Black History Month

New Programs Premiere February 7 – 29, 2016

PBS broadcasts programming created by and about African Americans year-round, engaging viewers in an exploration of black-and American-history. In addition to documentaries airing in February commemorating the contributions of African Americans, throughout 2016 PBS will also feature programs about moments in history that helped shape race relations today.

All Programs Below are Listed in Chronological Order & Air on Ch. 5.1 & Ch.9.1:

Mercy StreetMERCY STREET
Ch. 5.1 – Sundays at 9 pm; Thursdays at 8 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Tuesdays at 8 pm
Follow a colorful cast of characters at a Union hospital in Alexandria, VA in the early years of the Civil War, filled with civilians, female volunteers, doctors, soldiers, including wounded soldiers from both sides, free blacks, enslaved and contraband (escaped slaves living behind Union lines) African Americans, prostitutes, speculators and spies.


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Ch. 5.1 – Tuesdays at 7 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Sunday at 7 pm; Tuesday at 12 pm
Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in this series as he delves into the genealogy of famous Americans.
Tuesday, February 16 episode – Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations.


A2_ballerinas_tale-04-pressINDEPENDENT LENS: A Ballerina’s Tale
Ch. 9.1 – Monday, February 8 at 9pm; Thursday, February 11 at 12:30 pm; Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 am
Ch. 5.1 – Saturday, February 13, 10:00;
Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater (ABT). Get an intimate look at this groundbreaking dancer during a crucial period in her life.


American blues guitarist B.B. King performing with his band and special guests at London's Royal Albert Hall for Bluesfest, 2011AMERICAN MASTERS: B.B. King: The Life of Riley
Ch. 5.1 – Friday, February 12 at 9:00 pm
Explore B.B. King’s challenging life and career through candid interviews with the “King of the Blues,” filmed shortly before his death, and fellow music stars, including Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Ringo Starr.


Black Panther Party
Photo courtesy of Stephen Shames

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION – INDEPENDENT LENS
Ch. 5.1 – Tuesday, February 16 at 8 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Thursday, February 18 at 12:00 pm; Saturday, February 20 at 10 am
Revisit the turbulent 1960s, when a revolutionary culture emerged with the Black Panther Party at its vanguard. Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.


A2_LBJ-A4537-26INDEPENDENT LENS “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights”
Ch. 5.1 – Saturday, February 20, 10:00 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Monday, February 15 at 10 pm; Thursday, February 18 at 2 pm
Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated — and controversial — leaders of the civil rights era. This documentary follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents.


Fats Domino at piano.

AMERICAN MASTERS: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll
Ch. 5.1 – Friday, February 26 at 10 pm
Discover how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock ’n’ roll. As popular in the 1950s as Elvis Presley, Domino suffered degradations in the pre-civil rights South, and aided integration through his influential music.


A1_Main_wilheminas_war-press-01INDEPENDENT LENS “Wilhemina’s War”
Ch. 5.1 – Monday, February 29 at 10 pm
A Southern grandmother struggles to help her family through the scourge of HIV, but may be unable to save those she loves. AIDS is one of the leading causes of death for black women in the rural south, where living with HIV is a grim reality.

Share your story with NMPBS & Finding Your Roots

WETA – Finding Your Roots Bill Hader Interview
Photo by: Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

Tuesdays at 7:00pm on Ch.5.1
Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as he delves into the genealogy of 27 new guests. Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that makes up the fabric of America.

How much do you know about your family history? Have you ever traced your heritage like the guests on #FindingYourRoots? Share your story and a photo on our Facebook page!


Viewer Stories

“Diane DeHerrera Goeke told us her unique story about learning of her Navajo, Cochiti, Ute and Comanche heritage by visiting the NM State Archives in Santa Fe, including the use of census records to identify her great-grandfather’s profession. She has traced her line to the mid 1700’s and is always looking to discover more about her heritage. Thanks Diane for sharing your story!”

MASTERPIECE: Downton Abbey, The Final Season (Season 6)

Sundays, January 3 – February 21 at 8:00 pm on Ch.5.1
Series Finale Airs Sunday, March 6, 2016

  • “MASTERPIECE STUDIO” – A New Podcast Launches Dec. 21 with DOWNTON ABBEY & SHERLOCK Cast Interviews – Weekly DOWNTON Specials Start Jan. 4
  • DOWNTON ABBEY Celebrated With A New Float At The “Rose Parade” on New Year’s Day

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The top PBS drama of all time approaches its climactic chapter as the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning hit drama DOWNTON ABBEY embarks on its a sixth and final season. The year is 1925, and momentous change threatens the great house, its owners, and servants. Past scandals are also looming. The beloved ensemble is back for their farewell performance, closing the book on a television legend.

