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Friday, May 6, 2016 at 9:00pm
Jazz: Dedicated to Chaos (1940-1945)

Dedicated to Chaos” (Part 7 of 10) covers the years 1940-45, when Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie burst onto the jazz scene with their “new way of playing.” Meanwhile, Duke Ellington had found a new collaborator, Billy Strayhorn. And swing endured; its hits, says narrator Keith David, became “the anthems of wartime America.” And around the world? “Jazz,” says Dave Brubeck, “is accepted as the music of freedom.”

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Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 8:00pm
Call the Midwife

A woman decides not to report a rape; a mother conceals her daughter's pregnancy; and Shelagh and Timothy secretly organize a long-overdue family camping holiday.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 9:00pm
NOVA: Bombing Hitler's Supergun

A Nazi plan in 1943 to shell London using "superguns" housed in an underground complex in northern France is recalled. Also: the Allied raids that destroyed the seemingly impregnable complex, one of which was led by Joseph Kennedy Jr. (1915-44).

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 9:00pm
Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

Kevin Spacey narrates this insightful profile of Johnny Carson (1925-2005), whose cool charm, quick wit and masterful timing made him the king of late-night TV during his 30-year "Tonight Show" run. The biography features a wealth of "Tonight Show" clips. Also: remarks by family, friends and colleagues, including second wife Joanne; Ed McMahon; Doc Severinsen; Mel Brooks; Ellen DeGeneres; Angie Dickinson; Jay Leno; David Letterman; Bob Newhart; Don Rickles; Joan Rivers; and Garry Shandling.

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