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 WVPT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: JULY 2015

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

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Anthem
Thursday, July 2nd at 8:00 p.m.

ANTHEM tells the story behind Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner," the song famously penned after the relentless bombardment by the British of Fort McHenry during The War of 1812. Historians and music experts discuss the Colonial-era songs and events that influenced Key to write what would become the U.S. national anthem. ANTHEM also reveals interesting facts about Key's upbringing and religious leanings while tracing the origins of the song. During the program, the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club and St. John's College Chorus give voice to this stirring and elegant song, including a performance of its first draft.

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The Best of the Boston Pops
Friday, July 3rd at 10:00 p.m.

THE BEST OF THE BOSTON POPS features some of the greatest moments from the world-renowned orchestra's 129-year history. Hosted by Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, the documentary tells the orchestra's story-from its beginning as summertime entertainment for Bostonians to its current role as a national icon and beloved institution. Showcasing the extraordinary variety of artists and performances from the leadership eras of Arthur Fiedler (1930-79), John Williams (1980-1993), and Keith Lockhart (1995 to present), this special program includes interviews and/or performances by Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Groban, James Taylor, Vanessa Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis and Roberta Flack, among others. The program also features rare footage of legendary singers and musicians, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Cash, Benny Goodman and Sammy Davis, Jr., along with performances by Broadway stars Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane and Jerry Herman.

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A Capitol Fourth
Saturday, July 4th at 8:00 & 9:30 p.m.

Celebrate the country's 239th birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza and the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. America's favorite Independence Day celebration is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

 

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Operation Wild
Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m., July 1st - July 15th

Join veterinarian teams around the world as they undertake groundbreaking operations to try to save animals' lives. Learn how pioneering human medicine is transforming ways to look after animals and witness stories of ingenuity, invention and dedication. 

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American Masters - Harper Lee
Friday, July 10th at 9:00 p.m.

Reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" has been a national pastime for five decades -- it is still selling nearly a million copies a year, its classic popularity and power are a common reference. And the courtroom image of Gregory Peck, as the passionate Atticus Finch, gave us an enduring picture for the novel's message. Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said she wanted to be Alabama's Jane Austen. This program explores her life and unravels its mysteries, particularly why she never published again. Illuminated with family photos, revealing personal letters and an exclusive interview with her sister, Alice Finch Lee (100 years old), the film is steeped in the texture of the novel's Deep South and the social changes it inspired. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and Andrew Young reflect on how "Mockingbird" shaped their lives.

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Blackout: American Experience
Tuesday, July 14th at 9:00 p.m.

Look back at what happened in New York City the night the lights went out in summer 1977, plunging seven million people into darkness. The event led to both horrifying lawlessness and acts of selflessness and generosity.

 

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Great Performances - Driving Miss Daisy
Friday, July 17th at 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy performances by Angela Lansbury as a well-to-do Jewish matron and James Earl Jones as her African-American chauffeur, a twosome whose unlikely friendship evolves during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era.

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Life on a Reef
Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m., July 22nd - August 5th

View Australia's Great Barrier Reef, one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on earth, through the eyes of those who live, work and play there. Home to a stunning array of animals, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. 

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Great Performances - Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Friday, July 24th at 9:00 p.m.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic's gala celebration of Williams' peerless achievements reunites Williams with violinist Itzhak Perlman. The performance features noted Williams compositions, including themes from Schindler's List. Natalie Portman hosts.

 

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Humanity From Space
Tuesday, July 21st at 8:00 p.m.

From the perspective of space, trace humankind's journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. With mind-boggling data and CGI, the program shows how we've transformed our planet and produced a world of extraordinary complexity.

 

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Bomb
Tuesday, July 28th at 8:00 p.m.

See how America developed the most destructive invention in human history - the nuclear bomb - how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives. Hear from historians and those who experienced the dawn of the atomic age.

 

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Uranium - Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Tuesday, July 28th at 10:00 p.m.

This series reveals the cultural, scientific and natural history of the most wondrous and terrifying rock on Earth. This is the extraordinary, untold story of uranium.

 

Virginia Farm Bureau

University of Virginia Health Center

JMU Forbes Center

BRCC

Shenandoah Spring Water

One Block West

Rocky's Gold and Silver

New Star Wellness Center

2010 South African Safaris

 

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Parents,

When you become a member of WVPT, your child or children can automatically be enrolled in Cubby's Kids Club at no cost to you. To sign up as a member, please visit our membership sign up page. After becoming a member, or if you are already a member and have not done so, please contact us to enroll your child in Cubby's Kids Club.

As a member of Cubby's Kids Club, your child will receive quarterly newsletters from Cubby, as well as a birthday card. The newsletter will provide you and your child with important information about events and children's programming. It will also feature fun activities and recipes for you to do with your child.

Please consider becoming a member today and enrolling your child in Cubby's Kids Club.

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.