NOVA: Ben Franklin’s Balloons

Ben Franklin's Balloons
Balloons over Fontainbleau
9:00PM
October
22, 2014

The first stage in the adventure of human flight began with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th-century Paris. Their exploits fascinated Benjamin Franklin. Watch Preview.

Makers: Women in War

MAKERS
MJ Hegar
9:00PM
October
21, 2014

Track American women’s increasing participation in war- from Vietnam to the present – as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Watch Preview.

Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise

 MASTERPIECE CLASSIC
Young and ambitious country girl Denise Lovett arrives in a booming northern city and takes a job at The Paradise, the glittering department store across from her uncle�s drapery shop. It�s not long before her beauty and talent catch the eye of the store�s dashing owner, John Moray. Denise struggles to navigate the competing personalities in the Ladieswear department where she has been placed. Can her ingenuity save the day when she�s faced with her first challenges as a shop girl? Shown from left to right: Emun Elliot as Moray and Elaine Cassidy as Katherine
9:00PM
October 20, 2014

Moray locks horns with bosses Katherine and Tom to pick a new head of ladies-wear. Will it be Denise, Clara or a dark horse? Watch Preview.

Columbus Neighborhoods: German Village

Downtown Columbus
Downtown Columbus at Dusk
8:00PM
October 19, 2014

Examine the history of Germans in Columbus, the community’s devotion to its signature brick streets, and the pioneers of the German Village restoration effort. Watch Preview.

Lead Balloon: Idiot

Lead Balloon
10:30PM
October 18, 2014

Rick agrees to front a TV charity appeal for a worthy cause. Meanwhile, one of Mel’s C-list celebrity clients, has a new series coming up.

Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess from The San Francisco Opera

THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS FROM SAN FRANCISCO OPERA – PBS ARTS Fall Festival Crown and Bess
Lester Lynch (Crown) and Laquita Mitchell (Bess).
9:00PM
October
17, 2014

It’s the turbulent story of a disabled man, the headstrong woman he loves and the community that sustains them both. Watch Preview.

Doc Martin: Born with a Shotgun

Doc Martin
From: BUFFALO PICTURES IN ASSOCIATION WITH HOMERUN PRODUCTIONS FOR ITV
9:00PM
October 16, 2014

Sleepless nights are taking their toll on Martin and Louisa. Tempers are frayed as they try to find ways to comfort their constantly wailing baby.

How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson: Clean

Steven Johnson
See more photos at http://to.pbs.org/1nVKgX2 During PBS’ HOW WE GOT TO NOW WITH STEVEN JOHNSON session at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, CA on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, host/author Steven Johnson and producer Jane Root discuss the remarkable ideas that made modern life possible.
9:00PM
October
15, 2014

Dirty water has killed more humans than all the wars of history, but in the last 150 years, extraordinary innovations have changed our world. Watch Preview.

Finding Your Roots: Roots of Freedom

Finding Your Roots
From AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES (2006) through the first season of FINDING YOUR ROOTS (2012), Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been helping people identify relatives hidden for generations. Professor Gates employs a team of genealogists and the world�s leading geneticists to uncover the origins of a diverse group of 30 guests. Each of the 10 episodes will feature three guests bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden, link, as Gates treks through layers of ancestral history, uncovers secrets and surprises, and shares life-altering discoveries.
8:00PM
October
14, 2014

Ben Affleck’s mother was a Freedom Rider and her roots include spiritualist Almon French, who attempted to heal the masses in the aftermath of the Civil War. Watch Preview.