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New Ken Burns | Central Park Five

Join WETA for Central Park Five, the latest production by Ken Burns, co-directed with his daughter Sarah Burns. In 1989, five black and Hispanic teenagers were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman jogging through Central Park at night. In 2002, after the five had served their sentences, a man named Mathias Reyes, who was already serving life in prison for an unrelated crime, confessed to the attack. The courts cleared the five’s records, yet the damage was already done, with injured reputations and years of their lives lost. This new documentary highlights the media frenzy and injustice against the accused by presenting a different side to the case that rocked New York City with its racial and social implications. 

Watch a preview of the film!

Watch Central Park Five on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Tuesday April 16 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm.
Also airs Wednesday at 2pm.
 
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Brand New NOVA | Australia: First 4 Billion Years

We’re taking summer vacation a little early with a trip to the ocean deep, the red hills, and the hot sun of Australia! We invite you to join us on this educational and breathtaking journey to the land where the formation of Earth itself began in the four part mini-series from NOVA: Australia: First 4 Billion Years. Scientists share some of the earliest life that inhabited the planet from giant kangaroos to deadly reptiles, and prehistoric crustaceans. See you Wednesdays at 9:00pm on WETA!    

Read the full article to watch trailers of the series!

 

Australia is most recognized for its unusual creatures and outback terrain but it is also home to some of the oldest remains of early life known to Earth. Awakening, part one, starts in Western Australia where scientists take a look at how the planet was transformed.  NOVA and host Richard Smith take us on a journey through the Land Down Under where we get acquainted with a bacterial slime that inhabited the continent and could be one of the earliest life forms known to the planet.
Watch NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Awakening airs April 10 at 8:00pm & April 11 at 3:00pm. 
 
In this episode of Australia’s First 4 Billion Years, host Richard Smith uncovers how creatures traveled from the ocean floor to dry land. Ancient fossils unveil how these prehistoric animals took over a once lifeless land and brought it alive. Armor-plated fish and invading arthropods were just a few of the unusual ocean dwellers that journeyed to the shorelines in order to help change the face of the Earth.  But not all creatures can live peacefully together.  Watch NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Life Explodes airs April 17 at 9:00pm & April 18 at 3:00pm.
 
Over 250 million years ago, Australia was a host for some of the largest and most perilous creatures to roam the planet.  In episode three, MonstersRichard Smith brings viewers up-close and personal with some of these prehistoric creatures in order to reveal why they were considered the monsters of their time. Kronosaurus was an aquatic creature that received its name from the greek god Kronos and had a skull twice as long as the Tyrannosaurus Rex, making it a top predator.  Scientists also reveal that these ancient reptiles were in fact not alone; mammals such as the duckbilled platypus shared the land as well. 
Watch NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Monsters airs April 24 at 9:00pm & April 25 at 3:00pm.
 
In the final episode of this series, NOVA and host Richard Smith uncover the true ancestors of Australia.  Smith reveals the last 65 million years that formed the Land Down Under into the lone but wildlife filled continent it is today.  Before humans and the formation of the Great Barrier Reef, strange creatures such as giant kangaroos, massive koalas and oversized wombats once roamed the land.  With their dominant size, these large marsupials truly exemplify the origin of Australia.  Watch NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures May 1 at 9:00pm & May 2 at 3:00pm.
 
  
 
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This Week on WETA UK | April 8 - 14

Read this article for highlights in this week's WETA UK schedule! WETA UK is the Washington, DC area's 24-hour a day, 7-days a week all British public broadcast channel. In this blog post, find more information on new episodes, new series, and reminders of WETA UK favorites.

Read the full article to watch video previews of these programs!

 

Monday at 8:00pm, Foyle’s War begins the new two part mystery Eagle Day with a bang, as a German bomb raid destroys a Hastings house. When man is found dead in the rubble with a knife in his chest, Foyle is called in to investigate the peculiar circumstances. 

Tuesday at 8:00pm, join us for the WETA UK Premiere of Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, a drama about the adventures of a housewife-turned-investigator. In season 3, Hetty's strong sense of justice, kind disposition and skill at blending into her surroundings bring her into contact with people from all walks of life. No measure is too extreme when she’s on a case- from to posing as an Australian to prevent a crisis or working in the hospital after she’s had an operation.

 

Wednesday at 8:00pm, take on the Inspector Morse case, Deadly Slumber. In part one of the two part mystery, Chief Inspector Morse and Sgt. investigate the apparent suicide of a business man who ran a medical clinic with his wife.

 

Thursday at 9:00pm, Agatha Christie’s Poirot ponders, How Does Your Garden Grow? Poirot becomes the center of attention at the Chelsea Flower Show, when a new rose on display is named after him. But after Miss Barrowby gives him a packet of seeds and dies the very same evening, Poirot investigates the shocking poisoning. Could the culprit really be the young Russian nurse? 

 

Friday at 8:00pm, in the new British comedy, Ladies of Letters, starring Patricia Routledge and Prunella Scales, distance makes the heart grow fonder. Follow the friendship between two elderly ladies, who share a sometimes rocky relationship through letters and e-mail. 

 

Saturday beginning at 8:00pm, continue watching the WETA UK Event: The Complete Vera with episodes 3 and 4. Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is an experienced and brilliant murder investigator in North East England. Kind-hearted but an inherent loner, Vera freely admits she can become obsessed with work. Driven by her own demons, the detective faces the world with sarcastic wit, guile, and courage.

