The dome that crowns Florence’s great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore—the Duomo—is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth after more than six centuries, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as an average cruise ship. Historians and engineers have long debated how its secretive architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, managed to keep the dome perfectly aligned and symmetrical as the sides rose and converged toward the center, 40 stories above the cathedral floor. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. master bricklayers will help build a unique experimental model Duomo using period tools and techniques. Will it stay intact during the final precarious stages of closing over the top of the dome?
Wednesday, February 12 at 8:00 pm.
Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits robbing banks and trains in the West — and then seemingly vanishing into thin air — became national news and the basis of rumors and myth. But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? How did they come together to form the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off the longest string of successful holdups in history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation’s most feared detective force? Separating fact from fiction, the latest installment of The Wild West collection explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.
Tuesday, February 11 at 8:00 pm
On April 28, 1881, 21-year-old Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, just days from being hanged for murder, outfoxed his jailors and electrified the nation with the latest in a long line of daring escapes. Just a few weeks later, the notorious young outlaw was gunned down by an ambitious sheriff. The Kid was soon mythologized by a never-ending stream of dime-store romances and later, big-screen dramas. But in all the narratives, Billy the Kid’s real story has been obscured. This program deconstructs the mythology surrounding the infamous desperado.
Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 pm.
Based on the novel by celebrated writer Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden), this is the story of the educated but penniless Emily (Lydia Wilson). During her duties as a lady’s companion for Lady Maria (Joanna Lumley), she meets her employer’s wealthy widower nephew, Lord James Walderhurst (Linus Roache). Accepting his practical if unromantic marriage proposal, Emily finds solace in the company of Walderhurst’s nephew Alec Osborn (James D’Arcy) and his glamorous wife, Hester (Hasina Haque), after Lord James leaves to rejoin his regiment. Emily, alone with the Osborns, increasingly comes under their control. She begins to fear for her life.
Sunday, February 9 at 9:00 pm.
The film reveals the full scope of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, a secret spy agency formed by the state to preserve segregation during the 1950s and ‘60s. Granted broad powers, this commission used its network of informants to spy on over 87,000 Americans as it covered up violence and murder in order to preserve the status quo and derail the civil rights movement.
Monday, February 10 at 9:00 pm
There are some 120 species of duck, representing a wide variety of shapes, sizes and behaviors. Some are noisy and gregarious, others shy and elusive. They are familiar animals we think we know. But most of us don’t really know these phenomenal, sophisticated creatures at all. This Emmy Award wining program follows a wood duck family as a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks, then come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds.
Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 8 at 11:00 pm
The Sullivan Administration labor law revision will be on the November ballot. The Richardson Highway avalanche continues to block road access to Valdez. HAARP may be history. Shell cancels its 2014 arctic drilling program. The Big Timber Motel in Anchorage may close. Gov. Parnell’s gas-line proposal draws support and criticism. The emergency room is primary care for at least 6,500 Medicaid patients. Fairbanks expects to lay off up to 70 teachers during cuts to education funding.
KSKA: Friday, 1/31 at 2PM & Saturday, 2/1 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/31 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 2/1 at 4:30PM
What is it like to be cut off from your faith and your family? The Amish: Shunned follows seven people who have chosen to leave their closed and tightly-knit communities for the outside world, knowing they can never return. Each has paid deeply for their decision. Estranged form loved ones, these former Amish find themselves struggling to make their way in modern America.
Tuesday, February 4 at 8:00 pm
Christopher Plummer recreates his Tony Award-winning role playing the legendary actor John Barrymore in the film adaptation of William Luce’s Broadway play. Set in 1942, the production centers on the acclaimed—and notorious— John Barrymore, capturing the star in the final months of his life as he struggles to prepare for a audition to stage a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph, Richard III.
January 31. 8:00 pm.
