Community Ascertainment Report

 

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October, November & December 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arts, Entertainment & Culture                                            Pg. 3           

 

 

News & Public Affairs                                                        Pg.  43        

Business/Industry, Local & National Politics, Government, Legal Issues & Law Enforcement, Economy, War/Veterans/National Security

 

 

Education & History                                                           Pg.  119      

Science/Technology/Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts, Entertainment, & Culture:

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: The Punalu’u Experience (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/1/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Filmmaker Danny Miller takes us on a journey to the Big Island’s Punalu`u Black Sand Beach. The film blends interviews with local residents whose families have lived there for centuries with beautiful cinematography of this natural oasis that is a nesting site for the honu (Hawaiian sea turtle).

 

Series Title:     The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Program Title: Great Nature (1933 – 1945)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/1/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

To battle unemployment in the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the Civilian Conservation Corps, which spawns a “golden age” for the parks through major renovation projects. In a groundbreaking study, a young NPS biologist named George Melendez Wright discovers widespread abuses of animal habitats and pushes the service to reform its wildlife policies. Congress narrowly passes a bill to protect the Everglades in Florida as a national park — the first time a park has been created solely to preserve an ecosystem, as opposed to scenic beauty. As America becomes entrenched in World War II, Roosevelt is pressured to open the parks to mining, grazing and lumbering. The president also is subjected to a storm of criticism for expanding the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming by accepting a gift of land secretly purchased by John D. Rockefeller Jr.

http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/

 

Series Title:     The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Program Title: Great Nature (1933 – 1945)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/1/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

To battle unemployment in the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the Civilian Conservation Corps, which spawns a “golden age” for the parks through major renovation projects. In a groundbreaking study, a young NPS biologist named George Melendez Wright discovers widespread abuses of animal habitats and pushes the service to reform its wildlife policies. Congress narrowly passes a bill to protect the Everglades in Florida as a national park — the first time a park has been created solely to preserve an ecosystem, as opposed to scenic beauty. As America becomes entrenched in World War II, Roosevelt is pressured to open the parks to mining, grazing and lumbering. The president also is subjected to a storm of criticism for expanding the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming by accepting a gift of land secretly purchased by John D. Rockefeller Jr.

http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Richard Ha (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/2/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox sits down to share stories with Hawaii Island farmer Richard Ha. Never heard of him?  Well, Richard Ha isn’t your average farmer.  He’s been called a visionary farmer. An innovative small business owner, Ha offers his employees profit sharing, has found a way to generate electricity on his property outside of Hilo, initiated an adopt-a-class program at Keaukaha Elementary School, advocates native Hawaiian practices of ahupua‘a and writes a blog on his website. Tune in for a special presentation of Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Ho’okena (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/5/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

An encore presentation of a performance in the PBS Hawaii studios by Ho’okena: Manu Boyd, Ama Aarona, Glen H.K. Smith and Horace K. Dudoit III. Nani Dudoit provides hula.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     That’s Amore: Italian-American Favorites

Program Title: MONDAY, October 5, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/5/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

This special brings together archival performances from some of America’s most loved Italian-American singers and classic Italian-American pop songs from the 1950s and 60s. The program features original recordings from Perry Como, Julius LaRosa, Frankie Laine, Eddie Fisher, and more. Danny Aiello hosts.

 

Series Title:     Great Performances

Program Title: Harlem in Montmartre

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               10/5/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

“Harlem in Montmartre” tells the story of the jazz age in Paris between the First and Second World Wars, exploring a fascinating yet often neglected era in African-American cultural history. After peace was signed at Versailles, many black Americans remained in Europe rather than return to the brutal segregation and racism of America; over the next two decades, they created an expatriate community of musicians, entertainers and entrepreneurs, primarily congregating in Paris’ hilly Montmartre neighborhood. Some achieved enduring fame, while others faded into history. Inspired by William A. Shack’s book and using rare archival material from both France and America, this remarkable documentary features footage of such key figures as James Reese Europe, Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Bricktop, Eugene Bullard, Django Reinhardt and many more.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/harlem-in-montmartre/preview-of-harlem-in-montmartre/827/

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: The Maunakea-Forths

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/6/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Kukui and Gary Maunakea-Forth created MA’O Organic Farms with the belief that developing self-sufficiency would not only stimulate economic development, but provide opportunities for Waianae youth through reinforcing the value of aloha ‘aina.  They talk to Leslie about how it all began, their successes, and how farming can help heal a community by reconnecting it to its culture.

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times

Program Title: TUESDAY, October 6, 2009

Distributor:      KCET

Date:               10/6/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Two-time Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Jones chronicles the epic saga of the most powerful family in Los Angeles history: the Chandlers. For four generations, they wielded unique influence through their newspaper, the Los Angeles Times . In their pursuit of personal agendas and civic ideals, they built the city of the future and exposed the dark side of the American Dream.

http://www.pbs.org/kcet/inventing-la/

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 7, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/7/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Craft in America

Program Title: Origins

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/7/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The American craft tradition did not just appear, fully-formed and mature. Where have our craft practices come from? How do they continue? The artists featured in “Origins” tie their work to early craft techniques and demonstrate how they are involved in passing these techniques to others in a continuum of creativity.

http://www.pbs.org/craftinamerica/

 

Series Title:     Craft in America

Program Title: Process

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/7/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This episode answers many of the questions viewers of the first series have posed, including how to learn a craft, how to make a living as a craft artist and where an artist finds the creative strength to overcome the struggle with his or her demons.

http://www.pbs.org/craftinamerica/

 

Series Title:     Art in the Twenty-First Century

Program Title: Compassion

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/7/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Might a work of art move us to temper our more destructive impulses? In what ways do artists' feelings of empathy contribute to works that tackle problematic subjects and address the human condition? This episode features artists whose works explore conscience and the possibility of understanding and reconciling past and present, while exposing injustice and expressing tolerance for others.

Employing stop-motion animation, drawing, and performance, William Kentridge creates poignant films and stage productions that transmute sobering political events-such as apartheid, revolution, and colonialism-into poetic allegories. Doris Salcedo's understated sculptures and installations embody the silenced lives of the marginalized, from individual victims of violence to the disempowered of the Third World. With the pitch and timbre of an accomplished storyteller, Carrie Mae Weems uses colloquial forms-jokes, songs, rebukes-in complex photographic series that scrutinize subjectivity and expose pernicious stereotypes.

http://www.pbs.org/art21/

 

Series Title:     Playing for Change: Peace Through Music

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 8, 2009 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/8/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Playing for Change is a multimedia effort to unite musicians and vocalists from diverse parts of the globe while seeking to immerse audiences in a movement to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. Using mobile audio/video units, technicians traveled the world, recording local musicians outdoors in towns and cities worldwide. In addition, musicians from all over the world are now brought together to perform benefit concerts that build music and art schools in communities in need.

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Western Canada

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/8/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Host Zay Harding visits western Canada, a vast landmass that is home to a mere 9 million people. He starts in Saskatchewan, where he canoes through the Prince Albert National Park, takes a train across the Great Plains to Saskatoon, then flies to Edmonton in Alberta. Here he checks out the province’s biggest tourist attraction: the West Edmonton Mall, which is the size of New York’s Central Park! Instead of shopping, Zay goes bungee jumping, swims and walks with the penguins. He hitches a ride to Calgary for the world’s greatest outdoor event: the Calgary Stampede, and then heads to Lake Louise, known as the “Jewel of the Rockies,” where he takes place in a grizzly bear study in Jasper National Park.

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Makia Malo   

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/12/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Makia Malo is an award-winning, native Hawaiian storyteller who has traveled the world, sharing his stories about Hawaii and especially Kalaupapa, where he lived until recently.  Makia talks about being diagnosed with Hansen’s disease and sent to Kalauapapa where he joined three other siblings.  He also recalls some of his experiences there and how, after leaving Molokai and earning a degree in Hawaiian Studies, he met his wife Anne.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Good Evening Ev’rybody: In Celebration of Louis Armstrong

Program Title: MONDAY, October 12, 2009 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/12/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This program presents a never-before-released concert performance of Louis Armstrong — and other musical greats, including Dizzy Gillespie and Mahalia Jackson — at the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival in celebration of Armstrong’s 70th birthday. Armstrong performs several of his greatest hits throughout the concert and rehearsals.

 

Series Title:     Latin Music USA

Program Title: Bridges / The Salsa Revolution

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               10/12/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Bridges:

The first hour traces the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and the cha-cha-cha as they swept the U.S. from East to West and looks at how Latin music infiltrated rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll through the 1960s.

The Salsa Revolution:

The second hour explores how Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvented the son cubano and the plena from Puerto Rico by adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa — which became a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/latinmusicusa/

 

Series Title:     From Kalaupapa – Long Story Short

Program Title: Norbert Palea

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/13/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hansen’s disease patient Norbert Palea of Kalaupapa was only five years old when he was sent there, without even being officially diagnosed with the disease.  In spite of that sentence and its hardships, he endured, with no regret.  He tells Leslie, “Even if they sent us here... look around.  They gave us the most beautiful home in the world.” This is the first in a series of Long Story Short shows shot on location at Kalaupapa on Moloka’i.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Herb and Dorothy

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/13/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to collect art. Herb Vogel was a postal clerk. Dorothy Vogel was a librarian. With their modest means, the couple managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. The Vogels shared passion and disciplines, defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/herb-and-dorothy/

 

Series Title:     From Kalaupapa – Long Story Short

Program Title: Boogie Kahilihiwa

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/14/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Hansen’s disease patient Clarence “Boogie” Kahilihiwa decided to move to Kalaupapa after patients were no longer forced to live there.  Today, there are fewer than twenty Hansen’s disease patients living in Kalaupapa, but he remembers when there were more than five hundred patients on the peninsula.  He talks to Leslie about living there and his effort to establish a monument listing the names of all who were sent to Kalaupapa. This is the second in a series of Long Story Short shows shot on location at Kalaupapa on Moloka’i.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     American Masters

Program Title: Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               10/14/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

In the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the private life and public career of Joan Baez, this film examines her history as a recording artist and performer as well as her unwavering journey as the conscience of a generation. Following her 2008/2009 world tour, the filmmakers captured Baez in performance and in intimate conversations with individuals whose lives parallel hers. From a reunion with Vaclav Havel in Slovakia to a stop in Sarajevo, Bosnia, to Nashville, Tennessee, where she is joined by Steve Earle, the film allows viewers an unprecedented level of access to Baez. Appearing in the film are Bob Dylan, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Reverend Jesse Jackson, among others. Rich archival footage is woven into the story, allowing viewers to experience scenes from her life, including Baez with Martin Luther King Jr. outside a California prison where he offered his support after she was jailed for staging a protest, and her controversial visit to North Vietnam during the war. The grit of the film is Baez’ power as a musician, from her tentative teenage years in Massachusetts coffee houses to the remarkable 50-year career that followed.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/

Series Title:     Roy Orbison & Friends Black and White Night

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 14, 2009 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/14/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Filmed in black and white against the streamlined art deco stage of the since-demolished Cocoanut Grove in downtown Los Angeles, this triumphant performance for Roy Orbison is buoyed by a remarkable cast of “A-list” Orbison fans who signed on as his accompanists. Under the direction of T-Bone Burnett, the stage band includes Jackson Browne, Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes, along with the rhythm section from Elvis Presley’s fabled late 60s and early 70s touring band.

