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New PBS History Series | African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. narrates African-American history in the groundbreaking new six-part PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. The series premieres Tuesday, October 22 at 8:00pm with episode one: The Black Atlantic (1500 – 1800) and airs over six consecutive Tuesdays through November 26. Throughout the course of the series, viewers will see that the road to freedom for black people in America was not linear, but more like the course of a river, full of loops and eddies, slowing, and occasionally reversing the current of progress. Visiting key historical sites, debating with some of America’s top historians, and interviewing living eyewitnesses, Professor Gates travels the United States taking viewers on a journey through five centuries of African-American history.

 

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies September 28

Get ready for a movie double header on Saturday September 28 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD! First, prepare for an awkward encounter with the in-laws in the WETA Movie The Bird Cage at 9:30pm, followed by an in-depth look at a significant American historical event in Independent Lens: The Longoria Affair at 11:30pm!

The Bird Cage (1996)
In this witty 90s comedy, Robin Williams and Nathan Lane star as a Miami resort owner and his drag queen partner. When their son gets engaged, they commit to playing the roles of straight man and wife to help their son gain the approval of his fiancée’s conservative parents. Get ready to laugh out loud as these in-laws attempt to coexist under hilarious circumstances. Watch the trailer here!

Independent Lens: The Longoria Affair
The Longoria Affair examines the story of Private Felix Longoria, a Mexican-American World War II solider who died during the war. When his home town funeral parlor in Three Rivers, Texas refused Longoria a burial service because of his Hispanic heritage, his family refused to let injustice go unnoticed. The events that ensued helped launch the Mexican-American civil rights movement in the United States. Take a deeper look into an intriguing part of America’s history in this compelling documentary. Watch the trailer here!


 

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The Not So Small Screen: America in Primetime

Each year, more and more television shows make breakthroughs in storytelling and production values that were unheard of a couple of decades ago. Television shows allow fully developed characters that can grow and break stereotypes over multiple years. Because of this, some of the tropes of characters in early television have been remodeled and adjusted to more realistically portray the complexity of human beings. In July on WETA TV26 & HD, America in Primetime looks at the past and present of a particular type of character and how it has evolved through the changing landscape of television. Watch a trailer for this series by reading the full blog post!

Episode 1: Independent Woman
Early television tended to place women into less important supportive roles, but in modern day television, women often are the ones who hold the most power. Characters like Jackie Peyton of Nurse Jackie and Nancy Botwin of Weeds present women who are independent and strong, providing for their families and taking charge of everything in their lives. Airs Friday, July 5 at 9:00pm.

Episode 2: Man of the House
We’ve all seen the traditional family shows like Full House and Home Improvement that provide a view of a traditional American family where a wholesome man of the house reigns. In today’s television the idea of the wholesome American dad has been challenged, and shows are providing a more realistic, flawed view of these men. Characters like mob boss Tony Soprano and drug kingpin Walter White can all fit within the traditional family, but underneath it they have their own problems and issues that make for compelling characters. Airs Friday, July 12 at 9:00pm.

Episode 3: The Misfit
Outsiders have been popular characters in television since the very beginning. We can all relate to the character that is a little bit different, but still finds a way to use their quirks as an advantage. Shows like Six Feet Under and Freaks and Geeks feature characters that could be considered “weird” by their peers, but their uniqueness makes them some of the most compelling characters on television. Airs Friday, July 19 at 9:30pm.

Episode 4: The Crusader
As long as there have been stories, there have been tales of crusaders saving the day. From Greek mythology to Batman comic books, the characters that are willing to break the rules for a good cause have become beloved. Today’s television features many of these characters, and networks have become more open to these morally ambiguous people. Many hit shows such as Dexter and 24 feature protagonists that could be considered good or evil, depending on your perspective. Airs Friday, July 26 at 9:30pm.
 

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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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Travel Around the World with WETA | WETA February Schedule

This wild Washington, DC weather can make anyone want to get out of town! Alas, dropping everything to ship off to the tropics for a week isn’t much of a reality. Instead, take a month-long vacation around the world with WETA because this February, we have a wide selection of television shows that will take you to some fantastic places without having to leave your couch. Read on for your travel itinerary!

Watch video previews of all these shows by reading the full article!

