Two PBS documentaries check in for Father's Day -- albeit a little late -- to underscore lessons men can teach boys. Coincidentally, both are set in the Bronx.
One is "Pop," Tuesday at 9 on "Frontline," Joel Meyerowitz's poignant and very intimate portrait of his 87-year-old father, Hy, a friendly man who engages everyone he meets but who is not likely to remember them -- he has Alzheimer's disease.
In the program, Joel and his son, Sasha, take Hy on a two-week, back-roads car trip from his home in Florida back to the New York neighborhood where he was raised and where he and his wife, Sally, raised their sons, Joel, Rick and Steve.
"Pop," which also uses the family's archival films, is Joel Meyerowitz's first documentary. He is the author of 12 books and is a photographer whose work has appeared in more than 120 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.
The other tribute is a "POV" story Tuesday at 10 on WETA about teenage boxers who get lessons in the sport and in life from surrogate dads: the trainers they encounter at a neighborhood gym in New York's South Bronx.
Ricki Stern's film focuses largely on Joey Rios and Jose Suarez, who dream of earning respect by becoming big-time boxing champions. In their corners are trainers Angel Alejandro and Luise Camacho, reminders that local heroes can shape the lives of young people.
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On Monday, PBS's children's show "Zoboomafoo" begins 10 new episodes. The first focuses on pets. MPT airs the series at 11:30 a.m., WETA at 4 p.m.
Also on Monday, "People's Century" continues new installments. At 9, "Picture Power," looks at the influence of television during the 1960s. At 10, "Living Longer," traces efforts to improve the nation's health, including the development of an anti-polio vaccine in 1954.
UPN's new sports drama "Power Play" (Monday at 9) offers its second episode about the travails of a Canadian pro hockey team. The Hamilton Steelers are in the playoffs, but all is not well: The general manager has broken the team's good-luck charm and may move the franchise; the coach is drinking again; and the team captain is playing with a concussion.
The Fred Friendly Seminars and the American Museum of Natural History join for "Epidemic!" (Friday at 9 on MPT, 10 on WETA), a one-hour special examining how to protect Americans from infectious diseases, including the ebola virus. Arthur R. Miller hosts.
CAPTION: PBS's "The People's Century" continues Monday with an episode at 9 about the rising influence of television in the 1960s and one at 10 about efforts to combat polio in the 1950s.
CAPTION: On "Frontline," Pop with Joel and Rick in '47.
CAPTION: On "POV," three young boxers learn lessons.