February 2013

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An Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas

 

Born in 1926, Jerry Lewis is one of America’s most iconic slapstick comedians. He rose to fame with partner Dean Martin with the Martin and Lewis comedy act, which first appeared on television in 1948. In the 1950s, he embarked on a solo career and starred in films such as The Ladies Man, The Nutty Professor, and It’s Only Money. More recently, Lewis has performed on Broadway and been awarded for his humanitarian acts, always known as being a key member of the comedic community.

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An Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas

This Saturday, comedian Jerry Lewis takes to the stage of the Showroom at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, as he tells stories of his eight-decade career in a tribute to his 87th birthday. The performance will feature narrative and musical acts by Lewis, as well as footage from his career, both classics and never before seen. At the end of the evening, Lewis will take questions from fans in the audience. Join us for this monumental presentation with Jerry Lewis, this Saturday at 6:30pm.

Watch An Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas on Saturday March 2 at 6:30pm. Also airs March 7 at 8:00pm, March 8 at 1:00pm and March 15 at 10:30pm.

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town March 1 - 3

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of cinematic spectacles, marching band talent, eclectic jazz, and more in your own backyard!

 

 
Begin the weekend with a night of culture and cuisine!  The Workhouse Arts Center is celebrating India by hosting a dinner and movie!  The Arts Center, a converted prison, will be presenting the film Saawariywa, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.  This Bollywood drama centers on a man and woman who meet in a small town and the past circumstances that prevent them from being together.  Aroma Indian Restaurant will be catering the event with authentic Tandoori-style meats and vegetarian options. 
Friday, 8pm
Cost: $39 per person
The Workhouse Arts Center 9601 Ox Road Lorton, VA 22079
 
 
Have you ever wondered what happens to the band members after football season is over?  Well, sports might be seasonal but the music must go on.  The Music Center at Strathmore brings visitors a unique musical performance in honor of the black marching band tradition.  A group of 30 marching band members from a variety of Historically Black Colleges and Universities come together to deliver a performance that embraces Motown, hip hop, pop and several other genres.  Known for their explosive drum beats and cool rhythm, Drumline Live will certainly get your heart pumping and your feet moving.  So if you’re in the mood for fun dance moves and customary band music, don’t miss HBCU’s “fifth quarter” performance.    
Friday, 8pm
Cost: Tickets range from $28-$58
Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD   
 
 
Want another Friday night option?  Start off on the right beat!  Strathmore presents “Friday Night Eclectic: An Evening of Jazz with THIEFS.”  THIEFS is a “grammatically incoherent” jazz group that intertwines aspects of modern composition and improvisation into a “boundary-less foundation” of beats.  Led by drummer and vocalist Guillermo E. Brown, bassist Keith Witty, and saxophonist Christophe Panzani, THIEFS seamlessly shifts from fully electronic to acoustic with their sometimes mellow, other times harsher, grooves.  During intermission, enjoy an original jazz dance performance inspired by Satomi Shirai’s photography.           
Friday, 8:30pm
Cost: $20 online/$22 at the door
Strathmore Mansion 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 
 
 
The Corcoran Gallery of Art is hosting a free Family Day Extravaganza, which is jam-packed with music-themed activities throughout the gallery.  Get ready to groove by creating and wearing a button with your own band name and logo, complimented by music-themed face paint.  Next, get down with some breakdancers from The Lab DC, learn how to scratch records like a DJ with DJ Scratch Academy, or make and play your own clay whistle.  Leave your mark with a cause-worthy poster and original graffiti on a DIY tee.  Afterwards, be sure to take a tour of the gallery, including their new “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s” exhibition.  (We’ll be airing our critics’ discussion of the exhibition later this month!)  At the end of the day, march off in a send-off by percussionists Eddie Eatmon and Rivum Brigade.
Saturday, 10am-3pm
Cost: Free; no registration required
The Corcoran Gallery of Art 500 Seventeenth Street NW Washington, DC 20006
 
 
 
Folger Theatre’s Henry V was originally supposed to close this weekend, but due to popular demand, they’ve extended the production’s run.  If you can’t see it this weekend, see it next weekend.  After that, you’re out of luck!  Here’s what our critics have to say about the 

 
 
 
Select films opening today:
Millions of Americans experience hunger every year.  This documentary, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush and starring the likes of Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio, not only explores causes of the problem, but also proposes solutions.
 
 
Based on the UK television show, this British film directed by Nick Love tells the story of a jaded detective (Ray Winstone) in the Flying Squad of London’s Metropolitan police.
 
 
 

 

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Love, War, Betrayal: Downton Abbey | Season 3 Marathon

Watch our Downton Abbey Season 3 Marathon Sunday March 3 from 11:00am - 11:00pm on WETA TV26 & WETA HD! Also watch March 4 from 1:00pm - 6:00pm and March 5 from 1:00pm - 6:00pm.

To watch a trailer of Downton Abbey season 3 click here!

Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey has now provided three seasons of riveting characters and stories.  Season 1 introduced the Crawley family to millions of viewers all over the world.  Dangerous jealousies and delicious ambitions painted a picture of the struggles of preserving a vanishing way of life.  In Season 2, the Crawley’s and staff attempt to honorably prevail into a new era as the Great War fundamentally changes everyone and everything in Downton. Season 3 continues testing tradition, weathering wars, budding romances, and shocking betrayals.  As the Great War continues, horrific battles are not only fought on the war front but also in the great cities and towns.  Distinguished homes have been destroyed financially and psychologically, and while some in Downton fight at all costs to maintain home, Downton may not be excluded from destruction.  Life becomes even more unsteady as the town morphs and grapples to find its place in this changing era. 

Whether new to the series or already hooked, check out our entire day dedicated to this show with our Downton Abbey Season 3 Marathon Sunday March 3 from 11:00am - 11:00pm on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.  The marathon continues on March 4 from 1:00pm - 6:00pm and March 5 from 1:00pm - 6:00pm.  Don’t miss out on our second look at this riveting season!

 

  

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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule February 25 – March 3

This week on WETA UK we bring back two crime drama favorites Foyle’s War and DCI Banks, begin new seasons of Rosemary & Thyme and BallyKissAngel, and begin new two-part cases of Inspector Morse and Waking the Dead! Read on for more information and click here to watch video previews of these shows!

Monday at 8:00pm welcome Foyle’s War back to the WETA UK schedule! Beginning with the first episode of season 1: As World War II rages around the world, a police inspector fights his own war on the home-front in investigating murder, robbery, and espionage on the south coast of England.  

Tuesday at 9:00pm is the WETA UK premiere of Rumpole of the Bailey. Horace Rumpole is a messy, old London barrister with one glass eye who defends in criminal cases. He is likes wine, poetry, and fair dealing, and is not looked on as a success by his wife, Hilda. Rumpole refuses to handle most suits and will only defend, not prosecute. Each of his trials has a victory and a defeat and his acquitted clients are often angrier than those who are found guilty. Also airs Wednesdays at 4:00pm.

Wednesday at 8:00pm go on a new adventure with Inspector Morse in Infernal Serpent part 1. The inspector and Sgt. Lewis ask questions about a major environmentalist who was killed just minutes before he delivered a controversial lecture. Also airs Thursday at 3:00pm & Saturday at 5:00pm. Part 2 airs next Wednesday, March 6.

Thursday at 10:00pm season 5 of Waking the Dead continues with the new case Black Run part 1. Boyd’s Darkest Hour. Ex-cop Eddie Vine summons Boyd to prison, where he is serving life for murdering his partner and best friend, Tom Pallisser. Boyd accepts the invitation expecting a confession. Instead he gets forgiveness and learns that Vine is terminally ill. Boyd is tormented by the possibility that he got it wrong, and forced to look into his past and examine his conscience. Part 2 airs next Thursday, March 7.

Friday at 8:30pm kick off a new season of Rosemary & Thyme with season 3, episode 1. The two women, lecturer Rosemary Boxer and former policewoman Laura Thyme, combine their shared passion for horticulture with a talent for investigation resulting in a happy marriage of two of public television's favorite genres — gardening and mystery. Also airs Monday at 5:00pm

Saturday at 8:00pm we begin a new WETA UK Event: DCI Banks. We start this series with the first episode and continue through season 1 with two back-to-back episodes every Saturday. Tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot combine drama, crime, and thrill in this series. Also airs Sunday at 12:00pm.

Sunday at 7:00pm season 5 of BallyKissAngel begins! In the fifth season we discover just how long, when Paul Dooley, a shady figure from Brian Quigley's shady past, returns to the village with a business arrangement that brings him into direct conflict with his old rival. Despite the best efforts of his wife, Oonagh, and his two children, Dooley is destined to cross swords with his former nemesis. But any wheeling and dealing is likely to be carefully scrutinized by the very rigorous Frankie Sullivan. Also airs Wednesday at 6:00pm & Saturday at 3:00pm.

 

 

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Makers: Women Who Make America | New Documentary

Known as one of the largest social movements in the history of the world, the Women’s Movement over the last half-century has been a movement for gender equality in the work place and home.  Through hard work, dedication, perseverance, and family commitment, women began a revolution which has deeply impacted American culture. Next week WETA presents Makers: Women Who Make America, a documentary that looks in-depth at the millions of women who have helped shape America over the past 50 years and how they continue to influence the world today. Click here to watch a preview of Makers: Women Who Make America!

Over the past 100 years the United States has been through many social revolutions, one of the most important being the Woman’s Movement. Makers.com, a digital platform created for women to share their stories of leadership and progress, has compiled many of those stories into the three hour show, Makers: Women Who Make America. Revisit monumental moments in women's history through archival footage and interviews from everyday women and celebrity figures such as Katie Couric, Billie Jean King, Oprah Winfrey, and Ellen DeGeneres. Join WETA Tuesday February 26 at 8:00pm as we celebrate woman seeking equality in both past and present America and discover that anyone can be apart of a revolution and change society. . 

Join us Tuesday February 26 at 8:00pm and again on Wednesday February 27 at 3:00pm as WETA Presents Makers: Women Who Make America.

 

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night February 23

Determination

Sometimes, you just have to go with what feels right. This week’s WETA Saturday Night Movies on WETA TV26 & WETA HD celebrate people who knew they were right, even when everyone else was telling them they were wrong. We begin at 9:30pm with Top Hat, where Jerry Travers peruses a woman who isn’t interested because she thinks he’s someone else. But Jerry doesn’t give up that easily! Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is at 11:00pm, which takes a look at activists during the civil rights era who knew they were working for good, even when the media tried to misrepresent them.

Click here to watch video previews of these two films!

 

Top Hat (1935)

What would you do if your best friend’s spouse fell in love with you? Run away! Or in this case, dance in the opposite direction. Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) makes her distaste of Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) known after he wakes her one night with loud tap dancing from the room above her. In a case of mistaken identity, she believes him to be her friend’s husband and is put off even more by his romantic advances. After she travels to Italy, only to be perused by Jerry, the confusion escalates with a marriage proposal. Can these two figure out who they really are and become the perfect pair? If you missed it in January, find out this Saturday at 9:30pm.

Watch Top Hat on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday at 9:30pm! Also airs Sunday at 11:30am.

 

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

After 16mm footage of the civil rights movement was discovered in the cellar of a Swedish broadcasting company, filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson decided to create a documentary about the Black Power movement from 1967 to 1975. Featuring interviews with prominent African American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, as well as input from today's scholars and historians, this film shows a different perspective of the revolution commonly portrayed as a violent protest by United States media of the time. Join us as we continue to celebrate Black History Month through the eyes of Swedish filmmakers, this Saturday at 11:00pm.

Watch Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday at 11:00pm.

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town February 22 - 24

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of a tropical flower exhibition, mysterious Slavonic music, and an epic viola serenade right in your own backyard!

 
 
Living in or near a big city like DC, you can sometimes find yourself disconnected from the natural world.  This weekend, the National Museum of Natural History will have an opportunity for museum-goers of all ages to see a major collection of Latin American orchids close to home.  Attend the Fiesta de las Or-Kid-eas Family Festival for a variety of orchid related activities, such as orchid face painting, orchid tattooing, orchid mosaic-making, and plant discussions.  Want to learn how to pot an orchid?  Orchid experts will also be giving patrons an orchid-potting demonstration and will even allow them to take an orchid home with them.
Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Cost: Free
National Museum of Natural History Exhibit Gallery, 1st Floor, West Wing 
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC
 
 
The best way to relax after an exciting weekend is with an afternoon classical music in a beautiful setting.  This Sunday, enjoy the Cathedral Choral Society’s performance of Rachmaninoff's “Solemn Vespers, Op. 37” at the impressive Washington National Cathedral.  To make this concert even more interesting, the Choral Society will perform the piece in the original Old Church Slavonic, which is a Slavonic language dating back to 9th century Byzantine missionaries.  With a talented chorus and historic location, this concert will take you back in time and in peace.
Sunday, 4pm
Cost: Ticket prices start at $31
Washington National Cathedral Massachusetts & Wisconsin Aves NW, Washington, DC 20016
 
 

Two concerts are better than one!  If the Cathedral Choral Society’s performance wasn’t enough, indulge in a special collaboration between the National Symphony Orchestra’s Tsuna Sakamoto and the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.  The musicians will be performing “Symphonic Serenade” and Bartók’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra.  Don’t miss out on this spectacular performance!          
Sunday, 8pm
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+)/students, free for music teachers 
Hylton Performing Arts Center 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas, VA 20109
 
Time is of the essence if you’ve been longing to catch Lalla Essaydi: Revisions at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.  See what our critics have to say about the 

 
 
 
DARK SKIES (PG-13)
Kerri Russell and Josh Hamilton star in Scott Stewart’s story of the Barrett family’s reckoning with a dark and terrible force.
 
 
SNITCH (PG-13)
Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, and John Bernthal star in Ric Roman Waugh’s story of a father who goes undercover for the DEA so his son can finally be released from prison after getting set up in a drug deal.
 
 
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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule February 19 - 24

This week, WETA UK has lots of new shows for you to try out. We begin the newest season of PBS Downton Abbey season 3 from the very beginning; we premiere the brand new crime dramas Death in Paradise and Dalziel & Pasco; we kick off new seasons of New Tricks, Waiting for God, and Red Dwarf; and we start the new WETA UK Event: Return to Cranford. Read on for show descriptions and schedule.

Click here to watch video previews of these great new shows and seasons!

 

Tuesday begin watching Downton Abbey season 3 from the very first episode! This dramatic season brings even more excitement and surprises than before. Tune in Tuesdays at 8:00pm beginning tonight for season 3 of Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey. Also airs Wednesday at 3:00pm.

Wednesday join us at 9:00pm for the WETA UK premiere of the new drama Death in Paradise. A light-hearted detective series which takes place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop. Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, quintessentially British cop Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. His new partner, DS Camille Bordey is instinctive, feisty and brilliant, and the rest of the team certainly has their own unique way of doing things. Though Richard would never admit it, they make the perfect team, and with a new mind-boggling mystery to solve every episode, Death in Paradise will intrigue and tantalize. Also airs Thursdays at 4:00pm & Saturdays at 6:00pm.

Wednesday at 10:00pm kick off season 1 of our new series Dalziel & Pasco. Andy Dalziel does not suffer fools gladly, but he has even more trouble with what he calls the "smart arses" of this world. So when the inexperienced, soft-spoken, whiz-kid graduate Peter Pascoe joins his team at Mid-Yorkshire CID, there could be problems. Pascoe is one of the new breed of career police officers, armed with a degree in Social Sciences, a caring attitude and a sharp brain. At first Pascoe is somewhat taken aback by his brash and ballsy boss, but it soon becomes apparent there is more to Andy Dalziel than meets the eye. Also airs Thursdays at 5:00pm & Saturdays at 7:00pm

Thursday at 11:00pm dive into season 6 of New Tricks. Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman and her unconventional team of ex detectives – Jack Halford, Brian Lane and Gerry Standing – reinvestigate more unsolved murders and cold cases with their trademark conflict over procedure and rules. 

Friday tune in for the first episode of season 5 of the comedy series Waiting for God at 7:00pm. Bayview is a purpose-built complex with one chalet to each resident, looked after by the skinflint manager, Harvey Baines, his adoring half-witted helper, Jane, and nurse Jenny. Unfortunately, their ideas on how old people should behave are wildly at odds with some of the residents' – especially the ringleaders, Tom and Diana. Also airs Tuesday at 10:30am.

Saturday beginning at 8:00pm, watch the first two parts of WETA UK Event: Return to Cranford. Change is coming to the 1840s, small, close-knit village of Cranford run by the women of the town. The Industrial Revolution is upon them and change as well as romance is in the air. When a shocking event disrupts Cranford from its innocence, can a bit friendship save the day? Also airs Sundays at 12:00pm.

Sunday at 11:00pm season 5 of Red Dwarf begins! This season, Rimmer gets a hard-light drive enabling him to touch and feel, a dose of luck virus rescues Lister, Cat, and Kryten from an all-sprout diet in quarantine, the boys encounter their evil selves, and it seems that they are not really who they think they are at all, when their time on the virtual reality game Red Dwarf comes to an end. 

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WETA Kids Block Party | Dinosaur Train: Submarine Adventure

The WETA Kids Block Party has every episode of your favorite shows from the past week back-to-back on Saturdays and Sundays. Tune in every Saturday from 3:00pm – 5:30pm to watch an entire week’s worth of Dinosaur Train

Click here to watch a video preview of Dinosaur Train: Submarine Adventure!

