May 2013

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The Rhythm of June on WETA

One thing that has remained constant throughout time is our love of music. Music can transcend culture and generations, and we can all appreciate a catchy tune. In June, WETA TV26 & HD presents a wide range of musical programs that will transport you to the front row of some of the greatest performances in history!
 
Jewish songwriters have been an important part in the creation of some of the most well-known musicals in the history of theatre. West Side Story, Wicked, and Bye, Bye Birdie are only a few of the award-winning musicals featured in an in-depth look at how Jewish ideals helped shape today’s musicals. Watch breathtaking performances and interviews with some of the pioneers of Broadway. Watch a preview here! Airs Sunday, June 2 at 7:00pm
 
In 2009 Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble entered Ti lascio una canzone, an Italian music competition. As fate would have it, they were chosen to sing together during the competition, and 4 years later they are still singing together as Il Volo. From performing on American Idol to guest starring on HBO’s Entourage, they’ve certainly made a name for themselves in America. Watch a performance of their second album, We Are Love, at the Filmore Miami Beach. Airs Monday, June 3 at 8:00pm.
 
The 1950s and 1960s are remembered fondly for many things, but for many people these decades are all about the music. The radio had become a booming success, and for many families, it became tradition to huddle together and listen to hit singles by artists like Patti Page and Frankie Lane. Watch performances by some of these all-time musical greats and relive the wonder of the golden era. Airs Thursday, June 6 at 8:00pm.
 
Portofino is a spectacular village on the shores of Italy, and a beautiful place for authentic Italian culture. Portofino is a popular destination for famous celebrities worldwide, and the Italian village was chosen as the backdrop for Andrea Bocelli’s grand performance. Love in Portofino features Grammy-winning musicians, famous love songs, and Bocelli singing songs in six different languages, all under the starry sky of Italy. Watch the trailer here! Airs Friday, June 7 at 9:00pm.
 
In the 1960s, music started becoming a powerful tool for spreading peace and reform. Many of the classic pop songs that we all know and love originally carried heavy messages about serious issues. Return to the era of psychedelic “groovy” music with Peter Noone and Davy Jones, two Manchester musicians who had a huge influence on this new wave. See hit singles performed by classic bands from the decade of love. Airs Saturday, June 8 at 8:00pm.
 
The 1970s and 1980s are arguably the most fondly remembered decades of the 1900s. Even today the music and fashion that these decades produced are celebrated and mimicked by admirers. There was never a better time for soulful music, and some of the greatest songs from the era are highlighted. Music from Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, and many others are all presented by celebrity host Whoopi Goldberg. Watch the trailer here! Airs Sunday, June 9 at 9:30pm.
 
Carole King and James Taylor have a combined total of 9 Grammy awards and are both members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Originally, Carole King was only a songwriter and pianist, but James Taylor knew she could be a star if she started singing her own songs. Flash forward 40 years later, and Carole King and James Taylor are performing together at the 50th Anniversary of the Troubadour Nightclub in Los Angeles. This performance features some of the most popular hits of their storied careers. Watch a compilation of their music here! Airs Friday, June 14 at 9:00pm.
 
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WETA Around Town Events: June 1 & 2

Check out June 1 & 2 cultural events in the Washington, DC area right here! 
 
This weekend, Dance Place will present the 26th Annual DanceAfrica DC. This festival celebrates the dance and music of the African Diaspora with special guests Umkhathi Theatre Works, a multi-disciplinary performing arts ensemble from Zimbabwe. Festivities include Master Classes, in which African dance teachers provide a range of training opportunities, an outdoor marketplace with free activities and indoor ticketed performances. Many local African Dance companies form Washington, DC will be performing, including KanKouran West African Dance Company, Coyaba Dance Theater, Farafina Kan, Sankofa Dance Theater, and many others. 
Saturday & Sunday, 12pm - 7:30pm
Cost: $0-30
Dance Place 3225 8th Street NE Washington, DC 20017
 
 
 
Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms are some of the most famous names in the world of classical music. Even if you aren’t an aficionado, you’ve probably still heard a number of their pieces. The Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere is hosting the National Chamber Ensemble as they cover each of these legendary composers in the Music of the Three B’s. Whether you are a regular attendee of classical concerts or a newcomer to the genre, the performances will take your breath away. After the concert, all attendees are invited to an elegant wine and cheese reception where they can discuss the concert with fellow audience members.
Saturday, 7:30pm
Cost: $28 adult / $15 student 
Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere 1611 N. Kent Street Arlington, VA
 
One of the ways to tell that summer has officially begun is the appearance of vibrant red strawberries in the many fields around the world. The Sandy Spring community understands just how amazing these tiny fruits are, and their annual Strawberry Festival celebrates their resurgence with food, music, and games. There’s something at the festival for everyone, including hayrides, farm animals, and multiple vendor booths.   Strawberry lovers will get the chance to buy fresh strawberries and sample different strawberry desserts. It’s the perfect summer event for both children and adults.
Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $2
The Sandy Spring Museum 17901 Bentley Road Sandy Spring, MD 20860
 
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WETA Presents a NEW In Performance at the White House

 

Join WETA to celebrate the career of legendary musician and songwriter Carole King. WETA Presents: In Performance at the White House Gershwin Prize: Carole King airs tonight, May 28 at 8:00pm. Famous for her own music and for writing a laundry list of hits for other artists, King broke records with her 1971 album Tapestry. King will be honored by President Barack Obama with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song 2013. Held in the East Room of the White House, the event will feature performances from Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood. The prize has previously been awarded to Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, and the duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. King is the first woman to be awarded with the prize. 

Watch tonight at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

Click here to watch a preview of the show & a video of Carole King performing "I Feel the Earth Move" 1971.

 

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NOVA Tornado Episodes | May 29, 2013

In light of the recent events in Moore, Oklahoma, WETA will feature special programming on May 29.

Then at 10:00pm, NOVA takes a look at the EF5 tornado that struck Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. NOVA: Oklahoma’s Deadliest Tornadoes features incredible first-hand accounts from those who survived the storm and examines the area’s history of destructive storms. This new episode explores the difficulty of predicting these disasters despite the advanced technology currently used by scientists. Also, learn how to better protect yourself and your home from disasters like the recent Oklahoma tornado.

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies May 25

Call Northside 777 (1948)

Saturday, tune in to WETA and uncover the truth with Henry Hathaway’s 1948 classic film, Call Northside 777. Based on a true story, this film stars the always likeable Jimmy Stewart as skeptical reporter P.J. McNeal. A woman places an ad in the newspaper with a large reward looking for the truth about the closed murder of a police officer. McNeal investigates the 11 year old crime, and as he delves deeper and deeper into the case, he finds loose ends, a potentially innocent convict, and a system unwilling to admit error. Driven to exonerate a man who has been behind bars for over a decade, McNeal will stop at nothing. 

Watch the trailer!

Watch Call Northside 777 on WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 9:30pm!

 

 

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WETA Around Town Events: May 24 - 26

This Memorial Day weekend there’s plenty to do in the Washington, DC area besides going to the National Mall. Check out some of these DMV events this weekend.

 
Sometimes the best way to unwind after a long week is to discover or revisit a good movie. On Friday, The Alden Theatre of McLean Community Center is presenting E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial during their free Family Movie Night. This 1982 sci-fi film, directed by Steven Spielberg, is about a young boy named Elliott who finds a stranded extraterrestrial. Through trials and tribulations, he must find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet. Watch the E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial trailer!
Friday, 7:30pm
Cost: Free
The Alden Theatre McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101
 
The school year is coming to an end and that means white sandy beaches and palm trees are on everyone’s mind. Just in time for summer vacation and in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the National Museum of the American Indian will be holding Eia Hawai’i: Celebrating Native Hawaiian Culture this Saturday and Sunday. This year, visitors can celebrate wayfinding, or navigation, and the Polynesian seafarers who discovered the Hawaiian Islands by watching and learning about hula, taking in a cooking demonstration, watching films and presentations, and meeting and greeting Hawaiian guests. There will also be a concert at 5pm on Saturday in the Welcome Plaza, featuring Amy Hanaiali’I Gilliom with opening act The Aloha BoysWatch a preview of Amy Hanaiali'l Gilliom perform!
Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am to 5pm
Cost: Free
National Museum of the American Indian 4th Street and Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20013

