August 2013

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies August 31

A new perspective can offer a different side to any story. Every Saturday on WETA TV26 & HD, watch free movies back-to-back beginning at 9:30pm. This week, meet people bringing new perspectives to their lives through our three commercial-free movies. Read on to learn more about our movies, watch previews, and find WETA on your TV!

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
This Saturday at 9:30pm, see the world’s most famous detective from a more intimate perspective in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. While Sherlock Holmes is commonly known for his intelligence, this 1970 film starring Robert Stephens shows a different side of the clever crime-solver. After a bored Holmes (Stephens) agrees to help the beautiful Gabrielle Valadon find her husband, he must make sense of a bizarre series of events to get to the bottom of things. The case takes him to Scotland where monks, dwarves, and a Loch Ness monster sighting have the seemingly unflappable Holmes stumped. Will Holmes discover the hidden truth?  Watch a preview!

POV: 5 Broken Cameras
Stay tuned at 11:30pm for the documentary 5 Broken Cameras. In 2005, Emad Burnat, a farmer in the Palestinian village of Bil’in bought his first camera to film the birth of his fourth son. At the same time, Israeli forces begin bulldozing farmland on the edge of Bil’in in order to separate the village from a Jewish settlement. Over the course of five years, Burnat documents the struggle between the Palestinian villagers and the Israeli military as the tension escalates to a dangerous level. Burnat’s firsthand perspective offers a closer look at the West Bank conflict interwoven with stories of his own life in the village. Make sure to watch this fascinating personal account on WETA TV26 & HD this SaturdayWatch a preview!

POV: The City Dark
At 1:00am, watch The City Dark for a new perspective on our night sky. After moving to New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney is shocked to that there are no stars to be found in the night sky and questions whether true darkness could be going extinct. This question leads Cheney on a journey across the country to find the brightest and darkest places in America. Along the way, he talks to astronomers, ecologists, and researchers about what is lost in the modern night sky. The result is a thought-provoking look at our relationship with the darkness around us.  Watch a preview!


 

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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood New Episode | Neighbor Day

On Monday September 2, celebrate Labor Day with the brand new Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood special episode Neighbor Day on WETA Kids! During this 30 minutes special, Daniel Tiger does good deeds in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, showing kids that one positive action can spark many more. Download the Neighbor Day Scavenger Hunt game! Your neighborhood is your child’s first place to explore and call home. Help your child become familiar with the people, places and things in your neighborhood by talking about the things you see every day. Use this scavenger hunt to get to know your neighbors, and your neighborhood, a little better. How many items can you find?

Watch Neighbor Day on WETA Kids Monday September 2 at 11am & Saturday September 7 at 12:30pm.

Watch Neighbor Day on WETA TV26 Monday September 2 at 10:30am.

Remember that every Saturday is the Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood WETA Kids Block Party! Only on WETA Kids, tune in from 12:30pm-3pm for all five Daniel Tiger episode from the week, back-to-back.

 

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Film vs Digital | Side By Side

Do you consider yourself a movie fan? Well how much do you know about the technical side of moviemaking? In the documentary Side by Side, Keanu Reeves talks to leading directors and cinematographers about the difference between making movies on film and the more economical digital alternative. See who is sticking with film and who is switching to digital. Is there room in the industry for both mediums to exist? Will economic factors phase out film? How does this change what we see on the screen? Interviewees include James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Robert Rodriguez, and more. Watch a trailer of the documentary below!

Watch Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema on WETA TV26 & HD this Friday, August 30 at 9:30pm.

Photo courtesy of nydailynews.com

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington | WETA TV26 & HD Specials

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with WETA! Tune into WETA TV26 & HD this week for three compelling documentaries about the time period surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and the influential people involved in it. Also tune in for a special In Performance at the White House celebrating the music that shaped that era. While watching WETA TV26 & HD be sure to look for these great WETA interviews produced specially for this iconic anniversary.

