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WETA Movie Night: July 19

This week’s WETA Saturday Night Movies are thrillers! Beginning at 9:30pm, catch A Streetcar Named Desire then at 11:30pm watch the POV independent film Mugabe and the White African.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
Disturbed, alcoholic Blanche DuBois moves from Mississippi to New Orleans to live with her sister after being fired from her teaching job.  While her reality crumbles around her, Blanche is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law Stanley. Abuse and drama push Blanche to a breaking point, but can she survive in this harsh situation? A Streetcar Named Desire won the 1952 Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role Vivien Leigh; Best Actor in a Supporting Role Karl Malden; Best Actress in a Supporting Role Kim Hunter; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White Richard Day and George James Hopkins. This film also airs Sunday at 11:30am.

POV: Mugabe and the White African airs Saturday at 11:30pm
This is the story of white Zimbabwe farmer Mike Campbell, whose farm (which he purchased after the country's independence in 1980) has been targeted by strongman Robert Mugabe's government for confiscation as part of the country's land-redistribution program. The documentary details Campbell's efforts to save his farm by taking his case to an international court, a process that proves frustrating due to several delays, as well as his run-ins with Mugabe's thugs.

 


 

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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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WETA Movie Night: June 28 & 29

This week’s two WETA Saturday Night Movies are vastly different in topic and style. The first is a classic Western that entertains with phenomenal acting. The second is a powerful documentary that sparks thought and discussion. Tune in the Saturday for two back-to-back movies on WETA TV26 & HD!

The Big Country (1958) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
A Yankee sailor and his fiancée arrive in the Old West at a family ranch to find themselves in the middle of a deadly feud between two powerful ranchers each looking for an easy supply of water and fighting over a piece of valuable land. This classic Western drama is full of excitement, you won’t want to miss your chance to see it commercial free on WETA TV26. This film stars Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, and Burl Ives. Ives won the 1959 Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Can’t watch it Saturday night? Set your DVR or tune in Sunday at 11:30am for a repeat!


Independent Lens: Love Free or Die airs Sunday at 12:30am

Gene Robinson became the first openly gay priest in a committed same-sex relationship to be ordained a bishop in any Christian denomination. Robinson has received threats of violence but with his beloved husband Mark at his side, Robinson continues to calmly make the case that who you love doesn’t determine whether God loves you. Robinson’s story parallels the conversation underway in many American churches about whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God, and also the debate in legislatures and courthouses across the nation as to whether LGBT people are entitled to equal status under the law.


 

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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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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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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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WETA Arts | New Episode in May

This episode is now available to watch online.

WETA Arts continues this month tying fantastic local cultural arts to national arts. 

In May's episode of WETA Arts we visit the U.S. Army Museum Support Center at Ft. Belvoir to learn about the depiction of war through the eyes of artists and to meet the current Army Artist in Residence. Experts from Ohio State University give us the science behind the most spectacular leap in ballet, the grande jete. We meet The Colorado Ballet, a troupe endeavoring to explore one of the darkest periods in human history through dance. We delve into the work of JW Johnston, a nature photographer who left the fast-paced world of broadcast journalism to pursue his passion. Finally, Robert Aubry Davis, Janis Goodman, and Peter Winant discuss "Made in The USA", an exhibition at The Phillips Collection that spans more than a century and features works by nearly one hundred and twenty American artists.

WETA Arts airs on WETA TV26 & WETA HD:
Sunday May 11 at 4pm
Tuesday May 13 at 3:30pm
Monday May 19 at 2:30pm
Tuesday May 27 at 5:30pm

To watch previous episodes of WETA Arts, go to weta.org!


 

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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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The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

This new, five-hour series follows Simon Schama as he travels from Russia and the Ukraine to Egypt, Israel and Spain exploring the impact that Jewish culture has made across the world. The series is also a personal journey for host Simon Schama who has been engaged with Jewish history since his postwar childhood. The Story of the Jews draws on primary sources that include the Elephantine papyri, a collection of 5th-century BC manuscripts illuminating the life of a town of Jewish soldiers and their families in ancient Egypt; the astonishing trove of documents — the Cairo Geniza — recording the world of the medieval Jews of the Mediterranean and Near East; the records of disputations between Christians and Jews in Spain; correspondence between the leader of the Arab revolt during World War I, Emir Feisal, and the leader of the Zionist movement, Chaim Weizmann.  Schama brings together a multitude of emotions and questions to share a story that truly affects every human on Earth.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
In the Beginning  (Part 1)

