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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Divided States of America' on PBS, Offshore podcast

Walton Goggins as Richard “Rip” Taggart in History’s Six, premiering at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

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Walton Goggins as Richard “Rip” Taggart in History’s Six, premiering at 10 p.m. Wednesday.



If you didn't already know, the next president is being inaugurated this week. Fittingly, PBS airs its Frontline special Divided States of America on Tuesday, exploring the deep divisions that surfaced during President Obama's tenure. And on Thursday, ABC airs a 20/20 special America's First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington, which is self-explanatory. If you're looking to plan ahead, live coverage of President-elect Trump's inauguration begins Friday morning on the news networks. Trump will be sworn in at noon.

Watch this week


The Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala, 8 p.m., CW: Howie Mandel hosts a comedy showcase at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal with performances by Jay Pharoah, Ilia Shlesinger, Russell Brand, JB Smoove and more.


Miss Universe, 7 p.m., Fox: Steve Harvey hosts again, but hopefully he crowns the right woman this time.

SPECIAL: Divided States of America, 9 p.m., PBS: Frontline premieres a four-hour, two-night documentary looking back at events during Barack Obama's presidency and the revelations of deep divisions in our country. The miniseries examines the issues Donald Trump will inherit.

SERIES PREMIERE: Throwing Shade, 10:30 p.m., TV Land: It started as a podcast, then a Funny or Die web series and now it's a new late-night show, part of the network's rebranding. Comedians Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi parody politics and pop culture.


SERIES PREMIERE: Six, 10 p.m., History: Inspired by real Navy SEAL missions from the past 15 years, the series starring Barry Sloane and Walton Goggins delves into the complex lives of soldiers. The eight-episode season follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six when their mission takes a turn for the worst as they find a U.S. citizen working with terrorists. The series explores what these modern warriors do, their personal lives and the life-and-death decisions they have to make to serve their country.


Baskets, 10 p.m., FX: The second season of this quirky comedy starring Zach Galifianakis as a failing clown premieres tonight. Come for the angry clown humor, stay for Louis Anderson's portrayal of Chip Baskets' mother.

Sorry TGIT fans: The winter premieres of Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder and the Season 6 premiere of Scandal have all been delayed a week due to a pre-inauguration special on ABC. America's First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington airs at 10 p.m. on ABC. New episodes of Grey's Anatomy, HTGAWM and Scandal start Jan. 26.


Plug in


Hawaii isn't all sugar sand beaches and tropical cocktails.

It's one of the most diverse melting pots in the United States, yet still deals with the same race and power issues as the mainland with what seems like a constant stream of police shootings.

Offshore, produced by Honolulu Civil Beat and PRX, pulls back the curtain on the pristine getaway and exposes how the most multicultural place on the planet still struggles with racial issues.

The first season explores two killings in Hawaii 80 years apart. Both shook the cluster of islands in the Pacific Ocean, and raised questions as to why so much animosity and disdain exists between whites who live there and native Hawaiians.

The 10-episode first season, A Killing in Waikiki, delves into the death of local Kollin Elderts at the hands of federal agent Christopher Deedy in 2011. To put the circumstances of this case into context, reporter Jessica Terrell also takes listeners back to 1932 to examine to brutal murder of a native Hawaiian by a Navy officer and his mother-in-law.

But then the episodes step away from true crime and courtroom antics and explore the deep-seated prejudice against whites that runs rampant in many native Hawaiians. Terrell goes back to before Hawaii was a state to analyze the events and players that shaped Hawaii's cultural dynamics.

Offshore showcases a Hawaii that few tourists ever see or experience, and is a stunning piece of investigative journalism that attempts to answer this question in regards to race relations: If Hawaii can't figure it out, what hope is there for the rest of America?

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Contact Chelsea Tatham at [email protected] Follow @chelseatatham.


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