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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 Arts | New Episode in June

In the June episode of WETA Arts, visit with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center to learn about their festival "New Moves" which marries music and dance on a shared stage. Guest conductor, Thomas WIlkins, led three programs in the festival.

Then, meet a young man who has overcome hardships and learned how to express himself  through the power of music.

Speed artist, Dan Dunn, shares his mind-blowing technique and how it helped him during a time of personal financial crisis.

Finally, Robert Aubry Davis, Janis Goodman, and Peter Winant discuss Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In, an exhibition at The National Gallery of Art that explores the painters fascination with windows.

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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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NEW Downton Abbey | Season 3 Marathon & Season 4 Premiere

Beginning at 10:30am on Sunday January 5, 2014, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for a Masterpeice Classic: Downton Abbey special episode and season 3 marathon leading into the premiere of season 4, the newest season.

At 10:30am, watch Return to Downton Abbey and feed your appetite for more Crowley family drama. Join host and devoted fan of the series, Susan Sarandon, as she recalls the fond memories from the past three seasons and presents a sneak peek at season 4. The special features a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of memorable moments. Prepare for all of the drama, rivalry, jealousy, and romance of season 4 with Return to Downton Abbey!

At 10:58am, watch our Downton Abbey season 3 marathon. Every episode of the last season, back-to-back leading into the premiere of season 4. There will be a half-hour break at 6:30pm for PBS Newshour Weekend and Downton Abbey season 3 episode 7 will begin right after at 7pm with the season 4 episode 1 premiere at 9pm.

Then, finally, at 9pm, watch the Downton Abbey season 4 premiere! As the family struggles to lift their financial and emotional woes, season 4 is sure to bring the drama, suspense, and excitement Downton Abbey is so great at achieving. Downton Abbey will air on WETA TV26 & HD Sundays at 9pm and Fridays at 8:30pm beginning January 5, 2014. Downton Abbey will also air on WETA UK Wednesdays at 9pm and Sundays at 8pm beginning January 8, 2014.

 

 

 

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WETA Arts Returns | Arts in DC

WETA Arts returns Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

WETA Arts is back! The thirty-minute WETA production anchored in local Washington DC art and artists returns with a new format on January 12, 2014. Hosted by WETA Around Town’s Robert Aubry Davis, the new WETA Arts will feature a mix of local and national material. In addition to WETA produced segments highlighting local DC art and artists, the show will also feature pieces from other public TV stations around the country. In the inaugural episode, WETA meets up with local artist Mia Feuer to discuss her stunning new exhibition at The Corcoran Gallery, An Unkindness. Inspired by sights witnessed during the artist’s international travel, Feuer’s structures examine the interaction between the synthetic and natural worlds. Then, WETA Around Town panelists Janis Goodman and Peter Winant join host Robert Aubry Davis for an extended discussion on the Hirshhorn Museum’s new exhibit, Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950. This breathtaking new exhibit features 90 works in a wide collection of media by 40 artists from around the world. The panelists discuss the way this exhibit explores destruction as a vital part of artistic expression and the creative process. The WETA Arts premiere episode will also feature two national pieces created by fellow public television stations exploring artistic displays around the United States. If you are interested in local art and artists in the Washington DC area and enjoy discovering exciting new artistic creations from around the country, you do not want to miss the new WETA Arts!

WETA Arts airs Sunday January 12 on WETA TV26 and HD at 1:30pm. Return to the Programmer's Choice Blog & WETA Around Town on Facebook & Twitter for other air dates.


 

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington | WETA TV26 & HD Specials

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with WETA! Tune into WETA TV26 & HD this week for three compelling documentaries about the time period surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and the influential people involved in it. Also tune in for a special In Performance at the White House celebrating the music that shaped that era. While watching WETA TV26 & HD be sure to look for these great WETA interviews produced specially for this iconic anniversary.

