You have an extra day this year. What are you going to do with it? Since we’re excited about the launch of our new Video.Wnpt.org “Watch Now” video portal, we think Leap Day is a good opportunity to remind you about all the great shows and documentaries you can now access, and maybe catch up with, on our website. So to celebrate Leap Day, here are 29 things you can watch right now, free-of-charge, on Video.Wnpt.org. Enjoy!
1) The season finale of Season 2 of Downton Abbey, and every other episode of Season 2 for that matter (which all expire March 7, so seriously, watch them now if you haven’t).
2) The NPT original production Next Door Neighbors: Little Kurdistan, USA, and all the other episodes of Next Door Neighbors.
3) A compilation of Maggie Smith’s Best Moments from Downton Abbey.
4) Will Ferrell’s acceptance of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor, as well as previous year’s episodes honoring Tina Fey, Bill Cosby and George Carlin.
5) A Volunteer Gardener episode about community gardening and great lawns.
6) American Experience: Freedom Riders. (If you haven’t seen this yet, you really should)
7) Julia Child and chef Craig Kominiak making some focaccia.
8 ) Robert Earl Keen and Hayes Carll on Austin City Limits.
9) The episode of American Masters: Cab Calloway that you missed on Monday night.
10) That episode of American Masters: Merle Haggard that you missed two years ago.
11) The PBS Online Film Festival, an exciting new online initiative running now through March 30, showcasing 20 short films and demonstrating the best of public media.
12) Julia Child making La Tarte Tatin in 1971.
13) Tennessee Crossroads visiting Cyclemo’s Motorcycle Museum, Slack Jack Guitars, The Silver Caboose and Magnolia House.
14) The fascinating “Mystery of Masterpiece” episode of NOVA in which experts investigate whether a portrait sold for about $20,000 in 1998 is a lost Leonardo.
15) A P.O.V. StoryCorps short called “Q and A” in which Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, interviews his mother, Sarah. Warning, you might tear up a little, in a good way.
16) Another P.O.V. StoryCorps short called “To R.P. Salazar, with Love,” about a love story that starts with a typo.
17) The Independent Lens presentation of “More Than a Month.” (Expires March 2, so watch it now!)
18) A 1:03 Independent Lens short called “The Incredible Awesomeness of Elon Musk” about the incredible awesomeness of Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk.
19) A This Old House episode in which the incredible awesomeness that is Kevin visits a portable hurricane simulator. And then it’s time for a clambake.
20) “The Red, White and Blues” episode of In Performance at the White House, which you may have missed on Monday, prior to missing that episode of American Masters: Cab Calloway. (See #9)
21) All six episodes of our NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis series.
22) The entire 2009 season of ART:21, including an excellent episode on Romance, featuring artists Laurie Simmons, Lari Pittman, Judy Pfaff, and Pierre Huyghe.
23) A short profile of the man behind Elmo.
24) Hour One of Antiques Roadshow in Los Angeles.
25) 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection Slavery By Another Name.
26) “Why We Love Cats and Dogs,” an engaging and insightful episode of Nature exploring why our relationships with cats and dogs are some of the longest and most intimate of our lives.
27) Tennessee Crossroads visiting The Creamery Park Grille, a Bead Weaver, a Vintage Plane Fly-In and Tennessee Agricultural Museum.
28) Julia Child and Chicago restaurateur Charlie Trotter creating a scallop entree and a fruity sorbet dessert.
And that’s just 29 things. There are hundreds!