What to watch in April: 17 must-watch programs to stream

Stories about music, the environment, human resilience and scientific breakthroughs round out the April lineup on KCET. From new episodes of ‘Great Performances’, environmental documentaries like ‘Forever Wild’ and ‘Changing Planet’, plus poignant films from ‘Frontline’, ‘Independent Lens’ and ‘NOVA’, this month has it all – all you have to do is choose your choice.

Plus, KCET’s award-winning original series “Lost LA” continues, with two new episodes added this month. Tune in Saturdays at 9 p.m. or stream them here.

Read on for all the programs available to stream this month.

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Prehistoric Landscapes (Overview)

“Lost LA” explores the area’s past through rare documents, photos and other artifacts from California libraries and archives. This season, learn more about what happened to the red car, the Japanese-American community of Crenshaw, and viticulture in Southern California. Look now.

saturday april 2

Frontline: Plot to Overthrow the Election – 10 p.m.

“Plot to Overthrow the Election” – Preview

“Frontline” and ProPublica examine how lies about voter fraud in 2020 have found their way to the center of American politics, and how a handful of people have had an outsized impact on the current crisis of democratic legitimacy in the United States. Look now.

Independent Lens: Writing with Fire – 11 p.m.

Trailer | write with fire

Meet the female journalists of India’s only all-female news network, who risk everything in a male-dominated world to uncover their country’s political inequalities. Look now.

Sunday April 3

Always Wild – 4 p.m.

Elk grazing in the landscape near high mountains.

Chronicling an environmental and democratic triumph in historic Telluride, Colorado. When a billionaire developer plotted to turn 600 acres of pristine valley bottom into a gigantic lake, a small group of citizens united the locals, rallied the community, and fought for the land.

Father Brown Season 9

Wednesday 6 April

Great Performances at the Met: Fire Shut Up in My Bones – 8 p.m.

Fire Shut Up In My Bones Preview

Discover Grammy-winning composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmon’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s memoir. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown co-direct the choreography with Brown. Baritone Will Liverman performs with soprano Angel Blue. Watch the preview.

Benjamin Franklin – 4 p.m.

Ken Burns’ two-part documentary explores the revolutionary life of one of the most important and compelling figures of the 18th century, whose work and words unlocked the mystery of electricity and helped create the United States. United. Watch the preview.

saturday april 9

Frontline: Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – 10 PM

“Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” – Preview

A decorated Navy veteran struggles to reunite his family after his undocumented husband is deported. A parallel story of love and immigration set in a world often lived in the shadows. Look now.

sunday april 10

Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk – 4 p.m.

Vladimir Munk, a Holocaust survivor.

The life of Czech Holocaust survivor and retired American professor Vladimir Munk. The program follows Vladimir in 2020, at age 95, as he returned to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp, one of the camps where he was held prisoner during World War II. This trip was his last chance to honor 30 of his loved ones, including his parents who were murdered there.

NOVA: Determined: Fighting Alzheimer’s – 10 p.m.

Determined: Fighting Alzheimer’s disease in preview

Follow three women at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as they join a groundbreaking study in an attempt to prevent the disease – sharing their ups and downs, anxiously watching for symptoms and hoping they can make a difference. Watch the preview.

Wednesday April 13

Great Performances: Listen Now – Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m.

Listen Now to This Preview of “Amy Beach: American Romantic”

Join Scott Yoo and his wife, flautist Alice Dade, as they investigate the work and life of one of America’s greatest romantic composers with her European counterparts by performing her work and exploring where she spent her youth . Watch the preview.

Chamber Music Society Returns: Setting the Stage – Wednesdays, 10 p.m.

Learn about the exciting but daunting process of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s return to its home, Alice Tully Hall, after a year and a half away due to the pandemic. Go inside the planning and execution of the first celebratory concert. Watch the preview.

saturday april 16

Independent Lens: Jim Allison: Breakthrough – 11 p.m.

Trailer | Jim Allison: breakthrough

Meet a visionary doctor in search of a cure for cancer. Nobel laureate Dr. Jim Allison spent decades on a lonely but ultimately fruitful quest to discover a way for the immune system to stop cancer in its tracks. Watch the preview.

sunday april 17

Independent Lens: Cooked: Survival by ZIP Code – 00:00

Trailer | Cooked: Survival by ZIP Code

Hear the story of a heat wave that hit Chicago in July 1995, killing 739 mostly poor, elderly, and African-American residents. The heatwave exposed a long-term crisis of poverty, racism, and economic and social isolation in the city. Look now.

Secrets of sacred architecture – 4 p.m.

A stained glass window depicting

For most of America’s history, sacred buildings have represented our greatest feats of innovative engineering and artistic design. For a time, America’s tallest structure and largest capacity building were churches, and a church organ in Maryland was the most complex machine ever built. Unlock the design elements that make these innovative structures so fascinating and uncover the meaning embedded in religious architecture.

Saturday April 23

POV: On the dividing line – 11 p.m.

McAllen, Texas is home to the last remaining reproductive health clinic on the Texas-Mexico border. It’s the center of tension between religious protesters trying to keep patients out and the clinic’s security staff fighting to protect it. Follow three different Latinx members of this community and the unforeseen choices they face in their daily survival. Watch the preview.

sunday april 24

Change Planet – 10 p.m.

Every year for seven years, conservationist M. Sanjayan anchors a global storytelling effort to monitor seven iconic locations across the planet. Showcasing the latest scientific advances and emphasizing local voices, each location represents a unique biome and a litmus test for the change occurring across the planet.

Saturday April 30

Independent Lens: Aware: Glimpses of Consciousness – 11:00 p.m.

Trailer | AWARE: Glimpses of Consciousness

What begins as a science film emerges far beyond explainability. Follow six brilliant researchers approaching consciousness from different angles. Watch the preview.