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AMERICAN MASTERS, which pioneered the television biography genre, continues to offer insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life. Winner of the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.
Friday, May 18 at 9:00pm – Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Discover the ingenious inventor behind the pretty face as the Hollywood star tells her own story in a newly discovered interview. Hedy Lamarr’s pioneering work is the basis for secure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. Susan Sarandon is co-executive producer.
Sunday, May 20 at 10:03pm - Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
Examine the literary double life of this celebrated author, who wrote scandalous works under a pseudonym. Elizabeth Marvel and Jane Alexander star.
Antiques Roadshow – NEW EPISODES!
Mondays at 8:00pm
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW puts the reality in reality television! Part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 22nd season in 2018.
April 30 – Green Bay, Hour Two
Gallivant through Green Bay with ROADSHOW for amazing finds such as a Renaissance-revival poison ring from around 1875, a 1939 Union Pacific premiere banner, and a Harry Bertoia spray sculpture made around 1965. One is the big find of the night!
May 7 – Green Bay, Hour Three
Discover Green Bay treasures including a Belle Epoque diamond necklace from about 1915, 1952 and 1954 baseball cards, and Cheyenne cradleboard made around 1895. Watch to learn which is the top find of the hour!
May 14 – Newport, Hour One
Experience ROADSHOW history when, for the first time, cameras roll indoors and outdoors! At Rosecliff mansion, see a diamond pin sway in the breeze, a Rohmer doll valued on the patio, and Tiffany vases stun an appraiser in the lavish ballroom.
May 21- Newport, Hour Two
Learn about historical treasures as they’re appraised at Rosecliff, a Gilded Age mansion. Finds include a Fabergé jade snuff bottle made around 1890, Basquiat oil stick drawing, and General Wharton Civil War archive. Which is valued at $400,000?
May 28 – Newport, Hour Three
Celebrate as ROADSHOW wraps up its visit to Rosecliff mansion with more treasures, including a Tiffany & Co. sapphire and diamond ring, a Boston bureau table made around 1770, and M.C. Escher lithographs. Find out which is appraised for $100,000!
Beyond Your Backyard with Erik the Travel Guy
Tuesdays at 7:00pm & Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Beyond Your Backyard is a 30-minute, educational travel series highlighting destinations that Mid Atlantic residents can travel to with ease. Veteran travel personality Erik Hastings (Erik The Travel Guy) reveals the “soul” of each destination he visits by highlighting its history and culture, amazing experiences, delicious food, famous attractions and off-the-beaten-path haunts.
May 1 – PA’s Great Outdoors
The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Region is bursting at the seams with outdoor recreation for the whole family. In this episode, Erik learns more about the timber industry, how to make Moonshine and meets the world's most famous weather-predicting groundhog!
May 8 – Colonial Williamsburg
Beyond Your Backyard goes back in time and learns about American life in Colonial Williamsburg. Erik The Travel Guy steps into the shoes of an early American settler in this historic triangle where he takes up arms and learns all about the proper way to fire a musket, ax-throwing, the honest slave story, and how to make delicious ginger biscuits.
May 15 – Bahamas
Step off the beaten path in the breathtakingly beautiful Bahamas. Erik The Travel Guy shows you the best beaches, where the locals go to get fresh Conch fritters and steps in the kitchen to show you how to make mojito chicken!
May 22 – Washington, D.C.
Washington DC is a true “company town” and that company is the federal government. Erik tours the monuments, learns why DC is a district and not a US state and gets in the kitchen with a chef who shows us his own brand of soul food!
May 29 – New Orleans, LA
In this episode of Beyond Your Backyard, Erik travels to New Orleans, Louisiana to uncover the secrets behind the distinct vibe synonymous with amazing food, live music and fun.
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.
May 5 – Kasey Chambers
Tune in for a set from a singer-songwriter who traveled from the Land Down Under to Tennessee’s “Show Down Under.” From a well-known producing/performing musical family, Chambers is one of Australia's most successful and celebrated country artists.
May 12 – Marty Stuart
Don’t miss this performance by the five-time Grammy-winner. With a bio that boasts stints with Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash, Stuart is unsurpassed as a rhinestone showman and folk philosopher who has proudly remained to country.
May 19 – Parker Milsap
Enjoy a performance by a singer-songwriter deemed one of Nashville’s hottest new country roots artists. Winner of Americana’s 2016 Album of the Year, Millsap performs on guitar, harmonica and slide guitar.
May 26 – Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
Tune in for a performance by the “Queen of Bluegrass” (Wall Street Journal), who tours with her band, The Rage, earning accolades for her mastery of the progressive chord structures and multi-range, fast-paced vocals intrinsic to bluegrass.
The Chinese Exclusion Act: A Special Presentation of American Experience
Tuesday, May 29 at 8:00pm
Examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. The first in a long line of acts targeting the Chinese for exclusion, it remained in force for more than 60 years.