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This Week on WETA UK: June 17-23

Check out what’s happening on WETA UK this week! Make sure to tune in for all your favorite British sitcoms and dramas. 
Monday at 7:00pm tune in to watch the sometimes dysfunctional, always hilarious Harpers in 

My Family. Watch two back-to-back episodes of My Family every weeknight from 7-8pm! Watch the trailer!

Tuesday at 11:00pm season 2 of Hustle begins Tuesday at 11:00pm. Watch as Michael Stone and his team of con artists attempt to pull one over on a man who claims he can’t be deceived. Watch the trailer! 
Thursday at 10:30pm tune in for a suspenseful episode of Waking the Dead! Follow the team 

as they investigate a former psychiatric unit patient accused of a string of murders in “Mask of Sanity, Part 1.” Watch the trailer!

Friday at 8:30pm watch your favorite gardening detectives get to the bottom of another case on Rosemary and Thyme! In this episode, someone is sabotaging competitors in the local gardening competition and it’s up to Rosemary and Thyme to put a stop to it. Watch the trailer!
Saturday at 8:00pm The WETA UK Event: The Complete Call the Midwife continues with the first

 three episodes of the second season! Watch as midwife Jenny Lee tends to London’s poor Poplar District in this hit drama series. Watch the trailer!

Sunday at 11:00pm catch the first episode of season two of Red Dwarf on Sunday night! Join space technician Dave Lister and his non-human companions as they traverse the galaxy in this cult science fiction sitcom. Stick around afterwards for episode 2 at 11:30! Watch the trailer! 
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WETA Around Town Events: June 14 - 16

This weekend celebrate tradition, history, the world, and Father's Day! Check out our highlighted events for this weekend in the DC area!
The Caribbean is most commonly known for its warm beaches and palm trees but another important part of the culture is its long history of folklore. Caribbean folk tales feature a 

wide range of characters and myths, but none are as popular as Anancy, a clever trickster in the form of a spider. Anancy has become a popular character all around the world, and has made appearances in the television show Sesame Street and the Justice League comic books. The Anancy Festival celebrates the Caribbean hero with story presentations, competitions, and games. There are storybooks for sale so you can pass on these tales yourself. 

Saturday June 15, 10am
Cost: Free
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 901 G St, NW Washington, DC  
If you’re craving critically acclaimed cinema, excellent food, and thought-provoking discourse on social and environmental issues, check out the Reel Water Film Festival for a day of education and entertainment! The festival was founded last year with the mission of educating its attendees on water-related issues on a local and global scale. This year, the

 festival is in the recently renovated Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club and includes an afternoon of short films dealing with a range of relevant water topics. Stick around in the evening for a buffet dinner and a screening of the celebrated documentary Chasing Ice. At least half of the festival’s proceeds go to charitable organizations dedicated to global water causes (the remainder goes to funding next year’s festival). 

Saturday June 15, 1-10pm
Cost: $10 for short films/$12 for Chasing Ice/$45 for Chasing Ice and dinner/$55 all-day movie and dinner pass 
Buy tickets in advance.
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club  7719 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda, Maryland
Celebrate this Father’s Day with music and laughter! Newmyer Flyer's “Like Your Dad Did” at the Hamilton Live showcases Washington, DC area fathers performing with their children: Musicians playing together to appreciate the bond of family. Musicians include: Bill & Owen Danoff, Randy & 

Colin Thompson, Mike & Georgia Cotter, Jon & Ben Carroll, The Starks Famdamily, Todd & Ryan Wright, Cal & Cory Everett, Ron & Ryan Newmyer, Randy & Nate Ihara, Chuck & Michael Sullivan, Lea & John Morris, Bill Craig & Taylor Hitaffer. In addition to fatherhood related music, DC comedians Robert Mac and Big Al Goodwin poke fun at all things fatherly!

Sunday June 16, 7:30pm-10pm
Cost: $20
The Hamilton Live  600 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005
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This Week on WETA UK: June 10 - 16

Whether it’s comedy or crime that you fancy, WETA UK is sure to have your cup of tea. From new shows to new seasons, it’s a great time to see what the best of British television has to offer!

