March Program Highlights
Tom Axtell, General Manager
This month, Vegas PBS kicks off the first membership campaign of the new year with a lineup of specials from well-known experts. Viewers will travel ancient Italian cities with Rick Steves, hear about financial strategies from Suze Orman, and explore life’s guiding principles with Dr. Wayne Dyer. Music lovers will enjoy two new concert specials from Great Performances, including a once-in-a-lifetime concert event celebrating Bob Dylan, and a unique look at the musical side of Steve Martin and his bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers. You can sing along with your favorite artists like Paul McCartney, Il Divo, Andrea Bocelli, the Bee Gees and Elvis, and discover new talent like Italian rock singer Zucchero and retro vocal group Under the Streetlamp, featuring Gentleman’s Rule.
Vegas PBS also celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a quest down Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark in Nature: Ireland’s Wild River and charming Irish music in Celtic Woman: Emerald. We also mark Women’s History Month with great programs that reveal the often under-reported stories of famous women in history, including Ann Boleyn, Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee.
While the fourth season of Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey has come to an end, Masterpiece returns with a brand new season of Mr. Selfridge. Before the new season begins on March 30, enjoy a look back at the events of the first season and get a sneak preview of what’s in store for enterprising department store manager Harry Gordon Selfridge.
Also this month, a five-part documentary series, The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama, will examine the imprint that Jewish culture has made on the world. We will also present a local documentary that details how Jewish history has shaped Las Vegas, profiling publisher Hank Greenspun, the Farahi family and many others who have had tremendous impact on our state.
With the financial assistance of NS Tech, Vegas PBS recently hosted the statewide academic science bowl, with the winning team moving on to compete nationally in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, March 19, the broadcast of the 2014 Nevada Science Bowl kicks off Exploration Wednesdays with new episodes of Nature, NOVA and Secrets of the Dead.
This tremendous range of programming – from local specials to British dramas, to arts and music to science and nature – is only available on noncommercial, nonpolitical and nonsectarian, public television. It’s only possible through your generous support. As we launch our first membership campaign of 2014, we thank you for watching and supporting your favorite programs on Vegas PBS.