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What to Watch This Women’s History Month on KCTS 9

We're honoring Women’s History Month this March with a number of special programs, television episodes and documentaries.

February 20, 2019

Let’s be honest, every day should be devoted to women, right? But March is officially Women’s History Month, and we're airing special programs all month long. Brand new episodes of KCTS 9 shows and new documentaries will showcase trailblazing women and highlight issues facing women today. We’ll also rebroadcast some of our favorite programs featuring inspiring women.

Here’s what to watch during Women’s History Month on KCTS 9 — and settle in, this list is long!

Maya Angelou: American Masters

Dr. Maya Angelou led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. This American Masters documentary features exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton and more. Maya Angelou: American Masters airs Friday, March 1, at 2:00 p.m.

Holly Near: American Masters 

Experience the power of song in the struggle for equality through the story of feminist singer and activist Holly Near, who for the last 40 years has worked on global social justice coalition-building in the women’s and lesbian movements. Holly Near: American Masters premieres Friday, March 1, at 9:00 p.m.

MAKERS: Women in Hollywood

Follow the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players. Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, Glenn Close, Nancy Meyers and Zoe Saldana will appear in MAKERS: Women in Hollywood, on Friday, March 1, at 10:00 p.m.

The Women’s List: American Masters

This program spotlights 15 women who define contemporary American culture; it features Madeleine Albright, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Wendy Williams and more. The Women’s List: American Masters will air on Wednesday, March 6, at 3:00 p.m.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Conversation

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “the Notorious RBG,” is a lifelong champion of human rights and gender equality. One of only nine female law students in her 500-person class at Harvard, she went on to become a law professor at Columbia and co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU before being appointed to the court in 1993. In Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Conversation, she sits down with NPR’s Nina Totenberg to discuss her life and work. This new interview will air on Thursday, March 7, at 1:00 p.m.

Aretha! Queen of Soul

To mark the passing of Aretha Franklin at the age of 76, PBS and WNET created a half-hour remembrance special, Aretha! Queen of Soul. This program, airing Thursday, March 7, at 2:00 p.m., includes archival footage from Aretha Franklin’s storied career and interviews that highlight her legacy.

Graceful Voices

Graceful Voices captures the stories and experiences of the Bahamian and African-American women who were born in America's first fully planned community, Coral Gables, forged lifelong friendships and developed a passion for their community. This 30-minute special airs Thursday, March 7, at 2:30 p.m.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You'll Have The Sky

Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You'll Have The Sky brings one of the 20th century's best-loved writers out from the shadow of her often controversial husband, the pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh. The film uses Anne's own words to help convey her inner life, which was deeply affected by the challenges of being part of America's most famous couple. The film airs Thursday, March 7, at 3:00 p.m.

Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up

This documentary examines the life of civil rights legend Fannie Lou Hamer, offering first-hand accounts by those who knew her and worked side by side with her in the struggle for voting rights. Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up airs Thursday, March 7, at 3:30 p.m.

Ready Jet Go!

Ready Jet Go! celebrates Women’s History Month with a special episode featuring real-life astronaut Ellen Ochoa. Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman to travel to space and she is currently the director of the Johnson Space Center. In this episode, Ochoa visits the DSA to review an engineering project, where she meets the kids, who are running Sean’s lemonade stand to raise money for a rocket to Mars. Together, they solve a problem that helps the kids — and the DSA project. This episode will premiere Friday, March 8, at 7:00 a.m.

Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration

Joni Mitchell’s unique music is a marriage of intimacy and universality, creating a sound that is incomparable, yet relatable to all. On her 75th birthday, an all-star line-up of performers — including Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Graham Nash, James Taylor and many more — gathered to celebrate and perform songs from the varied stylistic periods of Mitchell’s groundbreaking career. Great Performances’ Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration will premiere Saturday, March 9 at 8:30 p.m.

Independent Lens: Dolores

One of the most important, yet least known activists of our time, Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in founding the first farm workers union with César Chávez. Tirelessly leading the fight for racial and labor justice, Huerta evolved into one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century — now in her late 80s, she continues the fight. Independent Lens: Dolores will air Tuesday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m.

In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II

Follow Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life, from her youth to her uncle’s abdication, her father’s coronation as King George VI, her experience during World War II, her sudden ascension to the throne and her eventful reign of more than 60 years on In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II will air on Wednesday, March 13, at 1:00 p.m.

Letters from Baghdad

Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original, Gertrude Bell, sometimes called the female Lawrence of Arabia. More influential and famous in her day than her colleague Lawrence, Bell was an explorer, spy, archaeologist and diplomat who helped shape the Middle East after World War I and established the Iraq Museum, infamously ransacked in 2003. Letters from Baghdad airs Thursday, March 14, at 1:00 p.m.

