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This documentary profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris. President Lyndon Johnson tapped her to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course, called “Indian 101,” was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years. LaDonna Harris and Producer Julianna Brannum in attendance.

MAKERS: Women In Space

Women in Space traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program, and features the next generation of women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts — the new group of pioneers who continue to make small but significant steps forward.

PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL 2014 Kicks Off September 26

Fridays at 9:30 pm on Ch.5.1

  • Emmy and Tony Award-Winning Actress Kristin Chenoweth Debuts as Host
  • Festival Headlined by Broadway Hits & Award-Winning Performers Nathan Lane, Emma Thompson, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga & More

Entering its 4th season, the PBS Arts Fall Festival returns in September with 11 weekly programs, featuring classic Broadway hits, music from around the country and a theater performance by award-winning actor Nathan Lane. PBS Arts has become a Friday night fall tradition, reaching more than 33 million viewers since its conception in 2011, and underscoring PBS’ ongoing commitment to giving audiences a front-row seat and a backstage pass to the best of the arts on-air and online. The series will be hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and accomplished singer Kristin Chenoweth beginning Friday, September 26, at 9:30 pm on Ch.5.1

In Chronological Order:

  • LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert with the New York Philharmonic”
  • LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “The Nance” Starring Nathan Lane
  • GREAT PERFORMANCES: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!

“PBS’ commitment to the arts, and stature as the only destination for quality arts programming on television is cemented with this fall’s robust, diverse lineup,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “With LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER and AUSTIN CITY LIMITS both celebrating milestone 40th anniversaries, and the tremendously talented group of artists we’re bringing to viewers through the Festival, this fall’s lineup is unprecedented.”

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert with the New York Philharmonic”
Friday, September 26 at 9:30-12:00 Midnight

The N.Y. Philharmonic’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical thriller, staged in March 2014 to a sold-out crowd at Avery Fisher Hall, tells the story of the eponymous barber who, with his romantically inclined landlady, Mrs. Lovett the piemaker, seeks vengeance on what he considers a merciless world. The remarkable cast features bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett. Audra McDonald serves as host.

Friday, October 3 at 9:30-11:30 pm

The star-studded special celebrates the trailblazing music series, with guest hosts Jeff Bridges, Matthew McConaughey and Sheryl Crow, and features memorable moments from the show’s remarkable run, anchored by some of the brightest stars in the show’s history returning to the ACL stage. Highlights include legends Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Foo Fighters, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Clark Jr., Lyle Lovett, Alabama Shakes, Buddy Guy and more.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “The Nance” Starring Nathan Lane
Friday, October 10 at 9:30-12 Midnight

Nathan Lane stars in Tony Award-nominated play “The Nance.” The play tells the story of Chauncey Miles (Lane), a headline nance (a parody of a gay man) in the twilight of New York burlesque’s era, who is gay. Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Beane paints the portrait of a homosexual man, living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930s New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his offstage life.

Friday, October 17 at 9:30-12:30 am

This production of Porgy and Bess stars bass-baritone Eric Owens as Porgy and soprano Laquita Mitchell as Bess in the turbulent story of a disabled man, the headstrong woman he loves and the community that sustains them both – set in an African-American community on Catfish Row in coastal South Carolina – and featuring the celebrated jazz standard “Summertime.”

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!
Saturday, October 24 at 9:30-10:30 pm

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga team up for a special concert from the stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City, performing selections from their collaborative classic jazz recording, “Cheek to Cheek.”

More Specials are Coming in October – December

Friday, October 31 at 9:30-10:30 p.m.

Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein headlines this all-star evening with performances by Tony winner and Emmy-nominated artist Christine Ebersole; “American Idol” sensation Jessica Sanchez; dynamic tap duo, the Manzari Brothers; Oscar-nominated June Squibb; and many more surprises from the legendary N.Y. restaurant & nightclub, where stars were born and legends perform, following its October re-opening.

Friday, November 14 at 9:30-10:30 p.m.

An up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks, and game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process. Today’s artists challenge the paradigm further, taking control of their careers and sometimes shucking the system altogether to record and release music on their own. Interviews and performances from notable artists include Melissa Etheridge, The Roots’ Questlove, Sharon Jones, rising DJ/producer Steve Aoki, and many more.

Friday, November 21 at 9:30 pm

One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES for an encore presentation. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats reigned over an 18-year Broadway run and unending touring productions that continue to travel the globe. Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” Webber’s hit-filled stage version boasts musical highlights aplenty, including Elaine Paige’s return to her original role as Grizabella, the faded “glamour cat” singing the show-stopping ballad “Memory.”

Friday, November 28 at 9:00 pm

Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home — to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that is — to perform music from her career. With a classically trained voice set off by a gift for acting and comedy, Chenoweth appears at a state-of-the-art theater that now bears her name, performing Broadway, television and film songs like “Popular” and “For Good” from WICKED, songs from her acclaimed performances on GLEE, and beloved music from LES MISERABLES, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and many more. Backed by a 13-piece orchestra led by Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Chenoweth welcomes song and dance friends from Broadway in a program sure to be unforgettable.


– One-Hour Special Reveals Last In-Depth Television Interview of Robin Williams; Emmy-Nominated Series Offers Star-Studded Celebration of the Late Actor’s Work, Including Exclusive, New Interview With Former Co-Star Pam Dawber –

In celebration of award-winning comedian, TV star, and film and stage actor Robin Williams, who lives on in fond memories of audiences worldwide, PBS will premiere ROBIN WILLIAMS REMEMBERED – A PIONEERS OF TELEVISION SPECIAL on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. on Ch.5.1.


The one-hour special will feature Williams’ last full-length television interview, including never-before-seen footage of his comments on life and work, tributes by those who knew and worked with him closely in all phases of his career, and clips from iconic moments throughout his career.

Williams shares stories about his first stand-up act, his desire to be a serious dramatic actor and his tireless efforts to entertain U.S. troops overseas. The program also includes an exclusive, sit-down interview with his former co-star Pam Dawber (“Mork & Mindy”), where she publicly shares, for the first time on camera since his death, her memories of working with Williams.

Celebrities and friends of the late actor were recently interviewed by filmmakers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein at the famed Comedy Store in Los Angeles, where they shared stories and discussed Williams’ body of work, from stand-up to television to film. Featured interviews include remembrances from co-stars Henry Winkler (“Happy Days”),and Yakov Smirnoff (“Moscow on the Hudson”), to comedians Louie Anderson, Paul Rodriguez, Rick Overton, Blake Clark, and Pauly Shore, and comedy producer George Schlatter. Other interviews about Williams include: Penny Marshall, the late Jonathan Winters, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller and Jimmie Walker.

“PBS is proud to share with viewers a celebration of this comic genius’s life, through recollections from friends and colleagues, and reflections from Robin himself,” said Donald Thoms, PBS Vice President of General Audience Programming.

“We were fortunate to sit down with Robin Williams quite recently for the PIONEERS OF TELEVISION series,” said executive producer Steve Boettcher. “We wanted to share with PBS viewers the Robin that we saw – the very unassuming, caring, genuine and gentle man who took his acting seriously, but was able to make others laugh. We hope this special provides more insight to this incredible man, in his own words.”


Sci Girls Training at NM PBS


A science club for girls ages 8-13!


Do you run activities/clubs for your afterschool program?
Do you have access to a computer lab?
Are you ready to do innovative science activities that build confidence in girls to lead them into careers in STEM?

September 6th 9:00am-4:30pm
New Mexico PBS-KNME Studio

Come to a special SciGirls training and receive:

  • $50.00 stipend for each participant
  • A full day training session provided by SciGirls Certified Trainers from Twin Cities Minnesota PBS
  • Professional development opportunity on STEM instruction
  • Free materials, such as guides, DVD’s and everything you need to start a SciGirls Club!
  • Website tools as a place to connect and share
  • Learn how to conduct great activities to support STEM

Please apply today! Space is limited!
RSVP: or 505-277-4087

New Fall Line-up: Children’s Programs


Begins Monday, Sept. 1


    • PBS KIDS reaches more kids ages 2-8, and more moms with kids under age 12, than any other kids TV network, and nearly 99% of homes in the U.S.
    • PBS KIDS averages more than 12 million unique visitors per month online, and more than 1.5 million users stream video on the PBS KIDS Video App each month.
    • PBS KIDS reached 11.9 million low-income families last year, many of whom do not have access to cable or satellite TV.

