Cptv presents the premiere of the new three-part documentary series Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, beginning with the episode “Magic Bullets” on Monday, March 30 at 9 p.m. Part 2, “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” will air Tuesday, March 31 at 9 p.m. Part 3, “Finding the Achilles Heel,” will air Wednesday, April 1 at 9 p.m. Find out more about each episode »
Based on Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, this six-hour documentary follows the development of cancer, from its first appearance thousands of years ago to what the future may hold for this disease. Executive producer Ken Burns, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and director Barak Goodman, an Emmy- and Writers Guild Award-winning producer and director, delve into Mukherjee’s book and tie in real-life stories, chronicling cancer patients and their fights against the disease. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies also explores the great strides in treatments, prevention and the search for a cure.
Local funding for Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is made possible by Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and The Jackson Laboratory.
CPTV will also air the 30-minute companion piece, Cancer: A Conversation, on Tuesday, March 31 at 11 p.m., following Part 2 of the documentary. This roundtable conversation features Katie Couric of Yahoo! News and co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer. Couric interviews Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Ken Burns and Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA and a cancer survivor.
More Programming on CPTV Explores the Experiences of Dealing with Potentially Terminal Illness
In addition to CPTV’s broadcast of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, CPTV will air a special encore presentation of the Frontline film “Being Mortal” on Monday, March 30 at 11 p.m. Frontline teams up with writer and surgeon Atul Gawande to examine how doctors care for terminally ill patients. In conjunction with Gawande’s book, Being Mortal, the film explores the relationships between doctors and patients nearing the end of life, and shows how many doctors – including Gawande himself – struggle to talk honestly and openly with their terminally ill patients.
And on Wednesday, April 1, the CPTV premiere of the documentary Kids Rock Cancer airs at 11 p.m. For a few magical moments, kids undergoing the pain and emotional challenges of cancer have a chance to step away from their daily routine and instantly transform “into rock stars.” Kids Rock Cancer profiles these young musicians as they write and record original songs in the unlikeliest of places: their own hospital rooms.
More Conversations About Cancer from WNPR
And these are on WNPR via our partner C-HIT: