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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!

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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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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town April 5 - 7

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of the culinary, the classical, and more in your own backyard!

 
 
 
Looking for an experience that will make you feel like 

you’re in the comfort of your own home, at the movies and at a restaurant all at once?  There’s a solution for your hankering.  The Workhouse Arts Center will be hosting Dinner and a Movie Night Friday evening, a special event that blends food and film.  Watch the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie, REAR WINDOW, and select from a buffet style menu that includes sliced marinated steak, sliced chicken in marsala sauce, mashed Yukon potatoes, mixed green salad, and more. 
Friday, 8pm
Cost: $40
9601 Ox Rd Lorton, VA 22079
 
 
 
This Saturday, award-winning guitarist Orlando Roman will be performing the works of Albéniz, Turina, Ponce, Barrios, Mertz, and Brouwer in a concert sponsored by the Washington Conservatory of Music.  Come and let this accomplished performer serenade you with the wonders of his classical guitar.
Saturday, 8pm
Saturday, 2pm & 8pm
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
 
 
The Asphalt Orchestra is no ordinary marching band.  Instead of fight songs, shrill renditions of Sousa, and militaristic uniforms and dance routines, this group’s music and choreography is unpredictable and even jazzy!  Join the 12-piece group as they fire up the Alden Theatre with music by Frank Zappa, David Byrne, Björk, and many more.  Don’t miss out on this innovative evening! 
Saturday, 8pm
Cost: $25
Alden Theatre
 
 
 
 
And if you’re in the mood for a day at the museums, visit Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac at the National Gallery of Art. Check out what our critics have to say about it! Watch the video here!
 
 
Select movies out today:
In this crime drama directed by Derek Cianfrance, a motorcycle stunt driver, played by Ryan Gosling, begins robbing banks to provide for his lover and newborn child.
 
 
Cannes comes to Washington with the U.S. open of Italian director Matteo Garrone's drama this weekend.  REALITY, starring Aniello Arena, follows a fishmonger who becomes obsessed with appearing on a reality TV show.
 
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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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