    NEW SCHEDULE – Monday – Friday
    Please Note: When two children’s programs air back-to-back, each program will be a different episode. Want to learn more? Scroll further down…

    6:30 am – SUPER WHY!
    7:30 am – MARTHA SPEAKS
    8:00 am – CURIOUS GEORGE
    8:30 am – CURIOUS GEORGE
    10:00 am – SESAME STREET
    11:00 am – DINOSAUR TRAIN
    11:30 am – PEG + CAT

    2:00 pm – SCIGIRLS (Airs on Fridays only)
    2:30 pm – SESAME STREET (30 minutes)
    3:30 pm – ARTHUR
    4:00 pm – WILD KRATTS
    4:30 pm – WILD KRATTS

    On Monday, September 1, New Mexico PBS, Ch. 5.1 will launch its new Fall Children’s Program Lineup, airing Monday-Friday.

    Furthering a commitment to using the power of media to educate and entertain America’s children, PBS KIDS and SESAME STREET will introduce a bonus half-hour SESAME STREET program, also on September 1, on-air and on digital platforms. The additional half-hour program will air on NM PBS, Ch. 5.1, weekday afternoons at 2:30 p.m., complementing the one-hour series that airs weekday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

    For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute show will also be available for free online at, on the PBS KIDS Video App and on the PBS KIDS Roku channel. By offering this bonus half hour of SESAME STREET in an additional timeslot, and through a growing number of digital services, PBS KIDS hopes to reach even more children with one of America’s most beloved and educationally powerful children’s series.

    “With this new half-hour program, we are excited to build on SESAME STREET’s 45-year legacy on PBS with a format that will make the series more accessible on mobile devices, where PBS KIDS’ reach is growing exponentially,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “In just the past year, the number of users streaming video on the incredibly popular PBS KIDS Video App increased 34%. The new half-hour format will give PBS KIDS the opportunity to offer SESAME STREET to even more families, making it easy for parents to help their kids build essential school readiness skills with one of their favorite shows.”

Franz Joachim looks back on his first year as General Manager & CEO


1. Franz, what is your proudest moment in your first year as GM for NM PBS?

I am most proud of the reception I’ve received from the staff at New Mexico PBS. It’s always a challenge taking on a new position, but when you are an internal candidate you come with a lot of baggage. Long standing relationships must change and everybody looks at you just a little bit differently. But the staff has been incredibly supportive and patient, never failing to help me figure out something new, calling me out on dumb moves and helping to guide me into smarter positions. I could not do it without my friends at New Mexico PBS and certainly would not have enjoyed it without their patient support.

2. What are you excited about in your second year? What’s coming up for New Mexico PBS?

We are entering into a new era in broadcasting. The FCC is going to make changes in how broadcasters operate and New Mexico PBS is well positioned to help form and guide the public television corner of the industry.

Building on past successes with New Mexico in Focus, Colores!, Public Square and Connect we’ve successfully secured funding for two more years of Public Square, look forward to holding NMiF special debates with candidates for Governor, Congress and the US Senate and are working on a multiyear funding commitment for Colores!. And I am convinced that we will secure funding for a new season of Connect.

Our pledge drives continue to outperform the system and as the overall economy slowly improves we see what looks to be a long awaited turnaround in underwriting revenues.
From the outside it may seem boring, but I am truly excited by the strength and stability that we show across all areas from financial to content to infrastructure.

3. Did you meet any inspiring people this last year?

I meet a lot of inspiring people, but just this week I met with the tribal council of the Santa Clara pueblo. The Cerro Grande and Los Conchas wildfires have destroyed the Santa Clara watershed. The pueblo is at grave risk of being wiped out by flooding from normal monsoon activity. More than 1200 years of history may end with an afternoon of normal monsoon rains. But this group is not giving up. They have an aggressive plan to rebuild the watershed, keep the village and the tribe intact and reestablish the native habitat that is all but gone. They have been incredibly effective at partnering with the federal and state governments and are now reaching out the non-profit community to ask advice on the best way to move their plan forward.

