TV Daily Schedule: KQED Plus
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KQED Plus: Monday, December 23, 2013
Comcast 10 • Digital 9.2, 54.1 or 25.2
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12:00 amMoyers & Company [#250H] Incarceration Nation * There are more African Americans under correctional control today - in prison or jail, on probation or parole - than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. According to The Sentencing Project, an advocacy group dedicated to changing how we think about crime and punishment, "More than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For Black males in their thirties, one in every ten is in prison or jail on any given day." Because of the 40-year war on drugs and get tough sentencing policies, the American prison population has exploded from about 300,000 in the 1970's to more than 2 million today. The US has a higher rate of incarceration than any other nation and spends billions every year to keep people behind bars. The cost on democracy is immeasurable.
This week, Bill Moyers speaks with civil rights lawyer and legal scholar Michelle Alexander. Her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness had just been published last time she joined Bill in conversation, 3.5 years ago. It's a work of scholarship that lays out how the war on drugs, harsh mandatory minimum sentencing and racism have converged to create a caste system in this country very much like the one under Jim Crow segregation laws. The book became a bestseller and spurred a wide conversation about justice and inequality in America - inspiring one reviewer to call it "the bible of a social movement."
Michelle Alexander, an associate professor at Ohio State University and a civil rights lawyer, took a leave to travel the country, speaking, writing and campaigning to end our debilitating system of mass incarceration. Alexander tells Moyers, "If we are going to build a movement to end not only mass incarceration but to achieve much greater social equity for all, it's going have to be a movement that begins in our churches, in our faith communities, in our neighborhoods, in our schools. One where people really wake up and say, 'We are going to build a kind of democracy that we deserve.'"
* This week's program also includes an excerpt from the film "Susan", by Tessa Blake and Emma Hewitt. It tells the story of former California inmate Susan Burton, who now runs 5 houses offering help to women struggling to rebuild their lives. duration 56:46 STEREO TVRE
1:00 amDeath In Paradise [#112H] A Deadly Curse Camille attempts to persuade Richard to take an interest in the folklore of Saint Marie. duration 54:16 STEREO TVPG
2:00 amSecrets of the Dead [#1203H] Death on the Railroad A classic story involving foul play, cover ups, a murder mystery and a voyage of discovery to understand what happened to a group of Irish men who came to America for a better life but found only misery. In 1832, railroad contractor, Philip Duffy, hired 57 Irish immigrants to lay railroad tracks in West Chester, Pennsylvania. But, less than two months after their arrival, all 57 were dead. Did they all die - as was widely believed - due to a cholera pandemic? Or, were some of them murdered? In 2003, twin brothers discovered a secret file among their grandfather's papers that led them to investigate the deaths of these men and find the location of their final resting place in a valley now known as Duffy's Cut. Using the latest forensic and scientific investigative techniques, DNA, forensic analysis, facial reconstruction and historical detective work in Ireland and the USA, modern detectives and experts will unravel this extraordinary story. duration 54:16 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
3:00 amDust Bowl [#102H] Reaping The Whirlwind In the second episode, experience the gradual relief as the families of the plains seek new lives in California and government conservation efforts - and a break in the drought in 1939 - eventually stabilize the soil and bring the farms back to life, but with dangers of another Dust Bowl facing future generations. duration 1:55:45 SRND51 TVPG-L (Secondary audio: DVI)
5:00 amHistory Detectives [#210Z] Pretty Boy Floyd Handgun/Paul Cuffee Muster Roll/Pop Lloyd Baseball Field * Pretty Boy Floyd Handgun - A man in La Verne, California, owns a vintage Colt automatic handgun, which family legend suggests once belonged to the Depression-era desperado, Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. According to the legend, Floyd gave the gun to the contributor's uncle who had served as the lookout for "Pretty Boy." To find out if the story behind the gun is true, Wes Cowan travels to California, Oklahoma and Missouri. In the process, he discovers why gangsters became heroes to the rural population of the Midwest and reveals the true story behind the dramatic rise and fall of a man who ranks alongside Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger as one of the most colorful bank robbers in American history.
* Paul Cuffee Muster Roll - A Las Vegas man owns an old Continental Armymuster roll issued by the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts, in July 1780. Among the 16 men listed is "Paul Cuffee." The contributor wants to know if this could be evidence of an unknown episode in the life of Cuffee, a remarkable African American who was a whaling captain, shipbuilder and early advocate of the "Back to Africa" movement. HD uncovers a dramatic story of African-American achievement in the years surrounding the Revolutionary War.
