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NOVA "Secrets of the Samurai Sword"

Tuesday, October 9, 8-9 p.m. ET
NOVA travels deep into Japan's ancient foundries, follows the craft of the traditional swordsmiths and attends samurai fighting school to reveal the art and science behind making what many call the perfect sword.

P.O.V. "49 Up"

Tuesday, October 9, 9-11:30 p.m. ET
In one of documentary cinema's more remarkable enterprises, "49 Up" makes its U.S. broadcast premiere as the seventh in a series of films that has profiled the same group of English children every seven years since 1964.

WIRED SCIENCE "Episode #102"

Wednesday, October 10, 8-9 pm ET
WIRED SCIENCE investigates garbage in the North Pacific Gyre; new methods of firefighting; the impact of global warming on plant growth; and new "mind-reading" technology.
Note: Program segments subject to change.

NATURE "In the Valley of the Wolves"

Sunday, November 4, 8-9 pm ET 
NATURE presents the dramatic saga of Yellowstone's Druid wolf pack, the most celebrated pack in North America, as these remarkable animals try to restore an entire ecosystem on PBS' Sunday night.

MASTERPIECE THEATRE "The Amazing Mrs Pritchard Episode 3"

Sunday, November 4, 9-10 pm ET
On PBS' Sunday night, Ros is faced with a crisis when a plane from Lithuania crashes over London in this multi-part MASTERPIECE THEATRE presentation.

AMERICAN MASTERS "Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character"

Monday, November 5, 9-10:30 pm ET
On PBS' Monday night, AMERICAN MASTERS pays tribute to the entertainer who transformed herself into a one-woman army of comedic characters and seduced countless Saturday night friends to fall in love with her finest character of all: Carol Burnett.

P.O.V. "Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner"

Wednesday, December 12, 9-11 pm ET
Oscar-winning director Freida Lee Mock followed Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner for three tumultuous years, from September 11, 2001, to the 2004 presidential election, to delve into the passions that keep him reaching for the great American play.

GREAT PERFORMANCES "'Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny' From LA Opera"

Monday, December 17, 9-11:30 pm ET
Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone and Anthony Dean Griffey star in composer Kurt Weill and playwright Bertolt Brecht's great 20th-century opera.

INDEPENDENT LENS "An Unreasonable Man"

Tuesday, December 18, 9-11 pm ET
This documentary takes an unsparing look at Ralph Nader, one of the most important and controversial political figures of our time.