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WETA Movie Night: July 12-13

This Saturday, WETA TV26 & HD has three wonderful films for WETA Movie Night. Bonnie and Clyde, the 1967 action-packed romantic drama kicks off the night at 9:30pm. Then meet fantastic and inspirational athletes in My Way to Olympia at 11:30pm and get a different view of the world with Salt early Sunday at 12:30am.
 
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This is a romanticized account of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang from the 1930s. Excited by Clyde Barrow's outlaw demeanor, Bonnie Parker joins him in a crime spree across multiple towns.  Soon the pair joins Clyde’s brother Buck and his wife Blanche in a bank robbery. Will they get away with the heist? How long can they pull off this lifestyle? This movie is packed with drama, action, adventure, and romance. Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Gene Hackman. This film won the 1968 Oscars for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Estelle Parsons and Best Cinematography: Burnett Guffey. Also watch Sunday at 11:30am!

POV: My Way to Olympia airs Saturday at 11:30pm
German director Niko von Glasow was born with severely shortened arms and along with his long list of award-winning films, he is the director of My Way to Olympia. Niko discovers  a group of incredibly adaptable, determined, and optimistic people performing athletic feats sometimes more astounding than those of regular Olympic athletes. This film shares the stories of these Paralympic athletes and shows that Paralympic sports are less about disabilities than about being the best at something, which is the same reason every athlete in the world competes.

POV: Salt airs Sunday at 12:30am
Award-winning photographer Murray Fredericks began making five-week-long, annual, solo camping trips to remote Lake Eyre and its salt flats in South Australia and has a plethora of remarkable photos to show for it. This documentary is the film extension of Fredericks’ photographic work at Lake Eyre, interweaving his photos and video diary with time-lapse sequences. The content in t his film will peak viewers’ ideas of time and space.
 

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WETA Movie Night: July 5-6

Check out description for this week’s WETA Saturday Night Movies below! Tune into WETA TV26 & HD beginning at 9:30pm on Saturday for a night full of movies that are sure to excite and entertain.

Cool Hand Luke (1967) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
In this prison drama, Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is sentenced to a stretch on a southern chain gang after he's arrested for drunkenly decapitating parking meters. Jackson struggles to conform to rural prison life. Also airs Sunday at 11:30am!

POV: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs airs Saturday at 11:30pm
A profile of 98-year-old Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese-American social activist in Detroit who has spent much of her adult life fighting for civil rights and female equality.

POV: Good Fortune airs Sunday at 1am
This documentary investigates that international anti-poverty projects in Africa that may not be helping the people they're meant to. A plan to build modern housing in Kibera meets local resistance as residents fear that the project will benefit the well-connected, not them. In the west, neighbors worry that a rice farm's planned reservoir will cause their lands to flood.
 

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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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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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Coming to WETA TV26 in July 2014!

Check out these great programs coming to WETA TV26 & HD this July!

Time Scanners – Premieres Tuesday July 1 at 8pm
With cutting-edge technology that can “read” buildings, ruins, and landscapes from ancient worlds, this series reveals physical and forensic history, allowing viewers to reach out and touch the past.

History Detectives – Premieres Tuesday July 1 at 9pm
Experts travel around the country to explore the stories behind local folklore, prominent figures and family legends.

Midsomer Murders – New seasons with two back-to-back episodes
Season 2 begins Thursday July 3 at 8pm
Season 3 begins Thursday July 17 at 8pm
Season 6 begins Thursday July 31 at 8pm
Watch Midsomer Murders every Thursday from 8-11pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

Fourth of July Programming – Friday July 4 all day!
9am           A Capitol Fourth 2012
10:30am    A Capitol Fourth 2013
1pm           WETA Guide to Memorials
1:30pm      WETA Guide to Great Views
2pm           A Capitol Fourth 2012
3:30pm      A Capitol Fourth 2013
8pm           A Capitol Fourth 2014 *NEW*
9:30pm      WETA DC Fireworks Extravaganza
10pm         A Capitol Fourth 2014 *NEW*

Doc Martin – Season 2 begins Saturday July 5 at 8pm with two back-to-back episodes
This popular comedy-drama stars Martin Clunes as Martin Ellingham, a celebrated London surgeon, who unfortunately has developed a phobia to blood, with tactless manner causing mayhem in a small Cornish community.

