WVPT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: May 2016

   
       
 
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Janis Joplin: American Masters
Tuesday, May 3rd at 8:00 p.m.

 

Observe Janis Joplin's life through intimate letters and rare footage in the first in-depth celebration of the iconic rock singer. Director Amy Berg presents a portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist. Chan Marshall narrates.

 

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Nova: Operation Lighthouse Rescue
Wednesday, May 4th at 9:00 p.m.

 

The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha's Vineyard, is soon to become the next victim of the ocean's relentless erosion of the island's cliffs. Join engineers as they race to rescue this national treasure.

 

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Jackie Robinson: Encore
Sundays, May 8th & 15th at 2:00 p.m.
 

 

Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball,performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve.

 

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Wallander Final Season
Sundays, May 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 9:00 p.m.

 

 

May 8th

The case of a missing Swede in South Africa leads Wallander down a dangerous path. Worst of all, he's having blackouts.

 

May 15th

A knife-slashed corpse takes Wallander on a chase for the victim's missing daughter. Increasingly forgetful, he breaks a cardinal rule of policing.

 

May 22nd

With his memory failing, Wallander draws on primal instincts to crack a decades-old submarine mystery. But is it finally curtains for Kurt?

 

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Independent Lens - Armor of Light
Tuesday, May 10th at 8:00 p.m.
 

Meet two Christians - an Evangelical anti-abortion activist and an African-American mother whose son was murdered - who find common ground in the fight against the rising tide of gun violence.

 

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Genealogy Roadshow: Season 3
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. beginning May 17th
 

This series takes an historical look into a community by exploring the genealogy of its citizens. In each episode experts will guide six local participants through their family's genealogy.

 

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May 17th

Trace a woman's connection to a Native-American code talker; a man's deep New Mexican roots; an ancestor whose life resembles a Wild West tale; queries about a tie to the explosive Trinity Test; and a man's link to a famous comic book heroine.
 
May 24th
Follow genealogists as they trace stories about Pocahontas, a Cuban grandfather's secret past, the impact of WWII on a Filipino family, changes wrought by the Tuskegee experiment and a possibly villainous ancestor. 
 
May 31st
Investigate a re-enactor's Texas roots; learn about Andersonville prison; find out if a black man's ancestors fought for the Confederacy; and uncover one woman's link to a prominent Texas figure and another's connection to the Cherokee Freedman.
 
 
 
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Genius By Stephen Hawking
May 18th, May 25th, and June 1st from 9:00-11:00 p.m.
 

 

Join Professor Stephen Hawking as he reveals our true potential in a series that challenges a selection of volunteers and viewers to think like the greatest geniuses of the past and answer some of humanity's toughest and most enduring questions.

 

Episode 1: May 18th at 9:00 p.m.

Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to determine if time travel is possible. The fascinating journey of discovery features DeLoreans, atomic clocks, a giant black hole and a large swath of New York City.

 

Episode 2: May 18th at 10:00 p.m.

Join Professor Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out the likelihood of alien life out there in the universe. See why the team has their minds blown in a way they were never expecting.

 

Episode 3: May 25th at 9:00 p.m.

Join Stephen Hawking as he sets three ordinary people a truly mind-bending challenge: Can they work out why they exist at all? Hawking takes them down a rabbit hole of profound realizations, helping them think like philosophers as much as scientists.

 

Episode 4: May 25th at 10:00 p.m.

Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out where the universe came from. Hawking leads the trio on an extraordinary journey of discovery featuring racing cars, ice-skaters,balloons and running tracks.

 

Episode 5: June 1st at 9:00 p.m.

Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to find out what we really are. Self-assembling machines, light-up bacteria and the world's first physical demonstration of evolution in action conspire to revolutionize their view of life. 

 

Episode 6: June 1st at 10:00 p.m.

Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius. Can they measure the earth, the solar system and even the universe - and find our true place in the cosmos?

 

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The Highwaymen: American Masters
Friday, May 27th at 9:00 p.m.
 

Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio.

 
 
 
 
 

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There and Back
Sunday, May 1st at 4:00 p.m.
 

In July 2015, retired U.S. Navy fighter pilot and ex-POW, Charlie Plumb returned to Vietnam with artist and writer John Mollison. Plumb spent nearly six years in the North Vietnamese prison system. "There. And Back" chronicles Charlie's return to former enemies and places.

 

 

 

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Sands of War
Sunday, May 8th at 4:30 p.m.
 
