September 2016 on OETA
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9/11 Inside the Pentagon
Tuesday, September 6, 7 p.m. CT, OETA-HD
Wednesday, September 7, 7 a.m. & 7 p.m. CT, OETA OKLA
On September 11, 2001 at 9:37 a.m. American Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon killing 184 people. What happened behind the walls of the Pentagon is a largely untold chapter in history. Fifteen years later, survivors and first responders shed light on that tragic day.
America by the Numbers
Tuesday, September 6, 9 p.m., OETA-HD
Wednesday, September 7, 9 a.m. & 9 p.m., OETA OKLA
Learn how Asian-American, black millennial, Arab-American, and Latino evangelical voters are exerting their growing strength and influence in this 2016 election special about power and politics, demographics and democracy.
Art in the Twenty-First Century
Fridays, September 16 & 23, 8 p.m., OETA-HD
Join ART21 and host Claire Danes for unparalleled access to creative minds at work in four exemplary contemporary art locales: Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver. Each program, set in a different city, presents four artists creating works that deeply engage with the world around us and allow us to see it in new ways. The eighth season features a new production team that includes award-winning directors Stanley Nelson, Deborah Dickson and Pamela Mason Wagner.
Continues September 1-4 on OETA-HD and OETA OKLA
Back to School with Daniel Tiger
Weekdays, 8 a.m. & 8:30 a.m., OETA-HD
Weekdays, 11 & 11:30 a.m., OETA KIDS
As another school year quickly approaches, PBS KIDS’ popular series DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD is premiering new episodes to help kids gear up for the fall. On September 5th, the Emmy Award-nominated preschool show from The Fred Rogers Company kicks off a week of new episodes that focus specifically on school-readiness strategies.
Sunday, September 11, 7 p.m., OETA-HD
Michael Gambon (The Singing Detective, Harry Potter) stars as Winston Churchill in this dramatization of Churchill’s life-threatening stroke in the summer of 1953, when he was prime minister for the second time. His illness and battle to recover were kept secret from the world. Lindsay Duncan (Birdman) plays Churchill’s wife Clementine, and Romola Garai (The Hour) is the remarkable young nurse who cared for him.
The Contenders – 16 of ‘16
Tuesdays, September 13-November 1, 7 p.m., OETA-HD
This eight-part series reveals the humanity, the twists of fate, and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. THE CONTENDERS will revisit the past 50 years of presidential election history and show how previous campaigns are still influencing politics in unexpected ways. THE CONTENDERS is underwritten locally by BancFirst.
Craft in America: Teachers
Thursday, September 15, 7 p.m. CT, OETA-HD
Follow artists committed to passing on their skills and passion for craft to new generations. Featured are Barbara Teller Ornelas, Lynda Teller Pete, Therman Statom, Mark Mitsuda at Punahou School and Linda Sikora at Alfred University.
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
Tuesday, September 20, 8 p.m., OETA-HD
With narration taken completely from the couple’s journals, this documentary, co-directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, tells the previously untold story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish to boldly commit to a life-threatening mission to save imperiled Jews and refugees in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Forces of Nature
Wednesdays, September 14-October 5, 7 p.m., OETA-HD
Forces of Nature is an epic blue-chip science series that explores the fundamental forces that shape our very existence. This stunning 4-part series co-produced with BBC tells compelling and emotional human and animal stories that illustrate the mysterious forces that shape the universe itself. One episode explores the ways that gravity manifests itself; another delves into the weird and wonderful properties of light and color and how they make life possible. Also examined are the very nature of the Earth, and the internal motion that drives our bodies, our weather and some of the most dramatic events on the planet.
Tuesday, September 13, 8 p.m. CT, OETA-HD
“A Subprime Education”/ “The Education of Omarina” In a one-hour special, FRONTLINE presents two films that build on its education reporting. “A Subprime Education,” a fresh look at the troubled for-profit college industry, examines reports of predatory behavior and fraud and the implosion of the education chain, Corinthian Colleges; and “The Education of Omarina” shows how an innovative program to stem the high school dropout crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school, and now on to college.
Frontline: The Choice 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 8 p.m., OETA-HD
FRONTLINE’s acclaimed series “The Choice” returns this fall with a two-hour film investigating what has shaped the two presidential candidates, where they came from, how they lead and why they want to take on one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. From veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk, “The Choice 2016” will investigate formative moments in the candidates’ lives through interviews with those who know them best, providing in-depth, trustworthy reporting and powerful new insights at a moment when voters are being bombarded with conflicting partisan stories about each candidate.
Thursday, September 8, 7 p.m., OETA-HD
Sundays, September 11-October 2 and October 16-November 20, 2016, 9 p.m., OETA-HD
It’s 1935 in Simla—an Indian retreat for British colonials set in the Himalayas. An assassination attempt on the Viceroy Lord Willingdon (Patrick Malahide), and the surprise arrival of Lord Hawthorne (James Fleet, Outlander), puts Ralph’s (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) future in the balance. Meanwhile, Cynthia’s (Julie Walters) Royal Simla Club plays host to an important royal guest, the Maharaja Maritpur (Art Malik, Upstairs Downstairs) and his elegant and mysterious mistress Sirene (Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters). MASTERPIECE is underwritten locally by Armstrong Auditorium.
Navajo Math Circles
Tuesday, September 13, 10 p.m. CT, OETA-HD
The one-hour special documents the meeting of two worlds when some of the country’s most accomplished mathematicians and math educators work with children and teachers in the underserved, largely rural Navajo educational system.
NOVA: School of the Future
Wednesday, September 14, 8 p.m. CT, OETA-HD
In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for all children. NOVA is underwritten locally by the Oklahoma Association for Electric Cooperatives and Rockgate Financial Partners.
OETA Movie Club
Saturdays, 9 p.m., OETA-HD; Encore: Fridays, 11 p.m., OETA-HD
September 10/16: From Here to Eternity
September 17/23: Patton
September 24/30: Bridge on the River Kwai
Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m. CT, OETA-HD
Sunday, September 25, 7 p.m., OETA-HD
Against the breathtaking backdrop of 18th century Cornwall, Aidan Turner (Poldark), Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza) and Heida Reed (Elizabeth) return as the complicated love triangle in a new season of the popular romantic saga, based on the novels by Winston Graham. MASTERPIECE is underwritten locally by Armstrong Auditorium.
POV: All the Difference
Monday, September 12, 9 p.m. CT, OETA-HD
Accompany two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago on their journey to achieve their dream of graduating from college.
Royal Wives at War
Sunday, September 18, 7 p.m., OETA-HD
A revealing new look at the British abdication crisis of 1936 through the eyes of the two women at its heart. In a series of dramatized monologues set in 1967, Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson look back at the dramatic events that led to Edward VIII’s decision to give up the throne for the woman he loved. This BBC co-production stars Emma Davies as Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Gina McKee as Wallis Simpson; Nick Waring as Edward VIII; Emma Campbell-Jones as Thelma Furness; and John Sackville as George VI.
TED Talks: Education Revolution
Tuesday, September 13, 9 p.m. CT, OETA-HD
Explore innovative approaches to education with hosts Baratunde Thurston and Sara Ramirez. Speakers, including Anna Deavere Smith and Sal Khan, discuss the school-to-prison pipeline, the impact of micromanaging kids and transforming struggling students into scholars.