Pipeline Blog


Hello. My name is Holly. I'm part of a team of people who assemble the programming schedule for OETA.

We look at the PBS national schedule, local programs and programs from other stations and distributors. We take in all that information and combine it with Member ballot feedback and viewer suggestions, and at the end of the month, I put together a schedule for each of our four channels.

The following are some notes about upcoming programs, preemptions and other points of interest that viewers might not hear otherwise. I hope you'll find it useful!


Programming Notes 9/27 to 10/03

Written by Holly on Friday September 27, 2013

Friday, September 27

7pm                  ONR -- Human trafficking crimes are on the rise in Oklahoma as technology helps predators attract their victims… In a Newsmaker Interview, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn says debate over the Affordable Care Act is interfering with dealing with government funding and the national debt… Open enrollment for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act begins on October 1.  In an ONR Extra, we go to an Oklahoma Watch health care forum to learn more about the process… The Hispanic community gives new life to an old property through a celebration of culture… As Oklahoma enters its secondary severe storm season, we visit the National Weather Center… KOSU Radio opens a new facility with an artistic nod to vinyl records… And, M. Scott Carter of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1” – This is the second of four adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays. These are broadcast in their entirety during the overnight hours on Main Friday nights/Saturday mornings. They air on OKLA during prime time on Friday nights at 8pm. They are also viewable online after their premiere date. http://video.pbs.org/program/great-performances/

 

Saturday, September 28

7:30am             SUNUP -- SUNUP discusses fall hay meadow management and its impact on cattle nutrition. Also: Mesonet weather, wheat prices, prussic acid poisoning in cattle, USDA Cattle on Feed report, one-on-one with the director of the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, benefits of probiotics and highlights from the Tulsa State Fair.

 

Sunday, September 29

12:30pm           OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Health Care” -- We discuss the Affordable Care Act and Insure Oklahoma with: Nico Gomez, Chief Executive Officer, Oklahoma Health Care Authority… Matt Ball, Oklahoma Director, Americans for Prosperity… Andrew Rice, former state senator and Executive Director, Variety Care Foundation… Katherine Schierman, M.D., State Director, Doctors for America

1pm                  CURRENT CONVERSATIONS – This program was produced at OU and preempts MCLAUGHLIN GROUP and RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY this week. This is the second time we’ve preempted MCLAUGHLIN and RELIGION, but they will return next week. In the meantime, this week’s episode can be seen tonight in prime time on OKLA and online.

8pm                  MASTERPIECE MYSTERY “Foyle’s War: Sunflower” – This is the final this round of Foyle’s War. Next week starts “Suspicion.” The first episode will be 2 hours. Then they go to one hour each week, followed by “Downton Abbey” Season 2 at 9pm. Squeeeee!

 

Monday, September 30

8pm                  GENEALOGY ROADSHOW “Detroit” – This is the second of four episodes. People are curious how to be a part of this program. We haven’t been given any information about that.

9pm                  INDEPENDENT LENS “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” -- This film follows the real life rock 'n' roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime's worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.

 

Tuesday, October 1

7pm                  LATINO AMERICANS #105 – This is the final two-hour episode. Labor leaders organize farm workers in California and activists push for education opportunities.

9pm                  FRONTLINE “Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown” -- The crisis inside the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex after the 2011 tsunami is investigated.

10pm                WHO CARES ABOUT KELSEY? -- A high school student transforms from a disruptive "problem student" to a motivated young woman.

 

Wednesday, October 2

8pm                  NOVA “Inside the Megastorm” -- Experts, scientists and survivors discuss of Hurricane Sandy and the future of storm protection.

9pm                  QUEST FOR THE LOST MAYA -- This program explores archaeological evidence of a previously unknown Mayan society based in the Yucatan Penisula of southern Mexico. The film surveys their dramatic rise to prominence in the "preclassic era" of the Maya (800-700BC) as well as new evidence of the collapse of their civilization in the 800-900s AD.