DOWNTON ABBEY will air on Ch.5.1 – Sundays at 8:00 pm, repeating the following Sunday at 7:00 pm (except the premiere episode which will repeat on 1/10 at 6:30 pm); All episodes will also repeat on Ch.9.1 – Tuesdays at 7:00 pm.

MASTERPIECE Downton Abbey The Final Season Premieres January 3, 2016 at 9 PM ET The top PBS drama of all time approaches its climactic chapter as Downton Abbey embarks on its final season. The year is 1925, and momentous change threatens the great house, its owners, and servants. Past scandals are also looming. The beloved ensemble is back for their farewell performance, closing the book on a television legend. Shown from left to right: MICHAEL FOX as Andy Parker and SOPHIE MCSHERA as Daisy Mason © Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE This image may be used only in the direct promotion of MASTERPIECE. No other rights are granted. All rights are reserved. Editorial use only.

Episode 1 – Sunday, January 3 at 8:00 pm
Extortion and downsizing threaten Downton Abbey. Change is afoot at the hospital. Mrs. Hughes poses a delicate question. Daisy speaks her mind, and Anna and Bates wait for the word.

Episode 2 – Sunday, January 10 at 8:00 pm
Wedding plans hit a snag. Pigs lead to trouble for Edith and Marigold. Thomas gets a hint. Anna has a secret appointment. Violet and Isobel lock horns over health care.

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Episode 3 – Sunday, January 17 at 8:00 pm
A wedding dress drama takes a disastrous turn. The breakfast battle is settled. A handsome volunteer helps Edith meet a deadline. The hospital debate gets nasty.

Episode 4 – Sunday, January 24 at 8:00 pm
Miss Baxter faces a dilemma. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air.

Episode 5 – Sunday, January 31 at 8:00 pm
Thomas makes Andy a generous offer. Spratt rescues Denker. A powerful politician comes to dinner. Robert upsets the family. Mary gets suspicious.

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Episode 6 – Sunday, February 7 at 8:00 pm
The hospital war reaches a climax. Violet goes on the warpath. Daisy tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith. Thomas feels trapped.

Episode 7 – Sunday, February 14 at 8:00 pm
A car race gives Mary flashbacks. Mrs. Patmore opens for business. Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson. Things get serious for Edith. Robert gets a surprise gift.

Downton Abbey | Series Six We return to the sumptuous setting of Downton Abbey for the sixth and final season of this internationally acclaimed hit drama series. As our time with the Crawleys begins to draw to a close, we see what will finally become of them all. The family and the servants, who work for them, remain inseparably interlinked as they face new challenges and begin forging different paths in a rapidly changing world. Photographer: Nick Briggs LAURA CARMICHAEL as Lady Edith Crawley, ELIZABETH MCGOVERN as Cora, Countess of Grantham and MICHELLE DOCKERY as Lady Mary Crawley

Episode 8 – Sunday, February 21 at 8:00 pm
Two romances get complicated. Molesley and Spratt try out new jobs. Thomas takes a fateful step. Mrs. Patmore provokes a scandal. Isobel puts her foot down.


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Sunday, February 28 at 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
All Day! Get caught up on Season 6 prior to next week’s Series Finale.

NM PBS will present Season 6, in its entirety, throughout the day, followed by a new special MORE MANNERS OF DOWNTON ABBEY at 8:00 pm – A follow up to the hugely popular ‘Manners of Downton Abbey’ this program unravels the secrets behind the strict rules governing the role of the servants downstairs and the aristocratic masters above.

Downton Abbey Series Finale Airs Sunday, March 6, 2016 on MASTERPIECE on PBS Shown from left to right: Brendan Coyle as Bates, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, and Kevin Doyle as Molesley (C) Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE This image may be used only in the direct promotion of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC. No other rights are granted. All rights are reserved. Editorial use only. USE ON THIRD PARTY SITES SUCH AS FACEBOOK AND TWITTER IS NOT ALLOWED.

Series Finale
Episode 9 – Sunday, March 6 at 8:00 pm
No program description is available at this time. We will all be surprised together.


MASTERPIECE on PBS Announces New Podcast: “MASTERPIECE STUDIO”

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The new podcast MASTERPIECE STUDIO will give an insider’s view to some of the most popular shows presented on MASTERPIECE. Extensive interviews led to some surprising and personal stories that even the most ardent fans of these shows have never heard before. Information about the episodes will be available at www.pbs.org/masterpiece on Audible.com and iTunes.

