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Program addition: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

9:30 pm Tuesday, Sept. 23, on WILL-TV: Critically acclaimed film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait.

American Masters will present Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a critically acclaimed independent documentary that debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film is a year-long ride with legendary comedian Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life. Peeling away the mask of an iconic comedian and exposing the struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer. The film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait of one the most hilarious and long-standing career women ever in the comedy business.

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America After Ferguson

7 pm Friday, Sept. 26, on WILL-TV: Gwen Ifill hosts a town hall meeting on issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri.

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Gwen Ifill, PBS NewsHour co-anchor and managing editor, and moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, will moderate America After Ferguson, a town hall meeting that will explore the many issues that have been brought into public discourse in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo. The program will air at 7 pm Friday, Sept.26, 2014 on WILL-TV. This is a recent program update, and the program will replace Washington Week and Charlie Rose: The Week.

While the facts of the case are still in dispute, for many the story of Ferguson has become a symbol of the larger social divides in America, exposing a persistent disconnect along lines of race, class and identity. Through conversations and special reports, America After Ferguson will explore these complex questions raised by the events in Ferguson.

America After Ferguson will be taped before an audience on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Intended for audiences in communities across the country, America After Ferguson will include national leaders in the areas of law enforcement, race and civil rights, as well as government officials, faith leaders and youth.

“The upheaval in Ferguson stirred up an all too familiar stew of debate over race, justice and citizenship," Ifill said. "It's a discussion fueled by community outrage and resentment on all sides, but it is one that shouldn't end. Our town hall conversation will shed light rather than heat on the topic, as we seek out the voices interested in digging deeper.”

As a multi-platform initiative, American After Ferguson will also deliver content and conversation online and in social media. To continue the dialogue after the town hall, visit pbs.org/afterferguson and follow #AfterFerguson.

On WILL-AM: Part 2 of Beyond Ferguson

In September, a talk special on WILL-AM covered many of the issued raised by the shooting in Ferguson. Join U of I journalism professor Janice Marie Collins at 10 am Friday, Oct. 3 for part two of the discussion, Beyond Ferguson. She'll talk with guests about the role race continues to play in their lives and what it means to be black men and women in modern America. Call in to the program with your questions and comments.

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Glenn Gould in rapture

From NPR's Krulwich Wonders: Watch Gould deep in what psychologists call "a flow state."

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Birmingham, Ala. on State of the Re:Union

10 am Fri., Sept. 19, on WILL-AM: Some residents are unearthing the city's often violent past so they can take a hard look at it.

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Birmingham, Alabama. Just the words make you think about freedom riders, church bombings, civil rights marches and police dogs. This is a place that can’t escape its history—especially the painful parts. Almost 50years later after the tragedies and triumphs of the civil rights era, Birmingham is still a community trying to put itself back together. Some have started trying to unearth the city’s past and face it. To do that, people are looking beyond the civil rights era: from slavery to vaudeville, and from Birmingham as a steel town to its post-industrial future. In this hour, SOTRU brings listeners into the courtrooms, churches and backyards of Birmingham to answer the question borne out by the lives of people here: is Birmingham a monument to brutal segregation, or one of the few American cities willing to take a hard look at race?

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Skeptic Check: Is it true?

5 pm Saturday, Sept. 20: Big Picture Science examines news stories that seem too sensational to be valid, yet might be.

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We often hear fantastic scientific claims that would change everything if true. Such as the report that algae is growing on the outside of the International Space Station or that engineers have built a rocket that requires no propellant to accelerate. We examine news stories that seem too sensational to be valid, yet just might be – including whether a killer asteroid has Earth’s name on it.

Plus, a journalist investigates why people hold on to their beliefs even when the evidence is stacked hard against them – from skepticism about climate change to Holocaust denial. And, why professional skeptics are just as enamored with their beliefs as anyone else.


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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

7 pm all week long on WILL-TV (repeated 9 pm nightly)

Franklin, Eleanor and Theodore Roosevelt

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History airs on WILL-TV over seven consecutive nights beginning at 7 pm Sunday, Sept. 14. Each episode is repeated at 9 pm the same night.

The film weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative. 

“The Roosevelts have played significant roles in other stories we’ve told before, from the National Parks to World War II,” said filmmaker Ken Burns. “It’s impossible, in fact, to visit many parts of the American experience without encountering their presence. But beyond simply sharing a bloodline or political success, they each shared a passionate belief that America is at its strongest when everyone has an equal chance. And on a personal level, they each struggled to overcome their own fears while maintaining a public face of courage.”

The Roosevelts follows the family’s story for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th president of the United States, and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry his fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd president. Together, they redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, and redefined, as well, the role of the United States within the wider world. The series encompasses all the history the Roosevelts helped to make — the creation of National Parks and the digging of the Panama Canal, the New Deal and the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights around the world in which Eleanor Roosevelt played a central role. But it is also an intimate human story about love and betrayal, family feeling and personal courage and the conquest of fear.

Legendary actress Meryl Streep portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in readings from her personal letters and writings. Of her performance, Burns said, “As we’ve seen time and time again, Ms. Streep is a magician. Here, she completely transformed herself into Eleanor Roosevelt, simply through her voice. It was remarkable to witness. The entire cast delivers what I consider to be some of the finest voice-over work we’ve ever been fortunate enough to present.”

Joining Streep are Paul Giamatti as the voice of Theodore Roosevelt and Edward Herrmann, two-time Emmy Award nominee for his performance as Franklin Roosevelt, as the voice of FDR. 

Rounding out the cast are Patricia Clarkson, Adam Arkin, Philip Bosco, Keith Carradine, Kevin Conway, Ed Harris, John Lithgow, Josh Lucas, Carl Lumbly, Amy Madigan, Carolyn McCormick, Pamela Reed, Billy Bob Thornton and Eli Wallach.

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