month, she too would be taken. This is the story of a woman’s extraordinary courage, tested in the crucible of Nazi-occupied Paris.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 9:00pm
Robin Williams Remembered - A Pioneers of Television Special
Remembering Robin Williams (1951-2014). Included:an interview he gave the "Pioneers of Television" series; remarks from friends and colleagues; and clips from throughout his career.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 9:00pm
NOVA: Vaccines — Calling the Shots
Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. The new NOVA special Vaccines – Calling the Shots takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, and shed light on the risks of opting out. more info

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:00pm
Operation Maneater: Crocodile
Mark Evans travels to Namibia’s Chobe River, a place that’s known as the croc attack capital of the world. Crocodiles here are growing in size and number and so is the frequency of attacks. Each time an attack occurs, the locals kill crocs in retaliation. To find a way to keep both people and crocodiles safe, Evans joins leading croc experts Rom Whitaker and Dr. Patrick Aust to carry out a radical new experiment.

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 9:00pm
James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty
The original art star, Whistler was a caustic wit and man-about-town. For the first time, a film examines the biography of the man and the course of his career. Best known for his painting popularly called “Whistler’s Mother,” by his death, Whistler was one of the most recognized artists in Europe and is today placed in the first rank of modern painters.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11:00pm
Austin City Limits: The Head and the Heart/Gomez
Fresh and seasoned indie rock hits the Austin City Limits stage with the Head and the Heart and Gomez. Seattle’s the Head and the Heart performs tunes from its self-titled debut LP. British veterans Gomez follow with their eclectic modern rock. more info