Rep. John Lewis Recalls His Speech at March on Washington
Rep. John Lewis Remembers the March on Washington
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton Reflects on the Marchon the March

Independent Lens: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights - Airs Monday, August 26 at 10:00pm
One of the lesser-known heroes of the Civil Rights Movement is a man named Whitney Young. Young held a unique position of power because he was influential to white executives and three different presidents, allowing him to help the movement through his dealings. On Independent Lens, learn more about Young and how this unsung hero worked outside of the limelight to secure an equal future. Watch a preview!

In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 8:00pm
The Civil Rights Movement produced a lot of music that remains influential and celebrated today. A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement, filmed in the White House, features performances by some of the original musicians, covers of songs by newer artists, and readings of the original speeches from the movement. The entire event is hosted by President Obama and the First Lady. Watch a preview!

The March - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 9:00pm & Friday, August 30 at 10:30pm
50 years after the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech is still remembered as one of the most important moments in the Civil Rights Movement. This new PBS program titled, The March, interviews participants and journalists who covered the event. Stunning archival footage accompanies touching and inspiring interviews that will give you a brand new perspective on the heroes of the March on Washington. Watch a preview!

American Experience: Freedom Riders - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 10:00pm

In 1961, against countless threats and violence, hundreds of people fought against the segregation of race on public buses. As African-Americans rallied together to defy being told which buses they were allowed on and where they had to sit, they endured hardship and pain to provide freedom for future generations. On American Experience: Freedom Riders, witness the brave journey of these men and women who helped secure a better future. Watch a preview!


 

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New Masterpiece Series on WETA | Masterpiece Mystery! Silk

This Sunday, August 25, don’t miss the new Masterpiece series Silk! This British court room drama follows the fast paced careers of two modern-day barristers competing for the title of Queen’s Counsel. Between steadfast defense lawyer Martha Costello and ruthless prosecutor Clive Reader, only one will be deemed Her Majesty’s Counsel. Watch these two battle it out in the trenches of British law and get a fascinating look at the personal and professional lives of barristers. Watch a preview below!

Watch Masterpiece Mystery! Silk this Sunday at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

Also watch part 2 on September 1 at 9:00pm & part 3 on September 8 at 9:00pm.

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies August 24

This Saturday, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for three movies about lawbreakers, lawmakers, and people just trying to get by. Starting at 9:30pm Saturday August 24 and running through early morning Sunday August 25, watch these great movies in your own home for free with no commercial interruption. The WETA channel guide is at the bottom of this blog post to help you find WETA on your TV.
 
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
In Sergio Leone’s classic Western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, three ruthless men are joined in a series of tentative alliances while racing to find a hidden fortune. After Blondie (Clint Eastwood), a mysterious gunman saves outlaw Tuco (Eli Wallach) from capture by bounty hunters, the two men team up to find a $200,000 treasure supposedly buried in a remote cemetery. As the two men journey through the Wild West, their next obstacle comes in the form of relentless Union sergeant Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef) who seeks to claim the money for himself. The road to the cemetery brings shifting loyalties, vicious gunfights, and culminates in one of the most famous standoffs of all time. Who will outsmart the others? Tune in Saturday at 9:30pm to find out! Click here to watch a preview!

POV: The Law in These Parts
At 12:30am watch the critically acclaimed documentary The Law in These Parts. Since the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel has existed within a legal framework created and enforced by the military. Today, many questions have arisen about the nature of such a government and how it will be remembered in history. The Law in These Parts explores the formation of Israel’s legal system with the men who built it 35 years ago. In a series of thought-provoking first time interviews, retired members of Israel’s military legal corps discuss structural and moral dilemmas in the face of a changing world. In the process, the documentary poses complex questions regarding the “rule by law” approach to government and the societal costs. Tune in Sunday at 12:30am to learn more. Click here to watch a preview!

