Mon, March 30
Ken Burns executive produces this three-part, six-hour documentary based on the book by cancer researcher Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. The film looks at cancer’s history, study and treatment, following current patients battling the disease, and uncovering breakthroughs that might someday lead to a cure. The first episode, “Magic Bullets,” focuses on the centuries-long search for a cure. Tuesday’s episode, “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” looks at the rapid advances in cancer research since 1971, including the discovery of cancer’s genetic basis. The series concludes Wednesday with “Finding the Achilles Heel,” looking at the development of targeted therapies and the exciting prospect of immunotherapy treatments.
The NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Final Four will be set tonight with the last two Elite 8 Regional Final games taking place in Albany, N.Y., and Spokane, Wash., both on ESPN. ESPN airs the Final Four April 5 and Championship Game April 7.
The first hour of a new visit to Birmingham, Ala., deals heavily -- and appropriately -- with civil-rights history, as host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Catherine Williamson survey items that all have connections to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lithographs by celebrated artist Andy Warhol are included, as is a Frederic Remington painting that's accompanied by a letter the artist wrote to the current owner's great-grandmother.