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The Ape Who Went to College

7 pm Wednesday, July 23, on WILL-TV: The story of an orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus.

Chantek at 9 months

Part of the My Wild Affair series, this is the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”

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Gangster Night on WILL-TV

Tuesday, July 22 -- 7 pm: Al Capone: Icon and 8 pm: Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

Al Capone mug shot

A “Gangster Night” primetime programming blockairs on Tuesday, July 22, beginning at 7 pm on WILL-TV. The lineup features AL CAPONE: ICON, a profile of the celebrity gangster, and a new HISTORY DETECTIVES SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS episode that seeks to uncover Jimmy Hoffa’s killer.

Was Al Capone the quintessential self-made American man, a ruthless killer or both? His name sparks images of pin-stripe suits and bloody violence, but why do Americans continue to be fascinated by this man? PBS examines Capone’s lasting legacy to determine why.

From his early days rising through the ranks of New York’s gangs, to his slow demise in the aftermath of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, AL CAPONE: ICON chronicles the complicated life of one of America’s favorite mob bosses. The special exposes Capone not only as a bootlegger, killer and gangster, but as the popular public figure who opened one of the nation’s first soup kitchens, fought for expiration dates on milk and wrote love songs to his wife from prison.

It’s been more than 80 years since the height of Capone’s power, yet his impact is still felt. In addition to Capone’s history, AL CAPONE: ICON unveils his unexpected connections to modern-day organized crime, law enforcement, popular culture and even everyday life in Chicago.

Immediately following at 8 pm, HISTORY DETECTIVES SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS premieres Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa? Hosted by veteran detectives Tukufu Zuberi and Wes Cowan and new host Kaiama Glover, the reformatted 11th season of HISTORY DETECTIVES explores controversial Teamsters president Hoffa’s final days and the multiple theories as to why he was killed and just who pulled the trigger.  While others have concentrated on locating Hoffa’s body, the History Detectives are after the answer to the more important question: Who killed Jimmy Hoffa?

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Frontline: Losing Iraq

9 pm Tuesday, July 29, on WILL-TV: Frontline examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq: What went wrong? How did we get here? And what happens now?

Iraqi with face wrapped and gun

In a special developing report, Frontline examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq and how the U.S. is being pulled back into the conflict. Drawing on interviews with policymakers and military leaders, the investigative team traces the U.S. role from the 2003 invasion to the current violence — exploring how Iraq itself is coming undone, how we got here, what went wrong and what happens next.

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A Stellar Job on ‘Big Picture Science’

5 pm Saturday, July 26, on WILL-AM: Stars can tell us a lot about other celestial phenomena.

Hand giving thumbs up in front of a celestial body

The stars are out tonight. And they do more than just twinkle. These boiling balls of hot plasma can tell us something about other celestial phenomena. They betray the hiding places of black holes, for one. But they can also fool us. Find out why one of the most intriguing discoveries in astrobiology – that of the potentially habitable exoplanet Gliese 581g – may have been just a mirage.

Plus, the highest levels of ultraviolet light ever mentioned on Earth’s surface puzzles scientists: is it a fluke of nature, or something manmade?

And a physicist suggests that stars could be used by advanced aliens to send hailing signals deep into space.


Paul Robertson – Postdoctoral fellow, Penn State Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds
Mike Joner – Research professor of astronomy at Brigham Young University
Nathalie Cabrol – Planetary scientist, SETI Institute
Anthony Zee – Theoretical physicist at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara

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Bronfman performs Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’

7 pm Wednesday, July 23, with the San Francisco Symphony

Yefim Bronfman

Wednesday July 23: San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; *Yefim Bronfman, piano

R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28

Mark Volkert (American, b. 1951…Violinist with SFS: Pandora (World Premiere)

*Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, Emperor

[SFS Encore: Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K.504, Prague (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor)]

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