 

Series Title:     Art in the Twenty-First Century

Program Title: Fantasy

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/14/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

How might our desires and taboos shape our ability to imagine? What role does technology play in wish fulfillment? This episode presents artists whose works defy convention and transport us to unreal worlds and altered states of consciousness. With works at times hallucinatory, irreverent, and sublime, each of these artists pursues a vision first held in the mind's eye.

Cao Fei's video installations and new media works explore perception and reality in places as diverse as a Chinese factory and the virtual world of Second Life. Mary Heilmann filters her world through her work, imbuing abstract paintings, ceramics, and furniture with casual references to memories and aesthetic influences. Jeff Koons plucks symbolically-charged images and objects from popular culture, framing questions about taste and pleasure in modern society. Alternately romantic, cerebral, and unearthly, Florian Maier-Aichen's digitally altered photographs contain elements of truth, but are closer to the realm of drawing and fiction than documentation.

http://www.pbs.org/art21/

 

Series Title:     From Kalaupapa - Long Story Short

Program Title: Meli Watanuki

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/15/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Like many Hansen’s disease patients at Kalaupapa, Meli Watanuki experienced loss from a very early age.  Diagnosed with Hansen’s disease at eighteen, she was abandoned by her husband who took their young son with him.  Years later, their bond could not be reconnected.  Yet she explains how she found happiness and a new love by choosing to live in Kalaupapa.  She and fellow Hansen’s disease patient Boogie Kahilihiwa voice their contrasting views on whether or not children should be allowed into Kalaupapa. This is the third in a series of Long Story Short shows shot on location at Kalaupapa on Moloka’i.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: The Future of Kalaupapa

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/15/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

As part of DAMIEN WEEK, PBS Hawaii tackles the issue of what will happen to Kalaupapa when the last Hansen’s disease patient residing there passes away.  There are now fewer than twenty patients living there.  Kalaupapa is currently under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Health and sits on Hawaiian Homelands, but the National Parks Service is also there developing it as a future national park.  Dan Boylan moderates a panel including the Superintendent for Kalaupapa Historic National Park Steve Prokop; Kalaupapa resident and Hansen’s disease patient “Boogie” Kahilihiwa (fresh from his trip to Rome to witness Father Damien’s canonization); Ka’ Ohana O Kalaupapa representative Sol Kaho’ohalahala; and a representative from the State Department of Health.  Also on this episode, a special “making of” feature on Aldyth Morris’ Damien, with actor Terence Knapp (who plays Father Damien), cameraman Wade Couvillon, and Mary Bitterman, who was executive director of PBS Hawaii (then called Hawaii Public Televison) at the time of the 1977 production.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents: Damien

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 15, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/14/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

PBS Hawaii presents special commemorative encore presentation of the Peabody award-winning television drama produced by Hawaii Public Television in 1977 and broadcast on PBS stations around the country in 1978. Damien was written by playwright Aldyth Morris and stars actor and professor Terence Knapp in the title role. The teledrama is a monologue, delivered by Father Damien as a spirit watching his own funeral procession some fifty years after his death.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/damien.php

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: The Future of Kalaupapa

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/16/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

As part of DAMIEN WEEK, PBS Hawaii tackles the issue of what will happen to Kalaupapa when the last Hansen’s disease patient residing there passes away.  There are now fewer than twenty patients living there.  Kalaupapa is currently under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Health and sits on Hawaiian Homelands, but the National Parks Service is also there developing it as a future national park.  Dan Boylan moderates a panel including the Superintendent for Kalaupapa Historic National Park Steve Prokop; Kalaupapa resident and Hansen’s disease patient “Boogie” Kahilihiwa (fresh from his trip to Rome to witness Father Damien’s canonization); Ka’ Ohana O Kalaupapa representative Sol Kaho’ohalahala; and a representative from the State Department of Health.  Also on this episode, a special “making of” feature on Aldyth Morris’ Damien, with actor Terence Knapp (who plays Father Damien), cameraman Wade Couvillon, and Mary Bitterman, who was executive director of PBS Hawaii (then called Hawaii Public Televison) at the time of the 1977 production.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Mahi Beamer; Nina Kailiwahamana; Robert Cazimero (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/19/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Three magical talents, Mahi Beamer, Nina Keali’iwahamana and Robert Cazimero, blend their voices together to create an intimacy that only comes with family and good friends in this encore presentation of Na Mele from the PBS Hawaii studios.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: San Antonio, TX (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               10/19/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In San Antonio, Texas, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Beth Szecila visit the Witte Museum’s collection of horn furniture, a Bavarian craft popularized in 19th-century America by Texas maker Wenzel Friederich, whose patrons included Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm I. At the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, appraisers corral treasures from all over the map, including a controversial silver statue of St. Catherine that could be a fabulously valuable medieval masterpiece — or a 17th-century copy; a 200-year-old heirloom needlepoint sampler from the owner’s Newport, Rhode Island, forebears; and a massive desk and bookcase, made in the mid-19th-century German-Texan tradition, valued at $7,000 to $10,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     Latin Music USA

Program Title: The Chicano Wave/Divas and Superstars

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               10/19/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

The Chicano Wave:

Mexican Americans in California, Texas and throughout the Southwest created their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. This episode shows how their music played an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propelled the music from the barrio to the national stage.

Divas and Superstars:

The final hour focuses on the Latin pop explosion of the turn of the 21st century and the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira in the English-language market. As studios concentrate on star-driven pop, Latino youth have gravitated toward urban fusions like Spanish rap and reggaetón, as well as rock en Español.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/latinmusicusa/

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title:  Sister Joan of Arc Souza (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/20/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Sister Joan of Arc Souza is the principal of St. Francis School in Manoa.  Souza graduated from St. Francis when it was an all-girls school, but during tenure as principal she turned the school co-ed and has made numerous innovations, such as a band program, cinematography classes, a four-year American Sign Language Program, and a pre-school.

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title:  WEDNESDAY, October 21, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/21/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Great Performances

Program Title: Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Inaugural Concert

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               10/21/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Bursting on to the international scene in 1999 as the 18-year-old wunderkind conductor of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel has taken the classical music world by storm. In October 2009, he became the new music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. GREAT PERFORMANCES will join the opening night festivities for Dudamel’s inaugural gala concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall taped on October 8. The concert’s repertoire includes Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, as well as the premiere of John Adams’ City Noir (a commission of the LA Philharmonic).

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/

 

Series Title:     Art in the Twenty First Century

Program Title: Transformation

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/21/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Costumes and masks, makeup and style, dolls and mannequins, stage and cinema-what strategies do we use to refashion identity? Do we seek out excess and extremes in order to see ourselves more clearly? Whether observing and satirizing society or reinventing icons of literature, art history, and popular culture, these artists inhabit the characters they create and capture the sensibilities of our age. 

Paul McCarthy's video-taped performances and raucous multimedia installations lampoon polite society, ridicule authority, and bombard the viewer with a sensory overload of spectacular imagery. In self-reflexive photographs and films, Cindy Sherman invents myriad guises, metamorphosing from Hollywood starlet to clown to society matron. Using painting, sculpture, photography and film, Yinka Shonibare MBE creates tableaus of dazzling color and pattern that “disrupt the colonialist narratives enforced by empires.”

http://www.pbs.org/art21/

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Strange Land: My Mother’s War Bride Story (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/22/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

PBS Hawaii presents local filmmaker Stephanie Castillo’s documentary exploring one war bride’s story.  It tells of her journey and adjustment, not only to a strange place, but to a man with whom she thought she had something in common. The film unfolds the poignant story of an immigrant bride who is ultimately transformed by her perseverance and by her acceptance that there will be no turning back.

 

Series Title:     Rick Steves' Europe

Program Title: Burgundy: Profoundly French (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/22/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Burgundy is a calm and cultivated corner of France, where fine living is intimately tied to nature and traditions run strong. We’ll slow down to enjoy the region’s edible, drinkable, scenic, and floatable delights. We’ll travel on a canal barge, visit a medieval hospice and a modern monastery, build a barrel, appreciate fine Burgundy wine, slurp escargot, and eat very, very well. If you’re looking for quintessential French culture, you’ll find it in Burgundy.

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: East Africa: Tanzania and Zanzibar

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/22/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

On the historic island of Zanzibar, host Ian Wright learns about slave trading and the work of anti-slavery campaigners like Dr. David Livingstone. In Tanzania, he explores the wildlife sanctuaries of the Selous Game Reserve and the Gome Stream Chimpanzee colony run by famed anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall. Ian takes a hot-air balloon ride over Tanzania's most famous game park, the Serengeti, populated by over 1.5 million wild animals, and finally ends his journey with a weeklong climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest elevation.

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Unique Antiques

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               10/26/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANITQUES ROADSHOW’s “Unique Antiques” showcases some of the most outlandish, kitschy and downright morbidly fascinating antiques and collectibles of the series’ last decade. Warning: These objects have been appraised by trained professionals; don’t try this at home! Highlights include a Weller pottery humidor in the shape of a skull; a chair once belonging to Chang Bunker, the owner’s great-grandfather and half of the 19th-century’s world famous conjoined twins, Chang and Eng; and a collection of tin cans salvaged from a 19th-century dump and valued at $10,000 to $14,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     Art in the Twenty-First Century

Program Title: Systems

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/28/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

What new grammars and logics do artists invent in today's supercharged, information-based society? Why do we find comfort in some systems while rebelling against others? This episode features artists who realize complex projects, whether through acts of appropriation, accumulation, or creating projects so vast in scope as to elude comprehension.

Synthesizing photomontage, painting, and language, John Baldessari's deadpan visual juxtapositions equate images with words and illuminate, confound, and challenge meaning. Kimsooja's videos and installations blur the boundaries between aesthetics and transcendent experience through their use of repetitive actions, practices, and forms. Applying strategies of mass production to hand-made objects, Allan McCollum questions the intrinsic value of the unique work of art in a society awash in consumption. Julie Mehretu's paintings and drawings reference elements of mapping and architecture to achieve an abstract, calligraphic complexity that resembles turbulent atmospheres and dense social networks.

http://www.pbs.org/art21/

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Na Mele: Tony Conjugacion (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/29/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Tony returns to his roots and pays tribute to his musical influences in a special edition of NA MELE.  The show includes classic songs and original compositions by Tony himself.  This spontaneous kanikapila is a historic occasion captured by the cameras in the PBS Hawaii studio.

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Jimmy Borges After Dark (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/29/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Sit back and enjoy a wonderful evening of jazz with Jimmy Borges and his all-star crew: drummer Noel Okimoto, bassist Steve Jones, saxophonists Gabe Baltazar and Matt Catingub, pianist Betty Loo Taylor and singer Pauline Wilson.

 

Series Title:     Rick Steves' Europe

Program Title: France's Dordogne (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/29/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

The Dordogne River Valley--with its dramatic castles, evocative cave paintings, and prized cuisine -- is an unforgettable blend of man-made and natural beauty. We’ll take an idyllic canoe ride, and then visit a goose farm and savor the foie gras. We’ll also wander through a lamp-lit castle, enjoy a country market, and visit the Sistine Chapel of the prehistoric world. Then we head south to Albi, home of Toulouse Lautrec, and the imposing fortress city of Carcassonne.

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Globe Trekker Special: Best American Hikes

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/28/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Go climb a mountain with the Globe Trekkers! Among the challenges awaiting them include the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, Mount Rainier in Washington and the Sangre de Cristo mountains in Colorado.

