Look what's coming to Blue Ridge PBS!
Check our schedule for additional show times.
(Programs on SWVA PTV can be seen over the air on WBRA 15.2 and on cable: Citizens 82, Cox 107, Comcast/Infinity 264, umos 17, Shentel 157 & Dish 16.)
American Experience: The Vote
Tuesday, September 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 8:00pm
Meet the unsung heroes of the movement and relive the fiery, dramatic and unrelenting campaign that led to passage of the 19th Amendment, granting American women the vote and ushering in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.
American Experience discovers the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present.
Art in the 21st Century – NEW SEASON!
Fridays at 10:00pm
Meet 12 artists and one artist collective behind some of the most significant artwork of the 21st century. These creators respond to the places they live and work, and show unabashed engagement with the world around them.
September 18 – London
See how British history and modern upheaval collide in the works of today's London artists. Their art rethinks the past, subverts tradition, and is as layered, diverse and dynamic as the centuries-old city in which these artists live
September 25 – Beijing
Witness the maturing of this unique contemporary-art hub and meet the artists who call it home. Beijing's recent economic boom makes it fertile ground for art, and artists have responded to its relentless evolution with urgency and ambition.
October 2 – Borderlands
Learn how contemporary art can challenge preconceived notions of the U.S.-Mexico border. Today’s artists see the border as an open wound, theatrical stage, political podium, studio and contradictory landscape that features both ugliness and beauty.
Wednesdays at 7:00pm
Buzz features nonprofit organizations and the marketing pros who help them do more and better. These four episodes are sponsored by James Pearman of Partners in Financial Planning. More information about Buzz can be found at buzz4good.com or on Facebook and Instagram at @buzz4good.
September 2 – Southwest Virginia Ballet with Carrie Cousins
From free classes for Roanoke City schoolchildren to free performances for families with special needs, Southwest Virginia Ballet has transformed lives throughout our region through dance, artistry and passion … despite a website that features none of those things. As a 30th birthday gift to Southwest Virginia Ballet, digital marketing specialist Carrie Cousins provides the nonprofit with an online transformation of its own.
September 9 – Healing Strides with 5 Points Creative
Healing Strides of Virginia often refers to itself as one of the region's “best kept secrets” for its work providing therapeutic horse-riding services for people suffering from neurological disorders including children with autism and veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. But thanks to a $25,000 “marketing makeover” by 5 Points Creative, the nonprofit based in Boones Mill is a secret no longer.
September 16 – Mill Mountain Zoo with Wordsprint
Since its founding in 1952, Mill Mountain Zoo has been a nursery rhyme-themed amusement park featuring exotic animals. Today, the iconic attraction’s focus on education and conservation is so radically different that the word “zoo” no longer applies. Wordsprint, a print marketing company based in Blacksburg, guides the zoo’s board and staff in crafting a new identity as it approaches its 70th birthday atop Mill Mountain.
September 23 – RAM House with Wheeler Digital
Like all nonprofits, RAM (Roanoke-Area Ministries) House has been impacted by COVID-19 as it struggles to meet the growing needs of our community’s homeless population. While an older cadre of supporters helps the nonprofit provide food, clothing, a day shelter and financial assistance for more than 100 people a day, Wheeler Digital donates its expertise to help RAM recruit younger volunteers and donors to sustain the organization’s work for years to come.
Family of Us: A PBS American Portrait Story
Monday, September 21 at 10:00pm
See a moving and meaningful picture of families in America today and the way these relationships shape us. Families of all shapes and sizes give us a look into their lives, revealing how we value our families now more than ever.
Great Performances: Now Hear This, Series 2
Fridays at 9:00pm
From Vienna to Montreal, Berlin to Philadelphia, London to New York City and beyond, celebrated violinist and chief conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic Scott Yoo discovers the secret stories behind some of the greatest classical music ever composed in the second season of Great Performances: Now Hear This.
The critically acclaimed documentary miniseries that merges music, storytelling, travel and culture returns with four new episodes focusing on signature works by Classical period composers Haydn, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven.
September 18 – Haydn: King of Strings
Explore the work of famed composer Joseph Haydn’s career with host Scott Yoo and featured guest artists as he discovers how Haydn borrowed folk music from Scotland, Hungary and Austria to create his famous “Emperor Quartet.”
September 25 – Schubert Generation
Celebrate the work of Franz Schubert with host Scott Yoo as he plays with young musicians establishing themselves in North America's musical capitals by attempting to master the composer’s music.