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WETA TV26 August Music Programs

This August WETA TV26 & HD presents a wide variety of music oriented programs. Read on to see what shows are scheduled and a short description for each program. Show air dates are subject to change.

Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin' With Frank & Bing  
A profile of composer Jimmy Van Heusen, who wrote such classics as "Swinging on a Star" and "Come Fly With Me." Included: remarks from Frank Sinatra Jr., Harry Crosby, Tony Bennett, Woody Allen, Angie Dickinson, Shirley MacLaine and John Pizzarelli; and archival performance footage of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.  Airs Wednesday August 13 at 8pm & Friday August 15 at 11pm.

The Big Band Years  
Peter Marshall hosts this celebration of big bands of the 1930s and '40s. Included: Glenn Miller, Harry James, Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway, as well as singers Helen O'Connell and Bob Eberly (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra), the Pied Pipers (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra) and Frank Sinatra (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra).  Airs Tuesday August 12 at 10pm, Saturday August 16 at 8pm, and Wednesday August 20 at 8pm.

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind 
A John Sebastian-hosted celebration of the 1960s' folk-music boom, featuring archival footage of the era's top performers and modern-day performances by Barry McGuire, Roger McGuinn, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Chad and Jeremy, and Jesse Colin Young (of the Youngbloods). Airs Monday August 18 at 8pm and Thursday August 21 at 10pm.

Woody's Children: 45th Anniversary Concert Live at Symphony Space  
A celebration of the 45th birthday of the "Woody's Children" folk-music radio show, featuring David Amram, Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters, Emma's Revolution, Christine Lavin, Holly Near, Tom Paxton and Noel Paul Stookey. Also appearing: Nora Guthrie and singer-songwriter Doug Mishkin. Airs Tuesday August 19 at 10pm.

50s & 60s Rock Rewind  
Archival performances by such artists as Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley, Johnny Otis, Buddy Holly, the Platters, Everly Brothers, Chordettes, Bobby Darin and Lloyd Price accent this compilation of classic songs from the 1950s and early '60s.Other featured performers include Fats Domino; Ricky Nelson; Elvis Presley; the Champs; Sam Cooke; Paul & Paula; Paul Anka; Conway Twitty; the Diamonds; Five Satins; Shangri-Las; Neil Sedaka; and Roy Orbison. Jon "Bowzer" Bauman hosts. Tuesday August 19 at 11pm, and Friday August 22 at 9:30pm.

Classical Rewind  
Martin Goldsmith hosts this collection of classical masterpieces, including ones by Mozart, Edvard Grieg, Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Aaron Copland, Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Maurice Ravel, Richard Wagner, Jacques Offenbach, Antonio Vivaldi, Modest Mussorgsky, Carl Orff and Tchaikovsky. Also: Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Stewart Copeland of the Police offer their thoughts on the compositions. Airs Friday August 15 at 10:30pm.

 

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Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot Season 12 | New on WETA TV26

Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot season 12 premieres on WETA TV26 & HD this Sunday July 27 and continues Sunday August 3! David Suchet returns as Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot for two new episodes. In this blog post, read more about the episodes and watch a preview of episode 1. The final three episodes in this season will air on WETA TV26 & HD later this year.

“The Big Four” airs Sunday July 27 at 9pm
Poirot navigates the world of international espionage while investigating the death of a Russian chess grandmaster.

“Dead Man’s Folly” airs Sunday August 3 at 9pm
Mystery writer and old friend Ariadne Oliver asking Poirot to accompany her to a wealthy financier's "murder game" that she fears may turn into the scene of a real murder.
 

 

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WETA Movie Night: July 26

This Saturday on WETA TV26 & HD, watch two coming-of-age stories. First at 9:30pm, Jamal shares his life story when accused of cheating on a game show in Slumdog Millionaire. Then at 11:30pm, Egor leaves home to pursue a dancing career in the POV independent film Dance for Me. Please join us for these powerful films Saturday, July 26, 2014 on WETA TV26 & HD.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This film follows Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, as he’s minutes away from winning 20-million rupees on India's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The show breaks for the night and police arrest Jamal for cheating. Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up. Stories of their adventures together and those with his lost-love Latika, reveal the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Will the police believe him and let him continue on the show? This film won 8 Academy Awards. Slumdog Millionaire also airs Sunday at 11:30am.


