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WETA TV26 Wildlife Wednesdays

Beginning Wednesday July 16, 2014 on WETA TV26 & HD, enjoy wildlife like you’ve never seen it before! Introducing two new PBS wildlife programs: My Wild Affair and Sex in the Wild and reintroducing NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years. Tune into WETA TV26 & HD Wednesdays from 8-11pm for these exciting natural history shows. Read on for more information on each upcoming episode and when to watch!

My Wild Affair airs Wednesdays at 8pm

In this four part series, hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions.
Part 1 “The Elephant Who Found a Mom” airs on July 16 at 8pm
Discover the intense bond between Aisha, a baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Daphne uses the lessons learned from Aisha’s life to help her save more than 150 orphans over the next 40 years.
Part 2 “The Ape Who Went to College” airs on July 23 at 8pm
Hear the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”
Part 3 “The Rhino Who Joined the Family” airs on July 30 at 8pm
Rupert is an orphaned black rhinoceros was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife veterinarian Dr. John Condy. Rupert captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years later, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.
Part 4 “The Seal Who Came Home” airs on August 6 at 8pm
Witness the true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by arborist Harry Goodridge. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness.

NOVA: Australia's First 4 Billion Years airs Wednesdays at 9pm

Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. This four part NOVA miniseries, hosted by geologist Richard Smith, takes viewers on a fabulous adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today.
Part 1 “Awakening” airs on July 16 at 9pm
First stop in this road trip through time is Western Australia, around four and a half billion years ago, where we encounter the Earth shortly after its fiery birth. It’s a violent, poisonous planet, but not all is what it first seems.
Part 2 “Life Explodes” airs on July 23 at 9pm
Meet Planet Earth’s forgotten pioneers: the scuttling arthropod armies that invaded the shores, and the waves of green revolutionaries whose battle for the light pushed plant-life across the face of a barren continent. Revolution continued underwater as well, with armor-plated fish experimenting with teeth, jaws, sex and lungs.
Part 3 “Monsters” airs on July 30 at 9pm
Come face to face with the previously unknown reptilian rulers of prehistoric Australia. But reptiles didn’t have the world all to themselves. Mammals like the enigmatic platypus lived alongside them, ready for their moment in the sun. And 65 million years ago, they saw that day arrive.
Part 4 “Strange Creatures: airs on August 6 at 9pm
In the wake of the catastrophe—the asteroid impact 65 million years ago believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs--Australia was set adrift on a lonely voyage in southern seas. This is a tale of calamity and conquest; how a conspiracy of climate, biology and geology shaped the Earth we now call home.

Sex in the Wild airs Wednesdays at 10pm

This four-part series, presented by anatomist Joy Reidenberg and veterinarian Mark Evans, examines the reproductive behaviors and biology of four species — elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins — and takes an in-depth look at how these animals find and woo the opposite sex. It also explores how they mate, give birth and raise their young in extreme environments.
Part 1 “Elephants” airs on July 16 at 10pm
Reidenberg and Evans follow Kiti, a pregnant female elephant, through the birth of her baby. In addition, Evans travels with a group attempting to control the elephant population (and learns how to produce a bull elephant sperm sample) while also maintaining genetic diversity, through chemical birth control as Botswana copes with increasing numbers of animals.
Part 2 “Kangaroos” airs on July 23 at 10pm
The scientists chronicle the birth of a kangaroo joey and its development. The episode explores koala conservation efforts in Brisbane that use artificial insemination to boost the numbers of koala babies. Reidenberg visits a pioneering breeding program at the University of Adelaide to learn more about preservation efforts to save the extremely endangered southern brush-tailed rock-wallaby in South Australia.
Part 3 “Orangutans” airs on July 30 at 10pm
Reidenberg and Evans travel to an orangutan sanctuary deep in the rainforest of Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of one of humans’ closest cousins — the orangutan. The team examines how the alpha male “kings” exert their power over other males and seduce females in their territory. Devoting a lengthy seven years to raising a single orangutan baby is key to the success of the species — similar to humans.
Part 4 “Dolphins” airs on August 6 at 10pm
In this episode, Reidenberg travels to New Zealand to uncover the mating strategies and anatomies of dusky dolphins, who form mating groups that leap from the water in perfect unison. In a high-speed chase, males pursue females and rapidly mate with them — in just two seconds. Viewers can witness a dolphin birth and learn the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater.


