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WETA Movie Night: April 19

This weekend, celebrate spring-time with a classic musical and two nature documentaries. Saturday beginning at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD, catch the incredibly successful musical Easter Parade (1948), then two environmental documentaries at 11:30pm and 1am.

 

Easter Parade (1948) - Saturday at 9:30pm
A vaudeville nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner and make his former partner jealous. He's determined to prove that he can make any partner a star and finds love along the way. Stars Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, and Ann Miller.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Saturday 11:30pm
Explore two of America’s most pressing issues:  environmentalism and terrorism as this film reveals a radical environmental group, the Earth Liberation Front which the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat”. Daniel McGowan is a former member of the Earth Liberation Front and faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. Learn of the environmental group and McGowan’s story on POV’s If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.

Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison – Sunday 1am
This documentary shows the history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent. There have been many different threats to wild bison throughout the centuries. Learn how this rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation, and spiritual relations with an icon of wild America shows us that the bison is not only a symbol of a lost world, but may also show us the path to a more sustainable future.


 

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Animal Wednesdays in April | NEW Nature, NOVA, Your Inner Fish

Every Wednesday in April on WETA TV26 & HD is Animal Night! Beginning this Wednesday April 9, deepen your understanding of animals with new episodes of Nature, NOVA, and a new series Your Inner Fish (and Reptile, and Monkey).

Nature: My Bionic Pet - Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 8pm
Learn about a unique way of helping animals in this new Nature episode. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, animals are getting a second chance at a normal life thanks to engineering and technology advancements. From a pig with a wheelchair to an alligator with a prosthetic tail, meet inspiring animals and the remarkable individuals whose work has helped them live their lives again.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds - Three Part Series
We have all gazed into a creature’s eyes and wondered: What is it thinking about? What does it know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this three-part series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through the eyes of three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius - Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 9pm

Crows bend and shape sticks to create custom-made spears for hunting grubs, and they are just one among a growing list of bird species whose impressive problem-solving abilities are shocking scientists and revolutionizing our understanding of animal intelligence. NOVA tests the limits of some of the planet’s brainiest animals, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses - Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 9pm
A few animals like electrically-sensitive sharks have extra senses humans don’t have at all. From a dog who seems to use smell to tell time, to a dolphin who can “see” with his ears, viewers will discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Who’s The Smartest? - Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 9pm
Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures—including humans—seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants, and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter. NOVA investigates whether dolphins have a sense of self and can recognize themselves as individuals.

Your Inner... - Three Part Series
Your Inner Fish – Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 10pm

Our arms, legs, necks and lungs were bequeathed to us by a fish that lumbered onto land some 375 million years ago. The genetic legacy of this creature can be seen today in our own DNA, including the genes used to build the quintessentially human feature, our hands.

Your Inner Reptile – Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 10pm
Key events in our evolutionary saga began about 250 million years ago, when ferocious, reptile-like animals that roamed the Earth started the process of evolving into shrew-like mammals. Our reptilian ancestors left their mark on many parts of the human body, including our skin, teeth and ears.

Your Inner Monkey – Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10pm
Our primate progenitors had bodies a lot like those of modern monkeys and spent tens of millions of years living in trees. From them we inherited our versatile hands, amazing vision and capable brains — but also some less beneficial traits, including our bad backs and terrible sense of smell.


 

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New Wild Kratts Episodes on WETA Kids | Wild Kratts Season 3

WETA Kids premieres Wild Kratts season 3 and all new episodes April 7-11, 2014! Wild Kratts features Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter wild animals while combining science education with fun and adventure. Each episode explores a science concept central to an animal’s life and showcases a unique wildlife experience. This new season kicks off PBS’ “Explore the Outdoors” initiative and Earth Month which encourage families to celebrate nature and the outdoors this spring. Tune in next week to explore animals from across the globe, including bison, black-footed ferrets, flying fish as well as learning science concepts such as adaptation and habitats.

Watch Wild Kratts on WETA Kids Mondays-Fridays at 8am and 5:30pm then catch every weekday episode back-to-back Saturdays from 5:30pm-8pm.

