Community Ascertainment Report

 

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January, February and March 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arts, Entertainment & Culture                                            Pg.     3       

 

 

News & Public Affairs                                                        Pg.     37     

Business/Industry, Local & National Politics, Government, Legal Issues & Law Enforcement, Economy, War/Veterans/National Security

 

 

Education & History                                                           Pg.     112    

Science/Technology

 

 

Health & Health Issues                                                       Pg.     122    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts & Entertainment:

Series Title:     Great Performances

Program Title: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2009

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               01/01/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Stage, screen and recording legend Julie Andrews rings in the new year as the host of the annual holiday celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic. In the stately splendor of Vienna's Musikverein, Daniel Barenboim leads a rousing program of Strauss Family favorites, including the breathless "Eljen a Magyar" polka, the "Radetzky March" and the beloved "Blue Danube Waltz." This year also will mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Franz Joseph Haydn, whose more than 100 symphonies and 68 string quartets laid the groundwork for the 18th-century classical style and served to inspire the countless musical minds who came after him, including Mozart and Beethoven. To honor "Papa Haydn," the Philharmonic will perform the fourth movement of the composer's masterful Symphony No. 45, the "Farewell," as a tribute to his enduring legacy.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/

 

Series Title:     Cinema’s Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood

Program Title: THURSDAY, January 1, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/01/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

When Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, one of his earliest actions was to ban Jews from working in that country's storied film industry, widely regarded at that time as the most creative cinema in the world. Men and women who had created landmarks of movie history fled their homeland in the ensuing months and years. Many of them went to Hollywood. CINEMA'S EXILES: FROM HITLER TO HOLLYWOOD traces the experiences of the exiles who took refuge in Hollywood and examines their impact on both the German and American cinema. In Germany, they had created such groundbreaking pictures as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Blue Angel, and M. In Hollywood, their influence ranged from the horror genre and film noir, to comedy and drama. With their lush musical scores, they changed the role of music in the motion picture.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Kamakaiwa Lopaka Kanaka'ole & Kainani Kahaunaele (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/05/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NA MELE presents two rising stars in Hawaiian music: Kainani Kahaunaele and Kamakaiwa Lopaka Kanaka‘ole. Hawaiian language instructor Kahaunaele’s powerful voice and original compositions have served as a focal point for her research into haku mele. Kanaka‘ole, the heir to a family musical legacy, combines traditional Hawaiian instruments and songs into energy-filled productions that expand the definition of Hawaiian music.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Palm Springs, CA – Part 1

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               01/05/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, with host Mark L. Walberg, opens its lucky 13th season in Palm Springs, California, with a mix of great good fortune and an equally staggering loss. At one extreme, ROADSHOW experts discover the most valuable object ever appraised on the series: a 1937 painting by noted American abstract expressionist Clyfford Still - received as a housewarming gift - conservatively estimated to be worth $500,000. At the other, collector Jim McCarty invites ROADSHOW viewers to join the hunt for stolen works from his private collection of California plein air paintings.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     The Story of India

Program Title: Beginnings

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/05/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Michael Wood's fascinating journey through the history of the Indian subcontinent, the first history of India on western television, chronicles the incredible richness and diversity of its peoples, cultures and landscapes; outlines the originality and continuing relevance of its ideas; and relates some of the most momentous and moving events in world history.

http://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia/

 

Series Title:     The Story of India

Program Title: The Power of Ideas

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/05/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The second episode of Michael Wood's journey through Indian history covers the last centuries BC - the age of the Buddha, the coming of the Greeks and the rule of the emperor Ashoka, one of the greatest figures in world history.  Wood sees the Buddha as India's first protester, follows the invasion of India by Alexander the Great and ends with the birth of the first great Indian empire.

http://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia/

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: William S. Richardson

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/06/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

William S. Richardson recalls growing up in a house his dad built along a dirt lane in Kaimuki.  When the family moved there from Palama, they had so few possessions they simply took what they had on a streetcar.  Those were simpler times for the man who would go on to be Lt. Governor (under John A. Burns), Chief Justice of the Hawaii State Supreme Court and Bishop Estate Trustee.  Popularly known as CJ, for Chief Justice, William S. Richardson is also the man for whom the law school at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is named.  CJ Richardson joins Leslie Wilcox for an engaging conversation on Long Story Short.  http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.

This program will be rebroadcast at 4:00pm on Sunday.  Listen to the audio broadcast of this program on the radio on KUMU 94.7FM at 7:00am on Sunday.  Download complete transcripts and audio portions of every Long Story Short at www.pbshawaii.org.

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Helvetica

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/06/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The typeface Helvetica is ubiquitous, spelling out everything from IRS tax forms to the corporate logos of Target, Crate & Barrel and Fendi. In "Helvetica," first-time director Gary Hustwit explores urban spaces and the typefaces that inhabit them, and speaks with historians and designers about the choices and aesthetics behind the use of fonts.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, January 7, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/07/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Great Performances

Program Title: Cyrano de Bergerac

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               01/07/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            150

Description:

One of the most beloved plays of the past century, Cyrano de Bergerac also offers one of the theater's most coveted roles for an actor. Based on the life of a 17th-century warrior poet, Edmond Rostand's romantic classic tells the tale of Cyrano - a gifted writer, musician and peerless duelist, hopelessly handicapped in the romantic arena by his unusually large nose. Desperately in love with the beautiful Roxane, he offers his poetic brilliance to Christian, his similarly smitten yet tongue-tied comrade. The unwitting Roxane falls for Cyrano's passionate words as delivered by Christian's handsome face, only to learn of the deception many years too late. Recorded in early 2008, Oscar and Tony-winner Kevin Kline triumphs in the title role with a critically acclaimed, bravura performance. Also starring are Jennifer Garner ("Alias") as Roxane and Daniel Sunjata as Christian. David Leveaux directs.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Na Mele: Brother Noland (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/08/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The dynamic and innovative Brother Noland performs many of the songs from his acclaimed 2006 album Mystical Fish.    From high-energy “in-the-round” jams in the PBS Hawaii studios to quiet, contemplative moments at a beach on Moloka’i, this cutting-edge PBS Hawaii special highlights the many facets of a complex and compassionate artist.

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: England & Wales

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/08/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Ian Wright takes us on a journey through England - the country where he was born - to neighbouring Wales. Ian learns much about the rich cultural heritage of this part of Great Britain, visits some of the countries' most beautiful spots and gets a good taste of British eccentricity along the way.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Haunani Apoliona & Ku’uipo Kumukahi (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/12/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Multiple Hoku Award-winners Haunani Apoliona and Ku‘uipo Kumukahi present classic Hawaiian songs in both solo and duet performances. Songs include "Ku'u Makamaka”, "'O Waikulumea", and "Tewe Tewe".

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Palm Springs, CA (Part 2)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               01/12/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW continues its exploration of Palm Springs, California, with a visit to nearby Pioneertown, the location for many Hollywood westerns, to discuss trophy belt buckles. At the Palm Springs Convention Center, it's a cinch that appraisers will lasso the kind of discoveries that include a costume dress literally sewn onto Marilyn Monroe for her role in the classic 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot, estimated to be worth a very hot $150,000 to $250,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     The Story of India

Program Title: The Spice Routes & Silk Roads

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/12/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This episode in the story of India takes us to the early centuries AD, when India became a great player in the first global economy. As the spice routes and the silk roads opened up, Indian civilization grew, enriched by contact and exchange. Beginning in Kerala, Michael Wood journeys on an old wooden sailing boat plying its trade from South India to the Gulf, and tells how the spice trade with the Rome opened India up to the world - as well as giving us a recipe for dormouse stuffed with peppercorns!  He finds the lost site of the greatest Roman trading port, samples the earliest cuisine of India and travels by train to the great ancient capital of South India, Madurai.

Then, journeying out to Merv in the deserts of Turkmenistan, Wood tells the story of the forgotten empire of the Kushans that ruled India in the first centuries AD: one of the greatest and least known empires in history whose story can only now be told with the recent decipherment of their language.

http://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia/

 

Series Title:     The Story of India

Program Title: Ages of Gold

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/12/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This episode presents the story of India in the Middle Ages. At the time of the European Dark Ages, India had a series of great flowerings of culture, both in the north and the south. In this episode Michael Wood shows us some of the amazing achievements of medieval India: In astronomy they discovered the heliocentric universe, absolute zero and the circumference of the earth.

Meanwhile in the south the rising power of the Cholan empire spread Indian arms and culture to the Maldives, Sri Lanka, the Andamans, and to Java and the Malay peninsula, where the Tamil diaspora is still powerful today. Wood visits the Cholan capital at Tanjore, and with extraordinarily privileged access takes us right inside the greatest temple of that time to see the ancient rituals still being performed.

http://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia/

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Senator Daniel Inouye, Part 1 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/13/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye made this prediction when he sat down and talked with Leslie Wilcox last March: “At age 84, I would say that I expect interesting things to happen from now.” He was absolutely correct. In the months that followed, there were big developments in both his personal and professional lives. The widower made a trip to the altar with Irene Hirano, and he was named the chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. This episode of Long Story Short is the first of a two-part encore presentation.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: Mark Rolfing

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/14/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, January 14, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/14/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

This series, presented in two-hour episodes over the next three weeks, explores the archetypes of American comedy and their evolution throughout a century of social and political change. It features the most popular routines, the most ingenious physical schtick, the snappiest wisecracks and the most incisive satirical jokes to give the viewer a window into the American character through the irreverent wisdom of humor -- revealing who we collectively are as a nation through what has made us laugh.

Hour One:Would Ya Hit a Guy with Glasses?: Nerds, Jerks, & Oddballs

While America, a country of immigrants, has always championed the idea of inclusiveness, the outsider has been a source of constant amusement. Perhaps best epitomized today by characters in blockbuster Judd Apatow comedies, this episode also looks back at the bespectacled wannabe (Harold Lloyd) and the vain coward (Bob Hope) as the outsiders of their day. Along with pioneering women in comedy like Phyllis Diller and truly zany characters who seem to have arrived from another planet (Jonathan Winters, Andy Kaufman and Robin Williams), the great social upheaval of the 60s and 70s introduced counter-culture favorites Cheech & Chong, as well as superstar nerds like Woody Allen and “jerks” like Steve Martin – who ultimately became so popular that the idea of the outsider had to be re-cast.

Hour Two: Honey, I’m Home!: Breadwinners and Homemakers

The domestic comedy may be the most American of comic concepts. The moment that Burns and Allen admitted to their radio audience that they were a married couple, a tradition of laughter on the home front began. Groundbreaking television sitcoms like The Goldbergs, I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, The Dick Van Dyke Show, All in the Family, The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Seinfeld, and The Simpsons reflect the ongoing changes at home and in the workplace.

 

Series Title:     Weaving Worlds

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, January 14, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/14/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

WEAVING WORLDS presents an absorbing and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through art. The documentary traces the history of Navajo rug weavers and their role within the global economy by highlighting the stories and characters behind the production and trading of Navajo rugs. Told from the weavers' point-of-view, WEAVING WORLDS turns a keen and compassionate eye toward indigenous artists and their struggle to maintain pride and cultural vitality through their textiles. Contemporary Navajo weavers speak about the importance of weaving traditions to Navajo culture. Through interviews and oral histories, the program also explores the relationship between weaving and family relations and the sometimes controversial interdependency between Indigenous artisans and traders.

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Lahaina: Waves of Change (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/15/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In 1999 Eddie Kamae visited the West Maui town of Lahaina, only to find that Pioneer Mill, the center of Lahaina's sugar industry, was closing down. Eddie knew that this signaled the end of Lahaina's plantation era-- a simpler, more innocent time that he remembered fondly from the childhood summers he spent in the area visiting his grandmother.

Thus began Eddie's eight-year journey though Lahaina's complex, tumultuous, and fascinating past. The result is a one-hour documentary of poetic beauty, rich history, and heartfelt emotion. Lahaina: Waves of Change takes us back to the beginnings of Lahaina's history as a sacred Hawaiian place, in a time when "high chiefs worked with heavenly beings."

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Germany

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/15/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Host Justine Shapiro begins her travels in Berlin where she admires the colorful paintings on the East Side Gallery, one of the last remaining sections of the infamous Wall. She hitches a ride to Niebull and then continues on to the island of Sylt, a vast sandbar known for its beaches and spas. She also tours the fertile farmland of Hamburg, visits the site of the trials in Nuremberg, explores the Gothic setting of “Frankenstein” in the medieval town of Ingolstadt, and celebrates Oktoberfest in Munich.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Songs

Program Title: Na Palapalai (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/19/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hoku Award-winning high energy trio Na Palapalai brings their falsetto style of Hawaiian music to the PBS Hawaii Studio in Manoa in this special encore presentation.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Palm Springs, CA (Part 3)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               01/19/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW wraps up its visit to star-studded Palm Springs, California, with some star gazing - of the celestial kind - through the history and collecting of celestial maps. ROADSHOW appraisers at the Palm Springs Convention Center thank their lucky stars for the discovery of a 1956 signed photo of the guest at 10 years old, posed between baseball Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella - pioneers in breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball - valued at $6,000 to $8,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     The Story of India

Program Title: The Meetings of Two Oceans

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/19/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This episode takes us to the time of the Renaissance in Europe, when India was the richest, most populous civilization in the world.  We visit the desert cities of Rajasthan and travel among the fabulous Moghul cities of Delhi and Agra, and the Taj Mahal - just voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World by 100 million voters worldwide.

Exploring the legacy of the Moghul empire starting with the redoubtable Babur, founder of the dynasty, and his grandson Akbar the Great, a Muslim king who tried to make India a multi racial and multi-religious state.

http://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia/

 

Series Title:     The Story of India

Program Title: Freedom

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/19/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This last episode tells how a foreign multinational (the East India Company) thousands of miles away gradually and almost by chance took power over great swathes of the Indian subcontinent; how after the horrendous shock of the 1857 'Mutiny' the British state took over and turned this supremacy into the Raj, the jewel in the crown of the greatest empire the world had ever seen; and how the Freedom Movement delivered Independence to India in 1947, albeit a divided India.

The series ends by acknowledging the extraordinary achievements of Indian democracy over sixty years and flags India's predicted rise to be the largest country and the second largest (or even the largest) economy in the world in the next three decades.

http://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia/

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Senator Daniel Inouye, Pt. 2 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/20/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

At age 84, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye still has a young man’s outlook and ambition. He sat down with Leslie Wilcox last March, looking forward to many good things happening in his future. Weeks later, he married Irene Hirano and months later, he was elevated to chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Please Vote for Me (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/20/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This film follows eight-year-old students in an elementary school in China as they campaign for school monitor. This is the first election for a class leader to be held in a school in China. The three candidates campaign, holding debates and showing their intellectual and artistic skills, until one is voted the winner.

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: John McNamara

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/21/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, January 21, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/21/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

This series, continuing in two-hour episodes over the next two weeks, explores the archetypes of American comedy and their evolution throughout a century of social and political change. It features the most popular routines, the most ingenious physical schtick, the snappiest wisecracks and the most incisive satirical jokes to give the viewer a window into the American character through the irreverent wisdom of humor -- revealing who we collectively are as a nation through what has made us laugh.

Hour One: The Knockabouts: Slip on a Banana Peel

Physical comedy and slapstick have always found rich soil in America.  From the mastery of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to the computer-generated antics that helped transform Jim Carrey into a human cartoon, slapstick has evolved into a sophisticated art, stretching the boundaries of time and space.  This episode explores the comic genius of teams like Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges, Martin and Lewis and the Marx Brothers, and the one and only Lucille Ball.

Hour Two: The Groundbreakers: When I’m Bad, I’m Better

In the ongoing war against hypocrisy, conservatism, political correctness, prejudice, prudery, censorship, sentimentality, liberalism, extremism and complacency, it was always the comedian who led the first wave of attack.  Rather than using risque jokes and four letter words simply to get a rise out of an audience, the most audacious comedians - from pioneers like Mae West and Moms Mabley to 60s and 70s bad boys like Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin - invoked what the First Amendment of the American Constitution calls "freedom of speech" to bring the biggest and most dangerous laughs to the American public.

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Alps & Lapland

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/22/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In Norwegian Lapland, Holly travels by dogsled south from Alta toward the Sami people’s most important celebration — the Easter Festival, where she enters the annual reindeer racing competition. She then departs for the Finnmarksvidda Plateau to round up more than 800 reindeer and to glimpse the famous Northern Lights. She then heads to the Alps, where she treks through the Italian Dolomites to the Via Ferratae. Holly’s next climb takes her to Zermatt in Switzerland, where she scales the awe-inspiring Matterhorn.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Songs

Program Title: Melveen Leed (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/26/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Singer Melveen Leed is joined by her hula dancer daughter Kaaikaula Naluai in our PBS Hawaii studios in Manoa. Best known for contemporary Hawaiian, jazz, and country, Molokai girl Melveen also has deep roots in traditional Hawaiian song.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Dallas, TX (Part 1)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               01/26/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW rides into Dallas, Texas, where everything is larger than life, including a few examples from a collection of more than 600 antique American flags. Appraisers at the Dallas Convention Center flag down another jaw-dropping piece of artwork: an 1847 oil painting by noted 19th-century artist James Henry Beard, titled The Illustrious Guest - featuring the famous American statesman Henry Clay as a guest in a tavern - valued at $300,000 to $500,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Skippa Diaz

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/27/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox talks story with legendary Farrington High School coach Skippa Diaz.  Skippa talks about relocating to Wisconsin to help care for his in-laws; his philosophy on football and life; the importance of education; and much more.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: Lori Santi

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/28/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, January 28, 2009

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               01/28/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

This series, concluding tonight, explores the archetypes of American comedy and their evolution throughout a century of social and political change. It features the most popular routines, the most ingenious physical schtick, the snappiest wisecracks and the most incisive satirical jokes to give the viewer a window into the American character through the irreverent wisdom of humor -- revealing who we collectively are as a nation through what has made us laugh.

Hour One: Wiseguys and Smart-Alecks: Never Give a Sucker an Even Break

America loves the wiseguy who defies convention by breaking speaking the truth no matter the consequences.  Whether in the form of the curmudgeonly W.C. Fields of the 1930s or today's Larry David, who manages to perturb everyone within reach, the wiseguy (or gal) always gets the last - and funniest - word.  Along with classic smart-alecks like Groucho Marx and con men like Phil Silvers, other legendary names in this episode's "Wiseguy Hall of Fame" include Jack Benny, Paul Lynde, Joan Rivers, Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock.

Hour Two: Satire and Parody: Sock It to Me?

Americans have always loved to make fun of the world around them using the slings and arrows of parody and satire.  Whether it was Will Rogers, Johnny Carson, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert poking a finger in the eye of the government, or Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks and the "Saturday Night Live" gang lampooning the latest blockbuster, generations have reveled in the anarchic tradition of mocking American life, politics and preoccupations.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/makeemlaugh/

 

Series Title:     Rick Steves’ Iran (Encore)

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, January 28, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/28/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In his latest travelogue, Rick Steves journeys to Iran in the hopes of getting to know this ancient country — a leader in its corner of the world for 2,500 years — and to better understand the 70 million people living there. Shot in Tehran, Shiraz, Esfahan, Persepolis and villages in between, RICK STEVES' IRAN details the country's rich artistic and cultural heritage. Rick visits the splendid monuments from Iran's rich and glorious past, discusses the 20th-century story of this perplexing nation and explores Iran's bustling cities, historic capital and countryside villages. The special vividly captures today's culture: from Friday prayer in a leading mosque to challenges confronting Iran’s youth, from anti-American murals to the warmth and hospitality of a family dinner, and from the tranquility of rural life to the frenzied traffic of modern Tehran.

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Why H.O.T. is Hot?

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/29/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

KITV News 4 reporter and some-time opera performer Keoki Kerr hosts this look at Hawaii's world class opera company--the Hawaii Opera Theatre.  The half-hour documentary features H.O.T.'s most lavish production to date--their 2008 staging of Verdi's Don Carlos; a master workshop taught by international opera star Thomas Hampson; a first-day rehearsal of H.O.T.’s 2008 Summer musical (Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music); H.O.T. alumnus Quinn Kelsey’s Met debut; and Aina Haina Elementary School students participating in H.O.T.’s opera in the schools program.

http://www.kmeb.org/presents_kmeb.htm

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Neva Rego (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/29/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Neva Rego, Hawaii’s voice coach to the stars, shares stories with Leslie Wilcox.  Rego teaches the bel canto style of singing in her home in Kaimuki, with a list of vocal students that includes Robert Cazimero, Tony Conjugacion, Jimmy Borges, Jasmine Trias and Jordan Segundo.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Peru and the Amazon

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/29/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Bradley Cooper travels the path of the Incas, heading from Cuzco to Ollyantaytambo, site of their last great battle. Next he treks to glacial Ausangate Mountain where he takes part in the exuberant celebration of the Qollyur’riti Festival. Now we’re off to the Amazon, where Eils Nevitt travels from Manaus by boat to Anavilhanas Island. Along the way she fishes for the deadly black piranha, hunts for spiders and tastes a coconut maggot. Back in Manaus, Eils attends an initiation ritual with the Satare Maue tribe. She sails the Amazon to test her jungle survival skills and glimpses a new species of dwarf monkey.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Songs

Program Title: Dennis & David Kamakahi; Martin Pahinui; George Kuo (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               02/2/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

This unique jam session features George Kuo, Martin Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, and David Kamakahi. The musicians play solos, duets and ensemble numbers, including “Puu Anahalu” and “Hi’ilawe.”