 

Series Title:     American Masters

Program Title: Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound (Encore)

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               10/30/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

In the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the private life and public career of Joan Baez, this film examines her history as a recording artist and performer as well as her unwavering journey as the conscience of a generation.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/  

 

Series Title:     Na Mele

Program Title: Hawaii Jazz All Stars (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/2/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Na Mele swings with an encore of a classic special jazz salute to Hawaiian music, featuring Sam Ahia on guitar and vocals, Rich Crandall on piano, Sango Muyiwa on percussion, Noel Okimoto on vibes, and Byron Yasui on upright bass.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antique Roadshow

Program Title: Louisville, KY Part 1 (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/2/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Host Mark L. Walberg welcomes ANTIQUES ROADSHOW viewers to Louisville, Kentucky, home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby. It’s also the birthplace of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, and Walberg and appraiser Mike Gutierrez head for the Muhammad Ali Center to talk about collecting memorabilia of the former World Heavyweight Champion. At the Kentucky International Convention Center, appraisers are off to the races with such winning discoveries as valuable original cover art for The Saturday Evening Post by John Falter, brought by his stepdaughter, who modeled for the illustration when she was five years old; an early 19th-century embroidered silk mourning picture; and an enduring symbol of the Kentucky Derby: an heirloom mint julep cup created by Louisville silversmith William Kendrick in the mid-19th-century, estimated to be worth $2,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Puakea Nogelmeier

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/3/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

A year out of high school, Marvin Nogelmeier arrived in Hawaii on his way to Japan and stayed on a whim.  Whether by happenstance or destiny, over thirty years later he has become Puakea Nogelmeier, Hoku-award winning songwriter, Kumu Hula, and Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii.  He tells Leslie about some of the choices he made, how they led to a career advocating and promoting the Hawaiian language, and how he got his name.

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/4/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Bill Cosby: The Mark Twain Prize

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/4/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

An A-list cast of comedians — including Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock — salutes Bill Cosby, the 12th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Taped at the Kennedy Center ceremony, the program includes clips of Cosby’s career highlights: from his role on I Spy to the two comedy series bearing his name.

 

Series Title:     Bill Cosby: The Mark Twain Prize

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 4, 2009 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/4/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

An A-list cast of comedians — including Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock — salutes Bill Cosby, the 12th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Taped at the Kennedy Center ceremony, the program includes clips of Cosby’s career highlights: from his role on I Spy to the two comedy series bearing his name.

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Puakea Nogelmeier (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/4/2009 11:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

A year out of high school, Marvin Nogelmeier arrived in Hawaii on his way to Japan and stayed on a whim.  Whether by happenstance or destiny, over thirty years later he has become Puakea Nogelmeier, Hoku-award winning songwriter, Kumu Hula, and Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii.  He tells Leslie about some of the choices he made, how they led to a career advocating and promoting the Hawaiian language, and how he got his name.

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Made In Taiwan

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/5/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Pacific Islanders in Communications presents three short films that take you on a voyage of discovery. MADE IN TAIWAN (2006) explores the journey of two Pacific Islanders who, through the use of DNA testing, are able to follow their ancestors’ route through the Pacific back to Taiwan, their point of origin. The second film, HE HAWAI‘I MAU (2005) offers a glimpse of a Hawaiian woman’s realization of who she is despite her mixed heritage. Finally, KEAO (2008) follows a young woman’s journey of self-actualization through the use of ancient cultural practices.

 

Series Title:     Rick Steves' Europe

Program Title: Barcelona and Catalunya (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/5/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

The creative spirit of Spain’s Catalunya--the land of Picasso, Gaudi, and Salvador Dali--is on a roll. We’ll get caught up in the festivity of Barcelona, enjoying the vibrant street scenes, tasty tapas, and pedestrian-friendly Gothic Quarter. Then we’ll take a scenic side trip to mountaintop Montserrat, and finish with an artist’s pilgrimage along the Costa Brava to Salvador Dali country. In seaside Cadaques, we'll visit Dali's home, and in nearby Figures, we'll experience his playfully surreal mausoleum/museum.

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Portugal & The Azores

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/3/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Host Megan McCormick begins her journey in the beautiful Douro Valley. She heads north to Peneda Geres National Park and then south to the pilgrim city of Fatima. Megan witnesses a unique style of bullfighting in Santarem, visits the Church of Bones in Lisbon, uncovers Portugal’s Moorish past in Algarve and whale-watches in the Azores.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Jerry Byrd & Friends (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/9/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Na Mele presents a special encore of the smooth sounds of the late master steel guitarist, Jerry Byrd. Byrd was joined for this nostalgic journey by four master musicians in their own right, Hiram Olsen K Jr. on guitar and vocals, Dennis Keohokalole on ukulele and vocals, Gary Aiko on upright bass and vocals, and Ned Ka’apana on guitar and vocals.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Louisville, KY, Pt. 2 (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/6/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Host Mark L. Walberg travels to the historic Civil War battle site in Perryville, Kentucky, in this second hour of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s visit to Louisville. He’s joined by appraiser Rafael Eledge, who displays some valuable Confederate belt buckles and instructs collectors how to avoid falling for a fake. At the Kentucky International Convention Center, there’s authentic excitement over such original finds as a late 18th-century heirloom Kentucky sugar chest; an 1860 rococo revival table whose top sports a painting of Mt. Vernon; and a pair of boxing gloves signed twice by Louisville native son and World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali — once as Cassius Clay, in 1963, and again as Muhammad Ali 40 years later — valued at $2,000 to $3,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin

Program Title: MONDAY, November 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/9/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This is the extraordinary and untold story of how the Beatles punctured the Iron Curtain. In August 1962, award-winning director Leslie Woodhead made a two-minute film, in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, with a raw and unrecorded group of unknown rockers — the Beatles. Twenty-five years later, while making a series of films in Russia, Woodhead learned just how powerful Beatlemania was in the Soviet Union. Even though the Beatles never performed there, their music and rebellious style had soaked into the lives of a generation of Russian kids. This film features personal stories from members of Russia’s Beatles generation, who talk about how the Fab Four changed their lives, gave them hope and helped to undermine the foundations of the Soviet system.

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: D Tour

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/10/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Pat Spurgeon has big dreams to make it as an indie rock musician. Just as his career is about to take off, he suffers an incredible setback when one of his kidneys begins to fail. Follow Pat on his emotional search for a living organ donor. But can he balance his health with a rock ‘n roll lifestyle?

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/index.html

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/11/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Biography Hawaii: Joseph Nawahi (English Language version) (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/12/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

PBS Hawaii will air the English language version of this one hour-documentary about Hawaiian patriot and Renaissance man Joseph Nawahi, followed immediately by the Hawaiian language version of the same film.

Joseph Nawahi was a teacher, surveyor, lawyer, cabinet minister, newspaper editor, and artist in Hawaii who lived from 1842 to 1896.  Nawahi founded the anti-annexation Hui Aloha ‘Aina political party and died a political prisoner deemed treasonous by the American controlled Republic of Hawaii.

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Biography Hawaii: Joseph Nawahi (Hawaiian Language version)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/12/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

PBS Hawaii will air the English language version of this one hour-documentary about Hawaiian patriot and Renaissance man Joseph Nawahi, followed immediately by the Hawaiian language version of the same film.

Joseph Nawahi was a teacher, surveyor, lawyer, cabinet minister, newspaper editor, and artist in Hawaii who lived from 1842 to 1896.  Nawahi founded the anti-annexation Hui Aloha ‘Aina political party and died a political prisoner deemed treasonous by the American controlled Republic of Hawaii.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: The Art of Solo Ukulele (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/16/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

A special Na Mele encore featuring Byron Yasui, Jake Shimabukuro, Benny Chong, Gordon Mark, and Blane Kanno.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Louisville, KY, Pt. 3 (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/16/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Centuries before texting, girls were expressing themselves via embroidered samplers, as appraiser Nancy Druckman shows ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg at the Embroiderer’s Guild of America in Louisville, Kentucky. At the Kentucky International Convention Center, ROADSHOW appraisers stitch together a colorful assortment of finds, including a rare, circa 1910 Dirk Van Erp lamp, originally bought for about $100; an exceptionally well-preserved 1876 portrait Jumeau doll with all original parts, except her hair; and a fortunate Kentucky corner cupboard — at one time destined to be burned and thrown away — made of locally grown wood and valued at $8,500.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Loretta Ables Sayre, Pt. 2 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/17/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

In part two of Leslie Wilcox’s interview with Loretta Ables Sayre, Loretta talks about how she met the love of her life—husband David Sayre, and the miraculous turn of events that resulted in her landing the part of Bloody Mary in the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”—a role for which she received a Tony Award nomination.

This program will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vlilmos

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/17/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

They took Hollywood by storm — escaping the brutal Soviet oppression of the Hungarian Revolution and rising to fame with classic films like Easy Rider, Deliverance, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Deer Hunter. Cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond pioneered the “American New Wave,” defining innovative ways to tell stories. This is an intimate portrait of the 50-year journey of two giants of modern image-making and the deep bond of brotherhood that transcended every imaginable boundary.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/index.html

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/18/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

           

Series Title:     Secrets of Shangri-La

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/18/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In the legendary Kingdom of Mustang, a remote corner of the Himalaya previously off-limits to outsiders, a team of explorers and scientists climbs for the first time into human-carved caves thousands of years old. They find priceless 14th-century wall paintings, ancient human remains and a centuries-old hidden library of sacred texts that may reveal some secrets about Shangri-la.

 

Series Title:     Lost Cave Temples

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/18/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In a remote corner of the Himalaya, in the forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, mysterious caves, perched high on cliff faces and carved by humans thousands of years ago, have lain just beyond reach — until recently. In April of 2007, a team of climbers and scientists climbed inside the long-hidden chambers for the first time in modern history.

 

Series Title:     Mustang - Journey of Transformation

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/18/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Mustang – Journey of Transformation

Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00PM

Lost in time, the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang is one of the last sanctuaries of authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture. Long isolated by geography and politics, the people struggle to survive; the center of their culture, the 15th-century monasteries and the art within, are dangerously close to collapse. Featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Raja of Mustang and chief art conservator Luigi Fieni, this program tells the compelling story of efforts to rescue this ancient place from the brink of extinction and help spark a cultural renaissance.

http://www.pbs.org/mustang/

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Pidgin: The Voice of Hawaii

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/19/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Born on sugar plantations and spoken by more than half of Hawaii’s population, the Pidgin language — part English, part Hawaiian, with influences from other languages — captures the essence of multi-ethnic Hawaii. PIDGIN: THE VOICE OF HAWAII profiles this working-class language from its rise as plantation jargon to a source of island identity and pride. The film draws on a variety of sources, including archival, academic and other expert commentary, man-on-the-street interviews and performance to shed light on this colorful language.

To learn more about the program, visit:

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/pidgin.htm

 

Series Title:     Rick Steves' Europe

Program Title: Great Swiss Cities (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/19/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

In this episode, we’ll focus on an often-overlooked side of Switzerland -- Luzern, Bern, Zurich, and Lausanne. Enjoying the country's urban charms, we'll get some exercise, from ringing a very big bell to doing a little river rafting—without the raft. We’ll also enjoy a variety of eye-opening art, from Chagall and Klee to pieces created by inmates of an asylum. Then we’ll ponder a few Swiss innovations, from their open-minded drug policies to their hush-hush underground arsenals. And it’s all before a backdrop of Switzerland’s stunning natural beauty.

