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The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

This new, five-hour series follows Simon Schama as he travels from Russia and the Ukraine to Egypt, Israel and Spain exploring the impact that Jewish culture has made across the world. The series is also a personal journey for host Simon Schama who has been engaged with Jewish history since his postwar childhood. The Story of the Jews draws on primary sources that include the Elephantine papyri, a collection of 5th-century BC manuscripts illuminating the life of a town of Jewish soldiers and their families in ancient Egypt; the astonishing trove of documents — the Cairo Geniza — recording the world of the medieval Jews of the Mediterranean and Near East; the records of disputations between Christians and Jews in Spain; correspondence between the leader of the Arab revolt during World War I, Emir Feisal, and the leader of the Zionist movement, Chaim Weizmann.  Schama brings together a multitude of emotions and questions to share a story that truly affects every human on Earth.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
In the Beginning  (Part 1)

Historian Simon Schama's five-part history of the Jewish people opens 3000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their book, the Hebrew Bible.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Among Believers  (Part 2)

The medieval era, when Jews struggled to preserve their identity—and even their lives—under the rule of Christianity and Islam is recalled. Included: diaspora Jews who built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution; the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
A Leap of Faith  (Part 3)

The Enlightenment era, when Jews integrated into mainstream European life, is recalled. One area that proved fruitful: music, as exemplified by the careers of composers Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn. The integration stirred up ancient prejudices, however, which were often cloaked by romantic nationalism and pseudo-science. Included: the trial of Alfred Dreyfus, which led Theodor Herzl to conclude that Jews needed a homeland in order to be free of persecution.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Over the Rainbow  (Part 4)

Recalling the lost world of the shtetl, Jewish towns and villages in Eastern Europe that gave birth to a uniquely Jewish culture; and that made its mark in the revolutionary politics of the USSR and the pop culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplace of Hasidism, one of the most misunderstood forms of Judaism. Included: Simon Schama visits the forests of Lithuania, where his family logged wood and fought wolves.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Return  (Part 5)

Simon Schama's history of the Jewish people concludes with the Holocaust and the creation of the modern Israel, both of which fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Included: the tension between the ideals and necessities that led to founding the modern Israel; and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake.

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This Week on WETA UK: March 17-23

Monday at 9pm Midsomer Murders takes on the mystery “Painted in Blood”. When Joyce Barnaby finds a dead woman while painting watercolors of Midsomer Florey, she unwittingly uncovers a nest of plots and double-dealings.

Tuesday at 10:30pm Chef! season 2 begins with “A River Runs Through It”. The kitchen staff at Le Chateau are overwhelmed and Gareth simply must find another chef as soon as possible. Gustave Laroche, a one time culinary legend, is available but why is he working at a third rate dive?

Wednesday 1pm-5pm watch the best British crime dramas on television all back-to-back! At 1pm, MI-5 (also known as Spooks) begins season 7. MI-5 has just exchanged spies with the Russians and welcome the return of Lucas North after 7 years of imprisonment. At 2pm, New Tricks tackles the “who done it?” in episode “Queen and Country”. UCOS reinvestigate the death of Annabel Tilson, a diplomat in the Foreign Office whose body was discovered in a frozen river on Christmas Day.  At 3pm, Waking the Dead continues season 6 with the conclusion of the mystery “Mask of Sanity”. Boyd and the team establish that it was Jenson who killed Pierce but how and why? At 4pm, join the crew from Hustle for the episode “Ding Dong That's My Song”. When a visit to one of Albert’s old haunts leads the gang to target Dale Ridley, a disgraced game show presenter turned property developer with a fondness for bribery.

Thursday from 8pm-10pm begin new seasons of your favorite contemporary British comedies. At 8pm, season 2 of Spy begins. At 8:30pm, Twenty Twelve takes on “Boycott” part 1 which kicks off season 2. At 9pm, Lead Balloon begins from the very first episode of season 1 “Rubbish”. At 9:30pm, Outnumbered begins season 2 from the beginning.

Friday from 9am-noon watch the best British dramas. At 9am watch Born and Bred from the very first episode of season 1. At 10am, watch Monarch of the Glen begin season 3. At 11am, BallyKissAngel continues with the beginning of season 4.

Saturday at 9pm, tune in for Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis: Season 3 “Dark Matter”. Oxford professor and amateur stargazer Andrew Crompton cryptically says that on Friday at 3:15, he will have an "excess of joy." Later, Crompton is found dead at the foot of the stairs in the Oxford observatory. The investigation draws Detective Inspector Lewis and Detective Sergeant Hathaway into the ethereal writings of a 17th-century astronomer and a modern-day circle of scientists and musicians, and their unexpected connections to the deceased.

Sunday at 8pm, join Michael Wood for the first part of the four part documentary series Michael Wood’s Story of England. In part one, “Romans to Normans”, the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire is located in the heart of England and is a place that has lived through the Black Death, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution, and it was even bombed in World War Two. With the help of the local people and using archaeology, landscape, language and DNA, historian Michael Wood uncovers the lost history of the first thousand years of the village, featuring a Roman villa, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and graphic evidence of life on the eve of the Norman Conquest.
 

