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New PBS Nature Episodes | WETA Wildlife Shows

With spring finally here, what better way to get in touch with wildlife and the great outdoors than to watch two brand new Nature episodes?  First, we explore the secret life of plants and their ability to communicate in Nature: What Plants Talk About.  Then we plunge into the water for an episode about a mysterious and unknown creature from the deep in Nature: The Mystery of Eels.

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Plants have been on Earth longer than almost any other organism on the planet.  They may not have a brain or eyes but in an all new Nature: What Plants Talk About, scientists discover that plants have the ability to engage with their surroundings as animals do.  Join Nature scientists as they perform a variety of studies revealing plant-to-plant communication, the ability to nurture seedlings, selection of hosts, and even violent defenses.  Watch Nature: What Plants Talk About on WETA and take a sneak peek into the underground world of plants. 
 
Nature: What Plants Talk About airs April 3 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.
Also airs April 4 at 2:00pm, April 7 at 7:00pm

 

There is a lot more to the elegant eels than meets the eye. Writer and conservationist James Prosek takes viewers on a journey around the world to reveal how eels live out their lives.  Prosek travels from the Maori of New Zealand where eels are admired for being mythical guardians to the ocean deep of Maine, where fishermen have created a multi-billion dollar business from eel fishing.  But with the threat of over-fishing and obstacles that eels face for reproduction, is it too late to learn about this prehistoric aquatic creature?  Watch Nature: The Mystery of Eels to find out.
 
Nature: The Mystery of Eels airs April 17 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD. 
Also airs April 18 at 2:00pm, April 21 at 7:00pm

 

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Meet New People | WETA April Schedule Highlights

This April WETA has taken the liberty of inviting a few guests to your home. But don’t worry, you won’t need to clean up first! Visit with old friends and meet new ones all month long with special programs introducing you to a wide variety of characters, from Hollywood legends to subjects in groundbreaking documentaries. 

 
 
Part 1 Monday, April 1st at 9pm
Part 2 Tuesday, April 2nd at 9pm
In this special two-part series 

filmmaker David Sutherland introduces us to Robin Charboneau and her two children who are living on an Indian Reservation in North Dakota. The special co-presentation of Frontline and Independent Lens follows Robin over a three year period as she tries to raise her children and rebuild her life after an abusive marriage. 
 
Tuesday, April 2nd at 8pm
In 1936 African American sprinter Jesse Owens broke Olympic records and won four gold medals in Berlin, the headquarters of Hitler's Nazi regime. Rather than boycotting the games, he used with athletic ability to defy Hitler and amaze the rest of the world. Join us for this hour episode of American Experience featuring one of our country’s most important athletes. 
 
Wednesday, April 3rd at 10pm
 
Wednesday, April 10th at 10pm
 
Wednesday, April 17th at 10pm
Meet Michael Mosley, a man determined to live longer, stay younger and loose weight. Will his secret to a healthier life be fasting, exercise or digestion? Join us in this new series as Michael experiments on himself with these techniques to longevity. 
 
Friday, April 5th at 9pm
This is one man who’s probably graced your TV screen in one form or another already. Prehaps you know him as Rooster Cogburn, Bad Blake or the Dude. Learn all about Jeff Bridges and his unique style that’s landed him some of the most memorable roles in Hollywood. 
 
Saturdays at 8pm
Sometimes it’s just as important to get together with old friends as it is meet new ones. Don’t forget about your favorite grumpy Doc, Martin, who can be found helping the citizens of the town Portwenn every Saturday at 8pm. 
 
 
Saturday, April 6th at 9:30pm
James Stewart is one of the most loved American Actors, using his roles of ordinary men to remind us what’s really important. Follow his rise to fame with this documentary paying tribute to his career.
 
Saturday, April 7th at 12am
This is a story about three lives interconnected. After Tibetan master Geshe Lama Konchog passes away, his devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa is faced with the challenge of finding his mater’s reincarnation in a new body. Will this unmistaken child be found among the millions of children in the world? 
 
Tuesday, April 9th at 8pm and Friday, April 12th at 9pm 
Known for her comedy, The Carol Burnett Show, this famous actress’s life hasn’t always been laughs and smiles. Join us for this episode of American Masters as Carol Burnett’s life and career comes into focus.
 