The tribal governor was very eloquent in telling us how embarrassed he was to ask for help. For generations the tribe saw themselves as givers, not takers, but for the good of the tribe and the good of the larger community they had to get over their pride and reach out and ask for help. In doing so they learned that to ask for help was not to take, but to open themselves up to the larger community and invite them in to share in the life of the tribe. The Sheriff was equally eloquent in describing the personal transformation he went through as he worked in the canyon every day. He started by asking himself what he and the tribe had done wrong to deserve the wrath of the Great Spirit. But to survive and move forward he’s come to realize that maybe they are there to find a way through this so that other communities suffering similar losses can learn from them and also survive and learn to thrive.

This group has accepted that change was forced upon them. They are learning to accept it, adapt to it and figure out a way to live in a world that has irrevocably changed while holding on to their identity.

4. What programs moved you this last year?

The NMiF episode that featured Eric Griego discussing the murders of his brother and his family by his nephew Nehemiah Griego. OK, maybe that was a bit more than a year ago, but it still resonates.

Last years American Graduate Day that featured two of the students followed in the documentary Our Time is Now. And every time Our Time is Now repeats I watch it. Those kids are amazing.

The Address, quite a departure for Ken Burns and beautifully done. It made me re-memorize the Gettysburg Address and reminded me why it is such beautiful prose.

After Tiller, a hard hitting but incredibly insightful look late term abortion. We shouldn’t shy away from topics that make us uncomfortable. We will broadcast it the first week in September.

5. What goals do you have for your next five years at NM PBS?

Ouch! Ask me in 4 years! OK, I’d love to revamp and expand this building to bring in our folks in the 1200 building and possibly provide space for KUNM, MTS, academic departments like IFDM and C&J. That’s a really tall order and probably more than five years worth of work, but maybe we can get it underway. I want to resume regular increases in funding from the state legislature and grow endowments. I want to keep this station healthy and move it to an even more stable and diversified funding profile. None of this is magic; it’s just hard work. Otherwise, just the day to day improving relations with our partner stations KENW and KRWG; making sure our licensee’s value us, are proud of us and most of all understand us; and most importantly keeping the faith with our viewers and members.

New Programs Premiere in the August Pledge Drive

All Programs Below are Listed in Chronological Order & Air on Ch. 5.1 & Ch. 9.1
August 11 – 24

Ch. 5.1 – Saturday 8/23, 12:00 Noon

Gather around the table to learn why eating with family and friends is not only fun, but important for health and well-being, and can create lasting bonds between the generations. Experts from the food and medical worlds offer demonstrations of terrific, easy-to-make recipes, tips on enjoyable and stress-free ways to prepare meals, and the latest research on the benefits of eating together.


Ch. 5.1 – Thursday 8/14 at 10:00 pm; Sunday 8/17 at 6:00 pm
Take a meditative, cinematic journey through the breathtaking scenery of the American West’s iconic red rock country, including Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Grand Canyon National Parks — all set to music by some of the world’s greatest classical composers, including Bach, Brahms, Chopin and Beethoven.


Ch. 5.1 – Monday 8/18 at 7:00 pm; Sunday 8/24 at 2:00 pm

Celebrate Oscar-winning composer and test pilot, who wrote high-flying songs for his legendary pals, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby: “Swinging on a Star” and “Moonlight Becomes You” for Crosby & “Come Fly With Me” for Sinatra, plus ”Call Me Irresponsible,” “The Tender Trap,” ”All the Way,” “High Hopes,” “Here’s That Rainy Day” and many more. The program includes interviews with Frank Sinatra, Jr., Harry Crosby, Tony Bennett, Woody Allen, Angie Dickinson, Shirley MacLaine, John Pizzarelli and others, along with archival film and television clips of his timeless songs.


Ch. 5.1 – Tuesday 8/12 at 7:00 pm; Saturday 8/16 at 12:00 pm Noon
Ch. 9.1 – Wednesday 8/13 at 10:30 pm; Friday 8/15 at 7:00 pm; and Sunday 8/17 at 9:00 pm

Break free from dieting once and for all with practical, effective advice from Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a New York Times best-selling author, leading expert and board-certified physician who specializes in the prevention and reversal of disease using nutritional solutions. The program includes cooking demonstrations; advice on staying active, vibrant and healthy later in life; and nutritional methods to prevent and even reverse obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and more.


