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 WVPT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: FEBRUARY 2015

February 2015 Primetime Schedule (Printable Grid)
February 2015 Create Schedule (Printable Grid)

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: MACBETH
Sunday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Verdi's Shakespearean drama Macbeth, starring Anna Netrebko in her first Met performances of the vocally and dramatically demanding role of Lady Macbeth. Former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Adrian Noble's acclaimed production, led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi, features a starry cast including Željko Lučić in the title role; German bass René Pape is among his victims of his bloody rise to the throne as Banquo, and Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja sings the role of his heroic rival Macduff.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE BIG BURN
Tuesday, February 3 at 9:00 p.m.
In the summer of 1910, an unimaginable wildfire devoured more than three million acres across the Northern Rockies, confronting the fledgling U.S. Forest Service with a catastrophe that would define the agency and the nation’s fire policy for the rest of the 20th century and beyond. THE BIG BURN provides a cautionary tale of heroism and sacrifice, arrogance and greed, hubris and, ultimately, humility in the face of nature’s frightening power. Inspired by the best-selling book by Timothy Egan.

EARTH – A NEW WILD
Premieres Wednesday, February 4 at 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, February 11-25 at 10:00 p.m.

This five-part series takes a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species. Dr. M. Sanjayan, a leading conservation scientist, takes viewers on a stunning visual journey to explore how humans are inextricably woven into every aspect of the planet’s natural systems. The series features spectacular natural history footage from the most striking places on Earth, filming encounters between wild animals and the people who live and work with them. With up-close looks at a range of species, from giant pandas to humpback whales and African lions to Arctic reindeer, Sanjayan reveals that co-habitations with animals can work – and be mutually beneficial.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE FORGOTTEN PLAGUE
Tuesday, February 10 at 9:00 p.m.
Tuberculosis is the deadliest killer in human history, responsible for one in four deaths for almost two centuries. While it shaped medical pursuits, social habits, economic development and public policy, TB and its impact are poorly understood.

THE ITALIAN AMERICANS
Tuesdays, February 17-24 at 9:00 p.m.
Trace the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today, with Tony Bennett, David Chase, John Turturro, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Gay Talese and more. Once “outsiders” viewed with suspicion and mistrust, Italian Americans are today some of the most prominent leaders of U.S. business, politics and the arts. The series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American. Stanley Tucci narrates.

Black History Month Programming

INDEPENDENT LENS
THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE

Monday, February 16 at 10:00 p.m.
This is the story of the pioneering African-American photographers – men and women, celebrated and anonymous – who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present. By Thomas Allen Harris.

AMERICAN MASTERS
AUGUST WILSON: THE GROUND ON WHICH I STAND

Friday, February 20 at 9:00 p.m.
From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, this program captures the legacy of the man some call America’s Shakespeare. Film and theater luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, Charles Dutton and others share their stories of the career and experience of bringing Wilson’s rich theatrical voice to the stage. This film tells of his journey to the Great White Way, the triumphs and struggles along the path to such seminal works as Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running and four others before his untimely death in 2005. Directed by Emmy-winner Samuel Pollard (When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts; Slavery by Another Name).

INDEPENDENT LENS: AMERICAN DENIAL
Monday, February 23 at 10:00 p.m.
The story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism is the springboard to exploring the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today. By Llewellyn Smith.
Pledge Programming
’60S GIRL GROOVES
February 26, at 8:00 p.m.
Join host Mary Wilson of the Supremes as she celebrates the greatest girl groups and solo singers of the 1960s, including archival performances from The Supremes, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Petula Clark, Martha & the Vandellas, Jackie DeShannon and many other favorites.
30 DAYS TO A YOUNGER HEART
February 27, at 9:00 p.m.
Dr. Masley shares the surprising news that Metabolic Syndrome, also known as pre-diabetes – not high cholesterol – is the number one cause of cardiovascular disease. Since the term metabolic syndrome is new to most, the doctor describes how easy it is to determine your risk, and why so many Americans have it.
JOHN DENVER – COUNTRY BOY
February 28, at 4:30 p.m.
Explore the private life and public legacy of John Denver, America's original country boy. With exclusive accounts from those closest to him, the man behind the music is revealed in an intimate profile in his 70th-birthday anniversary year.
MY YEARBOOK: 1960-1963
February 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Travel back with hosts Bobby Vinton and Tina Cole to a golden time of joy and romance with songs of hope and heartbreak. Archival performances include the Everly Brothers, Paul Anka, Connie Francis, Neil Sedaka, Patsy Cline and Rick Nelson.
MOTOWN 25
February 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Motown 25, the famous 1983 special on which Michael Jackson debuted his signature moonwalk and Smokey Robinson reunited with the Miracles...The list of performers is a who’s who from Motown, the famous Detroit-based record label: Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, the Supremes, the Jackson 5, the Temptations, the Four Tops and more. Hosting is comedian Richard Pryor.
JUSTIN HAYWARD: SPIRITS...LIVE
February, 28 at 10:30 p.m.
Justin Hayward, the legendary lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for The Moody Blues, recently embarked on a series of solo concerts across the United States. His rich vocals and incredible guitar playing served to highlight classic Moody Blues tunes plus songs from his latest solo album Spirits of the Western Sky.
Justin’s PBS show was recorded live at the Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta’s premier intimate theatrical venue. This new concert special showcases a powerful performance from an artist who has played a significant role in the history of rock.

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Tips for Parents

Tips on Watching Television with Children
Transform couch potatoes into jumping beans by becoming active learners rather than passive viewers!

Why Watch TV Together?

  • It encourages family interaction.
  • It provides information of interest.
  • It helps to establish guidelines for what and how much to watch.
  • It promotes making good choices.
  • Parents are more fully aware of choices available.

How to Choose a Program. Have a plan!

  • Does it encourage critical thinking?
  • Does it inspire, teach, motivate or entertain appropriately?
  • Does it reflect your expectations and values?
  • Does it reflect your expectations and values?
  • Does it broaden and enrich your horizons?

How to Watch Television:

  • Stay alert and interactive.
  • Encourage your children to watch with the eye of a critic.
  • Ask questions.
  • Create alternative endings.
  • Develop imagination and critical thinking by contrasting and comparing.
  • Participate in songs and games from the program.
  • When the program is over, get off the couch.

For more information concerning broadcast, cable, telephone and Internet issues, that will be of particular interest to parents and caregivers as they make choices that involve children, please visit the FCC's new "Parents' Place" at www.fcc.gov/parents.

Tips on Reading Aloud to Children

Why read aloud?
Would you like for your child to:

  • be a successful reader?
  • solve problems?
  • be self-confident?
  • be creative?
  • be successful in school?

If "Yes" is the answer, read to your child. It encourages cognitive growth, emotional growth, and social growth!

How to choose a book:

  • Look for an old favorite.
  • Choose one that your child likes.
  • Look at the illustrations.
  • Find a favorite author.
  • Visit the library.
  • Read a review on the Internet.
  • Read about a topic that everyone enjoys.

How to read aloud:

  • Get comfy.
  • Make sure that everyone can see the text and the illustrations.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Vary voice level, pitch, and timbre.
  • Personify story characters as you read.
  • Help your child to anticipate and predict the storyline.
  • Read again and again and again.

For more advice and thousands of educational activities dedicated to helping parents and caregivers raise children who are ready to learn, please visit www.pbsparents.org.