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 WVPT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: APRIL 2015

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

CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES - A CONVERSATION
Monday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies - A Conversation: Katie Couric of Yahoo! News and co-founder of “Stand Up To Cancer” moderates a conversation with Ken Burns; Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO of WETA and a cancer survivor; and Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book upon which the film CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES is based.
KIDS ROCK CANCER
Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. 
KIDS ROCK CANCER examines a unique St. Louis area music therapy program from the patient perspective, through children who have benefited from the program, including 7-year-old Arianna and 19-year-old Pierre. A unique and successful music therapy program, Kids Rock Cancer offers children battling cancer and other blood disorders the opportunity to express what they are experiencing through a creative and supportive intervention.

WVPT SPRING AUCTION - ONLINE BIDDING
Thursday, April 9-Tuesday, April 21
Browse online for event tickets, furniture, gift certificates, fine art, jewelry, electronics, professional services, vacation opportunities and so much more! Also see featured items on THE WVPT SPRING AUCTION PREVIEW SHOW, premiering Thursday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m.

ANCIENT ROADS FROM CHRIST TO CONSTATINE
Parts 1-3: Sunday, April 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Parts 4-6 : Sunday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m.

This 6-hour series charts Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world, with more than two billion followers. Host Jonathan Phillips, an author and distinguished history professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, journeys into the fascinating world of the early Christians to explore the faith’s long struggle and triumph against the odds. He recounts some of Christianity’s pivotal moments at the actual locations where they unfolded, including Bethlehem (site of Jesus’ birth), Judea (where Jesus preached) and Rome (where Emperor Constantine the Great embraced the faith as his own), among others. Phillips’ entertaining and enlightening 12,000-mile odyssey through seven countries in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East brings the rich history of Christianity to life. Along the way, he meets experts who have devoted their lives to the study of this important historical period.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
BILLY PORTER: BROADWAY & SOUL

Saturday, April 3 at 9:00 p.m.
Billy Porter has been called a “force of nature” in his Tony Award-winning turn as Lola in Kinky Boots. In this concert specially conceived for Lincoln Center, he proves why he’s also considered one of Broadway’s most versatile and best-loved performers.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
NORM LEWIS: WHO I?

Friday, April 10 at 9:00-10:00 p.m.
Stage and screen star Norm Lewis (Phantom of the Opera, “Scandal”) presents a show that crosses stylistic boundaries, from opera to cabaret to gospel and everything in between.

INSIDE THE COURT OF HENRY VIII
Tuesday, April 7 at 9:00 p.m.
Part Renaissance prince, part medieval tyrant, Henry VIII is the most famous of English kings. Venture beyond the façade of his glamorous court to understand the danger and intrigue that routinely cost courtiers their heads.

KAMIKAZE
Wednesday, April 15 at 10:00 p.m.
As America threatened to invade Japan in 1944, the Japanese turned to desperate tactics — kamikaze suicide bombers. Now, experts are uncovering the clues to the terrifying weapons Japan sent into war: killer planes, rocket bombs and super torpedoes, all guided by human pilots. Exploring Japan’s coast, the experts uncover caves, overgrown bunkers and top-secret bases that hide the secrets to how kamikaze weapons were built and launched.

AMERICAN MASTERS - JASCHA HEIFETZ: GOD'S FIDDLER
Friday, April 17 at 9:00 p.m.
Discover the mysterious violin virtuoso through Itzhak Perlman, students, archival performances and home movies. His story embodies the paradox of artistic genius: how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts, honored at a lifelong price.

THE NATIONAL MALL - AMERICA'S FRONT YARD
Tuesday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m.
The United States National Mall, set in the heart of Washington, DC, is a place unlike any other on earth, and its history is equally fascinating. This special reveals the surprising and inspiring story of the Mall’s evolution.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - MY LAI
Tuesday, April 21 at 9:00 p.m.
What drove a company of American soldiers — ordinary young men deployed to liberate a small nation from an oppressive neighbor — to murder more than 300 unarmed Vietnamese civilians? Were they “just following orders,” as some later declared? Or, as others argued, did they break under the pressure of a misguided military strategy that measured victory by body count? Filmmaker Barak Goodman focuses his lens on the 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities. Eyewitness accounts of Vietnamese survivors and men of the Charlie Company 11th Infantry Brigade and audio recordings from the Peers Inquiry recount one of the darkest chapters of the Vietnam War.

NOVA - INVISIBLE UNIVERSE REVEALED
Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 p.m.
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble’s landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos. But Hubble’s early days nearly doomed it to failure: a one-millimeter engineering blunder had turned the billion-dollar telescope into an object of ridicule. It fell to five heroic astronauts in a daring mission to return Hubble to the cutting edge of science. This single telescope has helped astronomers pinpoint the age of the universe, revealed the birthplace of stars and planets, advanced our understanding of dark energy and cosmic expansion, and uncovered black holes lurking at the heart of galaxies. Join NOVA for the story of this magnificent machine and its astonishing discoveries.

AMERICA'S BALLROOM CHALLENGE
Fridays, April 24–May 8 at 9:00 p.m.
This three-part series, hosted by former U.S dance champions Mary Murphy and Tony Meredith, features all four major styles of competitive ballroom dancing: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard and International Latin. In addition to 25 world-class couples competing to be named “America’s Best,” the series includes backstage footage of the couples preparing for competition; exhibitions featuring other top couples in each style of dance, from children to Pro-Am champions; and behind-the-scenes looks at different aspects of the world of ballroom dancing, from music to hairstyles.

THE DRAFT
Monday, April 27 at 9:00 p.m.
The question of who serves in America’s military has shaped battle strategy and foreign policy and stranded Americans in uniform for years on distant battlefields. From the Civil War to the conflicts of the Vietnam era, forced military service has torn the nation apart — and sometimes, as in WWII, united Americans in a common purpose. Hear how a single, controversial issue continues to define America. Part of PBS Stories of Service.

DICK CAVETT'S VIETNAM
Monday, April 27 at 10:00 p.m.
On the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War, this program examines the war and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of “The Dick Cavett Show,” which featured thoughtful conversation and debate from all sides of the political spectrum. The program combines interviews from Cavett’s shows with archival footage, network news broadcasts and audio/visual material from the National Archives to provide insight and perspective on this controversial chapter of American history.

VIETNAM WAR STORIES
Monday, April 27 at 11:00 p.m.
Telling emotional stories that haven’t been heard before, veterans recount their experiences of the Vietnam War. Veterans from all branches of military service share moving stories of triumph and loss on the field of duty, of sacrificing nearly everything on the battlefield and of the strong bonds of brotherhood and companionship in the ranks. Along with the veterans’ stories, archival video, historical photography and maps evoke stark imagery of the conflict.

DAY THE '60S DIED
Tuesday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m.
In May 1970, four students were shot dead at Kent State. The mayhem that followed has been called the most divisive moment in American history since the Civil War. From college campuses to the jungles of Cambodia, to the Nixon White House, THE DAY THE ’60s DIED returns to that turbulent spring 45 years ago.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM
Tuesday, April 28 at 9:00 p.m.
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With a communist victory inevitable and the U.S. readying to withdraw, many Americans on the ground worried their South Vietnamese allies and friends faced imprisonment or death at the hands of the approaching North Vietnamese. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese as possible.

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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.