Thursday, March 13

7 p.m. | Smarter Brains

What is intelligence? And, how do we get it? Once we get it, how can we increase it? In Smarter Brains Dr. Michael Merzenich helps us uncover the latest research, and also shows viewers the shocking truth of just how the actions in our daily lives impact just how smart we really are (and what we can do about it)!


8:30 p.m. | An Evening with Doc Watson and David Holt

AN EVENING WITH DOC WATSON & DAVID HOLT spotlights the signature sound and indomitable spirit of five-time Grammy winner and National Medal of Arts honoree Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (1923-2012). Blind since childhood, Doc developed an innovative flat-picking style of playing guitar and, with his son Merle, helped lead the folk roots revival of the 1960s. David Holt, a fellow Grammy-winner, folklorist and longtime friend of Doc, hosts this celebration of song and story. In this three-act concert, recorded in 1998 at North Carolina's Appalachian State University, Doc, David and Richard Watson (Doc's grandson) perform a variety of duets and solos. Musical highlights include: "Tom Dula," one of the most famous folk songs ever to top the pop charts; the beautiful mountain ballad "Shady Grove"; Carter Family classic "Dixie Darling"; and "Talk About Sufferin'," a haunting a capella gospel tune. Between virtuoso picking and foot-stomping jams on bluegrass, folk and gospel favorites, Doc recounts entertaining anecdotes from his life as well as enduring Appalachian legends.


10 p.m. | Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine with Lissa Rankin, M.D.

Lissa Rankin knew she was going to be a doctor at the age of seven. The daughter of a respected physician, educated at Duke University, University of South Florida, and Northwestern University, she followed a successful career trajectory as an OB-GYN. But Dr. Rankin's focus shifted away from traditionally practiced Western medicine through a combination of personal and professional experiences with illness and ailing patients whose symptoms - and eventual successful treatments - defied conventional attitudes towards medicine.

Dr. Rankin now presents her groundbreaking synthesis of this research in her first public television program, Mind Over Medicine: The Science of Healing Yourself. Dr. Rankin demonstrates how the brain is the most important organ for our optimal health, and she explains how thoughts, feelings and beliefs have been proven to alter the body's physiology. She explains the body's innate ability to self-repair and how we can control these self-healing mechanisms with the power of the mind. During the program, she provides viewers with techniques to activate the relaxation response and to reduce the stress response - both critical to putting the body into the state in which self-healing can take place. She also teaches viewers how to use a new model of whole health as a guide to living an optimally healthy life.


11:30 p.m. | Rick Steves' Festive Europe

RICK STEVES' FESTIVE EUROPE captures Europeans doing what they do so expertly - celebrating the good life. In this lively half-hour special, Rick experiences the pleasures of Andalucia, ventures into the reveller-filled Parisian streets on Bastille Day, takes in the royal pageantry in London, wanders through a Venetian palace, runs with the bulls in Pamplona, dines at an exclusive mens' club in Basque country, embraces high culture in Vienna, enjoys the lovable chaos of Naples, and walks the final stretch of the Camino di Santiago in Spain.