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both on-air and online, start here. Arts and cultural programming on WXXI TV and Radio as well as online discussion and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below. Read more

Featured Programming

Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 9:00pm
In recognition of Black History Month, State of the Re:Union presents The Power of African-American Art
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 10:00pm
Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater.
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 9:00pm
B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time.
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:00pm
On the heels of Billie Jean King's visit to Rochester - as guest speaker for Susan B. Anthony's Birthday Luncheon, WXXI-TV is proud to present an encore broadcast of American Masters: Billie Jean King
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:00pm
To mark the passing of David Bowie, WXXI-TV presents David Bowie: Five Years
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:30pm
Writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, a celebrated (and sometimes controversial) figure of the Harlem Renaissance
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 2:00pm
Benny Green is one of the most exciting, hard-swinging, hard-bop pianists to emerge from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. 
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 3:00pm
Don't miss hearing this beautiful voice of this amazing jazz singer.
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 5:00pm
WXXI is pleased to present this From the Top broadcast, taped at Kodak Hall January 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 9:00pm
Legendary American writer Toni Morrison will be honored on a special episode of With Good Reason. 
Monday, February 15, 2016 - 10:00pm
Explore the story behind the Polynesian pipeline to the NFL through the lives of high school players in Utah.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 9:00pm
Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 8:00pm
Join host Paolo Pietropaolo for Shanghai Spring, an exciting new 8-part miniseries.
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 1:00pm
Liz Rosa, Amelia del Caño, Clayton Kullander, and Randy Fultz of the Project Bassoon Quartet join host Julia Figueras for Backstage Pass
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 9:00pm
Weaving previously unseen and rare performances and home movies with a new, exclusive interview with King, American Masters – Carole King: Natural Woman delves into her life and career.
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 2:00pm
Enjoy the mellow tones and big sounds of trombonist Clifton Anderson and his quintet.
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 3:00pm
Discover why Antonio Sanchez is one of the most sought after drummers of his generation.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 6:00pm
Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, this film provides a truthful, unflinching look at often-ignored artists and their progeny.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 7:00pm
Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00pm
The name Ray Charles designates a superstar worldwide.
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:00pm
Fats Domino was one of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s. 
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 8:00pm
WXXI captures the fascinating story of the local garment industry and the people who contributed to it in Tailor Made: The Story of Rochester’s Garment Industry

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Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 8:00pm
Explore the life and legacy of playwright August Wilson — the man some call America’s Shakespeare — from his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway.
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 9:00pm
Live From Lincoln Center presents the opera world’s most highly anticipated event of the season this February.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 9:00pm
Explore James Garfield’s unprecedented rise to power, his shooting by a madman and its bizarre and tragic aftermath.
Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 2:00pm
Chart the political and social changes wrought by the pervasiveness and fear of death during the Civil War. 
Friday, January 29, 2016 - 9:00pm
Winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, four Emmys, nine Tonys, three BAFTAs and many other awards, director, actor, writer, producer and comedian Mike Nichols (November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was an artistic trailblazer.
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