Tuesday Night Documentaries

Join us on Tuesdays in June for a series of compelling, thought-provoking, and eye-opening documentaries. From ancient musical instruments of Mongolia to the last “Little Italy” in the US, to the art scene of Colombia – and exploring such varied topics as autism spectrum disorders, urban development, prison reform, and the arts – these films need to be on your “must watch” list this summer!

June 15

Built to Last?

6pm, PBS Explore

Disasters from natural hazards are on the rise, fueled by urbanization, vulnerable development, and the onset of climate change. Houses and communities are on the front line. 'Built to Last?' shows what ordinary people around the world are doing to make their homes safer and stronger.

America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill

7pm, PBS Explore

In the late 1800s, Italians immigrated to St. Louis in search of the American Dream, resulting in one of the largest Italian American neighborhoods in the United States today, The Hill. While similar immigrant neighborhoods across the country have long ago lost their identity, The Hill remains strong, making it the last of a dying breed.

Adventures of T-Man

8pm, PBS Explore

Terrence is a 26-year-old African American man with high-functioning autism, living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Curious, earnest, but naïve to a fault, he yearns to live an independent life, despite the many obstacles. However, independence may be more than he bargained for as he encounters numerous setbacks, straining his relationships and placing him in serious danger.

June 22

Losing the West

6pm, PBS Explore

Howard Linscott “is” the original Marlboro Man, a gruff, chain-smoking 70-year-old who’s been ranching all his life. The film explores whether cherished Western traditions and this fiercely independent lifestyle can survive as they collide with inevitable population growth in the west.

The Roads Most Traveled: Photojournalist Don Bartletti

7:30pm, PBS Explore

Internationally recognized for his commitment to photographing the migration of Central Americans to the United States, Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Don Bartletti’s images reveal the never-ending saga of illegal immigration by individuals desperate to improve their lives.

News Matters

8pm, PBS Explore

News Matters reflects on the chaos in America as a large segment of the population is dangerously influenced by misinformation, at a time when the need for quality robust local journalism is at an all-time high. News Matters follows the desperate attempt by Colorado journalists to save the 125-year-old Denver Post from slow death at the hands of hedge fund owner Alden Global Capital while trying to cut through the noise of social media and opinion news outlets.

June 29


6pm, PBS Explore

Botero is a poetic documentary profile of Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The film is a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the life and art of this painter and sculptor -- the world's most recognized living artist.

The Cheech

7:30pm, PBS Explore

The Cheech explores Cheech Marin’s lifelong advocacy of the Chicano Art Movement, taking a fascinating look at a national icon’s love affair with art, and his incredible contribution to promote and preserve a vital part of American cultural identity.

Dancing on the Shoulders of Giants

8pm, PBS Explore

Follow two internationally-acclaimed dance companies in their interpretation of a seminal event...the arrival of the first Africans to English North America. Go behind the scenes and witness the artistic journey of these works, from concept through rehearsal and ultimately, to the stage.