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Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO...
PBS Hawaii invites you to a full Sunday evening of viewing, starting at 6:30 pm, with a live gathering of some of Hawaii's most intriguing people, and then—the debut of Ken Burns' much-anticipated latest film.
From 6:30 to 8:00 pm Sunday (Nov. 18), Broadway and London performer Loretta Ables Sayre (South Pacific) hosts a star-studded group, all former guests on our weekly program LONG STORY SHORT. They include slack-key guitar artist/composer Keola Beamer, singer Marlene Sai, jazz vocalist and PBS Hawaii Board member Jimmy Borges, entertainer and PBS Hawaii Board member Kawika Kahiapo, "Ambassador of Aloha" Danny Kaleikini, singer Paula Fuga, slam poet Kealoha, ukulele impresario Roy Sakuma, voice coach Neva Rego, storyteller and business leader Pono Shim, outstanding educator Candy Suiso, and iconic artist Pegge Hopper. We're also honored to have a lifetime achiever in public media, Dr. Mary Bitterman (who started her media career at Hawaii Public Television), join us. Amazing to have all of these people in the same room! Also with us, on tape, is YouTube phenom Ryan Higa. These interesting and talented people want to raise public awareness—and funding—for your public television station's NEW HOME Campaign.
We like to think of PBS Hawaii as a home for viewers. Our guests will share a song, a poem, a story, about the concept of home, as PBS Hawaii faces an urgent need for a new place. Our lease at the University of Hawaii is running out. We hope you'll enjoy Sunday evening's thoughts of home.
Following the NEW HOME Campaign, Ken Burns' THE DUST BOWL launches for two consecutive evenings. The film examines the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history through vivid interviews with survivors, dramatic photographs and seldom-seen movie footage. It is also a morality tale about our relationship with the land that sustains us — a lesson we ignore at our peril.
In part one, The Great Plow Up, (Sun., Nov. 18, 8:00 pm, encore at 10:00 pm) survivors recall the terror of the dust storms, the desperation of hungry families and how they managed to find hope even as the earth and heavens seemed to turn against them.
The next evening, Reaping the Whirlwind (Mon., Nov. 19, 8:00 pm, encore at 10:00 pm), sees gradual relief as families seek new lives in California and government conservation efforts — and a break in the drought in 1939 — eventually stabilize the soil and bring the farms back to life. But the dangers of another Dust Bowl still face future generations.
Among local programming highlights of the upcoming week: Award-winning vocalist Nathan Aweau performs and reflects on his work in a brand new NA MELE (Mon., Nov. 19, 7:30 pm), recorded at the PBS Hawaii studio and on location at Kahana Bay in Windward Oahu. He has a remarkable voice and family history in music.
A Cup Half Full is how businessman and performer Al Harrington (Hawaii Five-O) prefers to see life. In the next LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., Nov. 20, 7:30 pm), Al shares with me how he came from humble beginnings in American Samoa to a hardscrabble life in Hawaii. Along the way, he has been able to appreciate life's positives: a loving, supportive family; teachers who taught the value of a good education; and friends who helped him survive when the going got tough.
This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 21 at 11:00 pm and Sun., Nov. 25 at 4:00 pm.
Here are more shows to nourish your mind and spirit:
On AMERICAN MASTERS (Tues., Nov. 20, 8:00 pm), entertainment industry heavyweight David Geffen reveals himself for the first time in this unflinching portrait of a complex and compelling man. For the past four decades, Geffen's influence as agent and manager, Hollywood, Broadway and record producer, and billionaire philanthropist has helped shape American popular culture.
In the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illnois, an area deeply scarred by the recession, FRONTLINE Poor Kids (Tues., Nov. 20, 10:00 pm) follows three young girls growing up amidst their families' struggles against financial ruin. The program covers the economic crisis as seen through the eyes of children, exploring what poverty means to them and to the country's future.
Was Hurricane Sandy a new breed of storm? And how did this perfect storm make search and rescue so dangerous? NOVA Inside the Megastorm (Wed., Nov. 21, 9:00 pm) takes viewers moment by moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impact and the future of storm protection. Using candid first person accounts of storm survivors from the hardest hit areas, and eye-opening interviews with experts and scientists, the program gives scientific context to a new breed of storms.
A hui hou kakou -- until next time,
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