Wild Kratts: Hermit Crab Shell Exchange - NEW!
Monday April 7, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 5:30pm

Wild Kratts: Where the Bison Roam - NEW!
Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 6pm

Wild Kratts: Bandito the Black Footed Ferret - NEW!
Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 6:30pm

Wild Kratts: When Fish Fly - NEW!
Thursday April 10, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 7pm

Wild Kratts: Osprey - NEW!
Friday April 11, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 7:30pm


 

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New PBS Nature Episode | Parrot Confidential on WETA TV26

Nature: Parrot Confidential airs Wednesday November 13 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

With their high level of intelligence and amazing ability to communicate in any language, parrots have become one a popular pet throughout the world. Although millions of parrots share human homes, these animals have not been domesticated making life in captivity difficult. In the wild, parrots can survive for up to 80 years and by nature have a powerful need to bond. Unfortunately, the average parrot owner keeps them for only 2-4 years. With animal shelters struggling to house large numbers of unwanted birds, what happens to these animals when there's no more room? In this new PBS Nature episode, explore the difficulties of raising parrots and hear heartbreaking tales of those abandoned by their human owners. Join the most watched documentary film series on public television in examining the bittersweet relationship between parrots and humans in Parrot Confidential.

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This Week on WETA UK: November 5 – 10

Tuesday at 9pm tune into WETA UK for back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin! In the first episode, Midwife Crisis, Martin quarrels with the midwife who'll be caring for Louisa. He worries about the medications she is prescribing. Then on the next episode, Do Not Disturb, Aunt Joan attempts to conquer her farm's financial issues by opening a small bed-and-breakfast. Meanwhile, Pauline opens a letter to Martin, containing information about a job in London, while Martin attempts to prove to Edith that his blood phobia is a thing of the past.

Wednesday at 11:30pm watch back-to-back episodes of the British comedy classic, The Benny Hill Show. Enjoy slapstick sketch-comedy as the amusingly outrageous Benny Hill plays multiple characters. The second episode begins at midnight.

Thursday at 10:30pm classic Sherlock Holmes takes on The Last Vampyre part 1 . Holmes and Watson must employ all their powers of detection when they are asked by a village holy man to investigate several unexplained deaths widely believed to be the handiwork of a vampire. If you enjoy The Last Vampyre part 1, don’t miss The Last Vampyre part 2 on Thursday, November 14 at 10:30pm!

Friday at 9:30pm
join Hetty Wainthropp Investigates as she attempts to fight crime armed with little more than her pocketbook and her remarkable wisdom. In this week's episode, Lost Chords, Hetty investigates the cause of a mysterious illness that is causing all of the finalists at a music festival voice contest to lose their voices.

Saturday at 9pm The WETA UK Event: The Complete Land Girls continues with the last episode of season 1 and the first episode of season 2. First at 9pm, watch the continuation of season 1 then at 10pm, catch the premiere of season 2! In the season 2 premiere, Back to the Land, an attractive new girl arrives and takes an interest in Billy. Meanwhile, Americans take control of Hoxley manor as part of a secret operation.

Sunday at 6pm
tune in for the David Attenborough documentary series Life in Cold Blood which examines the lives of reptiles and amphibians, calling us to look more deeply into a fascinating portion of the world in which we live. This episode, The Cold Blooded Truth, the first episode of the series, examines the secret of the success of our cold-blooded neighbors in combat, communication, and parenting. Learn how they thrive on a completely different time scale and have mastered harnessing energy from the sun. Explore the world of the cold-blooded through stunning camerawork and meticulous detail in the first episode of the documentary series Life in Cold Blood: The Cold Blooded Truth.
 

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WETA Kids Block Party | Wild Kratts: Reptile Week

We’re halfway through August and the summer heat is still going strong, so take a break and relax with The WETA Kids Block Party! If there’s anyone who knows how to handle hot weather, its reptiles, so learn a lesson from the masters with Wild Kratts Reptile Week Monday August 19 - Friday August 23, learn about an entirely different reptilian creature each day at 5pm with NEW episodes! On top of that, Saturdays we have a WETA Kids Block Party, 5 episodes of Wild Kratts back to back from 5:30pm to 8pm!