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Dallas, TX (Part 2 of 3)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/2/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In Part 2 of their visit to Dallas, Texas, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Noel Barrett jump at an offer with no strings attached - a trip to see a private collection of more than 1,000 marionettes. At the Dallas Convention Center, appraisers uncover a virtual archeological dig in a desk: an heirloom 18th-century miniature whose drawers are stuffed with 300 years of family documents and history, valued at $100,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Richard Ha (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/3/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox sits down to share stories with Hawaii Island farmer Richard Ha. Never heard of him?  Well, Richard Ha isn’t your average farmer.  He’s been called a visionary farmer. An innovative small business owner, Ha offers his employees profit sharing, has found a way to generate electricity on his property outside of Hilo, initiated an adopt-a-class program at Keaukaha Elementary School, advocates native Hawaiian practices of ahupua‘a and writes a blog on his website. Interested in hearing more about him?  Then tune in for an engaging conversation with Richard Ha, a visionary farmer, on Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox. http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Adjust Your Color: The Truth About Petey Greene

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/3/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

America’s original shock-jock, Petey Greene overcame poverty, drug addiction and prison time to “tell it like it is,” shocking and entertaining everyone from the ghetto to the White House. Narrated by Don Cheadle, “Adjust Your Color” looks at how his explosive language and brash style unsettled the establishment as he battled both the system and his own demons on a journey to becoming a leading activist during some of the most tumultuous years in recent history.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: Rich Sheriff

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/4/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     George Carlin: The Mark Twain Prize

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, February 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/4/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Entertainers Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Garry Shandling, Lily Tomlin, Denis Leary, Joan Rivers, Lewis Black, Richard Belzer and Margaret Cho honor the late George Carlin, recipient of the 11th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The program recognizes the life and achievements of the beloved comedian. The Mark Twain Prize announcement was made a week before the Carlin’s death. The award was presented posthumously for the first time in its 11-year history.

 

Series Title:     P.O.V.

Program Title: Inheritance

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/4/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Imagine watching Schindler’s List and knowing the sadistic Nazi camp commandant played by Ralph Fiennes was your father. “Inheritance” is the story of Monika Hertwig, the daughter of mass murderer Amon Goeth. Hertwig has spent her life in the shadow of her father’s sins, trying to come to terms with her “inheritance.” She seeks out Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig, who was enslaved by Goeth and who is one of the few living eyewitnesses to his unspeakable brutality. The women’s raw, emotional meeting unearths terrible truths and lingering questions about how the actions of parents can continue to ripple through generations.

http://www.pbs.org/pov/

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Biography Hawaii: Harriet Bouslog (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/5/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

One of a handful of women lawyers practicing in Hawaii in the 1940’s and 50’s, Harriet Bouslog became a champion for the working class. With her partner Myer Symonds, she represented the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), fighting for the fair labor laws and wages for the people of Hawaii. She was instrumental in ending the death penalty in the territory and her efforts and public comments during the Hawaii Seven trial of alleged Communists led her to her disbarment and her subsequent reinstatement after a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court. Brilliant, vivacious, and controversial, Harriet Bouslong was one of Hawaii’s great defenders of human rights and dignity. This inspiring documentary combines interviews with family and friends, commentary by legal historians and photographs and film that recorded the life and times of this extraordinary woman.

http://www.kmeb.org/presents_kmeb.htm

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Greek Islands

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/5/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Megan celebrates Greek independence on Hydra, walks in St. John’s footsteps on Patmos, samples the nightlife on Mykonos, visits Apollo’s birthplace on Delos, explores the Minoan city of Akrotiri on Santorini, hikes the Samaria Gorge on Crete and discovers the tiny island of Gavdos, where legend has it that Odysseus fell under Calypso’s spell for seven years.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Jerry Santos and Friends (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/9/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jerry Santos, a leader in Hawaiian music since the “Hawaiian Renaissance” of the 1970’s, performs solo and in a trio with his long time bassist Wally Suenaga and ukulele whiz Bryan Tolentino. Included are several of Sanos’ signature tunes, a new composition, traditional Hawaiian songs and a few surprises.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Dallas, TX Part 3

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/9/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In Dallas, Texas, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stuart Whitehurst mine a rich vein of silver objects at the Dallas Museum of Art, looking for examples of 20th-century modernism. At the Dallas Convention Center, it’s high noon when a guns-a-blazing, Western-themed painting by Saturday Evening Post illustrator William H.D. Koerner draws an estimate of $150,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Sister Joan of Arc Souza

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/10/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Sister Joan of Arc Souza is the principal of St. Francis School in Manoa.  Souza graduated from St. Francis when it was an all-girls school, but during tenure as principal she turned the school co-ed and has made numerous innovations, such as a band program; cinematography classes; a four-year American Sign Language Program; and a pre-school.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: Mike Trapasso

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/11/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Barbara Morgan: No Limits

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, February 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/11/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

From more than 11,000 applicants to the 1985 Teacher-in-Space program, McCall Elementary School teacher Barbara Morgan was chosen to be the backup to Christa McAuliffe. When McAuliffe was killed in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986, Morgan’s dream of flying in space was threatened. Using rare footage, as well as interviews with Morgan, her friends, colleagues, students and family, this program shows how Morgan became a full-fledged astronaut, overcoming additional, and sometimes tragic, challenges.

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Biography Hawaii: Koji Ariyoshi (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/12/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Koji Ariyoshi lived a remarkable life at the center of events that transformed Hawaii, America, China and the world. Born on a Kona coffee plantation in 1914, he worked as a stevedore in Honolulu while attending the University of Hawaii. He was employed at the San Francisco docs when World War II broke out, and soon found himself at Manzanar internment camp for American Citizens and aliens of Japanese ancestry. When he enlisted into the U.S. Army, his language skills led to an assignment which ultimately carried him to Yenan, China, where he observed Communists re-education camps for Japanese POW’s and worked closely with several of China’s future leaders, including Mao Zedung. After returning to Hawaii, Ariyoshi became involved in union activities, and soon was editing the Honolulu Record, the voice of labor during the turbulent conflicts between unions and Hawaii’s ruling elites. In August 1951, Koji Ariyoshi was one of the activists arrested and charged with being Communist- a small group that had became known as the Hawaii Seven. Eventually acquitted, he alter became a founder and champion for the University of Hawaii’s Ethnic Studies and Oral History programs, and for state historic preservation, This documentary contains interviews with family and friends, commentary by cultural historians, and stunning footage for wartime China.

http://www.kmeb.org/presents_kmeb.htm

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Globe Trekker Food Hour: Southern Spain

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/12/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Guest host Padma Lakshmi’s journey begins in Seville with a breakfast of hot chocolate and Spanish doughnuts. She then tours the city’s tapas bars and tries flamenco dancing in between sips of Sangria. Next she explores the olive groves in Granada, whips up gazpacho in Buñol and dines at the world’s oldest restaurant in Madrid

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Bob Brozman, Cyril Pahinhui and Led Kaapana (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/16/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

In a glorious gathering of guitar greats, slack key stylists Led Kaapana and Cyril Pahinui combine with steel guitar master Bob Bronzman for an incredible, in-studio concert showcasing the magic of the jam session format, with the three musical maters performing in various combinations. A special feature is Brozman performing three solos, including a touching tribute to steel guitar pioneer Tau Moe.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Wichita, KS (Part 1)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/16/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW glides into airplane industry hub Wichita, Kansas, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowry take off for the Kansas Aviation Museum to look at glamorous vintage air travel posters. At the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, a 1949 payroll check made out to professional baseball rookie Mickey Mantle — inherited from the owner’s grandfather, secretary of the Independence Yankees ball club — scores a high-flying value of $30,000 to $50,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Keola Beamer

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/17/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This week, on Long Story Short, Leslie Wilcox sits down to share stories with Keola Beamer. The popular and gifted writer, composer and Hawaiian slack key guitar master says he ready to talk – for the first time publicly – about the passing of his mother, Aunty Nona Beamer.  And he wants to talk – for the first time publicly – about surviving prostate cancer. It’s an emotional and revealing Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Billy Strayborn: Lush Life (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/17/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

As Duke Ellington's co-composer, arranger and right-hand man, Billy Strayhorn wrote some of the greatest American music of the 20th century. But as a gay man in the 40s and 50s, Strayhorn had to lead a discreet existence, while Ellington played to thunderous applause on center stage. This film tells the story of the unheralded man who changed jazz and popular music forever, maintaining artistic and personal integrity while challenging prejudice along the way.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: Toni Leahey

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/18/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     American Masters

Program Title: Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Distributor:       WNET

Date:               2/18/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

In a life that inspired controversy, no one disputes the place that Jerome Robbins holds as the pre-eminent director/choreographer of American musical theater, universally respected for his unparalleled artistry. He transformed Broadway with shows such as West Side Story, Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof and forged a career in ballet, first at American Ballet Theatre, then at New York City Ballet. The son of an immigrant deli owner, he was known for his often ruthless perfectionism and was dogged by his decision, in 1953, to name names in his House Un-American Activities Committee testimony. The program features excerpts from Robbins’ work, including never-before-seen rehearsal footage, and interviews with many of his colleagues, from both ballet and Broadway.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/

 

Series Title:     An Evening with Eartha Kitt

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, February 18, 2009

Distributor:       PBS

Date:               2/18/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Gwen Ifill talks with legendary performer Eartha Kitt about her stage, dance and acting career, in a special taped several months before her death in December 2008. After baring her legs and her more personal side, Kitt closes the program by singing “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “La Vie En Rose” and “Here’s to Life.”

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Central China

Distributor:       PBS

Date:               2/19/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Host Megan McCormick explores Shanghai, where she tries her hand at contortionism with the famous acrobats. She learns about the silk trade in Suzhou, travels by train through the Yellow Mountains, fishes the Yangtze River, visits the caves at Dazu and marvels at the Terracotta Army in X’ian.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Hawaiian Airlines Presents: Na Mele at Halekulani’s House without a 

                        Key

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/23/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For the first time, Na Mele goes on location to document a traditional, cherished Hawaiian experience.  The Halekulani has a special place in the hearts of Hawaii’s people and everyone who has spent time there. PBS Hawaii captures the experience of a late afternoon at House without a Key with hula dancers Kanoe Miller and Debbie Nakanelua-Richards and the trio Pa’ahana (Pakala Fernandes, Kaipo Kukahiko, and Douglas Po’oloa Tolentino). In HD where available.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Wichita, KS (Part 2)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/23/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In Wichita, Kansas, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Gary Piattoni shed some light on the Wichita-based Coleman Company and the appeal of its iconic recreational and military lanterns and stoves. At the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, one lucky guest gets a big surprise when her set of 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack baseball cards is estimated to be worth $30,000 to $40,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Candy Suiso

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/24/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox talks story with Waianae High School alumna Candy Suiso, who returned to the school as a Spanish teacher and then helped to create the nationally acclaimed student media center—Searider Productions.  Candy talks about how the language of visual storytelling gave voice to a community in need.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: The Order of Myths/Bi-Racial Hair

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/24/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

At America’s oldest Mardi Gras — celebrated each year in Mobile, Alabama — events remain segregated between white and black residents. “The Order of Myths” looks beneath the surface of pageantry and reveals a complex story about race relations and the ever-present racial divide that persists in America.

Also presented is “Bi-Racial Hair,” a short film that offers a satirical look at the racial tension young African Americans of mixed ethnic backgrounds experience. Illustrating the struggles of mixed-color youth with identity and social position, 13-year-old poet Zora’s resolution about proposing a “new race” sheds light on the complexity and depth of the racist wounds the nation still faces.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: Linda Coble

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/25/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     America’s Ballroom Challenge

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, February 25, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/25/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Every year thousands of dancers come to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in the world's biggest ballroom dancing competition. They represent many age groups and dance styles. They come for one reason -- to see if they have what it takes to be the very best. For those who win their divisions -- the grand finale will be their last test. They’ll ace off against the other division champions in a winner-take-all battle for the ultimate title of "America's Best Ballroom Couple."

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title:  Heart Strings (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/26/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

The story of the Kamaka 'ukulele chronicles one family's legacy and tells the surprising tale of how a family business and a most unlikely musical instrument came together to form one of Hawaii's strongest cultural bonds.  Heart Strings is a story of choices and roads taken and how knowledge and values passed from one generation to the next are indelibly connected by strings of history and affection.

http://www.kmeb.org/presents_kmeb.htm

 

Series Title:      Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title:  Art of Solo Ukulele (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/26/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

A special Na Mele encore featuring Byron Yasui, Jake Shimabukuro, Benny Chong, Gordon Mark, and Blane Kanno.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

 

Series Title:      Globe Trekker

Program Title:  Beijing City Guide

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/26/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Host Megan McCormick tours the famous Forbidden City, a Tibetan lama monastery and Tiananmen Square, home to Mao’s mausoleum and the Great Hall of the People (as well as the site of the famous student uprising). She visits the underground city of restaurants and clubs and goes shopping in the famous antique market. Megan’s day trips will be to the Great Wall and to Marco Polo’s Bridge and the site where bones Peking Man were found.

 

Series Title:      Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title:  Na Pali; Manuakepa (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/2/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Two outstanding Kaua’i groups perform their special style of Hawaiian music in the PBS Hawaii studios. Manuakepa and Na Pali infuse their own special talents into traditional and original material. Songs include “Limahuli, “Hokulea Hula,” “Moonlight Lady,” “Lokelani Blossoms,” “Hawaiian Love Chant”, and more.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:      Yanni Voices: Live from the Forum in Acapulco

Program Title:  MONDAY, March 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/2/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Yanni has discovered and developed four of the most exciting new voices in music today. In this special, filmed at the new Forum at Mundo Imperial in Acapulco, Mexico, he re-interprets his classic compositions with powerful lyrics and intoxicating vocal performances by Nathan Pacheco, Chloe, Ender Thomas and Leslie Mills.

 

Series Title:      American Masters

Program Title:  David Hockney: The Color of  Music (Encore)

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               3/2/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

An English-born artist based in Los Angeles, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Poetic and narrative, his work progressed from pop to naturalism to photo collage - always with a unique, powerful use of light and color. Most recently, he has devoted his creative energy to stage design for opera, with a passion and impact reminiscent of Picasso. His inventive creations have transformed opera into a magical experience - one to watch as well as to hear. Performances with his sets -- including a touring exhibition of his models, drawings and paintings - have taken place across Europe and the United States. His work has always been critically acclaimed and he has faced no hardship in his career. Ironically, this passionate music lover is now going deaf. At the height of his craft, Hockney is in a private race against time.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/

 

Series Title:      Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title:  Emma Veary, Part 1 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/3/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Emma Veary, a beautiful singer with a beautiful voice, was a class act in town back in the ‘70s, headlining shows at the Halekulani and Royal Hawaiian Hotels.  She socialized with Hollywood celebrities and was married for a time to Aku, the highest-paid disc jockey in the country. Today, the elegant Emma Veary is a respected Hawaiian musical treasure whose signature tunes include Kamehameha Waltz and E Maliu Mai.  The 78-year-old great-grandmother now lives a quiet life with family members on Maui. This week, Emma Veary sits down with Leslie Wilcox to share stories that begin with young Emma singing professionally at the age of 5. This program will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Sunday. 

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory

 

Series Title:      The Osmonds 50th Anniversay Reunion

Program Title:  TUESDAY, March 3, 2009 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/3/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

“Osmond-mania” reigns in this concert special, recorded in Las Vegas at the Orleans Hotel Showroom. All seven Osmonds reunite to perform many of their best-selling hits, with video clips and historic photos presented around many of the performances. The program includes cameo appearances by celebrity guests, including Andy Williams. “Osmond-mania” reigns in this concert special, recorded in Las Vegas at the Orleans Hotel Showroom.

 

Series Title:      Independent Lens

Program Title:  March Point (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/3/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

“March Point” follows the journey of three teens from the Swinomish Tribe who were asked to make a film about the threat their people face from two local oil refineries. In the late 1950s, two refineries were built on March Point, an area that was once part of the Swinomish reservation by treaty. This is the story of the boys’ awakening to the destruction these refineries have wrought in their communities. Ambivalent environmental ambassadors at the onset, the boys grapple with their assignment through humor, sarcasm and a candid self-knowledge. But as their filmmaking evolves, they experience the need to understand and tell their stories, and the power of this process to change their lives.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/

 

Series Title:      Leahey & Leahey

Program Title:  Jesse Nakanishi

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/4/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:      My Music: Doo Wop Love Songs (Encore)

Program Title:  WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/4/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

The 1950s and doo wop love songs go hand-in-hand, like two straws and a shake. And now America’s favorite malt shop memories are back with this doo wop collection for lovers only. Hosts Jerry Butler and Cousin Brucie Morrow bring back the backseat ballads in this all new PBS celebration of great vocal groups. Recorded at the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the program features performances by the Tokens, Dubs, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Larry Chance and the Earls, and a reunion of the Original Drifters

 

Series Title:      The Linguists

Program Title:  WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/4/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This special chronicles the race of two scientists — David Harrison and Greg Anderson — to document languages on the verge of extinction. In Siberia, India and Bolivia, the linguists confront head-on the very forces silencing languages: racism, humiliation and violent economic unrest. Their journey takes them deep into the heart of the cultures, revealing communities at risk when a language dies.

 

Series Title:      Eckhart Tolle: Awakening in the Now

Program Title:  THURSDAY, March 5, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/5/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This special presents excerpts from one of the rare public lectures presented by best-selling author Eckhart Tolle — this one from Los Angeles in 2007 — and interview segments with Dr. Betty Sue Flowers, director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, who interprets the Tolle phenomenon from both a personal and a cultural perspective.

 

Series Title:      Great Performances

Program Title:  The Police: Certifiable

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               3/5/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Rocketing to stardom and worldwide fame in the early 1980s, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland and Sting — better known as the Police — boldly revitalized the 1970s rock ‘n’ roll scene with their signature fusion of rock, New Wave and reggae sounds. Despite a host of hit singles, including “Roxanne,” “Message in a Bottle” and “Every Breath You Take,” five smash albums and six Grammy Awards between 1980 and 1984, the Police parted ways in 1986, with frontman Sting embarking on a successful solo career. More than two decades after the break-up and 30 years since the initial release of “Roxanne,” Sting, Summers, and Copeland teamed up in 2007 to launch the band’s last tour. GREAT PERFORMANCES captures the Police in this once-in-a-lifetime concert from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/

 

Series Title:      Globe Trekker

Program Title:  Chinatowns

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/5/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The Chinese migration of the 19th and 20th centuries has had a major cultural impact around the world. Our Globe Trekker hosts trace the steps of this diaspora from the motherland to its great population centers of San Francisco, London, New York, Mauritius, and Penang in Malaysia. They discover the motivations and histories of the people who left China and witness some of their fantastic New Year celebrations in Chinatowns across the world.

 

Series Title:      Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title:  Keola Beamer, Nona Beamer, Moana Beamer (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/9/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

In this encore presentation, Keola Beamer was joined by his mother, the late “Auntie Nona” Beamer and his wife, Moana, for a very special in-studio concert. http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:      Victor Borge: 100 Years if Music and Laughter (Encore)

Program Title:  MONDAY, March 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/9/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

This unparalleled collection of Victor Borge’s funniest and most memorable skits contains such classic comedy bits as the timeless “Phonetic Punctuation,” “Inflationary Language,” “Autumn Leaves” with Robert Merrill, “The Opera Singer” with Marylyn Mulvey, and more. Rare archival footage from the Borge family vault enhances this memorable retrospective. Rita Rudner narrates.

 

Series Title:      American Masters

Program Title:  Willa Cather: The Road is All (Encore)

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               3/9/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

In 1883, the young Willa Cather was plucked from her luxurious home in Virginia and dropped into the vast, tall grass prairies of Nebraska. It was an experience that terrified but exhilarated her, and became the force behind all of her great novels: O Pioneer, The Song of the Lark, My Antonia , Death Comes for the Archbishop and the Pulitzer Prize-winning One of Ours .

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/

 

Series Title:      Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title:  Emma Veary, Part 2 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/10/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Emma Veary, a Hawaiian musical treasure, sits down with Leslie Wilcox to share more stories from an extraordinary life.

This program will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:      Highland Heartbeat

Program Title:  TUESDAY, March 10, 2009

Distributor:       PBS

Date:               3/10/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Singer and actress Fiona Kennedy, a member of Scotland’s leading theatrical family and known in North America as the host of “Tartan TV,” leads a group of singers brought together after a country-wide audition to represent a range of musical styles. Singers Jim Malcolm, Jillian Isbister, Maureen McMullan, Daisy Chute and Darren Maclean, backed by the Scottish Festival Orchestra, perform at the historic Theatre Royal in Glasgow. Stunning footage of Scotland is interspersed with the songs, which span genres and generations, from traditional Scottish compositions to pop hits. Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy) reads the works of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns.

 

Series Title:      Cantors: A Faith in Song

Program Title:  TUESDAY, March 10, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/10/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

CANTORS: A FAITH IN SONG features three of the world’s most acclaimed Jewish cantors: Naftali Hershtik, chief cantor of the Great Synagogue, Jerusalem; Benzion Miller, chief cantor at the Youth Israel Beth-El Synagogue of Borough Park, Brooklyn, New York; and Alberto Mizrahi, cantor of the Anshe Emet Synagogue of Chicago. Backed by a 40-piece orchestra and 16-voice choir, the cantors sing Jewish cantorial and secular music in a concert taped before an audience in Amsterdam’s revered Portuguese Synagogue.