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/19/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Globe Trekker

Host Megan McCormick hangs ten at Surfers’ Paradise on the Gold Coast and Noosa in Queensland. She catches the ferry to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sandbar and home to a wide assortment of wildlife. Megan then heads to Airlie Beach and boards a yacht for a two-day tour of the Whitsunday Islands, known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Next she goes diving in Blue Pearl Bay, where she also gets tips for surviving a run-in with crocodiles from the Barefooted Bushman. Megan explores the wreckage of a cargo ship in the Magnetic Islands, learns all about coral in Cairns, meets a pearl diver on Thursday Island, hunts for wild boar on Cape York Peninsula and finally experiences the beauty of Lizard Island and Cod Hole at the very tip of the Australian continent.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Nina Kealiiwahamana & Bill Kaiwa (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/23/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

The magic of “Hawaii Calls” is revived when Nina Keali’iwahamana joins Bill Kaiwa for some traditional Hawaiian classics. Keali’iwahamana and Kaiwa are joined for this journey down memory lane by Martin Pahinui on vocals and bass, Steven Hall on vocals and guitar, and George Kuo on vocals and guitar.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Relative Riches

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/23/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This ROADSHOW special edition puts family folklore to the test. Did that refinished chair once seat royalty? Did a tall tale get passed down with a tall chest? “Relative Riches” demonstrates the proof is in the provenance. Highlights include a bow and quiver purported to have been made and signed by Chief Geronimo; a carved emerald and ruby ring that would benefit from a bill of sale; and a questionable 1815 Kentucky corner cupboard that might have more value as firewood than furniture.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Mary Bitterman

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/24/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

This week Leslie Wilcox visits with Mary Bitterman, who was the Executive Director of PBS Hawaii (then referred to as KHET) from 1974 to 1979. The youngest Executive Director of a PBS station at the time, she headed KHET at the time of the groundbreaking production of Aldyth Morris’ “Damien”, which won the George Foster Peabody Award and was aired on PBS stations nationwide.  She went on to become the President and CEO of KQED—the PBS television station in San Francisco—and was board chair of the PBS Foundation Board.  Mary is now the President of the Bernard Osher Foundation, which provides scholarship funding to selected colleges and universities. 

This program will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Objectified

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/24/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

How does the design of a cell phone, toothbrush or couch affect your life? Did you ever stop to think about it? Director Gary Hustwit (“Helvetica”) looks at our complex relationship with manufactured objects, the people who design them and the creative process behind their work. Step inside the offices of the world’s most influential product designers to see how these objects influence us — oftentimes without our even knowing it.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/index.html

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/25/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Makana (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/26/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Makana brings a full band and coffee-house atmosphere to the PBS Hawaii studios, playing songs drawn from his album Different Game.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Hapa (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/26/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

One of the most and innovative acts in Hawaiian music- Hapa, with Barry Flanagan and Nathan Aweau - present their brilliant artistry, musicianship and creativity in this Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song. The program features selections from Hapa’s CD Maui and showcases both the flawless singing and innovative bass playing of Aweau and the award-winning composition and virtuoso guitar stylings of Flanagan. Host Peter Fonda, a longtime fan, introduces and interviews the duo between musical selections.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Great Performances

Program Title: Sting: A Winter's Night

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               11/26/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Following his international success with Songs from the Labyrinth , featuring the music of Elizabethan composer John Dowland, rock and pop superstar Sting welcomes the holidays with an atmospheric musical celebration of wintertime — days of solitude and reflection, as well as rebirth and festivity. Recorded at the magnificent Durham Cathedral near his hometown of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in northern England, this program conjures the moods and spirits of the season with a diverse collection of songs, carols and lullabies spanning the centuries. Also featured are some new songs, as well as Sting’s interpretation of classical favorites.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Ice Trekking the Alps

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/26/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Host Zay Harding ski tours the legendary Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. Taking in Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn along the way, he undertakes a tough weeklong journey, traversing three Western European countries: France, Italy and Switzerland. He temps fate and frequent avalanches, masters the technique of off-piste skiing in powder-snow and learns how to negotiate his way out of a deep crevasse. Zay visits a local cemetery where thousands of intrepid climbers have lost their lives in pursuit to concur the Alps. Zay’s trek allows him to sample the delicious French specialty tartiflette, make an exquisite Swiss Rosti and enjoy other regional cuisine.

 

Series Title:     Hawaiian Airlines Presents: Na Mele

Program Title: Waimea 'Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/30/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

For the past eight years some of the greatest ‘ukulele and slack key guitar virtuosos converge at the Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela on Hawaii Island for five days of workshops, school outreach events, public concerts, and musical sharing amongst themselves.  The annual event is called the Waimea ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Institute.  PBS Hawaii tells the story of the institute in a half-hour documentary, and then lets loose with a rousing performance film starring Ledward Kaapana, Mike Ka’awa, Dennis and David Kamakahi, Richard and Kalae Ho’opi’i, Bobby Ingano, Sonny Lim, Aaron Mahi, and Danny Carvalho.

Also featured is an all-acoustic jam session between ‘ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro and friends Jeff Peterson, Benny Chong, and David Kamakahi.  This special presentation is also a PBS Hawaii pledge event, co-hosted by PBS Hawaii CEO Leslie Wilcox and Halekulani hula dancer Debbie Nakanelua-Richards.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/waimea_video.htm

 

Series Title:     Chefs A 'Field

Program Title: Sustainable Hawaii (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/30/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Chef Alan Wong visits Richard Ha, whose Hamakua Springs Country Farms grows beautiful, award-winning produce in the shadow of Mauna Kea. Then it’s on to the links—to fish in golf course ponds! In the kitchen, Chef Wong explains how waves of immigration have influenced his unique take on Hawaiian cuisine.

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Solomon Enos (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/1/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox talks story with Hawaiian Renaissance man Solomon Enos.  The muralist, painter, book illustrator, comic strip creator, educator, and futuristic storyteller is also the groundskeeper for the forest preserve in the back of Kalihi Valley—the site of Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services.  Enos draws inspiration from the land and considers it a “sentient” that must nurtured the way one nurtures a family member.  Enos also talks about developing his Honolulu Advertiser comic strip Polyfantastica into a graphic novel.

This program will repeat at 11pm on Wednesday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 1, 2009 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/1/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

MY MUSIC brings back the disco years with live performances from the legends of the lighted dance floor. K.C. of K.C. and the Sunshine Band hosts the program, which includes the hit-makers featured on the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever. K.C. and the Sunshine Band (“That’s the Way I Like It” and “Get Down Tonight”), the Trammps (“Disco Inferno”), Yvonne Elliman (“If I Can’t Have You”), Tavares (“More Than a Woman”) and more bring back the days of polyester suits, big hair, mirror balls and eight-track tapes.

 

Series Title:     VOCES

Program Title: Soy Andina

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/1/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Two New Yorkers — an immigrant folk dancer from the Andes and a modern dancer from Queens — journey to Peru to reconnect with their roots and an astonishing world of traditional dance and culture. After 15 years in New York, Nélida Silva returns to her birthplace in the Andes to host the fiesta patronal — a week of dance, music and ritual honoring the town’s patron saint. But Silva’s changed, and so has the village. Meanwhile, dancer Cynthia Paniagua embarks on her own quest to “know the real Peru, to unearth the mystery of the dances.” She first grapples with cultural misunderstandings and a serious identity crisis in the capital city of Lima before journeying into the Andes, in search of authentic dance.

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/2/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/2/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Celtic Woman vocalists Lisa Kelly, Chloe Agnew, Lynn Hilary and Alex Sharpe, with violinist Mairead Nesbitt, perform at Ireland’s historic Powerscourt House and Gardens in Enniskerry, County Wicklow. The musical repertoire ranges from spirited Celtic fiddle and bodhran pieces to lush arrangements of Irish classics, contemporary covers and original compositions. In addition to the six-piece band, the Aontas Choir, a film orchestra, the Discovery Gospel Choir, the Extreme Rhythm Drummers and a bagpipe ensemble join Celtic Woman for this event.

 

Series Title:     Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 3, 2009 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/3/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            180

Description:

This program reunites original legends of rock’n’roll for a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Hosted by pop music legends Frankie Valli, Jerry (The Iceman) Butler and Lloyd Price, the program also boasts a surprise appearance by Little Richard. Among the many performers is Fred Parris, who comes out of retirement after a decade to join the Five Satins in a performance of “In the Still of the Night,” the number-one oldies single of all time. Hal Miller joins the Rays after 40 years of retirement to sing “Silhouettes”; and Kathy Young is reunited with the Innocents to sing “A Thousand Stars” for the first time since they recorded the hit when Young was just 14 years old.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Kawai Cockett & Darlene Ahuna (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/7/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

A special encore Na Mele featuring the traditional Hawaiian music of Darlene Ahuna and the late Kawai Cockett. In this performance. Kawai Cockett is backed by Sam Sepitmo and Charlie Wahiineho’okane. Joining Darlene Ahuna are her husband J.J. Ahuna and Led Kaapana. Ha’aheo Cockett provides hula artistry.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Andre Rieu Live in Dresden: Wedding at the Opera

Program Title: MONDAY, December 7, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/7/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Recorded at Dresden’s Semper Opera House in 2008, this musical confection from André Rieu is both a concert and a real wedding party in one of the world’s most beautiful opera houses. The charming bride and groom, part of the famous “Vienna Debutantes,” are joined by 40 pairs of dancers from the Elmayer Dance School in Vienna, as well as sopranos Mirusia Louwerse and Carmen Monarcha, the Platinum Tenors, baritone Morschi Franz and the Johann Strauss Orchestra and Choir.

 

Series Title:     Great Performances

Program Title: Barenboim on Beethoven (Encore)

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               12/7/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Legendary pianist, conductor and recording artist Daniel Barenboim performed the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle in eight concerts at Berlin's Staatsoper — one of the world's most beautiful opera houses. This GREAT PERFORMANCES special features the entire fourth concert, which consists of five sonatas — including the audience favorite "Appassionata" (Sonata No. 23, F Minor, Op. 57). Also featured are excerpts from Barenboim's master classes with acclaimed young pianists Lang Lang, Jonathan Biss and Shai Wosner. Barenboim, who has played the piano sonatas for more than 50 years, offers insight into a vital repertoire that continually affirms its place among the most popular works in the entire piano literature.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Marlene Sai, Pt. 1 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/8/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Only a few working female vocalists in Hawaii have achieved “diva” status.  Marlene Sai is one of them.  In the first part of a two-part special, Marlene Sai talks about being mentored by her uncle, Andy Cummings—legendary Hawaiian music pioneer and composer of the iconic song “Waikiki”.  Sai also talks about being discovered by Don Ho while she was still a junior in high school, and the golden age of Hawaiian music in Waikiki.

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     The Three Tenors Christmas

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 8, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/8/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

PBS reprises a holiday favorite with the Three Tenors — José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and the late Luciano Pavarotti. Taped in December 1999 at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the program features popular Christmas songs such as "White Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "Winter Wonderland" and "Sleigh Ride," as well as beloved carols and sacred songs such as "O Holy Night," "Adestes Fideles," "Ave Maria, Dolce Maria" and "Amazing Grace." The tenors are accompanied by the Vienna Symphony and joined by the Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen Children's Choir.

