Secrets of the Dead: Woman in the Iron Coffin
March 14 at 10pm
On October 4, 2011, construction workers were shocked to uncover human remains in an abandoned lot in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York. So great was the level of preservation, witnesses first assumed they had stumbled upon a recent homicide. Forensic analysis, however, revealed a remarkably different story. Buried in an elaborate and expensive iron coffin, the body belonged to a young African American woman who died in the first half of the 19th century, before the Civil War and the federal abolishment of slavery. But who was she? Follow forensic archaeologist Scott Warnasch and a team of historians and scientists as they investigate this woman’s story and the time in which she lived, revealing a vivid picture of what life was like for free African American people in the North.
Independent Lens: Duty Free
March 14 at 11pm
Fired from a lifelong job, 75-year-old mom Rebecca Danigelis loses the only job she’s ever known. She has no savings, no 401K safety net, and no employment prospects. Rebecca teams up with son Sian-Pierre to take the trip of a lifetime, one bucket list adventure at a time. Her journey uncovers the economic insecurity faced by millions of Americans.
How about your own bucket list? What would be on it? Take your own bucket list quiz!
American Masters - Mae West: Dirty Blonde
March 21 at 11pm
Mae West: Dirty Blonde is the first major documentary film to explore Mae West’s life and career as she “climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong” to become a writer, performer and subversive agitator for social change. West achieved great acclaim in every entertainment medium that existed during her lifetime, spanning eight decades of the 20th century. A full-time actress at seven, a vaudevillian at 14, a dancing sensation at 25, a Broadway playwright at 33, a silver screen ingénue at 40, a Vegas nightclub act at 62, a recording artist at 73, a camp icon at 85 – West left no format unconquered. She possessed creative and economic powers unheard of for a female entertainer in the 1930s and still rare today. Though she was a comedian, West grappled with some of the more complex social issues of the 20th century, including race and class tensions, and imbued even her most salacious plotlines with commentary about gender conformity, societal restrictions, and what she perceived as moral hypocrisy.
American Masters - Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
March 22 at 9pm / March 28 at 11pm
Frontline: Pelosi’s Power - New
March 22 at 10:30pm
Secrets of the Dead: Viking Warrior Queen
March 28 at 10pm
On CPTV Spirit
Bring Her Home - New
March 23 at 10pm
Bring Her Home tells the story of three Indigenous women fighting to vindicate and honor their missing and murdered relatives. Artist Angela Two Stars, activist Mysti Babineau, and Representative Ruth Buffalo have all experienced and coped with the enduring traumas of colonization in their Indigenous communities. Within the framework of marching at the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Rally and March, an annual community event honoring missing Native women, the film tells the stories of how these women have brought attention to the crisis while also providing encouragement to their communities.
NOVA: Picture a Scientist
March 29 at 8pm
Science has provided humanity with invaluable technologies, lifesaving medicines, and awe-inspiring discoveries. But there is also a dark reality to the field: gender and racial discrimination that have persisted for generations.
Women make up less than a quarter of STEM professionals in the United States, and numbers are even lower for women of color. But there is a growing group of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists, exposing longstanding discrimination, and leading the way in making science more inclusive. Join a biologist, a chemist, and a geologist as they lead viewers on a journey through their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from outright harassment to years of subtle slights, providing new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.
American Experience: The Code Breaker
March 30 at 9pm
Independent Lens: Writing with Fire - New
March 30 at 10pm
On Connecticut Public Radio
Disrupted - The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall
March 9 at 2pm
Disrupted - Sonia Manzano on Sesame Street
March 30 at 2pm
Plus, check out a special Women's History Month collection of educational resources for parents, students, and teachers.