A new episode called “Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953)” looks back on the life and career of Alabama-born singer and songwriter Hank Williams, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential American musical artists of the 20th century. Dismissed initially as a honky-tonk singer, Williams wrote songs that resonated with a surprising emotional depth that mirrored his tragically short life, which was cut short at age 29, partly due to his chronic alcoholism. In 2010, the Pulitzer Prize jury awarded Williams a posthumous special citation for his songwriting.
The summer gold mining season is heating up in Nome, Alaska, as this hit reality series returns for its 11th season, which sees the miners employing new strategies and deploying startling new technology as they explore new territory. Shawn Pomrenke confronts a formidable new competitor in Ken Kerr, whose 600-ton gold-digging behemoth dwarfs everything else on the water. Meanwhile, Vernon Adkison returns to the Bering Sea seeking redemption, but almost immediately runs into trouble navigating the treacherous Yukon River in his dredge.
Oscar winner Peter Jackson (the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy) triumphed on his first time directing a documentary with this 2018 film he created using original footage of World War I from London’s Imperial War Museum. Jackson, who dedicated the film to his grandfather who fought in that war, sought to provide an immersive experience of what it was like to be a soldier. The title comes from a line in a 1914 poem: “They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.”
A new episode called “Lost Treasure of Panther Key” finds Casey and Chris Keefer heading to southwest Florida, on a long-shot quest to find the fabled loot of an 18th-century pirate named José Gaspar — whose life and career may, in fact, have been apocryphal. That doesn’t stop the brothers from leaving no stone unturned, though, as they hunt for the $30 million treasure said to be hidden “somewhere along the coast.”