Louisa May Alcott: American Masters

Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, is an almost universally recognized name. Alcott was actually a free thinker, with democratic ideals and progressive values about women. Most surprising is that Alcott led, anonymously and under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard, a literary double life not discovered until the 1940s. Learn more about the author on Louisa May Alcott: American Masters, airing Thursday, March 14, at 2:30 p.m.

Women Outward Bound

Women Outward Bound profiles the first group of young women to participate in an Outward Bound survival school course in 1965. The film captures how one month in the woods taught them they could do more than they ever thought possible. Forty-seven years later, the group reminisces about the lessons they learned and the memories they made. Women Outward Bound airs Monday, March 18, at 4:00 p.m.

Lorraine Hansberry: American Masters

Lorraine Hansberry: American Masters is the first in-depth presentation of Hansberry’s complex life, using her personal papers and archives, including home movies and rare photos, as source material. The film — which airs Tuesday, March 19, at 3:00 p.m. — explores the influences that shaped Hansberry’s childhood, future art and activism.

Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration

Enjoy a one-hour tribute special, featuring an interview with Mary Tyler Moore, comments from her co-stars and clips from her groundbreaking television and film work. Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration airs Wednesday, March 20, at 1:00 p.m.

Betty White: First Lady of Television

This definitive look at Betty White's life showcases hilarious clips from her long career. Viewers will see White behind-the-scenes at work, entertaining at home and interacting with her close friends. Betty White: First Lady of Television, airing on March 20 at 3:00 p.m., includes comments from friends and co-stars, including Ryan Reynolds, Valerie Bertinelli, Tina Fey, Carl Reiner, Carol Burnett, Pamela Adlon and many more.

Women, War & Peace

In a year when women mobilized, ran for office and were elected in unprecedented numbers, the acclaimed series returns with four new stories about women’s roles in dramatic conflicts and peace settlements across the globe. These stories demonstrate how some of the biggest international issues in recent memory have been shaped by women — women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process. Women, War & Peace premieres Monday, March 25 at 9:00 p.m.

Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own

Celebrate the life of Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson, the face of opera from the 1950s through the 1970s. This fascinating portrait showcases her greatest roles, including Elektra and The Ring Cycle, in rare TV and archive footage. The film also features interviews with Plácido Domingo, Otto Schenk, James Levine, Nina Stemme, Jonas Kaufmann and many others. Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own premieres on Great Performances Thursday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m.

Home of Little Women: Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

Home of Little Women: Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House is a captivating new documentary that transports viewers to a 350-year-old home in Concord, Massachusetts with literary and historical significance unlike any other. It is here that the classic novel, Little Women, was written and set. Step inside the historic Orchard House on Thursday, March 28, at 3:30 p.m.

Great Performances: Julius Caesar

See Shakespeare as never before in an all-female production of Julius Caesar. This performance is a compelling dramatization of the catastrophic consequences of a political leader’s extension of power beyond constitutional confines. In this acclaimed production, Shakespeare’s famous discourse on power, loyalty and tragic idealism is heightened against the backdrop of a women's prison. Great Performances: Julius Caesar premieres Friday, March 29, at 9:00 p.m.

Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways For Health & Spirit

At its heart, Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways For Health & Spirit is a film about empowering people to overcome their current circumstances through eating as their ancestors did — nutritiously and locally. This film, which explores alternative pathways to health and wellness in Native American communities, will premiere on Sunday, March 31, at 12:30 p.m.

All Gardens Great and Small

Dee Hart Dyke is one of Britain’s best amateur gardeners, highly experienced and knowledgeable about a huge variety of trees, plants and flowers. In this delightful miniseries, Dee and her daughter, British actor Miranda Hart (a.k.a. “Chummy” from Call the Midwife), drive throughout Britain, meeting those who are opening up their gardens to visitors through the National Garden Scheme. All Gardens Great and Small premieres Sunday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m.

Call the Midwife Season 8 Premiere

Our favorite midwives are back with a brand-new season! At the start of Season 8, it’s spring of 1964, and everyone is excited for the arrival of the Queen’s new baby, Prince Edward. With the addition of two new Sisters, who have been sent to live and work with the team in Poplar, Nonnatus House feels full once more. Call the Midwife Season 8 premieres Sunday, March 31, at 8:00 p.m.

Mrs. Wilson

At the outset of World War II, Alison McKelvie took a secretarial job with the Secret Intelligence Service. There, she fell in love with an older man, Major Alexander Wilson, a popular author of spy novels who was doing real intelligence work for the war effort. Little did Alison know, but she was entering a plot as tangled as one of the major’s mind-bending fictions. Ruth Wilson stars as her own grandmother Alison in the true story of a woman’s search for her husband’s real identity in Mrs. Wilson, which premieres Sunday, March 31, at 9:00 p.m.


Caroline Gerdes

Caroline Gerdes is the social media specialist at Cascade Public Media and a New Orleanian living in Seattle. She was also a National Geographic Young Explorer — which is totally a real job title. She recently published her first book, An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward

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