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Al Capone, an American icon is often thought of as a gangster, a ruthless killer. But there is another reputation that Capone holds, that of a self-made American man. So which is it? Could it be both? It is very possible. Whatever reputation he holds, Americans are as fascinated as ever by this celebrity gangster. The real question is why, why does the curiosity about this man stand the test of time? Al Capone: Icon premieres Tuesday, July 22nd at 7:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1. [Watch Preview]
Former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa went missing on July 30, 1975, and was never heard from or found again. Recently declassified FBI files and interviews with people close to the story allow a detailed accounting of what likely occurred. This allows History Detectives Special Investigations to explore the last days of Hoffa’s life and what might have happened on his very last day. History Detectives Special Investigations: Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa? premieres Tuesday, July 22nd at 8:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1. [Watch Preview]
The Quad cities are a great American crossroads along the border of Iowa and Illinois, it is home to John Deere manufacturing and the nation’s breadbasket. Despite these flourishing attributes, it is one of the areas most deeply affected by the recession. Frontline follows three young girls growing up amidst their families’ struggles against financial ruin. This an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it’s rarely seen, through the eyes of children. Frontline: Poor Kids airs Tuesday, July 22nd at 9:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.
Chantek describes himself as an “orangutan person.” The incredible story of the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university shows what extraordinary bonds can be formed between one animal and a whole community. Chantek was raised on the university during the 70s and 80s and is fluent in sign language. Even though he is now living among his own kind at the Zoo Atlanta, it is clear that he still remembers and cherishes his time on the university, still calling himself an “orangutan person.” My Wild Affair: The Ape Who Went to College premieres Wednesday, July 23rd at 7:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1. [Watch Preview]
While the oceans were teeming, the world above the waves remained an almost lifeless wasteland — until the Silurian period, when the conquest of the land began. Host Richard Smith introduces Earth’s forgotten pioneers: the scuttling arthropod armies that invaded the shores and the waves of green revolutionaries whose battle for the light pushed plant life across the face of a barren continent. Join NOVA’s prehistoric adventure as four-legged animals walk onto dry land, with the planet poised for disaster. NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Life Explodes airs Wednesday, July 23rd at 8:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1. [Watch Preview]
Joy and Mark travel to Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of our close cousin — the orangutan. The largest tree dwellers on the planet, orangutans mate, give birth and raise their young high in the jungle canopy. Mating rituals include a power struggle between the male and females and an enormous time commitment to create a family- not unlike our own families. Sex in the Wild Orangutans premieres Wednesday, July 23rd at 9:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1. [Watch Preview]