Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation
Wednesdays, October 2 & 9 at 7 pm
This series is a breathtaking voyage with the world’s birds, soaring across six continents, witnessing spectacular animal migrations and great natural wonders, swooping down to interact with life-and-death dramas on land and at sea. It employs state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated camera techniques to show the world from the amazing aerial perspective of a bird’s-eye view. The last two episodes take you to Asia and Australia and give you the behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made.
Vamos al Balle Tuesday, October 8 at 7 pm
A stellar lineup of Mexican-American musicians take the stage in front of a live audience. Enjoy performances by award winning artists Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guests. Interspersed with interviews, Vamos al Baile (Let’s go to the Dance) captures the different styles of Mexican-American music and the family atmosphere of the dance halls in which they are performed.
The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross(six-part series) Tuesdays, beginning October 22 at 7pm (series repeats Sundays at 2:30pm)
This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events right up to present day — when America has a black President, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. It explores the origins of the people from Africa whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have developed against unimaginable odds. All of these elements define black culture and society in its extraordinarily rich and compelling diversity from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the White House. Hosted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and drawing on some of America’s top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, the series guides viewers on a journey across 500 years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American. This six-part series concludes on November 26th.
SESAME STREET will kick off its 44th season beginning September 16 at 7am daily.
The new season will launch with a funny new segment, “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures.” In each five-minute segment of “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” children will learn many strategies and activities that promote the self-regulation curriculum. Additionally, Sesame Street viewers will get to watch the new Latino neighbor, “Armando,” played by actor Ismael Cruz Córdova. Other season highlights include new original songs and street stories; new “Elmo the Musical” segments; new animations and, as always, new hilarious spoofs and celebrity appearances!
We’re adding a new meaning to Labor Day for preschoolers: Neighbor Day. In what we hope will become an annual event, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD will present “Neighbor Day,” a premiere episode, on Monday, September 2 at 10am. In this full half-hour special episode, Daniel learns how good it feels to be neighborly – and that one kind act can lead to many more.
A new game, “Tea Party,” is now available online. In this new game, children help Daniel set up and play tea party with his friends. The game helps kids practice important skills, such as taking turns and thinking about the needs of others.
Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation
Wednesdays at 7 pm, starting September 4
This series is a breathtaking voyage with the world’s birds, soaring across six continents, witnessing spectacular animal migrations and great natural wonders, swooping down to interact with life-and-death dramas on land and at sea. It employs state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated camera techniques to show the world from the amazing aerial perspective of a bird’s-eye view. This six-part series concludes on October 9th.
Latino Americans(3-part, six-hour series) Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 pm
starting September 17 – October 1 (Series repeats on Sundays at 1:30 pm) Latino Americans is an epic history series narrated by Benjamin Bratt that chronicles the lives and experiences of Latinos in the United States from 1500 to the 21st century. Through its people, politics and culture, Latino Americans tells the story of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today. The series utilizes the accounts of historical figures and events as well as present-day interviews with nearly 100 Latinos—from best-selling authors, entrepreneurs and pop cultural celebrities to political leaders and everyday people, as well as historians and other experts.
NOVA #3913 “Secrets of the Viking Sword”
Wednesday, September 25 at 8 pm (encore presentation) The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting-edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the mystery of the Viking sword.
NATURE “Outback Pelicans”
Wednesday, August 14 at 7 pm repeats: Thursday, August 15 at 3 am; Friday, August 16 at 3 am; Sunday, August 18 at 2 am.
The Australian outback is the driest place on the driest inhabited continent on the planet. It is a place you might expect to see kangaroos but certainly not waterbirds. Yet once every 10 years, rains flood into dried-up river beds and head inland to create the largest lake in Australia, and 100,000 pelicans — a third of all the pelicans in Australia — arrive for the event. Leaving their homes on coasts and harbors, they come to feed on fish washed in on the floods and on billions of brine shrimp and other crustaceans which hatch and grow to adulthood in a few days in water twice as salty as the Dead Sea. The pelicans have come home to court and raise as many families as possible before the water and the food disappear once more.
NOVA “Making Stuff Cleaner”
Wednesday, August 28 at 8 pm repeats: Thursday, August 29 at 1 & 4 am; Friday, August 30 at 3 am; Sunday, September 1 at 3 am & 4 pm. Host David Pogue is on a quest to clean up, using new green materials to build and power the devices of the future. Batteries grown from viruses, plastics made of sugar and solar cells that cook up hydrogen are just the beginning of a new generation of clean materials.
STATUE OF LIBERTY Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. repeats: Wednesday, July 3 at 3 a.m.
This 1985 Ken Burns film chronicles the creation and history of the Statue of Liberty and what it represents to all Americans. Narrated by David McCullough, the film traces the development of the monument–from its conception, to its complicated and often controversial construction, to its final dedication–and offers interviews with a wide range of Americans to explore the meaning of the Statue of Liberty.
NATURE #2806 “Elsa’s Legacy” Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. repeats: Thursday, July 18 at 3 a.m.; Friday, July 19 at 3 a.m.;
Sunday, July 21 at 2 a.m. & 6 p.m.
“Born Free” – a book and then a film that changed forever the way we think about wildlife, marked its 50th anniversary of the publication in 2010. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film? What has “Born Free” taught us?
NATURE #3001 “Siberian Tiger Quest” Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. repeats: Thursday, July 25 at 3 a.m.; Friday, July 26 at 3 a.m.;
Sunday, July 28 at 2 a.m.
Conservation ecologist Chris Morgan embarks on a challenge that will fulfill a lifelong dream — to find and film a Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests. To help him, Morgan turns to Korean cameraman Sooyong Park, the first individual ever to film Siberian tigers in the wild.
This is the final two Summer Literacy Theme Weeks where PBS KIDS address the “summer slide” that helps kids build and retain literacy skills. Kids and parents can visit pbskids.org/read for fun literacy-based games.
Remember there is a free PBS KIDS episode available for download every week on the PBS KIDS Raising Readers page on iTunes.