 

Series Title:      Leahey & Leahey

Program Title:  WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/11/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:      Globe Trekker

Program Title:  New Zealand 2

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/12/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Ian Wright and Zay Harding visit New Zealand, a land of unspoiled landscapes and immense natural beauty. They meet Maori warriors and watch canoe races, see the stunning locations for “The Lord of the Rings” films, dabble in extreme sports in Queenstown, hike in the glacial Mount Cook National Park, relax in the hot springs of the Great Barrier Island and participate in a sheep shearing contest at Masterton.

 

Series Title:      Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title:  Ho’okena (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/16/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

An encore presentation of a performance in the PBS Hawaii studios by Ho’okena: Manu Boyd, Ama Aarona, Glen H.K. Smith and Horace K. Dudoit III. Nani Dudoit provides hula.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:      Great Performances

Program Title:  Hit Man: David Foster & Friends (Encore)

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               3/16/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Legendary songwriter and producer David Foster has generated some of the world’s best known popular music and collaborated with a veritable “Who’s Who” of superstars in a career that spans more than three decades. In celebration of his remarkable achievements — including 15 Grammy Awards and a host of other accolades — some of the biggest names in contemporary music gather for a one-night-only concert that brings down the house. From the stage of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Kenny Babyface Edmonds, Boz Scaggs, Kenny G, Peter Cetera, Brian McKnight, Michael Johns, Blake Shelton, Cheryl Lynn, Charice and Katharine McPhee join in the celebration, along with a special performance by Celine Dion and long-distance best wishes from Barbra Streisand.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/

 

Series Title:      Betty Ford: The Real Deal

Program Title:  MONDAY, March 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/16/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This documentary profiles former First Lady Betty Ford, her time in the White House, her advocacy for equal rights and the substance addiction that led to the founding of the Betty Ford Center in California. The program draws from an interview with Mrs. Ford conducted in 2002 by historian Michael Beschloss.

 

Series Title:      Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title:  Quinn Kelsey

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/17/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox talks story with international opera star and University of Hawaii Lab School graduate Quinn Kelsey.  Quinn had his Metropolitan Opera Company debut last year in Puccini’s La Boheme and has performed with the San Francisco Opera and the Chicago Light Opera Company.  He tells Leslie of his journey from Manoa (where he grew up) to the Met.

This program will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:      Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey

Program Title:  TUESDAY, March 17, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/17/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Celtic Woman’s latest television special is a collection of beloved and memorable highlights from their acclaimed PBS specials. All of the songs are intertwined with stunning scenic and landscape images of Ireland.

 

Series Title:      Independent Lens

Program Title:  Arusi Persian Wedding

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/17/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Iranian American filmmaker Marjan Tehrani chronicles her brother’s return to Iran during the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, as he travels with his American wife to have a traditional Persian wedding and explore his lost heritage. In weaving the couple’s personal story with historical footage, “Arusi” considers the history, impact and troubled relationship between Iran and America.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/

 

Series Title:      Leahey & Leahey

Program Title:  Larry Farmer

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/18/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:      Globe Trekker

Program Title:  Sweden & Denmark

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/19/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Host Megan McCormick begins her trip in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital and the home of Hans Christian Andersen. She experiences a Viking festival in Aarhus and explores the free state of Christiania. In Stockholm, Megan picnics on moose sausage and reindeer pâté, meets tennis legend Bjorn Borg, tours the Nobel Museum, dances to an ABBA tribute act, and parties at the famous Ice Bar. She also treks on horseback along the Baltic Coast and experiences a relaxing Swedish sauna.

 

Series Title:      Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title:  Mahi Beamer: Nina Kealiiwahamana; Robert Cazimero (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/23/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Three magical talents, Mahi Beamer, Nina Keali’iwahamana and Robert Cazimero, blend their voices together to create an intimacy that only comes with family and good friends in this encore presentation of Na Mele from the PBS Hawaii studios.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:      Antiques Roadshow

Program Title:  Wichita, KS, Part 3

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               3/23/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visits the Wichita Art Museum’s collection of Art Nouveau works by glassmaker Frederick Carder, co-founder of the Steuben Glass Company. Discoveries include a 1920s Buddy “L” toy sand and gravel truck; a 19th-century bronze sculpture by British artist Edward Onslow Ford; and an 18th-century surveyor’s compass, made by one of the finest clockmaker’s in the Virginia colonies, valued at $20,000 to $25,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:      Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title:  Nora Okja Keller (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/24/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Korean-born, Hawaii-raised author Nora Okja Keller joins Leslie Wilcox for an engaging conversation on this week's Long Story Short. Nora shares stories about struggling with identity and ultimately finding her voice through writing. Although her two critically-acclaimed novels, Comfort Woman and Fox Girl depict dark themes of abandonment and abuse, Nora Okja Keller herself is a delightfully personable local girl.

This program will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:      Independent Lens

Program Title:  Lakshmi and Me

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/24/2009 10:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

In this intimate examination of the relationship between Indian filmmaker Nishtha Jain and her young maid, Lakshmi, Jain holds up a mirror to her own culture and the pervasive caste system that can still determine an individual’s fate in life. Set against this backdrop, where servants are habitually treated as social inferiors, the film looks at what can happen when an employer shows empathy, and a silent worker finds her voice.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/

 

Series Title:      Leahey & Leahey

Program Title:  WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/25/2009 7:30 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:      Great Performances

Program Title:  King Lear

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               3/25/2009 8:00 PM

Length:            180

Description:

William Shakespeare’s unrelenting tragedy King Lear is widely considered one of the playwright’s most enduring and haunting works for the stage. The challenge of playing its title role has been taken on by some of the greatest actors of our time — Orson Welles, Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ian Holm and James Earl Jones, to name only a few. The play opens with Lear’s proposal to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, according to how much each can profess her love for him, spiraling forward to dramatize the king’s deception, betrayal and eventual descent into madness. In March 2007, Britain’s renowned Royal Shakespeare Company launched a worldwide tour of the work, beginning in the Bard’s hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon, with the production subsequently presented to great critical acclaim at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music. The telecast, co-directed by Sir Trevor Nunn and Chris Hunt, marks Ian McKellen’s return to the RSC after a 17-year hiatus, a welcome homecoming that has resulted in his tour-de-force performance as Lear.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Through Namaka’s Eyes: The Life of Patience Bacon (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/26/2009 8:30 PM

Length:            60

Description:

A documentary focusing on the amazing life experience of one of Hawai‘i‘s Living Treasures, Pat Bacon, researcher and hula authority at the Bishop Museum.

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Planet Food: Southern India and Goa

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/26/2009 10:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Guest host Padma Lakshmi starts off in Mumbai, where she discovers the delightful street food and helps the dabbawallahs deliver lunches to the city’s businessmen. Next it’s off to Hyderabad where she explores the exotic bazaars and makes biryani for 200 children. Padma enjoys the traditional breakfast of Masala Dosa and makes sun-dried pappadams in Bangalore, tours the spice warehouses in Cochin, cooks up a fragrant coconut fish stew in Kerala and ends her journey in the Western Ghats by feasting with 10,000 pilgrims at a Krishna temple.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Richard Hoopii; Led Kaapana; Bobby Ingano; Chris Kamaka; Ululani

Hoopii (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/30/2009 7:30 PM

Length:            30

Description:

An encore presentation of an homage to the unique Hawaiian tradition of male falsetto singing, recorded in the PBS Hawaii studios.

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Chattanooga, TN, Part 1

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               3/30/2009 8:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Re-enactors fire a mid-19th-century cannon at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park to punctuate a discussion of collecting antique cannons. Discoveries include an 1826 Tennessee hunting horn; a Regency cellarette once owned by poet Lord Byron; and an heirloom necklace whose centerpiece is a five-carat diamond, valued at $250,000.

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Nanette Napoleon (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/31/2009 7:30 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie talks story with Hawaii’s leading expert on graveyards—Nanette Napoleon.  Nanette comes from a well-known, outdoorsy, athletic Hawaiian family, so it is ironic that her life’s passion became a subject many people consider morbid or depressing.  But Nanette finds cemeteries peaceful, fascinating places that transport us back into history.  Nanette reveals the event that first got her interested in graveyards and talks about the many research projects that she has done on the topic.

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Sunday.

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Recycle

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/31/2009 10:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Abu Amar, an ex-Mujahideen soldier, is trying to build a peaceful life after years of fighting in the Soviet-Afghan war. “Recycle” follows Amar’s daily life as he scours the streets to earn a meager living collecting cardboard to recycle and struggles with his faith and the social realities of life in the Middle East.

 

News & Public Affairs:

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, January 1, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/01/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Israel Considers Ground Attack as Conflict Escalates

Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed senior Hamas leader Nizar Rayyan as the Israeli government said it was ready to begin operations towards a ground invasion. New York Times reporter Ethan Bronner discusses the conflict.

ANALYSIS

Journalists Look Back on Tumultuous Financial Year

The economy experienced an extraordinary year of volatility in 2008 with the collapse of major financial firms and huge market losses. Financial writers discuss the year's significance and the road ahead in 2009.

REPORT

Volatile Fuel Prices Shift Off-shore Drilling Debate

The past year's volatile gas prices are impacting the ongoing debate on whether to drill for oil off the coasts of Virginia and California. Spencer Michels reports on how the price swings and new technology are affecting the controversy.

ANALYSIS

Cuban Government Celebrates 50th Anniversary

On the 50th anniversary of the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power in Cuba, analysts mull U.S.-Cuban relations and efforts to reform the economy and politics of the Latin American country.

CONVERSATION

Anti-Apartheid Activist Politician Helen Suzman Dies

Helen Suzman, the South African anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee has died at her home in Johannesburg at age 91. The NewsHour's Robert MacNeil discussed her views in a 1989 interview.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/02/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

CONVERSATION

Roland Burris Defends Appointment to Senate by Embattled Blagojevich

Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick for Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, Roland Burris, plans to take office next week despite objections from Senate leaders. Burris discusses the controversy surrounding his appointment with Ray Suarez.

REPORT

Infrastructure Spending May be Key to Boosting Economy

Some economists believe increasing government spending on infrastructure is the only way out of the nation's economic crisis. Paul Solman reports on how infrastructure spending may be a crucial way to resuscitate the economy.

ANALYSIS

New Year Brings New Congress, Foreign Policy Challenges

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and National Review Editor Ramesh Ponnuru discuss President-elect Obama's mounting foreign policy concerns, the shape of the new Congress, and an emerging economic stimulus plan.

ANALYSIS

Arts Funding Feels Squeeze of Economic Downturn

Many arts organizations that depend on endowments and both individual and corporate donations are struggling to cope with budget shortfalls in the midst of the economic downturn. Analysts discuss the recession's impact on arts and cultural organizations.

CONVERSATION

Documentary Traces Family's Struggle After Katrina

Herbert Gettridge struggled for years to rebuild his New Orleans home in the lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. In an interview, producer June Cross describes how she documented Gettridge's story in "The Old Man and the Storm" which airs on "Frontline" on Jan. 6.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 2, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               01/02/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/02/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/02/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/02/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/02/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation. 

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, January 5, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/05/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Obama Works on Stimulus Plan, Reportedly Picks Panetta for CIA Chief

President-elect Barack Obama met with party leaders on Capitol Hill Monday to discuss an economic stimulus package. Reports also emerged that he selected former White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to lead the CIA. Journalists discuss the latest news.

ANALYSIS

Israeli Troops Backed by Airstrikes Move Deeper Into Gaza

Israeli forces continued their military campaign in the Gaza Strip Monday as international calls for a cease-fire intensified. Foreign policy analysts mull the latest developments in the fighting.

REPORT

Even Insured Patients Struggle as Health Care Costs Rise

As health insurance premiums and deductibles rise, even patients with health insurance are finding it difficult to keep up with escalating costs. Betty Ann Bowser reports on the challenges facing the "underinsured" in Nashville, Tenn.

ANALYSIS

Congress Asks Regulators for Answers in Madoff Scandal

Congress questioned federal regulators during a hearing Monday about why so many warning signs surrounding the business dealings of Wall Street investor Bernard Madoff went unnoticed. New York Times reporter Alex Berenson details the latest developments.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, January 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/06/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

New Congress Faces Economy, Foreign Policy Challenges

On the opening day of the 111th Congress, a newly expanded Democratic majority was sworn in and President-elect Barack Obama sought support for a stimulus package. Former lawmakers discuss the challenges ahead.

ANALYSIS

Obama's Picks for Top Intel Jobs Stir Mixed Reactions

President-elect Barack Obama's appointments for the nation's top intelligence jobs were met with skepticism by some members of Congress who expected candidates with more intelligence experience. Intelligence analysts mull the appointments.

REPORT

States Faces Shortages of Primary Care Doctors

While universal healthcare legislation in Massachusetts means more people today are insured, the new demand for primary care doctors outstrips the supply. Educational loans, low wages and fights with insurance companies are turning growing numbers of students away from the field. Betty Ann Bowser reports.

ANALYSIS

U.S. Intensifies Push for Cease-fire in Gaza

President-elect Barack Obama has said that the Middle East will be a top foreign policy priority, but the task of negotiating a cease-fire to the current burst of Gaza fighting still falls to the Bush administration. Analysts examine the U.S. role in Mideast peace talks.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: The Old Man and the Storm

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               01/06/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Six months after Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, producer June Cross came across 82-year-old Herbert Gettridge working alone on his home in the lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood devastated when the levees broke in August 2005.  Over the next two years, Cross would document the story of the extended Gettridge clan-an African-American family with deep roots in New Orleans-as they struggled to rebuild their homes and their lives.  Their efforts would be deeply impacted by larger decisions about urban planning, public health, and the insurance industry, by the decisions of policymakers about federal funding for rebuilding the Gulf, and state and city plans for dispersing those monies.  The moving personal story of Mr. Gettridge and his family reveals the human cost of this tragedy, the continued inadequacies of government's response in the aftermath of Katrina, and how race, class, and politics have affected the attempts to rebuild this American city.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, January 7, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/07/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Federal Budget Deficit Projected to Skyrocket in 2009

New Congressional Budget Office figures released Wednesday predict the federal budget deficit will hit $1.2 trillion in 2009. Analysts mull what the numbers mean.

REPORT

As Costs Rise, Businesses Struggle to Provide Worker Health Insurance

In the third and final in a series on health care challenges facing the new administration, Betty Ann Bowser reports on small businesses' struggle to keep up with the rising cost of insuring their employees.

ANALYSIS

Presidents Gather at Historic White House Meeting

Every living U.S. president -- George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter -- came together at the White House on Wednesday to meet with President-elect Barack Obama. Historians mull the advice the former presidents may have offered Mr. Obama.

REPORT

Unrest Spreads in China as Economy Worsens

Chinese leaders are facing new pressures amid fears that a national social crisis is looming, brought on by millions of job losses and a surge in public protests. Nick Paton Walsh of Independent Television News reports.

ANALYSIS

Apple Removes iTunes Copying Restrictions, Makes Price Changes for Downloads

Apple has announced its plans to make music from four major record companies available through iTunes without copying restrictions and outlined a new three-tiered pricing system for individual songs. A reporter discusses the implications of the changes for the music industry.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, January 8, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/08/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Pelosi: Congress Must Move Quickly on Stimulus Package

In response to President-elect Barack Obama's economy speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi outlined her concerns about getting an economic stimulus plan through the 111th Congress.

ANALYSIS

New President's Economic Plan Faces Numerous Congressional Hurdles

President-elect Barack Obama's economic recovery plan may face significant resistance in Congress. Analysts discuss the hurdles the Obama proposal will likely encounter as he pushes his agenda on Capitol Hill.

ANALYSIS

Daschle Pledges Bipartisan Health Care Reform Effort

During a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, Health and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle pledged to lead a bipartisan health care reform effort, based on evidence and not ideology. Experts discuss the challenges he will face if confirmed.

 

Series Title:     Island Insights

Program Title: Hawaii’s DTV Transition: Get the Picture (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/08/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Hawaii television is going digital on January 15, 2009 and many people are asking… Why is this happening?  Does it affect me?  Should I be concerned?  What do I have to do to prepare?  Where can I turn for answers?  In this special encore, our panelists explain who, what, where, when, how and why we all need to “get the picture” about Hawaii’s digital television transition.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     E2

Program Title: Harvesting the Wind

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/08/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Wind is the fastest growing energy source in the world, yet it has struggled for acceptance in the United States. However, in southwest Minnesota, wind energy is a growing source of local energy and income for farmers. Elsewhere, local farmers have taken it upon themselves to form wind co-ops, with the same positive economic results. The Minnesota state government plays a key role in wind policy, begging the question: will the rest of the U.S. follow Minnesota's lead?

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/09/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

CONVERSATION

Obama Inauguration Teacher Forum

What can you do with your students before January 20 to make the experience more meaningful? How can you sustain interest in politics and civics? Two teaching experts answered your questions on teaching the Obama inauguration during a 20-minute discussion.

REPORT

December Job Losses Compound Economic Woes

Unemployment rose to 7.2 percent in December, the highest since 1993, according to a new report from the Labor Department. Employers cut 524,000 jobs, and some economy-watchers fear more cuts are still to come. Ray Suarez reports.

ANALYSIS

Report Faults Lax Oversight of Treasury's Bailout Funds

A congressional panel has criticized the Treasury Department's oversight of the $700 billion financial industry bailout. The panel's report says the rescue funds have failed to alleviate the foreclosure crisis and the department has not kept a thorough record of spending. A senator explains the findings.

REPORT

Economists Explain Why Hints of the Economic Crisis Eluded Them

Some of the nation's brightest economists failed to predict the foreclosure crisis and economic recession that followed. Paul Solman asks them why no one connected the dots in time to warn the public.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks Mull Obama's Intel Picks, Stimulus Plan

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks assess the week's news, including Obama's new intelligence team and his push to get a new economic stimulus package through Congress.

ANALYSIS

Humanitarian Concerns Mount in Gaza as U.N. Calls for Cease-fire

As fighting continued in Gaza Friday, U.N. officials said they would resume their aid shipments to Palestinians after receiving assurances from the Israel that aid workers would be better protected. U.N. and Israeli officials give their views on the situation.

 

Series Title:     Everybody's Business

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/09/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jobs.  Housing.  Tourism.  Transportation.  Energy.  Planning.  It’s everybody’s business!  And Everybody’s Business with Howard Dicus keeps everybody informed of the issues affecting us here in Hawaii and beyond. 

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 9, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               01/09/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/09/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/09/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/09/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, January 12, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/12/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Bush Looks Back on Presidency in Final Press Conference

In what he called "the ultimate exit interview," President George W. Bush gave his final press conference Monday, admitting to some mistakes while defending the bulk of his decisions on domestic, economic, and foreign policy.

ANALYSIS

At a Presidency's End, Reflections on the Bush Legacy

President George W. Bush gave his final press conference Monday, admitting to some mistakes while defending his actions on national security and the economy. Analysts look back on Mr. Bush's eight years in office.

REPORT

Gaza Conflict Reverberates on Beirut Streets

Beirut, once known as the Paris of the Middle East, has more recently seen decades of civil war and conflict -- and the growing power of Hezbollah as a political party. Jeffrey Brown reports from the Lebanese capital on reaction to the Gaza conflict there.

ANALYSIS

U.S.-Mexico Ties May Hinge on Drug War, Economy

President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon Monday, emphasizing the importance of strong U.S.-Mexico relations. Analysts discuss how Mr. Obama may handle the ties in light of Mexico's drug war and the global economic downturn.

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, January 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/13/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Clinton Faces Questions on Bid to Become Top Diplomat

Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate confirmation hearing began Tuesday, when she answered questions on a range of foreign policy issues. Clinton also defended herself against criticisms of conflicts of interest linked to foreign contributions to her husband's charitable foundation.

ANALYSIS

Hearing Holds Clues to Clinton's Foreign Policy Approach

Sen. Hillary Clinton took questions on Iraq, Iran and other foreign policy issues in her confirmation hearing Tuesday. Analysts examine what she may face as the nation's top envoy.

REPORT

Energy, Education Nominees Begin Confirmation Hearings

Along with Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton, the nominees for Secretary of Education and Secretary of Energy began their Senate confirmation hearings Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Ray Suarez reports on the process.

REPORT

Finding Good Principals Proves Critical to D.C. Schools Reform

Washington, D.C., schools chief Michelle Rhee closed 23 schools and fired 40 principals last summer as part of an overhaul of the public school system. John Merrow reports on one principal's reaction to Rhee's dramatic approach and how her reform efforts are faring.

CONVERSATION

Poet Elizabeth Alexander Reflects on Inaugural Reading

Only a few poets have participated in the swearing-in ceremony for our nation's highest office, and on Jan. 20, Elizabeth Alexander will become just the fourth to hold that honor when she will recite an original poem at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.

 

Series Title:     The Ascent of Money

Program Title: TUESDAY, January 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/13/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

The Ascent of Money is a film is written and presented by the bestselling author, economist, historian, and Harvard professor Niall Ferguson. He traces the evolution of money and demonstrates that financial history is the essential back-story behind all history. “Everyone needs to understand the complex history of money and our relationship to it,” he says. “By learning how societies have continually created and survived financial crises, we can find solid solutions to today’s worldwide economic emergency.” As he traverses historic financial hot spots around the world, Ferguson illuminates fundamental economic concepts and speaks with leading experts in the financial world.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, January 14, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/14/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Cheney Reflects on Legacy, Defends Interrogation Policy

Vice President Dick Cheney looks back on the Bush administration's eight years in office, answers new questions on claims that the U.S. tortured terror suspects and assesses the challenges ahead for the Obama team.

UPDATE

Geithner Hearing Delayed Amid Tax Controversy

The Senate finance committee postponed Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy Geithner's confirmation hearing until next week after reports emerged of problems with Geithner's federal tax return payments. A Wall Street Journal reporter details the latest.

REPORT

Economists Place Their Bets With Predictions for 2009

In the second of his new series on making sense of financial news, Paul Solman asks economists for predictions for the year ahead and interviews "standup economist" Yoram Bauman, who mines financial news for comedic material.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, January 15, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/15/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Text: President Bush's Farewell Address

Following is text, as prepared for delivery and distributed to media organizations by the White House, of President Bush's farewell address Thursday.

UPDATE

US Airways Plane Crashes Into Hudson River, but All Aboard Survive

A US Airways Airbus 320 crashed into the icy waters of the Hudson River Thursday, apparently after birds struck the engine, but rescuers were able to pull more than 150 passengers and crew to safety. Reporters covering the story provide details on the crash.

ANALYSIS

Holder Fields Tough Questions in Confirmation Hearing

Attorney General nominee Eric Holder answered questions at his Senate confirmation hearing on wiretapping, defining torture, and his involvement in the Clinton Administration's controversial pardons. Analysts probe the major issues of Holder's hearing.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Boehner Outlines GOP Views on Obama's Stimulus Plan

House Minority Leader John Boehner outlined his views of President-elect Barack Obama's stimulus plan Thursday, criticizing the size of the spending packages and saying the focus should be on providing quick relief to families and small businesses.

REPORT

Steve Jobs' Medical Leave Raises Questions for Apple

Apple CEO Steve Jobs' decision to take six months of medical leave for an illness he has deemed a "horomone imbalance" caused the company's stock to fall sharply. Spencer Michels examines Jobs' singular influence in the technology world.

 

Series Title:     Island Insights

Program Title: Legislature Launch

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/15/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

House Speaker Calvin Say and Senate President Colleen Hanabusa discuss the upcoming legislative session and the areas impacted by state budget cuts—Plus Howard Dicus, with the help of State Senator Russell Kokobun, shows us how the average citizen would maneuver his way through the legislative process. Tune in, call in and join in the discussion. To email questions ahead of time, go to www.pbshawaii.org. This program will be rebroadcast at 10:30pm Friday and 3:00pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     E2

Program Title: Energy for a Developing World

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/15/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

A cleaner energy future depends, in large part, on responsible energy consumption in the developing world. Founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Shakti organization in Bangladesh distributes small solar energy systems and portable bio-gas systems to rural Bangladeshis, empowering women and the poor in the process.

http://www.pbs.org/e2/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/16/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

As Flight 1549 Emergency Landing Probe Continues, Pilot and Crew Are Praised

As more details into Thursday's emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 emerge, aviation experts praised pilot Chesley Sullenberger 3rd for his smooth handling of the airplane following its double engine loss. An aviation expert and a pilot discuss the extraordinary water landing.

REPORT

Washington Braces for Massive Inauguration Day Turnout

From transportation plans to inauguration security details, D.C. officials are bracing for one of the biggest days in the city's history. Ray Suarez reports on the massive challenges organizers face and some of the problems involved in managing the crowds.

CONVERSATION

Foundation Invites Disadvantaged to Attend Inauguration

'The People's Inaugural Project,' a faith-based charity program founded by Earl Stafford, will bring 400 disadvantaged people to Washington D.C. for Inauguration Day to stay in a hotel and participate in meals, balls, and parties. Mr. Stafford discusses the $1.5 million undertaking.

ANALYSIS

Inauguration, Transition and Bush Farewell Top Week's Political News

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks look ahead to Inauguration Day, discuss Barack Obama's dinner with conservative columnists and analyze President Bush's attempts to shape a legacy.

REPORT

Author Offers Insights on Slavery, the Capitol, and Obama's Inauguration

Jesse J. Holland, author of "Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African American History in and around Washington, D.C." reflects on the poignancy of Barack Obama's inauguration in a city that was built partially by slaves.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 16, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               01/16/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:    NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/16/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/16/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/16/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/16/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

The McLaughlin Group

Friday, January 16 at 10:00pm

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation. 

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, January 19, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/19/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Washington Finalizes Preparations for Historic Inauguration

Organizers are bracing for the record crowds converging on Washington for Inauguration Day. Judy Woodruff gives an update on the last-minute preparations, the transportation outlook and the city's security plans.

ANALYSIS

Inauguration Marks Generational, Racial Turning Point

Barack Obama's inauguration marks a turning point for the civil rights movement. Experts mull the event's significance and how it may shift the conversation over race in America.

REPORT

Auto Industry Shows Small Signs of Recovery at Annual Detroit Show

At the annual Detroit auto show, car enthusiasts were not letting the frigid weather or drab economic climate deter them. Fred de Sam Lazaro gives an update from Detroit on the state of the auto industry and its efforts to pull itself out of the slump.

REPORT

Recession Hurts Ranchers Who've Seen Price of Stock Plummet

The recession is squeezing cattlemen on all sides, with the costs of supplies rising and beef prices down. Tom Bearden reports from the National Western Stock Show on how the plummeting economy is hurting ranchers.

ANALYSIS

Gaza Cease-fire Emerged Amid Mix of Political, Internal Pressures

Israeli officials said their military has been ordered to pull out of the Gaza Strip by Tuesday, but only if Hamas militants keep their end of the weekend's cease-fire agreement. Analysts examine where both sides stand after three weeks of fighting.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, January 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/20/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Transcript: Obama's Inaugural Address

Following is the text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address, as prepared for delivery and distributed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

REPORT

Barack Obama Sworn In as President on Historic Day

Barack Obama took the oath of office Tuesday to become the 44th president of the United States. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT

Crowds Descend on National Mall to Celebrate Inauguration

As many as 2 million people converged on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Gwen Ifill reports on the record crowds and their reactions to the historic day.

ANALYSIS

Obama Claims Presidency, Cites Challenges Ahead

Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks and historians offer their views on President Barack Obama's landmark inauguration and his promise for a new era of responsibility.

REPORT

Senate Confirms Several Obama Nominees on Inauguration Day

The Senate confirmed several of the Obama administration's Cabinet choices but delayed voting on Hillary Clinton for secretary of state. Jim Lehrer reports on the day's events.

ESSAY

As Obama Takes Office, Another President Says Good-bye

Essayist Richard Rodriguez mulls the nature and significance of presidential farewells as George W. Bush leaves the White House to his successor, President Barack Obama.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: Dreams of Obama

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               01/20/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

On the night of Barack Obama's historic inauguration, FRONTLINE examines the rich personal and political biography of the 44th president of the United States. Through interviews with insiders and observers who've tracked Obama from his days at Harvard Law School, through his rise in Chicago politics, to his emergence onto the national scene after the 2004 Democratic National Convention, FRONTLINE chronicles Obama's meteoric rise, pushing beyond the headlines to reveal how he won one of the most memorable, and important, presidential elections of our time.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, January 21, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/21/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

On First Day in Office, Obama Tackles the Economy, Iraq

On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama set to work on the top issues facing his administration including the economy and the war in Iraq and signed an executive order on ethics for White House employees. Kwame Holman reports.

ANALYSIS

Banking Sector, Bailout Reform May Top Obama Economic Agenda

Treasury nominee Timothy Geithner went before a Senate panel Wednesday, answering questions on the financial crisis as well as his tax payment controversy. Analysts mull what's ahead for Obama's economic agenda.

ANALYSIS

In First Meeting With Military, Obama Outlines Goals for Action in Iraq

President Obama met with top military officials to discuss the status of Iraq and his administration's plans to withdraw combat troops from Iraq by May 2010. Retired Army generals discuss the feasibility of his plan.

REPORT

Change Comes Quickly to the White House Web Site

To further President Barack Obama's pledge for more government transparency, the White House plans to use the Internet to communicate directly with citizens and expand technology's role in the presidency. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT

Clinton Confirmed for State, Congress Works on Stimulus

Congress officially began working on the $825 billion stimulus package offered by House Democrats today and Hillary Clinton was confirmed as Secretary of State. Jim Lehrer reports on these events and the other news of the day.

 

Series Title:     Telling the Truth: The Best in Broadcast Journalism

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, January 21, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/21/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Go behind the scenes with the year's best reporters and ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff, the host of "Telling the Truth: The Best in Broadcast Journalism." Woodruff gets the inside story on award-winning reporting in interviews with the 2009 winners of the Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Awards in television and radio journalism. Learn how reporters and producers uncover injustice, outsmart a blizzard of spin, and, in some cases, put their lives on the line to bring the most important stories to light.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, January 22, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/22/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama's Day Two Brings Policy Changes, New Staff

President Barack Obama's second full day in office brought more policy decisions and staffing moves, including the naming of two diplomatic envoys for the Middle East and Afghanistan and Pakistan. Kwame Holman reports.

UPDATE

With Guantanamo Set to Close, Questions Remain Over Where to Send Detainees

President Obama signed an executive order Thursday to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for foreign terrorism suspects within a year. An NPR reporter discusses the plan and what may happen next to the facility's detainees.

REPORT

Tech Industry Faces Struggles Amid Economic Slump

Microsoft announced a drop in earnings and unprecedented job cuts, and the Intel Corporation revealed plans to shutter five plants and lay off thousands of workers Thursday. Lee Hochberg examines how the technology industry is weathering the economic crisis.

CONVERSATION

Michelle Obama Sets Goals for Family, New Life in the White House

As the new first lady, Michelle Obama's background and style have captivated the public. White House senior adviser and Obama family friend Valerie Jarrett discusses the first lady's role and provides insight on life in the Obama White House.

REPORT

Congress Moves on Stimulus Package, Kennedy Withdraws From N.Y. Senate Race

Caroline Kennedy withdrew her name from consideration for New York's Senate seat and the House made plans to vote on a proposed stimulus package next week. Jim Lehrer reports on these developments and other news of the day.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: The Shape of Things to Come

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/22/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Journalists Richard Borecca (Star Bulletin), Denby Fawcett (KITV4 News), Wayne Yoshioka (Hawaii Public Radio), and Dave Shapiro (an independent columnist who appears in the Advertiser) discuss the year ahead of us in light of the state budget cuts, Governor Lingle’s State of the State, the Presidential Inauguration, and the impact of the economic downturn on those covering the news.

Tune in, call in and join in the discussion. To email questions ahead of time, go to www.pbshawaii.org. This program will be rebroadcast at 10:30pm Friday and 3:00pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Jack Hall: His Life and Times (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/22/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Produced by the Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR), University of Hawaii-West Oahu, this documentary covers Jack Hall's remarkable voyage from ordinary seaman to Vice-President at the ILWU International, and follows the ILWU while retracing some of the most critical events in island labor history.

Compelling interviews include those with Hall's family, friends, politicians, members of the early years of labor organizing in Hawaii, and labor historians. The documentary was shot entirely in Hawaii and San Francisco; in addition, exclusive archival film/photographs depict early labor events including strikes, marches and speeches that convey a visceral sense of the times.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/hall

 

Series Title:     E2      

Program Title: Paving the Way

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/22/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

In America, transportation consumes nearly 70 percent of all oil used. Can efficient automobile design offer a solution to the environmental damage caused by our beloved cars? General Motors unveils the Volt, a super-hybrid vehicle, and the fuel cell-powered Sequel; technology firm Fiberforge shows off the latest in ultra-lightweight materials for car manufacturing.

http://www.pbs.org/e2/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/23/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Works on Stimulus Package with Key Congressional Leaders

On his third day in office, President Barack Obama worked to resolve the economic downturn with congressional leaders from both parties. Ray Suarez reports.

ANALYSIS

Fallout Continues Over Banking Sector Woes, Forced Mergers

In the midst of September's Wall Street meltdown, Bank of America agreed to buy the troubled Merrill Lynch -- a buyout that has proved troublesome. Analysts assess what may come next for the struggling industry.

CONVERSATION

Inauguration Elicits Varied Sentiments in Middle East

Reporting from Egypt, Lebanon and Kuwait during the transition to the new presidency, Jeffrey Brown spoke with locals about their reactions to the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks Weigh Obama's First Week, Economy Plans

President Barack Obama wasted no time putting his stamp on key policy areas during his first few days in office -- including renewing a push for an economic stimulus plan. Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the moves.

REPORT

European Markets Tumble, Missiles Strike Pakistan

European markets plunged Friday and Britain officially declared itself in a recession. Elsewhere in the world, suspected American missiles killed more than a dozen people in Pakistan; five militants were reportedly among the dead. Jim Lehrer reports on these events and other news.

REPORT

Salmonella-tainted Peanut Butter Raises Wider Health Concerns for FDA

Health officials are examining a salmonella outbreak linked to tainted peanut butter that has sickened nearly 500 people across 43 states and caused more than 100 product recalls. Betty Ann Bowser reports.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 23, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               01/23/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/23/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/23/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/23/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/23/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation. 

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, January 26, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/26/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

On Day Six, Obama Takes on Global Warming

President Barack Obama asked regulators to reconsider waivers that would allow California and other states to set their own standards for auto emissions and responded to new concerns about the economy at the start of his first full week in office. Jeffrey Brown reports on the developments.

ANALYSIS

Massive Job Cuts Renew Calls for Quick Action on Stimulus

Several U.S. companies reeling from the economic downturn announced a total of some 45,000 job cuts on Monday. Analysts assess what the employment situation signals about new government efforts to revive the economy.

REPORT

Stocks Edge Higher, Iceland's Government Collapses

Stocks edged higher Tuesday despite a new round of U.S. job cuts and Iceland's coalition government collapsed amid fallout from the global economic crisis. Judy Woodruff recaps the day's news headlines.

ANALYSIS

Obama Orders Regulators to Revisit Fuel Standards

President Barack Obama pledged renewed U.S. leadership to fight global warming Monday, as he ordered regulators to revisit the tightening of fuel-economy standards for new cars and trucks. Experts debate the significance of the announcement for automakers.

ANALYSIS

Supreme Court Rules for Workers in Retaliation Case

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that employees who speak out against discrimination in the workplace are entitled to legal protection from retribution. Marcia Coyle explains the court's decision.

REPORT

Switch to Digital TV Prompts Concerns, Calls for Delay

The impending switch to digital TV has caused confusion in some households and prompted Congress to consider delaying the switchover even further over concerns that the message has not yet reached some important groups. Kwame Holman reports.

UPDATE

Blagojevich Trial, Minnesota Recount Case Begin

A lawsuit challenging the results of the Minnesota Senate race went to court Tuesday and the state impeachment trial of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich began. Amy Walter of the Hotline updates the stories as well as the latest on the naming of a replacement for a New York Senate seat.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, January 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/27/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Tries to Bolster Republican Support For Stimulus

President Obama headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday to try to garner bipartisan support for his economic stimulus plan, which some Republican congressional leaders have criticized for not doing enough to create and preserve jobs. Ray Suarez reports.

ANALYSIS

In Calling for Bipartisanship, Obama Faces New Tests

President Barack Obama has promised to bring a more conciliatory brand of politics to Washington as lawmakers grapple over the economic stimulus bill and foreign policy decisions. Analysts discuss some of the president's first, and most important, legislative tests.

REPORT

Mitchell Travels to Middle East, Gates Announces Afghanistan Troop Increase

U.S. envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell began his first trip to the region Tuesday, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates called Afghanistan America's "greatest military challenge" as he announced that thousands more troops will be sent there this spring. Jim Lehrer recaps the day's other news developments.

ANALYSIS

States Grapple With Unique Difficulties in Economic Downturn

As the impact of the economic downturn ripples across the U.S., four public broadcasting reporters describe how the recession has impacted their states and local communities.

REPORT

Obama Addresses Arab World in First Post-Inaugural Interview

In his first extensive post-inaugural interview, President Obama assured Muslims that America was not an enemy. Hisham Melhem, Washington bureau chief of Al Arabiya, discusses the Middle East's reaction to the Al-Arabiya interview and Obama's challenges ahead in the region.

CONVERSATION

Acclaimed American Author John Updike Dies at Age 76

John Updike, one of the most prolific and popular American authors of his generation who chronicled the drama of everyday suburban life, died Tuesday, his publisher said. Writer Nicholas Delbanco, a former student of Updike's, remembers his friend and mentor.

 

Series Title:     Frontline/World

Program Title: Getting Out of Gitmo

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               01/27/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

PBS's premier international newsmagazine returns with three more "stories from a small planet," starting with the odyssey of several dozen men from their homes in rural China to years of detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In "Getting Out of Gitmo," FRONTLINE/World correspondent Alexandra Poolos tracks some of these men to Albania, where they were quietly released a few years ago; then Poolos investigates the future of the seventeen remaining prisoners who are hoping to be released by the new administration.  Also in this hour:  The inside story of a group of shop owners and young activists who stood up to the powerful Sicilian mafia, and the story of a Brazilian politician who took the name "Barack Obama" for his historic bid to become the first black mayor of his town.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, January 28, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/28/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Calls for 'Bold and Swift' Action on Economy

President Barack Obama met Wednesday with business leaders and renewed his calls for Congress's quick action on passing a new economic stimulus plan.

REPORT

Global Economic Growth Slows, Early Voting Begins in Iraq

Economists at the International Monetary Fund predict that the global economy will grow by less than one percent in 2009 and Iraqis went to the polls for early voting in provincial elections, with the rest of the country set to vote on Saturday. Jim Lehrer recaps the day's other headlines.

ANALYSIS

Fed Vows to Use 'All Available Tools' to Prop Up Economy

The Fed has been extraordinarily active in recent months, and there are some calls now to expand its future role as a financial regulator. Analysts examine the Fed's evolving role.

REPORT

In Iowa, Questions Arise on Impact of Ethanol Production

Al Gore testified before Congress Wednesday on the urgency of energy policy reform and made the case for easing America's reliance on carbon-based fuels. Heidi Cullen of Climate Central reports on an emerging debate over the changing land use and impact of ethanol production in Iowa.

CONVERSATION

Carter Reflects on Middle East Conflict, Obama's Diplomatic Road Ahead

As President Obama tries to reinvigorate U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East, former President Carter has come out with a new book, "We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work." In an interview, Mr. Carter reflects on the book and the diplomatic road ahead.

ANALYSIS

Pope Draws Criticism for Pardoning Bishop

Pope Benedict XVI's decision to reinstate Bishop Richard Williamson, who has made comments denying the full extent of the Holocaust and the existence of gas chambers during World War II, has drawn sharp criticism. A reporter discusses the controversy.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, January 29, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/29/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Lashes Out at Wall Street Over Bonuses

President Barack Obama lashed out at Wall Street Thursday over reports that executives collected more than $18 billion in bonuses last year as his economic stimulus package headed to the Senate for review. Kwame Holman reports.

ANALYSIS

Stimulus Package May Yield Mixed Economic Results

President Barack Obama's $819 billion stimulus proposal now heads to the Senate with little GOP support. Economists examine whether the proposed measure can succeed at its goals.

REPORT

Blagojevich Ousted From Office, Stocks Fall Sharply

The Illinois state Senate officially removed Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office over the fallout from a corruption scandal and stocks fell sharply on another day of bleak economic news. Jim Lehrer recaps the day's other news headlines.

REPORT

Scientists Hope to Renew Stem Cell Advances

Stem cell scientists anticipate a loosening of federal research funding restrictions under the Obama administration despite otherwise shrinking budgets. Spencer Michels reports on where stem cell research stands and how scientists think it may change in the coming years.

UPDATE

Concern Grows Over Deadly Outbreak of Salmonella Poisoning

Federal investigators uncovered new details this week about conditions at a Georgia food factory that produced salmonella-tainted peanut products, which have killed eight and sickened hundreds more. Elizabeth Weise of USA Today updates the story.

REPORT

Issue of Military Suicides Continues to Raise Concern

Army officials said Thursday that suicides among troops are at their highest level in decades. In 2008, the Army suicide rate surpassed the civilian rate for the first time since the Vietnam War. In this encore report, Betty Ann Bowser examines the problem of veteran suicides.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: Hawaii’s Safety Net

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               01/29/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

With State Budget cuts imminent and needs increasing, how are social service agencies faring in these tough economic times?

Tune in, call in and join in the discussion. To email questions ahead of time, go to www.pbshawaii.org. This program will be rebroadcast at 10:30pm Friday and 3:00pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     E2

Program Title: Growing Energy

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/29/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

In response to the oil crisis of the 1970s, Brazil created a domestic ethanol industry that is thriving on all levels, from production to distribution at gas stations to nationwide adoption of flex-fuel cars. Looking at policies, infrastructure, manufacturing and consumer acceptance as keys to longevity, this episode examines what we can learn from Brazil's extraordinary success with ethanol.

http://www.pbs.org/e2/

 

Series Title:     E2

Program Title: Growing Energy

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/29/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

ANALYSIS

Shrinking GDP, Obama Task Force Cap Week's Economic News

There was more evidence Friday the recession is getting worse, a fact that President Obama and his economic team continued to confront. Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks mull Mr. Obama's approach.

