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25th Anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera – Sunday at 5:30pm
To mark the musical’s Silver Anniversary, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh present The Phantom of the Opera
in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of London’s Royal Albert Hall. This dazzling restaging of the original production recreates the jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects of the original, set to Lloyd Webber’s haunting score with stars Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine. Both had triumphed in the London premiere of Love Never Dies
, Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera
, both earning prestigious Olivier Award nominations for their roles.
|A Company of Heroes
Easy Company, the 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, widely known as the "Screaming Eagles," remains one of the most revered combat units in U. S. military history. The Army company's legendary exploits in World War II inspired Stephen Ambrose's book, “Band of Brothers,” and the Emmy®-winning HBO miniseries of the same name. In 2009, 20 of the few remaining survivors from Easy Company shared their rarely told stories of sacrifice and courage for Marcus Brotherton's oral-history book project, “We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories From the Band of Brothers.” In A Company of Heroes
, those same veterans - along with the families of three deceased others - recount the horrors and the victories, the bonds they made, the tears and blood they shed, and the friends they lost.
Monday, May 27 at 9:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
|InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse – Judy Blume
Judy Blume holds a special place in the hearts and imaginations of many baby boomers and gen xers - thanks to her books that chronicle the excitement, angst and anxiety of growing up - be they about racism, divorce, bullying, menstruation, or even teen sex - her readers flocked to them, while at the same time causing a great deal of concern for some parents and schools. With over 80 million books sold, translated into 31 languages, Blume has also tackled the world of adult literature with such titles as 1978's "Wifey," but she will always be best known for her teen books "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," "Blubber," and "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing." On this episode of InnerVIEWS
, we chat with best-selling author Judy Blume.
Monday, May 27 at 10:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
Thursday, May 30 at 11:30 p.m. on 8.2 | Add to Outlook
|Carole King: The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House
This year's Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was given to Carole King -- the first lady of pop music songwriting -- whose career has crossed six decades. The President of the United States and Mrs. Obama welcome King and a collection of stars to celebrate with performances from Billy Joel, James Taylor, Trish Yearwood, Emili Sandé, Jesse McCartney and Carole King herself, all from the East Room of the White House.
Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
|Constitution USA with Peter Sagal: Built to Last?
In this last episode, Sagal travels to Iceland, where after the country's economic collapse, leaders decided to create a new constitution, looking to the U.S. Constitution for inspiration. This prompts Sagal to consider why our own founding document has lasted more than 225 years. He looks at the systems that have kept the Constitution healthy - amendments, judicial interpretation, checks and balances - and also at the political forces that threaten to undermine the framers' vision: excessive partisanship leading to gridlock, money in politics and gerrymandering.
Tuesday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
|Independent Lens – Detropia
Detroit was the birthplace of the middle-class; a great city that came with the guarantee of the American dream. Today, the Motor City is suffering from a bad case of post-industrialism. Hit with the deadly combination of myopic executives, corrupt politicians, severe racial tensions and a lack of innovation, Detroit now stands as a shell of its former self. And according to an increasingly loud chorus in the media, Detroit is "dead." But look a little closer and find that Detroit just may be the ultimate incubator for fresh ideas -- a Petri dish of creativity borne out of frustration and unwillingness to give up. With quintessential American pluck and grit, this city just may rise from the ashes thanks to a dynamic cluster of innovators, entrepreneurs and proud, self-proclaimed "hustlers."
Tuesday, May 28 at 10:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
|NOVA – Manhunt: Boston Bombers
At 2:50pm on April 15, two bomb blasts turned the Boston Marathon finish line from a scene of triumph to tragedy, leaving three dead, hundreds injured and a city gripped by heartbreak and terror. Less than five days later, the key suspects were identified and apprehended with one dead, the other in custody. How did investigators transform the chaos of the bombing into a coherent trail of clues, pointing to the accused killers? NOVA
follows the manhunt step by step, examining the role modern technology -- combined with old-fashioned detective work -- played in cracking the case. With the help of top criminal investigators and anti-terrorism experts, NOVA
explores which technological innovations worked -- and which didn't -- in the most notorious case of today, and how the world of crime fighting could be transformed tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. on 8.2 | Add to Outlook
|NOVA – Oklahoma’s Deadliest Tornadoes
On May 20, 2013, a ferocious F5 tornado over a mile wide tore through Moore, Oklahoma, inflicting 24 deaths and obliterating entire neighborhoods. It was the third time an exceptionally violent tornado had struck the city in 14 years. Yet predicting when and where these killer storms will hit still poses a huge challenge. Why was 2011--the worst ever recorded tornado season that left 158 dead in Joplin, Missouri--followed by the quietest ever year of activity prior to the Moore disaster? Can improved radar and warning technology explain why so many fewer died in Moore than in Joplin? And will tornadoes get worse as Earth's climate heats up? In this NOVA
special, we meet scientists in the front ranks of the battle to understand these extreme weather events. We also meet storm survivors whose lives have been upended, and learn how we can protect ourselves and our communities for the uncertain future.
