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August 16, 2019 | TV SCHEDULE


In this special encore, Rick travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe -- taking millions of people with it. We'll trace fascism's history from its roots in the turbulent aftermath of World War I, when masses of angry people rose up, to the rise of charismatic leaders who manipulated that anger, the totalitarian societies they built, and the brutal measures they used to enforce their ideology. We'll see the horrific consequences, and we'll be inspired by the stories of those who resisted. Our goal: to learn from the hard lessons of 20th-century Europe, and to recognize that ideology in the 21st century.

Rick Steves' Fascism in Europe will air on Sunday, August 18, at 4:00 p.m. Watch a preview now.

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In anticipation of next month's premiere of the Downton Abbey feature film, this special is a celebration of the most successful British drama ever. Propelled by clips from the upcoming movie, the program features exclusive interviews with writer/creator Julian Fellowes and cast members Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech and many more. In addition, the cast -- appearing live from from New York and Los Angeles -- will answer fan questions. Who knows what will secrets will be revealed?

Downton Abbey Live! will air on Sunday, August 18, at 6:00 p.m. -- and will repeat the same night at 9:00 p.m. Watch a preview now


The new season of Great Performances at the Met continues this week with Wagner’s epic drama "Die Walküre," the second opera in the composer’s four-opera Ring Cycle. Christine Goerke stars as the willful warrior Brünnhilde, alongside Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek as twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, Jamie Barton as Fricka, Günther Groissböck as Hunding, and Greer Grimsley as Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.

"Die Walküre" will air on Monday, August 19, at 1:00 p.m. Watch a preview now.


Forces of Nature is a remarkable series that illustrates how we experience the earth's natural forces. The series combines accessible science and cutting-edge filmmaking techniques to show what makes our world so vibrant and diverse. In four themed episodes episodes -- “Motion,” “Elements,” “Color” and “Shape -- Professor Brian Cox leads viewers on a global tour, answering the simplest questions about the complex forces that shape our planet.

All four episodes of Forces of Nature will air back-to-back on Tuesday, August 20, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Watch a preview now.



Adrianna Adarme -- of the PBS Fresh Tastes blog -- has figured out a way to have homemade pizza without heating up the kitchen. Just prep your favorite toppings and fire up the grill for a fun and fabulous summertime supper!

Get the recipe.