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September 25, 2012
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7:00 pm 
Joanna Lumley's Nile   The actress fulfills a childhood dream to travel the Nile River through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda. She begins the 4,000-mile trek in Egypt, capturing the spirit of Agatha Christie in Cairo. She travels by train, road and Felucca barge to Aswan, a town the Victorians viewed as "being on the edge of civilization." Along the way, she observes life as it is today along one of the world's great rivers. Part 1 of 4G
8:00 pm 
Money and Medicine   This film tackles the medical, ethical and financial challenges of containing runaway health care spending. In addition to illuminating so-called waste and over-treatment, this documentary explores ways to reduce health care expenditures while improving overall quality of medical care.G
9:00 pm 
Frontline  "Dropout Nation"  Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the U.S. quit high school without diplomas. At Houston's Sharpstown High, once a notorious "dropout factory," a high-stakes experiment is under way to rescue students from the edge. FRONTLINE looks at four students in crisis and the educators waging a daily, personal struggle to get them to graduation.G
11:00 pm 
Charlie Rose   NULL
7:00 pm 
Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers  "The Dark Side of the Universe"  Alda joins astronomers as they wrestle with implications of their latest discoveries that indicate we see only a tiny fraction of the cosmos. Much of it may be dark matter or dark energy.G
8:00 pm 
Preemie   Born 1 pound 12 ounces, Mollie Sophia Samuels came into the world 3 months early. Facing obstacles that such a small child should never have to face, Mollie proved that even the smallest humans are capable of extraordinary resilience. Mollie's first 11 months of life were spent inside the sterile walls of the Helen DeVos Children's hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. D
9:00 pm 
NOVA  "Making Stuff Stronger"  Technology reporter David Pogue brings his off-beat humor and high-energy style to his role as host for this mini-series. Pogue examines everything from mollusks to a toucan's beak and reviews tests for the world's strongest materials. He travels from the deck of a U.S. naval aircraft carrier to a demolition derby. He checks in with experts who are re-engineering what nature has provided to create strong "stuff." Part 1 of 4G
10:00 pm 
Shattered Sky: The Battle for Energy, Economy, and Environment   Can history inspire us? Thirty years ago, scientists reported a hole in the ozone layer "the size of North America." The culprit was CFCs: the gas in hairspray, refrigerant, and air conditioning. Doctors predicted skyrocketing cancer, but business didn't want to change and politicians were slow to act . D
11:00 pm 
Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers  "The Dark Side of the Universe"  Alda joins astronomers as they wrestle with implications of their latest discoveries that indicate we see only a tiny fraction of the cosmos. Much of it may be dark matter or dark energy.G
7:00 pm 
The Woodwright's Shop  "Corner Cupboard - Part 1"  Build the frame and panel door of this corner cupboard - an early American classic. D
7:30 pm 
Rick Steves' Europe  "Iran's Historic Capitals"  Rick explores three former capitals: Persepolis and its monuments; Shiraz with tombs of nationally loved poets; and Esfahan with its extraordinary mosques.G
8:00 pm 
Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions  "Taiwan - A Sense of Place - Part Four"  NULL
8:30 pm 
Essential Pepin  "Sweet Endings"  Chocolate Mint Truffettes; Quick Almond And Plum Cake; Tuiles A L'orange; Summer Cornets Susie. D
9:00 pm 
America's Test Kitchen from Cook's Illustrated  "Southeast Asian Favorites"  Man on the Street Doc Willoughby ventures to New York City to learn the secrets of Thai cooking. Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate Thai Grilled Beef Salad. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top pick for smoker boxes in the Equipment Corner. D
9:30 pm 
Burt Wolf: What We Eat  "The Seed of Life: The Story of Corn"  From the Americas, this fast-growing plant has spread worldwide and is essential to industrial societies.G
10:00 pm 
Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence  "Pizza with Pizazz"  Joanne welcomes her student Geoffto class with a quick and easy salmon and pickled onion pizza. Then together they explore the idea of contrasts of flavor, texture, and color, making lemon turkey cutlets and an arugula and orange salad. Recipes: Lavash Pizza with Herb Salad, Arugula and Orange Salad, and Lemon Turkey Cutlets. D
10:30 pm 
Rick Steves' Europe  "Iran's Historic Capitals"  Rick explores three former capitals: Persepolis and its monuments; Shiraz with tombs of nationally loved poets; and Esfahan with its extraordinary mosques.G
11:00 pm 
Habitable Planet, The  "Many Planets, One Earth"  The early Earth was a much different planet than the one we know today. Ancient rocks provide evidence of the emergence of oxygen in the atmosphere and of a frozen Snowball Earth. Scientists Paul Hoffman and Andrew Knoll look at these clues to help explain the rise of complex animal life. D
11:30 pm 
Habitable Planet, The  "Atmosphere"  The atmosphere is what makes the Earth habitable. Heat-trapping gases allow ecosystems to flourish. While the NOAA Global Monitoring Project documents the fluctuations in greenhouse gases worldwide, MIT's Kerry Emanuel looks at the role of hurricanes in regulating global climate.G
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Charlie Rose   NULL
10:00 pm 
Aspen Institute Presents  "The Transformative Power of Technology"  Educators, policy-makers, and young inventers look at technology's innovative side. From its role in affecting education reform to mapping our cities to revolutionizing everyday lifestyle, the show will explore what's happening and what's to come. D
11:00 pm 
Original Minds   Five teenagers stigmatized by being in Special Ed. struggle to articulate how their brains work, and discover that they are smarter than they thought. In a one-size-fits-all educational system, kids with learning disabilities suffer from lack of self-esteem. D

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