 

Using both current and rare archival footage, Sands of War recounts the forgotten story of the Desert Training Center, established in the Mojave Desert by General George Patton to prepare one million soldiers to fight in World War II.

 

 

 

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Independent Lens: Peace Officer
Monday, May 9th at 9:00 p.m.
 

Meet Dub Lawrence, a crusading former sheriff whose investigations highlight the increasingly militarized state of American police. He established Utah's first SWAT team, only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff.

 

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Nova: Bombing Hitler's Supergun
Wednesday, May 11th at 9:00 p.m.
 

Growing desperate in 1943, Hitler hatches a diabolical weapon: a bank of "superguns" housed in a massive underground complex in Nazi-occupied northern France. Together the guns would be able to pump 600 high explosive shells 100 miles into downtown London every hour. This weapon could spell doom for the allies. But how can such a massive gun possibly work? Join NOVA as engineers, archaeologists, and WWII historians investigate this fearsome weapon. And discover the two audacious missions designed to destroy the seemingly impregnable supergun complex, one of which is led by none other than Joseph Kennedy, Jr.

 

 
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Nazi Mega Weapons: Blitzkrieg
Wednesay, May 11th at 10:00 p.m.
 

In the first years of WWII, Germany crushes its enemies in a series of offensives coined "Blitzkrieg" or "Lightning War." Stuka bombers blast a path though enemy lines, then Panzer divisions cut through defenses. Together they're unstoppable.

 

 

 

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Finding Elizabeth's Soldiers
Sunday, May 15th at 4:30 p.m.
 
 

The 2013 documentary Portraits For The Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black first introduced viewers to Elizabeth Black, a Pittsburgh artist who sketched charcoal portraits of American soldiers across Europe during World War II. Her story lives on in the follow-up documentary FINDING ELIZABETH'S SOLDIERS. This half-hour sequel explores efforts to find homes for dozens of soldiers' sketches found among Elizabeth's memorabilia. Through detailed searches, detective work and the kindness of volunteer genealogists and other researchers, WQED in Pittsburgh is working to find the soldiers and/or their survivors. From Philadelphia to San Francisco and points in between, the film features encounters with both amazed and appreciative families.

 

 

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Escape from Firebase Kate
Sunday, May 22nd at 2:00 p.m.
 
 

Escape From Firebase Kate is the compelling story of 26 US soldiers who were forced to abandon Firebase Kate and escape through a jungle full of thousands of NVA soldiers during the Vietnam War in 1969. It is also the subject of a book written by Captain William Albracht (retired) and Marvin J. Wolfe titled "Abandoned In Hell".

 

 

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Nancy Hart Militia: Women of Uncommon Courage
Sunday, May 22nd at 4:30 p.m.
 
 

In the final days of this country's most devastating war, 40 women of The Nancy Hart Militia form a firing line as their town is invaded by 2-thousand Union soldiers, successfully saving their homes and defending their families.

 

 

 

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Music Gone Public: Nell Robinson
Friday, May 27th at 10:00 p.m.
 

This sweetheart of Americana radio brings two National Medal of Arts winners, a Grammy winner, and an all-star bluegrass/folk/country band in a thematic song cycle about military stories of service to tug at your heart and make you think about war.

 

 

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American War Stories: Vietnam
Sunday, May 29th from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Escalation: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Escalation focuses on the growing U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia from the mid-50's and early 60's, a time when America sent 'military assistance and advice' to a beleaguered South Vietnam increasingly under attack by the Communist North. American involvement escalated dramatically after the first combat Marines arrived in 1965 and the bombing campaign known as Rolling Thunder began. Through first-hand accounts of the men and women who were there, the documentary explores how they flew the planes, cruised up the Mekong Delta, and slogged through the jungles and rice paddies to try to locate an elusive enemy. Veterans of the rear echelon describe how they supplied the mountains of materiel necessary to support the growing forces. Escalation also explores the new tactics our military used in this war to fight an almost unseen enemy, including the same guerilla tactics they employed, and embracing the groundbreaking technology of helicopter warfare.

