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Freedom Summer: American Experience on WETA TV26 & HD

Watch the American Experience episode Freedom Summer  tonight, Tuesday June 24 at 9pm on WETA TV26 & HD. More air times here.

The summer of 1964 is known as Freedom Summer. More than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to destroy the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state, Mississippi. Working as a unified team, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools, and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Their goal was to challenge the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. The campaign was marked by constant and deadly violence. This included the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches, and the bombing of 70 homes and Freedom Houses. Learn more about this part of American history tonight at 9pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: June 23-29

Monday at 9pm catch two back-to-back, 90 minute episodes of Midsomer Murders! The 9pm episode is “Written in Blood”. Gerald Hadleigh, a secretary of the writers circle, was never in favor of inviting best-selling novelist Max Jennings to attend one of their meetings. When Hadleigh is found brutally battered to death, the other members of the circle wish they had heeded his reluctance. Barnaby and Troy discover that Hadleigh was a man of mystery, with no National Insurance number, no relatives and no marriage certificate to match the wedding photo on display in his house. When another body is found, they have a double murder on their hands. The 10:30pm episode is “Death of a Hollow Man”. In the village of Ferne Basset, an elderly resident is found drowned after a violent attack. Meanwhile, at the Corn Exchange in Causton, a local amateur dramatic production of Amadeus reveals a backstage world of intrigue, passion and gossip — and a whole new meaning to the term "corpsing" when there is a second murder.

Tuesday at 8pm Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries continues with the case of “Murder in Montparnasse”. The widow of a famous artist who Phryne once posed for years before arrives in Melbourne requesting the return of her late husband's paintings. Don’t forget that Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries also airs on WETA TV26 & HD Mondays at 9pm and 10pm!

Wednesday at 10pm season 2 of Death in Paradise begins! In this first episode, DI Poole is learning to cope with the tropical climate and laid-back atmosphere of Saint Marie, but everyday still presents a challenge for the traditional detective. When the owner of a former sugar plantation, Roger Seymour, is discovered with a machete in his back, Poole and his team have a seemingly impossible case to solve.

Thursday at 7pm begin watching the British comedy Chef! from the very first episode! In this episode titled, “Personnel”, Gareth Blackstock is the executive chef at Le Château Anglais, and he is infuriated when management cuts his budget. He is one up on the budget when Everton shows up and volunteers his service as sous chef for no compensation in order that he can train in the most famous kitchen in England.

Friday at 12pm experience the classic comedy Last of the Summer Wine. Britain’s longest-running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine clocked up over 30 series. An affectionate comedy about people in the autumn of their years, the series is set in glorious countryside and packed with slapstick humor. It follows the hilarious misadventures of a trio of older men as they explore the world around them, experiencing a second childhood with no wives, jobs or responsibilities.

Saturday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Mystery! Case Histories continues with episode 2. The second "Case Histories" finds Jackson the lone witness to a possible drowning in the Firth of Forth, but has little to go on beyond the victim's earrings. In other events, a crime novelist (Adam Godley) intervenes in a case of road rage; a comatose crook's wife and dominatrix unexpectedly bond; and Jackson isn't sure he'll sign the necessary papers so that his daughter can move to New Zealand with her mother. Adapted from Kate Atkinson's "One Good Turn."

Sunday at 10pm Life on Mars season 2 begins! In season 2 episode 1, despite eerie visions of 2006, DCI Sam Tyler remains in the 70s – where he encounters the young incarnation of a nasty villain Sam put away in 2006. He sees the chance every policeman dreams about: stopping the killer before he kills.
 

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WETA Movie Night: June 20 & 21

WETA TV26 & HD movie weekend starts on Friday this week! Check out an independent documentary Friday night then two biographical documentaries and two more indie films Saturday! Read on for more information.

Independent Lens: The New Black airs Friday at 10:30pm
Discover how the African American community debates the marriage equality movement and the fight over LGBT rights. In this film, activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar — the black church — while exploring how this may have been exploited by political conservatives.

Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach airs Saturday at 9:30pm
Learn more about the epic screen star Burt Lancaster who went from street-wise tough to art-collector liberal-activist, from circus-acrobat hunk to Academy Award winner. By age 18, Burt was 6'2" with an athletic physique and dynamic good looks that helped make him famous. A stint in the Army introduced Burt to acting and led him to Hollywood where his first release, The Killers (1946), propelled him to stardom at age 32. He took control of his own career and seldom faltered. Upon his death in 1994, four-time Academy Award-nominated Lancaster was acknowledged as one of the greatest stars in Hollywood. Lancaster's films include Westerns, costume epics and serious contemporary dramas.

Fred MacMurray: The Guy Next Door airs Saturday at 10:30pm
Amiable and unassuming, Fred MacMurray went from small-town boy to one of Hollywood and television's most enduring stars. Learn more about how MacMurray signed his first contract with Paramount Studios in 1934 and quickly rose to play romantic lead roles opposite such major stars as Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, Katharine Hepburn, Paulette Goddard, and Marlene Deitrich. However, his true talents were revealed when he went against type and appeared as a murderer opposite Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder's film-noir classic Double Indemnity (1944). In this program, see which other roles helped define MacMurray as a major acting talent.

Independent Lens: How to Survive a Plague airs Saturday at 11:30pm
In 1987, America had been struggling with the AIDS epidemic for six years. This crisis was still largely being ignored both by government officials and health organizations until the sudden emergence of the activist group ACT UP in Greenwich Village, New York. This group was largely made up of HIV-positive participants who refused to die without a fight. Along with TAG (Treatment Action Group), and emboldened by the power of rebellion, they took on the challenges that public officials had ignored, raising awareness of the disease through a series of dramatic protests. Learn more about their recognition as scientific experts and other efforts in this documentary.

Independent Lens: The Graduates airs Sunday at 1am
Meet six Latino students from across the United States in The Graduates/Los Graduados and hear first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators, and community leaders. This two part film features three girls and three boys, each with their own unique obstacles to overcome. “Girls” features Stephanie, a daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, who despite attending a tough public school on the South Side of Chicago, fights through the distractions and worries about violence to become a good student, outspoken activist, and volunteer; Chastity, a Bronx teen whose family has become homeless but uses writing as a means of escape while keeping her eyes on the prize — college; and Darlene, a Tulsa student who dropped out of school after becoming pregnant and has to play catch-up when she dives back into her studies, all while trying to make a good future for her son.


 

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This Week on WETA UK: June 16-22

Monday at 2pm New Tricks begins season 8 with the episode “Old Fossils”. In this episode, Dr. Bernard Fletcher, a senior paleontologist specializing in fossil birds at the Natural History Museum was found dead following a corporate event in the Central Hall. The original autopsy stated his death was the result of a fall, but a new examination of the post mortem suggests he sustained a single blow to the head. The investigation takes an unexpected turn when the team discover Fletcher was embroiled in an affair with a colleague and that he was also gathering damning evidence against Mondial Fuel.

Tuesday at 9pm catch two back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin! This week, start season 2 with “Old Dogs” and “New Tricks”.  Just when things are beginning to look rosily romantic between Dr. Ellingham and pretty school teacher Louisa Glasson, he makes a terrible faux pas. Meanwhile, Muriel's condition deteriorates in the home. Louisa is nervously awaiting an interview for promotion to head teacher of Portwenn Primary School, and she's anxious to make a good impression but the odds seem to be stacked against her. Dr. Ellingham is on the board of governors, and she's not sure she can count on his vote. Meanwhile, Bert Large is testing out his culinary skills on the villagers.

Wednesday at 7:30pm season 8 of My Family begins. In this first episode titled “The Parent Trap”, Ben signs for the delivery of a neighbor’s large, plasma-screen television and falls in love with it.  Meanwhile, Michael's current love interest may be expecting a delivery too.

Thursday at 8pm continue laughing with Outnumbered as season 4 begins. The Brockman Family has tough decisions to make about work, video games, and who to take to a family funeral.  The vicar probably wishes none of them had ever come.