Led by its iconic host and founder Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion has influenced popular culture since its first live radio broadcast in 1974. The program, listened to by millions each week, is performing live this weekend from Wolf Trap’s Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia. Special guests include harmonica player Howard Levy, singer Aoife O’Donovan, and folk music group The Milk Carton Kids. Discover the program’s signature brand of humor and storytelling through iconic segments like “The News from Lake Wobegon,” read by Keillor himself.
Friday, 8:00pm and Saturday, 5:45pm
Wolf Trap’s Filene Center 1551 Trap Rd. Vienna, VA 22182
 
 
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The Ghost Army & Jake Shimabukuro

This week, WETA presents inspiring documentaries about creative forces. Tonight we learn about the soldiers who created fake war props in The Ghost Army and on Friday we join ukulele artist Jake Shimabukuro on a nine month tour across the US.

The Ghost Army

Whenever we go to the movies, we know that much of what we see on the screen isn’t real. We imagine talented prop makers on film sets in Hollywood, working to create the imagined world of the next big blockbuster. But what if those props were used to alter history? The documentary The Ghost Army tells the true tale of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects, and carefully crafted illusions during the Second World War. The soldiers, many of whom were artists, carried out top-secret missions in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, working to save lives and alter the outcome of the War. Watch the trailer!

The Ghost Army airs Wednesday, May 21 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

 

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

In an era of talented social media users rising to fame, Jake Shimabukuro is the perfect poster child. After playing the ukulele since age four, Jake uploaded a video of himself performing George Garrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on YouTube, which became a viral hit with over 11 million views. The documentary Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings follows Jake on a nine month tour throughout the US and Japan, featuring performances and intimate conversations with the artist. Join us Friday and get to know the big talent behind this small instruments. Watch the trailer!

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings airs Friday, May 24 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

 

 

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This Week on WETA UK: May 20 – 26

Monday at 8:00pm watch the next episode of season six, Foyle’s War: Broken Souls. Someone murders a psychiatrist, and his colleague, an emigré Jew from Poland who is also Foyle's chess tutor, attempts suicide. But they're not the only ones on Foyle’s mind; a missing telegraph boy becomes a suspect when a German POW is found dead on a local farm.

Tuesday at 11:00pm tune in for Benny Hill, the classic, slap-stick, skit-based, comedy show. This show airs late at night during the week, and Tuesday’s episode is sure to be a laugh!

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse begins a new season with The Way Through the Woods. A serial killer is murdered in prison and his deathbed confession disavows one of his previous murder confessions. Morse wants to reopen the case, but was the man lying? Or will he find the true killer?

Thursday beginning at 8:00pm get your mystery fix with Sherlock Holmes at 8:00pm followed by Agatha Christie’s Poirot at 9:00pm.

Friday at 10:00pm the crew begins new adventures and laughs with Coupling season 4. New additions, new relationships, and new jokes all begin this Friday evening.

Saturday from 10:00am – 8:00pm catch up on the previous week’s prime-time (8:00pm-11:00pm) programming. Missed new episodes of your favorite evening shows? Watch them all back-to-back on Saturdays from 10:00am – 8:00pm. Shows include: Yes, Prime Minister, May to December, Fresh Fields, Last of the Summer Wine, New Tricks, Prime Suspect, Sherlock Holmes, BallyKissAngel, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Inspector Morse, Death in Paradise, and Dalziel & Pasco.

Sunday at 8:00pm watch Yes, Minister from the very beginning! Episode one of this classic series will get you hooked in no time. Tune in and don’t miss out!

 

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies May 18 -19

Inspiring tales of "the underdog" and film have always gone together like peanut butter and jelly andeven though those PB&Js might not taste as great as they did when you were 6, underdog films never get old. This Saturday, WETA presents two free movies about people at a disadvantage working hard to make a difference. First, we follow the big win of a small town basketball team in Hoosiers (1986) at 9:30pm. Next, learn about rape cover up of the U.S. military and its survivors in Independent Lens: The Invisible War.