This animated series from the Jim Henson Company embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills. Follow Buddy, a preschool-aged Tyrannosaurus Rex, and his adoptive family of Pteranodons as they go on adventures on the Dinosaur Train to meet all kinds of dinosaurs in different eras and learn fascinating new facts about these incredible creatures.
 
 
Next week, WETA Kids features a brand new one hour special episode, Dinosaur Train: Submarine AdventureWhen Buddy and his 

family want to follow some friends on an undersea fishing trip, the conductor unveils a new invention – the Dinosaur Train Submarine! On its maiden voyage, Otto Ophthalmosaurus guides the sub deep into the ocean using his big eyes that can see in the dark. Then, the family meets Shoshana Shonisaurus, an enormous marine reptile that’s something between a dolphin and a whale, and Maisie Mosasaurus, a huge fast swimming lizard with flippers. Finally, the family watches small eggs hatch on the beach. Baby Archelon turtles emerge and start to swim away. The family follows them on their journey across the ocean where they will grow up to be giant-sized sea turtles!

 
 
 
 
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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town February 15 - 17

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of anti-gravity splendor, heroic music, and honest Presidential fun right in your own backyard!

 

 
 
 
If you love magic tricks, go to Artisphere this weekend for the ultimate mind-bending spectacle.  The production LEO: The Anti-Gravity Show, directed by Daniel Briére, uses acrobatic performance and video projection to create illusions that will test your perception of reality and leave you wondering which way is up.  The show, reminiscent of Cirque de Soleil, is sure to entertain children and adults alike.  LEO has won awards internationally and has gone on to mesmerize the rest of the world. 
 
Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Cost: $30 for adults / $25 for kids and students
Artisphere 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22209
 
 
A weekend dedicated to remembering some of the most important people in our nation’s history only comes once a year, so why not celebrate with some family fun and entertainment?  Kick off your Presidents' Day weekend with Presidents' Family Day at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum.  Enjoy performances by the Federal City Brass Band, build with Lincoln Logs, create a White House china pattern, and meet George and Martha Washington, along with Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln.  You can even dress up like George Washington and get your photo taken, take pictures with presidential figures, and more!
 
Saturday, 11:30am-3pm
Cost: Free
American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery    Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
 
 
What could be better than enjoying a concert while supporting veterans and their families?  This Sunday, The Code of Support Foundation and many other nonprofits present VETStravaganza, a free event to raise awareness for the Chamber of Commerce's "Hiring Our Heroes" program.  Performers include country music artists Mark Wills and David Kroll, along with military ensembles like the West Point Cadet Glee Club, the West Point Alumni Glee Club and others.  Enjoy a variety of talented musicians while celebrating our troops and President’s Day weekend all at once.
 
Sunday, 3pm
Cost: Free, tickets required (reserve them at www.lisner.org or by phone at 202- 994-6851)
George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium    21st and H streets NW, Washington, D.C.
 
 
 
Ever wanted to put yourself in the shoes of the President of the United States?  This weekend Ford’s Theatre celebrates Presidents’ Day with a variety of special programs.  Attend performances of “One Destiny,” a play about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigate the Ford’s Theatre Museum and partake in Ranger Talks from the National Park Service.  Several other programs include stories from master storyteller, Jon Spelman and a performance from the Ford’s Theatre Youth Leaders Ensemble.  Last but not least, a special one-night performance from Mark Twain Award winner and political satirist Mark Russell will also be in the mix of events for those who want to end their Presidents’ Day with a little political humor. Still need convincing?  Take a tour with WETA Around Town’s Trey Graham, as he shows us the beauty and uniqueness of the historical landmark that is, Ford's Theatre. 
 
Monday, campus open 9am – 5pm; performance at 7pm
Cost: Daytime programs free; performance tickets range from $20 - $64. 
Ford’s Theatre    511 Tenth St. NW, Washington, DC
 
 
By the way, scrambling for a last-minute Valentine’s Day date idea? This is the second-to-last weekend of Ai Wei Wei: According to What? at the Hirshhorn. It’s a breath-taking multimedia show. See what our critics had to say about it. 
 
Looking for something less contemporary? Bring your Valentine to Roads of Arabia at Sackler Gallery for some ancient beauty. It’s only there through February 24. Our critics have a few words about it, too.

 
 
Select films opening today:
 
Directed by Richard LaGravenese, this tale adds Southern legend and dark family secrets to the mysterious love story of long-time local Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) and new girl Lena (Alice Englert). Like Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson? They’re in this, too. 
 
 
Here’s another tale about love in the South, this time directed by Lasse Hallström. Katie (Julianne Hough) lands in Southport, North Carolina, falls in love with a widower (Josh Duhamel), and faces the dark past she was hoping to forget.
 

 

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A New Perspective | New Nature & New NOVA Episodes

Your impression of Earth has a lot to do with your vantage point. This week WETA invites you to view our planet from two extreme locations. We begin in Wood Buffalo National Park with the premiere of Nature: Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo at 8:00pm and then travel to outer space with the premiere of the two-hour special NOVA: Earth from Space at 9:00pm. Join WETA TV26 & WETA HD this Wednesday as we experience nature at ground level and from far above.

Click here to watch video previews of these new shows!

 

Nature: Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo

Before humans’ westward expansion, wolves and buffalo roamed all over the North American plains. Now, as civilization has spread across the continent, these animals have been pushed from their former habitat and have taken refuge in the Wood Buffalo National Park in Northern Canada. In this week’s new Nature episode, filmmaker Jeff Turner follows the interactions of buffalo and one pack of wolves in their fight for survival. Click here to view PBS Nature's "Wolf versus Buffalo" infographic to match up the competitors!

Watch Nature: Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00pm. Also airs Thursday at 2:00pm & Monday at 2:30pm

 

NOVA: Earth from Space

NOVA is taking the phrase “take a step back” to entirely new heights. On Wednesday, take a few steps up into outer space to gain a complete understanding of the planet Earth. In this brand new, special two-hour episode, NOVA uses real-time data from satellites to create animated visuals showing how one force of nature affects the rest of the planet. See how you fit into the big picture of this complex world at 9:00pm!  

