Versatile British actor Hugh Laurie, an American favorite for his role in the hit TV series “House,” showcases his musical side in an atmospheric special filmed in New Orleans. Defying simple categorization, Laurie finds his greatest satisfaction and inspiration from the mixture of blues and jazz that grew out of New Orleans at the beginning of the last century. “Let Them Talk” is his personal journey into the heart and soul of that music.
Few bands in recent memory have done as much to bring new audiences and young fans to bluegrass/old-time music as the atomic-powered string band OCMS. But frontman Ketch Secor’s fine original songs, including the gold-certified hit “Wagon Wheel,” and the band’s solid musical chops please more traditional fans, as well. Add in a stage show equivalent of a moonshine-Red Bull highball and you have the makings of a great night in the cave and one incendiary half-hour of television.
Bluegrass Underground can be seen on Thursday, September 12th at 8:30 p.m.
FRONTLINE explores the shadow world of assisted suicide, where the lines between legality and criminality are blurred. Shown: Joan Butterstein (left), terminally ill and contemplating suicide, with her daughter Kathleen (right).
You have an incurable illness, you want to die and you want help dying — what can you do? The terminally ill who live in Oregon or Washington can openly ask a doctor for help, but in the rest of country, where physician-assisted suicide is illegal, people who are suffering turn in secret to friends, family and even activist organizations.
On trial is Jimmy Moran, who at 18 took part in a store robbery during which the storeowner’s wife was shot and grievously injured. Presiding is distinguished U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who has a longstanding interest in neuroscience and its conceivable effect on criminal law. The trial raises common questions: Is a witness lying? ¬How reliable is eyewitness testimony? What’s the best way to avoid a biased jury? How well can the defendant’s intentions be judged?
NOVA kicks off the fall season with a return to Ground Zero to witness the final chapter in an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit: the completion of One World Trade Center. "Ground Zero Supertower" examines the new skyscraper rising up 104 stories and 1,776 feet from the site where the Twin Towers once stood.