Saturday, April 13th at 9:30pm
After starring in films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday and My Fair Lady, Audrey Hepburn has left her mark as one of the most successful and glamorous women in Hollywood. Go behind the scenes of her career with interviews and rare footage in this documentary 
celebrating Ms. Hepburn’s life. 
 
Saturday, April 13th at 10:30pm
The life of this self-made movie mogul is just as interesting as the characters she plays. Discover the story of Joan Crawford and her career that spans from the flapper era of the 1920s to thrillers in the 1960s. 
 
Tuesday, April 16th at 9pm
In 1989, five black and Hispanic teenagers were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City. In this new documentary by Ken Burns we hear see from the perspective of those accused and the effects the Central Park Jogger case has had on their lives.
 
Thursday, April 18th at 9:30pm
Meet Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, star of the British crime series based on the Peter Robinson novels. After a succession of murders DCI Banks does everything in his power to find the person responsible for these horrible crimes.

 
Saturday, April 20th at 9:30pm
This leading man was more than just good looks. He had a charismatic personality that landed him in roles such as To Catch a Thief and North by Northwest. Follow Cary Grant’s rise to fame from the working class, through archival footage, family photos and film clips.
 
Saturday, April 20th at 10:30pm
Gregory Peck worked his way up through theater roles to Academy Award winning, Hollywood actor by the end of his career. Learn about the trails and tribulations along the way and his reaction to landing important roles in films such as To Kill a Mockingbird.
 
Saturday, April 20th at 11:30pm
The popular Superherione Wonder Woman has been around in comic books since the 1940s, but what has a powerful woman represented to society both past and present? Learn about the history of super power and the inspiration she’s been for generations of women. 
 
Friday, April 26th at 9:00pm
Star of one of the most loved films in history, The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland captured hearts at a young age and went on to produce a large body of work. Join us for the story of her life told through her own words and the legacy that she leaves behind. 
 
Saturday, April 27th at 11:30pm
This is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man working to ensure the survival of his country and its citizens. As the most low-lying country in the world, a minor rise in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives. Tune in to learn more about this leader the intensifying responsibilities he has to his people. 
 
Saturday, April 27th at 2am
Set your DVRs and meet Rowan, a young boy diagnosed with autism in Texas. After trying unsuccessfully to help their son, his parents discover he has a deep, calming connection with horses. Determined to heal in whatever way possible, the family embarks on a spiritual journey on horseback through Mongolia in search of a shaman. 
 

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night March 30

Join us this weekend as we retrace our past with three movies that take a look at historical figures and events that have helped changed the world.  We start with one of the most well remembered hoaxes to ever see baseball, a Chinese artist who risks his life to fight for his country and the efforts of thousands of South Africans struggling for equality.

 

Read the full article to learn more about the 1919 World Series and to watch trailers of these movies!

 

Eight Men Out

Recognized as one of the greatest depictions of the Black Sox scandal, Eight Men Out gives a first-hand look at the drama that unfolded during this event.  Director John Sayles portrays the Chicago White Sox owner, Charlie Comiskey as a tough individual with no intent on rewarding his players for their outstanding season.  After being offered the opportunity to make some money through gambling, eight members of the team are enticed by this scheme and make the decision to throw the World Series by deliberately playing bad.  Rumors of a hoaxed series begin to spread and the eight players soon end up in court facing conspiracy charges. 

Watch Eight Men Out on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday at 9:30pm.

Click here to watch the trailer!

 

Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry

Known as one of China’s most famous contemporary artists, Ai WeiWei is most recognized for his artistic expression, political activism and his ability to communicate through social media.  Ai is also known for his artistic involvement in the development of the Beijing National Stadium which hosted the 2008 Olympics.  In a country built on a strict legal system, criticizing the Chinese government can be like dancing with death.  Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry gives viewers an inside look at the dedication and efforts of Ai as he does what most would never dream of doing, express their opinions about the Chinese government.  This independent documentary from American filmmaker, Allison Klayman, follows China’s most impressionable figures as he gains attention for his aspiring artwork and dedicated attempts to expose, in his belief, the true government of China.

Tune in this Saturday at 11:30pm for Independent Lens: Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry.

Click here to watch the trailer!

