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Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…
It's a sad fact of life that global peace leaders face the prospect of violence. Security was tight for Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her recent Hawaii visit, which included a stop here at PBS Hawaii.
Federal diplomatic security officers accompanied her as she walked into our building, after a search dog had checked out our television studio.
Daw Suu, as she is addressed, sat down for an interview to be aired on a future LONG STORY SHORT episode. She was reserved at first, then warmed to the conversation. She said she has no regrets about making the choices that led to a total of 15 years of house imprisonment, in which she only rarely saw her husband and two sons. The Buddhist principle of detachment comes easily to her, she explained. Now an elected member of the Myanmar (Burma) Parliament, she is seeking a "negotiated compromise" of democratic changes from the ruling party that imprisoned her.
Next stop, Blaisdell Center - to address a group of Hawaii students. A PBS Hawaii HIKI NŌ team from Maui High School (pictured) was there to cover the peace leader's speech and Q & A.
You'll see the Maui students' report on the next episode, airing Thurs., Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm. which is hosted by Kapolei High School students in West Oahu. Another Maui school, King Kekaulike High School, profiles a forensic science teacher. This episode also carries student stories from: Hawaii Preparatory Academy and Waiakea High School on Hawaii Island; and Ewa Makai Middle School, Kalani High School, and Kamehameha Schools – Kapalama on Oahu.
This program encores Saturday, Feb. 9 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., Feb. 7, 8:00 pm) looks at Legalized Gambling, a long-running issue that this legislative session will revisit. Host Dan Boylan and guests will discuss bills for a stand-alone Waikiki casino, horse racing and a statewide lottery.
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
Watch for the debut of a new national show in the week ahead:
JUST SEEN IT (Sat, Feb. 9, 4:00 pm) is a new review show where film school graduates and working entertainment professionals review the newest films in theaters and on TV and cable. The show's ratings approach goes beyond the thumbs up or down method and gives information on whether you should "see it, stream it or skip it." The first episode features reviews of new releases and a round-up of the top entertainment picks of 2012.
Here are more highlights of the upcoming week on PBS Hawaii:
In MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Downton Abbey Season 3, Part 5 (Sun., Feb. 3, 8:00 pm), things go badly amiss at Downton. Robert and Cora are not speaking, and the servants are shunning Matthew's mother, Isobel. Meanwhile, Matthew and Robert have fallen out and Bates takes a gamble.
Continuing a visit to Boston, MA, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (Mon., Feb. 4, 8:00pm) goes to the Boston Public Library to see sketches from the beloved children's book Make Way for Ducklings. Notable finds include a 1950 Selmer alto saxophone, an impressive George Gershwin collection and Beatles memorabilia valued at $60,000.
The MARKET WARRIORS (Mon., Feb. 4, 9:00 pm) go Antiquing in Long Beach, CA, where they scour vendors' booths for the best Asian "smalls" (miniature decorative or utilitarian items). Key finds include a Japanese wedding box, a pair of Chinese chairs and a modern sculpture.
PIONEERS OF TELEVISION (Tues., Feb. 5, 8:00 pm) looks at some of the biggest Miniseries in television history - Roots, Rich Man, Poor Man and The Thorn Birds. The program includes interviews with the cast from Roots, including Louis Gossett Jr. and LeVar Burton (pictured), as well as Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen, John Amos and Ed Asner.
Meet the pioneering scientists and engineers of Silicon Valley who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (Tues., Feb. 5, 9:00 pm) explores the radical innovations of the founders of Fairchild Semiconductor that transformed the way we communicate, work and play.
On NATURE Attenborough's Life Stories (Wed., Feb. 6, 8:00 pm), Sir David Attenborough reflects on the dramatic impact that human beings have had on Our Fragile Planet during his lifetime. He shares personal stories of the changes he has seen, tells us about pioneering conservationists who were his role models and looks at globally evolving attitudes towards nature.
NOVA (Wed., Feb. 6, 9:00 pm) shows a team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers Building Pharaoh's Chariot to test the claim that the Egyptian chariot was a technological and strategic marker in ancient military history.
LIFE ON FIRE (Wed., Feb. 6, 10:00 pm) looks at two Pioneers of the Deep in the Tongan archipelago: the sooty tern, a seabird that never wets its wings; and the Alvin shrimp, a blind crustacean.
Heart Mountain: An All-American Town (Thurs., Feb. 7, 10:00 pm) tells the story of Japanese American children who were taken from their homes and relocated to an internment camp in an isolated area of Wyoming. Now in their 80s, these former prisoners share their memories and photographs. You may remember Heart Mountain as the setting for last week's PBS HAWAII PRESENTS Seachlight Serenade, which featured Kahala Nui resident Joy Takeshita Teraoka.
SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED continues, combining history, biography, iconic performances and new analysis to tell the stories behind Shakespeare's greatest plays.
--Hamlet with David Tennant (Fri., Feb. 8, 9:00 pm)
David Tennant, who portrayed the "melancholy Dane" in a recent major production, meets with fellow Hamlets including Jude Law (pictured) to discuss the titanic challenge of playing the most iconic of all stage roles.
--The Tempest with Trevor Nunn (Fri., Feb. 8, 10:00 pm)
Trevor Nunn, the legendary director who has directed 30 of Shakespeare's 37 plays and is determined to complete them all before he retires, takes viewers through the magical and mysterious world created in Shakespeare's last complete play.
On CATHLYN'S KOREAN KITCHEN (Sat., Feb. 9, 5:00 pm), Cathlyn explains the symbolism of Korean Foods for Special Occasions and why Koreans eat duk gook (rice cake soup) on New Year's Day. She also shares a recipe for songpyeon (sweet rice cakes).
On the next JOSEPH ROSENDO'S TRAVELSCOPE (Sat., Feb. 9, 7:30 pm), Joseph channels the spirit of Magellan and encounters elephant seals, penguins and sea birds aplenty as he takes a Passage through Chile's Tierra del Fuego around Cape Horn. At Isla Del Horno (Horn Island), he stands at the end of the Americas and visits the memorial to the ancient mariners who lost their lives attempting to make the Cape Horn passage.
Lifecasters (Sat., Feb. 9, 8:00 pm) shares stories of Americans who have used their strength, creativity and determination to reach their goals – a bit later in life. Meet a punk pioneer who finds hope and comfort through music; one of the oldest female African American professional dancers still practicing in the U.S.; and a retired doctor who couldn't read or write music, yet composed an award-winning symphony.
Norah Jones performs songs ranging from her breakthrough hit, "Don't Know Why," to her latest single, "Happy Pills" at the historic Green Building in Brooklyn's Carroll Garden on LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN (Sat., Feb. 9, 9:00 pm).
The XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL (Sat., Feb. 9, 10:00 pm) presents the distinctive energizing sounds of Brazilian pianist, composer and vocalist Eliane Elias and her band. The program also features an exclusive interview with the artist.
Country superstar Tim McGraw performs his greatest hits and new material on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS (Sat., Feb. 9, 11:00 pm).
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