July Sleeper Picks
Although the PBS Summer of Adventure kicks off on July 10, there’s some awesome programming next month that you might not have heard about! Lucky our Chief Programming Officer Jim Weiner has the scoop:
Flying to the Ends of the Earth
Starts Monday, July 2, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Three new chapters make up season 2 of this travel series as former Royal Marine Arthur Williams did not let the car crash that left him paralyzed deter his passion for flying. And the more hostile the terrain, the smaller and ricketier his aircraft. Here he visits islands in the South Pacific, the frozen wastes of Siberia and Peru’s mountains and deserts. Williams is not a guy who cares if the Wi-Fi is up to snuff in the airport, mainly because where he lands usually has a 300-square foot cinder block structure.
Great Continental Railway Journeys
Starts Tuesday, July 4, at 8pm on ThinkTV14
Suggest itineraries from the 1913 travel guide Continental Railway Guide and General Handbook guide Michael Portillo through Europe. Even though it's more than 100 years old, it's Europe, so most of the hotels in the book are still in business. This season he rolls through Transylvania, Switzerland, North Africa, Italy, Finland and the Netherlands.
Secret Life of Dogs
Starts Thursday, July 5, at 9pm on CET
They put on your underwear when you’re not home? This series separates dogs into three tribes: man’s best friend, workers and family. The stories are over-the-top quirky even for the British: a mutt paragliding with her owner, a Great Dane that helped a young girl walk for the first time in nine years, huskies in training for the longest race of their lives, and Ricochet, the surfing dog helping people with autism.
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
Thursday, July 5, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Based on writer Michael Streissguth’s acclaimed book, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: The Making of a Masterpiece comes to us on the 50th anniversary of Cash’s seminal concert album. It’s amazing that while the producers had the music, no film or video was shot at the prison for security reasons. And yet this moves along briskly, and it’s all about the music, right? Interviews include Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart (Cash’s band member back then), and inmate-turned-singer Glen Sherley, who famously wrote “Greystone Chapel” for Cash.
Starts Monday, July 9, at 8pm on ThinkTV14
Nothing like enjoying spectacular footage of Yellowstone in winter on a hot summer day. It’s therapeutic!
Yellowstone park is larger than a few states, and has lush meadows, dense forests, violent hot springs, and some of the richest wildlife beyond the plains of Africa. This follows the intersecting stories of four Yellowstone inhabitants, the grey wolf, the grizzly bear and herds of antelope and buffalo.
POV: Workers’ Cup
Monday, July 9, at 10pm on CET
Thursday, July 12, at 10pm on ThinkTV16
The World Cup of soccer takes place this summer in Russia, but work is already under way for the World Cup in 2022… in Qatar. That means no beer since the country bans alcohol, so don’t expect a sizable turnout of European fans. That also means a tournament in November & December because daytime temperatures in the summer are around 108 degrees.
Players can’t survive in that heat, but it won’t stop over 1.6 million migrant workers from Asia and Africa to pour concrete and build stadiums.
The Brain’s Way of Healing
Tuesday, July 10, at 8pm on ThinkTV14
This deals with the emergence of a new kind of medicine that combines cutting edge Western brain science and holistic insights from traditional Eastern medicine. According to these traditions, the mind’s spiritual power plays an unexpected role in brain recovery and a unique ability to rebound after trauma.
Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic
Tuesday, July 10, at 11pm on ThinkTV16
Saturday, July 14, at 10pm on ThinkTV14
In America, more people now die each year from an opioid overdose than in automobile accidents. The FDA and healthcare organizations endorsed the long-term use of opioids despite no scientific proof they were non-addictive. But as America becomes more aware of prescription opioid dangers, big pharmaceutical companies take their dangerous marketing campaign to third world countries.
Saturday, July 14, on CET
The man who gave us Mr.Bean and Blackdadder is now the great French detective? Rowan Atkinson looks pensive at every turn in the richly dark, moody atmosphere of 1950’s Paris. It’s a hot summer, but much of the action takes place in the dead of night.