Watch NOVA: Earth from Space on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Wednesday, February 13 at 9:00pm. Also airs Thursday at 3:00pm

 

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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule February 11 - 17

WETA UK will keep you on the edge of your seat this week with new seasons of crime dramas and the premiere of two new series!

Click here to read the full article and watch video previews of these shows.

 

Monday start the week with three back to back crime dramas, beginning with Reilly: Ace of Spies at 8:00pm, a mini-series which follows Sidney Reilly, one of the world’s greatest spies. At 9:00pm, Vera II continues with the death of a military Sergeant in Afghanistan and at 10:30pm the mind-bending investigation of Alex Drake takes a new twist in Ashes to Ashes.

Tuesday MI-5 season 5 begins with a bang at 10:00pm. Chaos ensues after members of Parliament are murdered and what looks like an act of terrorism by Al-Qaeda is soon discovered to be a conspiracy linked much closer to home.

Wednesday the con artists are back at it on Hustle at 10:30pm. Join us as we begin season 7 with new scams and frauds carried out by a talented group of crooks in London.

Thursday at 10:00pm Waking the Dead kicks off season 5 with a not-so-fresh murder when a mummified body is found on an airplane. Can Peter Boyd connect the dots between a convict and businessman to get to the bottom of this case?

Friday is the WETA UK series premiere of Men Behaving Badly at 10:30pm. Starring Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) and Dermot Povey, this comedy explores the lives of two young bachelors sharing an apartment. Their immature ways and binge drinking lead them down paths of trouble, particularly with their respected love interests.

Saturday is the conclusion of The WETA UK Event: The Complete Little Dorrit, the Masterpiece Theatre series based on the classic story by Charles Dickens involving crime, mystery and romance. Part 4 airs 8:00pm-9:30pm and part 5 airs from 9:30pm-11:00pm.

Sunday the series People Like Us­ gets its WETA UK premiere at 9:30pm. This mockumentary of Middle England finds its humor in the inept filmmaker Roy Mallard and literal interpretations of dialogue between interviewer and subject. In this first episode, Peter Wilson, the managing director for Zenotech, discusses staying ahead of the competition.

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night February 9

With cold & rainy weather coming to the DMV, huddle up to the glow of the television and imagine we’ll be in the hands of warm weather soon. Join WETA for a trip to the tropical beaches of Hawaii Saturday at 9:30pm. If that’s not enough, at 1:30am Sunday we’re heading to hot, humid New Orleans, not for Mardi Gras, but for an emotional journey. Tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD this Saturday for WETA Movie Night! 

Click here to watch the trailers of these powerful films.

 

Hawaii (1966)

When people hear of Hawaii, most think white sandy beaches, cold cocktails, hula dancers, and sunshine.  Director George Roy Hill takes us down a different path in an attempt to reveal another side of the tropical island in his 1966 motion picture, Hawaii.  The film follows a Christian missionary named Max Von Sydow in his attempt to colonize the native people of Hawaii. Max legally isn’t able to proceed with his trip since he isn’t married so he marries a woman named Jerusha Bromley. Love struck and bedazzled by the idea of going to Hawaii with her new husband, the beautiful and kind-hearted Jerusha is blind to the real motive for this trip. Von Sydow’s determination to convert the islanders to his way of life brings on a cultural collision resulting in violence, sickness and tragedy. 

Watch Hawaii (1966) this Saturday at 9:30pm and again on Sunday at 11:30am.

 

Independent Lens: Mine/Home

Dog is a man’s best friend and as many people know, losing your best friend can be one of the hardest things to face in life.  After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, residents were forced to leave everything behind. Thousands of dogs, cats, and other animals were forced to survive on what their owners had left for them. For some of these pet owner’s, leaving them meant losing everything they had.  Soon after the storm, an animal rescue team recovered and sheltered many neglected pets. Follow this journey and the struggle to reunite pets with owners in the Independent Lens documentary Mine/Home.

Tune in this Sunday at 1:30am for Independent Lens: Mine/Home.

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town February 8 - 10

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of Afghani-American music, Valentine crafting with an Asian twist, and Civil War storytelling right in your own backyard.

 
 
 
With so much competition surrounding originality, many of us hope to find that one talent in life that makes us different from others.  For Afghan/Italian American musician and multi-media artist Ariana Delawari, finding her greatest talents came naturally.  
 
After graduating from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, Delawari began working as an actress, musician, director and photographer.  As if that weren’t enough, she soon started work on her feature length documentary, “We Came Home,” a compilation of her family’s life story and the making of her album, “Lion of Panjshir.”  Delawari directed the album with filmmaker David Lynch, who went on to release it on his record label.  In 2012, “We Came Home” won Best International Documentary at the São Paulo International Film Festival.  But don’t think accomplishing these two milestones means Delawari’s taking a break: She recently finished her second album and will be releasing it soon.
 
Want to hear what this multimedia wonder’s produced?  Come to the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center this Friday where the multi-talented Ariana Delawari will be showcasing her original interpretations of Afghani music.
Friday, 6pm
Cost: Free
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC
 
 
 
Love may be universal, but it may look a little different on paper.  This Saturday, the Sackler Gallery hosts the free event “In Every Language Love,” where the whole family can learn about Asian art influenced by love.  You will also have the opportunity to create your own unique Valentine using printing blocks with Asian symbols and characters.  The best Valentines are the ones that say “I love you”—regardless of the language!
Saturday, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Free
Sackler Gallery 1050 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560
 
 
Join actors from major DC theatres and the award-winning band Dead Men’s Hollow for a unique musical and literary evening of Civil War songs and letters.  Dead Men’s Hollow will perform Civil War songs, both oldies and new interpretations, while actors read letters and diary entries written by nurses, civilians, and soldiers, as well as Generals Lee and Pickett.  You’ll even get to hear what a black soldier had to tell his enslaved daughter during the War.  Finish off the evening with a coffee and dessert reception following the performance.
Saturday, at 7pm
Cost: $10
The Athenaeum 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
 
 
Select films opening today:
 
Directed by Seth Gordon, this comedy follows the meek businessman Sandy (Jason Bateman) as he tracks down the seemingly sweet con artist (Melissa McCarthy) who’s stolen his identity.
 
