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Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…
A Honolulu resident "goes national" next week, in a PBS documentary about Big Bands formed by Japanese Americans forced into internment camps during World War II.
She's former swing singer Joy Takeshita Teraoka (pictured left), who lived in the Heart Mountain, Wyoming "war relocation center" when she was a teenager. This week, our team gave a sneak preview of the documentary to some of Joy's fellow residents at the Kahala Nui retirement community (pictured right).
Look for Joy in an hour-long PBS HAWAII PRESENTS Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps (Thurs., Jan. 31, 9:00 pm). It tells her story along with those of eight other detainees at other camps who created a soulful escape. Their accounts are accompanied by an evocative animation created from woodcuts and drawings. More than 120,000 Japanese Americans lived in incarceration camps during World War II and they endeavored to create a sense of normalcy in a situation that was anything but normal.
My conversation with Tin Myaing Thein continues on the next LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., Jan. 29, 7:30 pm). In Forthright and Strong, Dr. Thein tells about her childhood contact with future Nobel peace winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. She also describes her passion for assisting struggling residents, immigrants and refugees at the Pacific Gateway Center in Honolulu.
This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Jan. 30 at 11:00 pm and Sun., Feb. 3 at 4:00 pm.
Students from Wheeler Middle School (pictured) in Central Oahu host this week's HIKI NŌ (Thurs., Jan. 31, 7:30 pm). You'll hear from a former bully at Leeward Oahu's Waianae Intermediate School, as she redirects her energy toward positive pursuits. Also, at St. Andrew's Priory in Honolulu, kumu hula Aggy Kusunoki proves that you don't have to be a kamaaina to embrace, teach and love the Hawaiian culture.
This episode also features student stories from: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and Waimea High School on Kauai; Lahaina Intermediate School (Maui); and Damien Memorial School and Iolani School on Oahu.
This program encores Saturday, Feb. 2 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino
On the next INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., Jan. 31, 8:00 pm), Dan Boylan and guests discuss how the federal Fiscal Cliff is expected to impact Hawaii's economy, from the state initiatives that would be affected to the state's plans to address government spending and encourage revenue growth.
Scheduled to appear are Carl Bonham, Executive Director, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization; U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa; State Senator and small business owner Sam Slom; and Kalbert Young, Director, State Department of Budget and Finance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are more highlights of the upcoming week on PBS Hawaii:
In MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Downton Abbey Season 3, Part 4 (Sun., Jan. 27, 8:00 pm), the Crawley family faces its most severe test yet. Meanwhile, fresh faces try to fit into the tight-knit circle of servants. And new evidence turns up in a baffling case.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (Mon., Jan. 28, 8:00 pm) host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Wes Cowan look at a famous and controversial Paul Revere print in Boston, MA, Part 1 of 3. Notable discoveries include a Norman Rockwell collection from a guest who modeled for the artist as a child, an Aldro Hibbard oil painting brought in by the mayor of Boston, and a Red Sox World Series team-signed ball valued at $25,000 to $35,000.
INDEPENDENT LENS (Mon., Jan. 28, 10:00 pm) examines an ongoing culture war raging in Texas over what belongs (and what doesn't) in public school textbooks. From the inclusion of intelligent design to the exclusion of slavery and the Enlightenment, The Revisionaries tells the story of the years-long battle within the Board of Education that's holding hostage the education of a generation.
The next PIONEERS OF TELEVISION (Tues., Jan. 29, 8:00 pm) looks at TV's Superheroes through the years: Superman in the 50s; Batman in the 60s; Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk in the 70s; and The Greatest American Hero in the 80s. Featured are in-depth interviews with Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lynda Carter (pictured right), Lou Ferrigno and the late Robert Culp.
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (Tues., Jan. 29, 9:00 pm) paints a fascinating portrait of the farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century. Troubled by the changes he wrought, Henry Ford lashed out at enemies both real and imagined, bullied those who worked for him and exhibited great cruelty to his only son while wishing to retreat to an idyllic fantasy of the past.
NATURE (Wed., Jan. 30, 8:00 pm) continues Attenborough's Life Stories. In Understanding the Natural World, Sir David Attenborough recalls hair-raising experiences, including standing in the shadow of an erupting volcano as hot lava crashed around him and being charged by a group of armed New Guinean tribesmen.
NOVA (Wed., Jan. 30, 9:00 pm) reopens one of the most confounding crime mysteries of all time as a team of expert investigators employs state-of-the-art forensic and behavioral science techniques in an effort to determine Who Killed Lindbergh's Baby, aviator Charles Lindbergh's son - and why.
On the volcanic island of New Britain off the coast of Papua New Guinea, a handful of animals have learned to live with the Earth's moods. LIFE ON FIRE Ash Runners (Wed., Jan. 30, 10:00 pm) shows what we can learn from the reactions of strange birds, mischievous hermit crabs and gregarious flying foxes and majestic butterflies.
SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED continues, combining history, biography, iconic performances and new analysis to tell the stories behind Shakespeare's greatest plays.
--Richard II with Derek Jacobi (Fri., Feb. 1, 9:00 pm)
Shakespeare's play still resonates today as dictators are deposed. Derek Jacobi (pictured left) explores some of its extraordinary modern political parallels as he returns to a role he played 30 years ago and coaches actors at the Globe Theatre in aspects of the play.
--Henry IV & Henry V with Jeremy Irons (Fri., Feb. 1, 10:00 pm)
Jeremy Irons uncovers the enduring appeal of Shakespeare's history plays, from the facts of English history to the father-son drama that Shakespeare created, and discloses what Shakespeare's sources were and how he distorted them.
On the next CATHLYN'S KOREAN KITCHEN (Sat., Feb. 2, 5:00 pm), Cathlyn explores The World of Korean Soups and why soups are such an important part of an every day meal for Koreans. Featured recipes include the popular sundubu chiggae, a spicy stew made with silken tofu.
LAND OF THE DRAGON (Sat., Feb. 2, 7:00 pm) shows us the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China's "Wild West" along the legendary Silk Road. In Xinjiang Muqam and Mongolian Long Songs, we hear the traditional song and dance of the Uyghur ethnic minority. In Mongolia, we learn about the "long song," famous for its difficult, elongated pronunciations.
Discover the beauty of Venice, learn about the history of Croatia, the multiculturalism of Malta and see the heart and soul of Sicily in JOSEPH ROSENDO'S TRAVELSCOPE Cruising the Mediterranean (Sat., Feb. 2, 7:30 pm).
Wojtek: The Bear That Went to War (Sat., Feb. 2, 8:00 pm) follows the amazing story of the bear cub that believed it was human. In 1942, Polish refugees traveling to join the Allied forces in Palestine discovered the cub, naming him Wojtek (translated as "smiling warrior" or "he who enjoys war").
The largest and most comprehensive private collection of original World War II memorabilia in the world is revealed in World War II: Saving the Reality (Sat., Feb. 2, 9:00 pm). Collector Kenneth Rendell opens the doors to his museum and provides a guided tour of the museum's 30 exhibits, which chronicle the end of World War I and the rise of Nazism to the start of World War II and the fight in Europe and the Pacific.
LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN (Sat., Feb. 2, 10:00 pm) features Rufus Wainwright performing songs from his acclaimed album, Out of the Game, at the Church of the Ascension on Manhattan's lower Fifth Avenue.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS (Sat., Feb. 2, 11:00 pm) showcases alternative rock, as punk veteran Bob Mould performs cuts from his acclaimed record Silver Age, while the young band Delta Spirit highlights their self-titled LP.
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