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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter -  September 29 - October 5

Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…

Ching Foundation (image) Here's one way to support 21st-century learning for Hawaii's students: making an investment in HIKI NŌ's real-world lessons in digital media and storytelling. Thank you, members of The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation.

With 86 public, private and charter schools now participating in our statewide student news network, the upcoming fall-semester season premiere of HIKI NŌ (Thurs., Oct. 3, 7:30 pm), has variety galore. Students continue to find stories not covered anywhere else, including the situation of a bullied teacher and the students who rallied around him. Hosted by Aliamanu Middle School (Oahu), this episode includes stories by student journalists from Konawaena High School (Hawaii Island); Wheeler Middle School, Punahou School, Moanalua High School and Waianae Intermediate on Oahu; Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (Kauai); and Maui High School.

Insights (image) Budget cuts made during Hawaii's economic downturn have taken a toll on government support services for the mentally ill. Hospitals, public safety and social service agencies have jumped in to try to fill the gaps, but are these public and private efforts enough? On the next INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., Oct. 3, 8:00 pm), we ask What Is the State of Mental Health Care in Hawaii?

INSIGHTS is also available online through 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:

Last Tango in Halifax (image) Locked inside a medieval hall without phone service, Alan and Celia are the objects of a police search in Part 4 of LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX (Sun., Sept. 29, 7:00 pm). Fearing for their parents, Caroline and Gillian open up to one another and form a supportive bond.

Foyle protects a Nazi officer turned MI5 informant in MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Foyle's War, Series VII: Sunflower (Sun., Sept. 29, 8:00 pm), as the truth of "Operation Sunflower" is revealed.

The GENEALOGY ROADSHOW (Mon., Sept. 30, 9:00 pm) team connects Detroit citizens to world events with ancestral findings at the Daley Rhea Mansion in "Motor City." One woman learns details of her parents' secret World War II activities and her father's untimely death. A Mexican American woman discovers the truth about her family's groundbreaking presence in Michigan and a Civil War-era ancestor charged with murder.

Independent Lens (image) Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey follows the story of Arnel Pineda, a YouTube discovery plucked from obscurity to front the iconic rock band Journey. Can a man who has overcome many obstacles — orphaned at 12, living on the streets, no music training — deal with the demands of his newfound fame? Watch INDEPENDENT LENS (Mon., Sept. 30, 10:00 pm).

The LATINO AMERICANS (Tues., Oct. 1, 8:00 pm) chronology concludes, as Prejudice and Pride explores the "Chicano" identity created during the farm workers labor movement in California, as well as political empowerment. Peril and Promise examines the Latino influence on American culture and the debate over undocumented immigrants.

Earthflight (image) In the next EARTHFLIGHT: A NATURE SPECIAL PRESENTATION (Wed., Oct. 2, 8:00 pm), we get a bird's-eye view of Asia and Australia. Japanese cranes dance in the snow; swallows and swifts visit Beijing's Forbidden City; lorikeets, cockatoos and budgies form giant flocks in Australia; pigeons guide viewers through India; and geese fly miles above the Himalayas.

The Hollow Crown (image) As continuing warfare takes a toll on King Henry's health in Henry IV, Part 2, GREAT PERFORMANCES The Hollow Crown (Fri., Oct. 4, 9:00 pm) shows the dying king reconciling with his son, Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston, pictured), who becomes the new King Henry V.

Breakfasts and brunches call for homemade Muffins and Popovers, and MARTHA BAKES (Sat., Oct. 5, 5:00 pm) demonstrates how to make spice-flavored blueberry muffins finished with a crumb topping, and airy popovers served sweet or savory.

In THE MIND OF A CHEF Preserve (Sat., Oct. 5, 7:00 pm), Chef Sean Brock explores techniques for preserving food that are critical components of southern culture: drying, salt curing, canning and fermentation.

Travelscope (image) JOSEPH ROSENDO'S TRAVELSCOPE (Sat., Oct. 5, 7:30 pm) shows us The Many Faces of Los Cabos, Mexico. We'll go whale watching, hike through the desert to hidden waterfalls and swim with dolphins. Joseph also heads out to the Baja Peninsula's outback and meets farmers and artists living off the grid.

Alfie Boe (image) Alfie Boe: Storyteller at the Royal Albert Hall (Sat., Oct. 5, 10:00 pm) features the Tony Award-winning singer performing tracks from his new album, Storyteller, among others, including "Bring Him Home," a tribute to his role as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables.

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A hui hou kakou -- until next time,

Leslie Wilcox
President and CEO
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