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FEATURED PROGRAMS on Blue Ridge PBS

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Crooked Stick: Songs in a Strange Land

Thursday, June 13 @ 8pm
The power and poignancy of 19th-century slave spirituals evoke feelings of raw power, deep empathy, pathos and poetry. CROOKED STICK: SONGS IN A STRANGE LAND is a hour-long concert special that celebrates the enslaved peoples of the United States who created a shared language of music to find hope and strength in difficult times.

D. I. Ray, Season 2

Sundays @ 10pm 
Two months after her suspension, D.I. Ray is thrust back into homicide after the fatal shooting of an innocent nurse and the head of a notorious crime family points to brewing tensions between rival crime families.

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June 16 – Wrong Place
D.I. Ray is thrust back into homicide after a fatal shooting outside a Birmingham hospital.

June 23 – Rivals
D.I. Ray leads the mission to rescue her prime suspect before it’s too late.

June 30 – The Hunt for Rav
D.I. Ray must face her past to uncover the next piece of the puzzle.

Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution

Tuesdays @ 9pm
From the basement bars of ‘70s New York City to the peak of the global charts, along with iconic tracks and remarkable footage, this mini-series offers a powerful, revisionist history of the disco age.

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June 18 – Rock the Boat
Explore how this global music craze was born in the apartments and basement bars of 1970s New York.

June 25 – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
As disco conquers the mainstream, it turns Black women and gay men into icons.

July 2 – Stayin’ Alive
Dive into how disco fell victim to a violent backlash and emerged to come back stronger.

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Dynamic Planet

Wednesdays @ 8pm 
Embark on this epic three-year journey spanning all seven continents and meet the extraordinary people and animals on the front line of climate change. Reveal how science, nature, and tradition can prepare us for a fast-changing future.

June 19 – Ice
Explore how science, nature, and tradition prepare us for the future as ice melts across all three poles.

June 26 – Fire
Examine how science, nature, and tradition can prepare us for the future as the planet heats up.

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French Magnolia Cooks, Season 2

Mondays @ 7:30pm beginning June 17
Join Chef Missy, her wine expert husband, Thomas Fraley and a gaggle of experts as they take you from hunt, farm and stream - to the table all in one day. Approachable savory recipes, entertaining tips, gardening secrets & beautiful dinner parties serve as the backdrop for this heart-warming (multi) Emmy Award winning culinary hit. It’s an inspirational and educational epicurean journey through Central Appalachia. 

Grantchester, Season 9, on Masterpiece

Sundays @ 9pm 
It’s 1961, and times are changing in Grantchester. Will seeks new challenges elsewhere while Geordie and Cathy deal with an independent Esme. With Reverend Alphy Kottaram arriving as the new vicar, will the locals accept him as one of their own?

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June 16 – Episode 1
Will receives a surprising offer that makes him question his life in Grantchester.

June 23 – Episode 2
Amid an abandoned baby and a dead hotel manager discovery, Geordie is blindsided by Will's news.

June 30 – Episode 3
Geordie and new vicar Alphy Kottaram get off on the wrong foot.

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The Great American Recipe, Season 3 

Mondays @ 9pm, encore presentation Fridays @ 9pm 
Follow eight talented home cooks from different regions of the country as they compete weekly with their most memorable recipes. In the final week, the top three home cooks vie for a chance to win The Great American Recipe.

June 17 & 21 – A First Taste
Meet the eight new contestants from across the country competing to win The Great American Recipe.

June 24 & 28 – Secrets and Staples
Watch the home cooks create recipes that reveal their favorite secret ingredients and go-to grains.

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Great Performances at the Met: Carmen

Friday, June 14 @ 9pm 
Acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell makes her Met debut with this classic story reset in the modern day. Told through today’s issues like gender violence, abusive labor structures, and the desire to break through societal boundaries, mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina leads the cast in the title role alongside tenor Piotr Beczała as Carmen’s troubled lover, Don José. Daniele Rustioni conducts Bizet’s score and Matthew Polenzani hosts.

Hope in the Water

Wednesdays @ 9pm 
From James Beard Award-Winning Andrew Zimmern’s Intuitive Content, the character driven series is headlined by environmental enthusiasts Shailene Woodley, Martha Stewart and Baratunde Thurston.

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June 19 – The Fish in the Sea
As our seas and sea life face existential threats on an unprecedented scale, new methods of fishing on the open ocean and a reconsideration of ancient practices aim to turn peril into plenty.

June 26 – Farming in Water
Farmed fish has a history rooted in a legacy of pollution, disease and environmental disaster. But new technologies, open source innovation, and a reconsideration of ancient practices may hold the secrets to sustainably feeding our growing population.

July 3 – Changing the Menu
With demand for fish and seafood on the rise around the world, what we eat can put tremendous pressure on wild fisheries, limit access to local communities in need, and negatively affect the health of the ocean.

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Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom

Wednesday, June 19 @ 7pm
A documentary by award-winning director, Ya’Ke Smith that invites viewers into the story of Juneteenth – the holiday recognizing the end of legalized slavery in Texas – through the eyes of a Black man learning about the holiday from the direct descendants of those liberated that fateful day. 

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Nature

Wednesdays @ 8pm
NATURE on PBS brings rich and rewarding stories from the wild to homes across America. Forty years on, it is the premier voice for the natural world, an essential lens on the creatures, great and small, that sustain us all on our living planet.

June 5 - Grizzly 399: Queen of the Tetons
The most famous bear in the Tetons attempts to raise four cubs. But she makes increasingly unexpected and consequential choices to protect her family, Grizzly 399 stands as a symbol of the clash between humans and the wild.

June 12 – Soul of the Ocean
Take a deep breath and experience the complex world of ocean waters. NATURE shows a never-before-seen look at how life underwater co-exists in a marriage of necessity.

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New Leash on Life: The K9s for Warriors Story

Thursday, June 27 @ 8pm
The documentary features the impact of service-dog agency K9s For Warriors on the lives of three American veterans struggling with trauma sustained in service overseas. Founded by Shari Duval and her son Brett Simon, who served two tours in Iraq, K9s For Warriors matches veterans Adam, Shilo and Louis with companion dogs. Each learns to manage issues such as flashbacks, hypervigilance, and invisible psychological damage.

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Professor T, Season 3

Sundays @ 8pm 
The multi award-winning much-loved crime drama Professor T starring Ben Miller, Frances de la Tour and Juliet Stevenson is back for a third season. The Professor is in jail and must find a way to get his old life and job back.

June 16 – Heir to the Throne
Professor T is banged up in prison awaiting trial. He finds jail life difficult. His police colleagues Dan and Lisa try to distract him with a murder case involving two brothers.

June 23 – The Perfect Picture
A bride is found dead on her wedding night floating in the hotel swimming pool. The photos portray the perfect picture of happiness. But the police and the Professor suspect foul play.

June 30 – Truth and Justice
Professor T is up in court and he must decide whether to save himself or his former lover Christina. Meanwhile a prison officer is found dead and there are no shortage of suspects.

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Soldier On: Life After Deployment

Thursday, June 20 @ 8pm
Three women — Natasha Young, Amanda Tejada and Lyndsey Lyons — confront the challenges of readjusting to civilian life after their post-9/11 military service. Once back in the United States, the women cope with the disintegration of their relationships, alcohol and substance abuse, depression, health problems, military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and employment difficulties.