Monday at 10:30pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of Dirk Gently. Based on the novels by Douglas Adams, Dirk is a detective like you’ve never seen before. Watch Dirk and his Holistic Detective Agency as they dabble in quantum physics, time travel, and other generally bizarre methods to solve seemingly unrelated mysteries.

Tuesday at 5:30 catch up on Ladies of Letters with the first episode of season 2! Watch as these two elderly ladies constantly try to one up each other. In this episode, the two women attend the funeral of a mutual ex and compete to outdo each other.

Wednesday at 5:00pm catch up with England’s favorite outlaw with an episode of Robin Hood. Robin runs into a dying messenger who tells him his skills are still needed in the Crusades. Both Robin and his adversaries search for a mysterious ring.

Thursday at 5:30 watch as the Antiques Roadshow: BBC crew heads to the town of Gloucester in the South West of England. Discover the art, history, and heritage of these fascinating artifacts! You’ll be shocked by how much they’re worth!

Friday at 11:30pm get reacquainted with the hysterical residents of a small town in Nazi-

occupied France. Start the sixth season of ‘Allo ‘Allo! from its first episode: The Resistance builds a subversive communication base in a graveyard. High jinks ensue.

Saturday at 8:00pm is the WETA UK Event: three episodes of Call the Midwife! Witness the efforts of a young midwife struggling to serve the poor Poplar district of East London.

Sunday at 9:00pm laugh it off with the brilliant comedy Lead Balloon. Jack Dee stars as Rick Spleen, a comedian ground out by his career and home life in this delightfully cynical sitcom. In this episode, Rick is lauded as a hero after saving a man’s life and tries to take advantage of his newfound fame. His attempts to further his career go awry when he makes an embarrassing mistake.

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Super WHY! Super YOU Week on WETA Kids

Starting Monday June 10, tune in to WETA Kids for Super WHY! Super YOU Week! Five episodes with “super story answers" in each episode make this week's schedule unique. After watching, go to the PBS Kids website where Super WHY! fans can make themselves SUPER! Don’t forget about the WETA Kids Block Party, where we air every episode of your favorite WETA Kids shows from the previous week back-to-back on the weekend! So to conclude this special 

week of programming, watch the WETA Kids Block Party Super WHY! from 8:00-10:30pm on Sunday, June 16.  If that’s too late for your little one, be sure to set your DVR so they won’t miss out on five episodes of this fantastic reading adventure! 

Super WHY! follows the adventures of four fairytale characters, each with the ability to transform into reading-powered superheroes: Alpha Pig with Alphabet Power, Wonder Red with Word Power, Princess Presto with Spelling Power, Super Why with the Power to Read and Super YOU with the Power to Help. As the “Super Readers,” they explore the world of books and help solve preschool challenges. The show offers viewers an interactive learning experience where they can open their minds to the amazing world of reading and imagination.
George and the Dragon  
Knight George is about to battle a dragon to rescue a princess, but it turns out he isn't so brave.

Monday June 10, 6pm
Tuesday June 11, 7am
Sunday June 16, 8pm
Cinderella: The Prince’s Side of the Story 
Red and Little Boy Blue are playing some music together when Little Boy Blue suddenly disappears!
Tuesday June 11, 6pm
Wednesday June 12, 7am
Sunday June 16, 8:30pm
Little Miss Muffet 
Poor Red wants nothing more than to play with Little Boy Blue, but he keeps running away!
Wednesday June 12, 6pm
Thursday June 13, 7am
Sunday June 16, 9pm
Hansel and Gretel: A Healthy Adventure 
The team convinces a witch to trade her gingerbread house for something delicious and nutritious.
Thursday June 13, 6pm
Friday June 14, 7am
Sunday June 16, 9:30pm
Jasper’s Cowboy Wish 
The Super Readers explore the Old West and meet a cowpoke named Jasper who wants to be a cowboy.
Friday June 14, 6pm
Sunday June 16, 10pm
Monday June 17, 7am
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Travel to Europe for Free | Rick Steves' Europe Marathon

Take the European vacation you’ve always dreamt about with three-hours of Rick Steves' Europe Marathon!

Skip the international flights and go right to the cities and sites that make Europe unforgettable. Discover Italy’s diverse beauty, from the bustling and cosmopolitan city of Milan to the quaint hill towns of the countryside. Rick also makes his way to historic Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, and more! See the major attractions that make Europe a tourist favorite and the lesser known sites that give the land its rustic character.

