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May 2016

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Prohibition is a three-part documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.

The culmination of nearly a century of activism, Prohibition was intended to improve, even to ennoble, the lives of all Americans, to protect individuals, families, and society at large from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse. Explore Prohibition

Three parts: Sunday May 8, 15 & 22 at 10:00pm. (Encore presentation: Thursday May 12, 19 & 26 at 10:00pm.)


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Featured Program The Whitney Reynolds Show The Cities

Weeknights at 6:30pm.


Sundays at 4:30pm.
Thursdays at 7:30pm.


Sundays at 4:00pm.
Thursdays at 7:00pm.

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Whiskey Cookers

The Amazing True Story of the Templeton, Iowa Bootleggers

In 1916, four years before the 18th Amendment, Iowa enacted strict statewide Prohibition. Templeton, Iowa has been famous for its bootleg rye whiskey ever since. But the true story behind its bootlegging legend has never been told. Until now. Learn more

Sunday, May 8 at 9:00pm.
(Encore presentation: Thursday, May 12 at 9:000pm.)


Distilleries to Stills

Prohibition in Peoria

Peoria was the whiskey capital of the world. Alcohol production was a business that meant a huge income for distillery owners, who in turn made a huge contribution to the community in the form of culture and buildings. But times change, and in January 1920, it all came to an end.

Sunday, May 22 at 9:00pm.
(Encore presentation: Thursday, May 16 at 9:000pm.)

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Saving Otter 501

The story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter. From her discovery as a stranded newborn pup crying on the beach through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Aquarium, Otter 501 learns how to dive, hunt, eat, and fend for herself in the wild, where survival is a long shot at best. Learn more

Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00pm.


Heroes on Deck

World War II on Lake Michigan

During WWII the Navy trained nearly 15,000 pilots using two makeshift aircraft carriers in the safety of landlocked Lake Michigan. However the training program was not without hazards causing many crashes, some even fatal. As a result, more than 100 classic WWII fighters and dive bombers sank to the bottom of Lake Michigan, preserved in the frigid waters.

Sunday, May 15 at 9:00pm.
(Encore presentation: Thursday, May 19 at 9:000pm.)

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Civil War: The Untold Story

This special presentation examines the well documented conflict through the lens of the Western Campaign, which dramatically shaped the final outcome of the Civil War. Narrated by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth McGovern. The History Net says "...Civil War: The Untold Story deserves a spot among the top documentaries on that war. Its cinematography is excellent."

Three parts: Sunday, May 1 starting at 8:00pm. (Encore presentations: Thursday May 3 starting at 8:00pm.)