10pm                VOCES ON PBS “Tales of the Masked Men” -- Explore "lucha libre" and its role in Latino communities in the United States and Mexico. Part circus and part athletic contest, the sport, famous for its masked wrestlers, provides a sense of "home" for new immigrants in the United States. It also continues to expand and build on its unique cultural tradition in countries where it enjoys enduring popularity. Simultaneously, lucha libre is contributing a lasting cultural idiom to America's pop culture landscape.

 

Thursday, October 3 

7pm                  STATELINE #1501 “Storm Center” -- Looks at the professionals that forecast severe weather in Oklahoma and explores revolutionary new equipment coming in the future. Their forecasting abilities save thousands of lives during tornado season. (Original broadcast 7/11/13) This is the only time this episode is airing this month. The premiere of “Frightseeing in Oklahoma” airs October 17th and repeats Halloween night.

8pm                  GLOBE TREKKER “Route 66 & Beyond” – This is a repeat of the Season 12 premiere. No new GLOBE TREKKER episodes until November 7th.

9pm                  DOC MARTIN “Blood is Thicker” -- Graham Orchard, a Salvation Army member, arrives in Portwenn to try to trace a missing woman.

10pm                CALL THE MIDWIFE Season Two encores are winding to a close. Only two more episodes after tonight. Then we’ll go back to Henry VIII’s castle!

Programming Notes 9/20 to 9/26

Written by Holly on Friday September 20, 2013

Friday, September 20

7pm                  ONR -- Education officials voice concerns after a new report shows that Oklahoma leads the nation in education spending cuts… The state’s lone Mandarin Chinese immersion program is proving to be a great success helping students not only learn a new language, but connect with a new culture… After years of studies and meetings, a passenger rail service between Oklahoma City and Tulsa still is still not on track… The state’s housing marking is enjoying a boost, thanks in part to another key industry… Even though a national survey suggests small businesses are in a holding pattern, one Oklahoma City district is bustling with commerce, and a sense of community… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.

2:30am (Overnight)        GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Hollow Crown” – This four-part miniseries four of Shakespeare's History Plays into a single chronological narrative - Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V.  They are not being shown in prime time on our Main channel. We will carry them in their entirety in the overnight hours for those who can record them. We will also air on our OKLA channel Friday nights starting at 8pm. The series kicks off tonight with “The Hollow Crown: Richard II,” airing on our Main Channel from 2:30am until 5:30am (Saturday morning). They will also be available to be viewed online after they air.

 

Saturday, September 21

7:30am             SUNUP -- Looks at N-Rich Strip techniques producers can use to improve nitrogen levels in fields this fall. Also: Mesonet weather, feed efficiency research, Master Cattleman Summit, drill press technique, grain market analysis, cattle protein supplements, disaster kits, wildlife habitats and sustainable agriculture.

 

Sunday, September 22

12:30pm           OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Oklahoma State Football Accusations” -- We discuss the 5-part series in Sports Illustrated, “The Dirty Game,” which details alleged misconduct in the Oklahoma State University football program, with: John Rohde, Sports Commentator, 107.7 The Franchise… Berry Tramel, Sports Columnist, The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com… Kelly Hines, Sports Reporter, Tulsa World

1pm to 5pm      LEWIS & CLARK: THE JOURNEY OF THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY – This special presentation of Ken Burns’ documentary preempts several regular Sunday afternoon programs. All of them can be seen on OKLA this week, except for the travel programs. All programs return to their regular time periods next week.

10pm                AS TIME GOES BY – Replaces ARE YOU BEING SERVED in the schedule due to a disagreement between a representative one of the writers and the BBC. The broadcast rights for all of our British comedies expire next spring, so start sending in your suggestions for replacements. Check out our new comment form on our website

 

Monday, September 23

9pm                  POV “Best Kept Secret” -- A high school teacher races to make preparations for her autistic students before graduation.

 

Tuesday, September 24

7pm                  LATINO AMERICANS – Trace the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country. (Part 2 of 3)

9pm                  FRONTLINE “Life and Death in Assisted Living” -- A look at the nation's largest assisted living company sheds light on this billion dollar industry.

