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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter -  November 17 - November 23

Aloha from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawaii…

When's the last time you had a chance to catch up on fascinating new findings from the vastness of space and stars?

I hope you'll join us on Wednesday, November 20 for a cosmic evening of three consecutive programs:

NOVA (image) --8:00 pm: Between the blue sky above us and the infinite blackness of space lies a frontier full of enigmas that scientists have only just begun to investigate, including the puzzling and alluring phenomena known as sprites. Join a spectacular exploration to probe the earth-space boundary zone in NOVA At the Edge of Space.

--9:00 pm: Are asteroids – loaded with iron, nickel and even platinum – the next profitable commodity? Discover whether asteroids will turn out to be our economic salvation or instruments of extinction in NOVA Asteroids: Doomsday or Payday?
Comet Encounter (image)

--10:00 pm: Currently beyond Jupiter, the comet ISON is heading past Earth's orbit toward the sun, presumably in a slingshot formation around the back of the sun to emerge brighter than ever. Comet Encounter follows this once-in-a-lifetime event to see whether ISON stays the course or whether the sun's gravity causes the comet's breakup into a "string of pearls."

Lincoln@Gettysburg (image) The Internet is so ingrained in most of our lives, it's getting hard to recall a time without it. The web of the 19th century was the telegraph. During the height of the Civil War in 1863, the telegraph became a valuable tool in Abraham Lincoln's arsenal. Learn how it helped President Lincoln to reshape leadership, wield personal control across distant battlefields and feel the country's pulse faster than before in Lincoln@Gettysburg (Tues., Nov. 19, 9:00 pm).

Long Story Short (image) Our newest locally produced programs include the continuation of last week's conversation with a wise and compassionate 92-year-old retired healthcare exec. In LONG STORY SHORT Will Henderson: Life Lessons (Tues., Nov. 19, 7:30 pm), he says that people would be surprised at what they can do at an advanced age if they've stayed physically and mentally active. He also talks about the joys of mentoring and the "very high" expectations he sets.

Insights (image) Hawaii's Attorney General recently issued a reminder that physicians who prescribe lethal amounts of drugs to end a patient's suffering can be charged criminally with manslaughter. Is it time for Hawaii's law to be changed, or would allowing physician-assisted suicide open the door to new problems? On the next INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., Nov. 21, 8:00 pm), we ask Should We Have the Right to Decide How We Die?

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

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

Secrets of Scotland Yard (image) In Secrets of Scotland Yard (Sun., Nov. 17, 7:00 pm), meet some modern-day sleuths who reveal what it takes to become a contemporary Sherlock Holmes and disclose the often grim details of a detective's daily life.

As the big wedding day approaches in the conclusion of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC The Paradise (Sun., Nov. 17, 8:00 pm), Moray cannot deny his love for Denise and plans to call off the wedding. But what if it means losing The Paradise?

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (Mon., Nov. 18, 8:00 pm) looks at treasures that have endured wars, natural disasters, fires and more to become Survivors. Highlights include an urn still intact despite multiple gunshots and a New Orleans chess table that made it through Hurricane Katrina.

Indian Relay (image) The Indian Relay is one of the most dangerous forms of championship horse racing, involving as many as eight athletes riding bareback around a track at full gallop. After one lap, the riders leap from their speeding horses to a second set of horses. Each team's handlers must then catch the first horse or risk being disqualified, creating a chaotic melee of 32 people and 24 race horses in the middle of the track. After a second lap the teams race for the finish line at speeds topping 40 miles an hour. INDEPENDENT LENS (Mon., Nov. 18, 10:00 pm) shows us this exciting competition among teams from three Native American tribes.

THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Rise! (1940-1968) (Tues., Nov. 19, 8:00 pm) examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally become unsustainable.

Through interviews with major political and media figures, The Kennedy Half-Century (Thurs., Nov. 21, 10:00 pm) explores the impact and influence of John F. Kennedy's life, administration and tragic death on the public, the media and the U.S. presidency.

Nashville 2.0 (image) Nashville's vibrant music scene is on display with performances by Rosanne Cash (pictured), Emmylou Harris, The Mavericks, Mumford & Sons, Dwight Yoakam, The Avett Brothers and others in Nashville 2.0 (Fri., Nov. 22, 9:00 pm).

Sunshine by the Stars (image) "You Are My Sunshine" gets the star treatment in Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music (Fri., Nov. 22, 10:00 pm). Host Harry Connick Jr. (pictured) introduces performers Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Tim McGraw, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy, and Wynton and Branford Marsalis for their musical spin on Louisiana's state song.

Simply Ming (image) We'll eat more veggies with SIMPLY MING Jody Adams and Cooking Greens (Sat., Nov. 23, 5:30 pm) as Chef Jody makes nectarine and kale salad with pistachio pesto while Ming grills tri-color greens with feta and pancetta.

Vamos al Baile (image) Different styles of Mexican American music and the family atmosphere of the dance halls in which they are performed are captured in Vamos al Baile (Let's Go Dance) (Sat., Nov. 23, 10:00 pm). Onstage in front of a live audience are musicians Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox, among others.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS (Sat., Nov. 23, 11:00 pm) showcases the best alternative rock with Jim James and The Black Angels. James plays tunes from his debut solo album, while the Black Angels highlight cuts from their album Indigo Meadow.

For more program listings by genre, click here.

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A hui hou kakou -- until next time,

Leslie Wilcox
President and CEO
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