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When Archbishop Desmond Tutu was standing against the forces of apartheid in his native South Africa, he seemed like he was 10 feet tall - a giant of a man facing down angry crowds. Meeting him in Honolulu, I realized it is his passion and courage that make him seem larger than life. At 5 feet 5 inches, I'm taller than him by a couple of inches. He's a very approachable person who looks you in the eye and is direct in his answers as well. The retired Anglican cleric, who turns 81 this Sunday, is my guest on the upcoming LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., Oct. 9, 7:30 pm). This Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who has seen horrors in social injustice, believes in the power of forgiveness. "Abandon victimhood," he urges. You'll hear him laugh at unexpected times in recalling incidents, explaining that humor has always helped him keep his bearings in difficult circumstances.
This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Oct. 10 at 11:00 pm and Sun., Oct. 14 at 4:00 pm.
One of Maui's iconic symbols, the Pioneer Mill smokestack in Lahaina, is the focus of a story by student journalists at Lahaina Intermediate School on this week's edition of HIKI NŌ (Thurs., Oct. 11, 7:30 pm). Hosted by students from Iolani School in Honolulu, the episode also features a profile by student journalists from Ka Waihona o ka Naauao (Oahu) on George Kalilikane, whose life was changed by stand up paddling. Other reports are filed by students from Hilo High (Hawaii Island); Kauai High and Waimea High on Kauai; and Waianae High and Waipahu High on Oahu.
This program encores Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., Oct. 11, 8:00 pm) focuses on a much-watched Big Island race in this week's Election 2012 live candidate forum. Host Dan Boylan moderates Hawaii Island Mayor, a forum featuring incumbent Billy Kenoi and Harry Kim, the former mayor who once coached the younger Kenoi in sports and later made him his executive assistant. There's endless speculation on the Big Island about why Kim chose to come out of retirement and run against a man who once seemed to have his blessing.
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 come the VP candidates, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, squaring off in the PBS NEWSHOUR DEBATES 2012: A SPECIAL REPORT Vice Presidential Debate (Thurs., Oct. 11, live at 3:00 pm, encore at 9:00 pm). Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, moderates the debate, which will cover both foreign and domestic topics, from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
It's a terrific week for viewing PBS Hawaii! Below are other highlights:
CALL THE MIDWIFE Part 2 (Sun., Oct. 7, 7:00 pm) has Jenny Lee settling into her role as a midwife. A new arrival at Nonnatus House - Chummy - is a welcome pair of extra hands. However, Chummy's overwhelming desire to please and her inability to ride a bike, prove to be obstacles in gaining Sister Evangelina's respect. Meanwhile, a chance encounter with Mary, a pregnant young runaway, forces Jenny to see an unfamiliar, darker side of life.
The saga of 165 Eaton Place continues on MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Upstairs Downstairs Season 2 (Sun., Oct. 7, 8:00 pm). In the premiere, A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing, Sir Hallam is preoccupied by the threat of Nazi Germany and the return of troubled Lady Persie, while Lady Agnes catches the eye of an American multi-millionaire. Meanwhile, life downstairs adjusts to the absence of Rose and the addition of the spirited new nursery maid, Beryl.
TOMORROW BEYOND 3/11 (Sun., Oct. 7, 10:00 pm) focuses on one chef's efforts to help in Japan's recovery. In Building a Future on Cuisine, internationally acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse organized a charity gala to raise money for the oyster farmers along the Sanriku coast. Ducasse also has a special affinity for the Tohoku region - oysters from the Ishinomaki area helped save the French oyster industry from extinction in the 1960s.
In this week's MARKET WARRIORS (Mon., Oct. 8, 9:00 pm), our pickers head to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA for the monthly flea market. The pickers are challenged to find Native American wares, but one of them uncovers a piece with a questionable past. Notable picks include Picasso dominos, a Whitney Houston collectible and leather gauntlets.
INDEPENDENT LENS As Goes Janesville (Mon., Oct. 8, 10:00 pm) takes viewers to the state of Wisconsin to assess the future of the middle class. There, the film finds laid-off workers trying to reinvent themselves; business leaders promoting a pro-business agenda to woo new companies to town; and a state senator playing mediator between his warring state and unionized workers battling for their rights.
A poster, a map, a radio and a business card - all items with intriguing mysteries on this week's HISTORY DETECTIVES (Tues., Oct. 9, 8:00 pm). The crew discovers the details behind the heroic acts pictured in a poster about two African-American soldiers in World War I; determines if a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge is one that George Washington used during the American Revolution; investigates whether a Tucson man owns one of the first transistor radios ever made; and helps a Washington man discover whether a 70-year-old business card ties his father to Prohibition-era underworld crime.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have crafted their campaign narratives, telling you who they are, what they've done and how they would lead America. But there's more to their stories. FRONTLINE The Choice 2012 (Tues., Oct. 9, 9:00 pm) documents the places, people and decisive moments that made the men who are competing for the presidency, revealing fresh insights about the two candidates.
NATURE (Wed., Oct. 10, 8:00 pm) features extraordinary footage of a rare and majestic animal in Siberian Tiger Quest. To fulfill a lifelong dream of finding and filming a Siberian tiger in the wild, ecologist Chris Morgan turned to cameraman Sooyong Park for guidance. Park spent years in the forest tracking and filming the world's biggest cat. The cameraman's unconventional tracking technique produced more than a thousand hours of wild tiger footage and captured the saga of a Siberian tiger dynasty.
This week, NOVA (Wed., Oct. 10, 9:00 pm) unlocks the Secrets of the Viking Sword. The Ulfberht sword was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? NOVA uses cutting-edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and unravel the mystery of the Viking sword.
Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions of other animals who have evolved on this planet. In NOVA scienceNOW What Makes Us Human? (Wed., Oct. 10, 10:00 pm), host David Pogue explores the traits we once thought were uniquely ours - language, tool making, even laughter - to uncover their evolutionary roots.
In VOCES ON PBS Unfinished Spaces (Fri., Oct. 12, 11:00 pm), a 1960s building project - Cuba's National Art Schools - becomes a prism through which we see the turbulent, ever-shifting history of Castro's Cuba. The program also follows the fates of the three visionary architects commissioned to build it, who now, in their 80s, may have a second chance to revitalize their utopian project.
Rock band Radiohead takes the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS (Sat., Oct. 13, 11:00 pm) stage, performing songs from the band's Grammy-nominated LP The King of Limbs.