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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter - June 16 - June 22

Aloha from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…

Insights on PBS Hawaii (image) For so long, Kakaako was a rough-and-tough industrial zone, with body and fender shops, warehouses, small factories. Now we see corridors of gleaming modern high rises and properties in transition. INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., June 20, 8:00 pm) focuses on Developing Honolulu's Urban Core. Host Dan Boylan's guests will discuss how to create a vibrant live-work-play community and prevent urban blight. Scheduled to appear are: Anthony Ching, Executive Director of Hawaii Community Development Authority; Erin Kinney, Marketing Manager of Our Kaka'ako; Ralph Portmore, Urban Planner at Group 70; and John Prime, Co-Director of 808 Urban.

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

Inspector Lewis (image) Fans of Inspector Lewis and his partner DS Hathaway will be pleased to see their return in MASTERPIECE MYSTERY Inspector Lewis, Series VI (Sun., June 16, 8:00 pm). In the first of three new episodes, Down Among the Fearful, Lewis and Hathaway discover that a murdered psychic is actually an Oxford psychology research fellow. The truth behind his double life unravels, revealing numerous suspects for the detectives to pursue.

The Revolutionary Optimists (image) Lawyer-turned-social entrepreneur Amlan Ganguly has transformed some of the poorest slums of Kolkata, India, by empowering children through street theater, dance and data to become leaders in improving health and sanitation. INDEPENDENT LENS (Mon., June 17, 10:00 pm) tells the story of these children as The Revolutionary Optimists, developing the tools to create opportunities.

Through the stories of individuals who have overcome their challenges, A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness (Mon., June 17, 11:00 pm) examines the discrimination that people with mental health issues face as well as the efforts to promote understanding and acceptance.

Frank Kearns (image) Frank Kearns: American Correspondent
(Tues., June 18, 11:00 pm) examines the life and career of this CBS News journalist who covered Africa and the Middle East. Nearly killed 114 times while on assignments, he was considered the best who ever worked at the network. In 1976, CBS told Congress that he worked for the CIA while in Egypt in the 1950s. It was an allegation that Kearns denied until his death in 1986.

Valentino's Ghost
Thurs., June 20, 10:00 pm) explores the media's role in perpetuating and correcting stereotypes attributed to Islam, Muslims and Arabs. The program takes us on a chronological journey through more than a century of media, from fantasies of romantic sheiks and golden palaces to today's portrayals of fanatics.

In today's health-conscious world, fat and salt are things to avoid. But when used separately as Preserving techniques, they produce wondrous food. MARTHA STEWART'S COOKING SCHOOL (Sat., June 22, 5:00 pm) demonstrates confit and salting by making an assortment of confits and a salt-cured salmon appetizer, gravlax.

Rick Steves Europe (image) In part one of a three-part visit to the Eternal City, RICK STEVES' EUROPE Rome: Ancient Glory (Sat., June 22, 7:30 pm) focuses on the grandeur of classical Rome. Rick visits the Coliseum and bicycles the Appian Way to view marvels of Roman engineering.

The 2013 National Geographic Bee (image) You need a world of knowledge to do well in geography bees, and it's amazing how much knowledge some of the young competitors, in fourth through eighth grades, have accumulated in their short lives! Finalists give it all they've got in The 2013 National Geographic Bee (Sat., June 22, 8:00 pm). The champ gets a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The finalists, winners of their state-level geographic bees, have triumphed over a field of nearly 5 million students to earn a place in the national championships. Since only the top 10 finalists will be in this program, we won't get to see Hawaii's top winner, Andrew Anderton, an eighth grader from Island School in Lihue, Kauai. Congratulations to Andrew for taking top honors in the Hawaii State Geography Bee twice!

Riding the Rails in China (image) On Saturday, June 22, join American travelers Chris and Sarah on a journey by train RIDING THE RAILS IN CHINA 2. At 9:00 pm in Part 1, the pair visits the magnificent Shenyang Imperial Palace, Changchun World Sculpture Park and the Benxi Water Cave. Then, at 10:00 pm in Part 2, Chris and Sarah pick vegetables on a farm outside of Changchun which they cook in a Manchurian style "hotpot" dish.

Encore pick of the week:

Opus Jazz (image) GREAT PERFORMANCES Dance in America (Fri., June 21, 10:00 pm) sets an overlooked Jerome Robbins work in the midst of New York landscapes which inspired his choreography. Latin, African and American rhythms drive the NY Export: Opus Jazz ballet in sneakers to create a style that remains expressive, sensual and contemporary.

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A hui hou kakou -- until next time,

Leslie Wilcox
President and CEO
PBS Hawaii
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