POV: Last Train Home
Stick around at 2am for Last Train Home. In the wake of China’s ascendance as an economic superpower, many Chinese citizens still exist between the boundaries of the rural and industrial worlds. Each year, 130 million migrant workers must travel back to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday. Amidst the chaos of this mass migration is the Zhang family. Parents Changhua and Suqin left their infant daughter Qin 16 years ago to work in a garment factory in the hope of someday building a better life for their child. Qin, now a restless teenager, has grown tired of life in her rural hometown and longs to drop out of school to pursue same labor that kept her parents at a distance. This poignant and honest portrait of one family speaks volumes about the human cost of China’s economic system. Tune in Sunday at 2am for this powerful documentary. Click here to watch a preview!


 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 19-25

In a summer funk? Mix it up and watch something different! WETA UK brings you the best of British TV around the clock. There’s no better time to start watching!

Monday at 9:00pm Barnaby and Troy investigate a snobbish private school after a boy is murdered in this 90-minute Midsomer Murders mystery. These two sleuths are sure to get to the bottom of this high society crime.

Tuesday at 8:00pm You’d never suspect Hetty, a pensioner from Lancashire, to solve crimes, making her the perfect candidate to go undercover and stop a teenage thief. Catch Hetty Wainthropp Investigates from the start of season 3!

Wednesday at 9:00pm Watch two editions of Masterpiece Mystery! back-to-back. Lewis and Hathaway investigate the use of an anti-depressant in this installment of Inspector Lewis. Then catch the early days of Endeavour Morse, Lewis’s partner from the long-running series Inspector Morse, in the prequel Endeavour.

Thursday at 7:00pm Visit the hilariously dysfunctional Harpers with back-to-back episodes of the hit sitcom My Family, airing every weekday at the same time.

Friday at 6:00pm The odd couple of Tom and Diane make it through their golden years together in Waiting for God. Watch the first episode of season 3!

Saturday at 1:00pm Don’t miss Part 1 of the Prime Suspect finale! Detective Jane Tennison (Oscar winner Helen Mirren) hunts a killer and struggles with her own alcoholism in the last chapter of this critically acclaimed show. Tune in for Part 2 on Saturday, August 31 at 1:00pm.

Sunday at 8:00pm The family from Fresh Fields moves to France for the spinoff French Fields! Back-to-back episodes every Sunday poke fun at the timeless and hilarious culture clash between the British and French.

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WETA Kids Block Party | Wild Kratts: Reptile Week

We’re halfway through August and the summer heat is still going strong, so take a break and relax with The WETA Kids Block Party! If there’s anyone who knows how to handle hot weather, its reptiles, so learn a lesson from the masters with Wild Kratts Reptile Week Monday August 19 - Friday August 23, learn about an entirely different reptilian creature each day at 5pm with NEW episodes! On top of that, Saturdays we have a WETA Kids Block Party, 5 episodes of Wild Kratts back to back from 5:30pm to 8pm!

Wild Kratts features The Kratt Brothers, Chris and Martin Kratt, who go on rescue missions to save animals from dangerous situations. Whether it’s villains, natural disasters, or unfortunate accidents, nothing can stop the Kratts in their pursuit to protect the wildlife! Along the way, you’ll learn a lot about these creatures and how you can help them out too!

 

Here are the Wild Kratts Reptile Week episodes and air dates:

Rattlesnake Crystal   NEW!
Airs Monday, August 19 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 5:30pm
When the Kratt Brothers’ ship, The Tortuga, is forced to land in an unknown habitat, the Kratt Brothers are forced to search for rare tellurium crystals in order to repair their ship! In order to do this, they must utilize the rattlesnake’s amazing infrared vision skills to save the day!

Gila Monster Under My House  NEW!
Airs Tuesday, August 20 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 6pm
When a loose Gila monster is discovered underneath a house in the wild, the Kratt Brothers are called in to help out! As the brothers show how amazing the Gila monster’s natural abilities are, the villainous Zach decides to use the Gila monster for his own nefarious purposes.

Tortuga Tune-Up  NEW!
Airs Wednesday, August 21 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 6:30pm
It’s time for the Tortuga to receive an aquatic upgrade, but the brothers need to find an inspiration that will allow them to bring their ship to the bottom of the ocean! After they seek out a sea turtle, they get to witness how well they move through the sea and fight off natural predators!

