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New Ken Burns Documentary | The Address on WETA TV26

WETA TV26 presents the premiere of the newest Ken Burns documentary, The AddressTuesday April 15, 2014 at 9pm. Each year at a school in Putney, Vermont called the Greenwood School, students are encouraged to memorize, practice, and recite the Gettysburg Address.  All the students at The Greenwood School have complex learning differences that make their personal, academic, and social progress challenging. Ken Burns’ The Address demonstrates how President Lincoln’s historic words motivate and engage these students a century-and-a-half after Lincoln delivered a speech that would go on to embolden the Union cause. Explore the Greenwood School and unlock the history, context, and importance of President Lincoln’s powerful speech. In November 2013, on the 150th anniversary and of the Gettysburg Address, Ken Burns and PBS launched LearnTheAddress.org, an initiative that invites people to upload videos of themselves reciting the Gettysburg Address to the project’s website. Catch a preview of the show here.

Watch this moving documentary Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 9pm on WETA TV26 & HD!


 

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This Week on WETA UK: April 14-20

Monday at 9pm Midsomer Murders season 7 continues with two back-to-back mysteries, “Sins of Commission” and “The Maid in Splendor”. DCI John Barnaby is a British police inspector who investigates mysteries and murders in the rustic English county of Midsomer.

Tuesday at 10:30pm the hilariously uptight Chef! continues with the episode “Masterchef”. Everton has created his own signature dish and is achieving some notoriety of his own, which provokes Gareth's anger. Will Everton  consider leaving to avoid his boss' now considerable wrath?

Wednesday at 9pm Father Brown takes on “The Three Tools of Death”. A troubled young woman's father is killed just weeks after her mother's death and Father Brown steps in to help her manage her grief. Can he solve the father's inexplicable murder by one of three weapons?

Thursday at 12:30pm take your lunch break with My Family as season 4 starts. This British comedy follows an outrageous family who always seems to be stepping on each other’s toes and getting into mishaps.

Friday at 8pm Rosemary and Thyme investigate “In a Monastery Garden”. Wellminster Cathedral is preparing for a Royal visit and the Custos have asked Rosemary and Laura to restore the old monastery "physik" garden to mark the cathedral's millennium. But someone is not happy about the ladies working on the herb garden, and when the Custos' daughter Trish is found murdered there, the two women realize they could be in serious danger

Saturday at 9pm Inspector Lewis continues with series 4 “Wild Justice”. Lewis and Hathaway investigate the poisoning at a religious college of an American female bishop. They suspect she was slain for her progressive views but when additional murders follow, they’re forced to develop a new theory for the case.

Sunday at 8pm the WETA UK premiere of Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant kicks off. Get a taste of the incredible luxury and often scandalous history of some of the world’s best hotels in this up-market travel series presented by actor Richard E Grant. He begins by examining the roles power and money play in the business, checking into Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, California's Barkley Pet Hotel, and the $44,000-a-night Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons in New York.
 

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Shalom Sesame: It's Passover, Grover!

On Rechov Sumsum (Sesame Street), Grover is excited to celebrate Passover at his first Seder, or Passover meal. Shoshana, Avigail, Anneliese, and Grover prepare for the Seder but realize they don't have any maror (bitter herbs) for the Seder plate! The gang visits their friends to try and find maror to begin the Seder. Shalom Sesame: It's Passover, Grover! demonstrates the Passover story, holiday preparations, and Hebrew words and phrases related to Passover. In this special Shalom Sesame episode, viewers meet families whose holiday traditions originate in Ethiopia and Morocco, providing a glimpse into the diversity of the Jewish people. Check out the PBS website to learn more about Passover, get Passover recipes, and read tips for parents.

Shalom Sesame: It's Passover Grover airs on WETA Kids:
Friday April 11 at 10:00-10:30am
Friday April 11 at 5:00-5:30pm
Saturday April 12 at 8:00-8:30am
Saturday April 12 at 12:00-12:30pm
Sunday April 13 at 8:00-8:30am
Monday April 14 at 6:00-6:30am
Monday April 14 at 6:00-6:30pm
Tuesday April 15 at 11:30am-12:00pm
Wednesday April 16 at 7:00-7:30pm


 

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WETA Movie Night: Saturday April 12

This Saturday at 9:30pm, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1958 classic The Big Country. Following the feature film, catch the documentary Brother's Hypnotic at 12:30am. Keep the movie excitement going on Monday at 10pm with The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Read on for more information on the movies.