Makers: Women Who Make America – Friday July 11 at 8:30pm
Meet groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Each program profiles prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations.

Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Baltimore – Monday July 14 at 8pm
In this episode, uncover some dramatic changes in the value of key appraisals in the 15 years since Antiques Roadshow last visited Baltimore. Highlights include an Edgar Allen Poe-inscribed book; a Titanic collection; and a Frederick De Wit atlas, ca. 1680, that jumped from $30,000-$50,000 to $50,000-$70,000.

My Wild Affair – Premieres Wednesday July 16 at 8pm
Hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions, including an orphaned baby elephant, an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart.

NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years – Premieres Wednesday July 16 at 8pm
Go on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. Host and scientist Richard Smith introduces titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids.

Sex in the Wild – Premieres Wednesday July 16 at 8pm
This four-part series, presented by anatomist Joy Reidenberg and veterinarian Mark Evans, examines the reproductive behaviors and biology of four species — elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins — and takes an in-depth look at how these animals find and woo the opposite sex. It also explores how they mate, give birth and raise their young in extreme environments.

Al Capone: Icon – Premieres Tuesday July 22 at 8pm
Al Capone — the quintessential self-made American man, ruthless killer or both? Just his name sparks images of pin-stripe suits and bloody violence. To this day, Americans are fascinated by this celebrity gangster. The question is why?

Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot – Season 12 Premieres Sunday July 27 at 9pm
David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries, "The Big Four" and "Dead Man's Folly", based on the novels by Agatha Christie.

Ken Burns’ Mark Twain – Tuesday July 29 at 8pm
In his time, Mark Twain was considered the funniest man on earth. Yet he was also an unflinching critic of human nature, using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. In this two-part documentary, Ken Burns creates an illuminating portrait of one of the greatest writers in American history.


 

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WETA Movie Night: May 24

Documentaries dominate this week's WETA Saturday Night Movie line-up! Learn more about movie greats Joan Crawford and Charlton Heston then stay tuned into WETA TV26 & HD for unique looks at two very different areas of the world.

Joan Crawford: Always the Star airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This glamorous and hugely popular actress raised herself from brutal poverty to Academy Award-winning stardom through guts, determination and hard work. During her 50-year career, she made more than 80 films. But her obsessive perfectionism led to a later caricature of coat-hanger-wielding harridan that even the adoration of her fans could not counter. Still, she has endured as one of the most popular icons of the movies, an early role model to young women who were drawn to her image as a stylish magnetic power and an actress of unquestioned independence. Joan Crawford films include: Sally, Irene and Mary (1925), Our Dancing Daughters (1928), Grand Hotel (1932), Dancing Lady (1933), The Gorgeous Hussy (1936), The Women (1939), A Woman's Face (1941), Mildred Pierce (1945), Humoresque (1946), Possessed (1947), Sudden Fear (1952), Johnny Guitar (1954), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), and Strait Jacket (1964).

Charlton Heston: A Man for All Seasons airs Saturday at 10:30pm
He played king and slave, hero and villain, and was renowned throughout the movie-going world for the heroic figures he played during his early years in Hollywood: Moses, Ben-Hur, El Cid and Michaelangelo. In a wide range of roles, from classical to futuristic, he showed himself a consummate actor. But Charlton Heston had always been more than a star. Although he was a private man, he often appeared to be a very public one, willing to speak up on issues he believes in — however controversial they may be. Here, in his own words, is Heston's life as well as highlights of a career that resulted in more than 60 motion pictures.  A profile of Charlton Heston, featuring clips from such films "Ben-Hur," "The Big Country," "The Greatest Show on Earth," "Planet of the Apes," "Soylent Green," "The Ten Commandments", and "Will Penny."

