As I sign off of this column, I thank you for taking the time to read it for the past three-plus years. It has been an incredibly interesting experience putting this weekly feature together, and I hope that my foolish and generally poor attempts at witticisms have done less to put you off the column than to intrigue you about PBS's lineup.
Sunday, March 21:
8:00 - 9:00PM
Nature – "What Females Want and Males Will Do (Part Two).” Do males in the animal world pick the females or do the females pick the males? Perhaps, just perhaps, it's a mite more complex than that. I don't know, but there are tons of scientists out there who are desperately trying to find out. It seems as though the females pick, but it's not quite as simple as all that. Watch and find out.
9:00 – 11:00PM
Jerusalem: Center of the World. Jerusalem is one of the most fought over and discussed cities in the world. It is important to three major religions, all of whom kind of feel it's "theirs," and who, at certain points in history, haven't minded shedding more than a little blood to keep it theirs. Watch what happened.
Monday, March 22:
8:00 - 9:00PM
Antiques Roadshow – "Baltimore (Hour Three)". I used to live in Baltimore. I know about antiques in Baltimore. The city mentality is antique. The city's actions are antique. The city's persona is antique. And, none of that is antique in a good way; it's all, frankly, just old and outdated.
9:00 – 10:00PM
American Experience – "The Lobotomist". The New York Times - yes, that New York Times - hailed the lobotomy as a "surgery of the soul." Turn out that they may have made a mistake. A mistake was also made by Walter J. Freeman, who helped make the surgery popular (albeit for a short period of time). Learn more about Dr. Freeman and his surgery here.
10:00 – 11:00PM
American Masters - “John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature.” Bon. Audubon. An in-depth look at the American version of the suave British super-spy. His catchphrase: “Budweiser… bottle, not can.”
Tuesday, March 23:
8:00 – 9:00PM
Nova – “Cracking the Maya Code”. A few brave souls spent years figuring out the Mayan system of hieroglyphs. It was not an easy task. It was not a simple task. It is not a task that ever needs to be duplicated. That's because it's been done. These guys did it and these guys did it right (I hope).