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            May "Highlights" 
           Schedule Updates
                Music & Arts Programming
                Hobby & How-To Programming
                Science & Nature Programming
                Health & Fitness Programming
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Song of the Mountains
Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.

April 30
Bluegrass Brothers; Morehead State University Mountain Music

May 7th
Annabel's Curse; Mipso

May 14th
Fire in the Kitchen; Bad Ridge

May 21st
After Jack; Chris Jones and the Night Drivers

May 28th
Jerry Butler and the Blu-Js; The Blue Ridge Entertainers

Visit the Song of the Mountains website

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Front and Center
Saturdays at 10:00 p.m.
April 30th
British singer/songwriter George Ezra, whose debut album Wanted On Voyage launched his career internationally and landed on the Top 10 charts in over ten countries, brings his bluesy-pop vocals to the Iridium in New York City. The 2015 Artist to Watch nominee at the MTV Video Music Awards performs "Cassy'O," "Blame It On Me," and his Top 5 hit from the US Hot Rock Songs Chart, "Budapest." The young artist also has the crowd singing along for a soulful cover of Macy Gray's Grammy Award-winning single "I Try," and performs "Girl from The North Country," written by his longtime musical influence Bob Dylan.

May 7th
Indie pop singer/songwriter BORNS treats the sold-out crowd at the Iridium
in New York City to a captivating performance featuring songs from his
debut album Dopamine. The Michigan native debuts his dreamy pop sound with songs like "The Emotion," "10,000 Emerald Pools," and his latest single,
the Top 10 hit "Electric Love." During the performance BORNS shares stories from the making of the album and explains the eerie background noise on "The Emotion."

Visit the Front and Center website
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Classic Gospel
Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

May 1st
One of country music's most loved duos performs some of their all-time
favorite hymns, including "How Great Thou Art", "He Touched Me", "The Old
Rugged Cross" and "I surrender All". This program showcases the
authenticity and rich vocals of Joey+Rory. Hosted by Bill Gaither on the
couple's Tennessee farm.

May 8th
Hosted by George Younce and Bill Gaither, The Best of The Cathedrals
brings together the very best of George and Glen during their most vibrant
days and honors the brilliant 50-year legacy of the Cathedrals. This rare
collection includes the Cathedrals' best performances as well as neverbefore-seen performances from the Cathedrals' archives.

May 15th
Songs about mountains dominate this special taped at Asheville NC's Grove
Park Inn in the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains. The Homecoming Friends sing "I'll Meet You on the Mountain," "There Is a Mountain," "How Big Is God," and remember the late J.D. Sumner.

May 22nd
This celebration highlights the songs, the moments and the legacy of the
incredible musical journey of the Statler Brothers and features many of
their well-loved classics, including "Class Of '57," "Bed Of Roses,"
"Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott," "Flowers On The Wall," and many

May 29th
One of the most celebrated artists in Christian music, the legendary
Gaither Vocal Band performs "Peace in the Valley," "Jesus Gave Me Water,"
and "Amazing Grace" among others. Recorded in an intimate, rustic setting
just south of Nashville, this program includes guest performances by The
Issacs, Goodman Revival, Charlotte Ritchie and The Nelons.

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The Lawrence Welk Show
Sundays at 7:00 p.m.

May 1st
Hosts: Elaine and Bobby. Bobby and Elaine's family members join them in
hosting this 1979 show. "That's Entertainment" opens the show and along the way Henry Cuesta and the band play the "St. Louis Blues", Anacani adds her own special touch to "Eres Tu", and Kathie Sullivan sings that guaranteed show stopper, "Over The Rainbow".

May 8th
Host: Bobby. Lawrence has a dance with his Champagne Lady, Norma Zimmer on the opening song which couldn't be more appropriate - "The Anniversary Song". "Say It With Music" is next on the bill - the very song that opened his first national television broadcast on July 2, 1955. In a salute to the maestro's home state, George Cates, the band and singers provide a tender "My North Dakota Home". The final song celebrates Lawrence Welk's gratitude for his audience - "Thank You Very Much".

May 15th
Guest: Anacani. On this 1978 program we find Sandi, Gail, and Mary Lou
"Swingin' On A Star" and the band and singers are "On The Road To Morocco". Hoopie and the quartet give us a lively "Mississippi Mud" and Joey Schmidt guests with the "Happy Yodeler Polka" on the accordion.

May 22nd
Guest: Jim Turner. The Aldridge Sisters and Otwell Twins sing "Hot Diggity,
Dog Ziggity", and Jim Turner, the special guest on this show adds his rich
baritone to "The Twelfth of Never". Kathie Sullivan sings "I'm Always
Chasing Rainbows" and Myron makes "The Dance of the Comedians" a classic.

May 29th
Host: Dick Dale. Things get rolling with "This Land Is Your Land". Guy and
Ralna sing the "Hawaiian Wedding Song", Arthur Duncan dances to "Mountain Greenery", and Norma Zimmer & Jim Roberts enjoy "Springtime In The Rockies".

AustinCity Austin City Limits
Saturdays at 11:00 p.m.

April 30th
ACL showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton
Kids. Multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From
Bones; the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay.

May 7th
Experience the contemporary R&B of Austin's Gary Clark Jr. as he plays
songs from his album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Rocking Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett performs tunes from her LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

May 14th
Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop from Grammy-nominated superstar Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, alongside his hits.

May 21st
Superstar rockers Foo Fighters return to the ACL stage. The band, with
special guests, features songs from the best-selling Sonic Highways.

May 28th
Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor performs beloved classics and
selections from his chart-topping new album Before This World, his first
collection of original music in 13 years.

Visit the Austin City Limits website


Shenandoah Jamboree
Thursday's at 7:30 p.m.

April 28th
This episode features Episode 17 Ben Jones...Sentimental Journey (Doris
Day); Brian Buchanan...Walkin', Talkin', Barely Beatin' Broken Heart
(Highway 101); Jessica Pugh...White Liar (Miranda Lambert); John Robert
Rimel...Say Something (Christina Aguilera); Lisa Meadows.. .Five Minutes
(Lorrie Morgan); Nadine...Talking

May 5th
This episode features Lisa Meadows...Suds In the Bucket (Sara Evans);
William Hayes...Mean Woman Blues (Roy Orbison); Glen Shelton...Living
Without Her; Glen Shelton...Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly
(Aaron Tippin); Nadine...Talking; Band...Old Joe Clark... Instumental

May 12th
This week's episode features: The Crestmen - An Old Convention Song, Lisa Meadows - Love Didn't Do it, Ben Cooter Jones - Ruby Ann, Glen Shelton-Statue of a Fool, Wilson Fairchild - Country On and Down Home Comedy by Nadine

May 19th
This week's episode features Amy Ladd - But I Will; Brian Buchannon -
Holding Things Together; Lisa Meadows - Let's Go Down to The River; Nadine - The Church Lady; Jimmy Fortune - Too Much on My Heart

May 26th
This week's episode features Georgette Jones - Stand By Your Man; Lisa
Meadows - When God dips His Pen of Love In My Heart; Glen Shelton - Jesus Arose; Larry Stephenson - Bear Tracks; Nadine - Southern Style Comedy; Jimmy Fortune - The Lion Sleeps Tonight


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Through The Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal
May 1st at 4:30 p.m.

