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What to watch in February: 21 must-see programs on KCET

This month of February is the month of returns on KCET! Watch for all-new seasons of the thriller drama “Thou Shall Not Kill,” “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,” “NOVA,” and “Skindigenous” to hit the airwaves — and your streaming apps. This month, the award-winning KCET Originals programs “Broken Bread” and “The Migrant Kitchen” also continue.

For Black History Month, the KCET also aims to provide programs that illuminate and celebrate the stories of black culture. Hear the legacy of the pioneering civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamerpioneering classical singer Marian Anderson, and more.

Most of the programs below can be viewed on the free PBS app, or right here on our website.

Saturday February 5

Frontline: Trump’s American Carnage – 10 p.m.

How Trump has fueled division, violence and insurgency throughout his presidency.

“Trump’s American Carnage” – Preview

From his first days as president to his last, how Trump has stoked division, violence and insurgency. Trump’s siege on his enemies, the media and even his own party leaders, who for years ignored the warning signs of what was to come.

Independent Lens: Missing in Brooks County – 11 p.m.

A militant detective searches for missing migrants in rural South Texas.

Trailer | Missing in Brooks County

Migrants are disappearing in rural South Texas more than anywhere else in the United States For many families whose loved ones have disappeared after crossing the Mexican border, an activist detective is their last hope.

Sunday February 6

Independent Lens: Hale County This Morning, Tonight – 12:30 a.m.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening airs on Independent Lens on Monday 2/11/19.

Trailer | Hale county this morning, tonight

Visit the world of Hale County, Alabama. Comprised of intimate and simple moments from the lives of community members, the film offers a richly detailed insight into life in America’s black belt.

Through the Shores of Red Cedar – 4 p.m.

In 1963, Michigan State head coach Duffy Daugherty gave 23 young African American men the opportunity of a lifetime. The daughter of Minnesota Vikings football legend Gene Washington deepens her bond with her father as she discovers how America’s first fully integrated college football team changed the game forever. Look now.

Skindigenous (New Season) – Sunday 9pm

Isaac Weber is intensely focused on his tattoo work.

“Skindigenous,” returning for its third season, is a series of 13 half-hour documentaries about the art of tattooing as practiced by indigenous peoples around the world. Each episode delves into a unique indigenous culture to learn about the tools and techniques, as well as the symbols and traditions that shape their tattoo art. Tattoo art becomes a lens to explore some of the oldest cultures on earth and their unique perspectives on life, identity, and the natural world.

NOVA: Arctic Chasms – 10 p.m.

In the Arctic, huge releases of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, threaten the climate

Overview of Arctic Chasms

Scientists are investigating colossal explosions in Siberia and other evidence that rapidly melting land in the Arctic is releasing large amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. What are the implications for our climate future?

Tuesday February 8

Broken Bread Season 2 – Tuesdays, 8 p.m.

Roy meets Latino restaurateurs who use food as a form of cultural preservation.

Food as Resistance (Overview)

In the second season of “Broken Bread”, chef Roy Choi explores complex issues of social justice through the lens of food, including gentrification, cultural erasure, as well as the takeover of food and of agriculture by companies. Look now.

The Migrant Kitchen Season 4 – Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m.

In Puerto Rico, chefs like José Enrique are working with farmers to save a vibrant culture.

Puerto Rico: Food Sovereignty (overview)

The Emmy®-winning culinary series returns for its fourth season and explores the country’s burgeoning culinary scene through the eyes of a new generation of chefs whose cuisine is inspired by the immigrant experience. Look now.

Thou Shall Not Kill (New Season) – Tuesday 10 p.m.

Valeria investigates sentimental ecosystems hit by the trauma of crime.

Preview of Season 3

Follow Chief Inspector Valeria Ferro in season three of ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ as she seeks to find truth and justice by solving the puzzles behind crimes driven by jealousy, blood feuds and suppressed anger – as she battles her own demons.

Saturday February 12

Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands – 9 p.m.

Explore the life of the famous singer who became an icon of the civil rights movement.

Marian Anderson: The whole world in her hands

In this “American Masters” special, discover an international singer who captivated royalty in Europe and challenged the conscience of 1939 America. Watch rare archival footage and listen to audio recordings exploring his life and career from the Metropolitan Opera at the State Department.

Independent Lens – Owned: A Tale of Two Americas – 11 p.m.

Exposed on how US housing policy has been manipulated in a discriminatory way.

Trailer | Owned: A Tale of Two Americas

Weave together the story of mid-century housing policy in America and the ramifications of the 2008 housing market crash.

