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PBS Weekly Alert: FRONTLINE “The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden,” Arts & Entertainment Programming, New Streaming Shows, & More

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

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UPCOMING PRIMETIME PREMIERES

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FRONTLINE “The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden”

Premieres: Tuesday, September 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET

Show Pagehttps://www.pbs.org/show/frontline/

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Every four years, FRONTLINE tells a dual biography of the two presidential candidates that will step back and look beyond the heated political rhetoric, taking measure of the two individuals and the events that have shaped their lives and values.

 

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ISLANDS OF WONDER

Episode 2 Premieres: Wednesday, September 23, 8:00 p.m. ET

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Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/islands-wonder/

NEW: Episode 2 Clips:  How Fishermen Recycle the Trash Polluting Borneo’s Shores

The Sea Nomads of Borneo

Journey to three of the most exotic, mysterious and remote islands on the planet: Madagascar, Borneo and Hawaii. Isolated from the rest of the world, they harbor remarkable wildlife and pioneering human communities found nowhere else on Earth.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Now Hear This, Series 2”

New Episodes:          Fridays, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

Friday, Sept. 25:        GREAT PERFORMANCES | NOW HEAR THIS “The Schubert Generation”

Friday,  Oct. 2:           GREAT PERFORMANCES | NOW HEAR THIS “Becoming Mozart”

Show Page:               https://www.pbs.org/show/great-performances/

Take a voyage of musical discovery with virtuoso violinist Scott Yoo, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Mexico City Philharmonic. Each episode reveals how some of the greatest classical music ever written came to be. Season 2 features the compositions of Haydn, Schubert and Mozart.

 

ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Season 10 New Episodes:  Fridays, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET

Friday, Sept. 25:        ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY “Beijing”

Friday, Oct. 2:            ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY “Borderlands”

Show Page:               https://www.pbs.org/show/art-21/

Meet 12 artists and one artist collective behind some of the most significant artwork of the 21st century. These creators respond to the places they live and work, and show unabashed engagement with the world around them.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

New Episodes:          Saturdays, 11:00-12:00 a.m. ET

Saturday, Sept. 26:   AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Billie Eilish

Saturday, Oct. 3:       AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: The Very Best of John Prine

Saturday, Oct. 10:     AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Yola

Saturday, Oct. 17:     AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Stevie Ray Vaughn: A Retrospective

Saturday, Oct. 24:     AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Rufus Wainwright

Saturday, Oct. 31:     AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: ACL Presents: 50 Years Asleep at the Wheel: A Retrospective

Show Page:               https://www.pbs.org/show/austin-city-limits/

Explore the best original music — including contemporary and traditional rock, blues, country, folk, soul and worldbeat — in uninterrupted full concerts recorded live in Austin, Texas. New upcoming broadcasts include: Yola, The Very Best of John Prine, Stevie Ray Vaughan: A Retrospective, Rufus Wainwright, ACL Presents: 50 Years of Asleep at the Wheel.

PBS NEWSHOUR PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES

Debate No. 1 Premieres:      Tuesday, September 29

Debate No. 2 Premieres:      Thursday, October 15

Debate No. 3 Premieres:      Thursday, October 22, 9:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/

PBS NEWSHOUR provides coverage and analysis of the three presidential candidate debates.

FLESH AND BLOOD ON MASTERPIECE

Premieres: Sundays, October 4-25, 9:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/

The lives of three siblings (Claudie Blakley, Russell Tovey, Lydia Leonard) are disrupted when their recently widowed mother (Francesca Annis) declares she’s in love with a new man (Stephen Rea). The older woman’s budding romance provokes suspicion among her adult children and their inquisitive next-door neighbor (Imelda Staunton), and a detective (David Bamber) investigates whether an unfortunate incident was an accident or a heinous crime.

COBRA

Premieres: Sundays, October 4-November 8, 10:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/cobra/

Follow the British Prime Minister and his Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (COBRA) committee, comprised of leading contingency planners and senior politicians, as they navigate the difficulties in overcoming a major national crisis.

 

THE HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH PROGRAM

Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/hispanic-heritage-awards/

Celebrate the recipients of the annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The evening includes appearances by some of the country’s most celebrated Hispanic artists and visionaries. Honorees will be announced later.