In this award-winning 28-minute documentary film, a Holocaust survivor's
remembrances, told in uniquely beautiful stitched images, bring an
uplifting life story to the screen. Esther Nisenthal was 15 years old in
October of 1942 when the Jews of her village in Poland were ordered by the
Nazis to report to a nearby train station. Esther refused to go. Instead,
saying goodbye to their family, she and her 13-year old sister Mania
invented new identities for themselves as Polish Catholic farm girls,
hiding in plain sight from the Nazis. Esther's story of survival is
remarkable on its own. But it is all the more extraordinary because of her
method of storytelling--stitching and embroidering. It comes to us with
unexpected beauty in a series of 36 large fabric collages, intricately
embroidered in vivid color, created more than 40 years after the war. They
depict one young girl's eyewitness account, scenes of tragedy and trauma
juxtaposed with the exquisite beauty of the natural surroundings. It is as
if nothing escaped Esther's attention, or her memory. Through Esther's own
words and images of her art work, as well as interviews with her daughters
and others, "Through the Eye of the Needle" explores the capacity of the
human heart to heal. Through these reflections, we are reminded that
genocide and other acts of baseless hatred are still with us, and that
Esther's story, and those like hers, compels us to build a just and
peaceful world for all. 

May 6th at 9:00 p.m.
The infectious music of the swing bands sets the mood for soldiers going
off to fight in World War II. Gifted trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and alto
saxophonist Charlie Parker, in after-hours jam sessions with other young
rebels, including the drummer Kenny Clarke and pianist Thelonious Monk,
take jazz in startling new directions with their complex music -- bebop.
Their innovations, however, are largely unnoticed amidst the war effort.
Armed Forces Radio broadcasts spread jazz across the globe, while big band leader Glenn Miller dies in a plane crash over the English Channel. In
Europe, jazz is banned by the Nazis and embraced by their opponents as a
symbol of freedom and democracy. European jazz innovators, including Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, blend jazz with their own musical traditions. As racial conflict in America heats up, the center of jazz in New York moves from Harlem to 52nd Street. Duke Ellington rebuilds his band, begins his collaboration with arranger and composer Billy Strayhorn, records some of his most popular songs and pioneers serious long-form jazz compositions. Charlie Parker struggles with his own heroin addiction. Then, with Dizzy Gillespie, he records several bebop masterworks.


May 13th at 9:00 p.m.
Jazz becomes the official symbol of American democracy abroad. At home,
the music splinters into different camps: white and black, cool and hot,
East and West, traditional and modern. Television supplants radio, but
offers fewer opportunities for jazz to be heard. Most big bands are forced
to dismantle. The rhythm and blues phenomenon further erodes the audience for jazz. Charlie Parker dies of pneumonia and cirrhosis of the liver at age 34; Dizzy Gillespie carries on the innovations of bebop as a teacher
and leader, forms a big band and blends modern jazz with Latin rhythms.
Inspired by the emergent civil rights movement, promoter Norman Granz holds racially integrated jazz concerts; Louis Armstrong challenges the color
barrier by touring in the South with an integrated band. Viewers meet Bud
Powell, Erroll Garner and Thelonious Monk, who finally attains recognition
for his unique approach and sound. Some California-based musicians create a quieter sound that comes to be known as "cool" jazz; these include baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and piano player Dave Brubeck, whose quartet becomes the most popular jazz group in America. A young trumpeter from East St. Louis, Miles Davis, makes a set of recordings with innovative composer Gil Evans and becomes the most influential musician of his generation.


May 20th at 9:00 p.m.
As rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll erode jazz' audience still further,
the music nonetheless enjoys a time of tremendous creativity. Saxophonist
Sonny Rollins makes his mark on the scene, Duke Ellington reemerges as a
star after a triumphant performance at the Newport Jazz Festival and Miles
Davis makes several now-legendary albums. Young trumpeter Clifford Brown achieves great artistry, but his life is cut short in a car accident.
Vocalist Sarah Vaughan forever sets a standard for jazz singing. Amidst the
school integration crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas, Louis Armstrong risks
his career by speaking out forcefully against segregation. Drummer Art
Blakey, pianist Horace Silver and other "hard bop" musicians play a soulful
brand of jazz in an attempt to bring the music back to the black audience
it has lost to R&B. In 1957, Billie Holiday reunites with Lester Young on a
live television program, "The Sound of Jazz"; two years later, both Holiday
and Young are dead. John Coltrane, after playing on Miles Davis' Kind of
Blue album, forms his own quartet, scores a hit with his version of the
show tune "My Favorite Things" and creates some of the most intense music
in jazz history. The episode concludes with the arrival on the scene of the
free-jazz pioneer, Ornette Coleman, whose music challenges all of the
conventions of jazz, signals the arrival of the avant garde and provokes a
debate about the definition of jazz that continues to this day.


May 20th at 11:00 pm
In the 1960s, jazz becomes divided into "schools" -- Dixieland, swing, bop,
hard bop, cool, modal, free, avant-garde. The question of what is jazz and
what isn't rages, dividing audiences, dividing musicians, dividing
generations. For many, the real question is whether jazz, the most American
of art forms, will survive at all. Rock 'n' roll groups dominate record
sales and radio, and many jazz musicians, like Dexter Gordon, are forced to
leave America in search of work. Many artists use the music as a form of
social protest: Max Roach composes the "Freedom Now Suite"; Charles Mingus makes his mark with overtly political recordings. John Coltrane records prolifically and appeals to broad audiences before his untimely death at age 40. Saxophonist Stan Getz helps boost a craze for bossa nova music. Great singers celebrate the essential contribution of vocalists to the
development of jazz. The avant-garde movement creates innovative music but appeals to an increasingly limited audience. By the late l960s, jazz is
struggling to find its way. In the early l970s, Louis Armstrong and Duke
Ellington pass away. Miles Davis, after forming his most innovative
acoustic jazz group, leads a movement of jazz musicians who incorporate
elements of rock and soul into their music in an attempt to appeal to a
wider audience. "Fusion" wins listeners, but alienates some dedicated jazz
fans. By the mid-80s, jazz begins to bounce back; it's heard in concert
halls, on rap records, in film scores and in television commercials. Jazz
musicians continue to practice, perform, record, disagree, improvise and
jam. As it approaches its centennial, jazz is still alive -- and still


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Woodsmith Shop
Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
April 30th
Watch as the Woodsmith editors discuss the key tips and tricks for
creating a rabbeted miter joint in an episode flashback. Plus, buy
better lumber.

May 7th
In Router Workshop, the editors of Woodsmith magazine discuss how to
choose and get the most out of a hand-held router and a slot-cutting bit.

May 14th
Key techniques for building a Greene & Greene table are featured in
Details of Craftsmanship.

May 21st
Every segment provides the tips and tricks you need to know to build
better projects, from handy assembly hints to using the right techniques.

May 28th
Join the Woodsmith editors as they focus on some must-know power tool
techniques for creating perfect project parts.

Visit the Woodsmith Shop website
This Old House
Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. & Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. 
April 23rd & 26th
Erik lays red cedar shingles on the roof. Kevin travels to Vermont to see
reproduction light fixtures handcrafted. Window installation begins. The
pre-built cupola is lifted to the top of the garage. Homeowner April
searches for a barn door.
April 30th & May 3rd
Drilling begins on a geothermal system. Norm tours local 1st period homes.
Kevin travels to the factory to see the stairs and wall panels being built.
Back on the North Shore, Kevin learns about a new technology to seal

May 7th and 10th
Erik installs clapboard siding. Roger and landscape architect Kim select
salvaged granite for the yard. Richard sees how the geothermal pipes are
connected in the basement. At the factory in Vermont, Kevin sees the
kitchen cabinets coming together.