ANALYSIS

Backlash Continues Over Billions Paid in Wall Street Bonuses in 2008

In one of the worst economic years in history, Wall Street executives received more than $18 billion in bonuses. Experts examine how such bonuses work, followed by the analysis of Mark Shields and David Brooks.

REPORT

Global Trade Freezes Amid Economic Downturn

Economics correspondent Paul Solman returns to the trade hub of Long Beach, Calif., to check on how the import and export business has been impacted by the global econmoic crisis.

REPORT

Rethinking Regulation's Role in a Struggling Economy

A new government report cites continued oversight problems for the $700 billion federal rescue plan. Ray Suarez examines emerging views on regulation's role in the U.S. economy and the possible creation of a government-run "bad bank" that would help take soured assets off the books of U.S. institutions.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks Weigh Illinois, RNC Actions

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks consider the Republican National Committee's selection of a new chairman and Illinois politics following the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

ESSAY

Value's Meaning Shines Through as Economy Falters

In this time of economic crisis, essayist Anne Taylor Fleming reflects on how difficult it is to gauge the real value of things.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 30, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               01/30/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 30, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/29/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 30, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/30/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 30, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/30/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, January 30, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/30/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation. 

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, February 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/2/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Ethical, Legal Challenges Loom in Vetting Cabinet Choices

While some of President Obama's Cabinet picks have sailed through confirmation, others have hit snags, such as Tom Daschle's recent admission of past tax mistakes. Analysts mull the pitfalls of cabinet-building.

REPORT

In Other News, Senate Debates Stimulus Plan as Pittsburgh Heralds Super Bowl Win

The Senate resumed debate on the $900 economic stimulus package that hit snags among Republicans concerned about the rising costs of the package. Jim Lehrer reports on this and other top news of the day.

ANALYSIS

Iraqi Provincial Elections Shed New Light on Country's Political Progress

Saturday's provincial elections in Iraq went relatively smoothly with more than 7 million Iraqis -- roughly half of all voters -- participating. Analysts examine what the poll says about Iraq's political system and its readiness to govern when U.S. troops depart.

REPORT

Tenn. Coal Ash Disaster Raises Concerns about Similar Sites Nationwide

In December, tons of spilled coal ash devastated the town of Kingston, Tenn. Tom Bearden reports on the disaster's effects on residents, cleanup efforts and the debate over safety standards for other coal ash storage sites around the country.

ANALYSIS

Reporters Assess Effectiveness of Proposed Stimulus Plan

As Congress shapes the stimulus package, the debate rages on over what parts of the bill will be most effective in reviving the country's ailing economy. Business reporters analyze the plan's components.

REPORT

NOVA Explores the Role of Technology in Espionage

An excerpt of Tuesday's NOVA program sheds light on the role of technology in espionage, focusing on the National Security Agency's surveillance of Osama bin Laden.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, February 3, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/3/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Tax Lapses Derail Daschle and Killefer Nominations

Two prominent Obama nominees, Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer, withdrew their nominations Tuesday over controversies surrounding tax lapses. Political reporters mull the impact.

REPORT

Other News: Auto Sales Drop, Pakistan Supply Route Cut

U.S. auto companies reported deep losses in sales Tuesday, while a key supply route was bombed in Pakistan. Judy Woodruff reports on these developments and other news headlines of the day.

DEBATE

Spending, Tax Cuts in Stimulus Package Provoke Fierce Debate in Senate

Opponents of the stimulus package moving through the Senate are skeptical of the bill's increasing size, and of certain proposals they claim would not effectively boost the economy. Senators Jack Reed and John Thune debate the measure.

REPORT

New Orleans Schools Try New Ways to Combat Truancy

In New Orleans, truancy is a continuing problem for schools struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. John Merrow continues his series on troubled public schools.

CONVERSATION

On Frontline, a Personal Look at Parkinson's

Frontline correspondent Dave Iverson recently learned he has Parkinson's disease, like his father and brother before him. Iverson discusses his personal struggle and the latest medical research.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: My Father, My Brother and Me

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/3/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In 2004, journalist Dave Iverson received the same news that had been delivered to his father and older brother years earlier: He had Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neurological disorder that affects about one million Americans. In a FRONTLINE and ITVS joint production, Iverson sets off on a personal journey to explore the scientific, ethical, and political debate that surrounds Parkinson’s, a disease at the center of the ongoing controversy over embryonic stem cell research. Iverson talks to scientists on the cutting edge of new cures and therapies for Parkinson’s as well as a number of other major neurological conditions. And he has intimate conversations with fellow Parkinson’s sufferers like actor Michael J. Fox and writer Michael Kinsley.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, February 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/4/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Obama Limits Executive Pay for Firms Tied to Bailout

President Obama announced Monday new caps on executive pay for those firms receiving federal bailout aid. Analysts examine the new guidelines.

REPORT

Other News: Senate Debates Stimulus, Obama Signs Child Health Care Bill

The debate over the stimulus bill continued in the Senate and President Obama signed legislation to increase health care spending for low-income children. Jim Lehrer reports on this and other news of the day.

ANALYSIS

'Buy American' Clause in Stimulus Sparks Controversy

Foreign governments are outraged over a provision of the stimulus bill requiring that any manufactured goods used in public works projects connected with stimulus money come from American suppliers. Experts mull the dispute.

REPORT

Global Economic Downturn Slams Ireland, Spares Poland

The economic slump is affecting European Union member countries very differently. In Ireland, companies are laying off workers, while the Polish economy is growing. Special correspondent Jeffrey Kaye reports.

REPORT

SEC Slammed During Madoff Hearing for Ignoring Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Lawmakers and a whistle-blower blasted the Securities and Exchange Commission during Congressional hearings into the case of Bernard Madoff, a Wall Street investor accused of massive fraud. Kwame Holman reports.

UPDATE

Congress Votes to Delay Switch to Digital TV Until June

Congress passed a bill Wednesday delaying the transition from analog to digital television until June to give Americans more time to prepare for the switch. A reporter gives an update.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, February 5, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/5/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Lawmakers Wrangle Over Costs of Stimulus Package

Senate Democrats pushed for more votes on an economic stimulus bill Thursday amid efforts to trim the plan's costs. Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., offer their views.

REPORT

Other News: Jobless Claims Rise; Ginsburg Hospitalized

Jobless claims rose and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Jim Lehrer reports on these and other news developments of the day.

ANALYSIS

CIA Nominee Panetta May Face Overhaul of Counterterrorism Measures

As CIA director nominee Leon Panetta undergoes Senate confirmation scrutiny, he faces the job of leading an intelligence agency that is changing course on interrogation tactics and other policies. A former CIA official and a reporter weigh in on the matter.

UPDATE

Vatican Orders Bishop to Recant Holocaust Denial

After encountering international criticism, the Vatican has demanded that a bishop whose excommunication was lifted last month by Pope Benedict XVI recant his denial of the Holocaust. A National Catholic reporter gives an update.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: Domestic Violence in Today’s Economy

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/5/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Dan Boylan hosts a discussion on the impact of budget cuts and the economic crisis on the social service organizations that help victims of domestic violence.  Will organizations like the Domestic Violence Action center have the means to deal with this dire social problem, and could the stress on families caused by the economic downturn lead to an increase in domestic violence? Guests include CEO of the Domestic Violence Action Center Nancy Kriedman, family court judge Michael Broderick, and others.  Howard Dicus lends his economic perspective with his “Everybody’s Business” features.

Tune in, call in and join in the discussion. To email questions ahead of time, go to www.pbshawaii.org. This program will be rebroadcast at 10:30pm Friday and 3:00pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     E2

Program Title: State of Resolve

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/5/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Could California's progressive energy policies influence the United States towards a cleaner energy future? The laws that California passed to regulate greenhouse gas emissions perpetuate the state's reputation for environmental leadership, driving it to become a global leader in clean air technologies.

http://www.pbs.org/e2/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/6/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Gloomy Job Numbers Signal New Woes for Economy

U.S. employers cut 598,000 jobs in January, bringing the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent, in another sign of the deepening recession. It was the worst one-month job loss since 1974.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Axelrod Reflects on Struggles Over Stimulus, Troubled Cabinet Bids

White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod discusses President Barack Obama's stance in the struggle to pass a stimulus bill and reflects on errors made in how the Obama team has handled some of the nominations to top administration positions.

REPORT

In Other News, Stocks Rise on Wall Street, Calif. Budget Crisis Deepens

Despite a dismal jobs report, the market rose as the Senate began debating the economic stimulus bill. California closed most of its government offices today due to its worsening budget shortfalls, forcing more than 200,000 state workers to stay home without pay.

REPORT

Good Bank vs. Bad Bank: Segregating Toxic Assets Might Help U.S. Economy Rebound

Business correspondent Paul Solman explores the problem of banks holding toxic assets and explains how the Swedes successfully emerged from a similar economic crisis by splitting banks into "good" and "bad" categories.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks Mull Stimulus Debate, Obama's Next Policy Steps

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the tough debate on Capitol Hill over the stimulus bill, the tax trouble that ended Tom Daschle's Cabinet nomination and how President Obama is faring so far.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 6, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               2/6/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/6/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/6/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/6/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/5/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation. 

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, February 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/9/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Makes Case to Nation for Stimulus Plan

President Barack Obama gave a prime-time press conference Monday to make his case to the public for an economic stimulus plan and to respond to other policy issues. Following is the text of Mr. Obama's prepared statement and the full audio of the president's remarks and his answers to reporter questions.

ANALYSIS

Obama Courts Public Support for Economic Stimulus Plan

President Obama traveled to Indiana Monday and planned a primetime news conference to build support for the stimulus bill that is nearing a final Senate vote. Reporters examine the next steps for the stimulus plan.

REPORT

Recession's Effects Batter New York School District

The Peekskill, N.Y., public school district is suffering from the deepening recession's ripple effects, which will force administrators to cut student bus services, teachers' positions and arts programs. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports.

REPORT

Other News: Geithner Makes TARP Changes; 4 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner finalized a plan outlining changes to the TARP plan Congress passed last year, and four U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq Monday in a suicide car bombing.

UPDATE

Death Toll Grows in Australian Wildfires

The death toll has risen in Australia's worst wildfire disaster in history, and the extremely fast-moving fires caught many off-guard. Independent Television News correspondent Libby Weiner reports.

UPDATE

Arson Suspected in Deadly Australian Wildfires

The death toll has reached 166 in Australia's worst wildfires in its history, and police suspect arsons might have caused some of the fires in the southeastern part of the country. A reporter provides an update from Sydney.

ANALYSIS

Munich Security Summit Focuses on Combating Afghan Insurgency

A security conference held in Munich, Germany, over the weekend focused on NATO efforts to help Afghanistan quell a Taliban resurgence and allow redevelopment to proceed. Tom Bearden reports, followed by analysts examining the options for better securing Afghanistan.

ESSAY

Valentine's Day May Mean More to Retailers Than Lovers

Guest Essayist Nancy Gibbs of Time magazine reflects on the true meaning of Valentine's Day, and determines that it isn't about greeting cards, chocolates, diamonds or flowers.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, February 10, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/10/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS    

Geithner Revamps Bank Rescue Plan

The Treasury Department outlined an overhaul of the financial rescue plan Tuesday as the stimulus bill moved forward. Economists and analysts react to the developments.

REPORT

In Other News, Oil Prices Plunge, General Motors Announces More Job Cuts

In other news of the day, the price of oil plunged after the energy department predicted shrinking demand, and General Motors announced it will cut 10,000 jobs.

ANALYSIS

New Steroid Revelations Cast Fresh Scrutiny on Baseball

Yankees star Alex Rodriguez recently admitted to using steroids early in his career and Miguel Tejada of the Houston Astros is now charged with lying to Congress about steroid use in professional baseball. Sports writers discuss the "steroids era" of baseball.

REPORT

On the 30th Anniversary of the Revolution, Iranian Leaders Mull the Future

Political and religious leaders in Iran are dealing with vast changes in the country's society since the revolution 30 years ago, including President Obama's suggestion for dialogue. Lindsey Hilsum, of Independent Television News, reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, February 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/11/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Congress Strikes Tentative $789B Deal on Stimulus Plan

Congressional leaders announced that they have reached a deal on a stimulus plan Wednesday -- although talks continued late in the day on the bill's final details. The Hotline's Amy Walter discusses the negotiations and Jeffrey Brown reports on the day's Congressional testimony on the financial rescue plan.

REPORT

Other News: FBI Investigates Corporate Fraud, Tornadoes Rip Through Oklahoma

In other news of the day, the FBI announced its investigation of more than 500 potential cases of corporate fraud, and tornadoes that swept through Oklahoma killed at least 8, destroying homes and businesses.

ANALYSIS

Israel Faces Political Deadlock Following Elections

Tzipi Livni and Benjamin Netanyahu both claimed victory in Israel's parliamentary elections, with close vote totals throwing the prospects for building a ruling coalition into limbo. Analysts discuss the results and what they mean for the region's political future.

REPORT

Number of Newly Uninsured Americans Rises Along With Jobless Rate

After more than 2 million American workers were laid off in the past three months, the numbers who have lost their health insurance and applied for Medicaid have also risen rapidly. Betty Ann Bowser speaks with Connecticut residents struggling to stay insured.

REPORT

Detroit Program Aims to Provide Job Training, Hope in Tough Times

Eleanor Josaitis co-founded the Detroit program Focus: Hope more than three decades ago to provide job training and other opportunities to the city's residents. With the U.S. mired in a recession and the auto industry future uncertain, her group is reinventing itself.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, February 12, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/12/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Gregg Withdrawal Deals New Setback to Obama Cabinet

Commerce Secretary-designate Judd Gregg became the latest Cabinet nominee to withdraw from consideration, citing key differences with President Barack Obama on economic issues and the forthcoming Census. Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza discusses the development.

ANALYSIS

Bipartisan Buy-in on Final Stimulus Bill Could Hinge on Jobs

Lawmakers continued Thursday to nail down the details of the economic stimulus bill in a push toward a final vote. Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty examine the bill's effectiveness and react to news of Judd Gregg's withdrawal from the Cabinet.

REPORT

Other News: Wall Street Slumps, Satellites Collide

In Thursday's other news, stocks fell on Wall Street and a Russian and U.S. satellite collided over Siberia in the largest accident of its kind.

ANALYSIS

Zimbabwe Power-sharing Agreement Finalized

Longtime Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai entered into a formal power-sharing agreement Wednesday. NPR correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton updates the story from Harare.

ANALYSIS

Obama Honors Lincoln's 200th Birthday, Draws Parallels

President Obama spoke at the Lincoln Memorial Thursday to celebrate the former president's 200th birthday, praising his ability to bridge deep divides and bring unity to a fractured nation. Historians mull Lincoln's legacy and its relevance today.

CONVERSATION

Transcript of Lincoln Inspires Poem for 16th President

Poet and journalist Cynthia Zarin often writes poems inspired by news articles. In 1989, she came across a story about a handwritten transcript found in a shoebox. It recorded a case in which then-lawyer Abraham Lincoln successfully defended a man on trial for murder. The article inspired her to write "Of Lincoln."

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: Who’s going to pay for it?

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/12/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

With a shortfall in tax revenues and only so much that can be cut, where will the State find the money to balance the budget?  Two innovative, yet controversial, suggestions have come up and will be presented during this year’s session of the legislature: legalized gambling, and diverting funds from the General Excise Tax rail fund.  Opponents and proponents of both issues will face off at the table, with Dan Boylan moderating.  Howard Dicus reports on the latest developments in Hawaii.

Tune in, call in and join in the discussion. To email questions ahead of time, go to www.pbshawaii.org. This program will be rebroadcast at 10:30pm Friday and 3:00pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     E2

Program Title: Coal & Nuclear: Problem or Solution?

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/12/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Renewables, bio-fuels, solar, wind and other energy sources may be alternatives to fossil fuel, but it is impossible to ignore the ubiquity of coal and the power capabilities of nuclear, despite their many drawbacks. E2 explores how these controversial resources may be major players in a sustainable energy future.  http://www.pbs.org/e2/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/13/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Final Stimulus Package Aimed at Jolting Sluggish Economy

The stimulus bill neared final approval in Congress Friday after weeks of tough debate. After a recap of the developments, Obama economic adviser Christina Romer discusses the plan.

REPORT

Other News: New York Plane Crash Kills 50, Markets Fall on Economic Doubts

In Friday's other news, a commuter plane crash killed 50 near Buffalo, New York and the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its lowest finish since last November.

ANALYSIS

Stimulus Battle, Obama Cabinet Top Week's News

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks mull the political news of the week, including the battle in Congress over the stimulus bill and Sen. Judd Gregg's decision to drop his bid to become the Obama administration's commerce chief.

ANALYSIS

Darwin's 200th Birthday Celebrations Span the Globe

People worldwide celebrated Charles Darwin, the "father of evolution's" 200th birthday this week, honoring his extraordinary impact on science and history. Analysts discuss the man, his legacy and the ongoing debates raging over his core theories.

CONVERSATION

Society's Ability to Weather Crisis Largely Depends on Leaders' Positions

Nations with leaders who are keenly affected by their own decisions may weather crises better than those whose leaders are further removed, according to author Jared Diamond. Diamond discusses his new book "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" with NewsHour Business correspondent Paul Solman.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 13, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               2/13/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/13/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/13/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/13/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE WITH DALJIT DHALIWAL is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, February 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/16/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Global Markets Sputter as U.S. Focuses on Stimulus

The economy continued its decline, with Japan reporting a worse recession than in Europe and America. Tom Bearden gives an update on the world economic outlook.

ANALYSIS

States Hope Stimulus Will Boost Sagging Local Economies

With state officials scrutinizing the stimulus plan for funding they hope will revive regional economies, four business writers examine what the real impact may look like.

ANALYSIS

Referendum Results Empower Chavez to Continue 'Socialist Revolution'

Venezuelans voted to lift a two-term constitutional limit on the presidential term, allowing Hugo Chavez to run for office again in 2012. Analysts discuss what this means for the future of Venezuelan politics.

 CONVERSATION

Three Decades After Revolution, Iran Remains Mystery

Thirty years after the Islamic revolution in Iran, the country remains a complicated nation torn between its tradition and its future. NPR's Steve Inskeep discusses what he found on a reporting trip to the country.

REPORT

Foreclosure Crisis in California Devastates Some Neighborhoods

In California, one in 25 homes faces foreclosure. Areas such as Inland Empire, known as "the affordable Orange County," are particularly hard-hit. KCET's "SoCal Connected" program reports on the crisis.

CONVERSATION

At Age 112, Montana Resident Reflects on More Than a Century of Changes

Born in 1896, Walter Breuning of Great Falls, Mont., is the oldest living man in the United States. Breuning discusses his lifetime spent working for the railroads and the changes he has witnessed.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, February 17, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/17/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Signs Economic Stimulus Package Into Law

President Barack Obama signed the landmark $787 billion economic stimulus package Tuesday. Kwame Holman reports on the president's latest efforts to communicate his economic plans in visits to cities around the country.

REPORT

Other News: Automakers Race to Submit Restructuring Plans, Stocks Sink

In Tuesday's other news, automakers raced to submit new restructuring plans and U.S. markets tumbled further on worries about the auto industry and the deepening recession.

ANALYSIS

Amid State Struggles, Calif. Faces Deep Budget Shortfall

As the stimulus goes into motion, states around the nation are facing budget shortfalls. California is facing a particularly dire situation, with thousands of jobs on the line.

REPORT

With Green Energy's Limitations, Scientists Hunt for Alternatives

As the Obama administration highlights the importance of finding and investing in renewable energy, states such as California are trying to determine whether wind, solar and other renewables can replace a significant amount of fossil fuel. Spencer Michels reports.

ANALYSIS

Bipartisanship Put to Test in Light of Political Realities

When the stimulus bill was passed with no Republican votes in the House and little GOP support in the Senate, questions arose on the state of bipartisan ties with the new Obama administration. Historians give their perspectives on how bipartisanship fares in times of crisis.

CONVERSATION

Author Offers New Look at 'Hemingses of Monticello'

National Book Award-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed speaks about her book, "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family" and what sparked her interest in the family's complex history.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: Inside the Meltdown

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/17/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

FRONTLINE investigates the causes of the worst economic crisis in 70 years and how the government responded. The film chronicles the inside stories of the Bear Stearns deal, the Lehman Brothers’ collapse, the propping up of insurance giant AIG and the $700 billion bailout. “Inside the Meltdown” examines what Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke didn’t see, couldn’t stop and haven’t been able to fix.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, February 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/18/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Unveils Plan to Curb Home Foreclosures

President Barack Obama unveiled a $75 billion plan to ease the mortgage crisis that helped trigger the country's economic crisis. Kwame Holman reports on the president's announcement and other economic news of the day.

REPORT

Other News: Markets Flat, Calif. Budget Deal in Peril

In Wednesday's other news, Wall Street was flat, and controversy in the California state Senate has endangered a fragile deal over the state's budget crisis.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Obama's Mortgage Plan Marks Next Step in Recovery Effort

One day after signing the stimulus bill, President Barack Obama unveiled a plan Wednesday to stem the foreclosure crisis. White House adviser Lawrence Summers offers insight on the recovery strategy.

REPORT

As Obama Departs for First Official Trip Abroad, Canada Mired in Economic Woes

President Barack Obama makes his first foreign trip to Canada on Thursday. NewsHour correspondent Tom Bearden reports on what items top Canadians' agenda, including trade and the economy.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Renewed Focus on Afghan-Pakistan Region Includes Broad Policy Review

The Obama team is casting a renewed focus on the Afghan-Pakistan corridor, including a broad review of policy on the region. Special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke outlines efforts to define U.S. goals for the region.

