9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
We love Louisiana — especially south Louisiana and New Orleans. So, with monster twin hurricanes striking the Gulf Coast and wiping off the map a good portion of that foreign country south of Arkansas, we’ve found ourselves in a deep state of grief, which has manifested itself around dinnertime as a heart-deep craving for some of the stick-to-your-ribs grub to be found in the marshes south of Baton Rouge. Given that, you can imagine how welcome it is to see that late great Cajun cook Justin Wilson, via videotape archives, is going to let us peek over his shoulder while he whips up a big batch of the seminal Southern comfort food: etoufee. The results are sure to be both spectacularly good and a spicy salve to the Louisiana-lover’s soul.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
In the history of weaponry, it’s hard to think of a more awesome testament to man’s skill at killing his fellow man — other than the bomb — than the battleships of World War II. And in the history of battleships, there is one undisputed leader in terms of sheer size and power: the Japanese battleship Yamato. At 862 feet long and 121 feet wide, the Yamato was the high water mark in battleship design and bulk, specifically built to overshadow the smaller and less heavily armed battleships of the United States and Great Britain. Sent on a suicide mission to attack the U.S. fleet during the invasion of Okinawa, she withstood a barrage of 10 torpedo and eight bomb hits before sinking, with a loss of 2,475 hands. Nova discusses the construction and short life of this ultimate killing machine before diving on the wreck site to settle the last questions about her demise.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
A decade ago, most everyone was shocked one way or the other when the verdict was read in the case of Orenthal James Simpson v. State of California. For many white Americans, it was that money — in the guise of a team of the best lawyers money could buy (including the late Johnny Cochran) — could prevail over what seemed to be a mountain of physical and forensic evidence. For many black Americans, it was that a black man could be found not guilty by a system that had condemned so many blacks — innocent or not — in the past. For everyone, it revealed the elephant in America’s living room: that 30 years after the civil rights movement, we were still a divided nation in terms of race and the perception of racial equality. Ten years later, PBS’s investigative flagship “Frontline” turns its eye toward the “trial of the century,” its aftermath, and where we are as a nation a decade after the verdict was read.