The three-hour marathon airs Saturday at 10:00am, Sunday at 11:30am, and Tuesday at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

Watch a preview of Rick Steves' Europe Marathon here!


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WETA Around Town Events: June 7 - 9 (& beyond!)

Here's your WETA Around Town guide to events in the Washington, DC area this weekend! Some of these events begin this weekend and continue well into the month. Check it out!
The largest music festival in Washington, DC is back! The annual DC Jazz Festival draws many

 into the Washington area each year in hopes of educating and entertaining with some of the best local, national, and internationally-known jazz performers. Featuring more than 125 performances in dozens of venues across the city, this landmark occasion will run from June 5 - 16. In addition to a long list of talented artists, two big names this year are the PanAmerican Ensemble Paquito D’Rivera at the Kennedy Center on June 14 and The Roots in concert at Kastles Stadium at the Warf on June 15. Special events through out the festival include Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days in partnership with the Phillips Collection, Jazz at the Hamilton Live, and Jazz in the ‘Hoods.

June 5-16
Cost: $0-75
Spanish is one of the most widely-spoken languages on Earth. Many Americans have experienced Spanish culture through language, cuisine and music. There’s an important aspect of the culture that not everyone knows about: a long history of poetry. For the 21st 

time, Teatro de la Luna will host a two-day poetry marathon featuring famous Hispanic poets from many different countries. The marathon will also feature other native performances and poetry books for sale. To top it all off, the event is entirely free for the public.

Friday, 1:30pm & Saturday, 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Library of Congress 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington on Friday
Casa de la Luna 4020 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC on Saturday
Friday June 7 - Sunday June 30 is CulturalDC’s sixth annual Source Festival! The festival showcases new and original work, introducing local theatre fans to the exciting talent of the

 future: See them here before they go to Broadway! The three-week event will feature three full-length plays, 18 ten-minute plays, and the Artistic Blind Date program, which groups together artists of differing disciplines to produce unique works. The festival offers theatre enthusiasts an intimate look at the creative process and the opportunity to see a diverse range of productions.

June 7-June 30.
Cost: $10-20
Source Theatre 1835 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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The Rhythm of June on WETA

One thing that has remained constant throughout time is our love of music. Music can transcend culture and generations, and we can all appreciate a catchy tune. In June, WETA TV26 & HD presents a wide range of musical programs that will transport you to the front row of some of the greatest performances in history!
Jewish songwriters have been an important part in the creation of some of the most well-known musicals in the history of theatre. West Side Story, Wicked, and Bye, Bye Birdie are only a few of the award-winning musicals featured in an in-depth look at how Jewish ideals helped shape today’s musicals. Watch breathtaking performances and interviews with some of the pioneers of Broadway. Watch a preview here! Airs Sunday, June 2 at 7:00pm
In 2009 Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble entered Ti lascio una canzone, an Italian music competition. As fate would have it, they were chosen to sing together during the competition, and 4 years later they are still singing together as Il Volo. From performing on American Idol to guest starring on HBO’s Entourage, they’ve certainly made a name for themselves in America. Watch a performance of their second album, We Are Love, at the Filmore Miami Beach. Airs Monday, June 3 at 8:00pm.
The 1950s and 1960s are remembered fondly for many things, but for many people these decades are all about the music. The radio had become a booming success, and for many families, it became tradition to huddle together and listen to hit singles by artists like Patti Page and Frankie Lane. Watch performances by some of these all-time musical greats and relive the wonder of the golden era. Airs Thursday, June 6 at 8:00pm.
Portofino is a spectacular village on the shores of Italy, and a beautiful place for authentic Italian culture. Portofino is a popular destination for famous celebrities worldwide, and the Italian village was chosen as the backdrop for Andrea Bocelli’s grand performance. Love in Portofino features Grammy-winning musicians, famous love songs, and Bocelli singing songs in six different languages, all under the starry sky of Italy. Watch the trailer here! Airs Friday, June 7 at 9:00pm.
In the 1960s, music started becoming a powerful tool for spreading peace and reform. Many of the classic pop songs that we all know and love originally carried heavy messages about serious issues. Return to the era of psychedelic “groovy” music with Peter Noone and Davy Jones, two Manchester musicians who had a huge influence on this new wave. See hit singles performed by classic bands from the decade of love. Airs Saturday, June 8 at 8:00pm.
The 1970s and 1980s are arguably the most fondly remembered decades of the 1900s. Even today the music and fashion that these decades produced are celebrated and mimicked by admirers. There was never a better time for soulful music, and some of the greatest songs from the era are highlighted. Music from Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, and many others are all presented by celebrity host Whoopi Goldberg. Watch the trailer here! Airs Sunday, June 9 at 9:30pm.
Carole King and James Taylor have a combined total of 9 Grammy awards and are both members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Originally, Carole King was only a songwriter and pianist, but James Taylor knew she could be a star if she started singing her own songs. Flash forward 40 years later, and Carole King and James Taylor are performing together at the 50th Anniversary of the Troubadour Nightclub in Los Angeles. This performance features some of the most popular hits of their storied careers. Watch a compilation of their music here! Airs Friday, June 14 at 9:00pm.
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WETA Around Town Events: June 1 & 2

