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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter - November 11 - November 17

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

Your PBS Hawaii channel offers a week of intriguing and uplifting programs as we start the Veterans Day weekend. Among the questions being raised by different shows: What's the answer to growing economic disparity in our country? How will innovations transform everyday life in the future? What changes should be made in the University of Hawaii athletics program? What makes Hawaii home?

National Salute to Veterans (image) But first—it's time to honor all who have served in the armed forces throughout our nation's history. On Veterans Day, National Salute to Veterans (Sun., Nov. 11, 7:00 pm) with hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise features an all-star line-up including retired Army Gen. Colin L. Powell, Forest Whitaker, Pia Toscano, Javier Colon, Kris Allen, A.J. Cook, Jason Ritter and Yolanda Adams, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Uncommon Courage (image) For this occasion, we've reached into our archival vault to bring you a thought-provoking program that last aired in 2004: Uncommon Courage: Patriotism and Civil Liberties (Thurs., Nov. 15, 10:00 pm). It explores the personal histories of Nisei who served as Japanese-language specialists in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service during World War II. The program shows the uncommon courage of these soldiers whose faith in the future of America fueled their desire to prove themselves by defending their country while many of their families and friends were imprisoned in isolated incarceration camps, stripped of their civil liberties.

What makes our island state so very special is the people who call Hawaii home. We've woven together conversations with guests who've joined me in the past on LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., Nov. 13, 7:30 pm). Among those featured are Kü Kahakalau, Corbett Kalama, Derek Kurisu, Nola Nahulu and Puakea Nogelmeier, who reminisce about their neighborhoods and families and how they came to embrace Hawaii as Home.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 14 at 11:00 pm and Sun., Nov. 18 at 4:00 pm

The following week on Sunday, Nov. 18, more than a dozen other Long Story Short guests will join us live in our studio to share new stories and help with PBS Hawaii's NEW HOME Campaign, as this nonprofit faces the need to relocate from the UH Manoa campus and grow into a greater vision.

NOVA scienceNOW looks ahead and wonders What Will the Future Be Like? (Wed., Nov. 14, 10:00 pm). Host David Pogue predicts which technologies will transform daily life ahead and what gadgets once thought to be science fiction are likely to become commonplace.

In light of recent fallout from the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco, INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., Nov. 15, 8:00 pm) explores the challenges of running a Division I athletic program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Joining host Dan Boylan for UH Sports are scheduled guests: Robert Cooney, associate professor and former UH Manoa Faculty Senate chair; Jim Leahey, sportscaster and co-host of PBS Hawaii's Leahey & Leahey; Ferd Lewis, sports reporter at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; and John McNamara, UH Manoa associate athletic director.

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

Park Avenue (image) Less than four miles separates the New York City address that belongs to the highest number of billionaires in the U.S. from residents in the South Bronx, which has the nation's highest poverty rate. This economic disparity is the subject of INDEPENDENT LENS Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream (Mon., Nov. 12, 10:00 pm).

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

Upstairs Downstairs Series 2 (image)A disastrous decision throws the running of 165 Eaton Place into chaos as MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2 (Sun., Nov. 11, 8:00 pm) comes to a conclusion. Beryl and Harry race against time to get married, Lady Agnes returns to London and a dark discovery has explosive consequences for all in Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Music Voyager (image) The sounds of Shreveport, Louisiana are heard in the next MUSIC VOYAGER (Sun., Nov. 11, 10:00 pm). Guest host Kenny Wayne Shepherd visits Lead Belly's grave for an acoustic jam with local icon Buddy Flett; sits with pioneering guitarist James Burton; and joins a boogie party with the Dirtfoot band.

TOMORROW BEYOND 9/11 (Sun., Nov. 11, 10:30 pm) examines the marine environment and people's continuing interaction with the sea after the Japan earthquake and tsunami. American artist Christian Riese Lassen visits the seaside town of Shichigahama, where he meets local surfers who Keep Loving the Ocean by clearing the beaches of tsunami debris. Lassen also paints with local children, whose singing provided comfort to those who suffered from the disaster.

Whether it's a ceramic dog or a painted cat, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Cats and Dogs (Mon., Nov. 12, 8:00 pm) is chock full of appraisals featuring felines and canines — in sculpture, on canvas and in many other forms. Take a look at an original "Hush Puppy" mascot, odd dog portraits and a "naughty cat" bronze.

MARKET WARRIORS (Mon., Nov. 12, 9:00 pm) searches for treasures in the heart of New York City at the Antiques Garage. Among the finds of pickers Miller, John, Bob and Kevin are an antique child's rake, a woodcut of Grand Central Terminal and an abstract painting of a woman.

The Suicide Plan (image) FRONTLINE (Tues., Nov. 13, 9:30 pm) investigates the world of assisted suicide. Through interviews with people choosing to die and their "assisters," The Suicide Plan looks at a polarizing issue with fuzzy legal and criminal boundaries.

An Original DUCKumentary (image) Among 150 species of ducks, NATURE (Wed., Nov. 14, 8:00 pm) selects a wood duck family for the filming of An Original DUCKumentary. The program shows the bonding between a male and female wood duck, their migration across thousands of miles, the nurturing and protection of their brood of chicks and the journey to their wintering grounds.

NOVA (image) NASA's rover Curiosity is the most powerful robotic expedition ever used to explore another planet. NOVA (Wed., Nov. 14, 9:00 pm) takes a close look at this revolutionary rover and its complex and scientifically powerful systems on The Ultimate Mars Challenge.

Craft in America (image) CRAFT IN AMERICA (Fri., Nov. 16, 9:00 pm) tells the stories of artists Tanya Aguiñiga, Lia Cook, Clary Illian, Warren Mackenzie and Jeff Oestereich at the Crossroads where culture, aesthetics and technologies meet to forward the development of American craft.

The Mind of a Chef (image) PBS' new food series, THE MIND OF A CHEF, featuring Korean American chef and restaurateur David Chang continues with two episodes on Friday, November 16.

-- Rotten (Fri., Nov. 16, 10:00 pm)
In Chang's kitchen, rotten is delicious as he prepares katsuibushi, XO sauce, and kimchi. Rotten bananas provide big flavor in banana cream pie made by pastry chef Christina Tosi.

-- Rene (Fri., Nov. 16, 10:30 pm)
Chang hangs out with one of his best friends, Danish chef Rene Redzepi, whose work at elBulli and his own Namo have pegged him as the world's top chef.

The key to making great sauces is Thickening. In this week's SIMPLY MING (Sat., Nov. 17, 5:30 pm), host Ming Tsai demonstrates how to make a reduction and a roux. Top Chef Masters culinary sensation Susur Lee and chef Ming use the technique to make Chinese-style paella, and seared chicken breast orzo risotto with endive caper salad.

Encore pick of the week:

Wagners Ring Cycle (image) Wagner's Ring Cycle continues on GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET (Sat., Nov. 17, 7:00 pm) as the young hero Siegfried grows up in the wilderness, raised by Alberich's conniving brother Mime. He repairs the broken sword Nothung, slays the fearsome dragon Fafner, and takes the ring for himself. But to fulfill his destiny, he must overcome Wotan, now disguised as the Wanderer, and cross through the magic fire to his true love, Brünnhilde.

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A hui hou kakou -- until next time,

Leslie Wilcox
President and CEO
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