Leandro’s Don’t Miss List: February 2018

Leandro Mejia | February 1, 2018

WNET’s very own Leandro Mejia, a self-proclaimed public media superfan, writes a monthly column of his must-see recommendations on THIRTEEN. Check out his suggestions for new and encore programs you won’t want to miss. To expand your vocabulary, click on the hyperlinked words for a definition.

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As gelid January’s doors have closed, enter frigid February, a month short on days but long on Media with Impact!

Animals With Cameras, A Nature Miniseries 


Wednesdays, January 31 – February 14 at 8PM
Like the camera-carrying chordates’ namesake on the THIRTEEN February program guide mailed to Members, the scope of discoveries will be MagellanicCeleritous cheetahs, hypogynous meerkats, submarining devil rays…and selfie-taking simians are some of the spectrum of species presented from proximate perspectives!

Read more about the NATURE miniseries.

Great Performances: Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip Hop


February 2 at 9PM
If the Osmonds were a little bit of country and a little bit of rock, then GP’s mellifluous mélange is a little bit of classical and hip-hop! His nonesuch nun-chucks of grim gritty grok, are diamonds rough-hewn from the cold coal prospects of the projects.

Treasures of New York: Art Underground 


February 4 at 7PM.
The MTA Arts for Transit metamorphoses its fleet of pedestrian argentine caterpillars into art-friendly lepidopterans and stale stations into chthonic but tony tunnels for daily commuters. See how works by artists including Faith Ringgold, Tom Otterness, Milton Glaser, Bill Brand, Andrea Dezsö, and Elizabeth Murray elevate the subway travel experience. Watch the full episode now.

Treasures of New York: Stanford White 


February 11 at 7PM
Treasures of New York presents the metropolitan marvels of the tectonic titan, whose life was tragically truncated. The architect’s work includes the triumphal arch and Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square. Watch the full episode now.

NOVA: Great Escape at Dunkirk 


February 14 at 9PM
This Valentine’s Day on NOVA, see how love for one’s fellow man led to the WWII maritime miracle of BSG proportions! Battlestar Galactica fans take note: the Dunkirk evacuation of trapped British troops from the coast of France was done in the nick of time and by using any and all ships available, just like Galactica did for its civilian human fleet. Drawing more attention to the true historic World War II operation is the film Dunkirk by Christopher Nolan, which has earned eight Oscar nominations.

Pioneers: Reginald F. Lewis and the Making of a Billion Dollar Empire


February 18 at 7:30PM
Decades before the Lyons’, there was another successful African-American Empire! Narrated by the Scandalously-talented Norm Lewis, learn how the euonymous financier Reginald F. Lewis created a corporate kingdomadumbrating paths for future black entrepreneurs. Lucious tested, Cookie approved! Learn more about Reginald. F. Lewis’s life and career.

Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities


February 19 at 9PM
It’s A Different World on Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities , Stanley Nelson’s film about the history of black colleges and universities, oases of education, punctuating America’s deserts of discrimination.

Beyond 100 Days 

Katty Kay host of Beyond 100 Days on PBS

Katty Kay (pictured) and Christian Fraser will host BEYOND 100 DAYS, the acclaimed BBC World News nightly public affairs show recorded in Washington, DC and London, starting January 2 on PBS.


Monday – Thursday, 11:30PM, 12:30PM
Our new public affairs offering reports the ripples across both sides of the Pond. From Russia’s revanchismrecrudescent reactionism, to dysphemisms of biological activities, these transoceanic correspondents will keep you abreast of foreign and domestic issues. Stream the programs for one week after broadcast.

Treasures of New York: The Frick Collection 

The West Gallery in The Frick Collection.

The West Gallery in The Frick Collection. Learn more about the museum and its Old Master paintings in Treasures of New York: The Frick Collection, in February 2018.


February 25 at 7PM
THIRTEEN is your cicerone to the sensational paintings of this Manhattan mass of masterpieces! This new Treasures of New York episode takes us inside The Frick Collection on Fifth Avenue, which has been open to the public since 1935.

We’ll Meet Again


Tuesdays in February at 9PM
This new program with executive producer and host Ann Curry proves there is a vinculum concatenating certain people. Special attention to episodes Heroes of 9/11 (on February 13, two weeks before the anniversary of the 1993 attack) and Freedom Summer (on February 26, in honor of Black History Month). See the program page for episodes and segments.

Black History Month

As African-American journalist Tony Brown opines, the manner in which PBS “addresses public affairs related to the black community is unique.” This is evidenced by his own long-running PBS show, Black Journal (THIRTEEN members can stream archived shows) sobering specials like The Talk, ennobling miniseries like Africa’s Great Civilizations, and journalists like MetroFocus host Jenna Flanagan, who engages in insightful interlocutions with folks ranging from hip-hop radio shock jock Charlamange Tha God to Princeton University professor and author Nell Irwin Painter. See more Black History Month programs to stream now or watch later; here is a the schedule of Black History Month broadcasts and streams.