Check out June 1 & 2 cultural events in the Washington, DC area right here! 
This weekend, Dance Place will present the 26th Annual DanceAfrica DC. This festival celebrates the dance and music of the African Diaspora with special guests Umkhathi Theatre Works, a multi-disciplinary performing arts ensemble from Zimbabwe. Festivities include Master Classes, in which African dance teachers provide a range of training opportunities, an outdoor marketplace with free activities and indoor ticketed performances. Many local African Dance companies form Washington, DC will be performing, including KanKouran West African Dance Company, Coyaba Dance Theater, Farafina Kan, Sankofa Dance Theater, and many others. 
Saturday & Sunday, 12pm - 7:30pm
Cost: $0-30
Dance Place 3225 8th Street NE Washington, DC 20017
Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms are some of the most famous names in the world of classical music. Even if you aren’t an aficionado, you’ve probably still heard a number of their pieces. The Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere is hosting the National Chamber Ensemble as 

they cover each of these legendary composers in the Music of the Three B’s. Whether you are a regular attendee of classical concerts or a newcomer to the genre, the performances will take your breath away. After the concert, all attendees are invited to an elegant wine and cheese reception where they can discuss the concert with fellow audience members.

Saturday, 7:30pm
Cost: $28 adult / $15 student 
Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere 1611 N. Kent Street Arlington, VA
One of the ways to tell that summer has officially begun is the appearance of vibrant red strawberries in the many fields around the world. The Sandy Spring community understands just how amazing these tiny fruits are, and their annual Strawberry Festival celebrates their resurgence with food, music, and games. There’s something at the festival for everyone, including hayrides, farm animals, and multiple vendor booths.   Strawberry lovers will get the chance to buy fresh strawberries and sample different strawberry desserts. It’s the perfect summer event for both children and adults.
Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $2
The Sandy Spring Museum 17901 Bentley Road Sandy Spring, MD 20860
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WETA Presents a NEW In Performance at the White House


Join WETA to celebrate the career of legendary musician and songwriter Carole King. WETA Presents: In Performance at the White House Gershwin Prize: Carole King airs tonight, May 28 at 8:00pm. Famous for her own music and for writing a laundry list of hits for other artists, King

 broke records with her 1971 album Tapestry. King will be honored by President Barack Obama with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song 2013. Held in the East Room of the White House, the event will feature performances from Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood. The prize has previously been awarded to Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, and the duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. King is the first woman to be awarded with the prize. 

Watch tonight at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

Click here to watch a preview of the show & a video of Carole King performing "I Feel the Earth Move" 1971.


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NOVA Tornado Episodes | May 29, 2013

In light of the recent events in Moore, Oklahoma, WETA will feature special programming on May 29.

Then at 10:00pm, NOVA takes a look at the EF5 tornado that struck Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. NOVA: Oklahoma’s Deadliest Tornadoes features incredible first-hand accounts from those who survived the storm and examines the area’s history of destructive storms. This new episode explores the difficulty of predicting these disasters despite the advanced technology currently used by scientists. Also, learn how to better protect yourself and your home from disasters like the recent Oklahoma tornado.

NOVA: Oklahoma's Deadliest Tornadoes