WED 12PM / nature: owl power

Learn about owls, including how they hunt; how their vision and hearing work.

WED 8PM / frontline: poverty, politics and profit

An examination of the billions spent on housing the poor and why so few get the help they need.

THU 7:30PM / farm connections

We visit Squash Blossom Farm near Rochester.

FRI 8PM / r-town

We talk with John Reed from the Rochester International airport and learn about meditation.

SAT 1PM / start up

Learn about Everyday California founders Chris Lynch and Michael Samer.

SAT 7PM / father brown

Sid falls for the heiress to a local brewery, only for her to be arrested for the murder of her father.

SAT 10:30PM / austin city limits: iggy pop

Iggy Pop performs past classics plus tunes from his 2016 "Post Pop Depression" album.

SUN 11AM / american forum

Find out the direction the U.S. is going with Mexico.

SUN 4:30PM / never too late

A 36-year-old plumber in Montana tries to follow his dream of playing professional basketball.

SUN 7PM / off 90

Meet a world explorer from Good Thunder and visit Hollandale and learn about its roots.

SUN 8PM / the band wagon (1953)

A famous dancer whose career is on the decline stages a comeback.

MON 7PM / nature: viva puerto rico

See Puerto Rico's efforts to restore its rich biological heritage, including manatees, parrots and turtles.


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