UPDATE

Amid Ethics Questions, Sen. Burris Pressured to Resign

Ethical concerns are mounting over new revelations that Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., was asked to raise money for impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich. NewsHour correspondent Elizabeth Brackett of WTTW in Chicago gives an update.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, February 19, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/19/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Economy Tops Agenda as Obama Visits Canada

President Barack Obama attended talks on the economy, trade and the environment during his trip to Canada Thursday. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

Other News: Stocks Sink, California Approves Budget

Stocks plummeted after bleak unemployment and manufacturing reports, and the California legislature approved and sent a budget to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after a long political deadlock. Jim Lehrer recaps the day's other news headlines.

ANALYSIS

In Bad Economy, Countries Contemplate Protectionist Measures

Across the globe, many countries are taking protectionist measures to buffer national economies from the ongoing economic downturn. Experts debate the potential effects of a trend toward protectionism.

REPORT

Hanesbrands Relocates Manufacturing to Asia

Hanesbrands underwear company has closed 30 plants in North and South America, putting thousands out of work, while relocating its factories to Asian countries. Jeffrey Kaye of KCET-Los Angeles reports.

ANALYSIS

Public, Bankers, Analysts Debate Merits of Obama's Foreclosure Plan

Reaction in the banking world and among the public to President Barack Obama's plan to ease home foreclosures has proven mixed. Analysts debate the plan's merits and examine what the measure may mean for homeowners and lenders.

CONVERSATION

The Amazing Adventures of 'Savings Man'

In the latest of his series of reports on the financial crisis, Paul Solman speaks to the founder of an organization funding creative public service ads on saving money.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title:  Alternative Energy – Part 1

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/19/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This week’s Insights is the first of two installments on ways that Hawaii can develop alternative energy sources and work towards a more sustainable lifestyle.  Part 1’s panel will be made up of people from the energy industry, including Mark Duda of Sunetric and the Hawaii Solar Industry Association; Riley Saito from SunPower; and Ed Reinhardt from Maui Electric Co.  Also included are short tape segments on individuals who are taking it upon themselves to develop better practices for sustainability.  Dan Boylan will moderate the discussion, and Howard Dicus will contribute his weekly report on the state of Hawaii’s economy.  Immediately following “Insights on PBS Hawaii” will be a show on a related topic—Fueling Our Future: A Fred Friendly Seminar.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     Fueling Our Future: A Fred Friendly Seminar

Program Title:  THURSDAY, February 19, 2009 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/19/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

A skilled moderator (CNN’s Frank Sesno), a hypothetical situation (a newly elected U.S. president faces a crippling energy crisis), and a distinguished panel of scientists, business leaders, politicians and journalists who assume roles within the scenario, highlight the tough decisions America must face in order to "fuel the future." As panelists including environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., former CIA director Jim Woolsey, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Stephen Schneider, New York Times reporter Andy Revkin and activist L. Hunter Lovins wrestle with the choices confronting them, a drama emerges. FUELING OUR FUTURE approaches the timely and complex topic from a variety of angles.

 

Series Title:     E2

Program Title:  The Druk White Lotus School - LaDakh

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/19/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Amidst religious, political and cultural strife in LaDakh, one of the most remote places on Earth, is the construction of a new symbol of hope and peace: the Druk White Lotus school. Conceived to equip LaDakhi children to function in a modern world while embracing Buddhist traditions, can the school, designed by ARUP London, implement sustainable building, tap local materials and labor, and preserve the cultural identity for future generations?

http://www.pbs.org/e2/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title:  FRIDAY, February 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/20/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Stocks Markets Plummet Further in U.S. and Abroad

Global markets sank and the Dow Jones industrial average sank to a six-year low on fears over bleak job reports and the fragile state of the economy. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

Other News: New Details on Madoff, Clinton Tours Asia

Accused Wall Street investor Bernard Madoff may not have bought securities for customers in 13 years, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for pragmatic diplomacy in China.

ANALYSIS

Investors' Hopes for Turnaround Dim as Markets Plummet

As fears over the economic crisis continue to erode investors' confidence, markets at home and abroad are feeling the effects. Financial analysts discuss how the markets relate to the realities of the economic turmoil.

REPORT

Some Find Silver Lining in Dark Economic Cloud

The economic downturn isn't all bad for everyone. Paul Solman reports on some Americans who have seen their quality of life increase.

UPDATE

Investigators Probe Fraud Allegations Against Financier

Billionaire financier Allen Stanford is accused of swindling investors out of billions. Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson gives an update.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks Mull Economic Woes, Obama's Plans

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news, including reaction to President Barack Obama's economic recovery efforts and what role the government should take in easing the financial crisis.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title:  FRIDAY, February 20, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               2/20/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:      NOW on PBS

Program Title:  FRIDAY, February 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/20/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title:  FRIDAY, February 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/20/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title:  FRIDAY, February 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/20/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title:  FRIDAY, February 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/20/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation. 

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title:  MONDAY, February 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/23/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Regulators Signal New Moves for Shoring Up Banks

Federal regulators vowed Monday to assist struggling banks by increasing the government's ownership stakes while an Obama spokesman said the president supports a private banking system. A financial reporter discusses the deepening crisis amid large market losses.

REPORT

Obama Pledges to Halve Deficit, Asks Governors to Spend Stimulus Responsibly

President Obama pledged today to halve the $1.3 trillion deficit by the end of his first term and spoke to Governors at a summit, urging them to use the federal stimulus money responsibly in their states. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

Other News: Guantanamo Prisoner Released; Three U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq

In Monday's other news, the first Guantanamo Bay detainee was released under the Obama administration, and three U.S. soldiers and their interpreter were killed in Iraq.

ANALYSIS

Obama's Vow to Halve Deficit Puts Focus on Budget Plan

President Barack Obama cast a new focus on the budget deficit Monday, announcing a goal of halving the $1.3 trillion gap by the end of his first term. Analysts weigh the goal.

REPORT

Arabesque Festival Brings Arab Arts to Kennedy Center

An ambitious, three-week festival called "Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World" opens at the Kennedy Center in Washington Monday. Jeffrey Brown offers the first in a series of broadcast and online reports around the festival and the artists it is showcasing.

ANALYSIS

Secretary Clinton Sets Diplomatic Style, Tone on First Trip

In her first trip abroad as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton fused serious policy discussion with lighter conversations as she toured Asia. Analysts discuss how her approach to diplomacy is developing.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title:  TUESDAY, February 24, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/24/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

UPDATE

Obama Keeps Focus on Economy in Speech to Congress

President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress and the nation in a prime-time speech Tuesday. Following is the text of his remarks, as prepared for delivery and released by the White House.

UPDATE

Jindal Delivers GOP Response to Obama's Speech

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered the Republican response to President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday. Following is the text of Jindal's remarks, as prepared for delivery and released by the Republican National Committee.

REPORT

Obama Addresses Nation Amid More Grim Economic News

President Barack Obama addresses Congress and the nation Tuesday amid new testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on the scope of the recession. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

Other News: Congress Demands Bank Repayment, Solis Confirmed as Labor Secretary

In Tuesday's other news, Congress demanded that Northern Trust bank repay some of the funds it received in federal rescue money after organizing lavish events and the Senate confirmed Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary.

ANALYSIS

Polls Signal Support for Obama, Concerns on Economy

New polls reveal continued public approval of President Barack Obama and a range of concerns on the economy. Two political reporters discuss what the public is thinking -- and why -- one month into the Obama presidency.

DEBATE

As Banking Woes Grow, Debate Over Nationalization Intensifies

As turmoil continues in the U.S. banking industry, speculation is intensifying over whether the government should take larger ownership stakes in banks. Columnist Paul Krugman and former FDIC chief William Isaac weigh the pros and cons.

REPORT

Violence Escalates as Mexico Drug War Continues

Independent Television News correspondent Bill Neely reports on the growing violence and carnage of Mexico's ongoing drug war.

ANALYSIS

Presidential Helicopter Expenses Highlight Federal Defense Procurement Flaws

President Obama has indicated that he may not seek upgrades to the presidential fleet of helicopters due to skyrocketing costs, an expense for which former President Bush had budgeted. An analyst assesses the rapidly rising prices charged by defense contractors.

REPORT

Kuwaiti Theater Director Finds Modern Inspiration in Shakespeare

In the second of a series of reports on the Arabesque arts festival at the Kennedy Center, Jeffrey Brown talks to Kuwaiti writer and theater director Sulayman al-Bassam, whose company is presenting a Shakespeare play with a twist, "Richard III: An Arab Tragedy."

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: The Soldier’s Heart (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/24/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

As the War in Iraq continues, the measures of its psychological toll keep coming in. A medical study estimates that more than one in seven returning veterans are expected to suffer from major depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.  For those who have survived the fighting, the battle is not over. For some, the return home can be as painful as war itself. FRONTLINE tells the stories of soldiers who have come home haunted by their experiences and asks whether the government is doing enough to help.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, February 25, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/25/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Administration Moves Quickly on Economy Following Tuesday's Speech

President Obama announced his third nominee Wednesday for Commerce Secretary, Gary Locke, and met with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Congressional leaders to discuss stronger federal regulations.

REPORT

Other News: House Approves Spending Bill

In Wednesday's other news, the House approved a $400 billion spending bill for the current fiscal year and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the government will miss a 2012 deadline for screening freight for radiological and nuclear material.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Geithner: Bank Nationalization Is the 'Wrong Strategy'

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner details the Obama administration's economic recovery plan and clarifies how the government plans to address the banking crisis.

ANALYSIS

Nation's Reaction to Obama's Congress Speech Gauged

President Obama's address to the joint session of Congress and the nation blended confidence that the country will weather the recession with warnings of a tough road ahead. Newspaper editors from across the nation assess the public reaction.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Pakistani Envoy Details Efforts to Stabilize Tribal Areas

Pakistani Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi joined Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and top Afghan officials this week in Washington for security talks, saying he is open to working closely with the U.S. to fight terror and extremism. Qureshi explains his views.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, February 26, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/26/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Administration Rolls Out $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan

President Obama's $3.5 trillion federal budget plan for the fiscal year includes both record spending and deficits for a wide range of programs, including health care, education and bank rescues. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

Other News: U.S. Jobless Claims Rise, Stocks Fall on Health Care Plans

In other news, the Labor Department reported that U.S. jobless claims rose to their highest levels since 1982 and markets fell on concerns that medical and drug companies would lose money under the president's new health care budget.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Orszag Outlines Policy Priorities in Budget Blueprint

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag details the new $3.5 trillion budget plan, explaining how the Obama administration will balance policy priorities and an anticipated $1.75 trillion deficit.

DEBATE

President Plans Major Overhaul of Tax, Spending Systems

President Obama's budget plan outlines large-scale changes in tax policy, calling for $318 billion of tax increases over the next 10 years for the wealthiest individuals and families combined with tax cuts for the middle class. Analysts discuss the impact of the changes.

ANALYSIS

Obama Places Health Care Expansion, Reform at Core of Budget Proposal

President Obama's $3.5 trillion budget plan sets aside billions of dollars to overhaul the U.S. health care system and provide coverage to more Americans. Susan Dentzer of Health Affairs and NPR's Julie Rovner examine the plan's specifics and its potential impact.

REPORT

Egyptian Women Weave Cairo's Traditions Into Their Art

A multimedia artist, jewelry maker, and dancer from Egypt talk about their work and how they incorporate influences from their time in Cairo into their art forms. Jeffrey Brown continues his series on the Kennedy Center's Arabesque arts festival.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: Alternative Energy, Part 2

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               2/26/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The second of two parts on sustainability, this time from the point-of-view of government and industry policy makers. Panelists include State Energy Administrator Ted Peck; House Energy and Environment Chair Rep. Hermina Morita; and Robbie Alm from HECO.  The show also features video stories on people and organizations who are trying to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.  Dan Boylan moderates and Howard Dicus lends his economic perspective to alternative energy industries.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     E2

Program Title: Greening the Federal Government

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/26/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Government buildings are not historically associated with sustainability or exquisite design. But the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Design Excellence program is changing that perception. The program commissioned prize-winning architect Thom Mayne to design the San Francisco Federal Building, a structure that aims to be the prototype for tomorrow's workplace.

http://www.pbs.org/e2/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/27/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Seeks to End Iraq Combat Mission in 2010

Speaking at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune Friday, President Barack Obama set a timetable to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Iraq in 2010, while leaving a transitional force in place. Kwame Holman reports on the president's speech and reactions on Capitol Hill.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Newsmaker: Obama Outlines Goals for Afghanistan, Iraq

After a major policy announcement that the U.S. combat mission in Iraq will end next year, President Obama spoke with Jim Lehrer about Iraq, Afghanistan and the challenges of his new office.

REPORT

Other News: Al-Marri to be Transferred to U.S. Civilian Court System

In Friday's other news, alleged al Quaida suspect Ali Al-Marri will be transferred to the U.S. civilian court system to stand trial after 5 years in a military brig and the Dow Jones Industrial and the Nasdaq each finished the week with a loss of at least 4 percent.

UPDATE

Government to Take Larger Ownership Stake in Struggling Citigroup

The Treasury Department and Citigroup announced a new plan Friday in which the government will take ownership in a larger portion of the company's stock. Washington Post reporter Binaymin Applebaum explains the move.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks Weigh Obama's Troop, Budget Plans

Syndicated columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks examine President Obama's newly-announced plan to end the combat mission in Iraq and what the president's budget blueprint says about his administration's spending priorities.

REPORT

From Lebanon's Marcel Khalife, Songs of Strife and Love

In another in our series about the Kennedy Center's Arabesque art festival, Jeffrey Brown profiles Lebanese folk singer Marcel Khalife, who for nearly 40 years has been rousing audiences with songs about love and strife, politics and injustice.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 27, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               2/27/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/27/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/27/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/27/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, February 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/27/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation. 

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, March 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/2/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Markets Plunge After Government Adds Billions to AIG Rescue

Stocks tumbled after the government expanded aid to struggling insurer American International Group and the company reported a huge quarterly loss. Analysts examine what this could mean for the broader financial outlook.

REPORT

Other News: Winter Storm Blasts East Coast; Obama Nominee to Pay Back Taxes

A late winter storm on the East Coast shut down schools, grounded flights and caused hundreds of wrecks, and Ron Kirk, the nominee for U.S. trade representative, has agreed to pay an estimated $10,000 in back taxes.

ANALYSIS

Justices Review Convict's Rights to Access DNA Evidence

The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of a convicted rapist who wants access to trial evidence for additional DNA testing. The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle details the arguments and what's at stake.

ANALYSIS

Obama Names New Health Care Team to Tackle Reform Agenda

President Barack Obama has named Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to head the Health and Human Services Agency and Nancy-Ann DeParle, a former Clinton official, to head the White House Office for Health Reform. Analysts examine the picks and the job ahead.

UPDATE

Karzai Raises Stakes in Dispute Over Afghan Election Date

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called for moving presidential elections up from August to April in what some are viewing as a political maneuver to rein in his critics. Margaret Warner provides an update from Afghanistan on the political developments.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, March 3, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/3/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Government Officials Defend Economic Recovery Plans

Facing criticism from some lawmakers, government officials defended their economic recovery plans. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

Other News: Senate Debates Spending Bill, Obama Denies Russia Deal

The Senate will keep thousands of "earmarks" in a spending bill, and President Barack Obama denied a report that he offered Russia a deal on a planned U.S. missile shield. Jim Lehrer recaps the day's other news headlines.

ANALYSIS

Europe Struggles for Consensus on Economic Recovery

Britain's Gordon Brown met with President Barack Obama Tuesday and urged international cooperation to stem the global economic crisis. Analysts examine Europe's financial fallout.

ANALYSIS

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Judicial Ethics Case

The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case testing when elected judges should recuse themselves from cases because of an appearance of bias. The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle provides an update.

ANALYSIS

Steele-Limbaugh Clash Sparks Debate Over Next Steps for GOP

New questions are surfacing over the future of the Republican Party amid a public dispute between GOP National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Political analysts assess what's next for the GOP.

DEBATE

Debate Centers on Proposal to Create Jobs by Updating National Infrastructure

A debate at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia focused on proposals to create jobs through an overhaul of the nation's infrastructure. Robert MacNeil moderated the discussion.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/4/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Vows to Cut Waste in Government Spending

Kwame Holman recaps the day's economic news, including President Barack Obama's new campaign against wasteful government spending and reactions to a plan for massive new spending on the economy.

REPORT

Other News: Markets Rise, Bombing Targets U.S. Air Base in Afghanistan

World markets reacted positively to news of China's planned stimulus, and a suicide bomber targeted a U.S. air base in Afghanistan. Jim Lehrer recaps the day's other news headlines, including a report from Margaret Warner in Afghanistan.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Napolitano Outlines Plan to Trim Spending, Secure Border

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano outlines her agency's plan to trim spending and reacts to concerns over the rising tide of drug violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

ANALYSIS

Supreme Court Allows Lawsuits against Pharmaceutical Companies to Move Forward

In a severe blow to the drug industry, the Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday limits to lawsuits against drug makers. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal explains the implications of the ruling.

REPORT

Leahy, Other Lawmakers Call for Investigation of Bush-Era Terrorism Policies

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy called for a nonpartisan "truth commission" to investigate the Bush administration's policies on interrogation of terror detainees. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

International Court Issues Warrant for Sudan President

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Wednesday. ITN's Lindsey Hilsum reports.

ANALYSIS

Bashir Warrant Adds New Tension to Darfur Crisis

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Wednesday for charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Colum Lynch of the Washington Post explains how the court's action may affect the conflict in Darfur.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, March 5, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/5/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

UPDATE

Doubts Emerge on GM's Ability to Survive Without Broad Restructuring

The future of General Motors came into question Thursday as its own auditors raised doubts on whether it can survive without a major restructuring. NPR reporter Frank Langfitt provides an update on the automaker and its bid for more government aid.

REPORT

Other News: Jobless Claims Drop, Homes Plan Advances

The number of U.S. workers filing for unemployment benefits dipped to 639,000 last week, and the House of Representatives moved forward on a bankruptcy home loan bill. Also, the president of Sudan expelled more aid organizations after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him for war crimes.

ANALYSIS

Call to Reform Health Care Puts Costs, Access in Spotlight

President Barack Obama convened lawmakers and industry leaders Thursday to discuss a new bid for health care reform. Three summit attendees assess where the efforts may be headed.

REPORT

California Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Gay Marriage Ban

A challenge to California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage came before the state's Supreme Court Thursday. Spencer Michels reports on the day in court and the ongoing debate in the state over the Proposition 8 ballot initiative.

ANALYSIS

Baker, Hamilton Assess Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges

Former Secretary of State James Baker and former congressman Lee Hamilton, co-chairs of the 2006 Iraq Study Group, testified before Congress Friday on war powers legislation. In an interview with Jim Lehrer, Baker and Hamilton examine Iraq, Afghanistan and Obama's other foreign policy challenges.

REPORT

Horton Foote's Work Illuminated Struggles of American Life

Playwright Horton Foote, who died Wednesday at age 92, wrote prolifically about the daily hardships and triumphs of ordinary Americans. A scene from his play "A Trip to Bountiful," which he adapted for the screen in 1985, depicts the character Carrie Watts on her final visit to her Texas hometown.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/6/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Unemployment Rate Climbs to 8.1% in New Sign of Deepening Recession

The Labor Department reported Friday that the U.S. unemployment rate hit 8.1 percent, its highest rate in 25 years. Ray Suarez reports on the latest employment numbers, reaction from the White House and the impact on Wall Street.

ANALYSIS

Unemployment, Underemployment Reading Tops 14%

The Labor Department's release of new unemployment numbers Friday had analysts comparing the job market in the current recession to the jobless rate in 1982. New York Times reporter David Leonhardt draws parallels from the past and assesses the current crisis.

REPORT

Other News: Congress Fails to Pass Budget Bill

In other news, the Senate failed to pass a $410 billion budget bill for the current fiscal year, and there were signs that money manager Bernard Madoff may be closer to a plea deal in his pending $50 billion fraud case.

REPORT

Job Losses, Economic Realities Hit Home in Indiana City

Amid a deepening economic crisis, the unemployment rate in Elkhart, Ind., has skyrocketed to 18 percent as the town's manufacturing base has collapsed. Paul Solman reports on the town's tough economic times.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks Mull Obama's Agenda, Economy's Stumbles

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh the week's news, including February's spike in unemployment, President Barack Obama's priorities amid the economic crisis and the debate over the future of the GOP.

REPORT

Musician Salama Blends Jazz, Traditional Arab Style

Musician Fathy Salama started playing piano in Cairo jazz clubs at age 13, and has since been recognized for his combinations of traditional Arab music and jazz, winning a 2005 Grammy award for his collaboration with Youssou N'Dour on the "Egypt" album. Salama discusses his music and participation in the Arabesque festival.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 6, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               3/6/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/6/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/6/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/6/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/6/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation. 

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, March 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/9/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Lifts Restrictions on Funding Human Stem Cell Research

Betty Ann Bowser reports on President Barack Obama's executive order to lift restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research.

