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Military Shows on WETA TV26 | November 2014

This November WETA TV26 salutes military veterans with special programming throughout the month. Read descriptions for these honorary programs and check the channel guide below to find WETA on your television.

Friday November 7
8:30pm  WETA Guide to Memorials
Take an inspiring tour of the many military, war, and presidential memorials of Greater Washington. Visit sculptures, statues and buildings located nearby that memorialize individuals, events, and Americans' service to their country.  Includes: African American Civil War Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Civil War Unknowns, D.C. World War I Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, JFK Eternal Flame, Korea, War Veterans Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Memorial Bridge, Tomb of the Unknowns, U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, U.S. Navy Memorial, Washington Monument, Women in Military Service Memorial.

9pm    In Performance at the White House Salute to the Troops

President and Mrs. Obama host a PBS music special from the White House, with an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States. Performances by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and active duty military members U.S. Army Sgt. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer. There also will be a performance by Daughtry via satellite of their USO concert at Yokota Air Base in Japan, as well as a live-viewing audience of troops from the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

10pm    Craft in America: Service
Part of the PBS veterans initiative “Stories of Service,” is the story of craft and the military. From the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, “Service” documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal. Eugene Burks, Jr., Pam DeLuco, Judas Recendez, Ehren Tool and Peter Voulkos.

Tuesday November 11
7am-6:30pm  Victory at Sea

An extraordinary 26-part documentary series exploring the naval campaigns and battles of WWII and how America responded to the victories. Victory At Sea utilizes illustrative and dramatic footage of actual combat against the backdrop of an original orchestra score by composer Richard Rodgers and riveting narration. The film puts a lens on naval warfare, especially the momentous attack on Pear Harbor and the many battles and campaigns which comprised WWII.

9pm    Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story
Premiering on Veterans Day, this program recounts the ticking-clock missions of the “Commandoes of the Deep” through firsthand accounts — including that of a D-Day demolition team member — and through never-before-seen footage, home movies and personal mementoes. Admirals, master chiefs, clandestine operators, demolitioneers and snipers reveal how US Navy SEALs morphed into the world's most admired commandoes.


 

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This Week on WETA UK: May 5-11

From modern British comedies and dramas, to historical documentary series, WETA UK has all the best British television 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check out what we're highlighting in this week's WETA UK schedule.

Monday at 6pm catch the very first episode of Life on Mars. The hunt for a cold-blooded murderer becomes a desperate rescue mission for Detective Sam Williams’ girlfriend and fellow cop Maya. After a near-fatal car crash Detective Williams finds himself mysteriously transported to 1973. Is he in a coma? Has Sam gone crazy? Or has he really travelled back in time? Watch episode two Sunday May 11 at 10pm!

Tuesday at 10:30pm season 3 of the British comedy Chef! begins. Popular actor/comedian Lenny Henry stars as Gareth, Chef de Cuisine at the prestigious Le Château Anglais restaurant. Having realized his dream of becoming proprietor and cook at Le Château, Gareth’s obsessive perfectionism pushes the restaurant to the financial brink, and plunges his personal and professional life into chaos.

Wednesday at 6:30pm begin the popular comedy Moone Boy from the very beginning. This semi-autobiographical series is written by and stars Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of 11 year old Martin, the youngest child in the large, loud Moone family. Headed by Martin’s sign-writer father who longs to be an artist and his frazzled mother, this is a family with a lot of love where everyone tends to pull in different directions! Martin has a unique view of life, dealing with enterprising school bullies with the help of his imaginary friend who also narrates his adventures.

Thursday at 8:30pm the hilarious British show Worst Week of My Life begins. With only one week to go before Howard and Mel get married, time slows and it quickly escalates into the week from hell. Howard lurches from one embarrassing disaster to the next in the week leading up to his wedding.

Friday at 9pm crime-drama Vera continues with season four, episode two “Protected”. In this episode, DCI Vera Stanhope and DS Joe Ashworth investigate the murder of David Kenworthy, found dead on the beach at Whitley Bay. Although spotted in an argument with a local business owner earlier that night, Vera digs into the past uncovering that the Kenworthy family and their business is not as respectable as it appears. When a second death occurs, Vera is faced with pressure to solve the case quickly; she must use all her tenacity to expose the rift in the heart of the fractured family.

