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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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Travel to Outer Space with New Science Shows on WETA TV26

This Wednesday, November 20 beginning at 8:00 pm, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD for three new science programs that are out of this world!

NOVA: At the Edge of Space at 8:00 pm
High above Earth where our atmosphere meets space bursts of energy called sprites elude the human eye. Images of these bursts are nearly impossible to capture because sprites exist for barely a split-second. In the new epsiode At the Edge of Space, NOVA and NASA team up in an effort to explore the Earth-space boundary and capture these elusive phenomena on camera. Discover what mysterious objects lurk in the abyss through eye-catching footage shot from the International Space Station and never-before-seen 3D images.

NOVA: Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday? at 9:00 pm

Sized from the width of a football field, to the size of a small city, asteroids are killer rocks on a collision course with Earth. There are millions of these space rocks in the solar system but we have only just begun to understand their resource potential. A large asteroid could end life on Earth but entrepreneurs see asteroids and think payday, not doomsday. Asteroids can be loaded with billions of dollars’ worth of elements like iron, nickel, and platinum. Will these space rocks turn out to be our economic saviors, or cause our extinction? NOVA explores these questions and more in Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday? Watch a preview!

Comet Encounter at 10:00 pm
Comets have fascinated and terrified humans for thousands of years. As we speak, a comet the size of Manhattan is hurtling towards the sun. In Comet Encounter, scientists around the world follow this once-in-a-lifetime event, tracing the comet’s trajectory from just beyond Jupiter all the way to the sun. These scientists predict that as the comet races past Earth, it will light up the night skies brighter than a full moon, giving us the space show of the century! Through imagery that is out of this world, Comet Encounter brings you a show you can’t see at the Planetarium. Watch a preview!


 

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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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Brains on Trial With Alan Alda | New Science Show

What if you had the ability to read someone’s mind? Most people would probably call you psychic assuming that you have some supernatural connection. But what if reading minds was explained and could be done through neuroscience? Neuroscience is the field of study that pertains to various elements of the nervous system, which includes but is not limited to its structure, development, and function. Alan Alda goes on an exploration to tie the knot between neuroscience and the criminal justice system. Could this be the key to unlocking the truth? What if we could determine every fact and could rule out speculation? The two part series, Brains on Trial, allows viewers to catch every minute of the post-crime scenario process. Neuroscientists engage Alda on the surprising evidence that may appear on MRIs and other brain scanning techniques.

Brains on Trial airs Wednesdays at 10pm on WETA TV26 & HD beginning September 11.

Watch part 1: Determining Guilt Wednesday September 11 at 10pm.

Watch part 2: Deciding Punishment Wednesday September 18 at 10pm.

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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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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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A New Perspective | New Nature & New NOVA Episodes

Your impression of Earth has a lot to do with your vantage point. This week WETA invites you to view our planet from two extreme locations. We begin in Wood Buffalo National Park with the premiere of Nature: Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo at 8:00pm and then travel to outer space with the premiere of the two-hour special NOVA: Earth from Space at 9:00pm. Join WETA TV26 & WETA HD this Wednesday as we experience nature at ground level and from far above.

Click here to watch video previews of these new shows!

 

Nature: Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo

Before humans’ westward expansion, wolves and buffalo roamed all over the North American plains. Now, as civilization has spread across the continent, these animals have been pushed from their former habitat and have taken refuge in the Wood Buffalo National Park in Northern Canada. In this week’s new Nature episode, filmmaker Jeff Turner follows the interactions of buffalo and one pack of wolves in their fight for survival. Click here to view PBS Nature's "Wolf versus Buffalo" infographic to match up the competitors!

Watch Nature: Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00pm. Also airs Thursday at 2:00pm & Monday at 2:30pm

 

NOVA: Earth from Space

NOVA is taking the phrase “take a step back” to entirely new heights. On Wednesday, take a few steps up into outer space to gain a complete understanding of the planet Earth. In this brand new, special two-hour episode, NOVA uses real-time data from satellites to create animated visuals showing how one force of nature affects the rest of the planet. See how you fit into the big picture of this complex world at 9:00pm!  

Watch NOVA: Earth from Space on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Wednesday, February 13 at 9:00pm. Also airs Thursday at 3:00pm

 

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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.
 

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