The first two full episodes:
The podcast will officially launch on Monday, December 21 with an interview with Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss, the co-creator, writer and actor who plays Sherlock’s brother ‘Mycroft,’ leading up to the Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, a 90-minute special, premieres Friday, January 1,at 8 pm on MASTERPIECE

December 28 – DOWNTON ABBEY: THE FINAL SEASON PREVIEW” will be available.

Beginning on January 4, the day after the premiere of the final season of DOWNTON ABBEY, “MASTERPIECE Studio” will release a new DOWNTON ABBEY themed episode every Monday following the Sunday night broadcast. Interviews include Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, costume designer Anna Mary Scott Robbins, and executive producer,Gareth Neame.

In addition to one-on-one conversations, other features in the podcast include: A lively discussion with writers dissecting the previous night’s episode of DOWNTON ABBEY; Anatomy of a Scene, where actors and producers talk in detail about their most memorable scenes; and comments by Alastair Bruce, the on-set historical advisor to DOWNTON ABBEY who talks about a single fascinating historical detail in a recent episode, and what to look for in the upcoming episodes.


ROSE PARADE 2016 FLOAT

Fans of DOWNTON will get a special treat on New Year’s Day when a new float celebrating the show debuts in the 127th Rose Parade® on January 1, 2016. The Crawley family estate has been painstakingly recreated, complete with a magnificent landscape depicting English rose gardens and rolling green lawns and a 1919 Bentley driven by the family chauffeur.

The float will feature more than 60,000 roses in 20 different varieties. A custom-made elevator lift was created for DOWNTON ABBEY’s central tower. This lift allows the tower to drop straight down into the center of the castle so that it can pass under power lines and bridges. The float is 18′ wide by 24′ high and weighs approximately 15 tons, took approximately 2,000 hours to construct and will take about 6,000 hours to decorate.

“MERCY STREET” to Premiere January 17

“MERCY STREET” to Premiere January 17 at 9:00pm on Ch.5.1
Original 6-Episode Series to Take Viewers Beyond the Battlefield With Intimate, Human Look at lives on the Civil War Home Front
Award-Winning Creative Team Includes Ridley Scott, David Zabel & David W. Zucker
Producers Worked To Ensure Historical Accuracy
Civil War Era Teacher/Classroom Materials Available

MERCY STREET, a new Civil War era drama produced in and around Richmond, Virginia, will debut Sunday, January 17, at 9:00 pm on NM PBS, with repeat presentations on both Ch. 5.1 – Thursdays at 8:00 pm, beginning Jan. 21 & Ch. 9.1 –Tuesdays at 8:00 pm, beginning Jan. 19.

Based on real events, MERCY STREET takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of diverse cast of characters — doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists — who intersect in the chaotic world of Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia, and the Mansion House Hospital in the early years of the Civil War.

The series is executive produced by Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Thelma and Louise); David W. Zucker (“The Good Wife” and “The Man in the High Castle”) of Scott Free; Lisa Q. Wolfinger (“Desperate Crossing, The Untold Story of the Mayflower”) and David Zabel (ER).


Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, MERCY STREET follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict; Mary Phinney, (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a staunch New England abolitionist, and Emma Green, (Hannah James), a naive young Confederate belle. The two collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the longest-occupied Confederate city of the war.


Ruled under martial law, Alexandria is now the melting pot of the region, filled with civilians, female volunteers, doctors, soldiers including wounded soldiers from both sides, free blacks, enslaved and contraband (escaped slaves living behind Union lines) African Americans, prostitutes, speculators and spies.

The intersection of North and South within the confines of a small occupied town creates a rich world that is chaotic, conflicted, corrupt, dynamic and even hopeful — a cauldron within which these characters strive, fight, love, laugh, betray, sacrifice and, at times, act like scoundrels.