Friday at 9pm tune in for the start of Inspector George Gently. Chief Inspector George Gently takes on one last case before retiring, following the murder of his wife. The case involves the death of a young biker in the North East of England, and interests Gently as it has attracted the attention of Joe Webster — his nemesis and the man responsible for the death of his wife. Gently enlists the aid of ambitious policeman, John Bacchus, to solve the case, but both find themselves up against enemies both within and outside the police force itself.

Saturday at 6pm watch the first mystery in the Midsomer Murders series, “The Killings at Badger’s Drift”. The peace of the seemingly idyllic village of Badger's Drift is shattered by the inexplicable murder of an old lady, Emily Simpson, found dead in her cottage after witnessing something unsettling in the woods. Her old friend, Lucy Bellringer, is convinced that Emily's death was not from natural causes. The investigation of DCI Barnaby and Detective Sergeant Troy of Causton CID uncovers a web of sinister events, some long buried in the past.

Sunday at 4pm watch the Foyle’s War episode “Eagle Day”. Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle and Detective Sergeant Milner are called to investigate the discovery of a stabbed body found in the aftermath of a bombing raid. The dead man is identified as Graham Davies and the one lead is a gold locket he was clutching in his hand.
 

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Learn About Brazil with Michael Palin on WETA TV26

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, both in terms of population and geography. Over 192 million people call this land their home. Taking up over half of South America, Brazil is a mix of races, religions, sophistication, wildness, wealth, poverty, and unexplored wilderness. The country is considered one of the rising global powers with vast natural resources, a burgeoning industrial base, and a strong currency that make it the envy of all. In Brazil with Michael Palin, Michael Palin visits Brazil for the very first time, travelling from the lost world of Amazonia to the buzzing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, to meet the people and visit the places that shape this nation. All four episodes air back-to-back Tuesday June 17 from 8pm-12am on WETA TV26 & HD! Read on for details on each episode.

Episode 1 - Out of Africa airs Tuesday at 8pm

Michael Palin’s Brazilian odyssey begins in the North East where modern Brazil was born. He starts in the city of Sao Luis before travelling down the coast to Recife and Salvador, dropping in on the vaqueros Brazilian Cowboys who work on vast cattle ranches. His travels also take him south to the stunning coastal lagoons of the Lencois Maranhenses national park. In Salvador he learns to drum with the famous Olodum School and has a lesson in how to cook Bahian-style before finding out what lies behind the beguiling moves of Capoeria dancers.

Episode 2 - Into Amazonia airs Tuesday at 9pm

Palin travels on several rivers through the very heart of Amazonia. He meets the Yanomami tribe and talks to their spokesperson about the threats to their way of life. He visits the magnificent Manaus Opera House and samples some exotic Amazonian foods in Belem at the mouth of the Amazon. Travelling ever southwards to the upper reaches of the Xingu River he is welcomed to the Wauja tribe, one of the most colorful of all the Brazilian indigenous peoples. This leg of his journey ends in the capital Brasilia, where Palin meets up with rock star and political activist Dinho Ouro Preto.

Episode 3 - The Road to Rio airs Tuesday at 10pm

On the road to Rio, Palin visits the source of Brazil's great mineral wealth -the state of Minas Gerais and its giant mines. Here he meets some ordinary Brazilians dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the state. On to Rio De Janeiro the host to the next Olympics and World Cup. Rio has always been a party town, but it’s also blighted by drugs and gang violence. Palin learns how the authorities are hoping to bring the favelas back into the city. He also learns how to celebrate a goal like a Brazilian radio commentator, and books a room in one of the city’s famous ‘love hotels’!

Episode 4 - The Deep South airs Tuesday at 11pm

On his final leg of his journey, Palin starts in the picture perfect town of Parati where he meets up with Prince João de Bragança, heir to the defunct throne of Brazil. In Embraer and Sao Paolo Michael meets some of Brazil's successful politicians, heads of business, and TV soap stars who all have mixed opinions on Brazil's future. After experiencing the beauty and serenity of the vast wetlands of The Pantanal, Palin comes to his journey’s end at the magnificent Iguazu falls where he concludes that Brazil has much to offer the world as it takes its place as a new potential superpower.

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