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Ken Burns September on WETA TV26 | The Roosevelts & More!

Ken Burns’ newest documentary film The Roosevelts: An Intimate History premieres this September! Watch this new program as well as a selection from the Ken Burns collection this September on WETA TV26 & HD. Read this blog post for details on all the Ken Burns films airing on WETA TV26 & HD this September. Also, watch our local WETA TV26 Washington, DC video segments related to the Roosevelt family.

Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History airs Sunday September 14-Saturday September 20 at 8pm & 10pm daily *NEW*
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History archives the lives of three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics: Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. This seven-part, fourteen hour film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History premieres on WETA TV26 & HD Sunday September 14 at 8pm.

WETA TV26: Roosevelt Island
A living memorial to Theodore Roosevelt’s nature conservationist ideal, this DC area hidden gem is one with deep meaning.

WETA TV26: FDR Memorials
Learn about the popular FDR Memorial and the lesser-known FDR Memorial both located in Washington, DC. 

Ken Burns' The National Parks: America's Best Idea airs Monday September 1 from 5:30am-6pm
This series is a story of people from every conceivable background – rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.

Ken Burns’ The Statue of Liberty airs Friday September 5 at 8:30pm & Monday September 15 at 5pm
For more than 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants. In this lyrical, compelling, and provocative portrait of the statue, Ken Burns explores both the history of America’s premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself.

Ken Burns’ The Civil War airs Sunday September 14 from 7:30am-8pm leading to the premiere of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
This film is a comprehensive examination of The Civil War told by dramatic readings, photos, and more.

Ken Burns’ The War airs Monday September 15-Friday September 19 at 1pm daily
This is the story of World War II through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns. The war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrated that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary times.

Ken Burns’ The Address airs Monday September 15 at 3:30pm
The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address.  In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

Ken Burns’ Lewis and Clark part 1 airs Tuesday September 16 at 3pm, part 2 airs Wednesday September 17 at 3pm
Lewis and Clark re-creates the 1803 journey to locate the Northwest Passage, the most notable expedition in U.S. history was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with soldiers, an African-American slave, a female guide, and Canadian boatmen.


 

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WETA TV26 August Music Programs

This August WETA TV26 & HD presents a wide variety of music oriented programs. Read on to see what shows are scheduled and a short description for each program. Show air dates are subject to change.

Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin' With Frank & Bing  
A profile of composer Jimmy Van Heusen, who wrote such classics as "Swinging on a Star" and "Come Fly With Me." Included: remarks from Frank Sinatra Jr., Harry Crosby, Tony Bennett, Woody Allen, Angie Dickinson, Shirley MacLaine and John Pizzarelli; and archival performance footage of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.  Airs Wednesday August 13 at 8pm & Friday August 15 at 11pm.

The Big Band Years  
Peter Marshall hosts this celebration of big bands of the 1930s and '40s. Included: Glenn Miller, Harry James, Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway, as well as singers Helen O'Connell and Bob Eberly (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra), the Pied Pipers (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra) and Frank Sinatra (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra).  Airs Tuesday August 12 at 10pm, Saturday August 16 at 8pm, and Wednesday August 20 at 8pm.

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind 
A John Sebastian-hosted celebration of the 1960s' folk-music boom, featuring archival footage of the era's top performers and modern-day performances by Barry McGuire, Roger McGuinn, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Chad and Jeremy, and Jesse Colin Young (of the Youngbloods). Airs Monday August 18 at 8pm and Thursday August 21 at 10pm.

Woody's Children: 45th Anniversary Concert Live at Symphony Space  
A celebration of the 45th birthday of the "Woody's Children" folk-music radio show, featuring David Amram, Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters, Emma's Revolution, Christine Lavin, Holly Near, Tom Paxton and Noel Paul Stookey. Also appearing: Nora Guthrie and singer-songwriter Doug Mishkin. Airs Tuesday August 19 at 10pm.

50s & 60s Rock Rewind  
Archival performances by such artists as Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley, Johnny Otis, Buddy Holly, the Platters, Everly Brothers, Chordettes, Bobby Darin and Lloyd Price accent this compilation of classic songs from the 1950s and early '60s.Other featured performers include Fats Domino; Ricky Nelson; Elvis Presley; the Champs; Sam Cooke; Paul & Paula; Paul Anka; Conway Twitty; the Diamonds; Five Satins; Shangri-Las; Neil Sedaka; and Roy Orbison. Jon "Bowzer" Bauman hosts. Tuesday August 19 at 11pm, and Friday August 22 at 9:30pm.

