September 2023 Programming Highlights

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With Fall closing in, the time to cuddle up on the couch and watch some of your favorites is upon us.

“Frontline: Two Strikes/Tutwiler”

In this two-part special, “Frontline looks at a little known “two strikes” law and pregnancy in prison. In collaboration with The Marshall Project, the first half examines how a former West Point cadet got life in prison under a “two strikes” law. The second half documents what happens to pregnant women in prison and their newborns.

“Frontline: Two Strikes/Tutwiler” airs Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 9 p.m.



“America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston”

“America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston” returns with a brand-new season as the best-selling writer, podcaster and comedian travels the country to uncover our complex relationship with the outdoors. From biologists saving snapping turtles to BIPOC mountain bikers, Baratunde meets a fascinating cast of characters with one thing in common: a passion for being outside.

“America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston” season 2 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.



“American Masters: Bella! This Woman’s Place is in the House”

Follow the meteoric rise of firebrand politician and activist Bella Abzug. See how her commitment to women’s rights and progressive causes upended the status quo in Washington. Join Shirley MacLaine, Barbra Streisand, Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Marlo Thomas, Nancy Pelosi and more as they reflect on Abzug’s legacy as a legislator and cultural icon.

“American Masters: Bella! This Woman’s Place is in the House” airs Friday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m.



“Professor T”

Professor Jasper Tempest and the team untangle a series of knotty crimes ranging from an unexplained fire in a student block to the mystery of an entire family found dead in their home. Meanwhile, Professor T is dominated and perplexed by the women in his life, from his mother to the love of his life Christina, and his new therapist, Dr. Helena.



“American Experience: The Busing Battleground”

On Sept. 12, 1974, police were stationed outside schools across Boston as Black and white students were bused for the first time between neighborhoods to comply with a federal court desegregation order. The cross-town busing was met with shocking violence, much of it directed at children: angry white protestors threw rocks at school buses carrying Black children and hurled racial epithets at the students as they walked into their new schools. The chaos and racial unrest escalated and continued for years. Using eyewitness accounts, oral histories and news footage that hasn’t been seen in decades, “The Busing Battleground” pulls back the curtain on the volatile effort to end school segregation, detailing the decades-long struggle for educational equity that preceded the crisis. It illustrates how civil rights battles had to be fought across the North as well as the South and reckons with the class dimensions of the desegregation saga, exploring how the neighborhoods most impacted by the court’s order were the poorest in the city.

“American Experience: The Busing Battleground” premieres Monday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m.

“American Experience: The Harvest”

Set against vast historic and demographic changes unfolding across America, “The Harvest” follows a coalition of Black and white citizens working to create racially integrated public schools in a cotton town in the middle of the Mississippi Delta, the most rigidly segregated area in America. It tells the extraordinary story of how that first class became possible, then traces the lives of Blackmon and his classmates, teachers and parents from the first day through high school graduation in 1982. It is a riveting portrait of how those children’s lives were transformed

and how the town — and America — were changed. But as the film follows the lives of those children into the present, it is also a portrait of what our society has lost in its failure to finish the work begun a generation ago.

“American Experience: The Harvest” premieres Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.

“American Masters | Jerry Brown: Disruptor”

Experience the political and personal journey of Jerry Brown, the longest serving governor in California history. First elected at 36 years old and again at 72, explore Brown’s 50-year career tackling climate change and inequality.

“American Masters | Jerry Brown: Disruptor” premieres Sept. 15, at 8 p.m.



“American Masters | Floyd Abrams: Speaking Freely” - Friday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m.

Follow the 50-year career of First Amendment lawyer and legal expert Floyd Abrams. See how his landmark cases, from the Pentagon Papers to Citizens United, helped define free speech as it is known today.

Known as the “first First Amendment lawyer,” see how his landmark cases—from the Pentagon Papers to Citizens United to Clearview AI—helped define free speech as it is known today. Join Dan Abrams, Ari Melber, Nina Totenberg and more as they unpack the ways in which Abrams’ career has shaped major changes in law, public discourse and civic action since the 1960s.

“American Masters | Floyd Abrams: Speaking Freely” premieres Friday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m.

“Midsomer Murders” - Season 22 Premiere, Sept. 23, Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Homicide, blackmail, greed and betrayal: just a taste of what goes on behind the idyllic villages of Midsomer County. But the culprits are no match for DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix).

“Midsomer Murders” season 22 premieres Sept. 23, at 8 p.m.

“Out of Exile: The Photography of Fred Stein” - Sunday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m.

A vivid, filmic depiction of the dramatic life of pioneering street photographer, Fred Stein. The Nazi menace in 1933 forced him to flee to Paris, where he learned photography. The camera inspired him, and he walked the streets, capturing images of timeless beauty. But when the war came, he had to flee across the embattled countryside, in a narrow escape.

“Out of Exile: The Photography of Fred Stein” airs Sunday, Sept. 24, at 10 p.m.


“Homegrown” celebrates the people, places, and stories of Arkansas. From difference makers to innovators, from family life to rural communities, from trailblazers to risk takers, to those who have shaped and preserve the legacy we all share, “Homegrown” will introduce you to the unique people and communities that shape the character of life in Arkansas.

“Homegrown” premieres Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m.

Arkansas PBS will also be bringing back several favorites, premiering this September.

“Professor T” season 2 premieres Sunday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.; “Evolution Earth” premieres Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 9 p.m.; and “Wild Hope” airs Saturdays, starting Sept. 9, at 11:30 a.m.

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