PBS Announces its Spring 2020 Lineup

Good news for PBS fans today PBS announced its spring 2020 springs schedule. Here are some of the big events that will be coming to PBS this spring. PBS is free in many areas with an antenna and on YouTube TV in most areas.

WORLD ON FIRE ON MASTERPIECE

Series Premiere: Sunday, April 5, 9:00 p.m. ET

“World on Fire” is an adrenalized, emotionally gripping and resonant World War II drama that follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in four countries as they grapple with the effects of the war on their everyday lives. Set in Britain, Poland, France and Germany, the events of the seven-hour series take place during the first year of the war. The stellar cast includes Academy Award® winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets, Mad About You), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Academy Award® nominee Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread), and Jonah Hauer-King (“Little Women” on MASTERPIECE, Howards End).

 

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Treasure Fever”

Premieres: Monday, April 6, 8:00 p.m. ET

Encores: Thursday, April 9, 10:00 p.m. ET

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW examines artifacts and artistry of health and medicine history in “Treasure Fever.” Appraisals spotlight items related to health and wellness, including surprising historical objects once used for health purposes but not in use today.

 

BROKEN PLACES

Premieres: Monday, April 6, 10:00 p.m. ET

Explore why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive.  Revisit children profiled decades ago to see how early trauma shaped their lives as adults. A presentation of Public Policy Productions in association with WNET’s CHASING THE DREAM.

THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY

Premieres: Tuesday, April 7, 9:00 p.m. ET

Powerful personal stories and stunning breakthroughs reveal the historical search for the human genome and the promise of modern research. Based on Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s best-seller on how genes impact heredity, disease and behavior.

 

NOVA “The Truth About Fat”

Premieres: Wednesday, April 8, 9:00 p.m. ET

Scientists are coming to understand fat as a system akin to an organ—one whose size may have more to do with biological processes than personal choices. Explore the mysteries of fat, and its role in hormone production, hunger, and even pregnancy.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Bedlam”

Premieres: Wednesday, April 13, 10:00 p.m. ET

Hear the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions. Psychiatrist Kenneth Rosenberg visits ERs, jails and homeless camps to examine the national health crisis of mental illness.

 

BLOOD SUGAR RISING

Premieres: Wednesday, April 15, 9:00 p.m. ET

Diabetes is an epidemic that affects 100 million Americans, costing over $350 billion annually. Explore the history and science of this hidden crisis and meet some of the faces behind the statistics whose stories bring insights and hope.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Man Who Tried to Feed the World

Premieres: Tuesday, April 21, 9:00 p.m. ET

Explore the life of 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, who tried to solve world hunger. He rescued India from a severe famine and led the “Green Revolution,” estimated to have saved one billion lives. But his work later faced criticism.

FRONTLINE “Merchants of Pain” (w.t.)

Premieres: Tuesday, April 21, 10:00 p.m. ET

How a pharmaceutical company bribed doctors to prescribe a highly addictive opioid painkiller. With the Financial Times, the inside story of the corruption behind Insys Therapeutics’ spectacular rise, and the federal prosecution that brought it down.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Jim Allison: Breakthrough”

Premieres: Monday, April 27, 10:00 p.m. ET

Meet a visionary doctor on a quest to find a cure for cancer. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Jim Allison spent decades waging a lonely but ultimately fru  itful quest to discover a way the immune system can stop cancer in its tracks.

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “George W. Bush”

Premieres: Monday, May 4 & Tuesday, May 5, 9:00 p.m. ET

The newest addition to AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s award-winning series of presidential biographies, “W” is a two-part look at the life and presidency of George W. Bush. Part One follows Bush’s unorthodox road to the White House. The once wild son of a political dynasty, few expected Bush to ascend to the presidency. Yet 36 days after the November 2000 election, Bush emerged the victor of the most hotly contested election in the nation’s history. Little in the new president’s past could have prepared him for the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001. Bush’s response to the deadly terrorist attack would come to define a new era in American foreign policy. Part Two opens with the ensuing war in Iraq, and continues through Bush’s second term, as the president confronts the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina and the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.

EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL

Mid-Season One Premieres (Episodes 7-10): Wednesday, May 6, 10:00 p.m. ET

Head into the unknown with explorer Steve Backshall as he journeys to the world’s last unexplored places and faces challenges around the globe, encountering extraordinary wildlife and meeting remarkable people along the way.

 

ASIAN AMERICANS

Premieres: Monday, May 11 & Tuesday, May 12, 8:00 p.m. ET

Led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, including Academy Award®-nominated series producer Renee Tajima-Peña (Who Killed Vincent Chin?No Más Bebés), this five-part series examines the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s to identity politics during the social and cultural turmoil of the 20th century to modern refugee crises in a globally connected world.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Celebrating Asian-Pacific Heritage”

Encores: Thursday, May 14, 10:00 p.m. ET

Travel with ANTIQUES ROADSHOW as it turns the spotlight on incredible items with Asian and Pacific Islands origins, including a Hawaiian kou bowl, a Ghandi presentation spinning wheel and an 1888 Joseph Nāwahī painting of Hilo Bay on Hawai‘i Island.

 

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT

Special Airs: Sunday, May 24, 8:00 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET

The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, an American tradition honoring our heroes, returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for its 31st annual broadcast. A three decades-long tradition unlike anything else on television, America’s national night of remembrance takes us back to the real meaning of the holiday through personal stories interwoven with musical performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and guest artists.

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “Mr. Tornado”

Premieres: Tuesday, May 29, Time TBD

The film tells the story of Tetsuya Theodore Fujita, aka Mr. Tornado, a prominent Japanese-American researcher who was instrumental in advancing modern understanding of many severe weather phenomena. He is known for creating the Fujita scale of tornado intensity and damage.

*Subject to change without notice.

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