 

Series Title:     Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 8, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/8/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the world-famous Rockettes, has become America’s number-one holiday show over its storied 77-year history. This multifaceted show includes dynamic Rockettes performances that showcase the dancers' signature precision dance style. Traditional fan f avorites such as the “Living Nativity” scene and “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” which have been in the show since its inception in 1933, remain a vital part of the show’s core. Originally performed as a holiday “gift” between movie screenings, the Christmas Spectacular has long since become the main event, drawing millions of people annually to stage productions across the country.

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/9/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Great Performances

Program Title: Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas (Encore)

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               12/9/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Everyone’s favorite “Hitman” David Foster joins superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli for a new Christmas concert of seasonal favorites. Showcasing Bocelli’s soaring vocals are lush new arrangements given the distinctive Foster touch. Recorded at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, the program features special guests Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige, Reba McEntire, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, the Muppets and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Between the Folds

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/9/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Think origami is just paper planes and cranes? A determined group of theoretical scientists and fine artists has abandoned careers and scoffed at graduate degrees to forge new lives as modern-day paper folders. Together they reinterpret the world in paper, creating a wild mix of sensibilities towards art, science, creativity and meaning.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/index.html

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Artist2

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/10/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

A follow up to last year’s ARTIST show, ARTIST2 takes us once again into the creative process from the artist’s point of view. This diverse program offers a look at the career of Tadashi Sato and a feature on his mosaic work Aquarius; the glass murals of Doug Young; the Pacific Rim Children’s Chorus Festival; and the reuniting of the 1980s new wave rock band Oriental Love Ring.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/artist2.htm

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Artist (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/10/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

ARTIST is the story of five prominent Hawaii artists. Though divergent in approach, these individuals share the unquenchable thirst to create something that never existed before. They are Hawaii’s own and represent a thriving local arts community. Featured artists include Sally French, Leland Miyano, Maika’i Tubbs, Bobby Ingano and Marie Takezawa.

 

Series Title:     Rick Steves' Europe

Program Title: Vienna and the Danube (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/10/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

For centuries, Vienna was the crown jewel of the rich and powerful Habsburg Empire. A century after that empire’s fall, the Viennese appreciate their imperial legacy as a cultural wellspring--and an excuse to live in style. We’ll take in the city’s wealth of elegant gardens, great art and fine music. Then we’ll explore the city’s surroundings, with a trip along the romantic Danube River and a hike through the breathtakingly Baroque Melk Abbey.

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Globe Trekker Special: Best Dives

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/10/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The Trekkers visit the top 15 dive sites worldwide. Each location is more exotic than the last, from the turquoise waters of Dominica and Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean, to the spectacular seas in Fiji, Micronesia and the Great Barrier Reef. The diving escapades conclude with the #1 spot — Borneo — where host Holly Morris is surrounded by a huge school of barracuda.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Sean Na'auao & Friends (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/14/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Sean Na’auao is joined for this traditional session by good friends Joe Uahinui on guitar and vocals, Jack Ofoia on bass and vocals, Bobo Butries on percussion. Keola and Kapua Dalire, daughters of noted kumu hula Aloha Dalire and Na’auao’s sisters-in-law, provide hula artistry.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Roadshow Remembers (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               12/14/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            0

Description:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW lifts the lid on 10 years of treasures with this special edition designed to test the memory of hardcore fans and kindle the curiosity of newcomers. Do you recall the little 18th-century silver creamer from New York, worth a small fortune, or the matched pair of 19th-century America's Cup race paintings by a certain famous marine artist? Take a trip down memory lane filled with unbelievable objects, unforgettable stories and unimaginable price.

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Marlene Sai, Pt. 1 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/15/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Singer/actress Marlene Sai talks to Leslie Wilcox about her early years as a recording artist, her unusual after-hours recording session in a bus barn, and her iconic portrayals of Queen Liliuokalani on stage on television.

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast at 4pm on Sunday, December 20.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/16/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's iconic father and son sports duo, Jim and Kanoa Leahey, tackle a wide range of topics each week. Coaches, players, politicians, and entertainers come through the screen door and feel at home at the Leahey kitchen table. Playful needling and laughter ensue, and by game's end, the show scores big with candid conversations and insights into Hawaii sports and life.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Ed Herrmann

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/16/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas celebration featuring some of the season’s most beloved songs. Dubbed “The Last Leading Man” by The New York Times, Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway and television and in film, along with appearances in the great American concert halls. His musical versatility has kept him in demand by some of the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He headlined the Carnegie Hall concert presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific with Reba McEntire, which aired on PBS in spring 2006. This program also features a reading of “The Christmas Story” by actor Ed Herrmann.

 

Series Title:     Great Performances at the Met

Program Title: Tosca

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/16/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            150

Description:

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET opens its fourth PBS broadcast season with a new production of Puccini’s Tosca, staged by Luc Bondy in his Met debut, and starring Karita Mattila in her first Met performance of the title role. The cast includes Joseph Colaneri, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze and Paul Plishka. James Levine conducts. Sets are by Richard Peduzzi, with costumes by Milena Canonero and lighting by Max Keller.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/

 

Series Title:     PBS Hawaii Presents

Program Title: Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/17/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Maui –based Producer/Director Tom Vendetti’s BHUTAN - TAKING THE MIDDLE PATH TO HAPPINESS examines Bhutan's policy of "Gross National Happiness," which emphasizes environmental and cultural preservation, economic development through hydroelectric power, and transparent and honest governance. The Himalayan kingdom's commitment to these four pillars, particularly its approaches to "good governance" and sustainable energy practices, set it apart from most of the world. Prime Minister Lynpo Yeshey Zimba and Jigme Drukpa, the Director of the National Academy of Performing Arts, articulate the importance of each pillar. During the film, government officials and locals explain the meaning of "the middle path," a concept rooted in their Buddhism-influenced view of the world. Happiness and enlightenment, they believe, result from neither overindulging in the world’s pleasures nor rejecting the world’s goodness.

 

Series Title:     Rick Steves' Europe

Program Title: The Czech Republic Beyond Prague (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/17/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Few travelers venture beyond Prague to experience the Czech Republic’s many cultural riches and offbeat delights. We’ll get you started with a whirlwind of Art Nouveau, local pub music, stinky cheese-tasting, river-rafting, and peat-bathing in places like Olomouc, Moravsky Krumlov, Trebon, and Konopiste. We’ll also tour a remarkable memorial to the Holocaust in Terezen, and the charming castle town of Cesky Krumlov.

 

Series Title:     Globe Trekker

Program Title: Ethiopia

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/17/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Host Ian Wright explores the northern highlands of Axum where he visits the oldest church in Ethiopia and the supposed resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. He then heads south to Lalibela for Timkat, the most important festival in the country. Ian travels to Bahar Dar, visiting the spectacular Blue Nile Falls and sampling the delicious local cuisine. He journeys to the capital Addis Ababa where he drinks coffee with the locals, goes bargain hunting in the largest outdoor market in Africa and is pampered in a hydrotherapy center. His trip ends in the southern town of Arba Minch, taking part in the macho ritual of cow jumping and engaging in a stick fight with the Mursi, one of Africa’s fiercest tribes.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Songs

Program Title: George Winston (Plays Slack Key) (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/21/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

"Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song" presents a rare solo slack-key concert with George Winston, best known the world over for his evocative piano music, musical interpretations of the ever-changing seasons of his childhood Montana home. But Hawai'i's ki ho'alu, slack-key guitar music, has been his passion for more than 25 years. In his "Na Mele" debut, Winston performs his "Montana-ized" versions of such slack-key classics as: "Sweet Lei Mamo," by Charles Hopkins, "None Hula," by Lena Machado, and Leonard Kwan's "Nahe Nahe."

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Big & Little

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               12/21/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

“Big & Little” proves good things come in small — and gigantic — packages. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks high and low through its archive of appraisals for unusually teeny treasures and outsize objects, from an heirloom five-carat diamond ring valued at $40,000 to $50,000 to a wall-sized painting by noted American artist John Fery, estimated to be worth $20,000 to $30,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     Great Performances

Program Title: Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker (Encore)

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               12/21/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Since the first production The Nutcracker in St. Petersburg more than a century ago, its charming story, dazzling choreography and magnificent Tchaikovsky score have combined to make it one of the most popular and enduring ballets the world over. San Francisco Ballet makes the beloved ballet its own, resetting it during the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition and introducing “Dance in America” viewers to the dazzling Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan. The work is choreographed by artistic director Helgi Tomasson and features dazzling sets by Michael Yeargan and opulent costumes by Martin Pakledinaz, both Tony Award-winning designers. Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi hosts.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: W.S. Merwin

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/22/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

In his more than fifty year career, William S. Merwin has received nearly every major award for poetry, including two Pulitzer prizes.  He has traveled widely and lived in Europe, but since the late seventies Haiku, Maui has been his home.  It is also where he found an affinity for native Hawaiian culture and where he crafted a mythical, Hawaiian narrative.  He talks to Leslie about how his love for words began as a child, when his mother would read to him.  He also reads from some of his poetry collections.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: Top Sports Stores of 2009

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/23/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Father Jim and son Kanoa Leahey argue about what are the top sports stories of 2009.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     Christmas at Belmont 20009

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/23/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Three-time Grammy Award winner and Belmont University alumna Trisha Yearwood hosts a holiday program of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. More than 400 student voices join Yearwood, the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir to present this annual production, taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Among others, the program will feature Phoenix, Belmont University’s 10-voice pop, R&B, rock and alternative ensemble; Session, a female a cappella ensemble; Jazzmin, a 12-voice blues, swing, bebop and contemporary jazz group; and the Women’s Choir.

 

Series Title:     Great Performances

Program Title: La Boheme - The Movie

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               12/23/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Giacomo Puccini’s enduring 1896 blockbuster now makes its way to the big screen in a lushly atmospheric movie adaptation directed by Robert Dornhelm. The operatic “dream couple” — sensational Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and dashing Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón — reunite as the doomed lovers Mimi and Rodolfo, joined by George von Bergen (vocals by Boaz Daniel) as Marcello, Adrian Eröd as Schaunard, Vitalij Kowaljow as Colline, Tiziano Bracci as Benoit and Nicole Cabell as Musetta.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/

 

 

Series Title:     L.A. Holiday Celebration 2009

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 24, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/24/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This program is a highlight version of the six-hour Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration that took place in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center on Christmas Eve 2008. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has sponsored an admission-free holiday-themed show as a gift to the people of the county every December 24 since 1960. Attendance has become a seasonal tradition for many Angelenos. The 1,000-1,500 performers participating in the show each year represent the many cultures and holiday traditions found in the county.

 

Series Title:     Michael McDonald - This Christmas: A Soundstage Special Event

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 24, 2009 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/24/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Singer Michael McDonald combines yuletide favorites such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “White Christmas” with the Stevie Wonder Motown classic “What Christmas Means to Me” and some of his signature hits for a perfect blend of holiday cheer. McDonald’s soulful, throaty baritone infuses a unique vocal styling that adds a perfect twist to the holiday season.

 

Series Title:     Faith Hill

Program Title: Joy to the World: A Soundstage Special Event (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/24/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Faith Hill, backed by an orchestra led by esteemed conductor David Campbell, sings favorites from her holiday album, Joy to the World, a collection of standards amped up with challenging vocals and ambitious melodic structure. This SOUNDSTAGE special features booming orchestral arrangements on the title track, “Joy to the World,” and swinging, big-band versions of more lighthearted fare such as “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “Holly, Jolly Christmas.” A choir joins Hill and the orchestra on more spiritual songs such as “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night” and “A Baby Changes Everything.” The program was taped over two nights at the Chicago-area Sears Centre Arena.