WETA Movie: The Big Country (1958) airs Saturday April 12 at 9:30pm
A New Englander arrives in the Old West where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two powerful ranch families over a valuable patch of land, each looking for an easy supply of water. Starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, and Burl Ives.

Independent Lens: Brother’s Hypnotic airs Sunday April 13 at 12:30am

The eight young men who make up the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are all sons of Phil Cohran, a legendary Chicago trumpeter who turned his back on commercial music to pursue astral jazz and a passionately Afrocentric lifestyle. Cohran’s sons make transcendent music that ties currents from jazz and funk to soul and hip-hop. This film follows the octet as far away as Ireland as they tour and work to carve out their own renown around the world.

Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali airs Monday April 14 at 10pm
Explore the extraordinary and complex life of  legendary athlete Muhammad Ali outside the boxing ring. Some of Ali's life events in this documentary are joining the Nation of Islam, changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, refusing to serve in the Vietnam War, protesting racial inequality, and delving into global humanitarian work. Learn more about the legend Ali, an inspiring figure.


 

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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: April 7-13

Monday at 8pm catch the classic British show Pie in the Sky. In this episode “An Innocent Man”, a special surveillance team stakes out the restaurant because regular customer Duncan Spellar is expected to bribe M.P. Julian Tubbs in order to secure the local railway franchise. Duncan knows he’s being followed but Henry cannot let him in on the secret. Will the surveillance team see what they want? Will Duncan get in trouble?

Tuesday at 4pm Hustle begins season 3 with episode 1. The team’s first target is Benny Frazier, an obnoxious pub owner who smuggles illegal immigrants to work for him. His son Joey is a budding rap artist so Albert ropes Benny in by telling him about a friend who is big in the record industry and promises to take on Joey and get his demo played on BBC Radio 1. What’s the team’s angle? How will Albert con a man by telling him he’ll be a famous rap artist? Tune in Mondays-Fridays at 4pm for Hustle.

Wednesday at 8pm Inspector Morse begins the mystery “The Secret of Bay 5B”. Playboy architect Michael Gifford is found apparently strangled in his car.  The only clues are a parking ticket and his diary to solve the entire mystery. Morse and Lewis discover a love triangle which Gifford was a part of increasing the chances that this was a crime of passion. Tune in next Wednesday at 8pm for part 2 of this mystery.

Thursday at 11pm classic Sherlock Holmes takes on “The Boscombe Valley Mystery”. Farmer William McCarthy is found dead shortly after a fight with his son. Is the quarrel enough to prove the son is the murderer? This Sherlock Holmes episode stars Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, and a young James Purefoy.

Friday at 9pm watch the Hetty Wainthropp Investigates episode “Childsplay”. When Robert goes to stay with his brother Frank in Weston-Super-Mare, Hetty visits Frank’s daughter Peggy in Bodley Bay. Peggy’s son Tom has been suspended from school after an ecstasy tablet was planted in his blazer pocket. Hetty goes undercover as a dinner lady at Tom’s school to find out the truth. Can she prove his innocence or will he have to face repercussions under false accusation?

Saturday at 8pm the documentary series Queen’s Diamond Decades explores “The 1990s”. The 1990s began joyously for the queen as she became a grandmother for the sixth time and prepared to mark 40 years on the throne. But this would be the decade in which the monarchy endured some of the worst crises of modern times. Take an inside look at the royal family in the 1990s and tune in next Saturday at 8pm for “The 2000s”.

Sunday at 4pm catch Foyle’s War “Invasion”. A young woman is found dead on an American Army base and all signs point to murder since she was having a secret affair with a young American soldier. The War Office warns Foyle to tread carefully but his determination to uncover the truth forces him to disobey government orders.
 

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WETA Presents In Performance at the White House | Women Of Soul

Monday April 7 is a night of music on WETA TV26 & HD as WETA presents In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul at 9pm, and In Performance at the White House: The Motown Sound at 10pm. In Performance at the White House shows are music specials in the East Room of the White House hosted by the President of the United States.

In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul at 9pm
This program honors music legends and contemporary major female artists and celebrates the great “foremothers” of American music with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women. Performers include: Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott.

In Performance at the White House: The Motown Sound at 10pm
This program celebrates the legacy of Motown, the distinctive soul-infused pop music sound, style, and presentation that was born in Detroit and embodied by the Motown Records label. Performers include: Jamie Foxx (who hosts), Smokey Robinson, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, Nick Jonas, the country group Gloriana, singer Ledisi, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Seal and Jordin Sparks.