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Thomas & Friends "To The Rescue" Week | WETA Kids New Episodes

New episodes of Thomas & Friends begin Monday March 17, 2014 on WETA Kids to kick off “To The Rescue Week”! All week watch Thomas the Tank Engine and his group of friends go on rescue missions at 12:30pm on WETA Kids! Read on for descriptions of the shows.

Monday March 17 at 12:30pm “Taking Turns”
Thomas and Duck learn to work together while transporting Harold the helicopter to the Sodor Search and Rescue for repair.

Tuesday March 18 at 12:30pm “Tricks and Tales”
Bill and Ben play a trick on a new engine that nearly causes an accident; an engine known for telling jokes can't get anyone to take him seriously when he claims an elephant is blocking the tracks.

Wednesday March 19 at 12:30pm “Out and About”
Thomas tries to catch a runaway kite all by himself. Later, he totes new bee hives to Farmer Trotter, but makes a mistake when he takes them by way of a flowery field instead of the shady woodland that Hiro suggested.

Thursday March 20 at 12:30pm “Fire and Water”
Belle thinks he's not needed after inspectors question the need for two fire engines and Flynn beats him to two fires in a row; the proud Gordon doesn't want to stop to be checked out after a stone hits his boiler.

Friday March 21 at 12:30pm “Just Be Yourself”
Scruff wants to quit collecting rubbish trucks after he's repainted; Winston, Sir Topham Hatt's track inspection vehicle, accidentally goes for a roll on his own.

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This Week on WETA UK: March 10-16

Monday at 10:30pm Inspector George Gently continues with the episode “Peace and Love”.  This show is a crime drama set in the 1960s about an old-school detective trying to come to terms with a time when the lines between the police and criminals have become blurred. Gently and Bacchus investigate the murder of a well-known left-wing academic who is found dead in the docks after a CND rally.

Tuesday at 8pm House of Cards: The Final Cut continues with episode 2. Set your DVR to record the 3am repeat of episode 1 Tuesday morning! The Final Cut is the concluding season of the original House of Cards. Francis Urquhart, who is still Prime Minister, becomes heavily involved in a foreign war over oil trading. Once again he is quick to abuse his influence to ensure a handsome consultancy fee for himself if he can settle the dispute his way.

Wednesday at 11pm Benny Hill is a slap-stick, sketch, comedy featuring comedian Benny Hill. The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions that routinely features sexy girls in skimpy costumes with the lecherous Hill leering at them. Two episodes air back-to-back at 11pm and 11:30pm.

Thursday at 11:30pm Sherlock Holmes is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective who uses his keen powers of deduction in a series of cases including this week’s episode, “The Bruce Partington Plans”. Holmes' brother Mycroft (Charles Gray) seeks his help in locating stolen plans for a top-secret submarine.

Friday at 9pm Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries airs back-to-back! First at 9pm, “Blood and Circuses” a carnival sideshow entertainer is murdered so Phryne goes undercover as a circus performer to investigate. Then at 10pm, “Murder in the Dark” Phryne's quest to track down the man suspected of killing her sister is sidetracked when a young girl is found dead in Aunt Prudence's fountain.

Saturday at 8pm Queen’s Diamond Decades part 1, the 1950s. In 1952, the sudden death of King George VI changed Elizabeth's life forever. Elizabeth was just 25 and mother to Prince Charles, 3 years old, and Princess Anne, 18 months old, when she came to the throne. Winston Churchill was her first Prime Minister. Britain was still bandaging its war wounds and the coronation sparked the biggest party since VE Day. Terrible floods brought England back to Earth and the Suez Crisis took the U.K. to the brink of war.

Sunday at 9pm The Secret Life of Elephants continues with episode 2. Set your DVR to record the 2am repeat of episode 1 Tuesday morning! Set against the backdrop of one of Africa's most stunning locations, the Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya, this compelling series follows the remarkable stories of wild elephants. From the first faltering steps of Breeze, a new born, to the experiences of elderly matriarch Babylon, this series explores behavior and relationships revealing elephants to be caring and compassionate beings.
 

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WETA Kids Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday | New Cat in the Hat

March 3-7, WETA Kids will premiere a week of new adventures with the Cat in the Hat to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. “Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Cat-ebration” kicks off on Monday, March 3 with the debut of a one-hour The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That special episode and new half-hour episodes also premiere next week. The new episodes follow the Cat, Nick and Sally as they explore a variety of animal attributes: from the benefits of crickets’ chirps and birds’ feathers, to the mimic octopus’ remarkable ability to imitate other sea creatures. Viewers also learn how glass is made, how multi-legged creatures walk and how cotton is spun into fabric.

Read on to learn more about the new episodes that will air on WETA Kids during “Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Cat-ebration” – March 3-7, 2014.

