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The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Jay Leno

The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was created in 1998 by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mark Krantz, Peter Kaminsky, Bob Kaminsky and Cappy McGarr to recognize the art of humorists who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain. Each year, the Mark Twain Prize is awarded to a different comedian. The 2014 Mark Twain Prize recipient is Jay Leno and the evening pays tribute to the humor and accomplishments of the comedy icon. Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the special features a star-studded cast of Leno’s friends and colleagues including top entertainers and comedians, Garth Brooks, Kristin Chenoweth, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Robert Klein, Al Madrigal, Seth Myers, Jerry Seinfeld, JB Smoove, Wanda Sykes and special appearances by Jamie Foxx and Betty White.

Jay Leno first appeared as a guest host on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson in 1977, became the exclusive guest host in 1987, and became main host in 1992. Leno has also gained an international following on the internet with his new creation, Jaylenosgarage.com, winning an Emmy Award and two additional nominations for Outstanding Special Class–Short-Format Nonfiction Programs. Along with a variety of books, voice-overs, and charitable work, Leno is known as a fantastic comedian and television personality.

Tune into WETA TV26 & HD Sunday November 23 at 8pm for The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor 2014: Jay Leno.
After the awards program, stay tuned for Richard Pryor: Icon at 9:30pm.
 

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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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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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Poirot Final Season on WETA TV26 & HD

Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot returns to WETA TV26 & HD for its epic conclusion! This WETA TV26 exclusive allows you to watch the entire five part final season of Poirot (not just the first two episodes). Tune into WETA TV26 & HD every Thursday at 9:30pm for this one-of-a-kind event.

“The Big Four” airs Thursday October 23 at 9:30pm
Poirot navigates the world of international espionage while investigating the death of a Russian chess grandmaster.

“Dead Man’s Folly” airs Thursday October 30 at 9:30pm
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.

“Elephants Can Remember” airs Thursday November 6 at 9:30pm
Poirot investigates the murder of a renowned psychiatrist. Ariadne Oliver becomes an amateur sleuth when her goddaughter asks her to uncover the truth about her parents' mysterious deaths.

“The Labors of Hercules” airs Thursday November 13 at 9:30pm
Poirot's pursuit of an infamous art thief leads him to a snowbound hotel in the Swiss Alps where he is met with mysteries and the reappearance of a familiar face from the past.

“Curtain: Poirot's Last Case” airs Thursday November 20 at 9:30pm
An ailing Poirot returns to Styles with Hastings nearly three decades after solving their first mystery together in hopes to prevent a serial killer from claiming more victims.
 

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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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WETA Movie Nights in October | Free Films on WETA TV26

This October on WETA TV26 & HD, watch fantastic classic musicals from the ‘50s & ‘60s! Continue reading for descriptions and air information for each movie as well as a channel guide so you can find WETA on your television.

Saturday October 4 at 9:30pm An American in Paris (1951)
Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony and is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch). A love triangle paired with wonderful cinematic themes and of course, singing and dancing, is the perfect Saturday night movie. Also airs Sunday October 5 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 11 at 9:30pm The Music Man (1962)
"Professor" Harold Hill is a fast-talking traveling salesman who in the summer of 1912 schemes a small Iowa town by convincing them that a boys' band will put an end to the moral corruption resulting from the presence of a pool hall in the community. He sells instruments and uniforms to River City parents with the understanding that he will organize a band and teach the children to play; however, he intends to abscond with the money before the arrival of the instruments. Will love change his mischievous ways? Also airs Sunday October 12 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 18 at 9:30pm Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) and his six brothers, played by Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Mark Platt, Matt Mattox, and Jacques d'Amboise own an Oregon ranch. When Adam brings home his new bride Milly (Jane Powell), she is appalled by the brothers and want to spiff them up. A local fight charges up the brothers to find wives of their own. Also airs Sunday October 19 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 25 at 9:30pm That’s Entertainment Part II (1976)
This film is MGM's 1976 sequel to That's Entertainment (1974). This unique film is a retrospective of famous films released by MGM from the 1930s to the 1950s.Unlike the first part, the second contains comedy segments as well. This is the perfect movie for a fun, entertaining trip down memory lane. Also airs Sunday October 26 at 11:30am.
 

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Documentaries in October | Independent Films on WETA TV26

This October on WETA TV26 & HD, tune in every Monday night for fascinating independent films presented by POV and Independent Lens. Read about each film below and mark your calendars!

Monday October 6 at 10pm POV: The Act of Killing
This film explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns. Not only is the 1965 murder of an estimated one million people honored as a patriotic act, but the killers remain in power. In a mind-bending twist, death-squad leaders dramatize their brutal deeds in the style of the American westerns, musicals and gangster movies they love — and play both themselves and their victims. As their heroic facade crumbles, they come to question what they've done. Watch the trailer here. Some images may be disturbing.

Monday October 13 at 10pm Independent Lens: Bully
An intimate, unflinching look at how bullying affects five kids and their families. Opening a window onto the pained lives of bullied kids, it documents the responses of adults to aggressive behaviors beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, capturing a growing movement to change how bullying is handled in schools, communities, and society. Watch the trailer here.

Monday October 20 at 11pm Independent Lens: Twin Sisters
The poignant story of two girls from China adopted as infants by two separate sets of parents — one from California, the other from a remote fishing village in Norway — who grow up knowing they have a twin living on the other side of the world. Despite being on different paths, the magical bond between them grows deeper. Watch the trailer here.

Monday October 27 at 11pm Independent Lens: Brakeless
What led the driver of a Japanese commuter train to accelerate perilously, causing a deadly crash? Piecing together personal accounts of those affected by the tragedy, Brakeless poses a question for a society that equates speed with progress: have what were once national virtues — punctuality and compliance — become dangerous? Watch the trailer here.


 

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New Series on WETA TV26 | Line of Duty

This Sunday on WETA TV26 & HD, join us for the WETA TV premiere of modern British crime drama Line of Duty. DCI Tony Gates (Lennie James, The Walking Dead) seems like an exemplary cop but Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes), who heads the anticorruption unit, has his doubts. Is Gates really that good? Is he really that clean? Reputations and lives are at stake in this British thriller.  Read on for descriptions and air dates for each Line of Duty episode.

Episode 1 – Airs Sunday September 28 at 10:30pm
DS Steve Arnott is thrilled to be joining the anticorruption unit—until he learns the target of his first investigation is the well-respected DCI Tony Gates. Though Gates’s professional conduct appears above reproach, his private life may provide his enemies the evidence they seek.
 
Episode 2  – Airs Sunday October 5 at 10:30pm

After winning Gates’s trust, new team member DC Kate Fleming begins to pay close attention to his work. Scrambling to cover his tracks, Gates fears he is about to lose the two most important things in his life—his career and his kids.
 
Episode 3  – Airs Sunday October 12 at 10:30pm

Witness to a murder, Gates realizes he has more to cover up than his own misdeeds. Meanwhile, an increasingly confrontational Arnott closes in on Gates, prepared to take more and more risks to bring him down.
 
Episode 4  – Airs Sunday October 19 at 10:30pm

With Arnott off the case, Fleming plays on her relationship with Gates in an effort to uncover the truth. In the process, she brings on herself the attentions—and suspicions—of Gates’s loyal lieutenant, DC Morton.
 
Episode 5  – Airs Sunday October 26 at 10:30pm
Tensions erupt between Hastings, Arnott, and Fleming as they decide on the next steps in the case. Unwilling to await his fate, Gates goes on the run, ready to play one desperate last card to show that everything he did was in the line of duty.


 

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