Ch. 5.1 – Monday 8/11 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, 8/17 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, 8/24 at 12:00 pm

From “Love Me Tender” to “Only You,” “Wake Up Little Suzie” to “Dream Lover” and ” Long Tall Sally” to “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” this new MY MUSIC special spotlights the happy days of the 50s and early 60s with archival footage of the greatest pop and rock hit makers of the era in their prime. Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, from the original Sha Na Na lineup, hosts.


Ch. 9.1 – Saturday 8/16 at 10:00 pm

Savor a mix of fond memories from the past four seasons of “Downton Abbey” and get a taste of the upcoming fifth season. Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon hosts the program, which includes behind-the-scenes footage, fondly remembered moments from the first four seasons, and interviews with Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, providing an overview and context for the series and what to expect next. Recall the high points of the “Downton Abbey” storyline, its memorable cast of characters, and both the great joy and wrenching sadness taking place at the abbey.


Ch. 5.1 – Monday 8/11 at 9:00 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Monday 8/11 at 10:00 pm

Celebrate the legacy of Woody Guthrie’s singer-songwriter “children” in a rousing live concert featuring Noel Paul Stookey, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin, Holly Near and others. Songs include “The Last Thing on My Mind,” “Pass the Music On,” “I Am Willing,” “If I Had a Hammer” and more.

MAKERS: Women In Comedy

Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Contemporary comics talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.

Net-iquette Premiere

Attend a FREE Screening Saturday, August 23 6:00pm at the Kimo Theatre

Airs on Ch.5.1: Thursday, September 11 at 7:00pm

“I’ve had kids come in very upset, very depressed, very distraught because something they posted, or something that got posted about them, has spread in a way that is not contained. They’ve lost control of that image, that information.”
Elisa Montrose-Roback, LMFT
Bosque Mental Health

“Where do you think predators go to find children?
Where children are going to be.”
Lois Kinch, Special Agent, NM Attorney General’s Office
NM Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

“You would interview a candidate … and then you search their name online and you find out what pops up. It’s not only what you may put on line or what people may put on their site about you, it’s the context.”
LeAnne Collins
Human Resources Director

Our youth (digital natives) have grown up in a cyber world that is seamlessly integrated with our daily lives. Most parents and other adults (digital immigrants) are not completely familiar with all the various internet apps, tools and sites that allow people to connect in good and bad ways. Many times children are more comfortable in that world than the adults who are supposed to look out for them. While we teach our youth the etiquette of various social interactions: restaurant behavior, etc; many adults don’t understand enough to give them guidelines for the on-line world. This is a documentary that will help.

“Net-iquette” is a comprehensive media campaign centered around a half hour documentary that is followed by a half hour studio program to help youth, parents and educators throughout New Mexico understand the potential dangers associated with use of the internet and social media; from stalking and cyber-bullying to sext-ing and future employment issues. “Unless you’re under the age of 20, you really don’t fully understand the world of social media and the internet,” says producer/director Chris Schueler. “And the truth is, it’s an entirely different way to communicate that can be very effective, but also very dangerous.”

“This is crucial information for teens and for parents,” says Thom Turbett, President of the Board of SafeTeen New Mexico. “And in addition to the full documentary that we’ll distribute to all the school districts and the PTA’s, we have shorter training videos that can be used as well.”

Produced by multiple Emmy © Award winning director/producer, Chris Schueler, the project is presented by The City of Albuquerque, Cooperative Educational Services, Intel Security, NM Office of the Attorney General, Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico, New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders, New Mexico School Boards Association, New Mexico Public Education Department and the New Mexico Parent Teacher Association in association with KOB-TV 4, KNME-TV 5, KENW-TV 3, and KRWG-TV 22.

“We turn the viewers screen into various social media pages, as they hear from experts and youth about what really happens on the web.” says Chris Schueler, Executive Director of SafeTeen and the producer of the film, “ I’ve got to say, I’ve certainly changed my habits on line and encouraged all my friends to do the same. Some of this will really scare you.” In addition to the documentary, the one hour program will also include a live half hour follow up show that will focus on solutions.

The Albuquerque Mayors Youth Advisory Board is involved in the project through production, marketing and distribution work. They have assisted with a facebook page and are overseeing the Gala Premiere, which is slated for August 23 at 6pm at the Kimo Theatre. The premiere is open to the public for free and doors open at 5pm. In addition to the documentary, there are shorter, targeted videos created for Middle Schools, High Schools and Parents. For information please visit or