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The Power of Song

Dec 10, 2019
American Experience
Fisk University Archives

9pm Thursday JUBILEE SINGERS SACRIFICE AND GLORY: American Experience - Documentary - The profound and inspiring story of students who battled prejudice and oppression to sing their way into the nation's heart.

Tuesday 10pm - MUSEUM SECRETS Documentary Series - Inside every museum, behind every treasure is a secret you’ve never heard. This series explores the world’s renowned museums and their most enigmatic objects. 

Wednesday 8pm JANE EYRE - Drama/ Romance (1944)  - After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

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Editor's note: This story contains explicit accusations that some readers may find upsetting.

A former junior colleague of Matt Lauer's has accused him of raping her in his hotel room during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In her first public comments about the incident — told to journalist Ronan Farrow for his forthcoming book, Catch and Kill — Brooke Nevils said the former Today show host forced anal sex on her without her consent in his hotel room.

Eascape to the Chateau

Monday 8pm Escape to the Chateau - Reality -  U.K. residents Dick Strawbridge and his partner Angel leave their two-bedroom flat in Southend for a beautiful 45-room chateau in northern France. 

Friday 8pm WALK IN THE SUN (1945) Action/Drama starring Dana Andrews, Richard Conte and George Tyne about a platoon of WW II American soldiers who trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way.

Monday 8pm REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR - Documentary - Narrated by veteran Hollywood actor Tom Selleck,this film chronicles the personal stories of veterans and citizens who witnessed the surprise attack by the Japanese on the American Pacific Fleet on December 7, 1941, launching the United States into World War II. 

If you predicted that creator-actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be a big winner going into Sunday night's Emmy Awards, you might just have won your Emmys pool. And if you were predicting a giant final haul of Game of Thrones trophies as that show leaves us for good, you were, well, sort of right.

Sunday 9pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD - Science/History/Education -Part detective story, part true-life drama that unearths new evidence on historical mysteries using modern forensic techniques to shed light on unexplained events. 

Friday 10pm FRONTLINE Investigative Documentary - TRUMP'S TRADE WAR - The inside story of President Trump’s gamble to confront China over trade. Reporting from the U.S. and China, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate what led the world’s two largest economies to the brink, and the billions at stake.

Thursday 9pm AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - History - "American Experience" combines dramatic re-enactments with commentary by historians and authors to present an absorbing look at the personalities, events and resources that have had a profound impact on the shaping of America's past and present. INTO THE AMAZON -  The remarkable story of President Theodore Roosevelt's journey with legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon.

Wednesday 8pm NEW YORK: AMERICA'S BUSIEST CITY - Documentary - Ade Adepitan, Anita Rani, Ant Anstead and Dan Snow take a closer look at one the most complex cities in the world and reveal the astonishing daily systems that allow America's biggest and busiest city to function day and night.

A Model Murder

Sep 16, 2019

Tuesday 8pm DEATH IN PARADISE Crime drama - A detective inspector and his team solve murder mysteries on the beautiful paradsie island of Saint Marie in the Caribbean.  

Sunday 9pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD - Science/History/Education -Part detective story, part true-life drama that unearths new evidence on historical mysteries using modern forensic techniques to shed light on unexplained events. 

Ken Burns is our great explainer, television's finest illustrator. He's a filmmaker who gives us what we know from fresh angles, so that we can learn more and appreciate topics on a deeper level. Whether his subject is the Civil War or baseball, Burns has made an art of divining what most Americans know about a subject and then putting an arm around our collective shoulder and murmuring, "Yes, but have you seen this?"