 

Have You Heard from Johannesburg: From Selma to Soweto

For almost three decades, African Americans fought to end the pain and injustice that was caused by the racist system of Apartheid.  This policy of segregation and discrimination ignited a flame that brought black leaders and the African American people together in hopes of putting a stop to the regime.   In order to bring down the horrible system that plagued South Africa, African Americans would have to go to battle with one it’s most powerful allies, the United States of America.  Developing campaigns, organizing civil rights movements and going against the opposition of President Ronald Reagan were some of the desperate measures that had to be taken in the fight for equality.  Can the non-violent activists ultimately succeed in their efforts and for the first time in history, shift the United States foreign policy?

Tune in Sunday at 1:00am for Independent Lens: Have You Heard from Johannesburg: From Selma to Soweto   

Click here to watch the trailer!

 

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town March 29 - 31

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of memorable movie music, mind-bending acrobatics, and more in your own backyard!

 
 
 
Often, the music from your favorite film can be just as memorable as the visuals. Take your ears on a trip through Hollywood this Friday, as Chuck Redd plays tunes from popular movies like ANATOMY OF A MURDER, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and Woody Allen's recent MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. Redd’s jazz renditions on the vibraphone will be enough to see Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, even without them projected on a screen.   
Friday, 11am
Cost: $15
5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, MD 20852
 
 
 
Venture into a landscape of disappearing dreams, distorted visions, and jumbled memories!  This Friday and Saturday at George Mason’s Center for the Arts, indulge in Les 7 Doigts de la Main’s acrobatic and theatrical experience, PSY.  This prominent Canadian troupe’s most recent creation juxtaposes dark issues, from insomnia to amnesia, with circus arts like the German wheel, teeterboard, and aerial rope.  PSY portrays the beauty and commonality of neuroses while celebrating the endurance of the individual to prevail against ailments and self-imposed limitations.  Don’t miss out on this “mind-bending journey into the human ego”!      
Friday, 8pm
Saturday, 2pm & 8pm
Cost: $24-$48; youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult
4373 Mason Pond Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030
 
 
Before the rise of the Digital Age, billboards, storefronts, murals and even street signs were all painted by hand.  But this art has not been completely lost. With many business owners seeking an ‘old school’ look, renewed interest in traditional sign painting has recently revived the craft. 
Filmmakers Faye Levine and Sam Macon captured the stories of over two dozen sign painters in their new film, fittingly titled SIGN PAINTERS.  Levine and Macon traveled from coast to coast and created the first anecdotal history of sign painting.  Join Levine and Macon for the film’s world premiere, followed by a Q&A session and a signing of the companion book.  
Saturday, 2pm
Free
1661 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.
 
 
 
Select films opening today:
 
What if all 142 of your children filed a lawsuit against you at the same time?  That’s the news Patrick Huard’s character must face in Ken Scott’s comedy, which is finally seeing its U.S. premiere.
 
 
 
This German crime thriller, starring Ulrick Thomsen and Claudia Michelsen and directed by Baran bo Odar, brings us to the summer 23 years after the disappearance of a 13-year-old girls occurred.
 
 
 
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New! Watch Call the Midwife & Masterpiece's Mr. Selfridge

Just when you thought you’d never get over Sundays without Downton Abbey, WETA TV26 and WETA HD begins Call the Midwife season 2 and Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge this Sunday, March 31!

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This Sunday marks the season 2 U.S. premiere of the popular British drama Call the Midwife. Return to the Nonnatus House as all your favorite characters, and a few new ones, balance romance, friendship, and medicine in East End London during the 1950s.
 
In episode 1, it’s Nurse Jenny Lee’s birthday celebration at the Nonnatus House but as soon as the party comes to an end, she is assigned a new patient, the pregnant Molly Brignall.  The well-being of Molly and her child is compromised putting Jenny in a difficult spot.  Trixie and Sister Evangelina care for a Captain’s pregnant daughter but how will the two do aboard a ship?
 
 
 
 
 

Prepare to be swept back to early 20th Century England with Mr. Selfridge, the newest Masterpiece series based on real-life events. Follow the story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, an American businessman from Chicago, played by Jeremy Piven (Entourage). Selfridge moves to London and opens the department store chain Selfridges at the end of Oxford Street with £400,000 of his own money. Selfridge’s foreign principles and modern retail techniques create quite a stir in London society and the drama commences.

Harry Selfridge was a showman and his flashy, alluring window displays match the plot of this new show, which explores relationships, social change, and style. As the Selfridges climb the social ladder in London, they encounter many extraordinary characters on their way to the top. Follow not only the parties and glamorous gowns of high society, but also follow the stories of the working class Selfridges employees.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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