 
 
In this drama directed by Steven Soderbergh, Emily (Rooney Mara) and Jonathan (Jude Law) are a New York power couple whose lives fall apart when Emily’s new prescription drug curses her with surprising side effects.
 
 

 

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WETA Celebrates Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with WETA, as we bring you a wide variety of unique television programs during the month February. So join us as we retrace history from musicians to civil rights figures to sports icons who helped shape culture.

 
 
MUSIC AND CULTURE
 
The “Black Dragon” 

Ron Van Clief, an African-American kungfu martial artist, starred in more than 40 kungfu films.  His discipline, technique, and resulting success earned Van Clief the nickname “Black Dragon” from Bruce Lee.  Discover Van Clief’s and other African-American men’s challenge to overcome the kungfu status quo as they mastered the ancient martial art and created a resonation in black communities across the United States.    

 
The Bravado Man 

Cab Calloway had the moves, the voice, and the charm to forge new ground for African-American jazz musicians.  Explore the life of this pioneering jazz legend who led one of the most popular African-American big bands during the jazz and swing eras of the 1930s-40s.  Best known for his signature song “Minnie the Moocher” and for his role in The Blues Brothers (1980), countless performers and audiences look up to Calloway’s talent and showmanship.   

 
 
An Indelible Mark 

Entrepreneur, songwriter, record and movie producer and director: Berry Gordy.  Gordy has left a permanent mark on music and films in the U.S. and beyond.  Gordy is the founder of Motown Records, the most successful African-American-owned enterprise in the nation.  Join WETA’s Gwen Ifill as she interviews the widely celebrated Gordy.     

 
 
Miss Maestro 

Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) is considered the “godmother” of rock ’n’ roll.  During the 1940s-60s, Sister Tharpe introduced the spiritual passion of her gospel music into rock ’n’ roll’s secular world.  A flamboyant superstar and electric guitarist, Sister Tharpe was a major influence on musicians such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash.  Rock out with Sister Tharpe as American Masters explores the life, music, and influence of this African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso.     
 
Charged for Change 
Between 1967 and 1975, America’s black communities experienced an era of convulsive change.  Through candid 16mm footage and contemporary audio interviews with leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, experience a cinematic and musical journey exploring the people, society, culture and style that led to the black communities’ transformation during this fiery time period.      
 
The One and Only… 
Join Gwen Ifill and Smokey Robinson himself for an insider’s look at the life and career of this Motown legend.  Taped in 2009 before a theater audience at Northwestern University’s Thorne Auditorium, this program features former Motown executive and film producer Suzanna de Passe as mistress of ceremonies and musical tributes from Grammy-nominated artists such as Teena Marie, Howard Hewett, and Musiq Soulchild.  
 
A New American Sound 
Before Otis Redding, before Motown, before Aretha Franklin became the Queen of Soul, Sam Cooke put the spirit of the black church into popular music.  The first African-American artist to reach #1 on both the pop charts and R&B, Cooke forever altered popular music’s course and race relations in America.  American Masters explores Cooke’s life and music and how he came about to creating a new American sound.   
 
Unique Perspective
In Latin America and the Caribbean, millions of people of African descent have had an extensive impact on the countries’ history and culture; however, their contributions have been largely unknown.  In this 4-part series, join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. as he unravels the African influence on society in six Latin American countries.
Part 1 of 4  Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided 
Saturday, February 9 at 3:30am
Explore how race has been socially constructed in the Dominican Republic, a society whose people reflect centuries of intermarriage.  Then, learn about the birth of the first-ever black republic, Haiti, and how the slaves’ hard-fought liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Empire became a double-edged sword.      
Part 2 of 4  Cuba: The Next Revolution
Sunday, February 10 at 4:30pm
Discover how Cuba’s culture, religion, politics, and music are inextricably linked to the massive amount of slave labor imported to produce the country’s enormously profitable 19th-century sugar industry.  Also, examine how race and racism have fared since Fidel Castro’s Communist revolution in 1959.  
Part 3 of 4  Brazil: A Racial Paradise?
Sunday, February 17 at 4:00pm
Unmask the façade of Carnival to discover how this “rainbow nation” is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy.  
Part 4 of 4  Mexico & Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closest 
Sunday, February 24 at 4:00pm
Investigate the history of Mexico’s and Peru’s black population-the two countries that received far more slaves than did the U.S.-and discover the worlds of culture that the slaves’ descendants have created.    
 
 
CIVIL RIGHTS
 
Unafraid to Speak 
Daisy Bates, an African-American feminist, surpassed the odds during a time of extreme turbulence and conflict.  In 1957, Bates expressed her public support for nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Join Independent Lens as they tell Bates’ story of her bold steps that simultaneously sparked fame and hate.  
 
Like a Soldier
From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives to travel together on buses and trains through the Deep South in a challenge to segregation.  Purposely violating the Jim Crow laws, these brave men and women became known as the “Freedom Riders” as they endured savage beatings, imprisonment, and bitter racism that tested their belief in nonviolent activism.  
 
 
A Common Misconception 
Explore an entirely new history in Slavery by Another Name, a 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection based on the Wall Street Journal’s senior writer Douglas A. Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book.  This documentary confronts one of Americans’ most relished assumptions that the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery; instead, the post-Emancipation-era labor practices and laws pulled thousands of African Americans in both the North and South back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality.  Hear the voices of the forgotten victims, executers of forced labor, and the descendants living today in this riveting documentary.  
 
 
Turbulent Forces 
Seething and tumultuous powers in American society instigated one of the most tragic encounters in American history.  Discover the wildly disparate, yet fatefully entwined stories of an assassin, James Earl Ray, and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King JR., and their violent, tragic collision in Memphis Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.  
 