Wednesday, May 29 at 9:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
|NOVA – Hunt for the Supertwister
A powerful tornado is a terrifying phenomenon that continues to defy decades of scientific efforts to predict it. During one of the worst tornado seasons on record, a NOVA
camera team chased across the Midwest, capturing hair-raising footage of highly destructive twisters in action. But this program is much more than just another "extreme weather" show. Our story focuses on the efforts of two scientists at the University of Oklahoma to develop radically different approaches to forecasting twisters: one relies on "virtual tornados" created inside supercomputers, while the other involves hunting down real-life storms to collect data firsthand.
Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
|Arts InSight – Eye of the Artist
Did the Impressionists paint the way they did because they were brilliant, or because they couldn't see properly? Eye surgeon Dr. Richard Fish examines the work of Monet, Degas and others to see what role eye disease may have played in certain works of art.
Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
Friday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m. on 8.2 | Add to Outlook
Friday, May 31 at 9:30 p.m. on 8.2 | Add to Outlook
|Antiques Roadshow – Seattle, Hour 3
Host Mark L. Walberg discusses Northwest Coast Indian masks with appraiser Ted Trotta at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Seattle becomes the city that sparkles with the discovery of a late-16th-century diamond and enamel jewel. Other notable finds include a moose, elk and buffalo hide chair; an 1880s Crazy Quilt; and a white Steiff clown bear worth $2,500-$3,200.
Thursday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
|Ellen DeGeneres – The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize
Ellen's comic voice has made audiences laugh from day one. This special celebrates the work of Ellen DeGeneres, the 15th recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Friday, May 31 at 9:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 p.m. on 8.2 | Add to Outlook
|America in Primetime: Independent Woman
Witness the transformation of women from model housewives to complex and sometimes controversial, characters. Interviews include Roseanne Barr ("Roseanne"); Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown"); Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives"), Robert and Michelle King and Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"); James L. Brooks and Mary Tyler Moore ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show"); Shonda Rhimes and Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy"); and Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem ("Nurse Jackie") among others.
Friday, May 31 at 10:30 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
|Reverse Arthritis & Pain Naturally
Arthritis and other painful conditions affect millions of people worldwide and the rates of these conditions are increasing every day. These conditions can have extremely debilitating effects on those afflicted as well as their family, friends and co-workers. Countless surgeries are performed and endless prescriptions are written each day to treat those suffering from arthritis and pain often with terrible side effects and a limited, if any therapeutic action. However, there are proven natural approaches that can dramatically help people suffering from arthritis and pain. Join Gary Null Ph.D. and the world's leading integrative medical doctors and psychologists to learn powerful strategies to overcome arthritis and pain naturally.
Saturday, June 1 at 9:00 a.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
Monday, June 3 at 10:30 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
|3 Steps to Incredible Health with Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman directly addresses the crisis of obesity and chronic disease plaguing America. Over 65% of Americans are overweight or obese - and that number is growing just like our waistlines! Dr. Fuhrman's revolutionary health plan is not about will power, it is about knowledge. 3 Steps to Incredible Health!
offers a healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding weight quickly and reclaiming the vitality and good health we all deserve.
Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
Sunday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m. on 8.2 | Add to Outlook
|Active with Arthritis with Vijay Vad, M.D.
Dr. Vijay Vad provides up-to-date, state-of-the-art information on treatments and regimens that are proven to improve daily life for anyone suffering with osteoarthritis with emphasis on the common locations of osteoarthritis: knee and hip pain. Physical therapies; diet; supplements; injectables and surgical interventions will be explained, along with the promising future of arthritis therapies.