Independent Lens: God Loves Uganda airs Saturday at 11:30pm
This documentary examines the impact that American evangelicals have had in Uganda, where missionaries have created schools and hospitals while also fostering a virulent anti-gay atmosphere that culminated, in February 2014, with the adoption of an anti-homosexuality law that mandates a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for engaging in homosexual activity.

Independent Lens: Welcome to Shelbyville airs Sunday at 1am
This documentary examines how a small Tennessee town reacts to its changing demographics, including a burgeoning Latino population and an influx of Somali refugees, many of whom are practicing Muslims. The documentary includes remarks from journalist Brian Mosely (Shelbyville Times-Gazette), who wrote several articles about the Somalis; former mayor Al Stephenson; and local pastors.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: May 19-25

WETA UK has shows for everyone! From thrilling mysteries, classic dramas, and hilarious comedies, to fast-paced crime dramas, historical biographies, and insightful documentaries. Tune into WETA UK 24/7 for excellent British television shows and read on for some highlights in this week's schedule.

Monday at 9pm catch two back-to-back Midsomer Murders mysteries! At 9pm, watch “Sauce for the Goose”.  A tourist visiting Plummer's famous relish factory is crushed against towers of relish bottles and dumped naked into a 200-degree sterilizer. When Barnaby and Scott investigate, they find that the dead man is an executive with rival company Fieldway Foods. Many secrets are revealed making this an exciting mystery you won’t want to miss! Then at 10:30pm, watch “Midsomer Rhapsody”. Retired music teacher Arthur Leggott is found battered to death and the race begins to find a killer and a motive. Dramatic and poetic, this episode will keep you on your toes until the very end!

Tuesday at 10am the final season, season 7, of Monarch of the Glen begins! Following the sudden death of his partner Meg, Golly is looking after baby Cameron alone. A long, hard winter has taken its toll on Glenbogle and Paul the laird is faced with a growing repair bill for his tenants’ crofts. With money tight, he’s dreading the Tenants Association’s AGM and clashes with Iona MacLean, a beautiful local shepherdess who will not take no for an answer.

Wednesday at 11pm tune in for two back-to-back episodes of Benny Hill.  The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines a slapstick sketch series, an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions that routinely features sexy girls in skimpy costumes with the lecherous Hill leering at them. The U.S. episodes are edited versions of the more risqué British shows.

Thursday at 1pm don’t miss the first episode of MI-5 season 3! On “Project Friendly Fire” Tom Quinn has been accused of assassinating the Chief of The Defense Staff, is guilty of shooting his superior Harry Pearce, and has disappeared. When Oliver Mace, chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, hears of this he seizes his opportunity to take control of Britain’s homeland intelligence service. With the Prime Minister’s backing he launches an investigation into MI5, the aim being to uncover the rot at its core and take over. Danny, Zoe, and the rest of the team, under intense watch, manage to skip surveillance and meet to discuss what to do.

Friday at 9pm Vera season 4 concludes with “Death of a Family Man”.  DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the death of businessman John Searwood, who was found floating under the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Chief Investigator Owen Preece uncovers that John's business manager has been running a booze scam and John was no longer sleeping in the family home. Vera unpeels all the secrets hidden behind John's veneer of respectability to discover that his downfall in fact delves back to a tragic incident years before.

Saturday at 8pm new documentary series She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens begins with episode 1, “Matilda and Eleanor”. More than 800 years ago, Matilda came within a hair's breadth of being the first woman to be crowned queen of England in her own right. Historian Helen Castor explores how Matilda reached this point, and why her bid for the throne ultimately failed. Her daughter-in-law Eleanor of Aquitaine was an equally formidable woman. Despite being remembered as the queen of courtly love, in reality, during her long life she divorced one king and married another, only to lead a rebellion against him. She finally achieved the power she craved in her seventies.

