Pledge Specials

See program premieres and PBS favorites during our August Pledge Drive, including Rick Steves: Heart of Italy, Emmylou Harris at the Ryman, and The Texas Tenors: Rise.

On Channel 5.1 and Channel 9.1 Starting August 4th

Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis "Wonderful Wonderful" (My Music Presents)
Public TV celebrates 60+1 years of the legendary Johnny Mathis in this MY MUSIC Presents special presentation. All Johnny's favorites "Chances Are, " "Twelfth of Never, " "Wonderful, Wonderful," It's Not For Me To Say," "Too Much, Too Little Too Late" and more are all performed live.

Sat. 8/5 at 6:00 pm on Ch. 5.1
Wed. 8/9 at 7:00 pm on Ch. 5.1
Mon. 8/14 at 7:00 pm on Ch. 9.1

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American Epic - Sessions

American Epic - Sessions
Jack White and T Bone Burnett lead an epic recording session using the only working 1920s recording device in existence. The artists have 3 minutes and 1 chance. Featured: Alabama Shakes, Elton John, Los Lobos, Nas, Taj Mahal, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Jack White, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Ana Gabriel, The Avett Brothers, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and more.

Sun. 8/6 at 7:00 pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 8/12 at 9:00 pm on Ch. 5.1
Wed. 8/9 at 8:00 pm on Ch. 9.1

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Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution

Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the groundbreaking album that ranks #1 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. This special features material never before accessible outside of Abbey Road Studios.

Mon., 8/7 at 7:00 pm on Ch. 5.1

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John F. Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy

JFK: The Lost Inaugural Gala - Premiere Broadcast
Enjoy performances from Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Gene Kelly and more in this presidential gala event taped in 1961, but never broadcast on television. A blizzard knocked out most of the electricity in Washington, although a few generators powered the minimal lights and cameras necessary to tape this historic production, now remastered and restored.

Thurs. 8/10 at 7:00 pm on Ch. 5.1

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Rick Steves

Rick Steves’ Heart of Italy
Rick delves deep into the Italian heartland - the place where “la dolce vita” is a way of life. Starting in Umbria, we connect with rustic, traditional culture. We finish with the ultimate Riviera getaway: the Cinque Terre, where we get to know each of the "five lands" — from dramatic, vineyard-surrounded Vernazza to hardscrabble Riomaggiore to the pint-sized resort of Monterosso.

Sat. 8/5 at 2:00 pm on Ch. 5.1
Thurs. 8/10 at 8:30 pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 8/19 at 2:00 pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 8/5 at 10:00 pm on Ch. 9.1
Sat. 8/19 at 6:30 pm on Ch. 9.1

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Roy Orbison: A Black and White Night

Roy Orbison: A Black And White Night 30

Newly edited and remastered -- Celebrate the 30th anniversary of an iconic concert with an all-star cast including Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J. D. Souther, and Jennifer Warnes.

Mon. 8/7 at 8:30 pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 8/12 at 7:30 pm on Ch. 5.1
Mon. 8/14 at 8:30 pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 8/12 at 7:00 pm on Ch. 9.1
Tues. 8/15 at 7:00 pm on Ch. 9.1

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Emmylou Harris - At The Ryman
Celebrate 125 years of live entertainment at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (known as the “Mother Church of Country Music”) with Harris and her acoustic band the Nash Ramblers, in a re-creation of their mesmerizing 1991 concert, which helped spearhead efforts to refurbish the century-old home of the Grand Ole Opry.

Sun. 8/13 at 9:30pm on Ch. 5.1

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Paul Simon

Paul Simon: The Concert in Hyde Park
Join the legendary musician on a trip through his extensive songbook in this 2012 concert recorded in London's Hyde Park. Performances range from "The Sound of Silence" and "The Boxer" to "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" and "Late in the Evening."