Wild Kratts features The Kratt Brothers, Chris and Martin Kratt, who go on rescue missions to save animals from dangerous situations. Whether it’s villains, natural disasters, or unfortunate accidents, nothing can stop the Kratts in their pursuit to protect the wildlife! Along the way, you’ll learn a lot about these creatures and how you can help them out too!

 

Here are the Wild Kratts Reptile Week episodes and air dates:

Rattlesnake Crystal   NEW!
Airs Monday, August 19 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 5:30pm
When the Kratt Brothers’ ship, The Tortuga, is forced to land in an unknown habitat, the Kratt Brothers are forced to search for rare tellurium crystals in order to repair their ship! In order to do this, they must utilize the rattlesnake’s amazing infrared vision skills to save the day!

Gila Monster Under My House  NEW!
Airs Tuesday, August 20 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 6pm
When a loose Gila monster is discovered underneath a house in the wild, the Kratt Brothers are called in to help out! As the brothers show how amazing the Gila monster’s natural abilities are, the villainous Zach decides to use the Gila monster for his own nefarious purposes.

Tortuga Tune-Up  NEW!
Airs Wednesday, August 21 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 6:30pm
It’s time for the Tortuga to receive an aquatic upgrade, but the brothers need to find an inspiration that will allow them to bring their ship to the bottom of the ocean! After they seek out a sea turtle, they get to witness how well they move through the sea and fight off natural predators!

Road Runner  NEW!
Airs Thursday, August 22 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 7pm
When the brothers fail to catch and identify a mysterious lizard, they decide to turn to the roadrunner for help! Utilizing the roadrunner’s amazing speed, they take turns running wild through the desert at the blink of an eye. But will this speed be enough for them to catch their mystery lizard?

Mom of a Croc
Airs Friday, August 23 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 7:30pm

In order to show the less scary side of crocodiles, the brothers infiltrate a crocodile nest to learn more about their natural habitat! They discover many things about their lifestyle and natural heat transferring abilities, which allows them to convince others that crocodiles are much more than meets the eye!

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WETA Kids Block Party | The Cat in the Hat: Let’s Get Wet Week!

Summer is in full force and it’s that time again for The WETA Kids Block Party! What better way to cool down than with a week of water-themed episodes in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Let’s Get Wet Week? Starting Monday July 22 on WETA Kids, catch a different episode each morning at 9:00am that teaches important things to know when on any aquatic adventures!

If you miss an episode during the week there’s no reason to fear, since all of the episodes air together for your convenience on the WETA Kids blog party Sunday June 28 from 1:00am-3:30am. Set your DVR for the entire week’s lineup and watch them at your own leisure!

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! features The Cat in the Hat and his young friends Sally and Nick as they go out on adventures to answer fascinating questions about the natural world. Whether the topic is animals from a far away land or the science of water, The Cat in the Hat is here to teach you all you need to know. No matter how far the destination, The Cat in the Hat’s trusty “Thinga-ma-jigger” has what it takes to get you there!

Watch the trailer for The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!: Let’s Get Wet Week here!

No Night Today / Fun in the Sun
Airs Monday July 22nd at 9:00am on WETA Kids
Airs Monday July 22nd at 8:30am on WETA TV26

No Night Today: We all know that it’s light in the daytime and dark in the night, but why does the sun go away at night? In this episode, we visit the International Space Station to learn a bit more about this phenomenon from Astronaut Audrey! Find out how the constant rotation of the earth creates nighttime.
Fun in the Sun: Playing outside can be dangerous when the heat is up! Sunburns are a serious risk when you stay in the sun without protecting yourself. Sunscreen is an important part of keeping yourself safe when you spend time in the sun, and Hilda the Hippo is here to teach you about the importance of sunscreen and how hippopotamuses can create their own natural kind!

Manatees and Mermaids / The Last Chocolate
Airs Tuesday July 23rd at 9:00am on WETA Kids
Airs Tuesday July 23rd at 8:30am on WETA TV26

Manatees and Mermaids: It’s fun to pretend you’re a sea creature like a dolphin when you swim, but an often overlooked animal is the Manatee. The Cat brings Sally and Nick off to see Matilda the Manatee, who proves to be quite a graceful swimmer! Learn more about these majestic creatures and how you can help keep their habitats safe!
The Last Chocolate: Have you ever wondered how your favorite chocolate bar was created? After the Cat mistakenly eats the last of Nick and Sally’s chocolate, the crew enters the Cocoalicious Forest to create some more from scratch! Learn how this sugary treat goes from simple beans to delicious confection!

