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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter -  September 22 - September 28

Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…

Clarissa Chun (image) When you talk with Clarissa Chun, there's little hint of the fire in the belly or the relentlessness that it takes to be an Olympic athlete. I don't know where this seemingly easy-going 105-pound woman keeps that drive, but she's got it. She's training for her third Olympic competition. Clarissa was a young national judo champ long before winning an Olympic bronze medal in wrestling. By the time she took up wrestling at Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, Clarissa was unfazed about grappling with both boys and girls. On the next LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., Sept. 24, 7:30 pm), Clarissa shares her experiences in what she calls a "fun but gruesome" sport.

HIKI NO (image) Here's a glimpse of Waianae High School representatives receiving a 2013 HIKI NŌ Awards trophy: Searider Productions video advisor John Allen III, student Tressa Hoppe and Searider Executive Director Candy Suiso. The upcoming episode of HIKI NŌ (Thurs., Sept. 26, 7:30 pm) features the work of the season's High School Winners: student teams from Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, Punahou School and Waianae High School on Oahu; and Maui High School.

Access to fresh water in our island state unlocks the doors to development, farming and tourism. But who actually owns our water? Do some have the right to restrict water access? On the next INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., Sept. 26, 8:00 pm) we ask: Who Owns Hawaii's Water and Do We Have Enough? Guests will include: Ernest Lau, Honolulu Board of Water Supply Manager and Chief Engineer; and William Tam, Deputy Director, State Department of Land and Natural Resources Water Resources Management.

INSIGHTS is also available online through 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

Peter Medeiros (image) PBS HAWAII PRESENTS Na Mele: Peter Medeiros (Thurs., Sept. 26, 9:00 pm) is a new one-hour special featuring slack key artist Peter Medeiros accompanied by guitarist Josh Silva and bass player Nate Stillman. Joining the trio are the dancers of Pua Ali'i 'Ilima, led by Kumu Hula Vicky and Jeff Kānekaiwilani Takamine. Songs performed include "Ulili E," "He'eia," "Ke Ala O Ka Rose" and "Kananaka."

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

Last Tango in Halifax (image) Mature lovebirds Celia and Alan decide on a civil marriage ceremony in LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX Part 3 of 6 (Sun., Sept. 22, 7:00 pm). As they visit a medieval hall near Halifax - the site for the ceremony - a brewing storm causes the lights to go out and they're locked in the ancient building. Then, a Land Rover belonging to Alan's daughter Gillian inexplicably catches fire.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Foyle's War, Series VII (Sun., Sept. 22, 8:00 pm) continues in The Cage, when a severely injured man drags himself to a hospital, only to die shortly after being found by a nurse and doctor. Foyle's inquiries lead him to a mysterious military facility full of secrets that could threaten British Intelligence.

In the new series GENEALOGY ROADSHOW (Mon., Sept. 23, 9:00 pm), a diverse cast of participants embarks on an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories. First, the Roadshow travels to Nashville, to see whether two people are descendants of American folk hero and Tennessee legend Davy Crockett, and if another is a member of the famed Hatfield clan.

Best Kept Secret (image) John F. Kennedy High School in Newark, NJ provides an exceptional environment for students with special-education needs. But when severely autistic minority students graduate and leave the security of this school, their options for living independently are limited. POV Best Kept Secret (Mon., Sept. 23, 10:00 pm) follows the determination of teacher Janet Mino as she struggles to help her students find the means to support themselves before they "age out" of the system.

LATINO AMERICANS (Tues., Sept. 24, 8:00 pm) continues in War and Peace, as they serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands yet still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights in the United States. In The New Latinos, growing numbers of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic seek economic opportunities in the United States.

Earthflight (image) Condors and scarlet macaws take us to the Andes and the Amazon as EARTHFLIGHT: A NATURE SPECIAL PRESENTATION (Wed., Sept. 25, 10:00 pm) journeys to South America. In Patagonia giant petrels shadow killer whales; hummingbirds feed at Iguazu Falls; vultures ride the thermals over Rio de Janeiro; and black vultures target turtle eggs in Costa Rica.

Skeletons of the Sahara (image) While prospecting for dinosaur bones, explorer and scientist Paul Sereno made an extraordinary discovery in the middle of the Sahara desert. He stumbled across an ancient cemetery more than 5,000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. Skeletons of the Sahara (Wed., Sept. 25, 10:00 pm) follows Sereno and his team as they attempt to learn more about these human bones.

The Cardboard Bernini (image) Baroque sculptor Bernini provides the inspiration for artist James Grashow to build a giant fountain - out of cardboard. We are offered a look at Grashow's work and life in The Cardboard Bernini (Thurs., Sept. 26, 10:00 pm).

The Hollow Crown (image) In GREAT PERFORMANCES The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1 (Fri., Sept. 27, 9:00 pm), the heir to the throne, Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston), defies his father, King Henry (Jeremy Irons, pictured), by spending time with a dissolute gang. When the king is threatened by a rebellion led by his son's rival, Hotspur, Prince Hal joins his father to defeat the rebels at the Battle of Shrewsbury.

Biscuits and Scones are a perfect way to start the day. On MARTHA BAKES (Sat., Sept. 28, 5:00 pm), Martha Stewart shares recipes and tips on how to make buttermilk biscuits, angel biscuits and cream scones.

The Mind of a Chef (image) THE MIND OF A CHEF (Sat., Sept. 28, 7:00 pm) takes us to Louisiana, where Chef Sean Brock first samples catfish chips at Middendorf's restaurant with food writer/historian John T. Edge, then returns to the kitchen to make his own version.

Les Troyens (image) Based on Virgil's epic poem Aeneid, the Berlioz opera Les Troyens is presented on the next GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET (Sat., Sept. 28, 7:30 pm). The revival stars Bryan Hymel as the Trojan hero Aeneas with Deborah Voigt as the prophetess Cassandra. Susan Graham (pictured) makes her Met debut as Queen Dido from Carthage. Fabio Luisi conducts the orchestra.

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A hui hou kakou -- until next time,

Leslie Wilcox
President and CEO
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