May 14th and 17th
Landscaping begins with a backyard patio. The den gets some formal
wainscoting. The homeowners meet with designer Kristina Crestin to select
interior paint colors. The factory-made staircase is installed.

May 21st and 24th
Erik finishes the staircase with a maple newel post. Kevin helps connect a
reproduction antique light fixture to a granite lamppost. Richard shows the
systems for getting water from the well. Scott Caron shows how the backup
generator is installed.

May 28th and 31st
As work winds down and winter winds up, Kevin and Roger assess the
exterior transformation. Erik builds a custom closet from off-the-shelf
piping. The guys walk through the house, noting the craftsmanship, systems and interior details.

Visit the This Old House website 
Ask This Old House
Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.
April 30th
Too short, crooked and upside down. Watch Tom use his expertise and
artistry to repair an antique door. Roger gets the dirt on growing edible
herbs indoors. See Richard solve the mystery of the disappearing toilet

May 7th
Looking for illumination in Texas, watch Scott jazz up a deck with festive
lighting. Enchanting and efficient, see Kevin show off the most desirable
fireplace options. Landscape designer Jenn Nawada digs up the best tools
for first-time gardeners.

May 14th
Actor Nick Offerman brings his woodworking expertise to the barn and "What Is It?" See Tom take a chapter from Richard's playbook by creating a steel pipe shelf in "Build It." Landscape designer Jenn Nawada helps construct a pond-less waterfall.

May 21st
Tom's working his magic in Salem; see him transform a bookshelf into a
secret passage. No more leaky spigot. Watch Richard install an outdoor
house hydrant that eliminates drips. And Scott reveals it only takes two
tools for most electrical work.

May 28th
Tom and Kevin head to Montana to build a home gym for a wounded Navy Seal. The sound of silence, see Scott bring the noise back to a faulty doorbell. Richard's got your number. Watch him explain how 22 and 45 play an important role under your sink.

Visit the Ask This Old House website

 hobbyhowto s
Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. 

MotorWeek, television's longest running automotive series, is in its third
decade of reviewing cars, trucks and utilities spanning the needs and
dreams of a broad spectrum of buyers. From pure-electric to pure
performance, MotorWeek looks at factors mattering most to consumers. But MotorWeek is more than just a show about new cars. It's also about keeping the car you own running, and keeping pace with the latest automotive lifestyle trends as America continues its love affair with cars.

Visit the Motorweek website


Woodwright's Shop
Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.
April 30th
The old shop-class plant stand joined with half-laps and dowels teaches us
to pay attention to the grain, not just the machine. 

May 7th
Christopher Schwarz shows the ins and outs of Campaign furniture made for travel to the far-flung reaches of the Empire.

May 14th
Chris Schwarz shows how to fit brass corners and hardware flush with the
surfaces of Campaign furniture.

May 21st
An old shaving horse from the Virginia mountains shows how the natural
shapes in timber make the strongest wooden construction.

May 28th
Tom Calisto joins Roy to make a brass-backed hand saw perfect for the
finest dovetails or the toughest tenons.

Visit the Woodwright's Shop website
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Tracks Ahead
Sunday's at 12:30 p.m.

April 24th
We'll see how steam trains made their way back into the Iowa landscape,
all the while honoring and preserving Chinese rail history; Check out an
'N' scale layout in Northern Indiana; Visit a Philadelphia area Arboretum's
garden railroad; And take a stroll down a Virginia 'Railwalk' that honors
the history of trains as well as the region. Spencer Christian hosts.

May 1st
A look at a Saxony inspired layout and its tribute to its German roots;
Visit with a Wisconsin rail artist who creates memorable images in the
shadow of Green Bay's Lambeau Field; Mosey along the beautiful grounds of a Northern Kentucky garden railroad; And ride the only mountain railroad in all of Japan in our Classic Trax feature. Spencer Christian hosts.

May 8th
We visit a Cincinnati area rail-themed park featuring the world's largest
indoor train display- it's amazing!; We'll see how steam heritage is being
preserved in Pennsylvania; Stop by a relaxing Wisconsin countryside
featuring several rail features; And marvel at over a mile of privately
owned 'O' gauge track down South in our Classic Trax feature. Spencer
Christian hosts.

May 15th
On this episode, we'll see how a brand new Indiana arboretum is embracing it's area's rail history; Have a delicious bite to eat on the Columbia Star dinner train; Check out a layout in Iowa that's a link to the owners own past; And hop aboard a train that makes Hollywood magic come to life. Spencer Christian hosts.

May 22nd
Join us for a visit to the Pacific Northwest where we explore an
incredible 'F' gauge layout that uses sight, sound and props to showcase
the beauty of a Colorado narrow gauge; We'll discover 'who-dunnit' on a
Pennsylvania murder mystery train; Check out an Illinois garden layout; And ride one of the east coast's premier tourist lines in our Classic Trax
feature. Spencer Christian hosts.

May 29th
Visit a horticultural conservatory that has long embraced garden layouts
for the public to enjoy- we'll see how they plan, construct and run their
trains under the 'domes'; Also, a Christmas themed layout that's been 50
years in the making; A trip to a toy museum teeming with West Virginia
train flavor; Plus we stop at one of New England's few continuously run
steam lines for our Classic Trax feature. Spencer Christian hosts.



Antiques Roadshow

April 25th at 8:00 p.m. Encore April 30th at 6:00 p.m.
Discover hidden treasures such as 1955 Whitey Ford and 1951 Yogi Berra
jerseys, an 1863 gilt bronze-mounted gaslight and an 1887 Seth Whipple oil painting. Which find is appraised at $130,000?

May 2nd at 8:00 p.m. Encore May 7th at 6:00 p.m.
Travel to Omaha to see fantastic pieces of history, like a Humphreys'
homeopathic medicine cabinet, a 1939 Gregoire Boonzaier "View of Cape Town" oil painting and a mid-19th-century Mormon book archive. Which treasure is the top find of the hour?

May 2nd at 9:00 p.m.
Highlights include a Charles Schulz signed letter and drawing of his
"Peanuts" character Linus; letters from Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud
discussing Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky; two etchings, one by
Edward Hopper and one by John Sloan.

May 9th at 8:00 p.m. Encore May 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Discover hidden treasures such as 1920 World Series stubs, a Charles
Rohlfs music stand from around 1905 and an Ohio folk art double portrait,
ca. 1838. One is the top find of the night!

May 16th at 8:00 p.m. Encore May 21st at 6:00 p.m.
Join ROADSHOW in the journey to Cleveland and learn about items such as an Ohio salt-glazed figural stoneware match stand, an 1863 Civil War grave marker group and a 1964 Manoucher Yektai oil painting. Which find is valued at $65,000?

May 16th at 9:00 p.m.
Highlights include a French Art Deco diamond and platinum ring; a copy of
the book The History of Magic with an inscription by Jim Morrison; four
Rembrandt and James McNeill Whistler etchings collected by the guest's
father around 1940 to 1960.

May 23rd at 8:00 p.m. Encore May 28th at 6:00 p.m.
Travel to Cleveland to see outstanding vintage finds like a "Big Bronco"
coin-operated horse made around 1952, a Bill Watterson archive, ca. 1975,
and a Tiffany & Co. pendant watch necklace. Can you guess the
$40,000-$60,000 treasure?

May 23rd at 9:00 p.m.
Highlights include a Louisiana political poster, found in a pile of
garbage; three paintings by New Orleans artists and Newcomb pottery
founders William and Ellsworth Woodward; a NASA photograph collection
brought in by a former NASA employee.