Saturday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Classic’s Mr. Selfridge continues with season 2 episode 6. Harry's reputation suffers while he is in Germany; Gordon pens a condolence letter after a member of the staff dies at the front; Miss Mardle falls for her lodger; and Leclair's troubles deepen.

Sunday at 9pm & 9:30pm watch two episodes of Weapons of World War II. In the annals of 20th-Century warfare, World War II saw the sharpest and most dramatic rise in the design, manufacture and effectiveness of some of the world's most lethal weaponry. In this documentary series, the development of each weapon system is addressed from the outbreak of war through to its 1945 climax. This week, watch “Tanks”: Tank development was dramatic in World War II. From pre-war light tanks, we see the emergence of the monster tanks such as the legendary Panthers and King Tigers of 1944/45. Lighter, simpler tanks such as the Russian T-34 and the American Sherman overwhelmed German tank formations with their sheer numbers. Then watch “Midget Submarines”: From attacks on Pearl Harbor and Sydney Harbor, to the British Mediterranean Fleet and the Tirpitz, midget submarines played their part in some of the most gripping stories of the war.
 

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New WETA TV26 Documentary | Arlington National Cemetery

As the Washington, DC flagship PBS station, WETA TV26 has a long tradition of celebrating the people and history of this region through local programming. The newest WETA TV26 production is Arlington National Cemetery, a one hour documentary exploring the history, mission, and daily operations of this final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. To create this show, WETA interviewed more than a dozen cemetery staff, military personnel, and family members of the fallen, filmed 8 funeral services for Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy service members, and filmed the cemetery during four major National Holidays, amounting to about 60 hours of footage. This new program premieres Wednesday February 5, 2014 at 8pm and will show you Arlington National Cemetery as you’ve never seen it before. Click here for more air dates. Scroll down to watch a preview of the show.

 

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Nazi Mega Weapons | Military Engineering History

During World War II, Hitler believed that one of the keys to victory was the manufacturing of new weaponry. Germany had some of the most brilliant scientific minds of all time on their side, and the Nazis put them to work in the creation of elaborate machines of death.  Though these technological innovations wouldn’t be enough to win them the war, their advancements were successful in advancing the world’s approach to war. We all know that history is written by the victors, but this month on WETA watch Nazi Mega Weapons and see the groundbreaking engineering that happened on the losing side.

Episode 1: Atlantic Wall

Watch the trailer! In 1942, the Nazis began work on an elaborate fortification along the western coast of Europe that was meant to defend against a possible attack from Great Britain. This massive set of buildings was unlike any defensive structure that the world had ever seen, and some of Germany’s top commanders were stationed in its forts. See an in-depth look at the 3 year building process and the overall fate of the Atlantic Wall. Airs Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00pm.

Episode 2: U-Boat Pens

Germany is well-known for their advanced U-Boat submarines that they used extensively during World War II. As the war progressed, the Nazis realized that advancements in bomb technology left their boats extremely vulnerable to aerial attack. As a result, the Germans created concrete pens that housed their submarines. These pens were very resistant to bombings, but their creation was anything but a simple process. Airs Wednesday, July 24 at 10:00pm.

Episode 3: V-2

Wernher von Braun was a rocket scientist who did extensive research for the Nazis during World War II. After receiving a grant from Germany, he created the prototype for what would eventually become the V-2 rocket. The V-2 eventually became extremely important to Hitler, who wanted a weapon that would be seen as a morale changer. After the war, other countries raced to recover and research the intact V-2 rockets in order to develop their own versions of this technological marvel. Airs Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00pm.

NOVA: 3D Spies of WWII

Watch the trailer! If you can’t get enough of the fascinating history behind World War II, watch the direct response to Germany’s mega weapons on NOVA: 3D Spies of WWII. As the Allies realized how powerful the new Nazi weapons were, they began an espionage expedition into German territory. Spies took photographs of potential German bases using cutting edge 3D technologies, and the photographs allowed them to interrupt German weapon development with strategic missile strikes. Witness the dangerous missions of World War II’s unsung heroes. Airs Wednesday, June 24 at 9:00pm

 

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The Ghost Army & Jake Shimabukuro

This week, WETA presents inspiring documentaries about creative forces. Tonight we learn about the soldiers who created fake war props in The Ghost Army and on Friday we join ukulele artist Jake Shimabukuro on a nine month tour across the US.

