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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter - January 13 - January 19

Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…

(Sould Food Junkies) We all know deep-fried foods are bad for us - and yet, I feel this fried-chicken plate speaking to me. Tempting to you, too?

Coming up on INDEPENDENT LENS Soul Food Junkies (Mon., Jan. 14, 10:00 pm), filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to understand his father's lifelong love affair with the high-fat, calorie-rich traditional soul food diet. His father was unwilling to give it up even in the face of a life-threatening health crisis.

After an engrossing start, Downton Abbey Season 3 picks up on MASTERPIECE CLASSIC this Sunday, Jan. 13 at 8:00 pm. In Part 2, the fate of Downton Abbey hinges on a letter from a dead man; Edith and Sir Anthony face their own fateful moment; and Mrs. Hughes confronts a crisis.

(Downton Abbey Screening) Last week, PBS Hawaii welcomed guests to our studio for advance screenings of the season premiere. We met many true fans who know the goings-on at Downton Abbey so well, it seemed as though they were talking about home!

(Inside Obama's PresidencyIn advance of Barack Obama's second inauguration, FRONTLINE takes a probing look at the first four years Inside Obama's Presidency (Tues., Jan. 15, 10:00 pm). The program examines his key decisions and the experiences that will inform his second term.


(Waiane) A classic new HIKI NŌ newscast comes to us on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 pm. Where else would you find public and private schools around the state working together to inform the state about their school communities? This episode is hosted by the student media team at Waianae High (pictured). They'll introduce us to their counterparts at Punahou School who interview social studies teacher and former Hōkūle‘a crew member Marion Lyman-Mersereau. She was aboard the double-hulled canoe when it capsized on an historic voyage. Other schools we'll visit in this episode are Waipahu High and Mililani High on Oahu, Kealakehe High (Hawaii Island), Waimea Canyon Middle School (Kauai), Seabury Hall High (Maui), and Kamehameha Maui Middle School, where students learn outside the classroom through a Habitat for Humanity project.

This program encores Saturday, Jan. 19 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino

Recent shootings at schools, malls and movie theaters on the mainland U.S. have sparked national debates on mental health care access. On the next INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., Jan. 17, 8:00 pm), Dan Boylan moderates a discussion about Mental Health. Guests will examine the quality and accessibility of our state's mental health services, as well as what can be done to improve them.

Scheduled to appear are Suzanne Chun Oakland, State Senate Human Services Chair; Marya Grambs, Executive Director of Mental Health America of Hawaii; Connie Mitchell, Executive Director of Institute for Human Services; and Noelani Wilcox, parent advocate and Chair of the Hawaii State Mental Health Council.

INSIGHTS is also available online via live streaming. We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may also email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org

Here are more highlights of the upcoming week on PBS Hawaii:

(Corpus Christi 2) ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (Mon., Jan. 14, 8:00 pm) investigates vintage flash art at a local tattoo parlor in Corpus Christi, TX, Part 2. Notable stories include a guest who met the Beatles and walked away with John Lennon's signature and another who encountered Salvador Dalí on one of his frequent visits to Manhattan and left with a book inscribed by the artist, valued at $10,000 to $15,000.

The MARKET WARRIORS (Mon., Jan. 14, 9:00 pm) go Antiquing in Chicago, IL this week, where their assignment is to find something from the 1970s. One picker runs out of time as another intentionally tries to hoodwink his opponents about an item made three decades later. Notable finds include a pair of mid-century fiberglass chairs and coffee table.

(Betty White) Meet some of the Funny Ladies of TV in a limited four part series, PIONEERS OF TELEVISION (Tues., Jan. 15, 8:00 pm). This episode features legendary standup comediennes Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers, among others. It also looks at Lucille Ball's breakthrough on I Love Lucy and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White (pictured) and Marla Gibbs. The episode also covers television's most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE The Abolitionists (Tues., Jan. 15, 9:00 pm) continues in Part Two: 1838-1854. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, eventually joining William Lloyd Garrison in the anti-slavery movement. Douglass flees to England but returns to the U.S. in 1847 and launches his own anti-slavery newspaper. John Brown meets with Douglass, revealing his radical plan to raise an army, attack plantations and free the slaves. Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes Uncle Tom's Cabin, the influential novel that changes the hearts and minds of many. The divide between North and South deepens, touching off a crisis that is about to careen out of control.

LIFE ON FIRE (Wed., Jan. 16, 10:00 pm) looks at The Surprise Salmon that escape sulphurous waters, awaiting predators and the Earth's wrath to give birth to descendants that continue their pioneering journey to the heart of an active volcano.

A new two-part series, Seisen! The Rise of the Japanese Empire 1905-1945, airing Thursdays at 10:00 pm on Jan. 17 and 24, chronicles the dramatic story of a proud warrior nation, and how Japan ultimately paid a terrible price for its overreaching ambition.

(L'Elisir d'Amore) Broadway veteran Bartlett Sher, who picked Hawaii's Loretta Ables Sayre to star as Bloody Mary in the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific, has a new production that's featured on GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET (Fri., Jan. 18, 9:00 pm). It's L'Elisir d'Amore, with Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani starring as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri (pictured with Netrebko) is Dulcamara, the lovable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.

(Mel Leipzig) Mel Leipzig: Everything is Paintable (Fri., Jan. 18, 11:30 pm) At a time when most people his age are contemplating retirement, artist Mel Leipzig is still painting at a furious pace. Among those interviewed in this touching and intimate profile are Leipzig's two children, Joshua and Francesca, sculptor Jonathan Shahn, architect Michael Graves and art critic Gerard Haggerty.

CATHLYN'S KOREAN KITCHEN (Sat., Jan. 19, 5:00 pm) explores the use of seaweed and ginseng as Boyangsik: Medicinal Korean Foods. Cathlyn shares healthy and delicious recipes for miyuk gook (seaweed soup) and chicken ginseng soup.

SIMPLY MING (Sat., Jan. 19, 5:30 pm) looks at the culinary technique of making Pan Sauces with guest chef Norman Van Aken. Ming and Norman use surprise ingredients to create pan-seared steak with beet salad, hash browns and pork chop, plus kimchi and kale pan sauce with sweet potato cake.

(San Miguel de Allende) On the next JOSEPH ROSENDO'S TRAVELSCOPE (Sat., Jan. 19, 7:30 pm), Joseph celebrates in the heart of Mexico as he makes his way to San Miguel de Allende for the annual Fiesta de San Miguel, a celebration in honor of the city's patron saint. There he meets local artists, sails across the city in a hot air balloon, parties in the main plaza and has a one-on-one cooking class with Chef Felipe of the Casa de Sierra Nevada.

Experience Norway's spectacular coastline, with its deep fjords, crashing waterfalls, mountains rising from the sea and fishing villages along this stunning coast in A Norway Passage: The Most Beautiful Voyage (Sat., Jan. 19, 9:00 pm).

(Rodrigo y Gabriela) Famed Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela performs a unique fusion of flamenco, jazz and rock on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS (Sat., Jan. 19, 11:00 pm).



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A hui hou kakou -- until next time,
Leslie

Leslie Wilcox
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