 

Hoosiers (1986)

The small town of Hickory, Indiana loves basketball, so the pressure is on when a new coach arrives to train the high school team. After failing to impress the community with his unusual style of coaching, Norman Dale hires Shooter, the alcoholic father of one of his players, as his assistant. With the addition of a star player, the team begins a winning streak that leads to the State Championship game. But can this band of misfits win against their rivals of South Bend? Find out Saturday at 9:30pm! Watch a preview!

Hoosiers (1986) airs Saturday, May 18th at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

 

Independent Lens: The Invisible War

Washington D.C. is often seen as military central for the United States, where training, planning and honors take place on a daily basis. But has a cover up also been developing at our nation’s capital? In the new investigative documentary by Independent Lens, the veil is lifted from one of the biggest scandals within the U.S. military where, according to the Department of Defense, there were an estimated 22,800 violent sex crimes in 2011. The Invisible War presents personal accounts of survivors, like Kori Cioca, who was beaten and raped by her supervisor in the U.S. Coast Guard.  For the few who do report abuse, a flawed judicial system awaits, leading to only 8 percent of military sexual assault cases prosecuted. Watch a preview!

Independent Lens: The Invisible War airs Sunday, May 19th at 1:30am on WETA TV26 & HD.

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WETA Around Town Events: May 17 - 19

This weeked in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia area, expereince a one-of-a-kind event at the Kennedy Center and get a hefty dose of fine art in Reston. Read on for more details!

Prepare for the landing of The Intergalactic Nemesis: A Live-Action Graphic Novel at The Kennedy 

Center this weekend! Combining radio show and comic book elements, this unique production follows the story of reporter Molly Sloan, her assistant Timmy Mendez, and a librarian named Ben Wilcott as they face the threat of an invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. The live performance features three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist who perform all the voices, sound effects and music, while more than 1,000 hand-drawn, comic book images fill a two-story-high screen. This adventure is perfect for families with children ages 8 and up! Watch a preview!

Friday through Sunday
Cost: $18
The Kennedy Center - 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
 
 
How long has it been since you’ve set aside some time to appreciate art? From May 17-19, stop by Reston Town Center and experience the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. The outdoor festival, now in its 22nd year, offers attendees the opportunity to admire and purchase original work from over 200 artists across a wide range of mediums. Enjoy live performances and entertainment, and be sure to visit the Family Art Park, which offers something for children, teens, and adults alike. Held by the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting visual arts, the festival begins this Friday with its Opening Night Party from 6pm-9pm. 
 
Friday, 5pm-8pm
Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sunday, 10am-4pm
Cost: Free (attendees who $10 will receive a $10 gift certificate redeemable at participating local restaurants)
Reston Town Center – 12001 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190
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WETA UK Programming | All About WETA UK

Here's an in depth look at WETA UK. First is a WETA UK spot sharing where a viewer can find WETA UK on their television. Next is a trailer for the channel showing the variety of programming WETA UK hosts. Then there's the full WETA UK schedule in a downloadable PDF. Finally, you'll see a YouTube playlist that brings you through the prime time (8pm-11pm) line up  including the WETA UK promos and legal IDs. Enjoy!

 

 

Click here to view the full WETA UK schedule to see when and where every program airs.

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies May 11 - 12

This weekend on WETA, watch three movies right from your Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia home! Watch a blind love unravel into danger and fear with Alfred Hitchcock's classic film Suspicion. Then discover the struggle between love and infatuation in Independent Lens' Seeking Asian Female. And if you're still awake at midnight, watch POV's In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee as a Korean born woman delves into her past to find the person whose name she bears.

Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine deliver exuberant performances in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, Suspicion.  This film tells the story of Lina McLaidlaw, a wealthy young woman, who falls in love with Johnnie Aysgarth.  Swept off her feet by Johnnie’s charm, Lina disregard’s the disapproval of her father, General McLaidlaw, and soon runs away to get married.  Unaware of troubles that are just around the corner, Lina finds out that her new husband has no money, no job and has a gambling problem. Johnnie insists that this will all change, but as Lina soon finds out, not everyone can keep promises. Following a series of bizarre events, a mysterious murder, and bit of paranoia, Lina becomes convinced that Johnnie might be plotting to kill her and make haste with her inheritance.  Watch the trailer!
 
Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 9:30pm for Alfred Hitchcock’s, Suspicion.
 
 
For those of you who believe opposites attract, you’ll want to check out this documentary from Independent Lens.  Seeking Asian Female follows the lives of two people who fall in love and decide to get married after meeting on the internet.  Steven, a white American man from San Francisco, has always had a fascination with Chinese women.  After divorcing twice, the struggle for Steven to find the Asian woman of his dreams seems to be merely impossible until he meets Sandy.  Sandy, a determined 30 year old woman from China, immediately falls in love with Steven and flies out to San Francisco to marry him.  But marriage isn’t all fun and games as the cross-cultured couple soon find out.  Communicating through a translator, overcoming Steven’s obsession with Chinese women and adapting to life in a foreign country are just a few issues the couple must face in order to make their relationship work.  But are Steven and Sandy willing to take these drastic measures for true love?  Tune in to find out! Watch the trailer!
 
Independent Lens: Seeking Asian Female airs this Saturday at 11:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.
 
 
In this unusual documentary, POV reveals the story of a Korean orphan who has her identity switched before she is taken in by an American family.  After coming to the United States in 1966 at eight years old, she was told to keep her false identity a secret and never reveal it to anyone.  Now, after more than 40 years, it is time to find the real Cha Jung Hee.  In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem sets out in hopes of helping this mistaken orphan find Cha Jung Hee.  But in a big territory like Korea, finding the woman whose life she has lived will not be an easy task. Watch the trailer!
 
Check out POV: In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee this Sunday at 12:00am on WETA TV26 & HD.
 
 
 
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WETA Around Town Events: May 10 - 12

This weekend, May 10 - 12, the Washington, DC area is bursting with a variety of spring-time activities for the whole family. Whether you're looking for a trip down memory lane, great live music, a celebration of history, or a cultural journey, there's something for everyone on the calendar. Read on for WETA Around Town's event highlights for this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

This Saturday, local DC music production company Newmyer 

Innocent & The E Street Shuffle at The Hamilton Live. This tribute concert celebrates the to two of the most loved albums in rock and roll history: Van Morrisons’ 1970 ‘Moondance’ and Bruce Springsteen's 1973 'The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle’. The Hamilton is the newest member of the Clyde's Restaurant Group following tradition with top of the line food and live music. So if you're looking for an all-in-one musical adventure, this is the ticket! Featuring performances by: Justin Jones, Brian Simms, Luke Brindley, Owen Danoff, Billy Coulter, Daryl Jr. Cline, Tommy Lepson, Jon Carroll, Tony Denikos, Kirk Philips, Margot MacDonald & more.

Saturday, 8:30pm
The Hamilton Live 600 14th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20005
 
In a city like Washington, DC where transportation is essential, do you ever stop to 

think what life would be like without cars, buses or trains? This Saturday you will have the opportunity to show your appreciation by celebrating National Train Day 2013 because this year’s theme is “trains matter”. Each spring, this nation-wide festivity brings communities together to honor the history of trains and how they have helped transform America. Enjoy a variety of free activities such as educational stations, arts and crafts, Amtrak K-9 unit demonstrations, train car walkthroughs and more. So if you’re in the mood for some rich history, “choo choo” choose to partake in National Train Day. 

Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Cost: Free. Amtrak rides $5 per person; children 12 and under ride free.
Union Station  40 Massachusetts Avenue NE Washington, DC
 
All through the month of May, the Library of Congress Packard Campus will commemorate Memorial 

Day with free film screenings and a live concert! On Friday, The Quebe Sisters Band from Texas will perform western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards, and Texas-style fiddling in the campus theater. On Saturday, LoC will screen “Memphis Bell”, a true story of the 25th and last mission of the American B-17 bomber, starring Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, and Tate Donovan. Come out and celebrate history and culture with these free events this weekend!