10pm                IS SCHOOL ENOUGH? -- The importance of connecting students into the wider world outside of the classroom is examined.

 

Wednesday, September 25

8pm                  NOVA “Secrets of the Viking Sword” -- Science and detective work are used to reconstruct the revolutionary, high-tech Ulfberht sword.

9pm                  SKELETONS OF THE SAHARA -- A prehistoric human burial ground is discovered in the middle of Africa's large, forbidding desert. Sidenote: The Director of Photography, the Emmy Award-winning Derek Watson, used to work as a photographer/editor here at OETA. 

10pm                ADVENTISTS 2 -- The Seventh-day Adventists provide health and healing in some of the most remote regions on earth.

 

Thursday, September 26

7pm                  GALLERY #1402 -- The art of Jerry Yarnell. (Premiered Sept 12, 2013)

9pm                  DOC MARTIN “In Loco” -- Louisa seeks a promotion at the Portwenn School. Bert Large is testing out his culinary skills.

Programming Notes 9/13 to 9/19

Written by Holly on Friday September 13, 2013

Friday, September 13

7pm                  ONR -- Governor Fallin signs legislation overhauling the state’s civil justice system at the end of a legislative special session… The man who has repeatedly forced lawmakers to redo their work sees more laws that are headed for a constitutional battle… How to provide funding for school storm shelters is still up for debate as school districts look for ways to pay for them… A new report shows much need for improvement in Oklahoma’s nursing home industry… A new clinical trial gives hop for people with brain tumors… In Oklahoma Stories, we profile a legendary Oklahoma football player and trailblazer… An Oklahoma-based movie makes it much-anticipated debut at the Toronto International Film Festival… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.

 

Saturday, September 14

7:30am             SUNUP -- SUNUP visits the North Central Research Station at Lahoma to look at cover crop varieties and how they can benefit soil moisture in wheat and canola fields. Also: Mesonet weather, soil structure, grain and livestock market analysis, fence-line calf weaning and a preview of the  peanut and cotton tour at the Caddo Research Station in Fort Cobb.

10:30am            COOK’S COUNTRY FROM AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN – New sixth season starts today!

 

Sunday, September 15

12:30pm           OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Legislative Special Session” -- We discuss the recently-concluded Special Session and more from the State Capitol with reporters: Patrick McGuigan, Capitol Beat OK... Shawn Ashley, News Director, eCapitol... Michael Cross, KOSU Radio

9:30pm             BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND – New episodes of this interesting music program start in a new timeslot. It’s shot 333-ft. underground in the Volcano Room of Tennessee's 32-mile long Cumberland Caverns. Unfortunately, we’ll only be able to see a few of these episodes right away because we're start Downton Abbey Season Two repeats at 9pm on Sunday nights starting in mid-October.

 

Monday, September 16

9pm                  POV “The World Before Her” -- This tale of two Indias follows a female militant leader and a woman competing in a beauty pageant.

O K L A – 11am – NEWSLINE is preempted today because of a Japanese national holiday. ASIA BIZ EXCHANGE is airing in its place. NEWSLINE will return tomorrow at the usual time.

 

Tuesday, September 17 – Constitution Day

7pm                  LATINO AMERICANS #101 (two hours) -- This six-hour series 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 covers the 1500s to the present day. Two more two-hour episodes will air the next two Tuesday nights at 7pm.

9pm                  THE CONSTITUTION: TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY – Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry, former Chief Judge of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals sets out to explore our country’s governing document, the framers who crafted it and its importance today. Join President Henry, Oklahoma's 4th District Congressman, Tom Cole, Oklahoma Speaker of the House, T.W. Shannon and the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Arlene Johnson as they discuss how the document has affected Oklahoma, America and the world.

10pm                FRONTLINE “Egypt in Crisis” -- Martin Smith and Charles Sennott examine the rise and rapid fall of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

 

Wednesday, September 18

8pm                  NOVA “Why Ships Sink” -- The events that led up to famous cruise disasters are reconstructed, including the Costa Concordia.