May 30th at 8:00 pm
Highlights include an early 19th-century Louisiana work table stored in a
barn for several decades; collection of Confederate Civil War letters found
in the wall of a Mississippi house; a Porfirio Salinas oil, ca. 1935, in its original frame.

Visit the Antiques Roadshow website

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Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m..
April 27th
Owl Power
For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children's stories
and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Using
the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes
available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than
ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and
hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century
technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative
hearing aids.

May 4th
Ecologist Chris Morgan (Bears of the Last Frontier) travels to the jungles
of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation. Morgan spends time with orphaned orangs at rehabilitation centers observing the process of teaching them the survival skills they'll need to be released back into the wild. But to truly understand the complexity of a wild orangutan society and the skills the orangs would have learned from their mothers in the wild, Morgan travels to a remote patch of forest also in Northern Sumatra, a peat swamp forest known as Suaq Balimbing. Suaq is in a protected area and part of a World Heritage Site. Working with a team of experienced researchers, he becomes completely immersed in this unique social band of wild orangs who use tools, share food, forage together, and create their own distinct culture. For the first time, advanced cameras are used to follow the orangs throughout the canopy to provide an intimate, clear picture of how these arboreal apes spend their days and nights and interact with one another.

May 11th
Learn the value of teamwork among animal partners, even ones as odd but
perfect as hippo and fish. There are times in life when all you need is a
little help. Sea and land animals collaborate using brainpower to solve
complex problems and stay alive.

May 18th
Witness the day-to-day drama at one of the world's wildest hospitals deep
in the Guatemalan jungle. A vet and his team take on dangerous challenges
as they care for endangered animals - from stitching up a rare baby bird to
wresting a crocodile.

May 25th
The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a remarkable
new hybrid carnivore that is taking over territories once roamed by wolves
and slipping unnoticed into our cities. Its appearance is very recent --
within the last 90 years -- in evolutionary terms, a blip in time.
Beginning in Canada but by no means ending there, the story of how it came to be is an extraordinary tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere. Tag along as scientists study this new top predator, tracking it from the wilderness of Ontario's Algonquin
Park, through parking lots, alleys and backyards in Toronto all the way to
the streets of New York City.

Visit the Nature website
Who Owns Water?
May 1st at 2:00 p.m.

Three southern states are locked in a battle over the freshwater of the
Chattahoochee River, a slow, muddy river that transformed Atlanta from a
small town to a growing, thirsty metropolis. In this stunningly shot, awardwinning documentary, the filmmakers return to the source of their childhood river and paddle all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, journeying deep into the water wars. Everything comes down to one question: who owns water? Directed by David Hanson, Michael Hanson and Andrew Kornylak. Produced by David Hanson and Michael Hanson.

Website for Who Owns Water?

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 Beautiful Swimmers Revisited
 May 1st at 3:00 p.m.
On the 40th anniversary of Beautiful Swimmers, William Warner's 1976
classic book about the Blue Crab, filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown teams up with Chesapeake Bay environmental writer Tom Horton to see how crabs are faring in the bay. Today's Chesapeake is not the same bay in which Warner conducted his inquiries of Callinectes sapidus, the iconic blue crab, in the 1960s and '70s. Yet much remains. Horton's journey takes him to all
reaches of the Bay, from the York River in Virginia to the Patapsco he
visits with watermen harvesting crabs with pots, nets, scrapes and
trotlines; scientists conducting winter dredge surveys to predict next
year's abundance and research to define the pressures affecting the crab
from predators to climate change, and managers who struggle to balance the preservation of the watermen's culture with the preservation the blue crab.
Website for Beautiful Swimmers Revisited


Wednesdays at 9 p.m.  

Visit the NOVA website

See the May Higlights page for NOVA episodes on
May 4th & 11th
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Science Goes to the Movies
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

May 11th
Co-hosts Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin continue a conversation with
renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson - Director of The American
Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium - for Part II on how
scientists, and science itself, are depicted in Kingsman: The Secret
Service, the 2013 documentary Particle Fever, and our culture generally.

May 18th
Science Goes to the Movies looks at the Swedish film, Force Majeure and
Jon Stewart's Rosewater for a discussion on visceral fear. What does fear
do to the brain, to the body and how does fear affect decision making? With
guest journalist Ira Flatow, we consider the effects of fear on our
political process.

May 25th
Co-hosts Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin are joined by Gerard Ilaria,
from Weill Cornell Medical Center's Headstrong Project, and Derek Coy, a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it relates to the Clint Eastwood-directed films, American Sniper and Gran

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Secrets of the Dead
Tuesday's at 9:00 p.m.

May 17th
Learn about the legendary queen Cleopatra, who ruled the Egyptian empire. Will an amateur archaeologist's theory reveal where the queen's lost tomb is hidden?

May 24th
Part detective story, part true-life drama, SECRETS OF THE DEAD unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events. Using the most up-to-date science in the laboratory and in the field, scientists and researchers examine the missing pieces of each puzzle, completing the picture of what had been merely an assemblage of suppositions.

Secrets of the Dead website

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Healing Quest
Monday's at 7:30 p.m.
April 25th
Inner World: Women & The Brain, Vibrational Therapy, Brain Food:
Coconut Oil, Healing Moment: Sunset.


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Healthy Body Healthy Mind
Monday's at 7:30 p.m.

May 2nd
A pregnancy is one of the miraculous times in a woman's life. But the
condition known as Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy can diminish this joy.
Also is known as "morning sickness", experts say this term is a misnomer
because the symptoms can occur throughout the day. And while this condition typically goes away after a few weeks, the important lesson is that women do not have to suffer silently during this period. Instead, they should
talk to their healthcare professional as soon as symptoms begin to affect
their quality of life. Through lifestyle changes and new medical therapies,
women should be able to better enjoy the most enriching pregnancy possible without reaching a more severe stage of these often troubling symptoms of pregnancy.

May 9th
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is a disease that robs a person's ability to
breathe normally. The term idiopathic means "unknown cause", and "pulmonary fibrosis" is scar tissue in the lungs. Once the lungs are scarred, the condition can become irreversible, and interfere with the lungs capacity to transport oxygen to other organs of the body. IPF affects about 128,000
people in the United States with approximately 48,000 new IPF cases every
year. It also contributes to about 40,000 deaths each year - a toll roughly
equal to that of breast cancer. There are treatments however, and the goal
is to offer greater hope in managing this disease. The only known cure
today is that of lung transplants, an option for a small number of IPF

May 16th
Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis are part of a group of inflammatory
conditions that typically cause swelling and a loss of muscle.
Dermatomyositis affects muscle and skin, whereas Polymyositis essentially
affects muscle only. These conditions affect nearly 75, 000 people in the
United States and can develop at any age, though typically between 40 and 50 . Women are twice as likely as men to be affected. Although no cure has yet been found for either disorder, patients and their physicians can succeed
in managing these conditions through carefully tailored regimens involving
medications, exercise and rest. And clinical trials of new therapeutic
agents are underway that could lead to even more effective treatment
options in the future.

May 23rd
Too little iron in the blood can lead to fatigue, lower the immune system,
and can cause the serious condition of anemia. But having too much iron,
called hemochromatosis - or - iron overload is also a problem, creating
poisonous conditions for the liver, heart and pancreas. It can also cause
cancer, heart arrhythmias and cirrhosis of the liver. Iron overload can be
caused by genetic factors, and such is the case with sickle cell disease,
affecting an estimated 70, 000 to 100,000 US citizens, the majority being
African Americans. Iron overload is also prevalent in the disease called
thalassemia - a group of genetic blood disorders. People with this disease
cannot make normal hemoglobin to produce healthy red blood cells. If
diagnosed and treated before organ damage has occurred iron overload
patients can often grow and develop normally, with relatively normal heart
and liver functions.