The Quebe Sisters Band 
Friday at 7:30pm
Cost: Free
Memphis Bell
Saturday at 7:30pm
Cost: Free
Library of Congress Packard Campus  19053 Mount Pony Road Culpeper, VA 22701
 
Spice up your weekend with an eclectic array of dance performances!  This Saturday and Sunday, join El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea/DC Contemporary Dance Theatre as they present Sin Decir Palabres”/”Unspoken Words,” DC’s 3rd Latin American Concert Dance Festival at the Gonda Theatre at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center.  This annual festival has a variety of dance styles, including classical, indigenous, and contemporary, and includes works from some of DC’s most outstanding dance talent, internationally recognized Latino choreographers, and world renowned performing artists!  On Saturday only, American icon choreographer, Kevin Iega Jeff, will kick of the premiere of his work, Juntos, as a special guest speaker.  You won’t want to miss these fantastic performances!         
Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm
Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center  37th and O St., N.W. Washington, DC 20007
*Photo courtesy of DC Contemporary Dance Theatre*
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Constitution USA with Peter Sagal | New PBS Series

In the mood for a little history this week?  Television host, Peter Sagal travels the country on his Harley Davidson in hopes of finding out as much as possible about the United States Constitution and how it functions in American society.  From New York to Texas, Sagal uncovers everyday Constitution issues that are frequently topics of debates throughout the United States such as same-sex marriage, firearm regulations, and freedom of speech.  Tune in Tuesdays at 9:00pm for the four part series, Constitution USA with Peter Sagal beginning tonight, May 7. Watch the trailer!

In part 1 of this 4 part series, Sagal hits the road to investigate the conflict between the law of the land and state law.  Known for being one of the most radical features of the Constitution, Sagal takes an in-depth look at federalism and how it has changed the United States of America.  Through a series of interviews with people around the country, we meet a Montana native who feels that he is being robbed of his constitutional rights due to firearms regulations.  Next, we travel to Oakland where a man who legally owns a medical marijuana dispensary according to California law is also subject to the death penalty according to federal law.  We also turn things around and check out the good that the central government does for this country by building dams, providing clean water and the development of interstate highways. Airs May 7 at 9:00pm.

 
In a changing day and age, Americans are taking more time to stop and think about one of the greatest contributions to this country, the Bill of Rights.  In this one hour episode, Peter Sagal investigates the Bill of Rights and how it affects the United Sates today.  In a country where people are extremely passionate about their rights and freedoms, new technology has people raising their hands.  Has the evolution of cameras and internet challenged our basic right to privacy?  And what other challenges will Americans face? Airs May 14 at 9:00pm.
 

It took a while but in 1868, equality became a constitutional right.  In part three of this series, Sagal takes a look at the rights of the people when it comes be treated equal and how far we really have come.  From equal protection to personal liberty, the Fourteenth Amendment deeply impacted the relationship between the states and the federal government.  Sagal is on the road again where in Tyler, Texas, he meets a group of siblings who fought a law prohibiting children of illegal aliens from attending public school.  Also, we meet two women in Berkley, California who bring their case all the way to the United States Supreme Court after they challenge the state of California for the right to marry one another. Airs May 21 at 9:00pm.
 
Can you believe there have only been 27 amendments in 225 years?  Some might argue this is not enough but others would be happy to dispute the fact that these 27 are all the Constitution needs to be superior.  Take a step back in time as Sagal uncovers the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment and how court decisions became the factor when it came to issues such as sexual discrimination.  Did you know that after Iceland’s economy collapsed, a new constitution was created through the collaboration of leaders who became inspired by the United States Constitution?  But why has our Constitution really lasted for as long as it has? Airs May 28 at 9:00pm.
 
 
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This Week on WETA UK | May 6 – 12

Looking for a new series to watch or just a great adventure to follow? WETA UK has everything you need! From new mysteries, to new seasons, and new shows all together, this week on WETA UK is sure to please every viewer.

Monday at 8:00pm tune in to WETA UK for the first part of a new Foyle’s War mystery, Plan of Attack. It’s April 1944 and when shots are fired outside Hastings police station killing DCS Meredith. Christopher Foyle must put aside his memoirs and return to his old job. This episode is the first of Foyle’s War season 6. Watch the trailer!

Tuesday at 7:30pm start watching May to December with season 3! A balding Scottish solicitor in his mid-50s and an attractive gym-mistress half his age fall in love despite plenty of conflicting advice from family and friends. 