Classical Rewind  
Martin Goldsmith hosts this collection of classical masterpieces, including ones by Mozart, Edvard Grieg, Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Aaron Copland, Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Maurice Ravel, Richard Wagner, Jacques Offenbach, Antonio Vivaldi, Modest Mussorgsky, Carl Orff and Tchaikovsky. Also: Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Stewart Copeland of the Police offer their thoughts on the compositions. Airs Friday August 15 at 10:30pm.

 

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WETA Movie Night: July 26

This Saturday on WETA TV26 & HD, watch two coming-of-age stories. First at 9:30pm, Jamal shares his life story when accused of cheating on a game show in Slumdog Millionaire. Then at 11:30pm, Egor leaves home to pursue a dancing career in the POV independent film Dance for Me. Please join us for these powerful films Saturday, July 26, 2014 on WETA TV26 & HD.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This film follows Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, as he’s minutes away from winning 20-million rupees on India's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The show breaks for the night and police arrest Jamal for cheating. Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up. Stories of their adventures together and those with his lost-love Latika, reveal the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Will the police believe him and let him continue on the show? This film won 8 Academy Awards. Slumdog Millionaire also airs Sunday at 11:30am.


POV: Dance for Me airs Saturday at 11:30pm
Professional ballroom dancing is very big in little Denmark. Since success in this intensely competitive art depends on finding the right partner, aspiring Danish dancers often look beyond their borders to find their matches. In Dance for Me, 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark's most promising young dancers. Strikingly different, Egor and Mie bond over their passion for Latin dance — and for winning. As they head to the championships, so much is at stake: emotional bonds, career and the future.


 

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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 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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This Week on WETA UK: June 30-July 6

Monday at 7:30pm My Family begins season 9 with the episode “Bully for Ben”. Ben joins the young Harpers for a pub quiz, during which he reveals that his childhood bully was actually a girl. Catch this episode again Friday July 4 at 12:30pm.

Tuesday at 4pm Hustle kicks off season 6.  In episode 1, just as the team are finishing with one genius con where Emma is posing as pop princess Kylie, Albert is out finding and priming the next unsuspecting mark - ex-banker Piggy Richardson who has been hounded by the press after a very public pension scandal. However, just as everything starts to fall into place, a mysterious woman enquires about Mickey's whereabouts and throws their plan into disarray.

Wednesday at 6:30pm catch two contemporary comedies back-to-back. First watch Outnumbered at 6:30pm then Lead Balloon at 7pm. In this week’s episode of Outnumbered, “The Girls' Day Out”, Sue is fed up with the men over housework; Karen deals with fund raisers and buying shoes. In season 3 of Lead Balloon, despite professional and domestic crises, Rick manages to hold his head up high and retain that self-respect. Well, actually, no he doesn't.

Thursday at 11pm classic Sherlock Holmes takes on the mystery of “The Crooked Man”. Holmes and Watson investigate when an Army colonel is found dead and his wife is found unconscious. Be sure to watch “The Adventure of the Creeping Man” on Saturday afternoon as Holmes investigates when a scientist's daughter believes she has spotted a prowler outside her bedroom window.

Friday at 10:30pm continue the comedy and drama of Frankie. In this second-to-last episode in the series, someone is watching Frankie but who and why? At work, Frankie finds herself caught between her patient and his wife. A dying patient puts things into perspective for Paula.

Saturday from 1:30pm-6:30pm get your weekly dose of mysteries! At 1:30pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot goes on the adventure of “The Dead Man’s Mirror”. Then at 2:30 Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes goes for “The Adventure of the Creeping Man”. From 3:20-6:30pm watch Midsomer Murders “Faithful Unto Death” and “Death in Disguise”.

Sunday at 9pm catch the very first episode of Wild Australasia. Take a journey through time and space to explore Australasia's natural wonders. This series is a detective story, delving into Australasia's hidden secrets to explain why its wildlife and wilderness are so special. As the driest inhabited continent on Earth, Australia is a world apart - a place where successive invasions of people have made the greatest impact on its wildlife and wilderness areas. Its wildlife is an astonishing mix of the surprising, the strange and the deadly. From the tropical jungle to the vast shallow coral reefs, from burning deserts to snowy mountains, Australasia is a land of outstanding splendour with a great variety of moods and landscapes.

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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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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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