LATINO VOTE: DISPATCHES FROM THE BATTLEGROUND

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH PROGRAM

Premieres: Tuesday, October 6, 9:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/voces/

Preview Clips: Alex Birnel, Advocacy Manager, MOVE Texas

  Andrea Mercado, Executive Director, New Florida Majority

  Dr. Gabriel Salguero, Founder, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

Get an inside look at the high-stakes effort to get out the Latino vote in this year’s election. Political candidates are focused on maximizing turnout and support from Latinos, poised to be the largest non-white voting bloc.

FRONTLINE “America’s Medical Supply Crisis”

Premieres: Tuesday, October 6, 10:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/

An investigation into how the U.S. was left scrambling and desperate for critical medical equipment as the coronavirus swept the country.

PBS NEWSHOUR VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

Premieres: Wednesday, October 7, 9:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/

PBS NEWSHOUR provides coverage and analysis of the vice presidential candidate debate.

PBS STREAMING

LIVE

Select local PBS stations are now available to stream live for free via PBS.org, Roku streaming devices, Android mobile, Amazon Fire tablets, iOS, tvOS and Chromecast. Additional platforms will be added at a later date. Currently 85 stations are set up for live streaming, with more to be added in the future. Viewers can access their local station’s live feed at pbs.org/livestream/. Click here for FAQs.

ON DEMAND

PBS programming is available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV and Chromecast. PBS station members can view an extended library of content including series, documentaries and specials via PBS Passport. For more information about PBS Passport, visit the PBS Passport FAQ website.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

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UPCOMING PRIMETIME PREMIERES

THE AGE OF NATURE

Premieres: Wednesdays, October 14-28, 10:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/age-nature/

Explore humanity’s relationship with nature and wildlife, as scientists and conservationists from all over the world examine ways we can restore our planet. This documentary series asks whether newfound awareness of nature could bring about a new chapter in the human story.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES “GRAMMY® Salute to Music Legends”

Premieres: Friday, October 16, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/great-performances/

Description: In collaboration with the Recording Academy®, GREAT PERFORMANCES presents the fifth annual all-star special showcasing 2020 Special Merit Awards recipients, including Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Chicago, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Public Enemy and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Ken Ehrlich, Philip Glass and Frank Walker receive Trustees Award honors, and George Augspurger is the Technical GRAMMY Award recipient. Hosted by five-time GRAMMY Award winner Jimmy Jam, this year’s special pays tribute to these diverse music legends through classic performance footage and newly recorded acceptance speeches from honorees and the performers they have influenced. The originally planned April ceremony and concert was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Prine tragically died from complications of COVID-19 on April 7.

THE TROUBLE WITH MAGGIE COLE

Premieres: Sundays, October 18-November 22, 8:00 p.m. ET

See what happens when idle gossip escalates out of control and starts to affect people’s lives. Set in a picturesque fishing village, the series centers on Maggie Cole (Dawn French), the self-appointed oracle of this close-knit community.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Feels Good Man”

Premieres: Monday, October 19, 10:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/

Follow artist Matt Furie, creator of the comic character Pepe the Frog, as he begins an uphill battle to take back his iconic cartoon image from those who use it for their own purposes.

 

WALTER WINCHELL: AMERICAN MASTERS

Premieres: Tuesday, October 20, 9:00 p.m. ET

Show Page: https://www.pbs.org/show/american-masters/

Meet the syndicated columnist, radio news commentator and television host who pioneered the fast-paced, gossip driven, politically charged media that dominates today. At his height, his newspaper and radio audience included two thirds of American adults.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS – NOW STREAMING

TRAILBLAZERS:

In honor of the Women’s Vote Centennial, PBS has broadcast mini-series and specials recognizing suffragists, feminist leaders and modern-day female changemakers. The programs are currently streaming online via PBSPBS.org and the PBS Video App. The public broadcaster is also committed to lifting these women up and sharing their stories on social media channels by spearheading a virtual trading card campaign, dubbed “Trailblazers: A Century of Extraordinary Women.” The virtual trading cards are available via this link, where they can be downloaded and shared on all major social platforms. Links to the women featured in the campaign, the downloadable trading cards, their respective illustrators and each program are as follows:

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “The Vote: Part One” and “The Vote: Part Two” (Streaming through 2023)

Encore Airdates: Tuesdays, September 8 – 29, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

Alice Paul, Suffragist: Illustrated by Brittany Moodie

Ida B. Wells, Journalist: Illustrated by Stephanie DeAngelis

Carrie Chapman Catt, Suffragist: Illustrated by Mai Ly Degnan

 

FIRING LINE WITH MARGARET HOOVER (Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET)

Margaret Hoover, Journalist: Illustrated by Monique Aimee

FRONTLINE “For Sama” (Always free streaming)

Waad Al-Kateab, Filmmaker: Illustrated by Sarah Walsh

PBS PROGRAMS LEAD NEWS AND DOCUMENTARY EMMYS® WITH 48 NOMINATIONS:

For the seventh consecutive year, PBS programs garnered 48 News & Documentary Emmy® Award Nominations (more than any other organization) for its acclaimed offerings – FRONTLINE (15), INDEPENDENT LENS (8), PBS NEWSHOUR (7), POV (8), NATURE (3), NOVA (3) and others. In advance of the upcoming 41st News & Documentary Emmy® Awards two-day live stream ceremonies on Sept. 21- 22,  PBS is streaming many of the nominees on the  PBS Video AppPBS.org, and PBS Passport. A list of available titles is outlined in the PBS “What to Stream” Guide (9.9.20).

 

PBS DIGITAL STUDIOS:

 

PBS Digital Studios is a network of series bringing fresh and insightful content through the familiar lens of PBS. New digital series are available weekly on YouTube, Facebook Watch and PBS.org offering timely episodes tied to current and cultural events. The following is a sample of these offerings:

 

NEW SERIES OVERVIEW DEBUTS THURSDAY, SEPT. 24 ON PBS TERRA

Hosted by Joe Hanson, Ph.D. (IT’S OKAY TO BE SMART), OVERVIEW combines spectacular aerial cinematography with compelling science storytelling to reveal both the natural phenomena and human forces shaping Earth. Each episode is visually stunning, surprising and delightful; featuring stories about agriculture, engineering, the environment and natural wonders. The first episode, “Why Are the Blue Ridge Mountains Blue?,”  features Dr. Howard Neufield, a longtime air quality expert and mountain nerd, who will explain light waves, air quality and the fight to improve pollution in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

NOVA PARENTOLOGIC (Hosts: Dr. Alok Patel & Comedian/Mom Bethany Van Delft)

New Series – View Trailer

New Episode: COVID-19: Does Your Kid Really Need a Mask?

When to Worry (and not Worry) About Your Child’s Fever

 

SELF EVIDENT (Hosts: Dr. Ali Mattu and Dr. Danielle Bainbridge)

New Series: View Trailer

New Episode: How Musicians are Soundtracking this Weird Year

Behind the Activist

Being 10 in 2020

IT’S OKAY TO BE SMART (Host: Joe Hanson)

New Episode: Why Do You Love Your Family?

How the Pandemic Has Distorted Our Sense of Time

COVID-19 & Mask Myths DEBUNKED!

How Well Do Masks Work?

How Evolution Made COVID-19 Our Perfect Enemy

Why Soap Is Still Our Best Weapon Against Coronavirus

What This Chart Actually Means for COVID-19

ORIGIN OF EVERYTHING (Host: Dr. Danielle Bainbridge)

New Episode: The Homophobic Origins of U.S. Law

Why Do We Shake Hands?

The Racist Origins of U.S. Law

Why Do We Say Latino?

What is Ethnicity?

Economic Lessons From Past Pandemics

How We Discovered Germs

Play List: Black History

Play List: Class and American Culture 

 

TWO CENTS (Hosts: Philip Olson, CFP® & Julia Lorenz-Olson)

New Episode: How to Deal with Debt Collectors

The HIDDEN COSTS of Every Decision You Make!

Are We Headed for a Depression?

Is the Stock Market Irrational?

Is There Such a Thing as Good Debt?

Should I Invest in Gold?

What’s the Best Way to Support Musicians?

ABOUT PBS

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