This series is not about battles and glory; it’s about the drama and unexpected humor of everyday life behind the front lines. It’s a fresh twist on an iconic story, one that resonates with larger themes we still struggle with today. Some of the cast includes:

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“The Returned,” The Spectacular Now) as nurse Mary Phinney, a feisty New England widow who is a newcomer at Mansion House Hospital.
  • Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother,” Liberal Arts, Broadway’s Disgraced) as Dr. Jedediah Foster, the civilian contract surgeon who grew up in a privileged slave-owning household as the son of a wealthy Maryland landowner.
  • Gary Cole (“Veep,” “The Good Wife,” “Entourage”) as James Green, Sr., patriarch of the Green family, struggling to maintain his family business while living in an occupied city.
  • Newcomers Hannah James as Emma Green, an entitled Southern young woman who volunteers as a nurse at Mansion House Hospital, and Brad Koed as James Green, Jr., working alongside his father on the family businesses while he desperately wants to be on the front lines for the Confederate cause.
  • Norbert Leo Butz (“Bloodline,”2-TimeTony Award winner) as Dr. Byron Hale, an old-school Army Surgeon who does everything by the book.
  • Tara Summers (“You’re the Worst,” “Rake,” “Boston Legal,” “Hitchcock”) as nurse Anne Hastings, whose claim to fame is her experience working with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War, and more.

To ensure historical accuracy, the producers engaged an all-star team of advisors headed by noted historian James McPherson and including leading experts on Civil War medicine, military history, African American history, women in the Civil War era and more. Each script was vetted with the entire advisory team, many of whom were on set during the show’s filming in Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia.

PBS LearningMedia will offer a range of materials designed to bring MERCY STREET into classrooms around our nation, including a series of student-facing videos that will explore ties between current events topics with roots in Civil War era history, clips from MERCY STREET and teacher-focused classroom support materials, such as background essays and lesson activities. These resources will enable teachers to connect content covered in MERCY STREET with curricular topics in Civil War era history, and connect themes covered in the series to issues relevant to students’ lives today.


MERCY STREET – The New Nurse
Ch. 5.1 – Sunday, January 17 at 9:00 pm and repeats: Thursdays at 8:00 pm, beginning Jan. 21
Ch. 9.1 -Tuesdays at 8:00 pm, beginning January 19

Ruled under martial law, Alexandria is now the melting pot of the region, filled with civilians, female volunteers, doctors, soldiers including wounded soldiers from both sides, free blacks, enslaved and contraband (escaped slaves living behind Union lines) African Americans, prostitutes, speculators and spies.

The intersection of North and South within the confines of a small occupied town creates a rich world that is chaotic, conflicted, corrupt, dynamic and even hopeful — a cauldron within which these characters strive, fight, love, laugh, betray, sacrifice and, at times, act like scoundrels.


The Haversack
Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Confederate belle Emma nurses her wounded friend. Dr. Foster wrestles with his marriage and career as Mary tries to improve her patients’ lives with Samuel’s help. Aurelia submits to Silas’ advances in exchange for his help.


The Uniform
Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Dr. Foster confronts his family’s divided loyalties when his mother and wounded Confederate brother arrive. Alice is shocked to find her fiancé, Tom, deeply changed by war. Samuel and Aurelia try to persuade a slave boy to seize a chance at freedom.


The Belle Alliance
Sunday, February 7 at 9:00 pm

During a Union ball at their house, the Green girls and Frank initiate a daring plan to help Tom escape. Mary releases Dr. Foster, still shaky from his detox, from his “quarantine” so he can guide Samuel through a delicate operation.


The Dead Room
Sunday, February 14 at 9:00 pm

The unexpected visit of a hospital inspector throws the staff into disarray. Mary feels empathy for a deserter, while Silas makes Samuel pay for his arrogance. A family tragedy forces James Sr. to take a risky step to earn his family’s respect.


The Diabolical Plot
Sunday, February 21 at 9:00 pm

President Lincoln’s visit sets in motion a diabolical rebel plot and offers an opportunity to free James Sr. Dr. Foster uncovers a scheme to undermine him at the expense of his patients. Aurelia recovered from her surgery makes a bold decision.

Entrepreneurship in Albuquerque and a visit to FatPipe ABQ

NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS‘ new series on entrepreneurship in Albuquerque begins with a profile produced by students! In the coming months, we will bring you different perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that aspiring entrepreneurs face in New Mexico.

Eric Renz-Whitmore is an entrepreneurial consultant. He also does entrepreneurial outreach and community-building with the City of Albuquerque’s economic development department. Eric sits down this week with NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus to give us a broad view on recent efforts to promote entrepreneurship.

Take a look inside FatPipe ABQ to hear how the space encourages collaboration among entrepreneurs from different fields. This profile of FatPipe ABQ was produced by students with the New Mexico Newsport, a student-run lab at the University of New Mexico.

New Mexico Newsport credits: Dominic Aragón,  Erika Eddy, Brian DeGruchy, Kyle Herrera, Tania Martínez and Christian Naranjo