Rep. John Lewis Recalls His Speech at March on Washington
Rep. John Lewis Remembers the March on Washington
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton Reflects on the Marchon the March

Independent Lens: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights - Airs Monday, August 26 at 10:00pm
One of the lesser-known heroes of the Civil Rights Movement is a man named Whitney Young. Young held a unique position of power because he was influential to white executives and three different presidents, allowing him to help the movement through his dealings. On Independent Lens, learn more about Young and how this unsung hero worked outside of the limelight to secure an equal future. Watch a preview!

In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 8:00pm
The Civil Rights Movement produced a lot of music that remains influential and celebrated today. A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement, filmed in the White House, features performances by some of the original musicians, covers of songs by newer artists, and readings of the original speeches from the movement. The entire event is hosted by President Obama and the First Lady. Watch a preview!

The March - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 9:00pm & Friday, August 30 at 10:30pm
50 years after the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech is still remembered as one of the most important moments in the Civil Rights Movement. This new PBS program titled, The March, interviews participants and journalists who covered the event. Stunning archival footage accompanies touching and inspiring interviews that will give you a brand new perspective on the heroes of the March on Washington. Watch a preview!

American Experience: Freedom Riders - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 10:00pm

In 1961, against countless threats and violence, hundreds of people fought against the segregation of race on public buses. As African-Americans rallied together to defy being told which buses they were allowed on and where they had to sit, they endured hardship and pain to provide freedom for future generations. On American Experience: Freedom Riders, witness the brave journey of these men and women who helped secure a better future. Watch a preview!


 

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Where to Watch Inspector Morse & Inspector Lewis | WETA UK

Unfortunately, 2013 saw Detective Inspector Robert Lewis and Detective Sergeant James Hathaway hanging up their hats and resigning from the police force. This marks the series end, and new episodes will no longer be coming. Though the series has finished, this is far from the end here at WETA UK.  Wednesdays on WETA UK will still be jam-packed with episodes of Inspector Morse, Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis, and starting July 24th, Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour.

Inspector Morse

The series that started it all continues on Wednesday nights on WETA UK. Watch Inspector Morse solve complex cases with the help of his partner, the man himself, Detective Lewis. In tonight’s episode, Inspector Morse looks into the historic case of murdered woman that he suspects may not have been correctly solved. As he delves into this case, his own health takes a turn for the worse! Inspector Morse airs every Wednesday night at 8:00pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis

Inspector Lewis’ journey hasn’t ended here at WETA UK, and the compelling crimes continue to be solved on Wednesday nights. Tonight, Inspector Lewis investigates the mysterious resurfacing of an assumed dead rock star. Nothing is simple with this case, as the body of an orphan boy turns up that has a connection to the band. To make things even stranger, the band is one that Lewis used to be a big fan of! Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis airs every Wednesday night at 9:00pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour

Inspector Morse is undoubtedly one of the greatest inspectors of all time, but he wasn’t always the expert you see in Inspector Morse. Everyone has an origin, and on Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour, you can witness the early days of Endeavour Morse. Beginning on July 24th, catch the all new series that shows Morse’s early days at Oxford University, where he almost decides he doesn’t want to work in the police department at all! Brand new episodes of Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour will begin airing Wednesday nights at 10:30pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

 

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This Week on WETA UK: July 1-7

There’s no need to buy a plane ticket to catch up on all your favorite British television shows! WETA UK is bringing the best of British television to the comfort of your home 24/7. Keep reading to see what’s on this week!

Monday at 9:00pm watch the first two episodes the fourth season of Midsomer Murders. In this two part episode, Midsomer is overtaken by greed when a plan for a new tea shop leads to a string of murders. Will Inspector Barnaby solve the case? Tune in to find out!

Tuesday at 10:00pm catch the thrilling open to the seventh season of MI-5! This episode’s sure to have you on the edge of your seat as the UK’s best counterintelligence agents face a dangerous Chechen mercenary group.

Wednesday at 8:00pm watch your favorite grumpy detective get to the bottom of another mystery on Inspector Morse! Even a hospital stay can’t stop Morse from solving one of his most challenging crimes in this episode.

