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American Masters Sammy Davis Jr., B.B. King, Charley Pride and more

(Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, vast in scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Watch Sammy Davis Jr.: AMERICAN MASTERS Tuesday at 8PM.)

Tonight at 7PM on Antiques Roadshow: Hotel del Coronado (Hour 1), see sensational finds at this stunning seaside setting, such as a 1962 Baldessari oil “Sign for Rothko & Albers,” a Fortuny Delphos gown and a “Kitchen Debate” table with a signed Nixon photo. Which is worth $90,000? At 8PM on Midsomer Murders, the reclusive lives of elderly eccentrics William and Mary Bingham come under police scrutiny when a social services investigator is murdered. Barnaby and Jones must unearth generations of family secrets and decipher astronomical charts to find the killer. At 9PM on POV: Minding the Gap, meet three young men who bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. Then at 10:30PM on New Tricks, the team investigates the death of a personal trainer who belonged to a Roman re-enactment society and discovers a gang selling illegal steroids.

Tuesday at 7PM on Finding Your Roots, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shows comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman that their family trees are filled with people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success. Gates also reveals to each one news of an unexpected DNA cousin. At 8PM on Sammy Davis Jr.: AMERICAN MASTERS, explore the entertainer's vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. The film features Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and clips from his TV, film and concert performances. At 10PM, learn about one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. B.B. King: AMERICAN MASTERS explores his roots as a sharecropper’s son, working in the cotton fields of Mississippi, to rising to become a living legend. The film includes interviews with the man himself, family, friends, and fellow musicians: Bono, George Benson, Eric Clapton, Aaron Neville, John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, Johnny Winter, and more.

Wednesday at 7PM on Nature: Living Volcanoes, uncover the variety of activity, both human and natural, that occurs on the slopes of active volcanoes. See the surprising number of animals that survive and thrive alongside these fiery natural phenomena. At 8PM on NOVA: The Next Pompeii, discover Campi Flegrei, a lesser-known volcano in the shadow of Vesuvius. If it erupts, millions of lives could be at risk. Meet the scientists exploring its geography and developing a warning system to prevent Naples from becoming the next Pompeii. That's followed at 9PM by Secrets of the Dead: The Nero Files. Take a closer look at the life and legend of Nero, the infamous Roman emperor, as a forensics profiler attempts to find out what history may have gotten wrong about his alleged tyranny. Then at 10PM on And Then There Were None, reduced to half their original number, the surviving guests of Soldier Island are in danger of losing their minds. With the likelihood of survival rapidly diminishing, they must turn to one another for comfort... and, for protection. But trust is in short supply...

Thursday at 7PM Father Brown uncovers a dark secret when a contestant is murdered at a ballroom dancing competition. At 8PM on Doc Martin, Penhale and Morwenna participate in the annual gig race against another town. Louisa buys a new car, and Martin's blood phobia causes a disaster with a patient. At 9PM on Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators, a workplace compensation claim is not as straightforward as it first seems, and Frank is sceptical when a long-lost relative tracks him down. Then at 10PM on Season 8 of VERA, actress Brenda Blethyn returns as DCI Vera Stanhope. Based on the bestselling Inspector Stanhope books by renowned writer Ann Cleeves, Vera and her team are faced with a series of daunting challenges.

Friday at 7PM, get news from across the state on Louisiana: The State We're In. That's followed at 7:30PM by Washington Week. At 8PM on Samantha Brown's Places to Love, Samantha’s epic cruise along the Rhine River includes a stop at Freiburg, Germany, which is the gateway to the Black Forest; Strasbourg, France and the Petite France neighborhood, and the iconic Heidelberg Castle. At 8:30PM on Art Rocks!, meet Mia Kaplan, painter and sculptor from Southeast Louisiana whose work is driven by an interest in the patterns found in nature. Then at 9PM on Charley Pride: AMERICAN MASTERS, explore the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Raised in segregated Mississippi, his journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice. Then at 10PM on Great Performances: Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017, we pay tribute to Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, Velvet Underground and more, with Dionne Warwick, Andra Day, Kirk Franklin, Randy Newman, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson and Vernon Reid.

Saturday at 7PM, enjoy your favorite British comedies. At 9PM, see the new series, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco. Set during the trilling social change of the mid-1950s, this series captures the lives of four remarkable women, code-breakers who solve mysteries. In this episode, Millie, Jean, Iris, and Hailey delve into the mysterious death of suburban friend, uncovering a complex cluster of marriages built on lies and deception. On 800 Words at 10PM, George sees red when Arlo secretly switches school subjects, Fiona struggles in her new parenting role, and Woody's come up with a novel way to relieve Principal Tracey's stress. Then don't miss Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters on Austin City Limits at 11PM.

Sunday at 8PM on Victoria, Albert and Palmerston put their reputations on the line, and Victoria must fight against her better judgment to decide where to place her allegiance. Plus, mark your calendars for the season finale of Victoria next Sunday, March 3 at 8PM.

Be A Friend - Help Us Reach 20,000 Members!

The Friends of LPB Be A Friend campaign has an ambitious goal to increase our circle of friends to 20,000 members by 2020. We currently have about 14,000 members so we have a ways to go--- but we know with your help, anything is possible! 

LPB is your trusted source for information and is the state’s largest classroom. Your participation and generosity will ensure LPB continues to educate, inspire, and create exceptional programs for generations to come. 