 

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WETA Movie Night: July 12-13

This Saturday, WETA TV26 & HD has three wonderful films for WETA Movie Night. Bonnie and Clyde, the 1967 action-packed romantic drama kicks off the night at 9:30pm. Then meet fantastic and inspirational athletes in My Way to Olympia at 11:30pm and get a different view of the world with Salt early Sunday at 12:30am.
 
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This is a romanticized account of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang from the 1930s. Excited by Clyde Barrow's outlaw demeanor, Bonnie Parker joins him in a crime spree across multiple towns.  Soon the pair joins Clyde’s brother Buck and his wife Blanche in a bank robbery. Will they get away with the heist? How long can they pull off this lifestyle? This movie is packed with drama, action, adventure, and romance. Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Gene Hackman. This film won the 1968 Oscars for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Estelle Parsons and Best Cinematography: Burnett Guffey. Also watch Sunday at 11:30am!

POV: My Way to Olympia airs Saturday at 11:30pm
German director Niko von Glasow was born with severely shortened arms and along with his long list of award-winning films, he is the director of My Way to Olympia. Niko discovers  a group of incredibly adaptable, determined, and optimistic people performing athletic feats sometimes more astounding than those of regular Olympic athletes. This film shares the stories of these Paralympic athletes and shows that Paralympic sports are less about disabilities than about being the best at something, which is the same reason every athlete in the world competes.

POV: Salt airs Sunday at 12:30am
Award-winning photographer Murray Fredericks began making five-week-long, annual, solo camping trips to remote Lake Eyre and its salt flats in South Australia and has a plethora of remarkable photos to show for it. This documentary is the film extension of Fredericks’ photographic work at Lake Eyre, interweaving his photos and video diary with time-lapse sequences. The content in t his film will peak viewers’ ideas of time and space.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: July 7-13

Monday at 9pm tune in for the first two episodes of Midsomer Murders season2! First at 9pm “Death’s Shadow”. Soon after successful theatrical director Simon Fletcher is diagnosed with a brain tumor, a property developer in the village is savagely murdered. Barnaby and Detective Sergeant Troy investigate the crime, trying to discover if it was motivated by ill-feeling in the village about his plans for property development or some longer buried secrets. Then at 10:30pm on “Strangler’s Wood”, the body of a young Brazilian woman is found strangled with a tie in a forest where three similar murders occurred several years before. Barnaby manages to solve both the new murders and the old ones, though not before the murder of yet another victim.

Tuesday at 9pm tune in for the first two episodes of Doc Martin season 2! First at 9pm “Old Dogs”, Dr. Martin Ellingham is still as clumsy as ever when it comes to forming relationships with the opposite sex. Just when things are beginning to look rosily romantic between him and pretty school teacher Louisa Glasson, he makes a terrible faux pas. She can't forgive him for accusing her of failing in her dental hygiene regime. Then at 9:45pm “In Loco”, Louisa is nervously awaiting an interview for promotion to head teacher of Portwenn Primary School, and she's anxious to make a good impression. But the odds seem to be stacked against her. Dr. Ellingham is on the board of governors, and she's not sure she can count on his vote.

Wednesday at 8am catch season 6 episode 1 of All Creatures Great and Small. In the episode, “Here and There”, James meets Basil Courtney, a cowhand for a local farmer. Basil has worked in a circus, been a teacher, has knowledge of art and a nose for good wine! James is intrigued until he discovers that Basil has not been giving the farmer's calves their treatment and, as a result, they are showing no signs of improvement. Then at 9am stay on WETA UK for Born and Bred season 2 episode 1. In the new series sees a new set of problems for the father-and-son practice, and delves further into the lives of the villagers, including some highly amusing incidents.