Determined for Liberty
The 19th-century clandestine Underground Railroad was run by extraordinary people who helped fugitive slaves escape forced labor.  William Still was one of the many heroic individuals that put his life at risk for the freedom of another’s.  A free black man residing in Philadelphia, William Still accepted delivery of transported crates containing “human cargo.”  Journey into the stories behind this humanitarian enterprise and explore key Canadian connections, including the surprising fate of former slaves who crossed the border to “Freedom’s Land.”  
 
The Inside Man 
Whitney M. Young, Jr. is one of the least known yet most influential black civil rights leaders.  Following his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League, Young fought for civil rights from within.  Young took the fight directly to the most powerful white elites ranging from Wall Street, to Fortune 500 companies, to presidents Kennedy, Nixon, and Johnson.  Follow Young’s unique story and perspective on the most pivotal events of the civil rights era, such as the March on Washington and Brown v. Board of Education, in The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights.
 
 

 

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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule February 4 – 10

On WETA UK this week, we premiere new shows as well as start some WETA UK favorites from the first season so you can experience them in entirety! Dramas, mysteries, comedies, modern, and classic, all make up the WETA UK schedule this week. Read on for our highlights in this week's WETA UK line-up.

Click here to go to the full blog post and watch video previews of these shows.

 

 

Monday at 7:30pm begin the all new series Fresh Fields. Hester and William Fields are a typical couple: happily married, middle-aged, and middle-class. When their daughter Emma leaves home to live with her boyfriend Peter, the empty nesters become increasingly bored. William runs a small accountancy firm in the city and Hester ends up taking on a wide-range of activities in hopes to add some variety in her life. She attends classes and events while running around after her elderly mother and gossiping with next-door neighbor Sonia. Stars: Julia McKenzie, Anton Rodgers. Also airs Tuesday February 5 at 9:00am, Friday February 8 at 1:00pm & 7:30pm, Saturday February 9 at 11:00am.

Monday at 9:00pm catch the first episode of Vera II: Ghost Position. Based on the best-selling Inspector Stanhope books by renowned writer Ann Cleeves, the new season finds DCI Stanhope and her team facing a series of daunting challenges. From delving into the unsettling private life of an old colleague, attempting to break through the code of secrecy in the army, to coping with the emotional impact on a family torn apart by addiction, each enthralling story is enhanced by captivating performances of this troubled yet brilliant detective in action. Combined with beautifully shot landscapes and atmospheric production, each episode creates a haunting backdrop for Vera's inner turmoil as she discovers hidden truths about her own past, which threaten to change her life forever. Also airs Tuesday February 5 at 3:00pm.

 

Tuesday at 7:30pm join us for the premiere of May to December. Alec Callendar is a small-town solicitor, with big-time dreams. Semple, Callendar and Henty handles routine work in a typically suburban legal practice, but privately Alec wishes he were more like his hero, Perry Mason. One day, into his life walks an Angell – Zoe Angell, who has come to consult him about a divorce. On the face of it, the professional widower and the young PE teacher from a family of greengrocers should have nothing in common. But a mutual love of old musicals and a whimsical sense of humor spark a romance which surprises not just Alec and Zoe, but also the entire office staff, his two grown-up children and the rest of their families and friends. Stars: Anton Rodgers, Frances White. Also airs Wednesday February 6 at 10:00am, Friday February 8 at 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 5:00pm, Saturday February 9 at 6:30am & 10:30am, Sunday February 10 at 7:00am.

 

Wednesday at 10:30am & 7:30pm watch the first episode of Yes, Prime Minister. This comedy series is the sequel to the hit British comedy Yes, Minister. True to the law that says people rise to the level of their incompetence, James Hacker MP, Minister for Administrative Affairs, has ascended to the highest political office in the land. Fortunately for the country, however, his scheming adversary Sir Humphrey Appleby - now Cabinet Secretary - is more than willing to help him steer the unsteady ship of state through the perilous waters of government. Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne. This program airs new episodes Sundays at 8:00pm.

 

Thursday at 9:00pm tune in for Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Peril at End House. Poirot and Hastings are holidaying in Cornwall when they meet the beautiful Nick Buckley who has three near fatal accidents within a very short space of time. Intrigued, Poirot talks to Nick's friends who are loath to believe her stories of murder attempts. Also airs Saturday February 8 at 4:30pm.

 

Friday from 3:30 - 5:00pm watch the first three episodes of My Family season 3. This British comedy is about a family just trying to stay afloat in a crazy world. Dad, Ben is a dentist struggling to understand his wife Susan the terrible cook, daughter Janey the selfish shopping addict, youngest son Michael the brain, and eldest son Nick the lazy goof. Although loving and caring parents, Ben and Susan have a little trouble showing their children these true intentions since the kids are always up to something. Watch this series Mondays – Thursdays at 7:00pm.

 

Saturday beginning at 8:00pm continue the drama of Masterpiece Classic: Little Dorrit with parts 2 and 3 of the five part series. This Masterpiece Classic drama is based on the book by Charles Dickens. Amy Dorrit has lived in Marshalsea Prison her entire life, but nothing can ruin her love for her father William Dorrit, the prison’s longest serving inmate. After his father’s mysterious death, Arthur Clennam explores this mystery which intertwines with the Dorrits. Clennam's exhaustive search for answers involves murder, fortunes gained and lost, the upper society and lower, and most surprising of all, a gentle romance. Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Emma Pierson. Also airs Sunday February 10 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.