Don’t forget Antiques Roadshow goes to Kansas City at 8pm every Monday night on WETA TV26 & HD!


 

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New Wild Kratts Episodes on WETA Kids | Wild Kratts Season 3

WETA Kids premieres Wild Kratts season 3 and all new episodes April 7-11, 2014! Wild Kratts features Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter wild animals while combining science education with fun and adventure. Each episode explores a science concept central to an animal’s life and showcases a unique wildlife experience. This new season kicks off PBS’ “Explore the Outdoors” initiative and Earth Month which encourage families to celebrate nature and the outdoors this spring. Tune in next week to explore animals from across the globe, including bison, black-footed ferrets, flying fish as well as learning science concepts such as adaptation and habitats.

Watch Wild Kratts on WETA Kids Mondays-Fridays at 8am and 5:30pm then catch every weekday episode back-to-back Saturdays from 5:30pm-8pm.

Wild Kratts: Hermit Crab Shell Exchange - NEW!
Monday April 7, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 5:30pm

Wild Kratts: Where the Bison Roam - NEW!
Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 6pm

Wild Kratts: Bandito the Black Footed Ferret - NEW!
Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 6:30pm

Wild Kratts: When Fish Fly - NEW!
Thursday April 10, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 7pm

Wild Kratts: Osprey - NEW!
Friday April 11, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 7:30pm


 

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This Week on WETA UK: March 31-April 6

Monday at 2pm watch British drama New Tricks from the very first episode! Superintendent Sandra Pullman’s brilliant career is sidelined after a hostage rescue goes disastrously. Put in charge of a new department, she is dismayed to discover that her unit is to be manned by former detectives who have long since hung up their badges. Her recruits – Brian Lane, Jack Halford, and Gerry Standing are a trio of truly eccentric dinosaurs who are set in their ways, know little of modern police methods, and who find the rules of the game are no longer what they used to be.

Tuesday at 8pm catch the WETA UK premiere of the romantic drama-dy Last Tango in Halifax! Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia are now in their 70s and both widowed. Thanks to the internet, the two are reunited and fall for each other all over again. Their lives become intertwined and the couple laments over what might have been and begin a new journey together.

Wednesday at 12pm hang out with the guys of Last of the Summer Wine as they jump into season 21 (of 32 total seasons). There’s a reason this British comedy has so many seasons; it’s hilarious! In this first episode “The Pony Set”, Auntie Wainwright has a new line in all things equestrian which causes quite a stir in the town. However, Compo, Clegg and Truly have other things on their minds in the form of Edward Lucy, a little man on the run from his ferocious wife.

Thursday at 9pm tune in for the Lead Balloon episode “£5000”. Rick hosts an awards do for a manufacturer of obscure electrical components and gets into a fight with a drunken sales manager. At home, Mel points out that Rick has mistakenly pledged a vast amount of money to Michael for a forthcoming sponsored charity event. He tries various ways of getting out of it and in the end succeeds in an unintended and drastic way.

Friday at 10:30pm watch the WETA UK premiere of Call the Midwife season 3! This is the newest season of the period drama which premiered on WETA TV26 on March 30. Check out our blog post on Call the Midwife season 3 here.

Saturday at 10:30pm begin Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge season 2! This is the newest season of the period drama which premiered on WETA TV26 on March 30. In 1914, Selfridge & Co. celebrates its gala fifth anniversary. World War I is nearing and the end of an era is near for both society in general as well as the close-knit team that started Selfridges.

Sunday at 10pm tune in to WETA UK for Dirk Gently, episode 1! Dirk Gently is an eccentric private detective with a completely unique take on the world. Gently is a philosophical investigator who is perpetually broke, hopelessly impulsive, and socially inept. Watch this unique investigator exercise his eccentrics and solve mysteries in a way you’re likely to never have seen before.
 

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New Call the Midwife Season 3 | WETA TV26 & HD

Season 3 of the hit British drama Call the Midwife premieres this Sunday, March 30 at 8pm on WETA TV26 & HD! This series is based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth and follows the exciting lives of midwives and families in London’s East End. This new season takes place in 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. Change permeates throughout the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face significant changes of their own. In episode one, Jenny struggles to remain caring for Merle Vickers and her two ill sons. Sister Monica Joan comes close to diagnosing the boys’ mystery illness while Chummy uses her royal connections for the official opening of the new ante-natal and baby clinic. Also in this premiere episode, Nonnatus House welcomes a new resident, Sister Winifred. Call the Midwife airs Sundays at 8pm on WETA TV26 & HD! Watch the preview below!

 

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