Leandro’s Don’t Miss List: January 2018

Leandro Mejia | December 28, 2017


Named after the Roman god of doorways and passages, January is a month of duality. It is the month that opens up the new year, while shuttering the old one. Passport is a key, so to speak, that extends the passage of time to PBS content, with extended streaming. Let Passport guide you through the port (or porta, aka “door,” in Italian) of knowledge: La porta è aperta, quindi entra!

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. And if you want to expand your vocabulary, click on the hyperlinked words for a definition.

Watch in January

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform jazzy Great American Songbook interpretations in Cheek To Cheek: LIVE!, a concert recorded live for PBS in 2014.

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform jazzy Great American Songbook interpretations in Cheek To Cheek: LIVE!, a concert recorded live for PBS in 2014.

Great Performances: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett: Cheek to Cheek (encore, January 5 at 9PM). When this crooner and chanteuse get together it will give your “Poker Face” a Cheshire “Smile.”


American Experience: Secrets of Tuxedo Park (January 16 at 9PM). This episode expounds upon the not so black and white goings on at Tuxedo Park, a wealthy gated community in the Hudson Valley, 40 miles north of New York City. The clandestine activities at this locale led to radar development during the Second World War.


NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse (January 10 at 9PM). The episode delves into the fathomless, caliginous cosmic wells whose event horizons are the ultimate Rubicon crossing!

Victoria on Masterpiece, Season 2 (January 14 at 9PM). Jenna Coleman (of Dr. Who fame), reprises her role as a cadgy and sanguine sovereign Queen Victoria. The series is great at underscoring that she too was once a young woman who shared the same emotional spectrum as her subjects, rather than the funereal dour dowager she is often known for. Once more, PBS offers a progressive perspective of a major historical figure (as with Hamilton and Poe), that chisels away at the staid statues of static stereotypes.


Independent Lens: I Am Not Your Negro (January 15 at 9PM). The cri de couer title frames the narratives of the assassinations that befell the tragic triumvirate of Medger Evers, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all three friends of James Baldwin.


American Masters — Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (January 19, 9PM). Bookend this week of poignant portraits of the African American experience with this special on the young dramatist whose life was cut short, but whose indelible works like “Raisin in the Sun” enjoy literary longevity.


Amanpour on PBS  (weeknights, 11 PM) debuted on THIRTEEN in December. “Objectivity doesn’t mean treating all sides equally. It means giving each side a hearing.” These words succinctly encapsulate what award-winning journalist, Christiane Amanpour is all about. Amanpour on PBS (Weeknights at 11PM) is now available to PBS audiences. Her half-hour of public affairs reportage is an informative au courant coda to your day, with news that is “truthful, not neutral.” Watch online now.

Happy New Year!

Cyberchase celebrates its 11th season.

Like Cyberchase‘s CyberSquad, reboot your new year and make PBS programming the cherry on top of your list of resolutions! This year, resolve to continue to #StandwithTHIRTEEN by carrying our content on your diverse devices – THIRTEEN Explore app serves mobile phones, tablets and iPads, and OTT platforms Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV!