AAPI’s Heritage Month programming takes center stage on KCET in May, with thought-provoking new films documenting the Asian American and Pacific Islander experience, such as “Waterman – Duke: Aloha Ambassador about five-time Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku. Plus, reruns of “The Migrant Kitchen” once again take you on a visual feast of a variety of Asian cuisines, from Middle Eastern to Chinese.
And watch Earth Focus Presents’ latest films, “Inhabitants” and “The Magnitude of All Things,” for new perspectives on pressing environmental issues.
Read on for all the programs available to stream this month.
From illuminating documentaries to musical showcases, the “Pacific Heartbeat” anthology series immerses viewers in the heart, mind and soul of Pacific Island culture. Look now.
Independent Lens: Out of State
Two native Hawaiians sent to a private prison find a community of other native Hawaiians and learn about native traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. When they return to Hawai’i, the men find life on the outside difficult and wonder if it’s possible to ever return home. Watch the preview.
The migrant kitchen
The Migrant Kitchen Season 3 Preview
“The Migrant Kitchen” is an Emmy®-winning documentary series that explores the burgeoning American culinary scene through the eyes of a new generation of chefs whose cuisine is inspired by the immigrant experience. Watch the preview.
Earth Focus (new season)
Fighting for Air (Preview)
Through the stories of the patients and physicians of AltaMed, a community health organization serving more than 300,000 people in Los Angeles, this episode exposes the socio-environmental determinants of health in the city of South Gate, California. . Look now.
Tuesday, May 3
Luna & Sophie – Tuesdays, 10 p.m.
Luna Kunath and Sophie Pohlmann are best friends and opposites. They also solve crimes. Luna is strong-willed, but her penchant for naivety gets her into trouble. Sophie seems more mature, but her desire for harmony and fairness may be her weakness. Watch the preview.
Wednesday May 4
Great Performances: New American Voices – 8 p.m.
Listen now to this preview of “New American Voices”
Scott Yoo discovers how American composers today draw inspiration from their immigrant roots through two composers: Sergio Assad, of Brazilian origin, and Reena Esmail, Native American. Watch the preview.
International Jazz Day – 10 p.m.
Jazz stars from around the world come together to celebrate the unifying power of music. Hosted by Michael Douglas and featuring unforgettable performances from Herbie Hancock, Andra Day, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller and many more. Look now.
Saturday May 7
American Experience: Flood in the Desert – 10 p.m.
Trailer | Flood in the desert
Explore the 1928 dam collapse, the second deadliest disaster in California history. A colossal technical failure, the dam was built by William Mulholland to support the growth of Los Angeles by bringing water to the city via an aqueduct. Watch the preview.
Frontline: The Power of Big Oil Part 3 – 11 pm
“The Power of Big Oil” – Preview
The fossil fuel industry’s history of casting doubt and delaying action on climate change. Part three of a three-part series chronicling decades of questioning science, missed opportunities and ongoing attempts to hold Big Oil to account. Watch the preview.
Sunday May 8
Independent lens: try harder! – 12 p.m.
Lowell High in San Francisco, one of the nation’s top public schools, attracts top-performing students from across the city in a fiercely competitive world. Follow seniors as the pressure to impress admissions officers at elite colleges intensifies. Watch the preview.
Wednesday May 11
American Masters: Waterman – Duke: Ambassador of Aloha – 10 p.m.
Waterman – Duke: Aloha Ambassador
Narrated by Jason Momoa, discover the inspiring story and far-reaching impact of five-time Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku. He broke swimming records and globalized surfing while overcoming racism in a life of personal challenges. Watch the preview.
Saturday May 14
Independent Lens: When Claude got shot – 11 p.m.
Trailer | When Claude got shot
After being shot in the face by 15-year-old Nathan King, Claude’s road to recovery leads to forgiveness. But that path is paved with the complexities of race, violence and justice. Watch the preview.
Sunday May 15
Earth Focus presents: Inhabitants – 7:30 p.m.
