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Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years | Alexandria, VA History Documentary

WETA TV26 presents a new, local, history documentary, Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years. Tune in for the premiere Thursday December 4 at 8pm! The show repeats throughout the month. In this blog post, watch a preview of the program and read a detailed description of the show.

This new 90-minute documentary explores the extraordinary story of Alexandria, Virginia, a vibrant community richly steeped in history, bringing the past to life and examining the city’s outsized role in American history from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

Discovering Alexandria spotlights the city’s role in the British Empire and the Independence movement, the planter and port economies, the slave trade and the experience of Alexandria’s African American community through time, and the development of industry. Touching on the earliest evidence of Paleoindian civilization in the area before taking up the story of early settlement, economic growth and community-building, the program concludes with post-Civil War Reconstruction, examining the momentous changes wrought by the war.

Watch Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years:
Thursday December 4 at 8pm & 10pm
Friday December 5 at 2:30pm
Sunday December 7 at 7pm
Tuesday December 9 at 8pm

*Air dates may change. Visit weta.org for the latest air dates and times.*


 

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Odd Squad | New WETA Kids Show

This brand new show features two young agents, Olive and Otto, who are part of Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to save the day whenever something unusual happens in their town. A math concept is embedded in each of their cases as Olive and Otto work together to problem-solve and set things right. Hear more about the show from Olive actor Dalila Bela.

The program is aimed at kids ages 5-8 and premieres on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 with a special one-hour broadcast of two back-to-back episodes: “Zero Effect/Bad Luck Bears” and “Soundcheck/Double Trouble.” Watch on WETA Kids at 10am or WETA TV26 at 9am. Watch a preview here!

After the Odd Squad premiere on November 26...

Watch Odd Squad on the WETA Kids channel Mondays-Fridays 8am & 8:30pm.

Watch Odd Squad on WETA TV26 Mondays-Fridays at 7am.

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This Week on WETA UK: November 24-30

Monday at 10:30pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot, the final season, concludes with “Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case”. A wheelchair-bound Poirot calls on Hastings, whose wife recently passed away, to join him at Styles Court the site of their first murder case some 30 years earlier to investigate possible serial killer.

Tuesday at 9:45pm Doc Martin begins from season 1 again! In this episode, “Going Bodmin”, Dr. Martin Ellingham arrives in a Cornish hamlet to take over the local doctor's office, but the residents are wary of the flashy newcomer.

Wednesday at 10pm Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis season 6 continues with “Intelligent Design”.  Lewis and Hathaway investigate the murder of a chemistry professor who had just been released from prison after serving time for causing a death while driving. At the same time, Lewis contemplates his future on the force.

Thursday at 3pm on Waking the Dead, season 7 opens with the investigation of a nurse who saved her daughter from a mugger when the woman's DNA is linked to a case from the 1990s that was far more than it had appeared at first.

Friday at 4pm Hustle season 3 begins. The gang targets a bar owner who smuggles in illegal aliens to work in his pub, and whose talentless son wants to become a hip-hop star. When their music-industry scam backfires, Ash must come up with an alternate plan.

Saturday at 1:30pm catch Agatha Christie’s Poirot in “The Adventure of the Western Star”, a case involving diamonds, blackmail, and an ancient curse piques Poirot's interest. Then at 2:30pm on Sherlock Holmes “The Abbey Grange”, Holmes is called to a manor house to investigate the brutal murder of a country lord with a fireplace poker and reconcile the story of his bruised and battered wife with the facts.

Sunday late night (Monday 12am) Red Dwarf begins from the very first episode! A radiation leak wipes out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf, leaving only one survivor – chicken soup machine repair man, Dave Lister. After three million years in suspended animation, Lister emerges to find he is the last human being in the universe. But he is not alone.
 

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Washington in the 80s | New WETA TV26 Production

WETA TV26 proudly presents Washington in the ’80s, the latest in a series of documentaries exploring changes in Greater Washington decade by decade. You may have seen WETA's Washington in the ’60s and Washington in the ’70s and as you may guess, Washington in the ’80s chronicles the decade’s events through the recollections of those who saw and shaped them. The one-hour WETA production premieres Monday, November 17 at 8pm on WETA TV26 & HD. Repeats on Saturday, November 22 at 9:30pm and Wednesday, November 26 at 8pm.