 

Sunday at 11:00pm, have you seen Red Dwarf? This sitcom follows the last human being alive, stranded in space with his friends on the ship, the Red Dwarf. Watch two back-to-back episodes every Sunday from 11:00pm – 12:00pm!

 

 

 

 

 

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Food in April | New WETA Local Production in May

Spring is upon us in the Washington, D.C. area! As the weather warms up, we shelve our soups and casseroles for lighter, cooler options. This April on WETA, we're sharing the best of the best spring and summer foods with you: hot dogs, sandwiches, and ice cream. In addition to these favorite foods, WETA is proud to announce the premiere of our brand new local documentary, Pizza in Washington on May 7 at 8:00pm! Read on for more information about these delicious shows and watch the very first preview of Pizza in Washington!

Read the full article to watch previews!

 
It’s time to fire up the grills as warmer weather moves into the Washington, D.C. area and that means a run to the store for the all American classic; the hot dog. A Hot Dog Program explores the life of these sausages, from the way they’re made to their mass consumption in hot dog eating contests. Can’t decide which condiment is your favorite? Check out some popular pairings like mustard and sauerkraut or chili and cheese. Tune in for all things hot dog to kick off this year’s season of barbequing! 
 
A Hot Dog Program airs Monday, April 8 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD. 
 
 
One food most people can agree on is the sandwich; with so many variations, there’s always something for everyone. But would you try The Elvis? Peanut butter, banana and bacon? Or what about the St. Louis style sandwich made with pig ears and snouts? Check out the classic and some of the more unusual ingredients that find their way between two pieces of bread across the US, in Sandwiches That You Will Like
 
Sandwiches That You Will Like airs Monday, April 15 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD. 
 
 
The Food industry in the United States has 

changed rapidly in the past few decades and POV’s Food, Inc. investigates how mass production of livestock and genetically modified crops are putting independent farmers out of business. As power is transferred into the hands of powerful corporations, is this new style of farming healthy or sustainable? Find out in the documentary that has helped create a rood revolution. 

POV: Food, Inc. airs Sunday, April 21 at 12:30am on WETA TV26 & HD. 

 
 
After a rough breakup, sometimes the only 

cure is uncomplicated ice cream. But it’s not as simple as that- many years of hard work have gone into perfecting this comfort food. The Ice Cream Show takes viewers on a trip across the country in their hunt for the best scoops and we’ll meet manufactures and scientists who spend their lives dedicated to the frozen treat. Join us for this Ode to the Ice Cream, and be sure to have a pint of your favorite to enjoy during the show!

Ice Cream Show airs Monday, April 22 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD. 
 
 
Hungry yet? We know just the solution; Pizza!

Next month WETA will premiere our local production Pizza in Washington, a brand new documentary about some favorite pizza places in the Washington, D.C. area. Filled with mouthwatering shots of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and dough this program takes a look inside the pizzerias of our area. Check out the tease below for your first look at Pizza in Washington and be sure to join us for the premiere on May 7th at 8:00pm.

WETA's Pizza in Washington premieres Tuesday, May 7 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD. 
 
 
 
 
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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night April 6

We have a strong lineup of Independent Lens documentaries this Saturday on WETA!  From the bravery of a 22 year old girl parachuting into Nazi-Europe, to a young Tibetan man’s journey to find the reincarnation of his master, you are not going to want to miss out on these fascinating stories. Don't forget! James Stewart: A Wonderful Life airs this Saturday at 9:30pm before Independent Lens

 
 
 
 
At age 22, poet and diarist Hannah Senesh left home to save the lives of Hungary’s Jews during Nazi Europe.  Risking her own life, Hannah parachuted into enemy lines, only to quickly find herself captured, tortured, and eventually executed by the Nazis.  Independent Lens: Blessed is the Match, narrated by Academy Award nominee Joan Allen, is the first film to present the life story of this modern-day Joan of Arc. Blessed is the Match brings Hannah’s story to life through interviews with survivors who knew her, such as prisoners with Hannah in a Gestapo jail, fellow parachutists, and classmates at a Budapest girls’ school.  Additionally, the film uses Hannah’s poetry, diary entries, and correspondence with her mother, along with the Senesh family’s unpublished letters and photos, to look back at this heroine’s talent and complexity.  Watch the trailer!
 
Tune in for Independent Lens: Blessed is the Match on Saturday, April 6 at 11:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.
 
 
In 2001, world-renowned Tibetan master Geshe Lama Konchog passed away.  As a result, the Dalai Lama made the deceased monk’s devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa, embark on a journey to find the reincarnation of this spiritual leader.  The pressure is on Tenzin as thousands of followers await his find. Independent Lens: Unmistaken Child follows Tenzin’s four-year search on foot, mule, and helicopter for the reincarnated leader. Follow Tenzin as he travels through breathtaking landscapes, secluded Tibetan villages, listens to stories about children with special characteristics, and performs rarely seen ritualistic tests created to determine the probability of reincarnation.  In the end, Tenzin presents the child he believes to be his reincarnated master to the Dalai Lama, who will make the final decision. Watch the trailer!
 
Tune in for Independent Lens: Unmistaken Child on Sunday, April 7 at 12:00am on WETA TV26 & HD.
 
 

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