May 30th
When the muscles and ligaments supporting a woman's pelvic organs weaken, the pelvic organs can slip out of place and create a bulge in the vagina. This is known as pelvic organ prolapse. Women most commonly develop pelvic organ prolapse years after childbirth, after a hysterectomy or after menopause. This condition may cause symptoms ranging from mild to severe, and can pose a major detriment to a woman's quality of life. Although there are known risks associated with some of the surgical procedures to address Pelvic Organ Prolapse, it can often be effectively addressed by properly trained medical professionals who specialize in this important area of medicine.

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Growing a Greener World
Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.  
April 30th
In years past, developers would build typical subdivisions around golf
courses and tennis courts. But today, with the growing interest in
environmental conservation and local food systems, savvy developers are
building self-contained communities around organic farms. The focus is on
creating a sustainable community and outreach programs geared to helping
all generations embrace local, in-season food as well as the agrarian
lifestyle. Buyers are lining up to stake their claim to experience a taste
of life on the farm, from the comfort of their own home. In this episode,
we travel to one such community that serves as a model for all the others.

May 7th
While worms are an important ingredient of the soil, they can steal the
show in the compost pile. With vermicompost, worms do all the work of
breaking down and decomposing kitchen scraps, turning it into nutrient rich
castings from the garden. They take the garbage and turn it into black gold
for the garden. This episode explores home vermicomposting, visits a
commercial harvesting operation, and tours a "zero waste" company turning
warm waste into a multi-million dollar operation as a natural fertilizer

May 14th
Spend time in a garden or on a farm, and you quickly realize the amazing
healing powers they have by just being there. Now imagine the power such a place can have when you're immersed in it full time. For children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), those benefits are exponential. The
Center for Discovery, in Sullivan County, NY is a place created for just such
children. The farm is at the heart of the project and it's changing lives
in a powerful and moving way. In this episode, we visit the farm, meet some
of the dedicated staff, and discover the magic this place has on the
children who come here.

May 21st
A big part of what hooks someone on gardening is watching a plant grow
from seed, or tender young transplant. Yet there's another piece to the
story of making more plants that is rarely mentioned, yet has a big impact
on how they show up around the world. Plant propagation is a technique most used by professionals, yet it's an easy technique gardeners of any level can do to grow more plants for themselves and others. In this episode, we visit with some of the top plant propagators in the country to learn the
tricks of the trade that we can easily apply at home.

May 28th
Polyface Farms is everything that industrialized farming is not. Here's an
in depth look at how they are able to grow produce and raise food (beef,
chickens, pigs, and turkeys) while stewarding the land at the same time.

Visit Growing a Greener World's website

Lidia's Kitchen
Saturdays at 10:30 am

April 30th
In this episode, the oven is on for the fish dish, the vegetable dish and
for the chicken drumsticks! Lidia creates three great main course ideas
that are just right for days when you want to do everything in one dish and
put it in the oven until it's ready to serve. She makes a baked fennel with
tomatoes and oozing cheese. She then creates a rollatini of sole with
flavored breadcrumbs baked in a light and delicate sauce of fresh herbs,
lemon and white wine. Her simple and flavorful chicken drumsticks are made with peppers, onions and paprika.

May 7th
If there were another name for Lidia's family, it would be the gnocchi
family. They love making them together and eating them. Lidia starts with a
butternut squash gnocchi that is as soft as a feather and served with a
velvety sage and butter sauce. Next, she prepares a marinated bread of
chicken seared with shiitake mushrooms, rosemary and sage. Her sauteed
earthy Brussels sprouts are made with pepperoncino, garlic and walnuts.
They are nutty and spicy.

May 14th
Brodetto is a savory, soup fish preparation that can be found up and down
the coast of Italy. Lidia makes her rrodetto with onion, scallion, clams
and mussels and lots of parsley and pepperoncino. Lidia's walnut cake is
delicate and nutty with just enough espresso to make it truly Italian.

May 21st
Everyone loves baked pasta, and in this episode, Lidia prepares a baked
penne dish with a comforting pork ragu and zucchini topped with a golden
crust of cheese. She also makes an elegant salad of asparagus, scallions
and boiled egg and finishes the meal with a delicious and moist chocolate
zucchini cake.

May 28th
Whether used in soups, roasted or stuffed, the Italians love their
vegetables. In this episode, she makes a platter full of roasted peppers
stuffed with tuna. She then creates a mellow dish of savory onions stuffed
with lamb and sweet raisins. The cauliflower and tomato soup is one that
warms the heart and any kitchen table.


Visit the Lidia's Kitchen website


America's Test Kitchen from Cook's Illustrated
Saturdays, at 11:00 am
April 30th
Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate slow-roasted chicken parts with shallot-garlic pan sauce. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews carbon-steel chef's knives. Finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to the perfect boiled potatoes with black olive tapenade.

May 7th
Man on the street Doc Willoughby learns all about Sicilian-style pizza
from the Barbati family of L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn. Then, host
Christopher Kimball goes into the test kitchen with test cook Bridget
Lancaster to learn how to make the ultimate thick-crust Sicilian-style
pizza at home. Next, test cook Becky Hays uncovers the secrets to homemade ricotta cheese. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make the best pasta with cauliflower, bacon, and bread crumbs.

May 14th
Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make
the best Japanese-style stir- fried noodles with beef at home. Then,
equipment expert Adam Ried reviews knife sharpeners in the Equipment Corner. Next, Chris answers cooking questions in Letters to the Editor. Finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster reinvents a classic, fried brown rice with pork and shrimp.

May 21st
Test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to making semolina
gnocchi at home. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host
Christopher Kimball to a tasting of balsamic vinegar. Finally, test cook
Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make the best Italian sausage with
grapes and balsamic vinegar.

May 28th
Host Christopher Kimball goes into the test kitchen with test cook Bridget
Lancaster to learn how to make the best French-style pork chops with apples and calvados. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of brie. Then, Chris answers cooking questions in Letters to the
Editor. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison reveals the secrets to
making the ultimate mushroom bisque.

Visit America's Test Kitchen's website
Simply Ming
Saturdays, at 11:30 a.m.
April 30th
Today on Simply Ming, Ming is cooking at home with Jamie Bissonnette,
James Beard award-winning chef. Both chefs take on rice, creating two
amazing dishes from one simple ingredient! Ming uses crispy chicken sausage and scallions to create a flavorful spin on classic fried rice, while Jamie creates a savory paella from seasonal ingredients.

May 7th
This week on Simply Ming renowned chef Todd English shows us how to make pizza - on the grill! Todd opts for a pizza with fontina fonduta, meatball ribbons, shaved artichokes and Heirloom pomodoro fresco. Meanwhile, Ming shakes things up with a scallion pancake pizza topped with spicy chicken.

May 14th
Tuna is on the grill this week on Simply Ming! Matt Jennings, four-time
James Beard nominee, joins Ming around the barbeque to feast on this highly sustainable fish. While Matt makes a decadent strawberry salsa rresca for his grilled fish, Ming creates a lightly seared tuna tataki that is paired with a refreshing lemongrass gremolata.

May 21st
There's more than one way to make risotto-style pasta - and this week on
Simply Ming, we'll show you two! Boston legend Ken Oringer joins Ming in
the loft to make a decadent fideua, while Ming revolutionizes risotto by
using toasted barley and adding a sumptuous ratatouille.