Thursday at 10pm Dalziel and Pascoe begin the two part mystery “Secrets of the Dead”. Watch part 2 next Thursday July 17 at 10pm! Dalziel is in the small Yorkshire village of Stenby, attending the funeral of Fran Lock, the district nurse. When the local solicitor is found murdered, Dalziel investigates (without the help of Pascoe, who is off to Florida to
visit his wife and daughter).

Friday at 7:30pm start the fantastic British comedy My Family from the very first episode!  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.

Saturday at 11am catch the first episode of the sci-fi, cult classic Red Dwarf! A radiation leak wipes out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf, leaving only one survivor – chicken soup machine repair man, Dave Lister. After three million years in suspended animation, Lister emerges to find he is the last human being in the universe but he is not alone. The crew begin to experience visions from their own future and Lister’s appears to include being reduced to his component atoms by a rather large explosion.

Sunday at 8pm catch the WETA UK premiere of Brazil with Michael Palin. In episode 1, “Out of Africa”, Michael Palin’s Brazilian odyssey begins in the North East where modern Brazil was born. He starts in the city of Sao Luis before traveling down the coast to Recife and Salvador, dropping in on the vaqueros Brazilian Cowboys who work on vast cattle ranches. His travels also take him south to the stunning coastal lagoons of the Lencois Maranhenses national park. In Salvador he learns to drum with the famous Olodum School and has a lesson in how to cook Bahian-style before finding out what lies behind the beguiling moves of Capoeria dancers.
 

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WETA Movie Night: July 5-6

Check out description for this week’s WETA Saturday Night Movies below! Tune into WETA TV26 & HD beginning at 9:30pm on Saturday for a night full of movies that are sure to excite and entertain.

Cool Hand Luke (1967) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
In this prison drama, Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is sentenced to a stretch on a southern chain gang after he's arrested for drunkenly decapitating parking meters. Jackson struggles to conform to rural prison life. Also airs Sunday at 11:30am!

POV: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs airs Saturday at 11:30pm
A profile of 98-year-old Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese-American social activist in Detroit who has spent much of her adult life fighting for civil rights and female equality.

POV: Good Fortune airs Sunday at 1am
This documentary investigates that international anti-poverty projects in Africa that may not be helping the people they're meant to. A plan to build modern housing in Kibera meets local resistance as residents fear that the project will benefit the well-connected, not them. In the west, neighbors worry that a rice farm's planned reservoir will cause their lands to flood.
 

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Celebrate Independence Day with WETA TV26

This Fourth of July, spend the day with WETA TV26 & HD! Skip the heat and the crowds and watch Independence Day programming Friday beginning at 9am. Check out show descriptions and air times below.

A Capitol Fourth: Tom Bergeron hosts a celebration of America's birthday, featuring fireworks and musical performances.

WETA TV26’s Arlington National Cemetery: Explore the history, mission and daily operations of Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. This revered place honors the dead and brings great meaning to the living.

WETA TV26’s Guide to Memorials: Take an inspiring tour of the many military, war and presidential memorials of Greater Washington. Visit sculptures, statues and buildings located nearby that memorialize individuals, events, and Americans' service to their country.

WETA TV26’s Guide to Great Views: See the views and vistas that make Washington one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Find out where the best 360-degree views are, which natural vistas are located nearby, and where to go for great sunset spots.

WETA TV26 DC Firework Extravaganza: Watch a beautiful display of fireworks on the National Mall without having to leave home!

9am             A Capitol Fourth 2012
10:30am      A Capitol Fourth 2013
12pm           WETA TV26’s Arlington National Cemetery
1pm             WETA TV26’s Guide to Memorials
1:30pm        WETA TV26’s Guide to Great Views
2pm             A Capitol Fourth 2012
3:30pm        A Capitol Fourth 2013

8pm             A Capitol Fourth 2014
9:30pm        WETA TV26 DC Firework Extravaganza
10pm           A Capitol Fourth 2014
 

 

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