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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter - January 20 - January 26

Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…

Quite a few Hawaii residents, including local government officials and high school marching-band members, will be in Washington DC this holiday Monday. You, too, may attend the second-term inauguration of President Barack Obama-without experiencing East Coast low temperatures-through the magic of live television.

We'll take you there live, first thing Monday morning, on PBS NewsHour Inauguration 2013: A Special Report (Mon., Jan. 21, 6:00 am).

Dr. Tin Myaing Thein (image) My guest on LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., Jan. 22, 7:30 pm) is Dr. Tin Myaing Thein, a onetime immigrant to Hawaii who has spent decades assisting other immigrants. In this first part of a two-part conversation, Different Shores, the women's advocate, community organizer and Executive Director of the Pacific Gateway Center recalls her childhood in Burma (now Myanmar). She shares how her family evaded Japanese troops during World War II and why she left a post-war life in the idyllic town of Kalaw to come to Hawaii.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Jan. 23 at 11:00 pm and Sun., Jan. 27 at 4:00 pm.

HIKI NO (image) Students from Kaimuki's Sacred Hearts Academy (pictured with advisor Randall Pong) host this week's episode of HIKI NŌ (Thurs., Jan. 24, 7:30 pm). On Maui, H.P. Baldwin High School's state swimming champ Jonah Hu learns first-hand that winning isn't everything. And at Oahu's Aliamanu Middle School, students follow the beat of different world cultures.

This episode also includes student-produced stories from Hilo High School (Hawaii Island); Maui's Lahainaluna High School and Maui High School; Molokai High School; and Kalaheo High School and Waialua High and Intermediate School on Oahu.

This program encores Saturday, Jan. 26 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino

On the next INSIGHTS on PBS Hawaii (Thurs., Jan. 24, 8:00 pm), Dan Boylan moderates a discussion on Gun Control, as recent shootings in Colorado, Connecticut and Oregon have sparked new debates about a divisive issue in America. While President Obama and gun control advocates are calling for stricter gun laws, gun rights groups and supporters are steadfast on their right to arm themselves. Guests will discuss whether Hawaii's firearms laws should be updated.

INSIGHTS is also available online via live streaming. We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may also email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org

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

Downton Abbey (image) On MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Downton Abbey Season 3, Part 3 (Sun., Jan. 20, 8:00 pm), two social revolutions arrive: the Irish civil war and the fight for women's suffrage. Meanwhile, a mysterious conspiracy keeps Anna and Bates apart.

TOMORROW BEYOND 3/11 Planting Cherry Trees of Friendship (Sun., Jan. 20, 10:30 pm) follows Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang as he revisits Fukushima Prefecture, where he meets old friends and participates in the Iwaki 10,000 Cherry Tree Project, which he helped fund and design and which was launched in the spirit of recovery.

In ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Corpus Christi, TX, Part 3 of 3 (Mon., Jan. 21, 8:00 pm), we find art that spans the 20th century, including a 1912 portrait by Charles Courtney Curran and a 1983 Helen Frankenthaler lithograph.

This week, the MARKET WARRIORS (Mon., Jan. 21, 9:00 pm) go Antiquing in New Milford, CT. Their challenge: find something made of metal. Notable finds include a pyrography chair and a slant front desk.

Independent Lens (image) INDEPENDENT LENS Beauty is Embarrassing (Mon., Jan. 21, 10:00 pm) presents the work of artist Wayne White, who's become an iconic auteur of the weird, the silly and the joyfully absurd. A husband, father and Tennessee native who is happy picking a banjo on the porch swing, White approaches elder-statesman status even as he flatly refuses to grow up.

Pioneers of Television (image) PIONEERS OF TELEVISION (Tues., Jan. 22, 8:00 pm) continues this week with a look at Primetime Soaps, kicked off in the late 1970s by Dallas and Dynasty, and spin-offs such as the long-lasting series Knots Landing. Among the interviewees in this episode are Joan Collins, Linda Evans, Diahann Carroll, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Joan Van Ark, Michelle Lee and the late Larry Hagman (pictured).