REPORT

Other News: Signing Statements Under Review, Economic Outlook Worsens

President Barack Obama ordered a review of the Bush administration's policy on presidential signing statements, and billionaire investor Warren Buffett made a stark assessment of economic conditions.

REPORT

Growing Ridership Strains Overburdened Transit Agencies

Public transit ridership is at a 50-year high, but the economic downturn is putting new pressure on already overburdened transit agencies. Special correspondent Rick Karr reports as part of the "Blueprint America" series on infrastructure, produced in collaboration with WNET New York.

ANALYSIS

Obama Policy Shift Reopens Debate on Stem Cell Research

President Barack Obama moved Monday to lift funding limits on embryonic stem cell research. Experts weigh how the decision fits into the president's broader approach to science.

ANALYSIS

Obama Team Slow to Fill Vacancies in Treasury, Other Agencies

A large number of sub-Cabinet positions across the federal government have yet to be filled, as the Obama administration carefully vets candidates for the Treasury Department and other agencies. A public service professor and New York Times reporter give an update.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, March 10, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/10/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Markets Rally, Bernanke Presses for Revamped Rules

Jeffrey Brown reports the economic news of the day, including the stock market's surge and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech on tightening federal financial regulations.

REPORT

Other News: Obama Announces Education Plan

In the day's other news, President Obama outlined his education plan and at least 33 people died in a suicide bombing in Iraq.

ANALYSIS

Bernanke Calls for Overhaul of Financial Regulations

Fed chief Ben Bernanke called Tuesday for a regulation overhaul to prevent future financial crises and monitor "too-big-to-fail" institutions. Analysts weigh the call for reform.

REPORT

Some Public Transit Agencies Made Risky Financial Deals

Some public transport agencies engaged in a similar kind of financial risk-taking that has caused large banks and companies to fail and contributed to the global financial meltdown. Rick Karr reports in the latest installment of the "Blueprint America" series.

UPDATE

U.S. Signals Openness to Dialogue With Taliban Factions

The Taliban has been increasing its attacks in Afghanistan and besides sending more troops, some top U.S. officials have suggested trying to talk to factions among the militants. Margaret Warner reports from Afghanistan on reaction to the possible strategy.

UPDATE

Madoff Expected to Plead Guilty as Details of Alleged Fraud Case Emerge

Lawyers for Bernard Madoff, who allegedly defrauded investors of nearly $50 billion, said that the former Wall Street financier would likely plead guilty to 11 criminal counts on Thursday. New York Times reporter Diana Henriques updates the story.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/11/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Earmarks to Bear Tougher Scrutiny Under Obama Plan

President Obama signed a $410 billion spending bill Wednesday, despite the fact that the bill contains the kind of earmarks he decried on the campaign trail. Congress watcher Norman Ornstein examines the issue.

REPORT

Other News: Fatal Shootings in Alabama, Germany

In other news, an Alabama gunman killed 10 people before taking his own life, in what has become the state's biggest mass killing. In Germany, a teenage gunman killed 15 people before turning the gun on himself.

ANALYSIS

Banking Plan Aims to Combine Public, Private Funds

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has said he is working on a plan to remove so-called "toxic" assets from banks by having the government partner with private investors to create special funds. Analysts discuss the pros and cons of the strategy.

ANALYSIS

Legal Battle Continues Over Minnesota Senate Race

More than 4 months after the election, the Minnesota Senate race between Republican Norm Colman and Democrat Al Franken is still undecided, despite a lengthy recount and trial. Two journalists discuss the race's details and whether a decision may be forthcoming.

 

Series Title:     My Child: Mothers of War

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/11/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In MY CHILD: MOTHERS OF WAR, mothers of varying backgrounds and beliefs share their experiences exposing the common thread of motherhood that binds them together regardless of their differences. Over half a million American mothers have sent their sons to war since the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. Some of them have supported their child’s patriotic service and sacrifice with pride, while others have condemned the war and its cause, angry at those responsible for sending their loved ones across the world to fight. But all of these mothers—regardless of their political sentiment or affiliation—share a common connection: the unmistakable longing for their child’s safety and the powerlessness they feel over an inability to protect and shelter them any longer.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, March 12, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/12/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Madoff Pleads Guilty to Massive Wall Street Fraud

Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty Thursday to fraud charges totaling an estimated $65 billion. Analysts discuss the case and the prospects of victims recovering any money.

REPORT

Other News: U.S. Markets Rally for Third Day

In other news, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 200 points as President Obama discussed his budget plans, and General Motors said it won't need an additional $2 billion in federal loans this month.

ANALYSIS

Spike in Foreclosures Reveals Continued Housing Trouble

Foreclosure filings continue to rise nationwide, with new data showing an increase of 30 percent in February from the same month one year ago. An analyst assesses the numbers and how they tie to the overall economic picture.

REPORT

Duncan Poised to Assert New Power as Education Chief

President Barack Obama called for big changes in education earlier this week. John Merrow profiles Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who will be heading up the president's calls for reform and who may bring new strategies to the education policy arena.

ANALYSIS

Michelle Obama Works to Define Agenda as First Lady

First lady Michelle Obama is settling into her new role as she tours federal agencies, participates in community projects and highlights issues like bolstering support for military families. Analysts discuss her role and the public reaction.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: Economic Stimulus for Hawaii

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/12/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

How much of President Obama’s Economic Stimulus money is the State of Hawaii receiving, how will it be parceled out, and will it be the answer to Hawaii’s financial woes?  Dan Boylan moderates a panel of experts, including House Finance Chairman Marcus Oshiro; DBEDT Director Ted Liu, and other economic experts.  Howard Dicus lends his latest perspective on the state of Hawaii’s economy.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/13/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Markets Rise, but Confidence in Economy Still Lags

Wall Street marked its best run since November this week as President Obama worked to boost confidence in recovery moves. The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel offers insight.

REPORT

Global Financial Leaders Meet in London

Global Financial Leaders, including World Bank President Robert Zoellick and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, are gathering in London for a G-20 summit and are expected to discuss global financial regulation and taxation issues. Faisal Islam of Independent Television News reports.

ANALYSIS

Debate Emerges Over Media's Role in Financial Meltdown

Comedian and "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart held a high-profile sparring match with CNBC's Jim Cramer this week over the cable network's coverage in the lead up to the Wall Street meltdown. A panel of business writers weighs the media's role in the economic crisis.

REPORT

Economic Strategy, Stem Cell Policy Top Week's News

Columnists Mark Shields and Michael Gerson weigh the news of the week, including President Barack Obama's approach on the economy, his decision to lift restrictions on stem cell research funding, and more.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 13, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               3/13/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/13/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/13/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/13/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/13/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation. 

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, March 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/16/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Obama, Congress Blast AIG Plans for Employee Bonuses

AIG plans to pay millions in worker bonuses, a move that has angered lawmakers who have given the insurer bailout billions. Lawmakers weigh the options in dealing with AIG.

REPORT

Other News: Wall Street Dips, Pakistan Reinstates Judge

In other news, Wall Street fell short of extending an upswing for a fifth day and Pakistan moved to reinstate a top judge to curb a growing political protest.

REPORT

U.S. Military Works to Bring Stability to Remote Afghan Areas

U.S. soldiers are struggling to secure remote areas of Afghanistan, like the Korengal Valley in the east, that have recently seen increased outbreaks of violence and military leaders say are crucial to stability in the cities. Margaret Warner reports from Afghanistan.

ANALYSIS

As Newspapers Start to Fold, Industry Seeks Survival Plan

With record numbers of layoffs at newspapers around the country and some other publications, such as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, moving entire operations online, industry professionals are struggling to find a new business model to carry them through the changing media landscape. Analysts discuss the situation.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, March 17, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/17/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Calls Intensify on Capitol Hill to Recover AIG Bonuses

Lawmaker anger continued Tuesday over AIG's bonus payments, with some calling for recovery of the funds. Business writers weigh varying views on the bonus debate.

REPORT

Other News: New Home Construction Surges in Jan.; Caterpillar Plans Layoffs

Construction of new homes and apartments surged more than 22 percent in January, and the Caterpillar company plans to lay off more than 2,400 employees across five factories.

REPORT

When the Government Writes Checks, Where Does the Money Come From?

With billions of dollars paid out or promised for financial industry bailouts and the stimulus bill -- and more requests on the way -- Paul Solman looks at where the government is getting the money to pay for the rescue measures.

CONVERSATION

McKiernan Outlines Challenges to Military Mission in Afghanistan

U.S. and NATO commander Gen. David McKiernan speaks to Margaret Warner in Afghanistan about the status of military operations in the country and new efforts to shore up the region's security.

REPORT

Calif. Scientists Advance Toward Producing Fusion Energy

Spencer Michels reports on the ongoing efforts of scientists in California, who say they are getting closer to producing fusion energy to help fuel American energy independence.

CONVERSATION

Author Gage Discusses 'The Day Wall Street Exploded'

Author Beverly Gage discusses her book, "The Day Wall Street Exploded," which examines the fallout from a 1920 bomb attack that killed dozens of people and wounded scores more during lunch hour on Wall Street.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/18/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Outcry Over AIG May Pose Challenge to Obama's Agenda

President Barack Obama issued a new defense Wednesday in the firestorm over AIG bonuses as the AIG chief testified on Capitol Hill. Analysts offer insight on the political impact.

REPORT

Other News: Biden Urges Wise Use of Stimulus Funds

In the day's other news headlines, Wall Street rallied after the Fed announced more funds to stimulate the economy and Vice President Joe Biden warned county and city officials not to squander stimulus funds.

UPDATE

Fed to Pump Another $1 Trillion Into Economy

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it will devote another $1.2 trillion to unfreeze credit markets and help stimulate the sluggish economy. Greg Ip of The Economist provides details on the move.

REPORT

Afghan Daily Life Offers New Opportunities, Old Problems

Nearly eight years after the ouster of the Taliban in Afghanistan, military operations and political shifts have changed the daily lives of the Afghan people in unexpected ways. Margaret Warner reports on day-to-day life, the drug trade and corruption in the country.

CONVERSATION

Author Discusses Bankers' Role in the Great Depression

Author Liaquat Ahamed explores the role of bankers leading up to the Great Depression in his book, "Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World."

ESSAY

Essayist Says a Reluctant Goodbye to Winter

Despite the harsh weather that pummeled her hometown, essayist Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune laments the passing of winter and the time of reflection it brings.

 

Series Title:     Viewpoints - DOE

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/18/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

This DOE program highlights issues facing Hawaii’s public schools and the journey to reinvent education for the children of Hawaii.  The panel discussion of educators shares information on topics concerning our teachers, parents, and community.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, March 19, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/19/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Anger at AIG Continues as House Passes Tax on Bonuses

The House voted Thursday to impose a 90 percent tax on some bonuses at AIG and other bailout-funded companies. Editorial writers describe reaction to the controversy across the country.

REPORT

Other News: Treasury OKs Aid for Auto Parts Suppliers

In the day's other news headlines, the Treasury Department approved a $5 billion aid infusion for auto parts suppliers and jobless claims rose less drastically than expected.

CONVERSATION

Germany Navigates Course Through Economic Slump

German economic minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg speaks with Paul Solman about the country's view on economic stimulus measures and how Europe is handling the global financial crisis.

ANALYSIS

Studies Cast New Doubt on Prostate Cancer Screening

Recent studies show that screenings for prostate cancer may not reduce death rates and may also lead to unnecessary treatment. A medical researcher discusses the latest findings.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Karzai: Additional U.S. Troops 'Seven Years Too Late'

In an interview with Margaret Warner, Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed additional U.S. troops, but said they were "seven years too late." He also endorsed reaching out to members of the Taliban who embraced the Afghan constitution.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: Ceded Lands

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/19/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Dan Boylan moderates a panel of experts on opposite sides of the controversial Hawaiian Ceded Lands issue.  Panelists include State Attorney General Mark Bennett, former Governor Ben Cayetano, Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chairwoman Haunani Apoliona, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs attorney Sherry Broder.  Howard Dicus also lends his perspective on Hawaii’s economy to the program.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Beautiful Son (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/19/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In 2003, Hawaii film-makers Don and Julianne King realized something was wrong with their three-year-old son, Beau. Around age two-and-a-half, Beau started loosing his ability to speak, his coordination, and was becoming disconnected from the outside world. Determined to help Beau, his parents brought him to the best doctors in the U.S. and took along a video camera to document the results. Two months later, Beau was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Don and Julianne take us on their journey through the landscape of this debilitating neurological disorder as they attempt to recover Beau from autism.

http://www.kmeb.org/presents_kmeb.htm

 

Series Title:     E2

Program Title: Bogota: Building a Sustainable City

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/19/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, transformed one of the world's most chaotic cities into a model of civic-minded and sustainable urban planning. He reformed public transportation, added greenways, built mega-libraries and created the longest stretch of bike-only lanes in the world. But along the way, he met tremendous opposition from the very people he was attempting to help.

http://www.pbs.org/e2/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/20/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Federal Deficit Projected to Hit $1.8 Trillion

New figures released Friday by the Congressional Budget Office predict the federal budget deficit will hit $1.8 trillion in 2009, billions of dollars more than previous estimates several weeks ago. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

Other News: Wall Street Ends Second Week of Gains

In other news, Wall Street closed its second straight week of gains and President Obama reached out to Iranians through a taped video message encouraging public engagement and dialogue.

REPORT

Students Voice Economic Woes, Catch Obama's Attention

High school students in Pomona, Calif., articulated the struggles of millions of Americans by making a video called, "Is Anybody Listening?" about the economic hardships they have faced. KCET's "SoCal Connected" examines their story, which ends with a visit by President Obama.

CONVERSATION

Author Traces Demise of Bear Stearns in 'House of Cards'

Author William Cohen discusses his book "House of Cards," which tells the story of how investment banking giant Bear Stearns collapsed in 2008.

ANALYSIS

AIG Bonus Outrage, Deficit Complicate Obama Agenda

With Washington still railing against more than $160 million of bonuses at insurance giant AIG, Mark Shields and Byron York consider the impact of the furor and the new estimates of the growing federal deficit on President Obama's agenda.

REPORT

Women Make Gains, but Still Struggle in Afghanistan

Much has improved for Afghan women and girls in the areas of education and community support since the removal of the Taliban regime in 2001, but incidents of violence and traditional practices such as forced marriages continue. Margaret Warner reports from Afghanistan.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 20, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               3/20/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/20/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/20/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/20/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/20/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation. 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, March 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/23/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Obama Team Launches New Plan to Buy Bad Assets From Banks

White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers details the Treasury Department's plan to clear "toxic" assets from banks through a combination of public and private investment.

REPORT

Other News: Home Sales Rise, Mexico Drug War Escalates

In the day's other news, reports showing increased home sales helped fuel a rally on Wall Street and the Mexican government announced it will offer $2 million each for the arrest of 24 top drug lords in its latest effort to curb drug-related violence.

ANALYSIS

Toxic Asset Plan May Woo Investors, but Long-term Impact Is Unclear

While markets rose Monday on details of the toxic asset plan, critics voiced concern over taxpayer risk and the need for a long-term fix to financial sector troubles. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and Donald Marron of Lightyear Capital debate the details.

REPORT

Glut of Foreclosed Homes Encourages Scams, Desperation

With the national foreclosure rate still climbing, some chose to live in foreclosed homes while others have been the victims of "rent skimmers," people who pretend to own a foreclosed property and scam tenants out of thousands of dollars in security deposits and fees. Special Correspondent Jeffrey Kaye reports from Los Angeles.

REPORT

South Africa Looks to Set New Course in HIV/AIDS Fight

South Africa's new health minister is promoting testing, treatment and frank dialogue about HIV. But many challenges lie ahead in managing the epidemic, as Ray Suarez reports in the first of his three-part series of reports from South Africa.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, March 24, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/24/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Geithner and Bernanke Testify on AIG, Regulation

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified before Congress on the administration's handling of executive compensation for companies receiving federal loans and asked for expanded federal regulatory powers. Jeffrey Brown reports.

ANALYSIS

Calls Intensify for Expanded Financial Regulation

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified before Congress Tuesday on the flap over AIG bonuses and called for increased regulatory powers. Analysts assess the real-world impacts of strengthening financial regulation.

REPORT

Other News: Wall Street Loses Some Gains

In the day's other news, Wall Street lost some of its gains from the previous day's trading and the Environmental Protection Agency issued a tentative finding stating that global warming is a threat to public health.

REPORT

U.S. Tightens Border Security as Mexico's Drug War Rages On

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced plans Tuesday for bolstering security along the country's southwest border in an effort to curb spillover from Mexico's deadly drug war. Betty Ann Bowser reports.

ANALYSIS

'Hillary' Movie Brings Campaign Finance Law to High Court

The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case Tuesday centering on whether a documentary on Hillary Clinton should be classified as a political ad, making it subject to campaign finance laws. The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle describes the case and its arguments.

REPORT

TB Thrives Among South Africa's HIV-Positive Population

Tuberculosis is the No. 1 killer of patients with immune systems weakened by HIV/AIDS. In the second of three reports from South Africa, Ray Suarez looks at the deadly partnership between the diseases in the rural KwaZulu-Natal province.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: Ten Trillion and Counting

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               3/24/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

All of the federal government’s efforts to stem the tide in the financial meltdown that began with the sub-prime mortgage crisis have added hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt. FRONTLINE reports on how this debt will constrain and challenge the new Obama administration and on the growing chorus on both sides of the aisle that without fiscal reform, the United States government may face a debt crisis of its own, which makes the current financial situation pale in comparison. Through interviews with leading experts and insiders in government finance, the film investigates the causes and potential outcomes of — and possible solutions to — America’s $10 trillion debt.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/25/2009 6:30 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Obama Makes Case for Budget, Congress Considers Cuts

Congressional Democrats outlined plans Wednesday to scale back the Obama administration's budget plan as the president visited Capitol Hill to drum up support. Reporters examine the politics at play.

REPORT

Other News: Wall Street Rallies on New Economic Data

In other news, stocks rose on a Commerce Department report that orders for durable goods increased in February and news that new homes sales rose 4.5 percent.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Australian Prime Minister Rudd Discusses Global Economy, War in Afghanistan

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd met with President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week to discuss the global economic crisis and military strategy in Afghanistan. Rudd offers his take on these issues in an interview with Jim Lehrer.

REPORT

AIDS Orphans in South Africa Face Uncertain Future

With so many South Africans struck down by AIDS, a generation of children is watching their parents die and being forced to form new family units. In his third report from South Africa, Ray Suarez explores the plight of AIDS orphans.

CONVERSATION

Kay Ryan Reflects on Role as Nation's Poet Laureate

Known for compact writing and for leading a quiet life, Kay Ryan has taken on a very public role as the nation's poet laureate. For more than 30 years, she has taught remedial English in Marin County, Calif. Her poems are often praised for their wit and wisdom.

REPORT

Prominent Historian, Civil Rights Activist Franklin Dies at 94

John Hope Franklin, a revered Duke University historian and scholar of the African-American experience, died Wednesday at age 94. In this 2006 interview with Gwen Ifill, Franklin reflects on his life's work.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, March 26, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/26/2009 6:30 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Geithner Details Plan for Major Federal Financial Regulation Reforms

Telling lawmakers that the U.S. financial system has grown "too unstable and fragile," Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner rolled out the Obama administration's plans Thursday for a massive overhaul of the government's financial oversight role.

REPORT

Other News: Wall Street Surge Continues

In other news, the Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq both made gains and computer giant IBM announced it will cut about 5,000 jobs from its U.S. workforce.

UPDATE

N.D.'s Red River Valley Prepares for Massive Flooding

President Barack Obama declared North Dakota a federal disaster area Thursday due to floodwaters that have closed roads and bridges throughout the Red River Valley and that weather specialists say have yet to crest. The mayor of Fargo and North Dakota's governor talk about the situation.

REPORT

Seattle Coffee Company Uses Profits to Aid Bean Growers

Seattle-based coffee company Pura Vida's core mission is to help its bean growers in Central America improve their lives. NewsHour special correspondent Lee Hochberg reports.

ANALYSIS

Obama Takes New Approach to Rallying Public Support

President Barack Obama took part in an online town hall meeting Thursday, the latest in a blitz of public appearances aimed at boosting support for his economic policies. Analysts and historians offer insight on the president's outreach tactics.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: Public Education

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               3/26/2009 7:30 PM

Length:            60

Description:

State budget cuts have forced the Department of Education to get creative.  Making ends meet while still attempting to provide a quality education for Hawaii’s children is a formidable challenge.  Superintendent of Schools Patricia Hamamoto and Board of Education Chair Garrett Toguchi explain how they will meet the challenge.  Telephone and e-mail lines will be open to take viewer questions and comments on this heated topic.  Honolulu Star Bulletin political columnist Richard Borreca will be filling in for Dan Boylan as moderator.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     e2

Program Title: Affordable Green Housing

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/26/2009 9:30 PM

Length:            30

Description:

New York City is known for its diversity, but that quality isn't always reflected in its public housing developments, which often ignore the social and cultural characteristics of the communities who live in them. This episode follows third generation-developer Jonathan Rose through Irvington, Harlem and the Bronx - communities where Rose is putting sustainability within reach of public housing residents.

http://www.pbs.org/e2/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/27/2009 6:30 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Obama Sets Plan to Boost Afghan Stability, Confront Taliban and Al-Qaida

President Obama's new strategy for the Afghanistan war includes 4,000 more troops and assistance to Pakistan in its fight against militants. Special envoy to the region, Richard Holbrooke, and Central Command chief Gen. David Petraeus explain the plan.