9pm                  BRAINS ON TRIAL WITH ALAN ALDA “Deciding Punishment” -- Alan Alda discovers how neuroscience is already influencing the sentencing of defendants on trial.

10pm                MOORE'S STOP: AN HISTORICAL VIEW OF AN OKLAHOMA COMMUNITY -- The history of Moore, Oklahoma, including interviews with long-time residents, historians and city officials about the historical significance of the Moore region and its unique fingerprint on the growth of Oklahoma. Narrated by Toby Keith.

 

Thursday, September 19 

7pm                  STATELINE #1502 “Sleepless in Oklahoma” – No one thinks they snore, but millions do. Snoring has always been treated as a joke. Today, doctors know snoring is a symptom of something very serious, Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep apnea happens when muscles in the throat relax, limiting airflow and preventing deep, restful sleep. It’s a condition that puts patients at risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Every day in Oklahoma sleep clinics are treating a growing number of people who say no matter how much they sleep, they never feel rested. Most of the patients are children. OETA’s award winning documentary series Stateline examines the treatments Oklahoma doctors are using to beat apnea without drugs, and giving rest to those who are Sleepless in Oklahoma. (Original Broadcast 9/05/13)

8pm                  GLOBE TREKKER “Food Hour: Lebanon”

9pm                  DOC MARTIN “Old Dogs” -- Dr. Martin Ellingham is still as clumsy as ever when it comes to forming relationships with the opposite sex. Just when things were beginning to look rosily romantic between him and pretty school teacher Louisa Glasson, he made a terrible faux pas. She can't forgive him for accusing her of failing in her dental hygiene regime. Meanwhile, Muriel's condition deteriorates in the home. Then Martin realizes that her problems are being caused because she is dehydrated,and that has caused her to become confused. At the surgery, Martin is taken aback to find a strange girl working in reception.

Programming Notes 9/06 to 9/12

Written by Holly on Friday September 6, 2013

Friday, September 6

7pm                  ONR -- Lawmakers return to the Capitol for the first special session in seven years to fix civil justice laws ruled unconstitutional… Governor Fallin announces an extension of the Insure Oklahoma program… The City of Duncan gets encouraging words from Australian officials after a highly-publicized killing… A coalition of Oklahomans adds their voices to the growing opposition to U.S. military involvement in Syria… Supporters and opponents speak out on Common Core State Standards for education… As Oklahoma strives to produce more college graduates, older students are encouraged to come back to campus to finish what they started… Sleep apnea is a disorder that not only can keep people up at night, but can leave them at risk for serious medical conditions… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.

9pm                  THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA – Part 5 of 6 – This preempts THE RED GREEN SHOW and pushes DOCTOR WHO to 11pm.

Reminder: The new DOCTOR WHO series will begin in one month (October 4th)

 

Saturday, September 7

7:30am             SUNUP -- SUNUP experts discuss weed control during the fall planting season, and how weeds are reacting after the prolonged drought followed by a rainy summer. Plus: replacement heifer body condition scores, pregnancy check options, Mesonet weather, wheat market analysis, battery maintenance, Oklahoma 4-H Foundation and using wheat to create and manage food plots for deer.

11:30am            GROWING A GREENER WORLD – This new series blends the latest trends in eco-friendly living with traditional gardening know-how. The series highlights the diverse people, organizations and events that seek to raise environmental awareness and encourage better stewardship of the planet. P. ALLEN SMITH will return when we have new episodes of his series.

7pm                  THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW “We Can Make Music” – In this episode, Bill Thrash speaks with Mary Lou about his work on the Lawrence Welk series.

8pm                  THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA – Part 6 of 6

10pm                OETA MOVIE CLUB “The Birdcage” – Starting one hour late due to the two-hour NATIONAL PARKS finale.

O K L A THE NATIONAL PARKS series has had a 24-hour delayed repeat on OKLA like most other primetime programs. On Saturday, we’ll air the Friday night episode #105 at 8pm and follow it immediately with #106 at 10pm. AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, which usually airs at 10pm on OKLA, will air at midnight. It also airs at 5am on Sunday mornings on Main.

 

Sunday, September 8

12:30pm           NAT’L LT. GOVERNORS ROUNDTABLE – Encore broadcast -- Lieutenant Governors from across the country discuss the role of the Lt. Governor and their successes and challenges in policy issues that impact state government. (This preempts OKLAHOMA FORUM, which can still be seen on OKLA this week. It will be the “Common Core State Standards” episode that premiered in July.)

8am                  OUTDOOR OKLAHOMA -- This week we capture a few people who have made it their life to help take care of our Ozark streams in Oklahoma.  We interview landowners about their passion for our streams and follow along with two Biologists (Dr. Shannon Brewer, OSU and Brandon Brown, ODWC) as they talk about their research as well as catch a few smallmouth bass. Words and Places, Smallmouth Bass, Illinois River, Barren Fork, Spring Creek, Brandon Brown, Shannon Brewer

7pm                  LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX (Part 1 of 6) -- Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited over the internet after nearly 60 years. As their lives collide for a second time, the couple laments what might have been. While their relationship is a celebratory tale of the power of love at any age, it is also a story about family and the complications the relationship causes, especially for their grown daughters.

8pm                  MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Silk” (Part 3 of 3) -- Both Martha and Clive have their Silk interviews and Martha takes on the biggest case of her life.

 

Monday, September 9

9pm                  POV “Ping Pong” -- Elderly players compete in the “Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships” in China's Inner Mongolia.

 

Tuesday, September 10

President Obama is planning to address the nation on the subject of Syria. The start time is still unknown. OETA will broadcast the address, but we are unsure at this point how it will affect programming. Our current lineup is this:

7pm                  AMERICAN MASTERS “Billie Jean King” -- The professional tennis star who fought for equality on and off the court presents her own story.

8:30pm             NAT’L LT. GOVERNORS ROUNDTABLE –Lt Governors from across the country discuss the role of the Lt. Governor and their successes and challenges in policy issues that impact state government.

9pm                  FRONTLINE “The Suicide Plan” -- The world of assisted suicide, one of the most polarizing social issues of our time, is explored.

10:30pm           STELLA IS 95 -- This moving film about aging focuses on a charismatic older person who's living a very full life.

 

Wednesday, September 11

7pm                  EARTHFLIGHT, A NATURE SPECIAL PRESENTATION “Africa” -- Fly and arrow-dive with cape gannets among sharks, dolphins, whales and the great sardine run.

8pm                  NOVA “Ground Zero Supertower” -- NOVA returns to Ground Zero to witness the completion of One World Trade Center in New York City. (premiere)

9pm                  BRAINS ON TRIAL WITH ALAN ALDA (Part 1 of 2) “Determining Guilt” -- Alan Alda explores how neuroscience and brain-scanning technology are being used in the courtroom.

10pm                GREAT PLAINS: AMERICA’S LINGERING WILD (Part 2 of 2) -- This two-part program follows photographer Michael Forsberg, as he examines what wildness remains in the plains of North America. Stretching nearly one million square miles down the heart of the continent, the Great Plains is a fragile and threatened ecosystem. Covering a variety of wildlife and habitats, this program introduces a host of dedicated people working to keep the wild alive. Produced by Nebraska Educational TV and based on Forsberg's book of the same name.

O K L A – We’ll air the Tuesday night lineup from Main as we’d planned before the President planned to speak: AMERICAN MASTERS (7pm), NAT’L LT GOVERNORS ROUNDTABLE (8:30pm), FRONTLINE (9pm). STELLA IS 95 will not repeat on OKLA, as is typically the case with the 10pm programming from Main so that we can air CHARLIE ROSE.

 

Thursday, September 12

7pm                  GALLERY #1402 – The art of Jerry Yarnell. (premiere)

9pm                  DOC MARTIN “Haemophobia” -- Gossip about Martin's blood phobia seems to have spread around the village like wild fire.