* Pop Lloyd Baseball Field - Why was a baseball field in Atlantic City, New Jersey, named after an African-American ballplayer in a time of intense racial tension? HD goes to the park to unearth the explanation. John Henry "Pop" Lloyd was one of the greatest athletes of his time. A famed shortstop in the Negro Leagues throughout the first three decades of the 20th century, Pop was honored with a field in his name in 1949. What was the reasoning that led to this unlikely honor in a time of blatant prejudice and racial division? duration 55:46 STEREO TVG
6:00 amZoboomafoo [#201] Green Creatures Zoboo realizes that plants and trees are as alive as all the creatures he meets in Animal Junction. The Kratt Brothers teach the lemur that plants grow well if they get good soil, lots of sunlight and enough water. And there are plenty of creatures willing to help plants flourish, including Toothbrush the elephant, Popcorn the binturong and a whole family of sloth. When Martin and Chris follow Popcorn to India, they visit a 2000-year old fortress, where green creatures like vines and plants are taking over the site. duration 28:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: DVI)
6:30 amThomas & Friends [#1009H] Snow Stops Play No Snow For Thomas - It's a snowy day, but Thomas doesn't want to wear his snow plow. So he decides to hide it and pretends he doesn't know where it is. Sir Topham Hatt has no choice but to leave Thomas in his shed and send Emily out to clear the tracks instead. Thomas sees Emily having fun in the snow and goes in search of his plow, but the snow has covered everything and Thomas soon becomes stuck in the thick snowfall. Frozen Turntable - One cold evening the steam engines return to Tidmouth Sheds and discover the turntable is frozen stuck and only one berth is accessible. Gordon thinks he should have it, but Thomas insists they need to save it for Percy who is out on the mail run. All the other engines find other places to stay for the night, but none of them are good enough for Gordon who comes back and takes Percy's berth. But soon the tables are turned when it is Gordon who becomes stuck. duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
7:00 amSesame Street [#4416H] Baby Bear's New Sitter Baby Bear is worried about having a new babysitter, but realizes that different things can be fun, too. Educational Objectives: Emotional Development duration 58:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
8:00 amClifford's Puppy Days [#210] The Big, Big Present/Hanukah Plunder Blunder * The Big, Big Present: The kittens accidentally break the Menorah. Their "sticky" attempts to fix it result in a special, if unusual, Menorah that becomes part of their annual celebration.
* Hanukah Plunder Blunder: Zo can't resist sneaking in and opening all eight of his presents on the first night of Hanukah. He soon realizes that he's spoiled his own fun by taking the surprise out of each night. Flo comes to the rescue by allowing him to share in her new gifts. duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
8:30 amClifford The Big Red Dog [#121] Good-Bye T-Bone/The Truth About Dogs and Cats * Good-Bye T-Bone - Sheriff Lewis and T-Bone are moving. Cleo and Clifford think that they are leaving Birdwell Island entirely so they set out to give T-Bone the best day of his life.
* The Truth About Dogs and Cats - T-Bone can't have cats in his tree, everyone says so. The dogs' attempts to scare the cats away don't work very well. duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
9:00 amSid the Science Kid [#133H] Sid's Holiday Adventure Sid loves celebrating the winter holidays where he lives, because it's always sunny and warm. But this year, Sid and his family are visiting relatives where it's chilly and cold. Sid wonders why it can't be warm everywhere? At school, Sid discovers that temperatures are different all over the world! duration 28:46 STEREO TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)
9:30 amWordWorld [#109H] Duck's First Sleepover/One Hat Fits All * Duck's First Sleepover: Duck attends his first sleep-over party but he's nervous about not sleeping in his nest for the first time. After a long night of fun games his friends calm his anxiety by building him a soft, fluffy nest.
* One Hat Fits All: Sheep, while practicing her magic act, loses her magicians top hat (it's quite blustery in Word World today). The hat wends all around Word World, visiting Pig, Bear and Duck, breaking into its letters each time it crashes to a halt! And whenever our heroes put it back together, the hat takes on a fresh, new form. For Pig it becomes a chef's hat; for Bear, an artist's beret; and for Duck, a silly propeller beanie! Clearly, this hat is special! Could it even be... magical?