PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter -  April 6 - April 12

Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO...

We have a great week of new programs in store for you – especially in the areas of music, drama, nature and public affairs.
I’d like to call out next Thursday night in particular. Join us for a primetime focus on diverse Pacific Island issues, from the cost of inter-island travel, to a medical mystery on Guam, to new approaches in ocean stewardship:

Interisland travelers (image) --INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., April 10, 8:00 pm) surveys the changed inter-island travel landscape, with the departure of go! Airlines, and the demise of both Aloha Airlines and the Superferry. Islanders are seeing rising airfares, fewer seats and less cargo space. Host Mahealani Richardson moderates a discussion around the question: How Can Inter-island Travel Become More Affordable?

We invite you to email questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org, or wait until the live telecast to email, tweet, phone in, or participate in our live blog. INSIGHTS is also streamed live on www.PBSHawaii.org.

A patient afflicted with a disease in Guam (image) --PBS HAWAII PRESENTS The Illness and the Odyssey (Thurs., April 10, 9:00 pm), which traces the struggle to solve a medical mystery of a deadly, mind-wasting disease plaguing the native Chamorro population on Guam. If scientists can find a cure, it could potentially hold the key to solving the riddle of many other neurological nightmares, including Alzheimer’s.

--Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship (Thurs., April 10, 10:00 pm) travels to four seaports and watersheds around the U.S. to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management.

We didn’t set out to make it Animal Week on PBS Hawaii, but as it happens, we have four diverse new animal-related programs to offer you:

A handicapped pig (image) --NATURE My Bionic Pet (Wed., April 9, 8:00 pm) introduces us to innovations that help animals left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or human cruelty. See prosthetics made possible by clever engineering and technology. In some cases, these developments have benefitted humans, too.

The bird, an incredibly intelligent animal (image) --Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius on NOVA (Wed., April 9, 9:00 pm) is an engaging look at creatures that have mastered skills purportedly restricted to humans. Consider a lock-picking cockatoo, a wild crow and a tame raven that are talented puzzle solvers. To determine whether these skills are evidence of high intelligence or just parlor tricks, NOVA tests the limits of these animals and searches for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.

--YOUR INNER FISH (Wed., April 9, 10:00 pm) is a new three-part series that reveals a startling truth about the human body: it contains the story of life on Earth, and the legacy of animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. This program is based on biologist Neil Shubin’s book.

Shelter Me trainer and pet at work (image)--SHELTER ME Second Chances (Sat., April 12, 8:00 pm) tells the story of shelter dogs that help incarcerated juveniles learn life skills like empathy and responsibility.

The crew of the Hokulea sailing (image) A West Oahu public charter school, Ka Waihona o Ka Naauao, reports on preparations for the upcoming global voyages of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea (pictured), in the next episode of HIKI NŌ (Thurs., April 10, 7:30 pm). Three soon-to-be high school graduates will host this student newscast: Victoria Cuba from Waipahu High School; Satoshi Sugiyama from Roosevelt High School; and Alayna Kobayashi from Punahou School. Other schools featured: Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle School, Maui High School and Seabury Hall Middle School (Maui); and Iolani School, Kapolei High School and Waianae Intermediate School (Oahu).

The Dave Clark 5 (image) Watch for a couple of quick pics of Hawaii’s media personality Emme Tomimbang as a teenage fan of The Dave Clark Five on the upcoming Glad All Over, A Great Performances Special (Tues., April 8, 8:00 pm). Emme and her young friends greeted the hit British band in Hawaii in 1964 on their first tour of America, preceding Beatlemania. The band is known for their hits “Glad All Over,” “Bits and Pieces” and “Over and Over.” This program features new interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Hanks, Dionne Warwick, Sir Ian McKellen and others.

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

CALL THE MIDWIFE Season 3 (Sun., April 6, 7:00 pm) continues with Trixie, who is upset when Sister Julienne promotes Jenny to “acting sister.”
The Selfridges staff awaits Winston Churchill’s store appearance on the next MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Mr. Selfridge Season 2 (Sun., April 6, 8:00 pm).

Women of Soul peform at the White House (image) President and Mrs. Obama welcome a few celebrated Women of Soul IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE (Mon., April 7, 9:00 pm). Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott pay homage to the great “foremothers” of music, with performances of songs like “Proud Mary” and “Lady Marmalade.”

The Brothers Hypnotic perform (image) INDEPENDENT LENS Brothers Hypnotic (Mon., April 7, 10:00 pm) follows the eight sons of jazz maverick Phil Cohran. As the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble makes its way on the streets and in the music business, the men test their father’s ideals against their own brotherly vision.

Jason Isbell performs (image) LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER (Fri., April 11, 9:00 pm) features a performance from Alabama native Jason Isbell, formerly of the Drive-By Truckers. He showcases music from his new, critically acclaimed country music album Southeastern.

Who doesn’t need more storage space in the kitchen? Starting with a pre-turned set of wooden legs, the editors of WOODSMITH SHOP (Sat., April 12, 2:00 pm) create a Kitchen Workstation, featuring precious storage and an optional wine rack.

Nine Inch Nails performs on stage (image) Alternative rock group Nine Inch Nails makes a rare television appearance on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS (Sat., April 12, 11:00 pm), performing tracks from its latest album, Hesitation Marks.

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A hui hou kakou — until next time,


Leslie Wilcox 
President and CEO 
PBS Hawaii 
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