Four Episode, One-Hour Special Premieres Monday March 3 at 3pm and Tuesday March 4 at 9am
“Step This Way”: The kids are playing dress-up, with Sally wearing her mom’s shoes and Nick wearing his dad’s shoes. They're having trouble walking, and the Cat thinks it’s because their feet are the wrong shape. But doesn’t everyone have the same shaped feet? Not at all! The Cat takes them to the Jungle of Bingle-Bungle Boo to meet his friends Emily the Teal, Mikey the Lemur and Greg the Gecko. They see that animals have differently shaped feet to help them do different things! You need the right feet for the right job!
Educational Objective: Creatures have different feet for different uses.

“Anything You Can Do”: Nick and Sally are pretending to be the Cat in the Hat. But there’s only one Cat, no doubt about that! Pretending to be other people is hard. The Cat takes Nick and Sally to meet his good friend Mimi the Mimic Octopus to learn some tips on how to pretend to be someone else. They learn how to observe, pick out something special about the person and then copy it. Mimi does it to protect herself, but now Nick and Sally can pretend to be the one and only Cat!
Educational Objective: The mimic octopus has a remarkable ability to imitate other sea creatures.

“Name That Sound”: Sally and Nick are trying to stump each other by guessing the animal sounds they’re making. The Cat stumps them both when he tries to make the sound of a cricket!  But that didn't sound like a cricket. They all try but just can’t figure out how a cricket makes its noise. Well, Cat's friend Clarence the Cricket can surely show them! Off to the Grassy-Grove-Dell to meet him! He shows him his wings, one that is comb-like, the other a scraper; when he rubs them together, he makes his wonderful cricket noise. Back at home, Nick and Sally find things around the house they can use to mimic Clarence — a deck of cards and a comb!
Educational Objective: Male crickets make a chirping sound by scraping one pegged wing against the other wing, which is ridged. This is done so fast one doesn’t hear the individual clicks, rather a trilling chirp, which is why it is hard for us to copy. The sound is used to get the attention of other crickets, either as a warning or for mating.

“Fabulous Feathers”: Sally is playing dress-up, but her favorite hat no longer has any feathers on it. Where can they find more? The Cat’s good friend Puranjay might be able to help! He’s a peacock who lives in Feathery Flats; he has plenty of feathers! Sally collects the feathers that have fallen out of Puranjay and discovers that each one has its own distinct job. But it’s his tail feathers that are just jazzy and snazzy enough for her hat! They are the most fabulous feathers!
Educational Objective: Feathers serve a variety of functions, including flight, heat conservation, waterproofing, camouflage and display.

New Episode: “Balancing Act/Marvelous Marbles” – Premieres Tuesday, March 4 at 3:30pm and Wednesday March 5 at 9am
“Balancing Act”: Sally and Nick are trying to walk across a beam in their backyard, but are having trouble staying on it! Can the Cat help? Why of course! His friend Zappa the Snow Leopard is an amazing balancer! He uses his big wide feet and his long tail to help him keep his balance. Nick and Sally don't have tails, but they see how Zappa moves carefully to keep his weight balanced. Now they know what to do at home. Using broomsticks to help them stay balanced, Nick and Sally are able to cross the balance beam. And just in time to have some yummy bran berry muffins!
Educational Objective: Sally and Nick learn how a snow leopard balances.

“Marvelous Marbles”: The kids are playing with glass marbles, until one of them rolls away! It was Nick’s “extra luck never miss marble.” Now what is he going to do? Cat will take the kids to a sandy beach that’s full of marbles! But when they get there, all they see is sand. Cat’s friend Sharky McGee explains that sand makes glass. He shows them how sand is turned into glass and all the wonderful things you can make with it — including marbles!
Educational Objective: Glass is made from tiny particles of sand, then formed into all sorts of useful items.

New Episode: “Take a Walk/Cotton Patch” – Premieres Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 3:30pm and Thursday March 6 at 9am
“Take a Walk”: Sally and Nick are practicing to be in a three-legged race, but walking on three legs is hard! Well, if anyone knows about walking, its Cat’s friends Sid the Centipede, Spinny the Spider and Bugsy the Beetle! They all teach the kids how they walk on many legs by keeping a steady pace and walking in a rhythm and a beat. Back at home, Nick and Sally practice what they learned by using their own special rhythm!
Educational Objective: Nick and Sally discover how creatures with more than two legs (centipedes, spiders and beetles) walk.

“Cotton Patch”: Oh no! Nick has torn his favorite shirt! He needs a perfect patch of cotton to fix it. Good thing Cat’s friend Dr. Twiggles knows all about cotton! Off to Fluff’n Stuff Fields to see him! Once there, the kids are astonished to learn that you can make clothes from plants! Dr. Twiggles shows them how to pick the cotton, clean and dry it, comb it and spin it into thread. Finally, he demonstrates how the thread comes together to make a patch by using his loom. They even learn how to dye the cotton by using berry juice. Nick’s favorite shirt is as good as new!
Educational Objective: Nick and Sally discover how the cotton fibers of the cotton plant can be cleaned, carded, spun and woven to make clothes.


 

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