May 28th
Pasta is a worldwide staple, adaptable to the cuisine of almost any
country! Chef Michael Schlow, owner of Tico in Boston and DC, makes the
quintessentially Roman spaghetti amatriciana, while Ming creates a savory
black bean pork chow mein. One ingredient, two dishes, this week on Simply

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Victory Garden's EdibleFEAST
Saturdays, at 12:30 p.m.
April 30th
In Madison, Wisconsin, stop by the home of vegetable gardener Megan Cain and learn to make an herb spiral using repurposed bricks. Watch
Chef Christine Inthachith and her mother Bounyoung of Lao Laan-Xang restaurant (the first Laotian restaurant in Madison) cook up chicken laarp and fall squash curry. Visit Roller Coaster farm, which supplies the majority of its pigs to Johnny Hunter of the Underground Food Collective, then head back to Johnny's butcher shop to see him break down a pig and make charcuterie. And last, visit the first organic cranberry farm in Wisconsin, a farm that uses the traditional method of dry harvesting cranberries.

May 7th
In Vancouver, Canada, gardener and author Andrea Bellamy shows how to
create a worm composter, propagate herbs by taking cuttings and harvest
flax seeds. Chef Chris Roper is cooking rye crusted sturgeon with lightly
pickled beets, and smoked salmon salad with cucumber. Go out on crab boats with fishermen dedicated to keeping low-impact practices viable for smallscale harvesters, and visit a mobile truck farm owned by Judy Kenzie.

May 14th
Visit magnificent farms of New England. The first stop is Winter Hill Farm
in Maine, where Sarah and Steve (with their two young children in tow)
manage a herd of rare Randall cattle and operate a small farmstead creamery producing raw milk, yogurt and artisanal cheeses. Next visit Michelle and Dana of Bantam Cider, and the apple orchards of Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, to see how hard cider is made in Boston. Then head to Green City Growers, where owner Jessie Banhazl shows how to make a cold frame from the ground up, and finally to the home of Chef Carolyn Johnson who cooks up two delicious apple-inspired dishes.

May 21st
Travel to Omaha, Nebraska, and learn gardening tips from an urban farmer
who's turned his home into an oasis of fresh produce. Cook lentil chili and
pumpkin cornbread with Chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz, who moved to Omaha from Brooklyn and opened the first vegan restaurant in town. Visit Danelle Meyer of One Farm (an hour outside Omaha), who grew up on a commodity (corn and soybean) farm and began her own organic farm on a corner plot of her family's land. And spend the day with urban gardener and farm manager Ali Clark, who makes caramels from her grandfather's recipe for her Snowshoe Candy Company.

May 28th
Head to the Big Easy to see all that New Orleans has to offer. But first,
visit Brian and Dawn Gotreaux - first-generation farmers who adopted 10
children from around the world and raise them on the family farm for the
life lessons they believe are fostered there. Next, visit farmer Ben
Burkett of B&B Farms/Indian Springs Cooperative - an African-American
farming cooperative in Mississippi. Then head to Paradigm Gardens, where
farmer Joel Hitchcock is making homemade insecticide with cayenne pepper and garlic, showing the essential tools every gardener should have, and teaching some basic watering tips. Finally, visit the home kitchen of James Beard Award-winning chef Donald Link, who will make a dish of shrimp and citrus.

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Well Read
Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
May 1st
Leonard Pitts, Jr., nationally syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald
and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, sits down with WELL
READ to discuss his new novel Grant Park. Pitts talks about his provocative
look at black and white relations in contemporary America, blending the
absurd and the poignant in a powerfully well-crafted narrative.

May 15th
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national best-seller
Stacy Schiff unravels the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials. As
psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, Schiff's shares
with WELL READ the account of this haunting story-the first great American
mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed

May 22nd
Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times best-selling author Jon
Meacham sits down to discuss Destiny and Power. In this sweeping yet
intimate biography of George H. W. Bush, Meacham draws on President Bush's personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family.

May 29th at 1:30 pm
From best-selling author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys, comes a keenly observant, deeply human and truly unforgettable new book. In My Name Is Lucy Barton, extraordinary writer, Elizabeth Strout, shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all-the one between mother and daughter.  

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Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
Sundays at 12:00 p.m.

May 1st
Marianne and Mary share the basics of bag construction in this episode.
This graphic, colorful tote will show off your "modern" quilt style. Learn
simple steps for boxing corners, creating a lining, and stitching sturdy
handles to enable you to confidently plan future bag creations - showing
your creative side.

May 8th
The quilt in this episode features quick-pieced flying geese blocks and
custom-made fusible bias tape for flower stems. Mary Fons and Liz Porter
will guide you through the steps and techniques. This episode includes a
treat - quilts Liz and friends each created from a block exchange.

May 15th
Quilters are often puzzled when trying to decide what quilting designs to
use on the sashing of a quilt. Mary's guest Angela Huffman shares ten
possible designs that you can consider for your next quilt. She
demonstrates these simple freehand designs for the sashing space of your

May 22nd
In this episode you will be introduced to diagonal seams to create simple
star blocks and how to trim an over-sized block to the correct dimension.
Marianne and Mary will also guide you thru the recording process for
registering a Quilt of Valor.

May 29th
Patrick Lose our guest discusses the variety of threads that are available
and how to select the right thread for your project. Mary and Patrick will
also address the use of tear-away stabilizers in your applique projects.
They will demonstrate how to create flawless inside and outside corners and
points when using the satin stitch.

Visit the Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting website 
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Independent Lens
Mondays at 10:00 p.m.
May 2nd 
Meet the sons of two Nazi war criminals who jointly were responsible for
thousands of deaths. Through frank interviews, the men reflect on their
fathers' character and crimes and on the price of forgiveness.
May 16th
Meet street recyclers who fight to survive in one of the poorest
neighborhoods of Oakland, California. Their poignant personal stories raise
questions about race, class and the rights of the poor.

Visit the Independent Lens website


Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m
May 3rd
Follow journalist Feras Kilani on the ground in war-torn Benghazi,
birthplace of Libya's uprising and now besieged by ISIS and warring
militias. Also this hour, Safa Al-Ahmad makes a dangerous trip to report on
the fighting in Yemen.

May 17th
Get the inside story of the creation of ISIS and learn how the U.S. missed
the many warning signs. The film uncovers the terror group's earliest plans,
the Islamic radicals who became its leaders and the American failures to
stop ISIS' brutal rise.

May 24th
Disasters are big business. Follow an investigation with NPR into who
profits when disaster strikes. The film focuses on Superstorm Sandy: the
thousands still not home, the agencies that were supposed to help and the
companies that made millions.

May 31th
See an investigation with the New York Times into fantasy sports and
online sports betting. With law enforcement cracking down, the film traces
the growth of these booming businesses and goes inside their operations at
home and abroad.

Visit Frontline's website


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Potus 2016
Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
Beginning April 3rd
Anchored by public radio's Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer, POTUS 2016 is already airing in the New York region where it is helping to satisfy the large appetite that public television viewers have for serious election related coverage. While The Newshour and Washington Week do excellent segments on the campaigns, we have found viewers seek more, and something different from the commercial network offerings which they find shallow, sensationalist and unsatisfying to their sensibilities. POTUS 2016 is unique for being a regularly scheduled program solely devoted to the campaign season: The program has a rotating group of regulars who know Brian Lehrer well from previous radio and TV appearances. Among those to be invited for 2016 appearances: Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief Forbes magazine; Gail Collins, New York Times Columnist; Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senior editor for the Atlantic; Law Professor Zephyr Teachout, campaign finance expert and former gubernatorial candidate, Mark Hugo Lopez of the Pew Research Center. We will also invite thinkers outside the political arena such as author Malcolm Gladwell.


iQ: smartparent
Sundays at 5:30 p.m. 