Tues. 8/15 at 7:00 pm on Ch. 5.1
Mon. 8/14 at 9:00 pm on Ch. 9.1

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Peaches and Herb

Get Down Tonight - The Disco Explosion
KC and The Sunshine Band host a historic reunion from the superstars of the 1970s disco and dance era. This program features a mix of new live performances and classic archival clips from the disco days, including vintage performances from The Bee Gees and Donna Summer. Live highlights include: Leo Sayer returning to America for the first time in 30 years, A Taste of Honey reuniting for the first time in 2 decades, and Martha Wash of The Weather Girls belts out "It's Raining Men."

Wed. 8/16 at 9:00 pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 8/19 at 8:00 pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 8/5 at 7:00 pm on Ch. 9.1

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Ken Burns

Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller “American Sampler”
This special focuses on the many single documentaries and short series that Ken has produced over the years and includes new material which explores the tremendous depth and breadth of his work. Special emphasis: Films about Thomas Jefferson,
Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain, Jackie Robinson and others.

Thurs. 8/17 at 7:00 pm on Ch. 5.1

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Texas Tenors: Rise

The Texas Tenors: Rise
Join America's favorite tenors for an all-new concert filmed at Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House. Highlights include a show-stopping tribute to Les Miserables, selections from Phantom of the Opera, and classic rock, pop and country favorites.

Thurs. 8/17 at 9:00 pm on Ch. 5.1

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Lawrence Welk: God Bless America
This program includes Bob Allen, Executive Producer of the special, and Mary Lou Metzger, a Welk Star perfoermer.

Sat. 8/19 at 6:00 pm on Ch. 5.1

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The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Ken Burns - The Vietnam War

THE VIETNAM WAR tells the epic story as it has never before been told on film. The film features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

New Mexico PBS presents a free preview screening of THE VIETNAM WAR, August 30th at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The 60-minute preview will be followed by a discussion with the supervising editor and Santa Fe resident Paul Barnes. Gene Grant, host of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS will moderate the discussion.

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NOVA: Eclipse Over America

August Science Café:


Saturday, August 19
10:00am -12 noon
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
STEM Theater
NOTE: this event is now SOLD OUT.


On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire continental United States for the first time in 99 years. The eclipse will begin in Oregon and end in South Carolina, passing through 13 states, with totality for anyone within the band of about 70 miles—the path of the moon’s shadow. Outside of the band, millions of Americans will experience history through a partial eclipse making it the most widely viewed American eclipse of all time.

Come to the August New Mexico PBS Science Café, watch a segment of NOVA: Eclipse Over America and join a discussion with Dave Dooling, Education Director at The New Mexico Museum of Space History. Dooling, former education officer for the National Solar Observatory, will use hands-on demonstrations to illustrate why eclipses happen and some of the features visible on the face of the Sun. He will also discuss the history and importance of eclipses and how to view eclipses safely.

Admission to the café is free, but a reservation is required. RSVP to Rose Poston at 505-277-2396 or Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: This event does not include admission to the museum. If you wish to tour the exhibits following the event, please visit the museum admission desk.


Be more curious…be more amazed…come to the New Mexico PBS Science Café
New Mexico PBS Science Cafes are presented with support from Sandia National Lab/Lockheed Martin.


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RARE – Creatures of the Photo Ark

Madagascar fish eagle

New Mexico PBS invites you to a special sneak preview of:


Saturday, July 8, 2017
10:00am -12 noon
ABQ BioPark
Aquarium Theater - 2601 Central NW


National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has been on an eleven year mission  to photograph at-risk and rare animal species in the wild, in zoos, and in nature preserves around the globe.  His efforts to protect our planet’s animals before they disappear have been documented in RARE: CREATURES OF THE PHOTO ARK.

Watch a highlight of the three-part series and join in a panel discussion with project managers supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts here in New Mexico and across the world.

Panelists include:

Matt Eschenbrenner - Slender Snouted Crocodiles in Cote d'Ivoire, Africa
Sara Hamilton - Coral propagation
Dylan Frentzel - Wildlife camera traps in the Sandia mountains
Diane Longenecker - Socorro Doves in Mexico
Kim Ward – Rio Grande Silvery Minnow

Admission to the café is free, but a reservation is required. RSVP to Rose Poston at 505-277-2396 or Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.