Historian Simon Schama's five-part history of the Jewish people opens 3000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their book, the Hebrew Bible.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Among Believers  (Part 2)

The medieval era, when Jews struggled to preserve their identity—and even their lives—under the rule of Christianity and Islam is recalled. Included: diaspora Jews who built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution; the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
A Leap of Faith  (Part 3)

The Enlightenment era, when Jews integrated into mainstream European life, is recalled. One area that proved fruitful: music, as exemplified by the careers of composers Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn. The integration stirred up ancient prejudices, however, which were often cloaked by romantic nationalism and pseudo-science. Included: the trial of Alfred Dreyfus, which led Theodor Herzl to conclude that Jews needed a homeland in order to be free of persecution.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Over the Rainbow  (Part 4)

Recalling the lost world of the shtetl, Jewish towns and villages in Eastern Europe that gave birth to a uniquely Jewish culture; and that made its mark in the revolutionary politics of the USSR and the pop culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplace of Hasidism, one of the most misunderstood forms of Judaism. Included: Simon Schama visits the forests of Lithuania, where his family logged wood and fought wolves.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Return  (Part 5)

Simon Schama's history of the Jewish people concludes with the Holocaust and the creation of the modern Israel, both of which fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Included: the tension between the ideals and necessities that led to founding the modern Israel; and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake.

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Special Pledge Programming in March

WETA TV26 airs special programming from February 27-March 23 for our pledge drive. This blog post highlights some of the great pledge shows you can watch throughout this month.  Read on to see what’s coming and when to watch! *Please note that these air dates and times are subject to change so please check weta.org for any schedule changes.*

Heartbeat of Home Saturday March 1 at 6pm

This show takes place in a dreamland of oceans and starlight, in neon-shining cities of the 21st century and in epic, open spaces. Irish dancers share the stage with Afro-Cuban and Latin dancers taking leave of their homelands — Ireland, Africa, Spain — as they journey over wild seas towards a new land of opportunity where music and dance, the only true international languages, join together in celebration, telling stories of survival, courage and passion.

Great Scenic Railway Journeys Celebrating: North America's Steam Railroads Sunday March 2 at 7pm
This program explorers the impact that the steam engine had in building our world. From the frozen tundra of Alaska to the vast high desert of Arizona, the rolling hills of New Hampshire to the Black Hills of South Dakota and through the prairies and mountains of Canada. We also visit Steamtown National Historic Site and get a first hand lesson on how a steam engine works and why millions of people each year are drawn to them.

Suze Orman: Financial Solutions for You Thursday March 6 at 8pm

Up-to-date advice on a broad set of financial issues from Suze Orman, America's most recognized expert in personal finance, include: how to invest; whether to buy or rent a home; saving for retirement; what kind of life insurance to buy; wills and trusts; student loans and more. Orman offers tangible information on managing money today and how to make smarter choices towards a more economically secure future.

American Masters: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Sunday March 9 at 7:30pm
This first authorized film poetically documents Seeger's unique experience and contributions. He made a whole generation passionate about playing the guitar and picking the banjo, and got them singing together and using music as a force for social change. Largely misunderstood by his critics for his views on peace, civil rights and ecology, Seeger went from the top of the hit parade to the top of the blacklist -- banned from commercial television for more than 17 years.

My Music: Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics: The 60s Monday March 10 at 8pm
From the late 1940s until the early 1970s, millions of viewers of all ages saw great musical acts each Sunday night on The Ed Sullivan Show. This special presents classic song performances from 1963 to 1968 that evoke the spirit of that decade's youth movement.

Studio WETA: Tom Paxton Wednesday March 12 at 8pm
Studio WETA talks to American folk singer and singer-songwriter Tom Paxton whose music career has spanned more than fifty years.

Midsomer Murders: Super Sleuths Thursday March 13 at 8pm

A  behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the cast and crew of Midsomer Murders as they reflect on their experiences in the deadliest "county" in all of England. The special investigates the much loved DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and the mysterious mayhem of Midsomer.

House of Cards Marathon Sunday March 16 from 6-11pm
Watch the original House of Cards in full! With the resignation of Margaret Thatcher, the current head of the British Conservative Party, House of Cards antihero Francis Urquhart goes on an unethical and manipulative rampage to become the new leader of the governing party then, in turn, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The Washington Cherry Blossoms: A Gift of Friendship Thursday March 20 at 8pm
The history of the cherry trees in Washington, D.C., and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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