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Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…
When Burma's Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at PBS Hawaii earlier this year for an interview, we saw again how the threat of violence dogs global peace leaders. Suu Kyi was accompanied by U.S. federal agents, just as the Dalai Lama was on his Hawaii visit in 2011, and a bomb-sniffing dog preceded her into our building.
On LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., April 30, 7:30 pm), Suu Kyi tells me that she has no regrets about the total of 15 years she spent as a political prisoner, even though it kept her from living with her sons and with her husband as he was dying of cancer. She says her Buddhist background prepared her for the detachment required. Now an opposition leader in Parliament, she sits alongside members of a military-backed regime that took her freedom. She is taking the position that it takes courage to compromise and that perfect peace is elusive – but the government must start moving in that direction. This episode was produced in partnership with Pillars of Peace Hawaii, an initiative of the Hawaii Community Foundation.
On the next episode of HIKI NŌ (Thurs., May 2, 7:30 pm), a rich new digital archive for historic Hawaii film and videotape, 'Ulu'ulu at UH West Oahu, is explored by students from Kamehameha Schools Kapalama. Hosting the newscast is a student team from Kalaheo High (Oahu), pictured here getting tips from PBS Hawaii's Executive Producer of Learning Initiatives, Robert Pennybacker. Also, Seabury Hall Upper School (Maui) covers the ongoing restoration efforts on the former military target island of Kahoolawe.
Other reports were filed by Hawaii Preparatory Academy (Hawaii Island); Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and Kapaa Middle School on Kauai; and Waialua High and Intermediate School and Wheeler Middle School on Oahu.
Bills to legalize gay marriage and to reserve marriage for opposite-sex couples stalled this legislative session, but the marriage debate continues unabated. Host Dan Boylan moderates a discussion on Same-Sex Marriage on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., May 2, 8:00 pm). Scheduled to appear are: James Hochberg, Attorney and President of Hawaii Family Advocates; Steven Levinson, Retired State Supreme Court Justice; Glenn Stanton, Director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family; and Renea Stewart, same-sex marriage advocate.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are more highlights of the upcoming week on PBS Hawaii:
On CALL THE MIDWIFE (Sun., April 28, 7:00 pm), it's time for the annual Summer Fete. With the introduction of a baby show, the midwives will be more involved than ever.
As MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Mr. Selfridge (Sun., April 28, 8:00 pm) continues, Mr. Grove takes over in Harry's absence while facing irate temperance marchers and other challenges.
In Part 2 of THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE (Sun., April 28, 9:00 pm), the four friends realize it's up to them to stop a killer before he takes his next victim – but their plan to trap him goes badly awry and Lucy is assaulted. Shaken, they take a different approach, contacting former war department members.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (Mon., April 29, 8:00 pm) continues a visit to Rapid City, SD and hits the open road to visit the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include a 1932 signed photograph of Mount Rushmore and a Rock-Ola juke box valued at $2,000-$3,000.
The blistering deserts of southern Arizona have become accidental graveyards for more than 2,000 illegal border crossers from Mexico. INDEPENDENT LENS The Undocumented (Mon., April 29, 10:00 pm) chronicles the work of volunteers and coroners who locate and identify the bodies, attempting to provide closure to devastated families.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the threat of terrorism is again top of mind in America. In a special edition, FRONTLINE Top Secret America: 9/11 to the Boston Bombings (Tues., April 30, 10:00 pm) investigates the battle against modern terrorism.
Known for their highly controlled and stylized movements called "airs above the ground," Legendary White Stallions are featured on NATURE (Wed., May 1, 8:00 pm). You'll hear the story of the Lippizaners, including their origins in ancient times and the drama of their rescue in 1945. Their magnificent dance-like performances highlight the tight harmony between horse and rider.
After an asteroid impact 65 million years ago set Australia adrift in the southern seas, the island continent has seen mountains rise and fall, seas come and go and whole kingdoms of life forms triumph and disappear. In this last episode of NOVA Australia's First 4 Billion Years (Wed., May 1, 9:00 pm), Dr. Richard Smith examines the tales Australia's Strange Creatures have to tell about isolation, change and resilience.
SECRETS OF THE DEAD Bugging Hitler's Soldiers (Wed., May 1, 10:00 pm) reveals the story of a bugging operation of unprecedented scale and cunning, in which 4,000 German POWs revealed their inner thoughts about the Third Reich and let slip military secrets that helped the Allies win WWII.
From fully functioning members of military units to veterans transitioning to civilian life, Service: When Women Come Marching Home (Thurs., May 2, 10:00 pm) captures stories of America's women in uniform as they do battle not only on the war front, but also the domestic front.
In GLOBE TREKKER Around the World – Pacific Journeys: Santiago to Pitcairn (Thurs., May 2, 11:00 pm), host Zay Harding starts off in Santiago de Chile, visits Easter Island and then heads to Tahiti, a paradise that has enticed explorers through the ages. Zay embarks on an ocean voyage in the waters charted by these explorers, including a perilous crossing to Pitcairn Island, home to descendants of the Bounty mutineers.
At age 82, modern dance pioneer Paul Taylor continues to win acclaim for the vibrancy, athleticism, and humor in his recent dances, as well as his enduring classics. GREAT PERFORMANCES (Fri., May 3, 9:00 pm) captures the vitality of the Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris.
RICK STEVES' EUROPE (Sat., May 4, 7:30 pm) explores London: Historic and Dynamic, as Rick ponders royal tombs in Westminster Abbey, learns how to triple the calories of an English scone at tea time and discovers treasures in the British Library. Later he enjoys the vibrant evening scene in Soho and straddles the Prime Meridian at Greenwich.
Tea Lands of China (Sat., May 4, 8:00 pm) follows Americans Mark Rozell and Tori Boyert as they travel to two major tea regions in China. They learn how to pluck, process and brew a perfect cup of longjing tea in Hangzhou. In Yunnan Province, they meet minority groups who introduce them to pu'er tea.
At a time when many children play more in front of screens than outside, Play Again (Sat. May 4, 9:00 pm) explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds.
Encore Pick of the Week:
Pursuing a big dream can inspire others, as the students of Nanakuli High and Intermediate School's Performing Arts Center learned when they were invited to perform at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe. When a lack of funds threatened to keep students from going to Scotland, the Hawaii community rallied behind them. The resulting journey – captured in PBS HAWAII PRESENTS Dream Big: Nanakuli At The Fringe (Thurs., May 2, 9:00 pm) – proved to be emotional and life-changing for everyone involved. This documentary was produced and directed by Roy Kimura, who is PBS Hawaii's new VP of Creative Services.
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