Sunday February 13

POV Shorts: The Changing Same – 00:30

A man runs a marathon in hopes of lifting the veil of racial terror in his city.

POV Shorts: the same one that changes

In the Florida Panhandle is the town of Marianna, Florida, where a native resident runs a local marathon to commemorate the lynching of Claude Neal. More than 80 years after his violent murder, this film lifts the veil of racial terror buried in the history of this city.

NOVA: Secrets in the Scat – 10 p.m.

Join biologists on an ingenious hunt for clues hidden in animal poop.

Secrets in Scat Preview

From the mysterious cubic poo of wombats to the precious pink waste of whales, join scientists as they explore nature’s sweetest secrets. Scott Burnett is “Scatman” – an Australian conservationist on the hunt for the secrets of poo. By identifying and analyzing animal feces for DNA and hormones, he uncovers vital details about their behavior, how they fit into the ecosystem, and how to protect them.

Wednesday February 16

Ledisi Live: Tribute to Nina Simone – 10 p.m.

Join the powerhouse vocalist Ledisi as she celebrates the songs of legendary singer, songwriter and activist Nina Simone. Performances include “My Baby Just Cares for Me”, “Four Women”, “I Put a Spell on You”, and “Trouble in Mind”.

Saturday February 19

The American Diplomat – 9 p.m.

Explores the lives and legacies of three African-American ambassadors.

Trailer | The American diplomat

This film “American Experience” tells the story of the struggle for inclusion in American diplomacy through the lives of three African-American ambassadors: Edward R. Dudley, Terence Todman and Carl Rowan. Tasked with representing the best of American ideals abroad while facing discrimination at home, each would push racial barriers to high-ranking appointments and create a lasting impact on the content and character of the Foreign Service.

Frontline: American Reckoning – 10 p.m.

An unsolved murder from the 1960s reveals an untold story of the civil rights movement.

“American Reckoning” – Preview

An unsolved murder from the 1960s reveals an untold story of the civil rights movement and black resistance. With Retro Report, the film draws on rarely seen footage filmed over 50 years ago in Natchez, MS, and follows a family’s quest for justice.

Independent Lens: Bulletproof – 23:30

A provocative look at what it means to feel safe in an American classroom.

Trailer | Armored

In a time of mass killings, take a provocative look at what Americans will do to feel safe in schools.

Sunday February 20

Mystery of the Great Mammoth – 10 p.m.

Sir David Attenborough explores a site with traces of ancient mammoths and Neanderthals.

Overview of the Great Mammoth Mystery

Join Sir David Attenborough in a unique excavation of a site in South West England with rare traces of ancient mammoths and Neanderthals. Featuring hands-on experiences with replica Neanderthal-era spears and photorealistic reconstructions of the site’s ancient riverside setting, ‘NOVA’ brings the world of prehistoric Britain to life.

Wednesday February 23

Live from Lincoln Center: Cynthia Erivo in concert – 8 p.m.

Cynthia Erivo in concert, May 10 – Preview

Cynthia Erivo in concert – Preview

Enjoy a moving evening of songs from one of Broadway’s brightest stars. British-born Cynthia Erivo won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Color Purple before appearing in several films, including Widows.

Friday February 25

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (New Season) – 7 p.m.

Step into the world of movies with conversations between today’s most acclaimed actors.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Season 15 (Preview)

This Emmy® Award-winning series is back for its 15th season, featuring one-on-one virtual conversations between some of today’s most acclaimed feature film actors.

Saturday February 26

Fannie Lou Hamer’s America: A Cropped America Special – 9 p.m.

The remarkable life of a fearless Mississippi cropper turned human rights activist.

Fannie Lou Hamer’s America | promo

Explore and celebrate the life of a fearless Mississippi cropper turned human rights activist and the injustices in America that made her work essential.

Independent Lens: Apart – 11:30 p.m.

Three formerly incarcerated mothers struggle to rebuild their lives outside of prison.

Trailer | A part

Dive into the heart of the opioid crisis in the United States through the return of three mothers imprisoned for drug-related offenses. As the women prepare to rejoin their families after years of incarceration, they enter an innovative prison program in Cleveland, Ohio, where they rely on each other to learn the skills needed to get jobs, stay sober and earn the trust of their children. After coping with alienation and addiction, women begin to see the promise of reunion and redemption.

Sunday February 27

NOVA: Augmented – 10 p.m.

Ingenious new technology allows prosthetic legs to move and feel like they’re real.

Augmented preview

NOVA follows the dramatic personal journey of Hugh Herr, an MIT biophysicist who creates brain-controlled robotic limbs.