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February 2016

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Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels

Based on the Marcus Rediker book the documentary chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began. The award-winning film uses the knowledge of villagers, fishermen, and truck drivers to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery.

Sunday, February 7 at 8:00pm. (Encore: Thursday, February 11 at 8:00 pm.)

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NOVA: Memory Hackers

Memory. Whether it’s sharp, fuzzy, poignant or thrilling, it’s the glue that binds our mental lives. Without it we’d be prisoners of the present, unable to use the lessons of the past to change our future. From our first kiss to where we put our keys, memory represents who we are, and how we learn and navigate the world. But how does it work?

Sunday, February 7 at 10:00pm.



American Experience:
Bonnie & Clyde

Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in US history. Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as robberies and kidnappings.

Sunday, February 21 at 10:00pm.

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Downton Abbey

The drama continues in February! This Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning hit drama returns for a sixth and final season of intimately interlaced stories of the Crawley family and their servants centered on an English country estate. This entertaining formula has made Downton Abbey the highest-rated drama in PBS history.

Mondays in February at 8:00pm.


Bridging the Divide

Thirty-five years before the election of President Barack Obama, the question of race, the possibility of bridging racial barriers were put to the test in an overlooked story in American politics: Tom Bradley’s 1973 election as Mayor of Los Angeles, as he united a divided city, brought inclusion and access and set the foundation for inter-racial coalitions.

Sunday, February 28 at 9:00pm.

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Whispers of Angels

This documentary recounts the story of the Eastern Line of The Underground Railroad and its role in the 19th century anti-slavery movement in America. Filmed on location in the historical settings where these freedom fighters undertook their noble and dangerous work, actors portray white Quaker abolitionist Thomas Garret and free, black anti-slavery activist William Still.

Sunday, February 7 at 9:00pm.
(Encore: Thursday, February 11 at 9:00 pm.)


Austin City Limits

2015 Hall of Fame Special: Recognizing both artists and non-artists who have been instrumental in making the long-running show a music institution, the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame celebrates its annual event with inductees Loretta Lynn, Guy Clark, Flaco Jiménez, Townes Van Zandt, and Asleep at the Wheel. Special guests include Vince Gill, Los Lobos‘ David Hidalgo, Gillian Welch, Lyle Lovett, Jason Isbell, Patty Loveless, Laura Marling, JT Van Zandt, Los Texmaniacs and host Dwight Yoakam.

Saturday, February 27 at 9:00pm.