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Songs

Program Title: Led Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi and Cyril Pahinui (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/28/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Na Mele presents a traditional Hawaiian jam session featuring slack key masters Cyril Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, and Led Kaapana. The program includes sentimental classics with each artist taking a turn on lead vocals and guitar.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

           

Series Title:     Antiques Roadshow

Program Title: Jackpot! (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               12/28/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

It's every collector's dream: turning a modest outlay into a staggeringly high return on investment. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW "Jackpot" rolls the dice on those heady moments when luck smiles on flea market mavens and yard sale savants. This special recalls such spectacular windfalls as a landscape painting acquired for $1.50 at a Salvation Army "half price" sale and valued at $10,000 to $15,000; an art pottery vase, grabbed at a garage sale for less than five dollars and estimated to be worth $13,000 to $17,000; a 19th-century album of watercolor paintings, scooped up at a yard sale for a quarter, with an estimated value of $20,000 to $30,000; and a 1951 Minneapolis Millers baseball uniform worn by Willie Mays, scored at a sports collectibles show for $50 and valued at $60,000 to $80,000.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Corbett Kalama

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/29/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox talks story with Corbett Kalama, Executive Vice President and Region Manager at the Oahu Office of First Hawaiian Bank and Bishop Estate Trustee.  Corbett comes from humble beginnings—he grew up in a 900-square-foot house in Kailua with a family of 13—but his road to success was not the typical dog-eat-dog climb up the corporate ladder.  It was, instead, formed by his family’s Hawaiian values of family, education, and community.

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast at 11pm on Wednesday 12/30/09 and at 3pm on Sunday 1/3/10.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Scenes from a Parish

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/29/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Independent Lens

When a young, irreverent priest arrives at Saint Patrick Parish in Lawrence, Massachusetts, he discovers the unexpected--boiling ethnic tensions in a changing working-class community. Filmed over four years, follow the wildly diverse personal stories of Father Paul O'Brien and his unruly flock, as they struggle to hold onto faith in the face of desperate circumstances.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/

           

Series Title:     Leahey & Leahey

Program Title: Top Sports Stores of 2009 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/30/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Father Jim and son Kanoa Leahey argue about what are the top sports stories of 2009.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php

 

Series Title:     P.O.V.

Program Title: Patti Smith: Dream of Life

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/30/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Shot over 11 years by renowned fashion photographer Steven Sebring, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is an intimate portrait of the legendary rocker, poet and artist. Following Smith's personal reflections over a decade, the film explores her many art forms and the friends and poets who inspired her - William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe and Michael Stipe. She emerges as a crucial, contemporary link between the Beats, punks and today's music. Shot in lush, dark tones, featuring rare performance clips and narrated by the artist herself, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is an impressionistic journal of a multi-faceted artist that underscores her unique place in American culture.

http://www.pbs.org/pov/

 

Series Title:     Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song

Program Title: Raiatea Helm (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/31/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Moloka‘i's Raiatea Helm is joined by dad Zachary Helm, Jack Ofoia, Casey Olsen, Aaron Sala, and dancer Nani Dudoit for a performance in the PBS Hawaii studio. In between songs Raiatea talks about her influences, recordings, and responsibilities as a Hawaiian artist.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/namele.php

 

Series Title:     Live from Lincoln Center

Program Title: New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve: Hampson, Gershwin, Copland & Broadway

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/31/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

The New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve gala, with new music director Alan Gilbert and baritone Thomas Hampson, celebrates all-American music from Gershwin, Copland and Broadway. This glamorous evening features Gershwin's beloved "An American in Paris," Copland's "Appalachian Spring Suite" and "Old American Songs," as well as selections from various Broadway musicals.

 

Series Title:     Chicago/Earth, Wind & Fire - Live at the Greek Theatre

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 31, 2009 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/31/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Legendary groups Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire join forces in this one-hour concert special taped in Los Angeles in 2004. The Grammy-winning artists perform their numerous No. 1 and Top-10 hits to rapturous response, including Earth, Wind & Fire's "Fantasy" and "Let's Groove" and Chicago's "Make Me Smile" and "Saturday in the Park." The two bands (complete with horn sections) often share the stage and generate a huge, infectious sound with "September," "25 or 6 to 4," "Shining Star" and more.

 

 

News & Public Affairs:

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 1, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/1/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Death Toll Mounts From Pacific Earthquakes

The death toll from a series of powerful earthquakes in American Somoa and Indonesia continued to climb Thursday as aid workers raced to help survivors.

REPORT

News Wrap: Markets Drop on Mix of Weak Reports

In other news, markets fell on a rise in claims for unemployment benefits and drops in auto sales and factory activity, and a key Senate committee neared the end of its work on health care reform.

DEBATE

Disputed Afghan Election Leads to U.N. Staff Shake-up

A top U.S. official at the U.N. mission to Afghanistan has been dismissed after he accused his boss of hiding evidence of election fraud. The ousted diplomat, Peter Galbraith, and a U.N. official discuss the dispute.

ANALYSIS

Iran Gives Nod to Inspections, More Nuclear Talks

Iran has agreed to a second round of discussions over its disputed nuclear program following a meeting in Geneva on Thursday with diplomats from the U.S. and other world powers.

REPORT

Fossil Find Sheds Light on 'Early Evolutionary Steps'

A 4.4-million year old fossil, discovered in Africa has opened a window onto humans' "early evolutionary steps," according to the group of scientists responsible for the find. Ray Suarez reports.

CONVERSATION

Junk Man: Poet and Professor Albert Goldbarth

Poet and toy collector Albert Goldbarth is a two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the Mark Twain Prize for Humor. In an interview with Jeffrey Brown, Goldbarth discusses his writing, and his latest book of poetry,"To Be Read in 500 Years."

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/2/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Job Losses Rise, Dampening Hopes for a Quick Recovery

Employers shed 263,000 jobs in September, more than analysts expected, bringing the jobless rate to 9.8 percent. Economics columnist David Leonhardt and labor expert Jacob Kirkegaard look at the numbers.

REPORT

Other News: Two Survivors Rescued from Quake Rubble

In other news, two survivors of the earthquake in Indonesia were pulled from the rubble Friday, while in the Samoan islands, the death toll from Tuesday's deep-sea earthquake and tsunami rose to 169 people.

ANALYSIS

Chicago Loses Out On Olympics as Games Head for Rio

Despite a high-profile push by President Obama and others, Chicago will not host the 2016 summer games. The Olympic Torch will instead land in Rio de Janeiro. Ray Suarez reports on the story and talks to sports writer Christine Brennan.

REPORT

Key Senate Panel Nears Health Care Reform Vote

The Senate Finance Committee has finished a marathon week sorting through hundreds of amendments to Chairman Max Baucus's health care reform plan. Next stop for the bill: a vote by the full committee. Betty Ann Bowser reports.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks on Obama's Olympic Trip, Health Care

Mark Shields and David Brooks sort through the week's news, including President Obama's trip abroad to tout Chicago's bid for the Olympics, new moves on health care reform and talks with Iran on its nuclear program.

ANALYSIS

Bening Returns to Stage with Modern Twist on 'Medea'

After establishing herself as a star of the silver screen, Annette Bening has returned to her roots as a stage actor with a modern interpretation of Euripides' classical Greek play, "Medea."

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, October 5, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/5/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

New Attacks Add Gravity to Afghan Strategy Review

The U.S. toll in Afghanistan climbed after a weekend of heavy casualties as President Obama considers a push from top military commanders to add more troops to the conflict. Two military experts offer their views.

REPORT

News Wrap: Bomb Strikes U.N. Office in Pakistan

In other news Monday, five people were killed in a suicide bombing at the U.N. World Food Program office in Islamabad, and three Americans were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

ANALYSIS

New Court Term Puts Spotlight on Gun Rights, Free Speech, Business

The Supreme Court opened a new term on Monday with a docket full of cases concerning corporations, compensation, and the financial markets. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal previews the term with Gwen Ifill.

ANALYSIS

Among Doctors, Many Opinions on Health Care Reform

While President Obama worked to rally doctors around health care reform Monday, fault lines have nevertheless emerged among physicians on topics such as the public option, the role of insurance companies, and the say of patients. A pair of doctors debate their views with Judy Woodruff.

ANALYSIS

Dodgers' Vin Scully 'One on One' From the Booth

After 60 years in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Vin Scully says he still gets goose bumps. In an interview with Jeffrey Brown, the hall of famer discusses his first big break, the thrill of baseball, and his "one on one" approach with the fans.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, October 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/6/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Obama Brings Congress Into Afghan Strategy Review

Reporters offer insight into President Obama's meeting with lawmakers Tuesday to discuss a strategy shift in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

REPORT

Other News: Flooding in India Leaves Millions Homeless

In other news, flooding in Southern India left millions homeless and hungry, and heating bills are expected to be lower this winter, according to the Energy Information Administration.

ANALYSIS

Dogfight Video Tests Limits of Free Speech

The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether videos of illegal dogfights are protected speech. Marcia Coyle offers insight.

REPORT

In Netherlands, Insurers Compete Over Quality of Care

In the first of a series on health care abroad, Ray Suarez looks at how the Netherlands achieved a massive health care overhaul four years ago.

ANALYSIS

Masters of Light: Americans Win the Nobel Prize in Physics

Jeffrey Brown reports on three American scientists who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering research in fiber optics and digital photography.

REPORT        

Commercial Real Estate May Be Next Victim of Recession

Just two years ago an office space in midtown Manhattan could fetch close to $1.7 billion. Today, the same property trades for about $600 million. A sign the commercial real estate market will be the next shoe to drop in the U.S. economy? Paul Solman reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 7, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/7/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Pakistan's Role in Fighting Terror Under Review

Pakistan affirmed its resolve to continue fighting al-Qaida and also providing enforcements for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Judy Woodruff reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: Supreme Court Considers Giant Cross in Mojave Desert

In other news, the Supreme Court took up the separation of church and state in a case involving public lands in California, and two Americans and an Israeli received the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

REPORT

Netherlands Health System Balances Cost With Quality

In the last of a series on health care in the Netherlands, Ray Suarez reports on how the European country maintains low health care costs while delivering a high standard of care.

ANALYSIS

What the U.S. Can Learn From Health Care Abroad

Gwen Ifill speaks with health experts about what the United States can learn from health care systems throughout the world.

REPORT

"Obama's War" Commemorates Eight Years in Afghanistan

On the anniversary of the U.S. war against the Taliban, Frontline looks into one U.S. officer's mission into a valley outside Kabul.

REPORT

Student's Death Points to Upsurge in Gang Violence in Chicago

Jeffrey Brown speaks with a Chicago Sun-Times reporter about the recent murder of a high school student in Chicago's south side and the increase in gang violence throughout the Windy City.

REPORT

New Statue Honors Helen Keller

A bronze statue of Helen Keller was unveiled to Congress Wednesday. Kwame Holman reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 8, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/8/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Health Reform Vote Set for Senate Finance Committee

The Senate Finance Committee will vote next week on revamping the nation's health care system. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: House OKs Hate Crime Protections for Gays, Lesbians

In other news, the House voted to include homosexuals in federal hate crime laws, and first-time claims for unemployment fell more than expected last week.

REPORT

Taliban Claims Credit for Deadly Suicide Bombing

Bill Neely of Independent Television news reports on the latest suicide bombing at the Indian embassy in Afghanistan that killed at least 17 people.