May 1st
This episode of iQ: smartparent explores the so-called "Summer Slide" and
what happens to kids' learning when the school year ends. The latest
research shows that kids lose up to two months of learned material during
an idle summer; this show examines the innovations, techniques, and
activities that parents can use to emphasize continued learning and growth
throughout the summer months.

May 8th
More than 97% of kids play video games. How are today's leading educators inside and outside the classroom using game as motivation and as a learning tool? This episode of iQ: smartparent examines the world of games and how they help kids learn to solve problems and explore new ideas.

May 15th
In 2009, President Obama called for Americans to be makers of things, not
just consumers of things-and since then, the U.S. has truly become a nation
of "Makers." This episode explores the culture of Makers and the
relationship between media and Makers.

May 22nd
This episode of iQ: smartparent helps parents prevent stereotypes in the
media from undermining their daughters. We'll tell you where to find
positive media that promotes self-esteem, celebrates diversity, and
empowers girls to create their own uplifting media messages. Explore the
differences media makes - both good and bad and find out how parents and
the girls they love can leverage media instead of just consuming it.

May 29th
Just as the Maker Movement is transforming the culture in the U.S., it's
having a major impact in schools. Ioin the iQ:smartparent team for this
episode where the Maker Movement's impact in the classroom is examined.

Visit IQ:smartparent's website
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Yellow Stars of Tolerance
May 4th at 7:30 p.m.

YELLOW STARS OF TOLERANCE documents a project to preserve yellow stars that were painted during the Holocaust on a synagogue exterior wall in Normandy, France. Intended to serve as a testament to that terrible chapter of history and a reminder of the dangers of intolerance, the recent, tragic increase in anti-Semitism in France gives this story current  significance.


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Swimming In Auschwitz
May 4th at 10:00 p.m.

SWIMMING IN AUSCHWITZ interweaves the stories of six Jewish women
imprisoned inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during the
Holocaust. The women maintained a spiritual resistance against their Nazi
aggressors through prayer, community, music and even humor. They speak of camp families and faith, uplifting one another while trying to retain their
humanity. Their compelling testimonials reveal the power of laughter and
community, even in the face of evil.


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Treblinka's Last Witness
May 22nd at 3:00 p.m.
Samuel Willenberg, now 92 years old, is the last living survivor of the
Treblinka death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, where an estimated 900,000 Jews were murdered in a 13-month period at the height of World War II. Still haunted 70 years later by the horrors he witnessed as a young forced laborer, Samuel has immortalized his harrowing experiences in a series of bronze sculptures of the tragic victims who dwell indelibly in his memory like ghosts. In TREBLINKA'S LAST WITNESS, the sculptures, together with archival footage and photographs from the period, illustrate Samuel's riveting narrative, telling a singularly powerful and personal story of the annihilation of Polish Jewry in the death camps built by the Germans to carry out Hitler's infamous "Final Solution." As a prisoner at Treblinka,
he witnessed the death of his two beloved sisters, Itta and Tamara in the
gas chambers, among countless others. In his sculptures, the most poignant of these individual tragedies are brought back to life. TREBLINKA'S LAST WITNESS focuses on one man's personal odyssey to reflect the enormity of the genocide inflicted upon Poland's 3.5 million Jews, at the time the world's largest Jewish community, and seven times greater than the Jewish population of pre-war Germany. Samuel Willenberg's story is one of survival against staggering odds and though heart-rending and horrifying, it is ultimately one of triumph.



May 23rd at 10:00 p.m.
In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes" law, shortening the
sentences of thousands of "lifers." See this unprecedented reform through
the eyes of freed prisoners, disrupted families and attorneys and judges
wrestling with an untested law.

Visit the P.O.V. website

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Masterpiece Mystery!
Grantchester Season 2
Sundays at 9:00 p.m.

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May 1st
Episode Six
Sidney seeks oblivion. His friend Sam seeks forgiveness. A dead girl's
parents seek revenge. Amanda seeks Sidney. Leonard finally takes a
Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece
4th and Final Season
Sundays at 10:00 p.m.

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May 1st
Episode Six
A former employee is laid to rest. Kitty and Frank reach an understanding.
Grove confronts Tilly. Jimmy thinks he's a hunted man, even as he makes the deal of his life.
May 8th
Episode Seven
The Whiteleys deal starts to look bad. A reporter confronts Jimmy. Grove
undertakes a good deed and a new project before retiring. Harry and Mae
also retire.
May 15th
Episode Eight
Josie takes on a new role and an old one. Whiteleys' troubles lead Jimmy
and Mr. Crabb to take a big risk. Found out, Jimmy takes desperate measures.
May 22nd
Episode Nine
The press links Harry with Jimmy's demise. Suppliers refuse to sell.
Stockholders are up in arms. Meanwhile, the store's 20th anniversary sale
approaches. What's Harry to do?
Call The Midwife (Season 5)
Sunday's at 8:00 p.m.

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Episode 5

Sunday, May 1st 

Learn why professionals like the Turners are reassessing their lifestyles as they fight for respiratory health for patients. See the unforeseen consequences of Fred's oversight of Violet's shop and how a new mother's past wreaks havoc on her family.


Episode 6

Sunday, May 8th 

See the consequences of a woman's decision not to report a rape and a mother's decision to conceal her daughter's pregnancy. Shelagh and Timothy secretly organize a long-overdue family camping holiday.


Episode 7

Sunday, May 15th 

Witness Dr. Turner's excitement about the contraceptive pill, Patsy's struggles to help a transient woman determined to avoid the maternity home, Nurse Crane's help in a post-natal emergency and the return of Sister Evangelina.


Episode 8

Sunday, May 22nd 

Join the residents of Poplar as Dr. Turner jumps into action to prevent further infant deformities, Nonnatus House tries to cope with a tragedy and there's joy all around at a wedding reception.



Doc Martin
Saturdays at 7:00 p.m  
April 30th
Mark Mylow intends to marry beautiful Julie Mitchell. For his stag night,
Mark wants to camp out in the woods under the stars accompanied by his Best Man, Al Large, but it is not long before the two intrepid campers are lost in the woods. Then an adder bites Mark's ankle and he suffers a potentially fatal allergic reaction. Al has finally flown the nest, and has been busy setting up his first home. The flat needs a lot of work to make it
habitable again. While he has been wandering in the woods his dad Bert
thought he would try to spruce the place up for him, with disastrous
consequences. Meanwhile, it appears the beaches of North Cornwall are being stormed by legions of poisonous fish intent on terrorizing the teenage
population of Portwenn. Teenage boys have been lining up for treatment for
weever fish stings. Martin is furious to hear that the boys had been
playing a deadly game of who could stand the pain of being stung the

May 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Graham Orchard, a Salvation Army member, arrives in Portwenn to try to
trace a missing woman named Emma Lewis. Danny's near death experience with a collapsed lung has made him appreciate how precious life is, and in particular how special his relationship with Louisa is to him. He wants Louisa to move in with him, but she is hesitant. With his wedding to Julie imminent, Mylow is busy making final preparations, including securing life insurance. The health check reveals puzzling results, especially when
Mark's bride tells him she is pregnant. Mrs. Tishell has been wearing a
collar to combat neck pain for years. The doctor urges her to remove it.
Mrs. Tishell fears removing the collar will just cause her more pain, and
toys with the idea of helping herself to painkillers from the pharmacy.
Louisa tells Martin that she has split up with Danny and invites him to
join her for a glass of wine. She pulls him into the sitting room and asks
him to kiss her. He blurts out that he loves her, and promptly collapses on
the floor!