The Ghost Army

Whenever we go to the movies, we know that much of what we see on the screen isn’t real. We imagine talented prop makers on film sets in Hollywood, working to create the imagined world of the next big blockbuster. But what if those props were used to alter history? The documentary The Ghost Army tells the true tale of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects, and carefully crafted illusions during the Second World War. The soldiers, many of whom were artists, carried out top-secret missions in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, working to save lives and alter the outcome of the War. Watch the trailer!

The Ghost Army airs Wednesday, May 21 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

 

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

In an era of talented social media users rising to fame, Jake Shimabukuro is the perfect poster child. After playing the ukulele since age four, Jake uploaded a video of himself performing George Garrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on YouTube, which became a viral hit with over 11 million views. The documentary Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings follows Jake on a nine month tour throughout the US and Japan, featuring performances and intimate conversations with the artist. Join us Friday and get to know the big talent behind this small instruments. Watch the trailer!

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings airs Friday, May 24 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

 

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies May 18 -19

Inspiring tales of "the underdog" and film have always gone together like peanut butter and jelly andeven though those PB&Js might not taste as great as they did when you were 6, underdog films never get old. This Saturday, WETA presents two free movies about people at a disadvantage working hard to make a difference. First, we follow the big win of a small town basketball team in Hoosiers (1986) at 9:30pm. Next, learn about rape cover up of the U.S. military and its survivors in Independent Lens: The Invisible War.

 

Hoosiers (1986)

The small town of Hickory, Indiana loves basketball, so the pressure is on when a new coach arrives to train the high school team. After failing to impress the community with his unusual style of coaching, Norman Dale hires Shooter, the alcoholic father of one of his players, as his assistant. With the addition of a star player, the team begins a winning streak that leads to the State Championship game. But can this band of misfits win against their rivals of South Bend? Find out Saturday at 9:30pm! Watch a preview!

Hoosiers (1986) airs Saturday, May 18th at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

 

Independent Lens: The Invisible War

Washington D.C. is often seen as military central for the United States, where training, planning and honors take place on a daily basis. But has a cover up also been developing at our nation’s capital? In the new investigative documentary by Independent Lens, the veil is lifted from one of the biggest scandals within the U.S. military where, according to the Department of Defense, there were an estimated 22,800 violent sex crimes in 2011. The Invisible War presents personal accounts of survivors, like Kori Cioca, who was beaten and raped by her supervisor in the U.S. Coast Guard.  For the few who do report abuse, a flawed judicial system awaits, leading to only 8 percent of military sexual assault cases prosecuted. Watch a preview!

Independent Lens: The Invisible War airs Sunday, May 19th at 1:30am on WETA TV26 & HD.

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Free Movies in DC: WETA Fall Movie Festival November 10

 

Watch free movies without commercials on your TV this Saturday. Get a load of our jam packed Fall Movie Festival November 10, a feature film and FOUR documentaries on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

The Art of Risk-Taking

Jumping out of an airplane, sampling frog’s legs, or buying a lottery ticket all mean incurring some risk.  A skydiver discovering mid-air that his parachute is defective may be a rare situation, but suffering a minor allergic reaction to an exotic food happens more often. In life, we’re faced with both itty-bitty risks and all-or-nothing risks. This Saturday night, don’t do anything dicey. Stay in the comfort and safety of your own home and live vicariously through risk taker after risk taker in a line-up of movies on WETA TV26 and HD that make you hold your breath—without taking any real risks.

 

Love’s Risk

You never know who you’ll meet on the bus. Fate strikes when two bus riders’ lives coincidentally intertwine, proving that every personal encounter has a purpose. When the recently returned World War II veteran Paul strikes up a conversation with Victoria, he learns that she is pregnant out of wedlock and terrified that her traditionalist Mexican father will kill her upon her homecoming from graduate school. So Paul offers to play the role of Victoria’s husband and Victoria accepts. Victoria’s family believes the couple’s announcement but the new son-in-law’s social standing infuriates Victoria’s father. The initial plan takes an unexpected turn when the family invites Paul to stay on the vineyard and assist with the annual grape harvest. The events that follow will convince you of the magic of fate. With family tradition, love, and hate all conflicting, you have the perfect elements to start off a Saturday night movie festival! 