Thursday at 11:00pm London’s best veteran police detectives are at it again in this episode of New Tricks. After guns used in an armed robbery offer clues to a boxer’s unsolved murder, the team begins investigating a fifteen-year-old cold case.

Friday at 10:00pm watch the very first episode of the classic sitcom As Time Goes By! A chance encounter reunites former lovers Jean and Lionel after 38 years of separation. Will the pair rekindle their romance or let love slip away again?

Saturday at 10:00pm tune in for the endearing nature film Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar. Join actor Martin Clunes as he journeys to Madagascar to learn about the lovable and endangered species of lemurs who call the island home.

Sunday at 2:00pm catch four back-to-back episodes on Antiques Roadshow. In these episodes, the show heads to Althorp, Ascot, Lanhydrock, and Southwell. Tune in to find the hidden worth in seemingly average household antiques.

 

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WETA Around Town Events: June 28-30

There's always something going on in the DC area whether a festival, an art show, or a performance. For this weekend, we've found three great events that incorporate all three! Art, music, and education at Wolf Trap, festival of food and culture at Neighborfood, and a music and puppet performance at Strathmore. Read on for more about our featured events! Also be sure to check out what WETA Around Town segments we covered close this weekend!

Freezing Cold in June
Appreciate the summer weather with spectacular images of our planet’s coldest environments.Frozen Planet in Concert at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center presents a viewing experience for the whole family. The amazing images are scored with live and original music from the National Symphony Orchestra. Academy Award nominee George Fenton composes and conducts the performance. The event builds on the BBC Earth series that provided a gorgeous look at nature. Watch the trailer for Frozen Planet in Concert here!
Friday June 28, 8:30pm
Cost: $22-55
Wolf Trap’s Filene Center 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182

Neighborfood
One of the best perks to living near a city like Washington, DC is taking advantage of all the diverse and delicious food options. This Saturday, the food festival Neighborfood is coming to H Street to give you the perfect opportunity to try great food and get to know the community! Hosted by Dishcrawl, Neighborfood will feature stops at eight restaurants in one of the city’s most thriving neighborhoods. Find your new favorite restaurant while getting to know the H Street Corridor. Dishcrawl is dedicated to helping the community so a portion of proceeds go to nonprofit organizations like First Book DC. Make sure to stop by and taste some of the best food that DC has to offer!
Saturday June 29, check-in 1:30-4pm
Restaurants serving from 2-5pm
Cost: General Admission Pass (1 food/drink ticket, 5 raffle tickets): $10 in advance, $15 day off
Additional Meal Tickets: $5 each
Check-in at Smith Commons, 245 H Street, NE

Photo: Billy Berks / Dishcrawl

Classic Entertainment

The marionette has a long history in children’s entertainment, dating as far back as 2000 BC. Since their early Egyptian roots, these string puppets have evolved from simple clay figurines into elaborately carved pieces of art. On Sunday, Strathmore presents Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts, featuring performances by veteran puppeteers set to famous classical music. For those curious, Cashore himself answers all questions about the entire puppet process in an audience Q&A. Watch this clip of the show!
Sunday June 30,  1pm & 3pm
Cost: $15
The Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852

 

Closing this weekend!

The Hampton Years at Theater J - Closes Sunday June 30

 

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WETA Presents a NEW In Performance at the White House

 

Join WETA to celebrate the career of legendary musician and songwriter Carole King. WETA Presents: In Performance at the White House Gershwin Prize: Carole King airs tonight, May 28 at 8:00pm. Famous for her own music and for writing a laundry list of hits for other artists, King broke records with her 1971 album Tapestry. King will be honored by President Barack Obama with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song 2013. Held in the East Room of the White House, the event will feature performances from Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood. The prize has previously been awarded to Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, and the duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. King is the first woman to be awarded with the prize. 

Watch tonight at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

Click here to watch a preview of the show & a video of Carole King performing "I Feel the Earth Move" 1971.

 

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