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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter - March 31 - April 6

Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…

Here at PBS Hawaii, we like to call Wednesdays the "smartest night on television." It's when public television stations across the country air natural history and science programming back-to-back, making brain cells dance…

What Plants Talk About (image) In the week ahead, NATURE (Wed., April 3, 8:00 pm) takes us on a journey into the secret world of plants, including insights offered by scientist J.C. Cahill about What Plants Talk About.

Ancient Computer (image) Immediately following NATURE at 9:00 pm, NOVA finds an extraordinary treasure disguised as a lump of metal in a 2,000 year-old-shipwreck. Ancient Computer follows the detective work that leads to the discovery of the astronomical calculator and eclipse predictor. It's an ancient Greek device believed to be from the workshop of Archimedes.

Care to make it a television marathon on Wednesday? In Eat, Fast and Live Longer with Michael Mosley (Wed., April 3, 10:00 pm), the British journalist and physician asks whether fasting leads to a longer, healthier life. He suggests that a diet based on feast and famine has powerful effects on the body, reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, and it could even be good for the brain.

Call the Midwife (image) I want to give a shout-out about the debut of Season 2 of CALL THE MIDWIFE (Sun., March 31, 7:00 pm). The series returns with its much-loved characters as well as some new faces. In Part 1, the Nonnatus House community celebrates Jenny's birthday, even as she is distracted by caring for a new patient. Trixie and Sister Evangelina are on a Swedish cargo ship looking after the captain's daughter, about to deliver her first baby.

Mr. Selfridge (image) Another eagerly awaited British drama follows CALL THE MIDWIFE. The new eight-part MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Mr. Selfridge (Sun., March 31, 8:00 pm) stars Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as a wheeler-dealer American who shows early 1900s Londoners how to shop. In Part 1, upstart Harry Selfridge moves heaven and earth to build his visionary department store in London. Opening day is just the start of his retail revolution.

In local programming, INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., April 4, 8:00 pm) looks at a milepost along the way to the state's goal of 70% clean energy by the year 2030. Show host Dan Boylan sorts through legislative proposals for Green Energy Financing. Scheduled guests who will discuss the financing structure of pending legislation include: Mike Gabbard, Senate Committee Chair on Energy and Environment; Robert Harris, Sierra Club Hawaii Executive Director; and Traci Kim, Innovation, Planning and Policy Branch Manager for the Hawaii State Energy Office.

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:

Antiques Roadshow (image) ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (Mon., April 1, 8:00 pm) visits the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, OH, to look at vintage electric signs. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include a baseball bat used by Mickey Mantle and works by local artist Edward Henry Potthast.

Kind Hearted Woman (image) A special collaboration between FRONTLINE and INDEPENDENT LENS tells the story of a Kind Hearted Woman struggling to raise her two children, further her education and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child. Presented in two parts, David Sutherland's film captures this compelling portrait of 32-year-old Robin Charboneau, an Oglala Sioux living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation.

--Part 1 (Mon., April 1, 9:00 pm)
--Part 2 (Tues., April 2, 9:00 pm)

Angela Lansbury (image) America's most passionate music preservationist returns in a star-studded third series of MICHAEL FEINSTEIN'S AMERICAN SONGBOOK:

--In Show Tunes (Fri., April 5, 9:00 pm), Stephen Sondheim, Angela Lansbury (pictured right) and Christine Ebersole discuss great American musicals and favorite composers, perform show tunes and reflect on their careers. Feinstein discusses his own relationship with Ira Gershwin and performs the classic "Lullaby of Broadway."

--Let's Dance (Fri., April 5, 10:00 pm) looks at dancer Fred Astaire, favored by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and the Gershwins. Feinstein explores the marriage of music and choreography, while Liza Minnelli musically deconstructs a dance number.

Simply Ming (image) Many of Hawaii's Portuguese residents trace their ancestral homeland to the Azores. SIMPLY MING (Sat., April 6, 5:30 pm) is On the Road in the Azores again, this time visiting Caldeira do Santo Cristo. With local vintner Fortunad Garcia, Ming creates four unique small dishes using classic Azorean ingredients.

On the next RICK STEVES' EUROPE (Sat., April 6, 7:30 pm), Rick travels to Florence: Heart of the Renaissance, where he gazes at Michelangelo's David, enjoys Botticelli's Birth of Venus and climbs the dome that kicked off the Renaissance.

Bitter Seeds (image) Genetically modified foods are both praised and vilified in the debate over how to feed the growing world population. Bitter Seeds (Sat., April 6, 8:00 pm) explores the controversy between biotechnology advocates and opponents concerned about the environment and the impact GMOs could have on small-scale farmers (pictured right).

Serving America: Memories of Peace Corps (Sat., April 6, 10:30 pm) shares the experiences of some of the 3,000 volunteers who served during the early years of the Peace Corps.

Encore picks of the week:

PBS HAWAII PRESENTS (Thurs., April 4, 9:00 pm) looks at a family of craftsmen whose name has become synonymous with the gold standard of ukulele makers. Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka 'Ukulele offers insight into how this family of businessmen and artists works together to preserve the Kamaka tradition.

Seisen! (image) SEISEN! THE RISE AND FALL OF THE JAPANESE EMPIRE 1905-1945 chronicles the militaristic history of a proud, ambitious warrior nation, from Japan's victory in the Russo-Japanese war to its defeat in World War II. The 90-minute program is presented in two parts, airing back-to-back.
--Part 1: (Sat., April 6, 9:00 pm)
--Part 2: (Sat., April 6, 9:45 pm)

For more program listings by genre, click here.

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A hui hou kakou -- until next time,
Leslie

Leslie Wilcox
President and CEO
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