Road Runner  NEW!
Airs Thursday, August 22 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 7pm
When the brothers fail to catch and identify a mysterious lizard, they decide to turn to the roadrunner for help! Utilizing the roadrunner’s amazing speed, they take turns running wild through the desert at the blink of an eye. But will this speed be enough for them to catch their mystery lizard?

Mom of a Croc
Airs Friday, August 23 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 7:30pm

In order to show the less scary side of crocodiles, the brothers infiltrate a crocodile nest to learn more about their natural habitat! They discover many things about their lifestyle and natural heat transferring abilities, which allows them to convince others that crocodiles are much more than meets the eye!

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The March on Washington 50th Anniversary

This August marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington that changed the landscape of equality in the United States forever. In honor of this anniversary, WETA shares special programming this week. Whether you’re looking for documentaries about the March or live music from the time, WETA has you covered with an in-depth look at the March on Washington. What better way to honor this anniversary than by watching the local Washington, DC area public television channel, WETA to learn all about the March on Washington? Read the full article to watch trailers of these great programs. All shows will air on WETA TV26 & HD August 20-28 leading up to the exact date of anniversary.

The March - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 9:00pm & Friday, August 30 at 10:30pm
50 years after the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech is still remembered as one of the most important moments in the Civil Rights Movement. This new PBS program titled, The March, interviews participants and journalists who covered the event. Stunning archival footage accompanies touching and inspiring interviews that will give you a brand new perspective on the heroes of the March on Washington. Watch a preview here!

Washington in the 60s - Airs Tuesday, August 20 at 8:00pm
The 1960s is the decade that contained the March on Washington along with many other monumental events going on that would shape the future of DC and the nation. Watch WETA's very own locally produced and Emmy winning documentary titled, Washington in the 60s. Get an in depth look all of the aspects that helped the small town of Washington become the bustling city it is today. Watch a preview here!

Washington in the 70s - Airs Tuesday, August 20th at 9:00pm
The 1970s were a turbulent time for Washington plagued by riots and wars, but despite all of this, Washington ended up becoming an even better place. WETA's locally produced documentary, Washington in the 70s, listen to interviews that reveal how people lived during some of Washington’s intense moments. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 - Airs Tuesday, August 20 at 10:00pm
After finding long-lost film canisters from the 60s and 70s, filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson decided to create a film mixing the archival footage with interviews of modern African American artists. Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 attempts to recreate the style of 1970 “mixtape” films in order to create an overview into the era of the Civil Rights Movement from a different perspective. Watch a preview here!

American Masters: James Baldwin - Airs Friday, August 23 at 9:30pm
James Baldwin, one of the most respected writers of the 20th century, is examined through his life and work in this unbelievable look at his struggles and accomplishments. Using rare footage of Baldwin through the years, the film sheds light on how Baldwin survived a world that was against him and changed the lives of many. Watch a preview here!

In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 8:00pm
The Civil Rights Movement produced a lot of music that remains influential and celebrated today. A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement, filmed in the White House, features performances by some of the original musicians, covers of songs by newer artists, and readings of the original speeches from the movement. The entire event is hosted by President Obama and the First Lady, and features Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah as emcees. Watch a preview here!

American Experience: Freedom Riders - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 10:00pm
In 1961, against countless threats and violence, hundreds of people fought against the segregation of race on public buses. As African-Americans rallied together to defy being told which buses they were allowed on and where they had to sit, they endured hardship and pain to provide freedom for future generations. On American Experience: Freedom Riders, witness the brave journey of these men and women who helped secure a better future. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights
- Airs Monday, August 26 at 10:00pm
One of the lesser-known heroes of the Civil Rights Movement is a man named Whitney Young. Young held a unique position of power because he was influential to white executives and three different presidents, allowing him to help the movement through his dealings. On Independent Lens, learn more about Young and how this unsung hero worked outside of the limelight to secure an equal future. Watch a preview here!

