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Africa’s Great Civilizations
Monday-Wednesday, February 27-March 1 at 9:00pm
Beginning with Africa’s ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures.
Africa’s contributions to the human community’s development of art and language, writing and religion, agriculture and government, the arts and sciences are commonly misunderstood, or even ignored. This landmark series presents a new and comprehensive narrative about Africa and the history of the extraordinary diverse peoples of its continent, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Cape of Good Hope, from the Red Sea and down the Nile River, and from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic.
Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles.
February 6 – Indianapolis, Hour Two
Discover treasures from Indianapolis including a 1952 Joe Louis-signed whiskey bottle, a Sheraton sideboard, ca. 1820, and a 1928 NY Yankees team-signed baseball. Which one is the top find of the hour?
February 13 – Indianapolis, Hour Three
Travel to Indianapolis for hidden treasures including an 1898 Alphonse Mucha JOB poster, a 1974 George Nakashima “Kent Hall” floor lamp and a 1961 Ty Cobb-signed baseball. Which is the big find?
February 20 – Palm Springs, Hour One
Journey to Palm Springs for vintage and antique finds such as a 1965 Noah Purifoy sculpture, Carroll O’Connor’s Archie Bunker coat, ca. 1970, and a Franz Bergman foundry Vienna bronze lamp from around 1920. Can you guess which is valued at $125,000?
February 27 – Palm Springs, Hour Two
Learn more about fantastic Palm Springs finds including a 1966 Roy Lichtenstein screenprint, a NASA Apollo archive, ca. 1965, and a Tiffany Studios mosaic panel, ca. 1905. One is appraised at $100,000-$150,000!
Austin City Limits
Saturdays at 9:00pm
Explore the best original music — including contemporary and traditional rock, blues, country, folk, soul and worldbeat — in uninterrupted full concerts recorded live in Austin, Texas.
February 4 – CeCe Winans/St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Thrill to an hour of soul and gospel. Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise.
February 11 – Foals/Alejandro Escovedo
Revel in an hour of modern rock with UK superstars Foals and Texas legend Escovedo. Foals play tunes from the album What Went Down, while Texas bard Escovedo showcases Burn Something Beautiful, joined by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and alt-rock luminaries.
February 18 – Sturgill Simpson / Asleep at the Wheel
Enjoy “Life of Sin” and other tunes from Sturgill Simpson’s acclaimed LP Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, as well as Western swing classics from Asleep at the Wheel’s album Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.
February 25 - Kendrick Lamar
Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop from Grammy-nominated superstar Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, alongside his hits.
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
February 4 – The Lone Bellow
The Lone Bellow was born as a creative outlet for singer Zach Williams. Now a thriving part of Brooklyn’s Americana scene, roots-folk-rock trio was recently nominated for Americana Duo/Group of the Year. The simple, finely crafted songs of redemption are buoyed by a larger-than-life power.
February 11 – Drivin’ N Cryin’
Rolling Stone magazine explained veteran rockers DNC thusly, “Crunching hard rock is the Drivin’ part. Brittle country-ish balladry the Cryin’…” Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Kevn Kinney and Drivin’ N Cryin’ have for 30 years offered die-hard fans a blend that arcs from intimate acoustic folk to soaring (and searing) guitar-laden Southern rock.
February 18 – Sierra Hull
The Tennessee mandolin prodigy (shown at right) is all grown up and fresh from releasing her third solo album, the Bela Fleck-produced Weighted Mind. Fleck notes, “She plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved… Her vocals and songwriting matured to the level of her virtuosity.” Hull, who has played the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, is the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music.
February 25 - St. Paul & the Broken Bones
This Birmingham, Alabama, soul band’s career hit the ground as big and strong as their sweat-soaked, seven-piece soul-funk sound, earning major raves from major media. Fronted by Paul “St. Paul” Janeway, one of the most intense, charismatic lead singers to command a stage since James Brown, the Broken Bones have played festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo and opened for the Rolling Stones.
City in the Sky
Wednesdays at 10:00pm
Explore a unique metropolis—a midair “city” composed of nearly a million people on flights that crisscross the world daily. Meet the hidden army working to keep the city aloft and uncover the exceptional engineering and technology that make it work.
February 8 – Departure
Learn what it takes to get a million people off the ground—from building the world’s biggest passenger plane to controlling the flow of passengers through the busiest airport on the planet to the perils of takeoff in the coldest city on Earth.
February 15 – Airborne
Examine the hidden army that keeps your plane safe, and explore just what it takes to keep the “city in the sky” functioning and safe between take-off and landing. Learn why flying has become safer than ever.
February 22 – Arrival
What goes up must come down—and getting passengers safely back to earth depends on complex global networks and some astonishing technology. Around the world, 100,000 flights a day make touchdown—almost every one safely. Learn what’s involved.