CONVERSATION

Afghanistan Ambassador Warns of Worsening Violence

Margaret Warner speaks with Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, Said Jawad, about escalating Taliban violence and what is at stake for the U.S.

REPORT

Flu Season to Come Earlier, Stronger than Expected

The flu season might start earlier than expected, complicating efforts to distribute an H1N1 vaccine before people are infected. Betty Ann Bowser reports.

ANALYSIS

Tracking Tainted Food a Near Impossibility in U.S.

Lee Hochberg reports on the difficulty in tracking the source of tainted foods and the complicated trail from production to sale.

REPORT

Michelle Obama's Ancestry Reveals Intriguing Slave Tale

Jeffrey Brown examines first lady Michelle Obama's ancestral path as the descendant of a slave.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: Meth

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/8/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The methamphetamine epidemic in Hawaii was big news five to ten years ago and a rallying point for communities.  It has since all but disappeared from the headlines, until a recent series of very graphic (and controversial) public service announcements hit the TV and radio airwaves.  Has Hawaii’s meth problem gotten better over the last few years?  Do scare tactics like those used in the PSAs work?  Dan Boylan moderates a panel of experts on the topic, and contributing editor Howard Dicus delivers his weekly economic update with Everybody’s Business. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/9/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

President Obama Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Mixed Reviews

President Barack Obama was named this year's Nobel Peace Prize honoree, becoming the second sitting president to win. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: Obama, McChrystal Discuss Afghan Strategy

In other news, Obama met with General McChrystal to discuss strategies for Afghanistan, and a suicide bombing in Pakistan killed at least 49 people.

ANALYSIS

Examining the Road to Becoming a Nobel Laureate

Jeffrey Brown speaks to Scott London, co-editor of "Nobel Lectures in Peace," about the selection process for the Nobel Peace Prize.

ANALYSIS

How the Peace Prize Could Affect Obama's Presidency

Judy Woodruff gets reactions from policy experts on President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize and discusses what the award means for his presidency.

REPORT

Investigation into Rangel's Dealings Intensifies

The House Ethics Committee is expanding its investigation into Rep. Charles Rangel over a series of questionable financial dealings. Kwame Holman reports.

ANALYSIS

Brooks, Marcus Discuss Potential Peace Prize Backfire, Rangel Controversy

Columnists David Brooks and Ruth Marcus discuss the week's news, including the potential pitfalls in President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

REPORT

Small Crash on Moon Could Have Big Scientific Impact

Scientists hope crashing a probe into the moon will shed light on whether there is much water there.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 9, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               10/9/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/9/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/9/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     Foreign Exchange

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/9/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

This is the last episode of this weekly, half-hour international affairs series.

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/9/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, October 12, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/12/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Pakistan Rocked by Suicide Bombing, At Least 41 Killed

A suicide car bombing in northwest Pakistan killed at least 41 people on Monday. Jonathan Rugman of ITN reports.

ANALYSIS

Militant Attacks Renew Questions on Pakistan's Security

Violence continued in Pakistan on Monday as militants detonated a car bomb in a crowded market in the northwest of the country. Gwen Ifill talks to a reporter in Islamabad about the renewed attacks.

REPORT

News Wrap: Afghan Official Leaves Election Commission

In other news, an Afghan official resigned from a commission charged with determining whether fraud occurred in the nation's presidential election, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the world will not be deterred by new missile testing in North Korea.

ANALYSIS

Health Reform Carries Heavy Price, Insurers Claim

A new report paid for by the insurance industry has concluded that health care reform would increase the costs of coverage faster and higher than under the current system.

ANALYSIS

San Francisco Ramps Up Care for City's Uninsured

While the U.S. has struggled with an imperfect health care system, San Francisco has launched its own initiative to extend coverage to the more than 60,000 adult residents in the city without insurance. Spencer Michels reports.

ANALYSIS

Lawmakers Eye 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Reversal

Tens of thousands of demonstrators descended on Washington this past weekend demanding an end to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Could a reversal be next? Kwame Holman reports.

CONVERSATION

Historian Taylor Branch on the 'Clinton Tapes'

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Taylor Branch speaks with Jeffrey Brown about his new book, "The Clinton Tapes."

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, October 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/13/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Health Care Bill Clears Senate Panel with One G.O.P. Vote

President Obama's top domestic initiative, health care reform, inched closer to final votes in Congress on Tuesday after clearing a key hurdle in the Senate Finance Committee. Betty Ann Bowser reports.

ANALYSIS

Emanuel: Cost, Competition Central to Health Reform

In an interview, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel discusses the Senate Finance Committee's passage of a health reform bill, the future for the public option and more.

REPORT

Other News: Obama to Announce Afghan Strategy in 'the Coming Weeks'

In other news, President Obama said he will announce whether he intends to send more troops to Afghanistan in "the coming weeks," and military jets bombed a series of militant targets along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

ANALYSIS

Va., N.J. Gubernatorial Races May Prove Early Test of Obama Policies

Gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia have emerged as an early test of the public's support for President Obama's domestic agenda. Gwen Ifill discusses the implications with two political analysts.

REPORT

Kenya Devastated by Massive Drought

Lindsey Hilsum of ITN reports from Kenya on the worst drought to strike the horn of Africa in more than a decade.

REPORT

In Honduras, Elections Pose Test for Diplomats

With presidential elections just weeks away, diplomats are struggling to resolve the standoff in Honduras between deposed president Manuel Zelaya, and his ouster, Roberto Micheletti.

REPORT

ScienceNow Looks at Rescuing the Hubble

The NewsHour airs an excerpt from a NOVA ScienceNow report on efforts to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

UPDATE

Honduras in Turmoil Three Months After Coup

More than three months after a coup removed him from office, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and his rival, interim President Roberto Micheletti, remain at loggerheads. Ray Suarez speaks with Marcelo Ballve of New America Media about the situation.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: Obama’s War

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               10/13/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Tens of thousands of fresh American troops are now on the move in Afghanistan, led by a new commander and armed with a counter-insurgency plan that builds on the lessons of Iraq. But can U.S. forces succeed in a land long known as the “graveyard of empires?” FRONTLINE producers Martin Smith (“Beyond Baghdad,” “Return of the Taliban”) and Marcela Gaviria (“In Search of Al Qaeda”) once again make the dangerous journey to the frontlines of America’s biggest fight. Through interviews with the top U.S. commanders on the ground, embeds with U.S. forces and fresh reporting from Washington, Smith and Gaviria examine U.S. counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan — a fight that promises to be longer and more costly than most Americans understand.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/obamaswar/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 14, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/14/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Dow Closes Above 10,000 for First Time in a Year

The Dow Jones industrial average closed Wednesday above 10,000 for the first time since Oct. 3, 2008. Ray Suarez speaks with a Washington Post reporter about the significance.

REPORT

News Wrap: Obama Seeks More Help for Seniors

In other news, President Obama asked Congress to approve extra social security payments for the nation's seniors, and tensions over an American aid package for Pakistan appeared to ease.

DEBATE

Wall Street Set for Record Payouts a Year After Crash

Despite heightened scrutiny from both the public and regulators in the wake of the AIG bonus scandal, compensation on Wall Street is set for a record year in 2009. Jeffrey Brown reports.

ANALYSIS

Senate Shifts Focus to Health Care Compromise

Top Senate Democrats and White House officials have turned their health reform efforts toward crafting a compromise package that can unite Democrats and avoid a GOP filibuster. Policy analysts examine the different ways a public option could take shape in Congress.

ANALYSIS

Cash Strapped California Towns Eye Tax Hikes for Medical Marijuana

With budget woes causing cuts to essential services across California, several communities in the state are weighing whether to raise additional revenue through tax hikes on medical marijuana. Spencer Michels reports.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Afghanistan's Disputed Election Complicates U.S. Strategy

As President Obama develops a new Afghanistan strategy, rising violence there and an unresolved election have combined to sap public support for the war. Ashraf Ghani, who was one of Afghanistan's presidential candidates, discusses his country's future.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 15, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/15/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Obama Visits New Orleans to Gauge Recovery

President Obama flew to New Orleans on Thursday to assess the city's recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Margaret Warner reports.

ANALYSIS

News Wrap: Dozens Killed in Attacks Across Pakistan

In other news, at least 39 people were killed in a wave of attacks across Pakistan on Thursday, and the Social Security Administration announced it will not enact a cost of living increase in benefits next year.

REPORT

Making Sense of the Foreclosure Crisis

In the latest in a series of reports making sense of the economy, NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman examines the ongoing foreclosure crisis.

ANALYSIS

IRS Ends Amnesty for Use of Overseas Tax Havens

In an interview with Jeffrey Brown, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman discusses the agency's efforts to close overseas tax shelters.

REPORT

Exploring the Hazards of Texting, Talking While Driving

As new evidence emerges about the hazards of driving while talking on a cell phone, more states are pushing to ban the practice. KCET's "SoCal Connected" takes a closer look.

REPORT

White House Fiesta Celebrates Latin Music

A sampling of Latin music performed at the White House this week at a cultural event hosted by the president and first lady.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/16/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Afghan Runoff Grows Likely Following Fraud Probe

An investigation into fraudulent ballots in Afghanistan has reduced President Hamid Karzai's share of the vote to 47 percent, triggering a runoff election between him and his closest challenger, Abdullah Abdullah.

ANALYSIS

Anticipation Grows Around Afghan Fraud Probe

A probe into fraud allegations in Afghanistan's presidential election carries important implications for the Obama administration's deliberations into war strategy there. Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post assesses the possible consequences with Judy Woodruff.

ANALYSIS

News Wrap: Police Station Bombing Kills 13 in Pakistan

In other news, a suicide bombing at a police station in Pakistan has killed at least 13 people, and in Iraq a bomber opened fire on a mosque in Tal Afar.

ANALYSIS

Afghan Expert Riedel Weighs Obama's Strategic Options

Former CIA officer and terrorism expert Bruce Riedel discusses his book, "The Search for Al Qaeda: Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future" and his work chairing an Afghanistan policy review for the Obama administration.

ANALYSIS

Bank Earnings Reveal Mixed Recovery on Wall Street

Third-quarter earnings revealed a mixed picture on Wall Street as Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Chase posted healthy profits, while Bank of America continued to struggle under the weight of rising credit card delinquencies and mortgage defaults.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Gerson Survey Health Care Outlook, Economy

Columnists Mark Shields and Michael Gerson sort through the top news of the past week, including a key vote on health care in the Senate Finance Committee, bank earning reports and conflicting data about the health of the economy.

ANALYSIS

Tensions Surround Honduras Leadership Talks

With presidential elections just weeks away, negotiators in Honduras continue to work on an agreement that would temporarily return ousted president Manuel Zelaya to power. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT

Casualties Take Heavy Toll on Colorado Military Post

Tom Bearden reports on how soldiers at Fort Carson in Colorado are coping with rising casualties from among their ranks, first from the Iraq war and now from Afghanistan.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 16, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               10/16/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     Now on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/16/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/16/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/16/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, October 19, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/19/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

In Afghanistan, Disputed Ballots Point Toward Runoff

After months of speculation, investigators confirmed on Monday that the Afghan election was rife with fraud. Margaret Warner reports.

REPORT

Other News: Iran Vows 'Crushing Response' to Bombing

In other news, Iraq's Revolutionary Guard promised a "crushing response" after a suicide bomb killed five commanders, and nuclear talks with Iran convened in Vienna.