Sunday at 8pm Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant continues with part six, “Sex”. The actor gets a juicy insight into the lives of the rich and famous and he explores some of the sexiest hotels and hideaways in the world. Visiting the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, he discovers a secret stairway used by one of Tinseltown's most infamous Lotharios, while in Paris he travels to the L'Hotel, which includes French  sex symbol and notorious womaniser Serge Gainsbourg among its past guests.
 

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WETA Movie Night: Saturday April 12

This Saturday at 9:30pm, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1958 classic The Big Country. Following the feature film, catch the documentary Brother's Hypnotic at 12:30am. Keep the movie excitement going on Monday at 10pm with The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Read on for more information on the movies.

WETA Movie: The Big Country (1958) airs Saturday April 12 at 9:30pm
A New Englander arrives in the Old West where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two powerful ranch families over a valuable patch of land, each looking for an easy supply of water. Starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, and Burl Ives.

Independent Lens: Brother’s Hypnotic airs Sunday April 13 at 12:30am

The eight young men who make up the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are all sons of Phil Cohran, a legendary Chicago trumpeter who turned his back on commercial music to pursue astral jazz and a passionately Afrocentric lifestyle. Cohran’s sons make transcendent music that ties currents from jazz and funk to soul and hip-hop. This film follows the octet as far away as Ireland as they tour and work to carve out their own renown around the world.

Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali airs Monday April 14 at 10pm
Explore the extraordinary and complex life of  legendary athlete Muhammad Ali outside the boxing ring. Some of Ali's life events in this documentary are joining the Nation of Islam, changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, refusing to serve in the Vietnam War, protesting racial inequality, and delving into global humanitarian work. Learn more about the legend Ali, an inspiring figure.


 

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WETA Movie Night: Saturday April 5

This weekend on WETA TV26 & HD, catch three fascinating films. First, Saturday at 9:30pm watch the 1956 thriller The Bad Seed. Following this classic film at 11:40pm is the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car. Set your DVR or stay up late for Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child at 1:10am. Read on for episode descriptions and trailers of these great movies.

The Bad Seed (1956) at 9:30pm
Rhoda is a good, grade-school girl who becomes vicious when she doesn’t get her way. Her mother finds out that Rhoda was responsible for a boy's death but is her mother’s dark past to blame? Starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones and Eileen Heckart. Click here to watch a trailer.


Independent Lens: Revenge of the Electric Car at 11:40pm
A follow up to Chris Paine's documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?, this new documentary Revenge of the Electric Car goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, General Motors, Tesla Motors, and an independent car converter named Greg “Gadget” Abbott to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Click here to watch a trailer.


Independent Lens: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child at 1:10am
A rare interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat over 20 years ago chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist who achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers. Click here to watch a trailer.

 

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American Masters: Salinger

In its 200th episode, the acclaimed biography series American Masters highlights the life and work of influential author J.D. Salinger who stepped away from the spotlight following the success of his 1951 novel “The Catcher in the Rye”. The film is the product of director Shane Salerno’s 10-year investigation into the secrecy of the enigmatic American icon. Salerno’s investigation culminates in the first work to get beyond the author’s impenetrable wall of privacy and seclusion. The documentary features never-before-seen photographs, film footage, and moments from J.D. Salinger’s life and harrowing service in World War II, as well as interviews with Salinger’s friends, colleagues, and members of his inner circle who have never spoken before. While there have been over 100 academic books examining Salinger’s work in exhaustive detail, no one has ever uncovered Salinger’s personal life in such a way. The film is both an investigative thriller and character study of a complex man who walked away from the world at the height of his fame. Explore the mystery of J.D. Salinger’s clandestine life and unexplained disappearance from the public spotlight in the thrilling investigative documentary, American Masters: Salinger airing on WETA TV26 & HD Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 9pm!

 

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