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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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This Week on WETA UK: December 30-January 5

This week is a huge one. The new year, 2014, begins and WETA UK unveils lots of new programming. We’re excited to begin new comedies and documentaries this week. Read on to see what’s coming this week, December 30-January 5!

Monday at 10:30pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of the action comedy Spy. Tim quits his post at his mundane job at a computer store and unexpectedly stumbles into a career with MI5. Then at 11pm, watch British comedy Lead Balloon from the very first episode. Cynical comedian Rick Spleen (Jack Dee) tries to avoid an ugly baby's christening and stars in a public-service announcement about recycling that backfires.

Tuesday at 9pm catch two back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin. The second episode, beginning at 9:46pm, is the first episode in season 2. Martin and Louisa share a disastrous first kiss, Martin gets a new receptionist, and a local fisherman suffers from a list of ailments.

Wednesday at 11:30pm watch the WETA UK premiere of comedy Me & Mrs. Jones. The series follows the increasingly complex life of Mrs. Gemma Jones (Sarah Alexander) as she balances love, affection and motherhood between an ex-husband, one grown-up son, two young daughters and male admirers with a 20-year age gap. In the premiere episode, Gemma's life changes when her son returns from travelling and a friendly parent named Tom asks her out on a date.

Thursday at 9pm get your dose of mystery with back-to-back episodes of Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple. The first episode, The Secret of Chimneys, is about a weekend party hosted by Lord Caterham (Edward Fox) and attended by Marple (Julia McKenzie). One of the guests, Austrian count Ludwig Von Stainach (Anthony Higgins), goes missing. In the second episode, beginning at 10:30pm, The Blue Geranium is about the murder of wealthy Mary Pritchard (Sharon Small) in the village of Little Ambrose, where Marple's visiting old friend Rev. Milewater (David Calder), shortly after the unexplained death of a young man.

Friday from 1pm-7:30pm watch the best British action, mystery, adventures in the DC area! 1pm: MI-5, 2pm: New Tricks, 3pm: Waking the Dead, 4pm: Hustle, 5pm: DCI Banks, 6:30pm: Scott & Bailey.

Saturday from 8pm-10pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of Queen Victoria’s Children, a documentary investigating the claim that Queen Victoria's relationships with her children were complex and tumultuous. Behind closed doors, royal domestic life often seemed like a battlefield and this series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and their children, including letters, diaries, memoirs and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life.

Sunday at 8pm join us for the WETA UK premiere of Tales From the Palaces. Discover mysterious marks from the time of the Salem witch trials, hidden in the roof of Kew Palace, and the tangible remains of 'the madness of King George'. And, admire the extraordinary efforts to recreate a complete Tudor feast and the painstaking, delicate repairs of Princess Diana's dresses. Then at 9pm, open your eyes to the bizarre, ferocious and surprisingly beautiful world of the invertebrates with Life in the Undergrowth! Join David Attenborough on his groundbreaking exploration into a spectacular miniature universe never normally seen, but teeming all around us. If you haven’t had enough documentaries yet, stay on WETA UK for The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler: Leading Millions into the Abyss part 1 at 10pm. This three part documentary examines Hitler’s relationship with the people he led during the Second World War, with the help of testimony from people who were there, compelling archive film and dramatic reconstructions.
 

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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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4th & Long-Term Brain Injuries | Frontline: League of Denial: NFL’s Concussion Crisis

Are you ready for some football? Prepare to be blindsided with a new perspective on America’s favorite game. In a new 2 hour special, Frontline tackles the issues surrounding concussions in the National Football League. Former players are speaking out against the multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut claiming that in the past the league has concealed how much it knows about football inflicted, long-term brain injuries. Now, Frontline gives you front row tickets to its investigation of the invisible disease attacking the brains of former NFL players. Don’t miss this shocking inside story that could change America’s beloved game forever. Watch a preview here!

Frontline: League of Denial: NFL’s Concussion Crisis airs October 8 at 9pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Interested in learning more? Check out this video interview with Frontline producer and director Michael Kirk and Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson.

 

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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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WETA Around Town Events: August 9-11

Lots to do this weekend in the Washington, DC area including nature, art, music, and celebrations all around! Read on for our WETA Around Town event highlights for this upcoming weekend, August 9-11, 2013.

Calling All Butterflies
Are you or your little ones fascinated by butterflies? Bring your kids to Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg for Gathering of the Butterflies. Oatlands is holding a parade to celebrate these fantastic flying creatures.  Crafts will be provided and everyone is welcome to bring their best winged costumes in honor of the butterflies! Oatlands is working to nurture and release monarch butterflies.
Saturday, 10am (rain date August 17)
Cost: Free
Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane Leesburg, VA 20175

Talk with Tim Tate
Artist Tim Tate usually works in glass, but his latest work is the mixed-media exhibit Sleepwalker. Combining videos and other installation pieces, the exhibit probes the subconscious with dream-like imagery. Sleepwalker is on display at American University’s Katzen Arts Center until August 18, and on August 10 the gallery will be holding a talk with the artist himself! See the exhibit and hear Tate’s insight.
Saturday, 4pm
Cost: Free
American University’s Katzen Arts Center
400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20016

LUMEN8Anacostia Finale
The LUMEN8Anacostia festival, a visual festival featuring light-based exhibitions, has its luminescent grand finale Saturday evening. The festival features lots of live music, dances, and art that aims to illuminate all of Ward 8. In addition to the spectacular performances, food from Los Verracos and free massages from the Potomac Massage Training Institute are available. Plenty of gogo, glow, disco, and funk music is on display as LUMEN8 comes to a close. See the full schedule of events here!
Saturday, 6:30pm-11pm
Cost: Free
Honfleur Gallery
1241 Good Hope Rd SE Washington, DC 20020 at 6:30pm
Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope Road SE Washington, DC 20020 at 7:30pm

Images courtesy of the websites linked above.

Closing this week! Washington Art Matters 1940s--1980s at the Katzen Arts Center closes Sunday August 11! Check out the WETA Around Town review of the exhibit.

 

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NOVA Tornado Episodes | May 29, 2013

In light of the recent events in Moore, Oklahoma, WETA will feature special programming on May 29.

Then at 10:00pm, NOVA takes a look at the EF5 tornado that struck Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. NOVA: Oklahoma’s Deadliest Tornadoes features incredible first-hand accounts from those who survived the storm and examines the area’s history of destructive storms. This new episode explores the difficulty of predicting these disasters despite the advanced technology currently used by scientists. Also, learn how to better protect yourself and your home from disasters like the recent Oklahoma tornado.

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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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