POV: Dance for Me airs Saturday at 11:30pm
Professional ballroom dancing is very big in little Denmark. Since success in this intensely competitive art depends on finding the right partner, aspiring Danish dancers often look beyond their borders to find their matches. In Dance for Me, 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark's most promising young dancers. Strikingly different, Egor and Mie bond over their passion for Latin dance — and for winning. As they head to the championships, so much is at stake: emotional bonds, career and the future.


 

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WETA Movie Night: July 19

This week’s WETA Saturday Night Movies are thrillers! Beginning at 9:30pm, catch A Streetcar Named Desire then at 11:30pm watch the POV independent film Mugabe and the White African.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
Disturbed, alcoholic Blanche DuBois moves from Mississippi to New Orleans to live with her sister after being fired from her teaching job.  While her reality crumbles around her, Blanche is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law Stanley. Abuse and drama push Blanche to a breaking point, but can she survive in this harsh situation? A Streetcar Named Desire won the 1952 Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role Vivien Leigh; Best Actor in a Supporting Role Karl Malden; Best Actress in a Supporting Role Kim Hunter; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White Richard Day and George James Hopkins. This film also airs Sunday at 11:30am.

POV: Mugabe and the White African airs Saturday at 11:30pm
This is the story of white Zimbabwe farmer Mike Campbell, whose farm (which he purchased after the country's independence in 1980) has been targeted by strongman Robert Mugabe's government for confiscation as part of the country's land-redistribution program. The documentary details Campbell's efforts to save his farm by taking his case to an international court, a process that proves frustrating due to several delays, as well as his run-ins with Mugabe's thugs.

 


 

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WETA TV26 Wildlife Wednesdays

Beginning Wednesday July 16, 2014 on WETA TV26 & HD, enjoy wildlife like you’ve never seen it before! Introducing two new PBS wildlife programs: My Wild Affair and Sex in the Wild and reintroducing NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years. Tune into WETA TV26 & HD Wednesdays from 8-11pm for these exciting natural history shows. Read on for more information on each upcoming episode and when to watch!

My Wild Affair airs Wednesdays at 8pm

In this four part series, hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions.
Part 1 “The Elephant Who Found a Mom” airs on July 16 at 8pm
Discover the intense bond between Aisha, a baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Daphne uses the lessons learned from Aisha’s life to help her save more than 150 orphans over the next 40 years.
Part 2 “The Ape Who Went to College” airs on July 23 at 8pm
Hear the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”
Part 3 “The Rhino Who Joined the Family” airs on July 30 at 8pm
Rupert is an orphaned black rhinoceros was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife veterinarian Dr. John Condy. Rupert captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years later, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.
Part 4 “The Seal Who Came Home” airs on August 6 at 8pm
Witness the true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by arborist Harry Goodridge. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness.

NOVA: Australia's First 4 Billion Years airs Wednesdays at 9pm

Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. This four part NOVA miniseries, hosted by geologist Richard Smith, takes viewers on a fabulous adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today.
Part 1 “Awakening” airs on July 16 at 9pm
First stop in this road trip through time is Western Australia, around four and a half billion years ago, where we encounter the Earth shortly after its fiery birth. It’s a violent, poisonous planet, but not all is what it first seems.
Part 2 “Life Explodes” airs on July 23 at 9pm
Meet Planet Earth’s forgotten pioneers: the scuttling arthropod armies that invaded the shores, and the waves of green revolutionaries whose battle for the light pushed plant-life across the face of a barren continent. Revolution continued underwater as well, with armor-plated fish experimenting with teeth, jaws, sex and lungs.
Part 3 “Monsters” airs on July 30 at 9pm
Come face to face with the previously unknown reptilian rulers of prehistoric Australia. But reptiles didn’t have the world all to themselves. Mammals like the enigmatic platypus lived alongside them, ready for their moment in the sun. And 65 million years ago, they saw that day arrive.
Part 4 “Strange Creatures: airs on August 6 at 9pm
In the wake of the catastrophe—the asteroid impact 65 million years ago believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs--Australia was set adrift on a lonely voyage in southern seas. This is a tale of calamity and conquest; how a conspiracy of climate, biology and geology shaped the Earth we now call home.

