“College Behind Bars” airs tonight on WCTE

courtesy of Skiff Mountain Films

Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) Debate Union defeats Harvard University in September 2015. “College Behind Bars”, a 4-part documentary film series directed by award-winning filmmaker Lynn Novick and executive produced by Ken Burns, tells the story of a small group of incarcerated men and women struggling to earn college degrees and turn their lives around in one of the most rigorous and effective prison education programs in the United States – the Bard Prison Initiative. “College Behind Bars” continues tonight at 8 p.m.

WCTE has announced its schedule for this week.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

8 p.m. – “College Behind Bars, Parts 3 & 4”. Students embark on yearlong senior projects. The prison debate team faces West Point and Harvard.

10 p.m. – “Roadtrip Nation: Beating the Odds”. Roadtrippers meet with professionals in the fields of education, sports, music, and politics.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

7 p.m. – “Nature: Hotel Armadillo”. Lizards, coati, peccaries, and more animals spend time in a burrow made by a giant armadillo.

8 p.m. – “Nova: Animal Espionage”. Camera traps and drones are revolutionizing the study of wildlife by providing an up-close look.

9 p.m. – “The Plastic Problem: PBS NewsHour Presents”.

10 p.m. – “Native Waters: A Chitimacha Recollection”. Author Roger Stouff shares native stories, beliefs, and perspectives about this indigenous nation.

10:30 p.m. – “Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health & Spirit”. How ancestral food sources can strengthen cultural ties to each other and to one’s heritage.

Thursday, Nov. 28

7 p.m. – “Upper Cumberland Marching Band Festival, Episode 3”. The 37th Annual Upper Cumberland Marching Festival featuring Scott, DeKalb, Cumberland Gap, Cookeville, and Oneida high schools performing at Cumberland County High School. This episode features a “Medley/Variety Show” theme.

7:30 p.m. – “Tennessee Crossroads”.

8 p.m. – “Live Green Tennessee”.

8:30 p.m. – “One on One with Becky Magura Special”. Jake Hoot.

9 p.m. – “Barnegie Hall”. Songwriter and guitar virtuoso Verlon Thompson welcomes back songwriter Mark Sanders.

9:30 p.m. – “Bluegrass Underground”.

10 p.m. – “Tennessee Wild Side”.

10:30 p.m. – “The Songwriters”. Tony Arata is the songwriter of “The Dance” by Garth Brooks and “Here I Am” by Patty Loveless.

Friday, Nov. 29

7 p.m. – “Washington Week”.

7:30 p.m. – “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover”.

Saturday, Nov. 30

4:30 p.m. — “Rick Steves European Christmas”.

6:30 p.m. – “Classic Christmas (My Music)”. Old-fashioned favorites such as “Silent Night,” “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells” are featured.

8:30 p.m. – “Aretha Franklin Remembered (My Music)”.

Sunday, Dec. 1

7 p.m. – “Carpenters: Close to You & Christmas Memories (My Music Presents)”. This music-filled documentary traces the Carpenters’ career and features the duo’s top hits.