 

Sunday at 5:00pm catch the first episode of Born and Bred season 1. You can begin this series from the very beginning! Arthur Gilder has lived in the beautiful village of Ormston all his life and now he’s ready to hand over the reins of his doctor’s practice to his son,Tom. Tom moves his wife Deborah and four children from the hustle and bustle of Manchester to rural Ormston to take on the responsibility of his father’s practice. As the village’s long-serving and highly respected doctor, Arthur knows all the inhabitants of this tight-knit community and it’s not long before Tom is in the thick of things too. There’s the Reverend Brewer, not your average man of the cloth; Phyllis, the bold and brassy pub landlady; the slightly dippy Jean, who is infatuated with Eddie, the village mechanic; and Wilf, the stationmaster with a nose for trouble! Both father and son want the practice to succeed but this is the 1950s and Arthur clings to his old-fashioned, tried and tested ways, whereas Tom is determined that the hospital should adapt or die. To complicate matters further, Tom has to deal with his old flame Linda, who seems very pleased to see him despite the fact that she is about to marry Tom’s best friend, Len. Also airs Monday February 11 at 6:00am, Tuesday February 12 at 6:00pm, & Sunday February 17 at 9:00am.

Sunday at 8:30pm the hit comedy series Miranda begins from the very first episode! Miranda is a unique woman standing 6’1” tall, owning and living in a joke shop. Trying to fit in with her old boarding school friends is just one of her struggles along with her exceptionally awkward behavior around men which doesn’t help as her mother constantly pushes her to find a husband. Naturally, a woman who can find humor in these uncomfortable situations encounters hilarious run-ins with her childhood friend and co-worker Stevie. Also airs Tuesday February 19 at 9:30am.

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Travel Around the World with WETA | WETA February Schedule

This wild Washington, DC weather can make anyone want to get out of town! Alas, dropping everything to ship off to the tropics for a week isn’t much of a reality. Instead, take a month-long vacation around the world with WETA because this February, we have a wide selection of television shows that will take you to some fantastic places without having to leave your couch. Read on for your travel itinerary!

Watch video previews of all these shows by reading the full article!

 

To the west of the Serengeti and Lake Victoria, beyond the misty mountains of the Rift Valley, lies the second largest river system on earth: the Congo. This vast arena - the size of Europe - is home to an array of wildlife richer and more varied than any other region of Africa and yet it is hardly known. Today, parts of the Congo still remain inhospitable and virtually inaccessible. In a television first, the Natural History Unit has been given unprecedented access to film in this region and you can experience it on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.
Friday February 1: The River That Swallows All Rivers
Friday February 8: Spirits of the Forest
Friday February 15: Footprints in the Forest

 

In Janesville, Wisconsin there has been economic upheaval after General Motors closed one of their factories, leaving 2,000 residents unemployed. To learn more about this film and watch a preview, visit our blog post Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night February 2.

 

Globe Trekker is a regular WETA series in which show hosts delve into the culture of both known and unknown locations in the world. Each episode is a window into a foreign scene and this month, we’re going to some exciting locations on WETA TV26 & WETA HD!
Sunday, February 3: Globe Trekker Special: Planet of the Apes
Sunday, February 17: Globe Trekker Food Hour: Brazil
Sunday, February 24: Panama & Columbia

 

As one of Britain's favorite attractions, Chatsworth draws more than one million visitors each year. This three-part series follows the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the Dowager Duchess, and the lively characters that make up the 700-person staff at Chatsworth House. The documentary camera crew was given unprecedented access to the 30,000 acre Peak District estate making this a unique television experience on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.

 

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Antiques Roadshow host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Eric Silver visit beautiful Brookgreen Gardens to discuss early 20th-century female sculptors. Appraiser Debra Force discovers a Joseph Henry Sharp oil painting. Antiques Roadshow investigates a story about stolen art from South Carolina's Hobcaw Barony estate with appraiser Debra Force and a former FBI agent. Discoveries from Roadshow’s visit to Myrtle Beach include an 1860 letter signed by Abraham Lincoln, a gift of crystals from Marilyn Monroe and a 1850s South Carolina sword on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.

 

In 1957, eight scientists invented the microchip within the Silicon Valley. Now, 56 years later, the Valley is still a hub for brilliant scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who have helped make this nation one of the most technologically advanced in the world. Join us for American Experience: Silicon Valley, as we travel back in time to relive the discoveries on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.

 

Be sure to tune in to WETA TV26 & WETA HD for the final and third part of the Nature special, Attenborough’s Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet. For more about this episode and the series, read our blog post and watch a video preview Attenborough on WETA | Wildlife Specials.
 
 
This is a lavish adaptation of James A. Michener's tale of the impact of New England missionaries on the native population of Hawaii in the nineteenth century. The film stars Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow. Bookmark the Programmer's Choice blog to learn more in our WETA Movie blog post for February 9! On WETA TV26 & WETA HD.
 
 
Satellite data is transformed into visual sequences that detail the interwoven forces that sustain life on Earth. In this two-hour NOVA special on WETA TV26 & WETA HD, learn how dust from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon and how a vast underwater "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents. Bookmark the Programmer's Choice blog to learn more about this series on February 12!
 
 
This is a biography of Charles Lindburgh on WETA TV26 & WETA HD covers his days of precarious mail runs in aviation's infancy through his design of a small transatlantic plane and the vicissitudes of its takeoff and epochal flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Bookmark the Programmer's Choice blog to learn more in our WETA Movie blog post for February 16!
 
 
Take a trip to the Earth’s oldest mountains. In this 4 part series we discover how the Appalachian Mountains were formed over millions of years and the life that came to exist around them on WETA TV26 & WETA HD. DVR this special series!
 
 
This Pioneers of Television episode goes back in time with the help of the stars who made Westerns the classic shows we still love today. Join us on WETA TV26 & WETA HD in this behind the scenes look at the visionary actors who made characters like Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett so famous. 
 
 
In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the disaster and NASA’s annual Day of Remembrance, we take time to learn about the astronaut Colonel Ilan Ramon who was prepared to travel as far as any human can go: outer space. On WETA TV26 & WETA HD.
 
 
Take a trip to the most densely populated areas of plant and see rare animal species on WETA TV26 & WETA HD. In this 3 part series, we journey through the jungles of the Canopyworld, the Underworld, and the Waterworld.