Sex in the Wild airs Wednesdays at 10pm

This four-part series, presented by anatomist Joy Reidenberg and veterinarian Mark Evans, examines the reproductive behaviors and biology of four species — elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins — and takes an in-depth look at how these animals find and woo the opposite sex. It also explores how they mate, give birth and raise their young in extreme environments.
Part 1 “Elephants” airs on July 16 at 10pm
Reidenberg and Evans follow Kiti, a pregnant female elephant, through the birth of her baby. In addition, Evans travels with a group attempting to control the elephant population (and learns how to produce a bull elephant sperm sample) while also maintaining genetic diversity, through chemical birth control as Botswana copes with increasing numbers of animals.
Part 2 “Kangaroos” airs on July 23 at 10pm
The scientists chronicle the birth of a kangaroo joey and its development. The episode explores koala conservation efforts in Brisbane that use artificial insemination to boost the numbers of koala babies. Reidenberg visits a pioneering breeding program at the University of Adelaide to learn more about preservation efforts to save the extremely endangered southern brush-tailed rock-wallaby in South Australia.
Part 3 “Orangutans” airs on July 30 at 10pm
Reidenberg and Evans travel to an orangutan sanctuary deep in the rainforest of Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of one of humans’ closest cousins — the orangutan. The team examines how the alpha male “kings” exert their power over other males and seduce females in their territory. Devoting a lengthy seven years to raising a single orangutan baby is key to the success of the species — similar to humans.
Part 4 “Dolphins” airs on August 6 at 10pm
In this episode, Reidenberg travels to New Zealand to uncover the mating strategies and anatomies of dusky dolphins, who form mating groups that leap from the water in perfect unison. In a high-speed chase, males pursue females and rapidly mate with them — in just two seconds. Viewers can witness a dolphin birth and learn the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater.


 

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WETA Movie Night: July 12-13

This Saturday, WETA TV26 & HD has three wonderful films for WETA Movie Night. Bonnie and Clyde, the 1967 action-packed romantic drama kicks off the night at 9:30pm. Then meet fantastic and inspirational athletes in My Way to Olympia at 11:30pm and get a different view of the world with Salt early Sunday at 12:30am.
 
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This is a romanticized account of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang from the 1930s. Excited by Clyde Barrow's outlaw demeanor, Bonnie Parker joins him in a crime spree across multiple towns.  Soon the pair joins Clyde’s brother Buck and his wife Blanche in a bank robbery. Will they get away with the heist? How long can they pull off this lifestyle? This movie is packed with drama, action, adventure, and romance. Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Gene Hackman. This film won the 1968 Oscars for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Estelle Parsons and Best Cinematography: Burnett Guffey. Also watch Sunday at 11:30am!

POV: My Way to Olympia airs Saturday at 11:30pm
German director Niko von Glasow was born with severely shortened arms and along with his long list of award-winning films, he is the director of My Way to Olympia. Niko discovers  a group of incredibly adaptable, determined, and optimistic people performing athletic feats sometimes more astounding than those of regular Olympic athletes. This film shares the stories of these Paralympic athletes and shows that Paralympic sports are less about disabilities than about being the best at something, which is the same reason every athlete in the world competes.

POV: Salt airs Sunday at 12:30am
Award-winning photographer Murray Fredericks began making five-week-long, annual, solo camping trips to remote Lake Eyre and its salt flats in South Australia and has a plethora of remarkable photos to show for it. This documentary is the film extension of Fredericks’ photographic work at Lake Eyre, interweaving his photos and video diary with time-lapse sequences. The content in t his film will peak viewers’ ideas of time and space.
 

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WETA Movie Night: July 5-6

Check out description for this week’s WETA Saturday Night Movies below! Tune into WETA TV26 & HD beginning at 9:30pm on Saturday for a night full of movies that are sure to excite and entertain.

Cool Hand Luke (1967) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
In this prison drama, Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is sentenced to a stretch on a southern chain gang after he's arrested for drunkenly decapitating parking meters. Jackson struggles to conform to rural prison life. Also airs Sunday at 11:30am!

POV: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs airs Saturday at 11:30pm
A profile of 98-year-old Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese-American social activist in Detroit who has spent much of her adult life fighting for civil rights and female equality.