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The March @50 - Watch a preview here! Episode 1 premieres on August 26
Each week for 5 weeks PBS will premiere an episode of The March @50, a web series exploring the original issues that lead to the March and how they have been addressed in modern times. The series takes a look at the problems that have been addressed, and also the things that have remained an issue.

Memories of the March
Memories of the March features local interviews and accounts from people who had direct ties to the March on Washington. The stories come from all around the country and feature a wide variety of perspectives that all provide a new voice in the remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the March.


 

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WETA Around Town Events: August 9-11

Lots to do this weekend in the Washington, DC area including nature, art, music, and celebrations all around! Read on for our WETA Around Town event highlights for this upcoming weekend, August 9-11, 2013.

Calling All Butterflies
Are you or your little ones fascinated by butterflies? Bring your kids to Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg for Gathering of the Butterflies. Oatlands is holding a parade to celebrate these fantastic flying creatures.  Crafts will be provided and everyone is welcome to bring their best winged costumes in honor of the butterflies! Oatlands is working to nurture and release monarch butterflies.
Saturday, 10am (rain date August 17)
Cost: Free
Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane Leesburg, VA 20175

Talk with Tim Tate
Artist Tim Tate usually works in glass, but his latest work is the mixed-media exhibit Sleepwalker. Combining videos and other installation pieces, the exhibit probes the subconscious with dream-like imagery. Sleepwalker is on display at American University’s Katzen Arts Center until August 18, and on August 10 the gallery will be holding a talk with the artist himself! See the exhibit and hear Tate’s insight.
Saturday, 4pm
Cost: Free
American University’s Katzen Arts Center
400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20016

LUMEN8Anacostia Finale
The LUMEN8Anacostia festival, a visual festival featuring light-based exhibitions, has its luminescent grand finale Saturday evening. The festival features lots of live music, dances, and art that aims to illuminate all of Ward 8. In addition to the spectacular performances, food from Los Verracos and free massages from the Potomac Massage Training Institute are available. Plenty of gogo, glow, disco, and funk music is on display as LUMEN8 comes to a close. See the full schedule of events here!
Saturday, 6:30pm-11pm
Cost: Free
Honfleur Gallery
1241 Good Hope Rd SE Washington, DC 20020 at 6:30pm
Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope Road SE Washington, DC 20020 at 7:30pm

Images courtesy of the websites linked above.

Closing this week! Washington Art Matters 1940s--1980s at the Katzen Arts Center closes Sunday August 11! Check out the WETA Around Town review of the exhibit.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 5-11

August is here, summer is going strong, and WETA UK is bringing the best British TV shows right into your home! Kick your feet up and prepare to be entertained by mysteries, drama, and comedy.

Tuesday at 9:00pm watch as Horace Rumpole’s wacky string of cases continues on Rumpole of the Bailey. Rumpole takes on a client who is charged with operating massage parlors that may have some unscrupulous business happening on the side.

Wednesday at 5:00pm the adventures of Robin Hood continue as a new threat emerges in Nottingham! The new tax collector Ruthless Rufus comes to town looking for revenge, and Robin Hood’s gang gets involved. Robin Hood must face off against this new foe, but he’s not the only one that is in danger. 

Thursday at 12:00pm catch a whole hour of Antiques Roadshow with 2 back to back episodes! First travel to Highcliffe Castle in Dorset, and then take a look at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. See what unusual rare items are being unveiled in these historic English venues.

Friday at 8:30pm watch gardener detectives Rosemary and Thyme in the series 2 premiere! The duo becomes entangled in a mysterious drowning that they can’t help but investigate, but this case has many more layers than they ever could have imagined.

Saturday at 8:00pm treat yourself to the WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey as it continues with the 3rd and 4th episodes of series 1! As the hunt continues for Lady Mary’s suitor, tragedy strikes and secrets continue to pile up at Downton Abbey.

Sunday at 10:00pm catch a whole block of your Sci-Fi Favorites, starting with Doctor Who! Find out the fate of the Doctor and learn more about the villainous Weeping Angels. After that, watch two episodes of Red Dwarf and tag along for the zany adventures of the Red Dwarf crew.
 

