KCPT2 (19.2) is a 24-hour channel that offers encore presentations of some of the best that KCPT and PBS have to offer, in addition to televising, on occasion, brand-new programs. This Standard Definition channel also provides the chance for us to rebroadcast blockbuster PBS series such as Make ‘Em Laugh, The Story of India, the Ken Burns films and more.
One of television’s longest-running how-to programs — still hosted by its originator, pioneering woodwright Roy Underhill — is nearing three decades of true DIY woodworking. Roy again shares his passion for woodcraft through a one-of-a-kind blend of wit and artistry. Using only tools of yore, Roy shows that woodworking doesn’t have to be expensive, noisy or dangerous (well, not too dangerous).
Watch Saturdays at 11:30am on KCPT2.
Celebrate California’s state parks and the importance of their preservation for future generations. The first episode, “The History of California State Parks,” recalls the dramatic history and scenic beauty of California’s state parks, the largest and most diverse collection of state parks in the nation. Episode two, “Parks for the Future,” places the future of the parks in the context of trends that will soon threaten parks everywhere. Population growth, decline of native plants and animals, loss of open space and climate change all pose serious challenges to the integrity of parks, now and in the future.
Watch Parts 1 & 2 Sunday, September 23, 2012 beginning at 8pm on KCPT2.
Robert Lepage’s acclaimed new production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen is preceded by the broadcast of award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke’s documentary “Wagner’s Dream,” which chronicles the backstage story of the creation of this ambitious new staging of the cycle. This is the third time a complete Ring cycle has aired on PBS. In 1983, GREAT PERFORMANCES aired Patrice Chereau’s production of the Ring conducted by Pierre Boulez from the Bayreuth Festival, and in 1990, LIVE FROM THE MET (the precursor of GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET) presented Otto Schenk’s Metropolitan Opera production, conducted by James Levine.
“Wagner’s Dream” Monday, September 10, 2012, 8pm
“Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold)” Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 8pm
“Die Walkure (The Valkyrie)” Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 8pm
“Seigfried” Thursday, September 13, 2012, 8pm
“Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods)” Friday, September 14, 2012, 8pm
The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, several of the world’s greatest operatic artists and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner’s Ring cycle. An intimate look at the enormous theatrical and musical challenges of staging opera’s most monumental work, Susan Froemke’s documentary chronicles the quest to fulfill Wagner’s dream of a perfect Ring.
The complete Ring Cycle airs Monday, September 10 – Friday, September 14, 2012 beginning at 8pm each night on KCPT2.
With a gentle smile and a probing mind, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple often finds herself at the center of trouble — a witness to betrayals, poisonings and all manner of mayhem. Knitting needles in hand and a cup of tea always at the ready, Marple quietly earns confidence while uncovering secrets and exposing killers.
Miss Marple’s old friend is found murdered, and when she receives a list of names sent by the victim before his death, Miss Marple seeks justice.
Watch Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple: The Pale Horse Friday, September 7, 2012 at 1pm or 7pm on KCPT2.