The Best Shows to Watch this February with WETA Passport

This February, WETA and PBS celebrate Black History Month with a special programming lineup on WETA Passport highlighting Black history and the Black experience. From thought-provoking series to critical biographic documentaries, hear from a wide array of voices in this compiled list of programs. Check out past favorites and brand-new programs, including specials from American Masters, America ReFramed, Independent Lens and more. For more Black History Month programming, see WETA's guide, access PBS's complete programming list and check out the Black History Month row on the free PBS Video App.

 

Finding Your Roots

Season 8 Official Preview

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Don't miss a new season of Finding Your Roots this winter! Tune in for all-new episodes as Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores fascinating ancestries and family mysteries for an array of notable guests. Stream new episodes of Finding Your Roots Season 8 Tuesdays at 8 PM live on the PBS Video App.

 

America ReFramed: Fannie Lou Hamer's America

Fannie Lou Hamer's America | Preview

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Fannie Lou Hamer's America is a portrait of a civil rights activist and the injustices in America that made her work essential. Through public speeches, personal interviews, and powerful songs of the fearless Mississippi sharecropper-turned-human-rights-activist, Fannie Lou Hamer's America explores and celebrates the lesser-known life of one of the Civil Rights Movement’s greatest leaders. Stream Fannie Lou Hamer's America on February 22 at 9 PM on the PBS Video App.

 

WETA Arts: February 2022

Preview: WETA Arts February 2022

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In the latest installment of WETA Arts, Felicia Curry interviews deaf hip hop artist Warren “WAWA” Snipe, an actor & activist who went viral for his American Sign Language interpretation of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at last year’s Super Bowl. Fashion designer Nikki Hendricks’ collections respond to current events & history, and the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices ensemble works to preserve African American history through music. Stream WETA Arts now with WETA Passport.

 

Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

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Discover an international singer who captivated royalty in Europe and defied the conscience of 1939 America in this latest episode from American Masters. Watch rare archival footage and hear audio recordings exploring her life and career from the Metropolitan Opera to the State Department. Stream Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands now with WETA Passport.

 

The Black Church

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An intimate four-hour series from Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song explores the 400-year-old story of the black church in America, the changing nature of worship spaces, and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft, and church pews. Stream the entire series now with WETA Passport.

 

FRONTLINE: American Reckoning

"American Reckoning" - Preview

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FRONTLINE and Retro Report tell the story of the 1967 killing of Wharlest Jackson Sr., a local NAACP leader in Natchez, Mississippi in a new special, American Reckoning. The documentary follows Jackson’s family as they search for the truth about what happened and examines the history of white supremacy in Natchez. It is part of FRONTLINE's multiplatform Un(re)solved initiative. Stream the special starting February 15 on the PBS Video App.

 

Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba

Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba

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What does “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both high-jacked AfroBeats and did not give the genre’s origin props. Bakosó is a film that does the opposite, following DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from the new sounds. Stream Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba now along with more episodes from Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange with WETA Passport. 

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