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What’s Up With WordGirl Week | New WordGirl Episodes!

Calling all WordGirl fans: It’s What’s Up With WordGirl Week! WETA Kids is bringing you a brand new episode of WordGirl every day the week of August 5-9! It’s the perfect chance to catch up with your favorite crime-fighting wordsmith while increasing your vocabulary. Tune in to watch in WordGirl in action all week and read on for the schedule and a sneak peak at the NEW episodes! Looking for WETA Kids on your TV? Continue reading to find a channel guide and be sure to download the WordGirl "Dr. Two Brains" coloring sheet & the WordGirl crossword puzzle here!

 

Who Wants to Get Rid of WordGirl? / The Talented Mr. Birg
Premieres: Monday August 5 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Tuesday August 6 at 9:30am

Who Wants to Get Rid of WordGirl?: Seymour Smooth brings together WordGirl’s most villainous enemies for a game of “Who Wants to Get Rid of WordGirl?” Will he succeed in his evil plan or will WordGirl outsmart him once again? Vocabulary Words: Strategy, Giddy
The Talented Mr. Birg: WordGirl must save her reputation after Scoops writes an article detailing all the times she has been tricked by villains. When a Mr. Big lookalike who goes by Mr. Birg appears, WordGirl must work even harder to avoid being deceived. Vocabulary Words: Employee, Doppelganger  Download the WordGirl crossword puzzle!

One Last Sandwich / Caper or Plastic
Premieres: Tuesday August 6 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Wednesday August 7 at 9:30am

One Last Sandwich: The Whammer enlists Chuck to help him pull off one final sandwich heist before retiring. Meanwhile, Becky and her mother work on building a bookshelf big enough to hold all of Becky’s books. Vocabulary: Final, Pacify
Caper or Plastic: After the Masked Bagger steals his bag blaster, Hal Hardbargain must convince WordGirl to help him catch and exposed the mysterious thief. Becky tries to decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Vocabulary Words: Muffled, Flashback

Tell Her What She’s Won / Victoria is the Best…WordGirl?
Premieres: Wednesday August 7 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Thursday August 8 at 9:30am

Tell Her What She’s Won: A jealous Seymour Smooth kidnaps Beau Handsome and steals money from “May I Have A Word?” contestants. Will WordGirl be able to put a stop to his crime spree before it’s too late? Vocabulary: Bombard, Emcee
Victoria is the Best…WordGirl?: After Scoops mistakenly assumes that Victoria Best is WordGirl, the real WordGirl reveal the truth without exposing her own identity. Vocabulary Words: Fib, Mistaken

High-Five Sandwich / The Robot Problem
Premieres: Thursday August 8 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Friday August 9 at 9:30am

High-Five Sandwich: Chuck wins the “Sandwich of the Year” competition, but his victory is overshadowed by the new High Five Sandwich trend started by Becky, Scoops, and Violet. Now he’ll stop at nothing to find who’s responsible for the new sandwich craze. Vocabulary Words: Trendy, Eager
The Robot Problem: After the Coach steals Tobey’s idea to power robots with potatoes, WordGirl and Tobey must team up to stop his dangerous creations. Vocabulary Words: Fuel, Cackle

Of Two Minds / Yes Monkey
Premieres: Friday August 9 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Monday August 12 at 9:30am

Of Two Minds: Dr. Two Brains uses his cheese seizer to direct a cheese asteroid on a path straight to Earth. WordGirl must convince him to stop the asteroid before the planet is covered in cheese. Vocabulary Words: Waver, Vast
Yes Monkey: Captain Huggy Face takes a job as Mr. Big’s assistant after Leslie resigns, leaving WordGirl feeling hurt and betrayed. Now, WordGirl must team up with Leslie to win back her old sidekick. Vocabulary Words: Trance, Resign Download the WordGirl "Dr. Two Brains" coloring sheet!