Saturday, June 1 at 2:30 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
Sunday, June 2 at 9:00 p.m. on 8.2 | Add to Outlook
|Daniel O’Donnell – Live from the Heartland
Beloved Irish crooner, Daniel O'Donnell returns to PBS with his melodic voice performing live in the Hawkeye state. Daniel exudes the same passion and unique sense of humor that has been fascinating audiences for years in this new concert special "Daniel O'Donnell from the Heartland." Daniel mixes it up a bit this time around by sharing several seldom-seen recordings like "Distant Drums, " "Farside Banks of Jordan" and paying tribute to some of the greatest artists of all time with Loretta Lynn's "Standing Room Only" and Andy Williams' "Moon River." Daniel's renditions of these country and pop hits are sure to bring joy and nostalgia to viewers at home. Of course Daniel doesn't forget about his fan favorites as he opens the show with the uplifting "Stand Beside Me" and closes with the quintessentially beloved song "Rivers of Babylon." His dancing on stage is contagious to viewers who will be noticing their toes spontaneously tapping to the beat.
Saturday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. on 8.2 | Add to Outlook
|A Younger You with Dr. Howard Murad
Dr. Howard Murad, an international authority on health and wellness, explains how to slow down and even reverse the aging process with a new system called Inclusive Health. A Younger You
is based on his experience with over 50,000 patients. Dr. Murad a board-certified dermatologist, a trained pharmacist, associate clinical professor of medicine at UCLA, and best-selling author of five anti-aging books. He runs the world-renowned Murad Inclusive Medical Group in Los Angeles. He says restoring our cellular water is like drinking from a scientifically-supported fountain of youth that reconnects us with the time when we had more energy, slept better, didn't think twice about our age and were happy about how we looked. Dr. Murad says achieving all of this is easier than we might think and he says we're never too old to begin our journey to A Younger You
Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
|Great Performances – Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall
In celebration of its blockbuster 25th anniversary year, Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh presented The Phantom of the Opera
in a fully-staged, lavish production, set in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of London's Royal Albert Hall. Starring Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom, Sierra Boggess as his protégé Christine Daae, and Hadley Fraser as Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, the romantic trio is backed by a complete cast and orchestra of more than 200, as well as surprise special guest appearances. Regarded by many as Lloyd Webber's masterpiece, The Phantom of the Opera first opened in 1986 at Her Majesty's Theatre, and is based on the French novel “Le Fantome de l'Opera”. Worldwide the show has grossed over $5.6 billion, with box office revenues higher than any film or stage play in history, including Titanic
and Star Wars
. It has been produced in 145 cities in 27 countries and played to more than 130 million people. The show has won more than 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys and three Olivier Awards in the West End. It is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas, and Kyoto. In 2006, it became Broadway's longest running show ever.
Sunday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. on 8.2 | Add to Outlook
|70s & 80s Soul Rewind
This new special is a follow up to two popular programs – 70s Soul Superstars with Patti LaBelle
and Aretha Franklin presents: Soul Rewind
. This latest special, 70s & 80s Soul Rewind
, presents more classic soul, R&B and dance from the 1970s and early 1980s. The program captures the smooth, sexy and sophisticated sounds of the greatest groups and solo performers from the MY MUSIC
and other worldwide archives.
Sunday, June 2 at 9:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
Friday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. on 8.2 | Add to Outlook
|Il Volo: We Are Love
The three, young Italian tenors, Piero Barone (19), Ignazio Boschetto(18) and Gianluca Ginoble (17) of Il Volo return with their second PBS special, Il Volo We Are Love
, set to film at The Fillmore Theatre in Miami, Florida. We Are Love
also allows Il Volo to show off their multilingual prowess, as they sing in English, Spanish, French and Italian. Il Volo and album producer, Humberto Gatica again turned to Diane Warren for the album's lead track "Questo Amore." Besides being the perfect vocal opener, it's a fresh Italian take on Warren's huge hit for Aerosmith, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing." Warren also supplied the exquisitely sensitive English song "I Bring You To My Senses." We Are Love
also features a film song in "Historia De Un Amor" by Panamanian songwriter Carlos Eleta Almaran. The song has been performed by many international artists including Nana Mouskouri and Cesaria Evora, and it was featured in the 1956 Mexican movie of the same name.
Monday, June 3 at 9:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook
Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. on 8.1 | Add to Outlook