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE The Abolitionists (Tues., Jan. 22, 9:00 pm) concludes with Part Three 1854-Emancipation and Victory. During his raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown is captured, then executed, becoming a martyr for the cause. Abraham Lincoln is elected president in 1860, Southern states secede, and war breaks out. On New Year's Day 1863, it is announced that Lincoln has emancipated the slaves in rebel territory. Finally, in December 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment is ratified, banning slavery in all states forever.

Are the CEOs of mega-banks too influential to jail? Though fraudulent practices at banks contributed to America's financial meltdown, to date no Wall Street titan has been convicted of a crime connected to the crisis. FRONTLINE The Untouchables (Tues., Jan. 22, 10:00 pm) investigates why Wall Street's leaders have escaped prosecution.

Attenboroughs Life Stories (image) Catch the premiere of a new three-part series on NATURE, called Attenborough's Life Stories (Wed., Jan. 23, 8:00 pm). In honor of Sir David Attenborough's 60th anniversary on television, the miniseries focuses on three fields that Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. In this episode, Life on Camera, Attenborough revisits key places and events in his wildlife filmmaking career and recalls the challenges of capturing wildlife footage.

NOVA (image) Drones are the unmanned flying robots that do things straight out of science fiction. Much of what they do and how they operate has remained secret. Now, with unprecedented access to those who create and operate these drones, NOVA Rise of the Drones (Wed., Jan. 23, 9:00 pm) reveals the amazing cutting-edge technologies that make them so powerful and are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history.

LIFE ON FIRE (Wed., Jan. 23, 10:00 pm) continues its look at the power and beauty of the world's volcanoes in Phoenix Temple. In the harsh environment around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, nature struggles to rise again before the next eruption erases its efforts.

Shakespeare Uncovered (image) The new miniseries SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED combines history, biography, iconic performances, analysis and the personal passion of its hosts to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

--In Macbeth with Ethan Hawke (Fri., Jan. 25, 9:00 pm), the host uncovers the true story that served as inspiration for the tragedy and immerses himself in some of the play's most memorable productions.

--In The Comedies with Joely Richardson (Fri., Jan. 25, 10:00 pm), Vanessa Redgrave joins daughter Richardson to investigate Shakespeare's heroines in two cross-dressing comedies.

Discover Cha and Namul for Health and Beauty on the next CATHLYN'S KOREAN KITCHEN (Sat., Jan. 26, 5:00 pm), as Cathlyn explains the tradition and significance of cha (tea) in the Korean Tea ceremony. She also shares delicious and nutritious recipes such as vegetarian bibimbap created with namul (seasoned vegetables).

Chihuli Outside (image) Chihuly Outside (Sat., Jan. 26, 8:00 pm) covers nearly half a century of glass artist Dale Chihuly's epic outdoor installations, including Mille Fiori, a 56-foot "garden of glass" first exhibited in San Francisco, and his most recent work, Chihuly Garden and Glass, which opened at the foot of Seattle's Space Needle. This film is a portrait of an innovative artist always seeking new ways to adapt his medium to natural spaces, propelled by a desire to move, provoke and inspire viewers.

Enjoy An Evening with Dave Grusin (Sat., Jan. 26, 10:00 pm), as the award-winning composer takes center stage for this concert special. Joined by a host of guest artists, Grusin performs and conducts selections from his own film soundtracks and celebrates the work of American composers, including Gershwin, Mancini and Bernstein.

Norah Jones (image) Jazz and pop cross on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS (Sat., Jan. 26, 11:00 pm), with sets from Norah Jones and Kat Edmonson. Jones (pictured) sings songs from her Dangermouse-produced album Little Broken Hearts and Edmonson showcases the song stylings of her recent effort Way Down Low.

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A hui hou kakou -- until next time,

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