In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, 2013, KCET will showcase several inspiring programs dedicated to those who have served in the United States military. With emotional journeys that include stories of adversity, friendship, and heroism, KCET celebrates the selfless individuals who had the courage and strength to fight for our country.
Monday, Nov. 4 @ 9PM: Maggie's War: A True Story of Courage, Leadership, & Valor in WWII
James Megellas, affectionately known as "Maggie," led H-Company of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment through some of the most horrific battles and deadliest missions of World War II, including the Battle of Anzio, Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. Maggie's War chronicles the evolution of a citizen into a fearless platoon leader, and the transformation of a young man into the most highly decorated officer in the history of the famed 82nd Airborne Division. Seven decades later, cameras follow Megellas, now a retired Lieutenant Colonel, on an emotional return to Europe with a small group of family, friends and 82nd Airborne veterans. Together they visit old battlefields and war memorials and encounter Dutch citizens still grateful for their sacrifice.
Friday, Nov. 8 @ 8PM: Killing Memories
Killing Memories follows five American war veterans who served together in Vietnam 40 years ago as they reunite to tour battlefields, meet former enemies and confront ghosts of their past. Though the film is focused on overcoming old wounds, it resonates loudly in the present, as America continues fighting wars and sending her children into battle.
Friday, Nov. 8 @ 9:30PM: Ted Bell and the Ridge
Retired Col. Ted Bell became The Citadel's most decorated World War II veteran for his valor in holding a rugged ridge on the Pacific island of Okinawa. But the deaths of so many of his men in his Easy Company of the 77th Infantry Division weighed on his mind as the decades passed. Holding the place near Ishimmi Ridge over a tortuous three days of combat proved to be a decisive moment in the war in the Pacific, puncturing a hole in the Japanese's Shuri Line and clearing the way for the United States to win the island and use it for the planned invasion of Japan. Two months later, Japan surrendered after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Saturday, Nov. 9 @ 4PM: We Served Too: The Story of the Women's Air Force
This is a story of a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes: the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). They were the first women pilots to ever fly for the United States military. However, after an aggressive campaign by male pilots who wanted the WASPs jobs during World War II, they were the only wartime unit that was denied military status by Congress and were sent home before the war was over and their job was done. Because the women were denied military status, the WASPs received no insurance or benefits during or after the war, and if a WASP died during training or while on a mission, their families were not allowed to put a service star in the window, nor could the WASPs receive a military burial. It wasn't until the middle of the 1970s that they would be recognized as World War II veterans, and it wasn't until 2010, that the United States government would recognize those women who died during their service and the surviving WASPs would receive the congressional gold medal. We Served Too provides a firsthand account from WASPs who tell their story and discuss their experiences during the three pivotal periods that make up the WASP history. WASP experts and family members also share their personal stories and expert knowledge.
Monday, Nov. 11 @ 9PM: The Last Ridge
On a freezing winter night in February 1945, the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division accomplished the impossible: they scaled a 2,000-foot cliff in northern Italy to knock the seemingly invincible Germans from their impenetrable perch. The Last Ridge recounts the remarkable story of the legendary 10th Mountain Division, whose extraordinary efforts turned the tide for the Allied forces in Italy, revolutionized winter mountain warfare abroad, transformed winter sports and inspired an entire generation of soldiers. Narrated by National Public Radio's Scott Simon, the documentary traces the 10th Mountain Division's history: from their uphill battles in World War II to their current campaigns in troubled Afghanistan.
This November 22, we arrive at the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The events of that grim day in Dallas have continued to shape the way we live, even five decades later. On the night of Friday, November 22, KCET explores some of these ways with two insightful documentaries.
On Nov. 22, 1963, the motorcade transporting President John F. Kennedy was met by thousands of citizens and hundreds of members of the press as it slowly made its way through downtown Dallas. Moments later, the president's assassination would forever change the country, the world and the landscape of broadcast journalism. Narrated by Emmy-winning newscaster Jane Pauley, "JFK: Breaking the News" focuses on media coverage of the national tragedy, with an insightful look at the emergence of television as the nation's primary source of breaking news information.
Based on Larry Sabato's book, "The Kennedy Half-Century" chronicles the impact and influence of John F. Kennedy's life, administration and tragic death on the general public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president. John F. Kennedy's legacy endured due to the early efforts of family and friends, Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" programs, Ronald Reagan's tax cuts and Cold War strategies, Bill Clinton's infatuation with the 35th president, and the "twinning" of JFK and Barrack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign. The compelling one-hour documentary features interviews with major political and media figures, including Bob Schieffer, Ron Reagan Jr., Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Ari Fleischer, James Carville, Julian Bond, Andrew Bell and Larry Sabato, among others
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Idyllwild"
Located 5,300 feet up in the San Jacinto Mountains above Palm Springs, Idyllwild offers a well-balanced mixture of natural, cultural and historic wonders.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Egg Collection"
Have you ever wondered what one of the largest collections of eggs in the world looks like? Well the San Bernardino County Museum has just such a collection. Huell takes a close up look and some very beautiful and very unusual eggs.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Magician"
John Gaughan is a magician who designs and builds spectacular illusions for big-name magic acts and stage effects for rock musicians. He has also devoted many years to collecting and restoring vintage magic devices dating back to the eighteenth century. His workshop has been in the same place for 35 years and two of his employees have been with him for 25 years.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Dental Museum"
The Orange County Dental Society has an impressive collection of vintage dental objects housed in its Dental Museum in Orange. Huell sees firsthand what a visit to the dentist might have been like decades ago as he examines display after display of chairs, tools and other devices. There are items dating back to the 19th century, and even a denture belonging to George Washington by some accounts.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Modjeska House"
Huell visits the historic home and gardens of Helena Modjeska. Still considered Poland's most famous actress, she settled in Orange County in 1876 creating a beautiful residence to return to while performing throughout the United States.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Miso"
Many of us have sat down to a Japanese meal and have been served a brothy soup named miso. In this adventure, Huell visits Miyako Oriental Foods Inc, to find out how this this traditional Japanese staple is made.
