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10 That Changed America
Tuesdays at 8:00pm
Host Geoffrey Baer takes viewers across the country to the legendary streets, monuments and man-made marvels that changed America.
July 10 – Streets
A whirlwind tour of 10 streets that change the way we get around: from Broadway in New York and Wilshire in Los Angeles, to the Boston Post Road and the Lincoln Highway. Find out which 10 streets made the list!
July 17 – Monuments
A whirlwind tour of 10 monuments that mark key moments in American history: from the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial and the AIDS Quilt. Find out which 10 monuments made the list!
July 24 – Modern Marvels
A whirlwind tour of 10 engineering feats that made our civilization possible: from the Erie Canal and Eads Bridge, to the Holland Tunnel and Hoover Dam. Find out which 10 modern marvels made the list!
July 31 - Homes
Visit homes that transformed residential living, from grand estates like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to the pueblos of Taos, New Mexico, and the tenements of 19th-century New York.
Tuesdays at 9:00pm
Discover the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Television’s most-watched history series, acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, has been honored with every major broadcast award.
June 19, June 26 & July 3 - The Great War
Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.”
The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. “The Great War” also explores how a brilliant PR man bolstered support for the war in a country hesitant to put lives on the line for a foreign conflict; how President Woodrow Wilson steered the nation through three-and-a-half years of neutrality, only to reluctantly lead America into the bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen, thereby transforming the United States into a dominant player on the international stage; and how the ardent patriotism and determination to support America’s crusade for liberty abroad led to one of the most oppressive crackdowns on civil liberties at home in American history.
It is also a story of little-known heroism and sacrifice (including the deadliest battle in American history) that would leave more than 53,000 men dead on the battlefield and more than 60,000 dead from disease. American fatalities would come at a critical time in the war, but they would be dwarfed by a cataclysm of violence that would ultimately claim 15 million lives.
American Masters - Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
Monday, July 23 at 9:00pm
Discover the many sides of Baseball Hall of Famer and Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams, including his complex relationships with his Mexican-American background, family, press and fans. Features Bob Costas, Wade Boggs, Roger Angell and Joey Votto.
AMERICAN MASTERS, which pioneered the television biography genre, continues to offer insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life. Winner of the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.
Andrea Bocelli – Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special
Friday, July 27 at 10:00pm
Hear the international superstar, special guests and conductor Zubin Mehta in a once-in-a-lifetime concert at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. Join host Chad Smith and Bocelli for tours of the tenor’s Tuscan villa and the city of Florence.
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Mixing intimate performance with personal interviews and behind the scenes footage, BackStage Pass is your front-row center seat for diverse music from Michigan and the Midwest's most talented artists. Whether the style is rock, jazz, folk, country, classical or R&B, BackStage Pass delivers outstanding entertainment.
July 21 – Toronzo Cannon
Contemporary bluesman Toronzo Cannon from Chicago performs the title track from his album, "John the Conquer Root," "Ti Ni Nee Ni Nu," and more. In the band with Cannon are Dave Forté, bass; Melvin "Pookie Styx" Carlisle, drums; and Luca Chiellini, keyboard. Recorded at Michigan BluesFest 2015 in Lansing's historic Old Town district.
July 28 - Toronzo Cannon - Encore
The encore set from contemporary bluesman Toronzo Cannon features "Walk It Off" and more from his latest recording, "The Chicago Way." In the band with the Cannon are Dave Forté, bass; Melvin "Pookie Styx" Carlisle, drums; and Luca Chiellini, keyboard. Recorded at Michigan BluesFest 2015 in Lansing's historic Old Town district.