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An August of Entertainers on WETA | Pledge Highlights

We all have our favorite larger-than-life entertainment figures that help to put a smile on our face. Whether it’s a favorite musician or the television actor, we’ve got something for everyone this August on WETA. This month, WETA TV26 & HD presents programs that give behind the scenes looks at influential entertainers through intimate live performances and interviews. Read on for brief but informative synopses of each show.

60s Girl Grooves
The 1960s were an extremely influential time in music history, and this iconic period featured some of the greatest musicians of all time. This decade also produced the summery jams of the female musicians that helped shape modern pop music. On 60s Girl Grooves hear some of the best original performances from these groups, and witness rare archival footage that was almost lost to time. Watch a preview here! Airs Saturday, August 3rd at 8:00pm.

Emeli Sandé: Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Since her career began back in 2008, Emeli Sandé has become one of the top singer-songwriters in modern music, winning awards for her songwriting and her solo performances. Sandé was most recently featured on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film The Great Gatsby. Emeli Sandé: Live At The Royal Albert Hall features a live performance with songs from Our Version of Events, Sandé’s debut album. Airs Saturday, August 3rd at 10:00pm.

Inside Foyle’s War
Detective Christopher Foyle has been awing audiences with his cases for more than 10 years now. After 10 years of production, there are plenty of behind the scenes stories to tell, and you can get them all on Inside Foyle’s War. Hear exclusive interviews with series creator Anthony Horowitz, show directors, actors, and more. Read interviews with the cast of Foyle’s War here! Airs Sunday, August 8th at 9:30pm.

Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser in Concert

Sarah Brightman’s illustrious career includes two Olympic singing performances and numerous Broadway credits, including the first musical portrayal of Christine Daaé of The Phantom of the Opera fame. Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser in Concert features a live performance from Elstree Studios in London, where Brightman performs both classics and new music from her album Dreamchaser. Airs Monday, August 5th at 10:00pm.

Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii
Elvis Presley is a legendary performer who needs no introduction. In addition to his many career accolades and countless hit songs, he was also the first performer to be broadcast around the world through early satellite technology. The program Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii features a 1973 performance in Honolulu with some of Presley’s most famous songs in the expansive set list. Airs Tuesday, August 6th at 8:00pm.

The Jimmy Dean Show – Country Classics

The late Jimmy Dean was responsible for bringing country music into the world’s public eye on The Jimmy Dean Show in the 1960’s. Dean brought Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, and many more onto his show and helped them gain the exposure they needed to become stars. Relive some of these classic episodes on The Jimmy Dean Show – Country Classics and catch performances from some of the greatest country singers of all time.  Airs Thursday, August 8th at 8:00pm.

Gloria Estefan: The Standards

For her 27th album, Gloria Estefan has created a series of covers of her favorite songs. The album, entitled The Standards, doesn’t release until September, but you can catch live versions of her covers on Gloria Estefan: The Standards. Airs Saturday, August 10th at 10:00pm.

A Salute to Vienna
Building on the 60-year tradition, A Salute to Vienna continues to make waves with opera performances that feature award-winning musicians, Academy Award winning actors, and music from the legendary Johann Strauss Jr.  Airs Sunday, August 11th at 9:00pm.

Great Performances: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
West Side Story, Wicked, and Bye, Bye Birdie are some of the most beloved musicals of all time, and they each have something in common: Judaism played a central role in their creation. In theatre’s history, many Jewish songwriters drew inspiration from their religious values in order to create award-winning musicals that are still celebrated today. On Great Performances: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, get an in-depth look at their history with interviews and performances. Watch a preview here! Airs Wednesday, August 14th at 10:00pm.

David Garrett: Music - Live in Concert

David Garrett is a Julliard-trained violinist who holds the Guinness World Record for World’s Fastest Violinist. On top of that he has also released 8 studio albums, the latest of which was released this past April. On David Garrett: Music - Live in Concert, watch his live performance at the TUI Arena in Hanover where he combines a wide variety of styles into one breathtaking performance.  Airs Friday, August 16th at 10:30pm.