Take the challenge and become a part of LPB’s Be A Friend campaign today! We are counting on our current members to help us reach our goal...HERE'S HOW you can help.

Thank you!

Louisiana Filmmakers! Deadline is Midnight Tonight!

LPB is calling for entries for short films from local filmmakers. The films submitted will be nominated for inclusion in the eighth annual PBS Online Film Festival. The PBS Online Film Festival showcases powerful stories from filmmakers across the country and reaches an engaged and digitally savvy audience. The 2019 PBS Online Film Festival will take place in Summer 2019, but entries must be submitted to Louisiana Public Broadcasting by TONIGHT at midnight.

To enter, filmmakers should send a link of their film to filmfest@lpb.org so it can be reviewed. In addition, please include the title of the film, the filmmakers’ contact information, plus a two to three sentence description of the film. Films should be 3-15 minutes in length, and can be fiction or non-fiction. More information at lpb.org/filmfest.

Enter to Win Tickets to Country Music: Live at the Ryman!

You could be in the audience for the one-night only, star-studded event Country Music: Live at the Ryman in Nashville on March 27! Become a Friend of LPB by midnight on Sunday, March 17 for your chance to win a pair of tickets to this exclusive concert hosted by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns with performances by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Brenda Lee, Kathy Mattea, Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Asleep at the Wheel, Holly Williams and Dwight Yoakam.

All members of Friends of LPB are eligible!

If you’re not already a member, become a Friend of LPB by March 17, and you too will be entered in the giveaway!

PBS is filming this concert for a future broadcast. This special event is in anticipation of Ken Burns' Country Music documentary premiering this September on LPB.



The LDMA Celebrates Black History Month

During the month of February, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA) is highlighting Black History Month. Explore our videos about Louisiana history during the periods of slavery, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement.

The LDMA is the online home of the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Digital Collection and the Louisiana State Archives Multimedia Collection. This is the first project in the nation to combine the media collections of a public broadcaster and a state archives.

Join us at the 2019 Louisiana Legends Gala & Auction

(Pictured: 2019 Louisiana Legends: Todd Graves, Denise Lewis Patrick, Roy O Martin III, Newton Thomas, and Rebecca Vizard)

The Louisiana Legends Awards Gala and Auction is a very special annual event hosted by Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The event honors the best and brightest of Louisiana’s sons and daughters who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines and have brought honor to the state.

Friends of LPB is proud to announce that the 2019 Louisiana Legends are: Todd Graves, American entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers; Denise Lewis Patrick, writer and editor of children’s books; Roy O. Martin III, CEO, President and CFO of RoyOMartin; Newton Thomas, founder of the Newtron Group, leader in industrial electric and instrumentation; and Rebecca Vizard, internationally renowned textile artist.

This year’s gala and auction will be held Thursday, May 9 at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Click HERE for ticket information.

The Louisiana Legends Gala will feature a champagne reception and buffet, a silent auction featuring items donated by the honorees, music and an awards ceremony. Highlights from the event will be broadcast at a later date on LPB.

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Simply go to https://smile.amazon.com, log in/sign up to join Amazon and search for Friends of LPB and then click on ‘Select!’

Now every time you place an order on Amazon a percentage of your purchase will be donated to LPB and help fund more of your favorite programs!

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Your Passport to the World

Become a Friend of LPB, and receive a world of exploration and entertainment! Access to LPB Passport starts at $60 or just $5 per month. 

Whenever or wherever you and your family have some free time, LPB Passport is available for you. LPB Passport provides Friends of LPB members extended access to favorite public television programs - including full seasons of many current and past series - from any computer, smartphone or tablet. See great LPB and PBS programs anytime you want! 

Watch your favorite Masterpiece dramas: VictoriaPoldark, and The Durrells in Corfu.

Recently added programs include: 

Also, enjoy great LPB programs on Passport including Attakapas: The Cajun Story; Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall's Journey to Save Our Seeds & Stories; Atchafalaya Houseboat; and many more! 

LPB Passport is another benefit of joining Friends of LPB at the Family Level. 

LPB keeps you informed with Newsmakers & Press Club

Watch Louisiana's Newsmakers anytime on LPB's website, or on LPB's YouTube channel. In the latest episode, Marketa Garner Walters of the Department of Children and Family Services, discusses foster care, as well as related issues of concern, like child abuse, that continue to exist in Louisiana and elsewhere. Newsmakers is underwritten by Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC Attorneys at Law. 

Plus, see the latest Press Club on LPB's YouTube channel. Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré (Ret.), of the “Louisiana Green Army,” discusses the key issues his organization would like to see addressed in the upcoming Louisiana Legislative session.

The Civil Rights Movement in Louisiana

ShopLPB February Feature: SIGNPOST TO FREEDOM: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott  DVD

A one hour documentary that recounts the circumstances and events that led to the nation's first large-scale boycott protesting segregation and then examines its impact on the evolution of grassroots civil rights activism across the country during the early years of America's Civil Rights Movement. Regardless of whether the Baton Rouge bus boycott is viewed as a success or failure, the boycott's impact on the larger civil rights movement is indisputable. Not only did the boycott provide proof that African Americans could take a brave, unified, and peaceful stand against segregation, it also brought to light a specific, yet fundamental inequity suffered by most black Southerners, paying the same bus fare as whites, but having to stand up over empty seats, simply because they were black. Music by Grammy-winning artist Chris Thomas King.

Digital Download also available at Shop LPB (No DVD)! Click here.

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