Programming Notes 8/30 to 9/05

Written by Holly on Friday August 30, 2013

Friday, August 30

7pm                  ONR -- The killing of an international student in Duncan is the kind of story that appears almost daily the news media.  But this story is different, and has captured the attention of the world… In a Newsmaker Interview, First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine discusses the federal budget, sequestration and the crisis in Iraq – top issues Congress must deal with when it returns from its August recess… As the U.S. heads closer to military involvement in Syria, we learn about the political climate in the region from an Oklahoma scholar/educator… Amid a teacher shortage, State Superintendent Janet Barresi calls on school districts to give teachers a pay raise… A government study could lead to raises for state employees who have gone years without a salary increase… Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act promised equal pay for equal work, women still work for less… Testing is complete on the cause of a major fish kill in the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River… A Skiatook artist makes a name for himself as a teacher… The Cherokee Nation celebrates the 61st anniversary of its National Holiday… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.

9pm                  SIDE BY SIDE, THE SCIENCE, ART AND IMPACT OF DIGITAL CINEMA -- George Lucas, James Cameron and other filmmakers discuss digital and photochemical film creation. (Repeats on OKLA Saturday night at 11pm)

O K L A – 9pm to 10:30pm – LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Audra McDonald: Go Back Home” – Host Audra McDonald sings personal favorites and selections from her new album, "Go Back Home." We aired this earlier this year on Main, so opted to air this only on OKLA in prime time this time around. However, it will air on Main Saturday morning at 5am.

 

Saturday, August 31

7:30am             SUNUP -- With fall planting underway, SUNUP discusses several important crop insurance deadlines. Also: wheat prices, difficult calving, canola planter calibration, Mesonet weather, cattle markets, Oklahoma Quality Beef Network, food nitrates and Texas County fair highlights.

O K L A – 3pm to 7pm – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET “Giulio Cesare” -- The opera that conquered London in Handel's time comes to the Met in David McVicar's lively production. The world's leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

 

Sunday, September 1

12:30pm           OKLAHOMA FORUM “Labor and Employment” -- As the nation celebrates Labor Day, we discuss the Oklahoma workforce, jobs and wages with: Mark Costello, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner… Richard McPherson, Executive Director, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission… Kyle Dean, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute, Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business

Reminder: ARE YOU BEING SERVED’s final Sunday is 9/15. Starting on 9/22, AS TIME GOES BY will be in the 10pm timeslot.

 

Monday, September 2 – Happy Labor Day!

8pm                  THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA – This six-part film series shows works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters -- some famous, most not, from every walk of life -- who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some -- but not all -- of how these majestic places came to be national parks. Each episode starts at 8pm, except for the Friday night episode, which starts at 9pm.

10pm                BEFORE THERE WERE PARKS: YELLOWSTONE AND GLACIER THROUGH NATIVE EYES -- A Native American perspective of the area celebrates efforts between park staff and Tribal Nations.

 

Tuesday, September 3

7pm                  MOUNT RUSHMORE: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – The wonderful and bizarre story of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial's creation is detailed.

10:30pm           MONUMENTAL REFLECTIONS -- A provocative look at the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch that dominates the St. Louis skyline.

 

Wednesday, September 4

7pm                  EARTHFLIGHT, A NATURE SPECIAL PRESENTATION “North America” – This 6-part 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. Each episode will begin at 7pm Wednesday nights.

10pm                GREAT PLAINS: AMERICA’S LINGERING WILD, Part 1 -- This two-part program follows photographer Michael Forsberg, as he examines what wildness remains in the plains of North America. Stretching nearly one million square miles down the heart of the continent, the Great Plains is a fragile and threatened ecosystem. Covering a variety of wildlife and habitats, this program introduces a host of dedicated people working to keep the wild alive. Produced by Nebraska Educational TV and based on Forsberg's book of the same name. (Part 2 airs next Wednesday at 10pm.)

 

Thursday, September 5

7pm                  STATELINE #1502 “Sleepless in Oklahoma” – premiere

10pm                DOC MARTIN “Of All the Harbors in All the Towns” – This week’s episode airs one hour later than usual due to the two-hour NATIONAL PARKS episode. It’s also being preempted on OKLA due to NATIONAL PARKS.