Among the topics discussed are politics: Marion Barry’s three terms as mayor and President Ronald Reagan's administration and their influence on the city. Homelessness, the Vietnam Memorial, the changing media landscape, the Air Florida winter crash and the deadly Metro derailment the same day. DC's gay community, the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the crack cocaine epidemic, and Washington’s dubious distinction of “Murder Capital USA”. Sports: Two Super Bowl championships for the Washington Redskins, the national champion Georgetown Hoyas and the meteoric rise and tragic death of Len Bias at the University of Maryland. DC’s unique music scenes, Go-Go and DC punk, and their surprising interconnection and the rapid expansion of Washington’s theater scene.

 

 

Washington in the ’80s features the firsthand accounts of notable Washingtonians such as politicians Marion Barry and Carol Schwartz, television journalists Maureen Bunyan and Tom Sherwood, radio journalist Kojo Nnamdi, political commentator Pat Buchanan, entertainment reporter Arch Campbell, former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, musician Kato Hammond, and former police chief Isaac Fulwood — offering a diversity of perspective and experience. The program is narrated by Gordon Peterson, WJLA anchor and former host of Inside Washington. The one-hour WETA production premieres Monday, November 17 at 8pm on WETA TV26 & HD. Repeats on Saturday, November 22 at 9:30pm and Wednesday, November 26 at 8pm.

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WETA Movie Nights in November | Free Films on WETA TV26

This November, WETA TV26 & HD presents classic mystery films on Saturday nights! Tune in each Saturday for fantastic movies or watch their encore presentations Sundays at 11:30am.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) airs Saturday November 8 at 9:30pm
The beautiful Miss Wonderly hires private eyes Sam Spade and Miles Archer to find her runaway sister. After two mysterious shootings, Sam is under investigation and the real criminal is on the run in search of a black falcon statue. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George

The Caine Mutiny (1954) airs Saturday November 15 at 9:30pm
During World War II, officers aboard a U.S. Navy mine sweeper stage a revolt against their mentally unbalanced captain and wind up being court-martialed for the offense. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson

Call Northside 777 (1948) airs Saturday November 22 at 10:30pm
Chicago newsman P.J. McNeal digs up an 11-year-old murder mystery to prove a man’s innocence. The ensuing investigation opens up major problems in the police department. Unfortunately, the one officer with information on the case died years before. How will P.J. right this wrong? Starring: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb


 

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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: November 3-9

Monday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot season 12, the final season,“Dead Man’s Folly”. Mystery writer and old friend Ariadne Oliver asks Poirot to accompany her to a wealthy financier's "murder game" that she fears may turn into the scene of a real murder.

Tuesday from 1pm-7:30pm get your fill of British crime dramas! 1pm MI-5, 2pm New Tricks, 3pm Waking the Dead, 4pm Hustle, 5pm Midsomer Murders, 6:30pm Pie in the Sky.

Wednesday 7pm Twenty Twelve begins from the beginning! Filmed in the docu-dramady style of The Office and Best in Show, Twenty Twelve is shows the people behind the scenes paddling hard beneath the water to make the 2012 London Olympics happen.

Thursday at 10pm watch two back-to-back episodes of Scott and Bailey! A thrilling investigative drama exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives: Constable Rachel Bailey is 30, down-to-earth, noisy, argumentative and single and Constable Janet Scott, is 40, a diplomat and a thinker, as well as being a wife and mother.

Friday at 9pm Death in Paradise begins again from episode 1. Catch three episodes back-to-back all night! A warm, light-hearted detective series which takes place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop. Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, quintessentially British cop Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. His new partner, DS Camille Bordey is instinctive, feisty and brilliant, and the rest of the team certainly have their own unique way of doing things.

Saturday at 11am Red Dwarf begins season 4 with the episode “Camille”. Kryten, Red Dwarf's on-board mechanoid, rescues a female droid – Camille – from a crashed vessel. She's a 4000 series just like him, only a GTi model with realistic toes and a slide-back sunroof head. Kryten finds himself falling in advanced mutual compatibility on the basis of a primary ident (what humans call "love at first sight"), only to find that true advanced mutual compatibility never runs in a non-glitch, bug-free way.

Sunday at 10am Monarch of the Glen begins from season 1! Archie MacDonald is called to his ailing father’s bedside at a lochside mansion in the Scottish Highlands. For tax reasons, they have turned over ownership of the rundown Glenbogle estate to Archie. Molly has also rigged things so that escape back to his London bistro is not on the menu just now. Archie must stay to solve two crises: a crooked estate manager, and the rustling of valuable osprey eggs.
 

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WETA Arts | New Episode in November

WETA Arts spotlights and celebrates visual and performing art in Greater Washington and around the nation. This half-hour magazine-style arts series presents a variety of stories, profiles, and critic discussions, introducing emerging and established artists alike.