The Toughest of All / How Cool is Coral
Airs Wednesday July 24th at 9:00am on WETA Kids
Airs Wednesday July 24th at 8:30am on WETA TV26

The Toughest of All: What do you think is the toughest animal in the world? You might think lions or sharks are tough, but neither of them stacks up to the amazing waterbear! The Cat sets off to prove that his pal Wally the Waterbear is tougher than them all, testing him with snowy landscapes and arid deserts. He even survives the harsh conditions of space travel and lives to tell the tale! It’s time to see who the true king of the jungle is!
How Cool is Coral: The crew goes on a quest to help a fish named Ting Tang find his way home. Along the way they see plenty of amazing things at the bottom of the ocean, including a couple of coral polyps who tell them all about the fascinating lives of coral! Learn how these tiny polyps continually grow and evolve to form reefs!

Super Cleaner Uppers/Itty Bitty Water
Airs Thursday July 25th at 9:00am on WETA Kids
Airs Thursday July 25th at 8:30am on WETA TV26

Super Cleaner Uppers:
One man’s trash is another animal’s treasure! In this episode we visit Sandy the sand hopper, who shows us how some creatures can use things we might think of as trash for another purpose! But be careful: sometimes trash can be extremely harmful to animals and needs to be disposed of correctly!
Itty Bitty Water: Even though there is water all around us, it’s still a precious resource for all life! The Cat teaches us about conserving water and how creatures in the desert can find water in the most unlikely of places!

Amazing Eyes / Water Walkers
Airs Friday July 26th at 9:00am on WETA Kids
Airs Friday July 26th at 8:30am on WETA TV26

Amazing Eyes: While playing hide-and-seek with their friend Katie the guinea pig, the crew enlists the help of some animals who have unbelievable seeing skills! Animals that can see far distances, behind themselves, and through body heat all come together to help find Katie. Learn all about these super powered eyes that exist in the wild!
Water Walkers: Swimming is fun, but what if you could walk across the water instead? The Cat brings us to visit a creature that can do just that: Walker the Water Strider! Learn how pockets of air allow the feet to stay on top of water without sinking into it!

 

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New PBS Nature Episodes in May | Private Life of Deer & Great Zebra Exodus

Whether in our own backyard or across the plains of Africa, four-legged creatures have learned to co-exist with humans or migrate to safer pastures. In the new episodes of PBS’ Nature this month, we will explore The Private Life of Deer on Wednesday the 8th and The Great Zebra Exodus on Wednesday the 15th.

 

The Private Life of Deer

The Washington, D.C. area is home to many Whitetailed deer, which enjoy eating our gardens, hopping into oncoming traffic, and slipping into the woods of our local parks. In the past century, the deer population has increased from less than a million to almost 30 million as of today. In an effort to document this ever increasing species, footage was acquired in unique ways throughout the country. In one segment, residents of Cayuga Heights, NY were given video equipment to document populations in their area, while in another segment; small cameras were strapped to the backs to wild deer. The footage acquired provides unprecedented insight into the lives of our furry neighbors. Watch the trailer!

Nature: The Private Life of Deer airs Wednesday, May 8 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD. Also Airs Thursday, May 9 at 2:00pm.

 

The Great Zebra Exodus

Traveling with family can be complicated, especially when it seems like everyone’s moving in a different direction. But can you imagine voyaging with 20,000 of your closest kin? Follow the story of one zebra family, a stallion, his three mares and their offspring, traveling with the herd in Southern Africa’s biggest animal migration. Taking place every year across the Kalahari’s Makgadikgadi Pans, this trek to grass and water tests the social bonds that hold zebra families together. Watch the trailer!

Nature: The Great Zebra Exodus airs Wednesday, May 15 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD. Also Airs Thursday, May 16 at 2:00pm.

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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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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.

Read the full article to watch trailers of these episodes!

 

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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