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PBS Primetime Programming for the Week of August 3

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I'm quite certain that The Sword in the Stone ride (the ride I would create were I an Imagineer and given the chance) could be a smash hit. And I think a lot of that hangs on the carriers that the people ride in. Think about the Peter Pan ride — that ride is fantastic, and it's not just the storytelling, it's the fact that you go up in the air and look down on the ride. As my people will be on horses, we can't quite do that look, but we need to do something special. Read below for more.  
Sunday, August 3

8:00 – 9:00PM

Nature – "Horse and Rider." There's a certain bond that has to exist between horses and their riders, or, if you prefer, riders and their horses. That's actually an interesting question. Does the horse choose the rider or the rider the horse? I don't know if the show will answer that question, but it should.

9:00PM – 11:00PM The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's. Though this look at Alzheimer's originally aired in the beginning of 2004, the final half hour tonight will be a new panel discussion hosted by David Hyde Pierce. The show itself won an Emmy for its examination of the disease. And things have changed in the research over the last four years, which is why the last half-hour is new.

Monday, August 4:

8:00 – 9:00PM

Antiques Roadshow – "Providence (Hour One)". I have a special fondness for the Providence episodes. The second time this set of episodes aired was for my first "PBS in Primetime." Well, I started writing these pieces for the second hour, I didn't to do all three of them. Even so, I feel a certain kinship to them. 9:00 – 10:00PM

History Detectives. This show may be the most fascinating show ever, it really may, but its title leave a lot to be desired. Seriously, aren't all historians more or less detectives? The title simply isn't descriptive or exciting enough. I much prefer a title like Josh Lasser, You’ve Been Hired as an Imagineer. 10:00 – 11:00PM

Chasing Churchill: In Search of My Grandfather – "Worth Doing Once". Celia Sandys is the granddaughter of one Winston Churchill. Well, not "one" Winston Churchill so much as "the" Winston Churchill. In this three part-series, Celia looks at her grandfather's art and literature in attempt to better understand the man she traveled with (or so I'm told) towards the end of his life.

Tuesday, August 5:

8:00 – 9:00PM

Nova - “Dimming Sun". Did you know that our planet is growing dimmer? Due to pollution less light reaches the earth's surface than used to. And, apparently, this can, somehow, enhance global warming. Wow, too much sun leads to global warming, too little sun leads to global warming; if it is cooler where you are, that is because of global warming, if it is warmer where you are, that is because of global warming. It is kind of a catch-all, isn't it? 9:00 – 10:00PM

Wide Angle – "18 With a Bullet.” In the early 1990s hundreds of people from El Salvador were deported from the United States. Some went to San Salvador and brought L.A. gang culture with them. Now they have a gang known as "18" that acts kind of like an armed militia. This episode of Wide Angle presents six month in the life. 10:00 – 11:00PM

P.O.V. – "Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music". Don't be fooled, this is not a "new" show. It's actually from 1969, having been made right after Cash's Folsom Prison album hit big. It was directed by Robert Elfstrom and actually has a duet with June Carter Cash and Bob Dylan. How much fun is that?  
Wednesday, August 6:

About Josh Lasser

Josh has deftly segued from a life of being pre-med to film school to television production to writing about the media in general. And by 'deftly' he means with agonizing second thoughts and the formation of an ulcer.