The Legislature opens the 2014 session and Gov. Parnell gives his State of the State address. Layoffs are coming to the Anchorage School District. Sen. Mark Begich opposes the proposed Pebble Mine. Analysts lay out the impact of budget shortfalls to the Legislature. Buccaneer his rough spots in preparing to drill in Cook Inlet. Shell’s earnings off 48 percent. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says the federal government failed to evaluate the potential consequences of the 2008 off-shore lease sale. The Anchorage labor law referendum seems head to the November ballot. Rep, Beth Kerttula steps down as House Minority Leader.
KSKA: Friday, 1/24 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/25 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/24 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/25 at 4:30PM
This is the intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawking’s life. Told for the first time in Hawking’s own words and with unique access to his home and public life, this is the only official biographical account of the world’s most famous living scientist.
Hawking gives a unique insight into his world, covering his iconic career and struggle with motor neurone disease. His personal journey is one of triumph: having been diagnosed with the disease in 1963 and given two years to live, he has gone on to make incredible scientific discoveries.
Featuring interviews with Buzz Aldrin, Richard Branson, Jim Carrey and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as a host of family members and close friends, the film is a celebration of Hawking’s life and offers viewers unprecedented access into his captivating universe.
January 29. 9:00 pm.
“The Amish” is an intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life. The film examines how such a closed and communal culture has thrived within one of the most open, individualistic societies on earth. What does the future hold for a community whose existence is so rooted in the past? And what does our fascination with the Amish say about deep American values?
Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 pm
Alaskans know Mr. Whitekeys as a comedian, a musician and a Spam-loving night club impresario.
Whether you know him from his days behind the piano at the Fly By Night Club, his popular stage shows, or his regular commentary on local television, now is your chance to get to know the man behind the loud Hawaiian shirt.
TV: Monday, January 27 @ 8 PM
Sherlock faces his biggest challenge of all – delivering a Best Man’s speech on John’s wedding day. But all isn’t quite as it seems. Mortal danger stalks the reception – and someone might not make it to the happy couple’s first dance. Sherlock must thank the bridesmaids, solve the case and stop a killer.
Sunday. January 26. 9:00 pm
Shane Salerno’s 10-year investigation gets beyond the author’s wall of seclusion. American Masters’ 200th episode is the never-before-seen director’s cut of “Salinger,” featuring 15 minutes of new material. The intricately structured mystery reveals how World War II influenced his life, his writing methods, his relationships with young women, and literary secrets he left behind after his death.
Tuesday. January 21. 8:00 pm.
The Environmental Protection Agency reports on the proposed Pebble Mine. State judges have been sorting out if (and when) the Municipality of Anchorage can hold a referendum on the Sullivan Administration’s labor laws. Mayor Sullivan refunds the city part of the money from municipal trips during which he raised campaign funds.
KSKA: Friday, 1/17 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/18 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/17 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/18 at 4:30PM
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof is the first indigenous Alaskan to represent the US in the Olympics.
A member of the US Snowboard team since 2006, Chythlook-Sifsof credits her success to Alaska Native values and culture.
Gov. Parnell seeks a smaller appropriation for the proposed Susitna dam. A Tatitlik village administrator goes to jail for misusing funds. Supporters of the marijuana initiative have enough signatures to make the primary election ballot. The flu is everywhere. What is in store for the oil and gas industry in 2014? Lt. Gov. Parnell rejects the set net initiative. The Municipality of Anchorage hires CH2M Hill to manage the port re-design. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark begich both support extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed.
KSKA: Friday, 1/10 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/11 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/10 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/11 at 4:30PM
Two years after Sherlock’s “death”, Dr. John Watson has got on with his life. But, with London under threat of a devastating terrorist attack, Sherlock is about to stage his outrageous resurrection. But if he thinks everything will be just as he left it, he’s in for a very big surprise…
TV: Sunday, 1/19 at 9:00 PM
Four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser, has become an Alaskan icon through his exploits behind a dogsled team.
Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend sat down with Buser at Happy Trails Kennel in Big Lake, Alaska to talk about what it takes to build a career and business around mushing.
TV: Monday, January 13 @ 8 PM