You may have never heard of John William MacKay, but when he died in 1902, he was one of the most admired and richest men in America, whose search for riches also helped develop the American West. Writer and historian Gregory Crouch tells the story of MacKay, who discovered the Comstock Lode, a lode of silver ore located in Nevada. In telling MacKay’s story, Crouch also weaves in the stories of daily life in the West as it was being settled. Crouch will tell us about his book, “The Bonanza King.”
By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m., PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at this now ubiquitous material, how it's impacting the world and ways we can break our plastic addiction.
Travel writer Rick Steves 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.
Look back at the biggest songs that got us through World War II and kick-started the baby boom with brassy legends that will take you on a "Sentimental Journey." Peter Marshall (of the legendary Hollywood Squares) hosts this special, which for the first time mixes vintage live, rare and unreleased footage from the Big Band days.