May 14th at 7:00 p.m.
As Martin moves in and meets the locals, he realizes that adjusting to
village life is not going to be smooth sailing. In his sharp suits and
flashy car, he's a fish out of water. His first patient is Sir Gilbert
Spencer, a retired lieutenant colonel, with an embarrassing problem - he's
grown breasts. Meanwhile, it's Lifeboat Day in Portwenn, and the harbor is
alive with stalls, fairground rides and a jazz band, but Martin has become
the butt of jokes among the bevy of teenage girls from the village. Just
when he thinks the day couldn't get any worse, Martin is forced off the
road and into a ditch on his way out of the village. He's rescued by local
police constable, Mark Mylow, who takes him home. But as Martin opens the door, he finds the hall ankle deep in sludgy water. It's the final straw.
Martin decides he is not cut out to be a village GP, and decides to tender
his resignation. Can any thing or any one change his mind?

May 14th at 10:00 p.m.
Despite his disastrous introduction to life in the sleepy village of
Portwenn, the former surgeon has decided to stay and give it a go. The
waiting room is full with patients enjoying tea and biscuits served by
Elaine. It seems the previous doctor allowed his patients to treat his
office as a drop-in cafe to share their ailments, but not necessarily to
seek medical treatment. Elaine's inefficiency pushes Martin over the edge
and he fires her. News of her dismissal spreads around the village like
wildfire, and Martin becomes universally disliked. The cafe won't serve him,
and patients are canceling appointments and Elaine leaves town and will
miss her father's wedding. Martin confides in a patient, telling him about
the phobia that prevented him from continuing his surgical career. Elaine
returns in time for the wedding and Martin asks her to return to work, but
on the strict understanding that she adheres to his ground rules.

May 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Martin makes his on-air debut at Radio Portwenn, the local radio
station and, no surprise, he's not a natural in front of the microphone.
Meanwhile, a nasty stomach bug is sweeping through Portwenn. People are
dropping like flies, and filling Martin's office. Martin decides he must
try to track the source of the bug, and looks to the public swimming pool.
When the pool staff refuses to shut it down, Martin makes an announcement to everyone in the pool about something dangerous in the water, creating mass panic.

May 21st at 10:00 p.m.
It's time for the Portwenn Players Dance, an auspicious event in the
village's social calendar, and Bert the plumber is in charge of selling
tickets. Louisa buys two tickets and invites Martin. But Martin doesn't
dance, and most certainly not at social occasions. At the office, Martin
meets with a patient, Mark the constable, who confesses an embarrassing
dilemma - he fears his lack of success with the ladies has something to do
with size, and wants to hear the doctor's opinion of what is "normal."
Later, Martin makes a house call to the park ranger, Stewart James. The two seem to have a lot in common until Stewart introduces Martin to his
"friend" Anthony, who just happens to be a six-foot, red ... squirrel!

May 28th at 7:00 p.m.
An old flame of Martin's Aunt Joan sails back into her life and whisks her
off her feet. But her suitor, John Slater, is seriously ill with a life
threatening heart condition, as Doc Martin discovers when he insists on
running tests on him. Slater wants to rekindle the love affair with Joan
and sail off into the sunset with her. But Martin is anxious for Joan that
she will have to nurse a very sick man. Schoolgirl Melanie Gibson, one of
Port Isaac's bevy of teenage beauties, develops a crush on the doctor. He's
her hero after he puts her dislocated shoulder back, and stops the
agonizing pain she has been suffering. There's romance in the air between
Al and Elaine. He's always had a soft spot for her. Thinking that she has
split with her boyfriend, Al tries to woo her, by downloading a special
selection of music onto an expensive Ipod for her.

May 28th at 10:00 p.m.
The tourist season has arrived in Portwenn. Disgruntled by the invasion of
holidaymakers, Martin grimaces as he makes his way through the crowds. Then he notices an attractive woman, and stops to stare ... at her chest! She can't believe it when he says he'd like to examine her chest. Martin was
actually trying to warn the woman about the dangers of sunbathing for fear
of skin cancer, but his usual abrupt and quirky manner has caused offense.
Gossip about the blood phobia which forced Martin to terminate his
brilliant career as a surgeon seems to have spread round the village like
wild fire. Two patients in the surgery can't resist mentioning the 'b' word
to Martin. Then he gets an urgent call from the pub. Bert has had a
terrible accident while working there, and he's bleeding profusely. The
sight of blood pouring from Bert's wound begins to trigger the all too
familiar panic attacks for Martin. But on closer examination he realizes
the blood is actually tomato ketchup!

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Keeping Up Appearances
Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
April 30th
Hyacinth's social standing at a church function is jeopardized when Daisy
tries to encourage Onslow to become more ardent.

May 7th
Hyacinth enjoys a quiet family christening - for a few moments at least
until pandemonium breaks loose.

May 14th
Hyacinth is appalled when she sees a strange man next door at Liz's who
has obviously spent the night there! What will such behavior do to the
property values?

May 21st
Hyacinth is very thrilled when the wealthy Mrs. Fortescue asks them to
give her a lift into town. After all, she is practically aristocracy!

May 28th
Hyacinth plans to hold one of her celebrated candlelight suppers in order
to impress Emmet, head of the local amateur operatic society, with her
vocal talents. 

 dramacomedy s
As Time Goes By
Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. 
April 30th
Although 38 years ago Lionel and Jean were young and in love, any thoughts of rekindling the romance seem absurd. They have made vague promises to keep in touch, but there is some doubt as to whether they really will.

May 7th
Jean and Lionel have now established a vague, uneasy friendship. Does this give them enough common ground on which they can build a new relationship?

May 14th
After spending a day visiting old haunts together, Lionel departs London
to give a lecture. Jean is persuaded by her daughter to pay him a surprise
visit. It is Jean who is surprised when she finds Lionel with one Denise
on his arm.

May 21st
Relations have turned quite frosty between them since Jean has found
Lionel in the company of another woman. Alistair, Lionel's agent, has
become keen on Jean. Jean responds to his attentions as a way of getting
back at Lionel.

May 28th
Judy, Jean's daughter, is besotted with Lionel while Alistair is smitten
with Jean. Lionel and Jean are flattered by the attention but feel it must
stop. They plan a picnic with Judy and Alistair in hopes that the two
of them will hit it off together.

dramacomedy s
Father Brown
Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. 
April 30th
Father Brown is unconvinced when a recently returned prisoner of war
is suspected of the killing of his tyrannical uncle. And it seems that
someone will stop at nothing to keep the priest from the truth...

May 7th
Obnoxious farmer John Tatton has an equally obnoxious son, Alfred, who
covets the young wife Oona (Maureen O'Connell) of Doctor Crawford
(James Fleet). When Alfred is killed in a threshing machine, the doctor
is suspected when accusatory poison pen letters appear. John Tatton
believes his son was having an affair with the doctor's wife, who is pregnant.

May 14th
Audrey MacMurray (Tracy-Ann Oberman) is a ruthless businesswoman
with many enemies. While racing her car at a local hill climb track, she is killed when her brake line has been cut. Father Brown's investigation infuriates Inspector Sullivan, who already has his own suspect in custody, and the Inspector arrests Brown for a breach of the peace to put an end to his amateur sleuthing. 


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Rocky's Gold and Silver

New Star Wellness Center

2010 South African Safaris

Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association

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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.

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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.

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