August specials: History comes alive

August specials delve into the stories behind notable places across Europe and America.

For the full schedule, go to our TV Schedule page.

Friday, Aug. 23

7:30 p.m. Rick Steves’ Dynamic Europe
Tour three of Europe’s most energetic capitals. Experience the art and coffeeshops of Amsterdam, enjoy Prague’s infectious love of music, and see how reunified Berlin has recreated itself. | Get the DVD/book combo.

Saturday, Aug. 24

1 p.m. Rick Steves’ Dynamic Europe
Tour three of Europe’s most energetic capitals. Experience the art and coffeeshops of Amsterdam, enjoy Prague’s infectious love of music, and see how reunified Berlin has recreated itself. | Get the DVD/book combo.

5 p.m. Ken Burns: The National Parks
From Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska, discover a story of people from every background who devoted themselves to saving a precious portion of the land they loved. | Get the DVD set.

Sunday, Aug. 25

6:30 p.m. Rick Steves: Fascism in Europe
In this one-hour special, Rick Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe – taking millions of people with it. He traces fascism’s history from its roots in the turbulent aftermath of World War I, when masses of angry people rose up, to the rise of charismatic leaders who manipulated that anger, and the totalitarian societies they built. | Support Arizona PBS and get the book/DVD combo set.

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Meet 'Animal Babies' during their first year on Earth

Meet six baby animals from across the globe on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., beginning August 28. Follow along as they experience joy and hardship, confront near-daily adversities, navigate their habitats, and overcome challenges in their first year of life.

Explore the 'Magical Land of Oz'

Burrow into the magical depths of Australian animal life as unique species navigate extremes on land and sea on Wednesdays at 9 p.m., beginning August 28, on Arizona PBS.

COMING AUG. 22: 'Downton Abbey Live!'

In anticipation of the September release of the Downton Abbey feature film, "Downton Abbey Live!" is a celebration of all aspects of the wildly successful British drama – the stellar cast, superb writing, spectacular locations and dazzling costumes.