Wednesday at 11:00pm begin Hustle from the very first episode of season 1. Con artist Mickey Stone is fresh out of jail. His marriage is on the rocks, but he has a strong family to fall back on. That family – Albert and Ash, two old-timers and beautiful, street-sharp Stacie – are his partners in crime. Coming together to perform one last con, they hook up with young blood Danny Blue, a rookie with the makings of a master. But after the first last one, there have just got to be more. Watch the trailer!

Thursday at 10:00pm settle in for the first episode of Waking the Dead season 6. The award-winning, edge-of-your-seat spy drama is a white-knuckle ride through the perilous world of deadly terrorists, international cover-ups and treacherous double-agents.

Friday at 8:00pm have you been watching Ladies of Letters? This gentle comedy drama is about two very different widows who forge a friendship through letters, each letter attempting to out-do the other. Watch the trailer!

Saturday at 8:00pm continue watching the WETA UK Event: The Complete Prime Suspect! This week watch four episodes back-to-back. Watch the trailer!

Sunday at 9:30pm join us for the WETA UK premiere of Worst Week of My Life! The week before a wedding can be stressful at the best of times but to Mel and Howard, it becomes a nightmare and everything that can go wrong does. Watch the trailer!

 

 

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New PBS Nature Episodes in May | Private Life of Deer & Great Zebra Exodus

Whether in our own backyard or across the plains of Africa, four-legged creatures have learned to co-exist with humans or migrate to safer pastures. In the new episodes of PBS’ Nature this month, we will explore The Private Life of Deer on Wednesday the 8th and The Great Zebra Exodus on Wednesday the 15th.

 

The Private Life of Deer

The Washington, D.C. area is home to many Whitetailed deer, which enjoy eating our gardens, hopping into oncoming traffic, and slipping into the woods of our local parks. In the past century, the deer population has increased from less than a million to almost 30 million as of today. In an effort to document this ever increasing species, footage was acquired in unique ways throughout the country. In one segment, residents of Cayuga Heights, NY were given video equipment to document populations in their area, while in another segment; small cameras were strapped to the backs to wild deer. The footage acquired provides unprecedented insight into the lives of our furry neighbors. Watch the trailer!

Nature: The Private Life of Deer airs Wednesday, May 8 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD. Also Airs Thursday, May 9 at 2:00pm.

 

The Great Zebra Exodus

Traveling with family can be complicated, especially when it seems like everyone’s moving in a different direction. But can you imagine voyaging with 20,000 of your closest kin? Follow the story of one zebra family, a stallion, his three mares and their offspring, traveling with the herd in Southern Africa’s biggest animal migration. Taking place every year across the Kalahari’s Makgadikgadi Pans, this trek to grass and water tests the social bonds that hold zebra families together. Watch the trailer!

Nature: The Great Zebra Exodus airs Wednesday, May 15 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD. Also Airs Thursday, May 16 at 2:00pm.

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies May 4 - 5

We all feel desperate from time to time, it’s a versatile feeling that spans the globe as it spans our weekend schedule. This weekend on WETA, we share four movies with characters desperate for something: fame, success, life, and respect. The three documentaries run late into Sunday morning so if you haven’t done it yet, set your DVR to record from Saturday 9:30pm – Sunday 3:30am.

 
Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis) was a vaudeville star, but as an adult, she was overshadowed by her movie star sister, Blanche (Joan Crawford). One night in the 1930s, Blanche was permanently crippled in an accident blamed on Jane. Now in 1962, Jane and Blanche live together in their decaying Los Angeles mansion as Jane plots their showbiz comeback. Blanche desperately tries to get away from Jane but can she succeed to escape her tormenting sister who handicapped her as a young woman and continues to do so in their older age? Watch the trailer.
Watch What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) on WETA TV26 and HD this Saturday at 9:30pm. Also airs Sunday at 11:30am.
 
