“I think Trump really likes the internal struggle between all of his people,” veteran Frontline producer Michael Kirk says. "I think the constant so far, that I’ve seen, is that this thing that we call Bannonism is alive and well, even if Bannon leaves.”
Masterpiece: Dark Angel follows the life of Mary Ann Cotton, Britain's first female serial killer. Chicago had its own "first": H. H. Holmes, America's first serial killer, otherwise known as "The Devil in the White City." Learn about the disputed mythology surrounding this shady figure.
The American Masters documentary James Beard: America's First Foodie explores the life of one of the most important figures in America's culinary revolution. A James Beard Award winner and nominee share Beard's influence on them and their favorite Beard recipe.
Sister Winifred takes up dental hygiene while Trixie deals with a patient who's terrified of the dentist. After a vulnerable young man with Down syndrome endures a tragedy, Fred and Violet struggle to help him and find him a new home.
The documentary National Bird shows the effect of drone warfare on the pilots operating the drones as well as the victims of strikes. "The impact of these military drones goes far beyond just killing a civilian," says the documentary's director Sonia Kennebeck.
There are a lot of British period dramas – so many, in fact, that you can construct a decent narrative of British history. Explore some history, and learn what Masterpiece dramas will return or premiere soon in the process.
Wednesday, April 26 at 10:00 pm, dive into tornadoes, avalanches, and fire whirls with "Wild Weather." You can explore the same phenomena in a Museum of Science and Industry exhibit - "Not everyone has a four-story tornado."
American Experience: Command and Control recounts a terrifying nuclear accident that almost led to a disaster. Learn about the origins of nuclear power at the University of Chicago, and the upsides and downsides of its future.
Monday, April 24 at 10:00 pm, Independent Lens: The Last Laugh explores what's taboo in comedy, focusing on the Holocaust. Meet some of the controversial and transgressive comedians who appear in the film, including Mel Brooks and Sarah Silverman.
Frances tries to erase Peter's affair from her life, the Campbells receive some good news but Dr. Campbell delivers an upsetting diagnosis to the Brindsleys, Laura finds a new occupation, Pat's affair reaches a crisis, and Teresa goes on a date.
Numerous mothers contend with the loss of a child in various forms, while Shelagh's pregnancy comes to a crisis. The Nonnatans search for a new midwife, Dr. Turner and his son's relationship deepens, and a "chariot race" enlivens Poplar.
Princes of the Palace examined the lives of five British princes, from Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip all the way down to his great-grandson Prince George. Which of the princes was named a best-dressed man by GQ?
Frances learns some shocking details about Peter's affair, Pat's affair encounters difficulty, and Sarah is warned of being too fond of a certain man. Slander and vandalism rattle Joyce and Alison faces an ethical quandary.
Sister Ursula may seem to be a villain. But she soon changes her tune after being rocked by a near-tragedy. Mrs. Chen is also difficult, but her past provides a motive for her behavior towards her daughter-in-law and her newborn.
On Friday, April 14 at 9:00 pm, watch the Met's production of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette on Great Performances. Revisit an interview with the director Bartlett Sher by our sister station WFMT from his time in Chicago in which he discusses Shakespeare and opera, and explore photos of the production.