February Program Highlights

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Indie Lens Pop-Up: Gentlemen of Vision Performance and Screening
A depiction of the struggles and successes of the Gentlemen of Vision national championship step team from St. Louis during the 2015-2016 season. To combat the circumstances surrounding the young, socioeconomically disadvantaged team members, coach Marlon Wharton demands discipline, commitment to the team, good grades, and a clear plan for a successful future after graduation. The GOV team performs before the film at 6:30 p.m. The film will be followed by a discussion with Wharton, filmmakers Frank Popper and Jim Kirchherr, and GOV students. Free.
Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum, Des Lee Auditorium
Are You a PBS Nerd?
Are you a PBS Nerd, someone inspired by one or all the programs you see on the Nine Network? This February, we're asking you to proudly express your inner nerd and tell the St. Louis region you value public media. Register as a PBS Nerd; then start earning points to collect swag and event tickets while supporting the Nine Network.
February Videos in the Commons
New for 2017 is community-created content in the Public Media Commons. February themes include tropical vacations, pizza, Valentine's Day, and karaoke. So, the next time you have a great photo or video that fits a theme; upload it to the Public Media Commons website so it can be featured in our award-winning outdoor space. A list of themes and the upload link can be found at publicmediacommons.org.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live
Attend a fun-filled musical adventure featuring Daniel Tiger at the Peabody Opera House. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood was inspired by the iconic Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and gives preschoolers fun and practical strategies and skills necessary for growing and learning. This event is a partnership between the Nine Network, the Peabody Opera House, the Fred Rogers Company, and PBS KIDS. Get tickets at ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000.

Monday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.


Black History Month
Documentaries and special programs this month commemorate the contributions and culture of African-Americans.

February 6, 10:00 p.m.
Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement

The battle against D.W. Griffith's notorious 1915 silent film, The Birth of a Nation.

February 11, 8:00 p.m.
Smokey Robinson: The Gershwin Prize

An all-star tribute to the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

February 12, 10:30 p.m.
Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

The story of civil rights leader Vel Phillips, Wisconsin's first African- American woman elected Secretary of State.

February 13, 10:00 p.m.
Independent Lens: Accidental Courtesy

Musician Daryl Davis meets and befriends members of the KKK.

February 20, 9:00 p.m.
The Talk—Race In America

Conversations between parents of color and their children about police.

February 21, 7:00 p.m.
American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Enjoy moments of her exuberant life during some of America's most defining moments.

February 27, 9:00 p.m.
February 28, 10:00 p.m.
​March 1, 9:00 p.m.​

Africa's Great Civilizations
This three-part series delves into the great civilizations that once flourished.
(Note: There is a schedule change because of PBS NewsHour's coverage of the State of the Union address on February 28.)
Nature: Spy in the Wild
This new five-part series features more than 30 animatronic "spy cameras" disguised as animals that secretly record animal behavior in the wild. These "spy creatures" reveal that animals show emotions and behavior similar to humans—a capacity to love, grieve, deceive, cooperate and invent.

Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 8:00 p.m.
Nova—New Episodes
With compelling stories and spectacular visuals, Nova programs demystify science and technology for viewers of all ages and spotlight people involved in scientific pursuits.

Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.

February 1: Search for the Super Battery
Researchers hunt for a super battery that can power tomorrow's high-tech world.

February 8: Ultimate Cruise Ship
Shipbuilders embark on an epic endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship.

February 15: The Origami Revolution
Discover how the art of origami is sparking a scientific revolution and unlocking nature's secrets.

February 22: Why Trains Crash
Investigate deadly train accidents and join safety experts as they test crash prevention technology.
Aurora–Fire in the Sky
Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora, the colorful glow that often brightens the night sky in Earth's polar regions.

Wednesday, February 1, 10:00 p.m.
American Experience
Oklahoma City: Follow the rise of the extremist militia movement, from Ruby Ridge to Waco, which led to the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history—the 1995 bombing by Timothy McVeigh that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City.

Tuesday, February 7, 8:00 p.m.

Ruby Ridge: Examine the 1992 FBI siege at Ruby Ridge that helped launch the modern militia movement through eyewitness accounts, including Randy Weaver's daughter and federal agents involved in the deadly confrontation.

Tuesday, February 14, 8:00 p.m.
SciTech Now
The Nine Network-produced series visits Alley Springs Mill in Shannon County, Missouri, to discover it employed the best grain mill technology of its time. In 1894, Alley Spring powered a water turbine that was almost completely automated and ran 24 hours a day in the busy seasons. Now part of the Ozark Scenic Riverways, and a popular tourist attraction, Alley Mill has been beautifully restored. Watch and let us know what you think at #SciTechNowSTL.

Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.
City in the Sky
This three-part series explores a unique metropolis—a midair "city" composed of nearly a million people on flights that crisscross the world daily. Meet the hidden army working to keep the city aloft and uncover the exceptional engineering and technology that make it work.

Wednesday, February 8, 15, 22, 10:00 p.m.
Independent Lens: Tower
Using a unique blend of historical archival footage, interviews and animation,Tower reveals the action-packed, untold stories of the witnesses, heroes, and survivors of America's first mass school shooting in 1966 at the University of Texas, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

Tuesday, February 14, 9:00 p.m.
Frontline: Out of Gitmo
The dramatic story of a Gitmo detainee released from the controversial U.S. prison after 14 years. With NPR, a report on the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists. Also, the untold history of the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Tuesday, February, 21, 9:00 p.m.
St. Louis Mayoral Forum 2017
This one-hour Nine Network special on the St. Louis mayor's race was filmed during the St. Louis Mayoral Forum on February 22 at The Sheldon. Find out how the candidates plan to address challenges facing the city and the region.

Monday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.