This episode of WETA Arts showcases innovative local and international art on display across the country.  First, we take in the immersive and energetic atmosphere of the fourth annual (e)merge Art Fair. Here we speak with Director Jamie Smith, local artist Sheldon Scott, and international Israeli artist, Avner Sher about their (e)merge experiences.  Then we meet an artist who's humanitarian mission helps him feed members of his community through his art.  Next, we travel to Houston for the International Quilt Festival and discover wide range of stunning and complex works of art.  Finally, we get an inside look of the striking exhibition Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities with The Phillip's Collection Director, Dorothy Kosinski (pictured above).

Watch WETA Arts on WETA TV26 & HD Friday October 31 at 8:30pm, Sunday November 2 at 2:30pm, and throughout the month of November!

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New Science on WETA TV26 | How We Got To Now

How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson celebrates the history and power of great ideas on WETA TV26 & HD Wednesday nights! The six-part series is hosted by the popular American science author and media theorist Steven Johnson. Ever wonder “how do we make something cold?” or “how do we create light?” Johnson surprises viewers that these very questions have lead to other discoveries seemingly unrelated. Tracking ancient and contemporary history, Johnson shares the fantastic minds and radical revolutions that changed the world and the way we live in it.

“Clean” airs Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 9pm
How our battle against dirt created the sidewalk, the swimming pool, the flat screen, and the iPhone.

“Time” airs Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 10pm
How our journey to calculate time helped create international trade and travel, victory for the North in the Civil War, GPS, and understanding of the origins of human life.

“Glass” airs Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 10pm
How our quest to see better helped us see the world differently, whether right in front of our noses with the birth of eyeglasses or far beyond our visible universe with the creation of the telescope.

“Light” airs Wednesday October 29, 2014 at 10pm
How our quest to harness light changed our genetic make-up, gave birth to Times Square, Las Vegas, video downloads, and an artificial sun.

“Cold” airs Wednesday November 5, 2014 at 10pm
How our mastery of “cold on demand” helped give birth to at least four million babies, created the golden age of Hollywood, and unlocked the secrets of the universe.

“Sound” airs Wednesday November 12, 2014 at 10pm
How the journey to harness sound created the modern world of instant communication, but also helped put thousands of planes in the sky, changed the face of warfare, and created a new way for teenagers to rebel.


 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 18-24

Monday at 10:30pm tune in for Masterpiece Mystery! Zen: Ratking. Zen's boss Moscati has been replaced by the stern Ernesto Heuber who loathes Zen. The head of the powerful Miletti family has been kidnapped and the family's lawyer, Francesco Pirotta, was murdered when paying the ransom. Because paying ransom is illegal in Italy, the Ministry wants the kidnapping and the ransom kept secret.

Tuesday at 8pm on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries “Death Comes Knocking” Phyrne's Aunt Prudence is caught up in the new spiritualist craze and recruits a famed psychic to contact her dead godson.

Wednesday 1pm-5pm catch your favorite contemporary British crime dramas MI-5 (1pm), New Tricks (2pm), Waking the Dead (3pm), Hustle (4pm). You can watch these programs any weekday at the same time.

Thursday at 9pm don’t miss Masterpiece Classic: Upstairs, Downstairs season 2 “The Love That Pays the Price”. A formal party is planned at 165 Eaton Place where Sir Hallam Holland receives an unexpected and serious offer – one that could significantly alter life for everyone at Eaton Place. Also, Mrs. Thackeray, the cook, has reconnected with family, opening up the prospect for a different life

Friday at 10:30pm season 2 of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock concludes with the episode “The Reichenbach Fall”. The media love Sherlock Holmes and his friend John Watson. Meanwhile, Sherlock's arch-nemesis, the criminal mastermind Moriarty, emerges from the shadows and into the spotlight with a menacing vow and a cat-and-mouse game conceived entirely for the object of his obsession.

Saturday at 8pm Call the Midwife season 2 continues. The community prepares for the annual summer fête, which is slated to feature a baby show with a celebrity judge. Also, Jenny meets an impoverished mother of eight who fears that she may soon have another mouth to feed.

Sunday at 10pm Ashes to Ashes season 1 kicks off. When DI Alex Drake is shot and lands in 1981, she comes face-to-face with DCI Gene Hunt, the relic of old-fashioned policing she read about in Sam Tyler’s reports. Alex thinks she is in a coma and needs Hunt’s help to go after Layton, the man who shot her in 2008. She is confident she knows the rules of the game, but with no contact from the outside world Alex has to contend with a terrifying possibility.
 

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