 

To the west of the Serengeti and Lake Victoria, beyond the misty mountains of the Rift Valley, lies the second largest river system on earth: the Congo. This vast arena - the size of Europe - is home to an array of wildlife richer and more varied than any other region of Africa and yet it is hardly known. Today, parts of the Congo still remain inhospitable and virtually inaccessible. In a television first, the Natural History Unit has been given unprecedented access to film in this region and you can experience it on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.
Friday February 1: The River That Swallows All Rivers
Friday February 8: Spirits of the Forest
Friday February 15: Footprints in the Forest

 

In Janesville, Wisconsin there has been economic upheaval after General Motors closed one of their factories, leaving 2,000 residents unemployed. To learn more about this film and watch a preview, visit our blog post Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night February 2.

 

Globe Trekker is a regular WETA series in which show hosts delve into the culture of both known and unknown locations in the world. Each episode is a window into a foreign scene and this month, we’re going to some exciting locations on WETA TV26 & WETA HD!
Sunday, February 3: Globe Trekker Special: Planet of the Apes
Sunday, February 17: Globe Trekker Food Hour: Brazil
Sunday, February 24: Panama & Columbia

 

As one of Britain's favorite attractions, Chatsworth draws more than one million visitors each year. This three-part series follows the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the Dowager Duchess, and the lively characters that make up the 700-person staff at Chatsworth House. The documentary camera crew was given unprecedented access to the 30,000 acre Peak District estate making this a unique television experience on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.

 

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Antiques Roadshow host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Eric Silver visit beautiful Brookgreen Gardens to discuss early 20th-century female sculptors. Appraiser Debra Force discovers a Joseph Henry Sharp oil painting. Antiques Roadshow investigates a story about stolen art from South Carolina's Hobcaw Barony estate with appraiser Debra Force and a former FBI agent. Discoveries from Roadshow’s visit to Myrtle Beach include an 1860 letter signed by Abraham Lincoln, a gift of crystals from Marilyn Monroe and a 1850s South Carolina sword on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.

 

In 1957, eight scientists invented the microchip within the Silicon Valley. Now, 56 years later, the Valley is still a hub for brilliant scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who have helped make this nation one of the most technologically advanced in the world. Join us for American Experience: Silicon Valley, as we travel back in time to relive the discoveries on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.

 

Be sure to tune in to WETA TV26 & WETA HD for the final and third part of the Nature special, Attenborough’s Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet. For more about this episode and the series, read our blog post and watch a video preview Attenborough on WETA | Wildlife Specials.
 
 
This is a lavish adaptation of James A. Michener's tale of the impact of New England missionaries on the native population of Hawaii in the nineteenth century. The film stars Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow. Bookmark the Programmer's Choice blog to learn more in our WETA Movie blog post for February 9! On WETA TV26 & WETA HD.
 
 
Satellite data is transformed into visual sequences that detail the interwoven forces that sustain life on Earth. In this two-hour NOVA special on WETA TV26 & WETA HD, learn how dust from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon and how a vast underwater "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents. Bookmark the Programmer's Choice blog to learn more about this series on February 12!
 
 
This is a biography of Charles Lindburgh on WETA TV26 & WETA HD covers his days of precarious mail runs in aviation's infancy through his design of a small transatlantic plane and the vicissitudes of its takeoff and epochal flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Bookmark the Programmer's Choice blog to learn more in our WETA Movie blog post for February 16!
 
 
Take a trip to the Earth’s oldest mountains. In this 4 part series we discover how the Appalachian Mountains were formed over millions of years and the life that came to exist around them on WETA TV26 & WETA HD. DVR this special series!
 
 
This Pioneers of Television episode goes back in time with the help of the stars who made Westerns the classic shows we still love today. Join us on WETA TV26 & WETA HD in this behind the scenes look at the visionary actors who made characters like Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett so famous. 
 
 
In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the disaster and NASA’s annual Day of Remembrance, we take time to learn about the astronaut Colonel Ilan Ramon who was prepared to travel as far as any human can go: outer space. On WETA TV26 & WETA HD.
 
 
Take a trip to the most densely populated areas of plant and see rare animal species on WETA TV26 & WETA HD. In this 3 part series, we journey through the jungles of the Canopyworld, the Underworld, and the Waterworld.