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WETA Movie Night: April 19

This weekend, celebrate spring-time with a classic musical and two nature documentaries. Saturday beginning at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD, catch the incredibly successful musical Easter Parade (1948), then two environmental documentaries at 11:30pm and 1am.

 

Easter Parade (1948) - Saturday at 9:30pm
A vaudeville nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner and make his former partner jealous. He's determined to prove that he can make any partner a star and finds love along the way. Stars Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, and Ann Miller.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Saturday 11:30pm
Explore two of America’s most pressing issues:  environmentalism and terrorism as this film reveals a radical environmental group, the Earth Liberation Front which the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat”. Daniel McGowan is a former member of the Earth Liberation Front and faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. Learn of the environmental group and McGowan’s story on POV’s If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.

Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison – Sunday 1am
This documentary shows the history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent. There have been many different threats to wild bison throughout the centuries. Learn how this rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation, and spiritual relations with an icon of wild America shows us that the bison is not only a symbol of a lost world, but may also show us the path to a more sustainable future.


 

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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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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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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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WETA Movie Night: Saturday April 5

This weekend on WETA TV26 & HD, catch three fascinating films. First, Saturday at 9:30pm watch the 1956 thriller The Bad Seed. Following this classic film at 11:40pm is the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car. Set your DVR or stay up late for Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child at 1:10am. Read on for episode descriptions and trailers of these great movies.

The Bad Seed (1956) at 9:30pm
Rhoda is a good, grade-school girl who becomes vicious when she doesn’t get her way. Her mother finds out that Rhoda was responsible for a boy's death but is her mother’s dark past to blame? Starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones and Eileen Heckart. Click here to watch a trailer.


Independent Lens: Revenge of the Electric Car at 11:40pm
A follow up to Chris Paine's documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?, this new documentary Revenge of the Electric Car goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, General Motors, Tesla Motors, and an independent car converter named Greg “Gadget” Abbott to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Click here to watch a trailer.


Independent Lens: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child at 1:10am
A rare interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat over 20 years ago chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist who achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers. Click here to watch a trailer.

 

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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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The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

This new, five-hour series follows Simon Schama as he travels from Russia and the Ukraine to Egypt, Israel and Spain exploring the impact that Jewish culture has made across the world. The series is also a personal journey for host Simon Schama who has been engaged with Jewish history since his postwar childhood. The Story of the Jews draws on primary sources that include the Elephantine papyri, a collection of 5th-century BC manuscripts illuminating the life of a town of Jewish soldiers and their families in ancient Egypt; the astonishing trove of documents — the Cairo Geniza — recording the world of the medieval Jews of the Mediterranean and Near East; the records of disputations between Christians and Jews in Spain; correspondence between the leader of the Arab revolt during World War I, Emir Feisal, and the leader of the Zionist movement, Chaim Weizmann.  Schama brings together a multitude of emotions and questions to share a story that truly affects every human on Earth.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
In the Beginning  (Part 1)

Historian Simon Schama's five-part history of the Jewish people opens 3000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their book, the Hebrew Bible.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Among Believers  (Part 2)

The medieval era, when Jews struggled to preserve their identity—and even their lives—under the rule of Christianity and Islam is recalled. Included: diaspora Jews who built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution; the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
A Leap of Faith  (Part 3)

The Enlightenment era, when Jews integrated into mainstream European life, is recalled. One area that proved fruitful: music, as exemplified by the careers of composers Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn. The integration stirred up ancient prejudices, however, which were often cloaked by romantic nationalism and pseudo-science. Included: the trial of Alfred Dreyfus, which led Theodor Herzl to conclude that Jews needed a homeland in order to be free of persecution.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Over the Rainbow  (Part 4)

Recalling the lost world of the shtetl, Jewish towns and villages in Eastern Europe that gave birth to a uniquely Jewish culture; and that made its mark in the revolutionary politics of the USSR and the pop culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplace of Hasidism, one of the most misunderstood forms of Judaism. Included: Simon Schama visits the forests of Lithuania, where his family logged wood and fought wolves.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Return  (Part 5)

Simon Schama's history of the Jewish people concludes with the Holocaust and the creation of the modern Israel, both of which fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Included: the tension between the ideals and necessities that led to founding the modern Israel; and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake.

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Special Pledge Programming in March

WETA TV26 airs special programming from February 27-March 23 for our pledge drive. This blog post highlights some of the great pledge shows you can watch throughout this month.  Read on to see what’s coming and when to watch! *Please note that these air dates and times are subject to change so please check weta.org for any schedule changes.*

Heartbeat of Home Saturday March 1 at 6pm

This show takes place in a dreamland of oceans and starlight, in neon-shining cities of the 21st century and in epic, open spaces. Irish dancers share the stage with Afro-Cuban and Latin dancers taking leave of their homelands — Ireland, Africa, Spain — as they journey over wild seas towards a new land of opportunity where music and dance, the only true international languages, join together in celebration, telling stories of survival, courage and passion.

Great Scenic Railway Journeys Celebrating: North America's Steam Railroads Sunday March 2 at 7pm
This program explorers the impact that the steam engine had in building our world. From the frozen tundra of Alaska to the vast high desert of Arizona, the rolling hills of New Hampshire to the Black Hills of South Dakota and through the prairies and mountains of Canada. We also visit Steamtown National Historic Site and get a first hand lesson on how a steam engine works and why millions of people each year are drawn to them.

Suze Orman: Financial Solutions for You Thursday March 6 at 8pm

Up-to-date advice on a broad set of financial issues from Suze Orman, America's most recognized expert in personal finance, include: how to invest; whether to buy or rent a home; saving for retirement; what kind of life insurance to buy; wills and trusts; student loans and more. Orman offers tangible information on managing money today and how to make smarter choices towards a more economically secure future.

American Masters: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Sunday March 9 at 7:30pm
This first authorized film poetically documents Seeger's unique experience and contributions. He made a whole generation passionate about playing the guitar and picking the banjo, and got them singing together and using music as a force for social change. Largely misunderstood by his critics for his views on peace, civil rights and ecology, Seeger went from the top of the hit parade to the top of the blacklist -- banned from commercial television for more than 17 years.

My Music: Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics: The 60s Monday March 10 at 8pm
From the late 1940s until the early 1970s, millions of viewers of all ages saw great musical acts each Sunday night on The Ed Sullivan Show. This special presents classic song performances from 1963 to 1968 that evoke the spirit of that decade's youth movement.

Studio WETA: Tom Paxton Wednesday March 12 at 8pm
Studio WETA talks to American folk singer and singer-songwriter Tom Paxton whose music career has spanned more than fifty years.

Midsomer Murders: Super Sleuths Thursday March 13 at 8pm

A  behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the cast and crew of Midsomer Murders as they reflect on their experiences in the deadliest "county" in all of England. The special investigates the much loved DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and the mysterious mayhem of Midsomer.

House of Cards Marathon Sunday March 16 from 6-11pm
Watch the original House of Cards in full! With the resignation of Margaret Thatcher, the current head of the British Conservative Party, House of Cards antihero Francis Urquhart goes on an unethical and manipulative rampage to become the new leader of the governing party then, in turn, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The Washington Cherry Blossoms: A Gift of Friendship Thursday March 20 at 8pm
The history of the cherry trees in Washington, D.C., and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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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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