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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter - February 10 - February 16

Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…

NOVA (image) How's this for a world view?

Get a new space-based perspective on our home planet as NOVA Earth from Space (Wed., Feb. 13, 9:00 pm) takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms them into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate web of forces that sustain life on earth.

Wayne Rapozo (image) My next guest on LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., Feb. 12, 7:30 pm) travels the globe as an international attorney, known for his prowess in handling high-stakes corporate mergers and acquisitions. He lives in Notting Hill, London. Yet his heart remains in the plantation town in West Kauai where he was raised. Wayne Rapozo says the combination of his inclusive small Pakala community, and his grandfather's strength of character and ability to take tough stances, helped him develop practical skills in closing complex deals. Wayne gives back to Hawaii with a scholarship fund for under-served youth, and he works closely with a Kekaha charter school. When drama students from Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center went to the United Kingdom to perform at the prestigious Festival Fringe (as documented in our production, Dream Big: Nanakuli at the Fringe), Wayne hosted them in London.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Feb. 13 at 11:00 pm and Sun., Feb. 17 at 4:00 pm.

Global warming is causing a rise in sea levels and temperatures, extreme weather and a loss of rainfall that could threaten our water supply. The next INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., Feb. 14, 8:00 pm) examines Climate Change from scientific, environmental and policy perspectives.

Host Dan Boylan moderates a discussion with scheduled guests: William Aila, Chair of Hawaii's DLNR; Stanton Enomoto, Cultural Adaption Coordinator at Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative; Charles Fletcher, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the UH Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology; and Victoria Keener, East-West Center Fellow and Editor of Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment.

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

HIKI NO (image) Students from Kamehameha Schools-Maui (pictured) host this week's HIKI NŌ (Thurs., Feb. 14, 7:30 pm) as a Roosevelt High School (Oahu) team checks out the personal touch in business at a Honolulu coffee shop; and Mid-Pacific Institute (Oahu) students introduce us to a stylish Pomeranian pooch who spreads joy wherever she goes. Also featured are stories from Hilo High School (Hawaii Island); Kapaa High School and Kapaa Middle School on Kauai; Seabury Middle School (Maui); and Waipahu Intermediate School (Oahu).

Many of Hawaii's Portuguese citizens are descendants of immigrants from the Azores. That's where Chef Ming Tsai spent some time recently. SIMPLY MING On the Road in the Azores III (Sat., Feb. 16, 5:30 pm) has Ming cooking with a celebrated local chef on the island of Terceira. There, he learns the history of alcatra. It's a popular dish made with fish or beef, along with bacon, onion and local spices that's slow cooked in a traditional Azorean wood oven.

Downton Abbey (image) Change arrives in a big way for several key characters as MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Downton Abbey Season 3, Part 6 (Sun., Feb. 10, 8:00 pm) continues. The annual cricket match with the villagers is the place for settling scores and hatching new plots.

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

This Sunday at 11:00 pm, U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard is featured on To the Contrary, as host Bonnie Erbé introduces the newest female members of the 113th Congress.

In Part 3 of a three-part visit to Boston, MA, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (Mon., Feb. 11, 8:00 pm) explores folk art carvings at the historic Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester. Highlights include a host of arms and military paraphernalia, including Civil War photographs and a circa 1810 South Carolina musket valued at $6,000-$8,000.

Go Antiquing in Chantilly, VA with the MARKET WARRIORS (Mon., Feb. 11, 9:00 pm). The pickers' target assignment is to find miniature furniture. Other notable finds include a crocodile suitcase, a mid-century modern clock and a Chinese screen.

PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL REPORT: State of the Union Address 2013 (Tues., Feb. 12, 4:00 pm) presents full, live coverage of President Obama's address, the Republican response and analysis by the NewsHour team.

As the nation faces yet another round of fiscal crises, FRONTLINE Cliffhanger (Tues., Feb. 12, 8:00 pm) investigates the inside story of Washington's failure to solve the country's debt and deficit problems and explores the deep ideological divide inside the Republican Party and the struggle between House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Speaker John Boehner as they take on President Obama and the Democrats. Please note: this edition of FRONTLINE is at a different time than usual.

John D. Rockefeller (image) AMERICAN EXPERIENCE John D. Rockefeller (Tues., Feb. 12, 9:00 pm) explores the life of the world's first billionaire who controlled 90% of the world's oil refineries through his monopoly, Standard Oil. Rockefeller transformed an industry and changed forever the way America did business, earning a despised reputation that his heir failed to dispel. Although the senior Rockefeller had given away half his fortune by the end of his life, his philanthropy couldn't erase the memory of his predatory business practices.

NATURE (image) At Wood Buffalo National Park in the central plains of Canada, descendants of ancient buffalo and wolves still engage in epic life-and-death dramas between stalker and prey. A lone filmmaker who has followed them for more than 20 years captures their story in NATURE Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo (Wed., Feb. 13, 8:00 pm).

Into Deep Space: The Birth of the ALMA Observatory (Thurs., Feb. 14, 10:00 pm) explores the engineering and scientific discoveries of the ALMA telescope in the Chilean Andes.

Live from Lincoln Center (image) LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER (Fri., Feb. 15, 9:00 pm) celebrates the legendary songwriting duo who wrote the classic songs "All That Jazz" and "New York, New York." Conceived and conducted by Rob Fisher, Ring Them Bells! A Kander & Ebb Celebration includes Broadway stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley (pictured) performing alongside theater legends Joel Grey and Chita Rivera.

In this episode of CATHLYN'S KOREAN KITCHEN (Sat., Feb. 16, 5:00 pm), Cathlyn introduces viewers to foods that were once strictly prepared by experienced royal chefs. Through recipes that were passed down through generations, we learn about the healthy ingredients, artistic decorations and unique flavoring of Korean Palace Cuisine.

La Traviata (image) Natalie Dessay puts on the red dress in Willy Decker's stunning production of Verdi's La Traviata on the next GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET (Sat., Feb. 16, 8:00 pm). Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont and principal guest conductor Fabio Luisi is at the podium.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and tUnE-yArDs bring experimental pop to the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage (Sat., Feb. 16, 11:00 pm). The Zeros play songs from their LP Here, while tUnE-yArDs performs material from the album Whokill.

Encore pick of the week:

Hawaii's own Jake Shimabukuro is a fifth-generation Japanese American who traces his roots back to Fukushima Prefecture. In TOMORROW BEYOND 3/11 My Fukushima Home (Sun., Feb. 10, 10:30 pm), Jake visits evacuees from the nuclear-contaminated town of Futaba and marvels at their optimism despite living in an abandoned school far from home. In a heartwarming exchange, they sing along to his music.

In the future, look for Jake in a new documentary that delves into why he chose a humble musical instrument to launch a performing career. You'll also hear from him in an upcoming episode of LONG STORY SHORT. I'll give you a heads-up before both new programs air.

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A hui hou kakou -- until next time,

Leslie Wilcox
President and CEO
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