At the time this was posted, a MoveOn.org petition to get KCET to air "Citizen Koch," a documentary on the Koch brothers and the extent of their influence, had gathered nearly 10,000 signatures. In light of this, KCET decided that the petition-signers could benefit from some clarification about the documentary, PBS and the prospect of the "Citizen Koch" airing on this station.
We have a petition signed by 10,000 people for you to air "Citizen Koch." When do you plan to put it on your broadcast schedule?
As an independent public television station, KCET is no longer part of the PBS network, and as such, the film was never offered to us for broadcast. We have not seen the film. When the filmmakers determine how the film will be distributed, we would be open to considering it for broadcast.
Previously we have offered documentaries that shed light on the issues surrounding the influence of corporate money on the media with, "Shadows of Liberty" by Jean-Philippe Tremblay as well as "Koch Brothers Exposed" from acclaimed director Robert Greenwald. To be able to continue to air films like these, we need your support. Please donate today.
By not airing this, KCET and PBS are allowing corporate influences to determine what you broadcast. How do you respond to this as a public media organization
KCET is no longer part of the PBS network, so PBS programming acquisitions and productions have no impact on KCET and our schedule. Since 2011, we are a non-profit independent public television station for Southern and Central California with a commitment to providing news, information and entertainment that reflects the diverse community it serves, and giving a voice to those who otherwise may go unheard. In the nearly 50 years we have served this region -- both as part of PBS and as an independent organization -- we have never wavered from this mandate.
As you may know, KCET recently merged with Link TV to form KCETLink, a national independent public transmedia network committed to delivering content that enriches lives and broadens perspectives from global independent sources that are not influenced by commercial interests. We provide stories and information you won't find in mainstream media. KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink and maintain their distinct editorial voices.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Clocker's Corner"
Huell rides out to Santa Anita Park and meets up with trainers, jockeys and fans at Clocker's Corner. It's a great spot for breakfast that provides an up-close view of racehorses going through their morning workout.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Toilets"
From its humble beginnings in 1945, the family-owned Acorn Engineering has turned into one of the largest manufacturers of stainless steel plumbing fixtures for the commercial, architectural, industrial, correctional, institutional and residential sectors. Huell discovers that toilets and fixtures that were originally made for prisons have turned into the height of architectural design.
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The Danes are coming. And they're bringing new episodes with them.
Tune in Friday, Oct. 4, at 10PM for the U.S. premiere of the third season of the Danish drama "Borgen." It's the first time that the third season has ever been broadcast for an English-speaking audience, and you can only watch this season on KCET and LinkTV. Should you be excited? That's an emphatic ja. This is the show that The Daily Beast called "the best TV show you've never seen," and fans of high-quality television all over the world have been eagerly anticipating the final season.
We'll be streaming the season premiere online immediately after the episode airs on TV, and then we're re-airing it again on KCET on Monday at 10PM.
Not quite ready for Season 3? We've got you covered:
- Still need to catch up on Season 2? No worries -- the entirely of the second season of "Borgen" is still streaming online! But act fast, because the streaming window for Season 2 episodes will begin closing on October 13.
- And our "Borgen" character guide has been updated through the end of Season 2, just in case you have trouble telling one political party leader from the next.
- Still haven't seen Season One? We can help you fill in the gaps with our "Help, I don't know what 'Borgen' is" primer and recaps for all ten episodes.
- Not convinced Danish political drama is for you? Check out our list of five reasons why it should be.
- Need a primer on the Danish political system? We can get you up to speed before you can say "leverpostej."
- And in case the gravity of the Danish political sphere becomes just too much for you, know that yes, there is a "Borgen" drinking game.
Monday@ 7:30PM -- "Hollywood Ladies"
Huell visits five ladies who were all actresses in the 40s and who have remained friends and walked together every Saturday for 50 years.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Chino Dairy"
Huell visits the city of Chino, which was once known as the "dairy capital of the world."
Looking for streaming episodes of 'Borgen' online? Click here.
Smorgasborgen is back, and it's as Danish as ever! Yes, we're re-airing all ten episodes of the most recent season of "Borgen" again. Here's everything you need to know.
When does the marathon start?
Smorgasborgen returns this Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10PM! That's when we're airing the first episode of the second season, "89,000 Children." Immediately following that, we're airing the next episode, "In Brussels No One Can Hear Your Scream." And then on Monday we'll air the next two episodes in a similar fashion. The marathon concludes with episode 20, "An Extraordinary Remark," which airs at 11PM on Thursday, Oct. 3.
On what channel are the episodes airing?
Not your regular KCET-HD channel, actually, but on KCETLink, our digital channel that's broadcast over the air 28.2. (Get more info on KCET's three digital channels here.) This channel is found in different places, depending on where you live and how you get your TV. If you need help finding it, we have a handy page that tells you based on your ZIP code.