Follow five Native American tribes across deserts, coasts, forests and grasslands as they restore their traditional land management practices.
NOVA: Dinosaur Apocalypse: The New Evidence – 10 p.m.
Dinosaur Apocalypse: New Evidence Preview
Sir David Attenborough explores how a fossil dig site in North Dakota could hold clues to what happened the day an asteroid hit Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. Watch the preview.
NOVA: Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day – 11 p.m.
Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day
Sir David Attenborough is exploring fossils from a site in North Dakota that could reveal what happened to animals here on the day an asteroid hit Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. Watch the preview.
Wednesday May 18
Great Performances: Anything Goes – 8 p.m.
Enjoy this London production of the classic Cole Porter musical directed by Tony winner Sutton Foster, who reprises his role as Reno Sweeney under the direction of Kathleen Marshall with favorite songs like “I Get A Kick Out of You” and “You’re the Top”. “
Lionel Richie: Library of Congress Gershwin Prize – 10:30 p.m.
Lionel Richie: Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Teaser
The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, a PBS music special, honors singer-songwriter Lionel Richie as he receives the Distinguished Honor from the Library of Congress. Watch the preview.
Sunday May 22
Earth Focus Presents: Magnitude of All Things – 7:30 p.m.
The Greatness of All Things (Preview)
Wildfires, floods, devastation, extinction: the gravity of our existential climate crisis becomes a deeply intimate rumination on personal and global grief in Jennifer Abbott’s “The Magnitude of All Things.” Still reeling from his sister’s death from cancer, Abbott began to draw parallels between his experience of loss and the overwhelming pain shared by those on the frontlines of climate change.
Colombia: Wild and Free – Sunday, 9 p.m.
Journey to South America in this two-part series to explore Colombia’s magnificent flora and fauna, from the wild and largely deserted Pacific coast to the snow-capped volcanoes of the Andes, from the plains of the Orinoco region to the rainforests of the Amazon. Watch the preview.
NOVA: Why Ships Crash – 10 p.m.
When the colossal container ship Ever Given crashed on the shore of the Suez Canal in March 2021, international supply chains came to a halt. How could such a disaster happen? And can the investigation help prevent future accidents?
Wednesday May 25
Great Performances: Merry Wives – 8 p.m.
Experience Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece in Shakespeare in the Park at the Public Theatre, located in South Harlem, telling the story of trickster Falstaff and the shrewd wives who outsmart him in a celebration of joy, laughter and black vitality.
Little Rat – 10 p.m.
In 1940, a young French Jewish girl’s dream of becoming a ballerina was cut short by World War II. She swears that if she has daughters, they will become dancers. Nearly 80 years later, she and her two daughters are dealing with the impact of that promise. Petit Rat is the portrait of three women, bound together by the intergenerational trauma of war and exalted by the resilience of family love. Watch the preview.
Saturday May 28
American Experience: Plague at the Golden Gate – 10 p.m.
Trailer | Plague at the Golden Gate
Acclaimed editor Li-Shin Yu’s solo directorial debut takes us back to early 20th century San Francisco, when a deadly outbreak of bubonic plague in the city’s Chinatown and the hunt to identify its source led to an all-too-familiar wave of violent anti-Asian sentiments. Watch the preview.
Sunday May 29
Independent Lens: One Child Nation – 12 p.m.
One Child Nation – Trailer
China’s one-child policy has forever changed the lives of mothers and children. Inspired by the birth of her first child, filmmaker Nanfu Wang returns to China to speak with her mother and brother and explore the ripple effect of this social experience. Watch the preview.
NOVA: Ice Age Footprints – 10 p.m.
Thousands of prehistoric footprints in New Mexico’s White Sands National Park capture times when Ice Age humans encountered enormous ground sloths and mammoths. What can this new evidence reveal about the peopling of the Americas?
Monday May 30
National Memorial Day Concert – 6:30 p.m.
Tune in to the annual National Night of Remembrance broadcast in the United States. This multi-award-winning event honors the military service of all our men and women in uniform, their families, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.