 

Turning Point: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Turning Point recounts the growth of American forces to over 500,000 troops by 1968, and how some Americans estimated the Communist enemy's days were numbered and the war would be over in months. Yet the shock of North Vietnam's massive Tet Offensive surprised and dismayed a public that was tiring of the weekly scene of flag draped caskets arriving at Dover, Delaware. Stories from Marines trapped in the deadly siege of Khe Sanh and of the terror of "walking point", when a soldier leads his squad into the jungle, highlight the danger and intensity of this phase of the war. Turning Point also explores the illogical set of rules of when, who, and how our troops could attack the enemy, a system that perplexed our men and women to no end.But the war also had its lighter moments when soldiers had a chance to kick back and relax. In this hour, veterans reminisce about going on R&R's - Rest and Relaxation breaks - in Hawaii, and how difficult it was to return. Soldiers also talk about nonsense games they created to beat the boredom. There were even rare moments of romance, and one soldier tells the story of how he fell hard for a South Vietnamese girl with whom he just celebrated their 42nd year of marriage! 

 

Drawdown: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Drawdown looks at the "Vietnamization" of the war--the eventual decision by the United States to turn the war over to South Vietnam--allowing the gradual return of American troops home. This hour focuses on the real costs of war, including the broken bodies and spirits that are the inevitable result of conflict. Veterans recount what it was like coming home to a divided nation, when protestors blamed the warrior for the war. Two prisoners of war share how they successfully survived years at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison camp. Drawdown also highlights the wonderful rescue of thousands of babies from Saigon orphanages, dubbed "Operation Babylift", as South Vietnam began to fall to the Communists. The hour ends with some powerful reflections by Vietnam veterans who describe how profoundly the war affected their lives and discuss how not all the effects were bad. 

 

 

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National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 29th at 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
 
 

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 27th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.

 

 

 

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War Journal: The Incredible WWII Escape of Major Damon Rocky Gause
Sunday, May 29th at 11:00 p.m.
 

WAR JOURNAL: THE INCREDIBLE WORLD WAR II ESCAPE OF MAJOR DAMON "ROCKY" GAUSE tells the true story of one of the most impossible escapes in World War II. American airman Damon "Rocky" Gause escaped a prison camp on the Bataan Peninsula in 1942, swam to nearby Corregidor Island, and then sailed with U.S. serviceman William Lloyd Osborne in a leaky 20-foot fishing boat from the Philippines to Australia. Fifty-two days and 3,200 miles later, the two Americans reached freedom. Despite facing typhoons, constant threats from Japanese ships, submarines and airplanes, a lack of water and food, and even a visit to the world's largest leper colony, both Gause and Osborne survived to recount their harrowing ordeal. Filmed in Bataan, Corregidor, and in Manila, the 90-minute documentary is narrated by three-time Emmy Award-winning daytime soap opera star Chandler Massey.Actor Kyle Chandler (NBC's Friday Night Lights and the films Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Carol) provides the voice of Rocky Gause, with Tom Kane voicing William Lloyd Osborne.

 

 

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Ted Talks: War & Peace
Monday, May 30th at 9:00 p.m.
 
 

Join those who have experienced war-fighters, journalists, psychologists and more to learn how it affects everyone. Hear extraordinary, passionate talks and performances from Adam Driver, Rufus Wainwright, Sebastian Junger and many more vital voices.

 

 

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POV: Of War & Men
Monday, May 30th at 10:00 p.m.
 

At a first-of-its-kind PTSD treatment center in California, follow Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families on their paths to recovery as they attempt to make peace with their pasts, their loved ones and themselves.

 

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Veterans: The Telling Project
Tuesday, May 31st at 9:00 p.m.
 

Once a community institution, the U.S. military now has less than 1% of Americans serving in uniform. To help close the distance between civilian society and those who volunteer for duty, a group of six Tampa Bay veterans and one military spouse have embarked on a journey to share their stories. As part of the national Telling Project initiative to connect veterans and the public through the power of theater, this team of local vets created dramatic performances from their personal experiences and performed them live at local theaters. By crafting, rehearsing and performing their own narratives in their own words, the veterans produced an artistic and therapeutic work, expressing on stage what is often challenging to address in everyday life. WEDU PBS filmed the compelling journey from storytelling to stage for Veterans - The Telling Project, a 60-minute documentary. The film goes behind the scenes of the theatrical process, following the diverse cast of service members for five months as they learn their dramatic cues, cultivate friendships and reconnect with emotional memories. Drawing on powerful experiences during boot camp, duty stations and combat deployment, the veterans explain how their roles in the military unfolded, as well as their difficult transitions back into society. They offer unflinching accounts of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, military sexual assault, amputation and struggles with suicide, as well as the humor, sense of belonging and honor they found in service.

 

 

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