Stories of pioneering women, social justice, the American dream, and much more are airing on VIA TV this July.
Great Performances - Ellis Island: The Dream Of America With Pacific Symphony
Friday, July 3rd 9pm
Experience Peter Boyer's immersive musical story of Ellis Island immigrants through a Grammy-nominated orchestral score, narration and visuals. Conducted by Carl St. Clair with readings by Barry Bostwick, Camryn Manheim and Michael Nouri.
The Statue Of Liberty
Friday, July 3rd 10pm
This 1985 Ken Burns film chronicles the creation and history of the Statue of Liberty and what it represents to all Americans. Narrated by David McCullough, the film traces the development of the monument--from its conception, to its complicated and often controversial construction, to its final dedication--and offers interviews with a wide range of Americans to explore the meaning of the Statue of Liberty.
A Capitol Fourth
Saturday, July 4th 8pm & 9:30pm
Celebrating 40 spectacular years on air, A CAPITOL FOURTH kicks off the country’s 244th birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza for the entire nation.Two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos is back to host America's Independence Day Celebration along with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. The 40th anniversary program will feature a special tribute to those on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19), plus a salute to our military heroes of every generation.
Antiques Roadshow - Women's Work
Monday, July 6th 8pm
Celebrate trailblazing women in a special hour spotlighting outstanding contributions from female athletes, artists, activists and more who left an indelible mark on the world around us through their thought-provoking objects and accomplishments.
The Vote: American Experience
Monday, July 6th & Tuesday, July 7th 9pm
Meet the unsung heroes of the movement and relive the fiery, dramatic and unrelenting campaign that led to passage of the 19th Amendment, granting American women the vote and ushering in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.
Secrets Of The Dead - Viking Warrior Queen
Tuesday, July 7th 8pm
Join a team of archaeologists as they examine one of the most significant Viking graves ever found and test the DNA of the remains of the female warrior buried inside, rewriting our understanding of Viking society.
China: Power And Prosperity - PBS Newshour Presents
Wednesday, July 8th 10pm
Explore the future of China's relationship with the U.S., which will help determine the new international order, the dominant technology supporting the world's communications infrastructure, and the global economy.
National Parks: America's Best Idea
Thursdays 8pm July 9th thru August 13th
The film is a human history set against the most stunning backdrop imaginable. The film works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters -- some famous, most not, from every walk of life -- who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some -- but not all -- of how these majestic places came to be national parks.
Unladylike2020: American Masters
Friday, July 10th 9pm
Explore the stories of pioneering women in American politics who advocated for suffrage and civil rights over 100 years ago, including the first women in the U.S. Congress and State Senate, and a co-founder of the NAACP.
POV - We Are The Radical Monarchs
Monday, July 20th 9pm
This film documents an Oakland-based alternative to the Girl Scouts -- specifically for girls of color, ages 8-13. The girls earn badges for units on social justice, such as Black Lives Matter, Radical Beauty, Disability Justice, and being an LGBTQ ally. Filmed over three years, we follow the dynamic co-founders as they face challenges in growing the organization, both pre-and-post the 2016 election.
Clinton: American Experience
Tuesdays 8pm July 21st & 28th
Explore the fascinating story of an American president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage. It recounts a career full of accomplishment and rife with scandal, a marriage that would make history and create controversy and a presidency that would define the crucial and transformative period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11. It follows Clinton across his two terms as he confronted some of the key forces that would shape the future, including partisan political warfare and domestic and international terrorism, and struggled, with uneven success, to define the role of American power in a post-Cold War world. Most memorably, it explores how Clinton’s conflicted character made history, even as it enraged his enemies and confounded his friends. The program features unprecedented access to scores of Clinton insiders, including White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, as well as interviews with foreign leaders, members of the Republican opposition, childhood friends, staffers from Clinton’s years as governor of Arkansas, biographers and journalists.