 
When a new opera gets produced, lots of artists and craftspeople from various authorities share a dramatic and musical vision. Skill and cooperation on a grand scale are the only key to success. San Francisco Opera’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter, composed by Stewart Wallace with a libretto by novelist Amy Tan, brought together singers, designers and musicians from three continents. Many were learned in the Western operatic tradition, but for others, it was a first introduction to American opera. This documentary focuses on the excitement and challenges of collaboration. Watch the trailer.
Watch Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter on WETA TV26 and HD this Sunday at 12:00am. Be sure to set your DVR!
 
 
Marcos Hernandez came to the United States from Mexico, after a deadly border crossing through the Sonora Desert in southern Arizona. He is searching for his father, Francisco, also an undocumented border crosser, who disappeared in the Sonora Desert while entering the U.S. Marcos sends money from his home in Chicago to his mother in Mexico City every month so she can buy medicine for his brother, Gustavo, who needs a kidney transplant. The Undocumented is Marcos’s story—as well as the story of countless other migrants. Follow Marcos’s search with the efforts of humanitarians and Border Patrol agents who are fighting to prevent migrant deaths, the medical investigators and Mexican Consulate workers who are trying to identify dead border crossers, and Mexican families who are struggling to accept the loss of a loved one. Watch the trailer.
Watch Independent Lens: The Undocumented on WETA TV26 and HD this Sunday at 1:00am.
 
 
More than three decades ago, Vietnamese refugees began to settle in Versailles, a then-isolated community in eastern New Orleans. Although by the early 2000s the community had accomplished material successes, it remained divided between older immigrants and American-born youth. A Village Called Versailles is the story of this little-known community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. When the storm devastated New Orleans in August 2005, Versailles residents rebuilt their neighborhood faster than most other damaged neighborhoods in the city, only to find themselves threatened by a new toxic landfill slated to open just two miles away. Forced out of Vietnam by the war 30 years ago, many residents felt their homes were being taken away from them once again. Watch the story of this community fighting to regain their safety and happiness in New Orleans. Watch the trailer.
Watch Independent Lens: A Village Called Versailles on WETA TV26 and HD this Sunday at 2:30am.
 
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WETA Around Town Events: May 3 - 5

This weekend, get in touch with different cultures visually, musically, and locally. Travel to Maryland's Eastern shore for a home and garden tour, visit over 40 embassies for free, and enjoy Grammy award winning indigenous Mexican music by Lila Downs. 

 

If April showers bring May flowers, then it’s time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with a daytrip! Established in 1666, the Lower Eastern Shore area has played a key role in Maryland history, and is currently home to properties from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage is hosting a tour of eight historic and modern homes in Somerset and Worcester Counties on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Highlights of the day include visits to “Beverly” in Pocomoke City and Watkins Point Farm outside of Crisfield. All proceeds from the tour will go back into the communities through The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council
 
Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the tour.
Lunch ($15) will be offered at the Teackle Mansion in Princess Anne with advance reservations.
Located at historical sites of Somerset and Worcester Counties.
 
 
Have you ever wanted to travel the world but you just don’t have the time or the money?  Well we have the solution to that problem!  In honor of international culture in Washington DC, Passport DC will host the Around the World Embassy Tour.  This onetime event allows visitors the chance to see over 40 embassies representing six continents throughout the world.  Patrons will also have the opportunity to see nine new embassies this year such as Barbados, Chile, Malaysia, Nicaragua and several others.  Participants will be treated to a variety of cultural and festive activities such as food tasting, dancing, musical performances and artwork while exploring these remarkable buildings.  So come on out for an experience that will truly broaden your cultural horizon.  
 
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Admission is free
 
What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with fantastic music? This Sunday, the Hylton Performing Arts Center welcomes Lila Downs to the stage for a performance of indigenous Mexican music and her original compositions that infuse soul, jazz, blues, and African sounds.  Considered a “dazzling” and “stunning” artist, Downs has combined her passion for music and ancient culture to create powerful, edgy music with international flair as she explores topics of immigration, transformation, and social and political justice.  Downs has won numerous awards, such as the 2013 Grammy award for “Best Regional Mexican Album,” and has performed at major festivals and venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall!  A free pre-performance discussion for ticket holders will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance.  Be sure to grab your tickets for this sensational performance!     
 
Sunday, 7pm
Cost: $28 and up
Hylton Performing Arts Center - 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110