Watch A Walk in the Clouds (1995) Saturday November 10 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risk for Reward

Though the classroom’s filled with women from a colorful assortment of countries, their similarities outweigh their differences. Many stopped attending school at age ten, either because of the taboo of female education or because work took priority. All of the students have families back home, and all are mothers or grandmothers--a class requirement. Most of the students have never before left their village, let alone their country. Many are also illiterate. These 27 disenfranchised women hail from four continents and make up a class of competitively selected candidates whose training at The Barefoot College in India will empower them to become solar engineers. Yes, solar engineers. In six months time, these women will return home with the ability, confidence, and skill to bring solar electricity to their villages. Learn more about the making of Solar Mamas from producer Mette Heide in this Independent Lens online exclusive! 

Solar Mamas follows the journey of one particular Barefoot College class, shedding light (no pun intended) on the natural energy crisis and the challenges rural women face worldwide.

Watch Independent Lens: Solar Mamas Saturday, November 10 at 11:15pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risking Life and Limb

The prospect of $20,000 and college tuition assistance in exchange for serving in the Michigan National Guard just one weekend a month seemed too good to pass up for a group of nine long-time friends who were fresh out of high school in rural Michigan. And it was…as most things that seem too good to be true usually are. Soon, they would all be deployed on a tour to Afghanistan, where they would search for roadside bombs with their explosives unit. After nine  fearfull and uncertain months, nothing could prepare the once carefree “boys” for the obstacles they would endure upon returning home.

Where Soldiers Come From follows the lives of three of these men over the course of four years, from their basic training, to their deployment, and ultimately, to their tumultuous return home. The film illustrates the transformation of these happy-go-lucky teenagers into hardened and emotionally-scarred men. The film also paints a poignant portrait of the far-reaching effects of a far-away war, while touching upon politics, class, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Check out this powerful map of Veterans in the United States from POV Where Soldiers Come From

Watch POV: Where Soldiers Come From Saturday, November 10 at 12:30am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risk on the Behalf of Others

On-call at all hours of the day and night, they rush to their “office” when the familiar phone call comes. A price could never be put on the free and generous service they provide with their smiles, hugs, and words of encouragement for men and women in uniform. At Bangor International Airport in Maine, a pack of senior citizens has made history by greeting and seeing off nearly one million American troops who are on their way to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Way We Get By tells a moving story about growing old, finding purpose, and living life to the fullest. The film looks at three of the senior volunteers, as they deal with the inevitable effects of aging and find their reason to continue living. One volunteer must cope with a cancer diagnosis, while another must cope with the deployments of beloved family members. Meanwhile, one volunteer explains the group’s goal very succinctly: “Make a soldier smile before he goes over.” The parallels between the gray-haired volunteers and soldiers passing through the plane terminal reveal the film’s central message: It is through service to others we find our purpose. Watch or read this POV interview with The Way We Get By filmmaker Aron Gaudet. 

Watch POV: The Way We Get By on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risking it all for a Dream

“We miss the shot, we get shot.”

For wildly successful filmmakers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond, such a statement was not far from the truth in their native Hungary. Maybe it was luck and their innate talent that led to their success in the film industry, or maybe it was the day-to-day struggle of surviving in Hungary’s hostile environment that taught them to fight. Whatever the case, that success certainly did not mushroom overnight. No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos honors the pair, all the while telling their story from struggle to triumph.

László and Vilmos quickly became friends back in film school, but little did they know that their friendship would thrive for decades to come and withstand as much as it did. During the Hungarian Revolution, the two fled for America, camera and film in tow. Remarkably, they managed to avoid ever getting caught and filmed many of the horrific scenes involved in their escape. Finding work was no easy feat, and for ten years they admirably kept their dreams alive by working on low-budget films. Their “big breaks” came in due time, and once Hollywood recognized their talent as Directors of Photography, America swooned. Thanks to their grit and persistence, László and Vilmos have changed Hollywood’s standards for cinematography. Check out this No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos behind the scenes content from Independent Lens and director / producer James Chressanthis!

Watch Independent Lens: No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.