POV: Good Fortune airs Sunday at 1am
This documentary investigates that international anti-poverty projects in Africa that may not be helping the people they're meant to. A plan to build modern housing in Kibera meets local resistance as residents fear that the project will benefit the well-connected, not them. In the west, neighbors worry that a rice farm's planned reservoir will cause their lands to flood.
 

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Celebrate Independence Day with WETA TV26

This Fourth of July, spend the day with WETA TV26 & HD! Skip the heat and the crowds and watch Independence Day programming Friday beginning at 9am. Check out show descriptions and air times below.

A Capitol Fourth: Tom Bergeron hosts a celebration of America's birthday, featuring fireworks and musical performances.

WETA TV26’s Arlington National Cemetery: Explore the history, mission and daily operations of Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. This revered place honors the dead and brings great meaning to the living.

WETA TV26’s 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.

WETA TV26’s Guide to Great Views: See the views and vistas that make Washington one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Find out where the best 360-degree views are, which natural vistas are located nearby, and where to go for great sunset spots.

WETA TV26 DC Firework Extravaganza: Watch a beautiful display of fireworks on the National Mall without having to leave home!

9am             A Capitol Fourth 2012
10:30am      A Capitol Fourth 2013
12pm           WETA TV26’s Arlington National Cemetery
1pm             WETA TV26’s Guide to Memorials
1:30pm        WETA TV26’s Guide to Great Views
2pm             A Capitol Fourth 2012
3:30pm        A Capitol Fourth 2013

8pm             A Capitol Fourth 2014
9:30pm        WETA TV26 DC Firework Extravaganza
10pm           A Capitol Fourth 2014
 

 

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New British Shows on WETA | Sunday June 29

This Sunday on WETA TV26 & HD, tune in for a night packed with premieres! Beginning at 8pm, Last Tango in Halifax returns for season 2 with more drama and comedy than ever before. Then at 9pm, Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour season 2 begins with a shocking mystery to solve. Then at 10:30pm the new sitcom Vicious premieres with laughter and love. Read on for more show information!

Last Tango in Halifax – Season 2 – Premieres Sunday June 29 at 8pm
After recovering from a heart attack, Alan is let out of hospital and moves into Celia's grandmother's flat. They want to plan a secret wedding as soon as possible but how will their daughters react to this major life decision?

 

 

Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour – Season 2 – Premieres Sunday June 29 at 9pm
In this premiere episode “Trove”, Morse returns to duty after an involuntary, four-month leave and is again paired with DI Thursday. Their first case unites an unidentifiable corpse, an enigmatic note, and the theft of medieval artifacts. Morse ties together these seemingly unrelated cases.

 

 

Vicious – Series Premiere – Sunday June 29 at 10:30pm
This is a brand-new British sitcom about a graying gay couple Freddie and Stuart (Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi).  They’ve lived together in a small London flat for 50 years and while their criticizing remarks make their relationship seem vicious, they truly have a deep love for one another. 

 


 

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WETA Movie Night: June 28 & 29

This week’s two WETA Saturday Night Movies are vastly different in topic and style. The first is a classic Western that entertains with phenomenal acting. The second is a powerful documentary that sparks thought and discussion. Tune in the Saturday for two back-to-back movies on WETA TV26 & HD!

The Big Country (1958) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
A Yankee sailor and his fiancée arrive in the Old West at a family ranch to find themselves in the middle of a deadly feud between two powerful ranchers each looking for an easy supply of water and fighting over a piece of valuable land. This classic Western drama is full of excitement, you won’t want to miss your chance to see it commercial free on WETA TV26. This film stars Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, and Burl Ives. Ives won the 1959 Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Can’t watch it Saturday night? Set your DVR or tune in Sunday at 11:30am for a repeat!


Independent Lens: Love Free or Die airs Sunday at 12:30am

Gene Robinson became the first openly gay priest in a committed same-sex relationship to be ordained a bishop in any Christian denomination. Robinson has received threats of violence but with his beloved husband Mark at his side, Robinson continues to calmly make the case that who you love doesn’t determine whether God loves you. Robinson’s story parallels the conversation underway in many American churches about whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God, and also the debate in legislatures and courthouses across the nation as to whether LGBT people are entitled to equal status under the law.


 

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