REPORT

Other News: N.D. Braces for Record Floodwaters

In other news, North Dakota's Red River Valley is facing potential record flooding as the river rose to its highest levels in recorded history, and the Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 7 percent for the week despite closing Friday on a down note.

ANALYSIS

Obama Banking Plan Focuses on Regulation, Credit Thaw

President Obama met with banking officials Friday at the White House to discuss financial strategies that will help unfreeze the credit markets and shore up capital. Analysts assess the plan and what it might mean for banks around the country.

ANALYSIS

Afghanistan Strategy, Budget Pitch Top Week's News

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks mull how President Barack Obama's budget blueprint is faring in Congress and discuss his strategy for growing resources and personnel in Afghanistan.

CONVERSATION

Historian Discovers Positive Lessons, Community Values From Great Depression

Great Depression historian Robert McElvaine found that economic downturns can lead people away from conspicuous consumption to a more community-oriented way of life.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/27/2009 7:30 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/27/2009 8:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/27/2009 8:30 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/27/2009 9:30 PM

Length:            30

Description:

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series that probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective.

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, March 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/27/2009 10:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation. 

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, March 30, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/30/2009 6:30 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Obama Unveils Tough Terms for GM, Chrysler Recovery Efforts

President Barack Obama outlined tough terms Monday for continued federal aid for ailing auto giants GM and Chrysler. White House adviser Austan Goolsbee, a member of the auto task force, details the plan.

REPORT

Other News: Oil Prices Fall, Bomber Kills 9 in Afghanistan

Oil prices dropped on worries about Detroit automakers, and a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform targeted a police station in Afghanistan, killing nine people.

ANALYSIS

Bankruptcy Option Looms as U.S. Automakers Face Shaky Future

The Obama administration's call for drastic reforms of GM and Chrysler has sparked new debate on the future of Detroit's "Big Three" automakers. Analysts discuss what the restructuring effort may mean for the auto industry's future.

REPORT

Fargo Residents Cope With Continued Flood Fears

Residents of Fargo, N.D., are coping with ongoing fears of heavy flooding from the swollen Red River and warnings about inclement weather in the days ahead. Tom Bearden reports from the scene.

UPDATE

New Concerns Stir on Darfur's Humanitarian Situation

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir expelled many of the country's aid workers after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him on charges of war crimes. John Holmes of the United Nations gives an update on the humanitarian situation in Darfur.

REPORT

Pa. Hospitals Test 'Warranty' on Patient Care

The Geisinger hospital system in Pennsylvania has developed a new approach to health care management, including a 90-day "warranty" on certain procedures. Betty Ann Bowser reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, March 31, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/31/2009 6:30 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

G20 Countries Seek Ways to Resolve Economic Crisis

President Barack Obama joined leaders of the world's most powerful and developing economies for the G20 economic summit in London Tuesday. NewsHour correspondent Kwame Holman reports.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: Sick Around America

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/31/2009 9:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

As the worsening economy leads to massive job losses — potentially increasing the ranks of the tens of millions of Americans without health insurance — FRONTLINE travels the country examining the nation’s broken healthcare system and exploring the need for a fundamental overhaul. The scale of the problem now facing the Obama administration, FRONTLINE finds, is staggering, as lay-offs, major illness and other unexpected life changes leave more and more Americans uninsured, underinsured or uninsurable. FRONTLINE also goes inside insurance companies to question executives on their policies, programs and priorities and examines the problems in one state’s attempts at healthcare reform.

 

Education & History:

                   

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Big Energy Gamble

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               01/20/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Arnold Schwarzenegger is betting on green. He wants to roll California's greenhouse gas emissions back to their 1990 levels, and he's promising Californians that their lifestyles - and their pocketbooks- won't feel the pinch. But is Schwarzenegger gambling with his state's economy? With help from eco-celebrities like Ed Begley, Jr. and Bill Nye "The Science Guy," NOVA examines California's aggressive pursuit of a sustainable energy future. From San Francisco's Luscious Garage, where mechanics create custom plug-in hybrids for customers like Google, to the Tehachapi Valley, where thousands of wind turbines are spinning out electricity, NOVA visits the places where green energy is already becoming a reality. Yet some critics fear that, as the nation struggles through an economic meltdown, the state's new policies are inviting dire consequences. Will California be a role model for the rest of the country or a cautionary tale?

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     American Experience

Program Title: The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               01/26/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

J. Robert Oppenheimer's life and legacy are inextricably linked to America's most famous top-secret initiative - the Manhattan Project. But after World War II, this brilliant and intense scientist, tasked with the development of the atomic bomb and widely considered one of the most important minds of the 20th century, fell from the innermost circles of American science. At the height of the Red Scare, the veil of suspicion fell over Oppenheimer. He was accused of having communist sympathies and was pressed to explain his relationships with known communists. This biography presents a complex and revealing portrait of one of America's most influential scientists. Interweaving interviews with family members, scholars and colleagues with dramatic re-creations featuring Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck and The Bourne Ultimatum), this film follows Oppenheimer's fascinating arc from the heady world of international physics to the top-secret Manhattan Project and finally to the dark days of the Red Scare and McCarthyism.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/oppenheimer/

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               01/27/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

"Butterflies" is a visually rich and exciting new documentary about one of the world's most beautiful and mysterious creatures: the Monarch butterfly. Nowhere in nature is there a more powerful mix of scientific marvel, awesome beauty and epic struggle for survival. This documentary, shot in high-definition video, is a journey into the Monarch's secret and fascinating world. NOVA visits the spectacular locations the Monarch calls home, meets its friends and enemies (including humans in both camps) and flies with it on one of the most inspiring migratory odysseys imaginable.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: The Atom Smashers (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               01/27/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

"The Atom Smashers" examines 15 months at Fermilab as it scours the subatomic world for the Higgs boson particle. Will it be found? Will the United States continue to lead the world in science? Or will it slip behind and watch as the greatest minds in physics drift across the Atlantic, closing a great chapter in American scientific progress?

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/

 

Series Title:     American Experience

Program Title: The Polio Crusade

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/2/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

It was the largest public health experiment in American history — a crusade that eradicated polio, one of the 20th-century’s most dreaded diseases. The polio epidemic terrified Americans for decades, affecting thousands of children, leaving many crippled, paralyzed or condemned to life in an iron lung. But on April 26, 1954, hope emerged. At the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia, six-year-old Randy Kerr stood at the head of a long line of children and waited patiently while a nurse gently rolled up his sleeve, then filled a syringe with a cherry-colored liquid containing the world’s first polio vaccine. Developed just a few years earlier by virologist Jonas Salk, the polio vaccine had not yet been widely tested on humans. No one was certain it was safe or whether it could provide effective protection against the disease. In the coming weeks, nearly two million school children in 44 states received the shots. The Salk vaccine trials were the dramatic culmination of years of research and a multi-million dollar investment, made up in large part by public donations. Based in part on David Oshinsky’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Polio: An American Story, this film chronicles a decades-long crusade, fueled by the bold leadership of a single philanthropy and its innovative public relations campaign, and features a bitter battle between two scientists and the breakthrough of a now-forgotten woman researcher.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex /

 

Series Title:     Forgotten Ellis Island

Program Title: MONDAY, February 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/2/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This is the first documentary about the abandoned immigrant hospital on Ellis Island. During the great wave of immigration, 22 medical buildings sprawled across two islands adjacent to Ellis Island, the largest port of entry to the United States. Massive and modern, the hospital was America’s first line of defense against contagious, often virulent, disease. In the era before antibiotics, tens of thousands of immigrant patients were separated from family, detained in the hospital and healed from illness before becoming citizens. FORGOTTEN ELLIS ISLAND is a powerful reminder of the best — and worst — of America’s dealings with its new citizens-to-be.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Spy Factory

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/3/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

For the first time on television, NOVA exposes the hidden world of high-tech, 21st-century eavesdropping carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA). Today, the NSA is the world’s largest intelligence agency, three times the size of the CIA and far more secret. Its mission is to eavesdrop on the world — from cell phones in Europe to pay phones in Afghanistan to email messages from Pakistan to Baghdad. But since 9/11, it also has turned its giant ear inward, listening in without warrant on thousands of American citizens, many of whom are on the government’s secret watch list, now more than half-a-million names long. Based on the latest best-seller by journalist James Bamford, “The Spy Factory” is a gripping investigation of the NSA, from its tragic failures leading up to the 9/11 attacks to its secret listening rooms currently installed in the nation’s telecom facilities. The program presents groundbreaking new evidence about how the agency listened in to the phone calls of key 9/11 plotters, yet failed to realize they were located in the U.S. To show how current eavesdropping technology works, NOVA traces the path of an email sent from Asia to the U.S. via fiber optic cables on the Pacific sea floor. From a beach in California, the email then travels to a telecom switching facility in San Francisco, where the cables are covertly duplicated, with one copy of everything — including the original email — going to the NSA’s secret room and the other transmitted to its proper destination. This is a suspenseful and eye-opening report on the threat to privacy and the effectiveness of high-tech surveillance in the age of terrorism.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     American Experience

Program Title: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/9/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

On March 4, 1865, at the United States Capitol, a crowd of 50,000 listened as President Lincoln delivered his classic second inaugural address, urging charity and forgiveness to a nation in the final throes of war. Just two months later, a train, nine cars long and draped in black bunting, pulled slowly out of a station in Washington, DC. Dignitaries and government officials crowded the first eight cars. In the ninth rode the body of Abraham Lincoln — America’s first assassinated president. Some seven million people would line the tracks or file past the casket to bid an emotional farewell to the martyred president. But as the funeral train made its way across nine states and through hundreds of cities and towns, the largest manhunt in history was closing in on Lincoln’s assassin, the famous actor John Wilkes Booth. This film recounts a great American drama: two tumultuous months when the joy of peace was shattered by the heartache of assassination. At the heart of the story are two figures who define the extremes of character: Lincoln, who had the strength to transform suffering into infinite compassion, and Booth, who allowed hatred to curdle into destruction.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex /

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Judgement Day: Intelligent Design (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/10/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

One of the latest battles in the war over evolution took place in a tiny town of Dover in eastern Pennsylvania. In 2004, the local school board ordered science teachers to read to their high school biology students a statement that suggested there is an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution. Called Intelligent Design, the idea is that that life is too complex to have evolved naturally and therefore had to have been designed by an intelligent agent. The science teachers refused to comply with the order; alarmed parents filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the school board of violating the separation of church and state. Suddenly, the small town of Dover was torn apart by controversy, pitting neighbor against neighbor. NOVA captures the emotional conflict in interviews with the townspeople, scientists and lawyers who participated in the historic six-week trial.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Tulia, Texas

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/10/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In 1999 undercover narcotics agent Thomas Coleman executed one of the biggest drug stings in Texas history. Coleman and his drug task force arrested 46 Tulia residents — of whom 39 were African American — on charges of suspected drug dealing. “Tulia, Texas” is the story of a small town’s search for justice and the price Americans pay for the nation’s war on drugs.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/

 

Series Title:     Looking for Lincoln

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, February 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/11/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

LOOKING FOR LINCOLN dissects the myths that have grown up around Abraham Lincoln. In doing so, the program addresses outstanding questions — about race, equality, religion and depression — by carefully interpreting the evidence provided by people who actually knew him.

 

Series Title:     American Experience

Program Title: The Lobotomist (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/16/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The lobotomy was hailed by The New York Times as a “surgery of the soul” and “history making,” a groundbreaking medical procedure that promised hope to the most distressed families and desolate mentally ill patients. Championed by a young and ambitious neurologist named Walter J. Freeman, what began as an operation of last resort was soon being performed at some 50 state asylums, often with devastating results. Only a decade after his rise to fame, Freeman was decried as a moral monster and the lobotomy as one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine. Through interviews with medical historians, psychiatrists who worked with Freeman and the desperate families who sought his help, this program tells the gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex /

 

Series Title:     Simon Schama’s Rough Crossings

Program Title: MONDAY, February 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/16/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

At the end of the American Revolution, thousands of African-American slaves risked everything to fight for the British in exchange for a promise of freedom. John Clarkson, a young Royal Navy lieutenant, was sent to North America by British abolitionists to fulfill that promise. According to plan, each slave would be resettled in Nova Scotia. However, when that frigid, rocky terrain proved inhospitable to those who had worked the cotton fields of the Deep South, Clarkson arranged for them to be transported across the Atlantic to Sierra Leone. Using journals, diaries and autobiographical accounts, writer-narrator Simon Schama reconstructs this epic journey.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Four-Winged Dinosaur (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/17/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Imagine a moment from the age of dinosaurs frozen in time: primitive birds, bees, insects, early mammals, the first known flowering plants and of course, dinosaurs, all exquisitely preserved in fine-grained fossils from China’s Liaoning Province. Volcanic eruptions killed and buried victims quickly in this dinosaur Pompeii, capturing soft, fragile features not normally preserved in fossils — notably the feathers on animals that had never been known to have them before. Now, with state-of-the-art animation to bring this lost world to life, NOVA investigates the mysterious feathered dinosaurs that are challenging old ideas about the origin of bird flight.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     American Experience

Program Title: A Class Apart

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/23/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In the tiny town of Edna, Texas, in 1951, a field hand named Pete Hernandez murdered his employer after exchanging heated words in a gritty cantina. From this unremarkable small-town murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would forever change the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans. “A Class Apart” tells the little-known story of a band of underdog Mexican-American lawyers who took their case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans. In the landmark legal case, prosecution lawyers forged a daring legal strategy, arguing that Mexican Americans were “a class apart” and did not neatly fit into a legal structure that recognized only blacks and whites. As legal skirmishes unfolded, the lawyers emerged as brilliant, dedicated, humorous, and, at times, terribly flawed men. This film dramatically weaves the story of its central characters — activists and lawyers, returning veterans and ordinary citizens, murderer and victim — into the broader history of Latinos in America during a time of extraordinary change.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex /

 

Series Title:     History Detectives

Program Title: MONDAY, February 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               2/23/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In a special presentation, America’s top gumshoes prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. Wes Cowan, independent appraiser and auctioneer; Gwendolyn Wright, professor of architecture, Columbia University; Elyse Luray, independent appraiser and expert in art history; and Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociology and the director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, leave no stone unturned as they travel around the country to explore the stories behind local folklore, prominent figures and family legends. Included in this episode are “Slave Songbook”, “Josh White Guitar”, and “Birthplace of Hip Hop”.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Rat Attack

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/24/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Every 48 years, the inhabitants of the remote Indian state of Mizoram suffer a horrendous ordeal known locally as mautam. An indigenous species of bamboo, blanketing 30 percent of Mizoram’s 8,100 square miles, blooms once every half-century, spurring an explosion in the rat population that feeds off the bamboo’s fruit. The rats run amok, destroying crops and precipitating a crippling famine throughout Mizoram. NOVA follows this gripping tale of nature’s capacity to engender human suffering and investigates the botanical mystery of why the bamboo flowers with clockwork precision every half-century.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     American Experience: Eyes on the Prize II

Program Title: Ain’t Gonna Shuffle No More 1964-72 (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               2/25/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Nearly two decades after its 1990 premiere, the groundbreaking second season of “Eyes on the Prize” returns to PBS as a special presentation of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in February 2008 in honor of Black History Month. The series documents the journey of black Americans seeking justice, power and identity, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, and shows the profound effect this movement had on all Americans. Through historical footage and interviews, “Eyes on the Prize” examines the triumphs and failures of individuals and communities eager to give flesh to the movement’s hard-won gains. The series also probes the transition to a more challenging time in America’s social history.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex /

 

Series Title:     Suze Orman: Women & Money (Encore)

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/11/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Suze Orman, the number one New York Times best-selling author, financial expert and two-time Emmy winner, returns to PBS to inspire women to take charge of their financial futures. In SUZE ORMAN: WOMEN & MONEY, she shares her surprising insights into the complicated relationship women have with their money.

 

 

 

Series Title:     Ed Slott’s Stay Rich for Life

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/18/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Ed Slott’s Stay Rich for Life: Growing & Protecting Your Money in Turbulent Times is a powerful call to action for American consumers concerning their retirement savings. Ed Slott defines the monumental fiscal problems facing Americans and provides a step-by-step solution to creating a plan of action. Ed Slott’s Stay Rich for Life builds on the phenomenal success of Stay Rich Forever & Ever with all new information but continues with the “Slott formula” of using humor, personal stories and detailed facts from the tax code to make his points.

 

Series Title:     Journey to Planet Earth

Program Title: The State of the Planet’s Oceans

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/18/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The latest installment in the JOURNEY TO PLANET EARTH environmental series investigates the health and sustainability of the world’s oceans, with a special emphasis on issues affecting marine preserves, fisheries and coastal ecosystems in the United States and elsewhere. Academy Award-winner Matt Damon hosts and narrates.

 

 

 

 

Series Title:     American Experience

Program Title: Sister Aimee (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/23/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

"Sister Aimee" tells the dramatic life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, the controversial, charismatic, wildly popular evangelist who was instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture and American politics. McPherson began her mission humbly, traveling across the country staging tent revivals. In 1921, at the age of 31, she settled in Los Angeles, founded the Church of the Four Square Gospel and built the Angelus Temple, where she often preached before a packed house of 5,000 believers, using elaborate musical productions worthy of Broadway. During her emotional revivals, McPherson performed controversial healings and soon started drawing bigger crowds than those of P.T. Barnum, Houdini or Teddy Roosevelt. Employing a publicist, she became a darling of the Los Angeles journalists and newsreel crews. McPherson also created her own radio station - one of the first Christian radio stations in the United States - and used it to broadcast daily sermons to her followers. Through interviews with her biographers, historians and scholars, this program presents a complex and revealing portrait of one of the most significant religious figures of the early 20th century.

 

Series Title:     The Powder & the Glory

Program Title: MONDAY, March 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/23/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

When Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein started their businesses 100 years ago, makeup was worn mostly by prostitutes and performers, and businesses were run mostly by men. In a legendary 50-year rivalry, these two women changed that and transformed us. This program is based on the book War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein & Miss Elizabeth Arden - Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry by Lindy Woodhead.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Extreme Ice

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               3/24/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

As the world warms, the threat from rising sea levels poses an alarming potential for disaster. Some models now project a one-meter sea level rise over the next century, which could displace millions of people, from Florida to Bangladesh, and require trillions of dollars’ investment in coastal infrastructure. But these models don’t reflect recent findings that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at an ever faster rate. What explains this alarming acceleration, and just how can we figure out what’s happening inside a gigantic wall of ice? In collaboration with National Geographic, NOVA follows the exploits of acclaimed photojournalist James Balog and a scientific team as they deploy time-lapse cameras in risky, remote locations in the Arctic, Alaska and the Alps. Their goal is to create a unique photo archive of melting glaciers that could provide a key to understanding their runaway behavior.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     American Experience

Program Title: Jamestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/30/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

On November 17, 1978, Congressman Leo Ryan traveled to an isolated rain forest in Guyana to investigate the concerns of his San Francisco-area constituents. Their alarming stories focused on a jungle compound known as Jonestown, a group called the Peoples Temple and its leader, Jim Jones. According to news filtering back to America, U.S. citizens were being held against their will in prison camp conditions. There were allegations of physical and sexual abuse and even rumors of a planned mass suicide. Congressman Ryan, an impassioned human rights advocate, decided to get the facts for himself. Within 48 hours, Ryan, Jones and more than 900 Jonestown settlers were dead — casualties of the largest mass murder-suicide in history. In the next few days, grisly details of cyanide-laced fruit punch and disturbing images of children poisoned by their parents emerged from the jungle. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE goes beyond the salacious headlines to provide a revealing portrait of Jones, his followers and the times that produced the calamity in the Guyanese jungle, told by the people who know the story firsthand: Jonestown survivors, Temple defectors, relatives of the dead and journalists.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Last Extinction

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/31/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In May 2008, a scientific team made worldwide headlines by announcing evidence of a previously unsuspected impact from space that had devastated prehistoric North America at the end of the last Ice Age. According to this controversial new claim, the extinction of more than 34 types of large prehistoric animals (or “megafauna”) was caused not by climate change or the arrival of the first human hunters, but by the massive breakup of a comet over the Great Lakes region. NOVA explores this provocative new theory about what killed off America’s mammoths and may have come close to extinguishing early human populations as well.

 

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                    Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Arctic Passage: Prisoners of the Ice (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               01/13/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

After the Franklin expedition, more than a half-century would pass before an innovative explorer finally conquered the Northwest Passage. Unsupported by naval might or government funding, a 29-year-old Norwegian, Roald Amundsen, set out with improbably slim resources: six men and a tiny, shallow vessel, the Gjoa, which he presumed could slip through channels that endangered larger ships. Caught by the winter ice, Amundsen did what the earlier Franklin crew had been unable or unwilling to do: he turned to the native Inuit to learn their ancient skills of Arctic survival. What they taught him - seal hunting, building igloos and handling dog teams - not only ensured the success of his voyage but were crucial training for his conquest of the South Pole in 1912. NOVA retraces Amundsen's triumphant voyage, taking viewers to the Canadian Arctic where his name is legendary among the native people.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     Brain Fitness 2: Sight & Sound (Encore)

Program Title: THURSDAY, March 12, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               3/12/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

This program, specifically designed to help people get the most from their vision and hearing as they age, considers how these senses change throughout life and what people can do to keep them healthy and fully functional.