ANALYSIS

In Pakistan, Offensive Rages Against Insurgents

The Pakistani army continues to fight insurgents in the rugged hills of South Waziristan near the Afghan border. Judy Woodruff speaks with experts for more.

REPORT

In Greenland, Ice Unlocks Climate Change History

Scientists dig deep into Greenland's ice to unearth the history of climate change. Climatologist and Climate Central correspondent Heidi Cullen reports.

REPORT

U.S. Launches New Strategy for Dealing With Sudan

The Obama administration announced a new strategy on Sudan, which includes offering incentives in exchange for a resolution on the crisis in Darfur. Ray Suarez speaks with General Scott Gration, special envoy to Sudan, for more.

ANALYSIS

White House Steps Up Criticism of Fox News Channel

Jeffrey Brown reports on the escalating war of words between Fox News and the Obama White House, which recently referred to the conservative leaning channel as a "wing of the Republican party."

ANALYSIS

Exploring Tensions Between Presidents and the Media

Jeffrey Brown speaks with media experts about the ongoing feud between the White House and Fox News channel.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, October 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/20/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Under Pressure, Karzai Endorses Afghan Election Runoff

Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed to a runoff election after a U.N. probe determined that the August election was rife with fraud. Gwen Ifill reports.

ANALYSIS

In Afghanistan, Runoff Election Could Strengthen Democracy

Afghan President Hamid Karzai bowed to pressure Tuesday and agreed to a runoff election on Nov. 7. The move came as the Obama administration debates the future of U.S. strategy. Gwen Ifill talks to experts for insight.

REPORT

Other News: Obama Renews Vow to Withdraw From Iraq

In other news, President Obama vowed to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by next October, and an Iranian-American was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in an Iranian jail for participating in demonstrations against the nation's government.

UPDATE

Suicide Attacks Rattle Pakistan as Offensive Continues

Ray Suarez speaks with Washington Post reporter Pamela Constable who has been reporting from Islamabad on the Pakistani army's offensive against militants.

REPORT

Yoo's Tenure Questioned Over Bush Torture Policy

Spencer Michels reports on the ongoing academic wrangling over former Bush attorney John Yoo's instruction at the University of California, Berkeley.

UPDATE

CDC Chief: H1N1 Poses More Risk for Kids, Young Adults

Health officials warn that young people are expected to be hit the hardest this year by the H1N1 virus. Margaret Warner speaks with the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more.

REPORT

'Austin City Limits' Style Still Evolving After 35 Years

Jeffrey Brown reports on the 35th anniversary of "Austin City Limits," the longest-running music series in television history.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: The Warning

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               10/20/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In the devastating aftermath of the economic meltdown, FRONTLINE sifts the ashes for clues about why it happened and examines critical moments when it might have gone much differently. Looking back into the 1990s, producer/director Michael Kirk (“Inside the Meltdown,” “Breaking the Bank”) discovers early warnings of the crash, reveals an intense battle among high-ranking members of the Clinton administration and uncovers a concerted effort not to regulate the emerging, highly complex and lucrative derivatives markets, which would become the ticking time-bomb within the American economy.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Butte, America

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/20/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Grounded in the dramatic personal stories of five generations of mining families, and narrated by Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, this program tells the epic tale of Butte, Montana, once the world’s largest producer of copper — the “Richest Hill on Earth,” the town that “plumbed and electrified America.” Butte forged a community whose toughness, vitality and solidarity speak to what’s missing in America today, while raising profound questions about the costs and consequences of industrialization and use of natural resources. “Butte, America” is an unsentimental and emotionally moving tribute to working-class life and to the never-ending labor of achieving fairness in a world where powerful, destructive forces are always at play.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/index.html

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 21, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/21/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Barofsky: TARP Program Fueled Public Distrust

The biggest cost of the TARP program might be the public's distrust of the government, according to inspector general Neil Barofsky. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT

Other News: Wells Fargo Concerns Drive Market Sell-off

In other news, worries about the health of Wells Fargo triggered a late day sell-off on Wall Street, and former Afghan foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah agreed to the presidential runoff set for November.

CONVERSATION

Former Car Czar Rattner: No Reason GM Can't Succeed

"People will start buying cars again," former car czar Steve Rattner tells Judy Woodruff. He also discusses ousting GM's CEO and how the auto industry will evolve.

REPORT

Chaos in Clinics Over H1N1 Vaccine Shortage

Throughout the nation, concern over a possible H1N1 vaccine shortage is causing chaos at hospitals. Betty Ann Bower visits a clinic in Maryland for more.

ANALYSIS

Cancer Society Warns Against Premature Screenings

The American Cancer Society warned Wednesday that premature screening could lead to overtreating or overlooking cancer. Gwen Ifill reports.

ANALYSIS

Report Explores New Models for Journalism

Jeffrey Brown talks to Nick Lemann of Columbia Journalism School and former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr. about journalism's future.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 22, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/22/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Feinberg Hopes More Companies Adopt Executive Pay Rules

The Federal Reserve curbed pay packages for executives of companies that received bailout money in an effort to discourage risky business practices. Jeffrey Brown speaks with executive pay czar Kenneth Feinberg.

REPORT

Other News: House OKs Consumer Protection Agency

In other news, the House voted Thursday to establish a new consumer protection agency, and federal agents carried out a massive 19-state drug bust.

ANALYSIS

House Panel Approves Curbs for Insurers' Antitrust Exemptions

The House approved a bill on Wednesday that would limit the health insurance industry's exemption from federal antitrust laws. Betty Ann Bowser and Judy Woodruff report.

REPORT

Indonesia Remains Secular Despite Islamic Revival

Despite a resurgence of Islam in the predominately Muslim country, Indonesia has remained politically secular. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.

REPORT

Stimulus Money Plows Through Tractor Country

Ray Suarez speaks with Dante Chinni of the Patchwork Nation project about tracking federal stimulus money as it is dispersed through America.

CONVERSATION

Poet Sherman Alexie Talks 'Faces' and 'War Dances'

Author Sherman Alexie talks about his new book of poetry called "Faces" and his new short story collection, "War Dances."

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: The Bed and Breakfast Battle

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/22/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Bed and Breakfast businesses in residential areas have been a point of contention for years. The impassioned debate about issuing new permits for Bed and Breakfast establishments is heating up at the Honolulu City Council.  Dan Boylan moderates a panel including members of the Council as well as supporters for and against lifting a ban on B & Bs.  Contributing editor Howard Dicus adds an economic perspective to the issue and gives us an update on the state of Hawaii’s economy in his Everybody’s Business report. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/23/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

CDC: H1N1 Vaccine Efforts Not Meeting Goals

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the H1N1 flu's effects have already matched those of the seasonal flu. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT

Other News: Pelosi Promises a Public Option

In other news, House speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted on Friday that the House of Representatives' compromise health reform bill will include a public option, and the National Association of Realtors announced a jump in sales of pre-owned homes.

REPORT

In U.K., Political Extremism on BBC Causes Outrage

A heated debate over political extremism in the United Kingdom came to a head this week when the leader of the British National Party appeared on a BBC show.

CONVERSATION

'Traumatized' Afghanistan Could Take Decades to Fix

Margaret Warner speaks with Rory Stewart, who spent two years walking across Afghanistan, about whether President Obama should commit more troops to the war there.

ANALYSIS

Shields, Brooks: Obama Risks Looking Petty in Fox Fight

Columnists David Brooks and Mark Shields review the week's news, including the coming Afghan runoff and the war of words between the White House and Fox News.

CONVERSATION

Sullenberger: Lifetime of Preparation Led to 'Miracle'

Jeffrey Brown speaks with Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger whose emergency landing of a United Airways flight in New York saved the lives of 155 people.

 

Series Title:    Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 23, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               10/23/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     Now on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/23/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/23/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/23/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: The Bed and Breakfast Battle

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/23/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Bed and Breakfast businesses in residential areas have been a point of contention for years. The impassioned debate about issuing new permits for Bed and Breakfast establishments is heating up at the Honolulu City Council.  Dan Boylan moderates a panel including members of the Council as well as supporters for and against lifting a ban on B & Bs.  Contributing editor Howard Dicus adds an economic perspective to the issue and gives us an update on the state of Hawaii’s economy in his Everybody’s Business report. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, October 26, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/26/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

In Afghanistan, a Deadly Day for Americans

American forces suffered their deadliest day in four years in Afghanistan as 14 troops and civilians were killed in separate air crashes. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

Other News: Security in Iraq Questioned After Massive Bombings

In other news, Iraqi forces beefed up security one day after a blast killed 155 people and injured 500 others, and 11 Iranians were arrested in Pakistan for attempting to illegal enter the country.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Kerry: Afghan Troop Push Goes 'Too Far, Too Fast'

Margaret Warner speaks with Sen. John Kerry about his recent trip to Afghanistan to persuade President Hamid Karzai to accept a runoff election.

ANALYSIS

New York Times Reporter Rohde Details His Kidnapping by Taliban

New York Times reporter David Rohde recounts being kidnapped by the Taliban for more than seven months while working on a book in Afghanistan. Gwen Ifill reports.

REPORT

Two Families Describe Battles With H1N1

Betty Ann Bowser takes an in-depth look at two families attempting to cope with the H1N1 flu.

CONVERSATION

Writer Michael Chabon Explores Regrets, Pleasures

Pulitzer-prize winning author Michael Chabon sits down with Jeffrey Brown to talk about his new book, "Manhood for Amateurs."

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, October 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/27/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Renewed Public Option Push in Senate Tests Democratic Unity

The push by the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to include a public option into a health care reform bill drew sharply different reactions on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with liberals voicing support, moderates airing concerns, and Republicans promising a filibuster.

REPORT

News Wrap: October the Deadliest Month in Afghan War

In other news, October officially became the deadliest month for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since the start of the war in 2001, and in Iraq a deal that would have cleared the way for national elections has dissolved.

ANALYSIS

Opt-out Clause on Public Option Puts Role of States Back in Spotlight

Among the health reform proposals under debate on Capitol Hill is a plan to allow states to opt out of a public option -- which may help legislation pass through Congress, but how would it work to drive down costs? Two experts discuss the idea with Ray Suarez.

REPORT

'Neglected Infections' Resurface Among America's Poor

In poor rural areas, inner cities, and among Latin American immigrants, exotic diseases classified by the CDC as "neglected infections" are now affecting millions of people. As Jeffrey Kaye reports, the rarer the illness, the harder it is to find treatment.

REPORT

Labor's 'Bulldog' Trumka Challenged by Dwindling Ranks, Public Perception

As AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka works to protect organized labor from the excesses of big business, he faces dwindling ranks, splits among union groups, and diminished public support. Paul Solman reports.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: Close to Home

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               10/27/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Producer Ofra Bikel chronicles how the middle class is faring in this recession through the stories of the people whom she’s come to know at the hair salon she’s frequented for the past 20 years. The film reveals the struggles of a small business owner to stay afloat, her sister’s risk of imminent foreclosure on her Florida home and the various clients whose lives intersect at this New York City salon — from well-to-do bankers to struggling actors, each with a story to tell about how they’re getting by in these turbulent times.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Journals of a Wily School

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/27/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Pickpocketing is common practice in Kolkata, India. In an attempt to crack down on more serious crime, the police offer a young pickpocket, Azad, a full pardon if he helps track down more notorious criminals. Azad must choose whether he’ll collaborate with the police or risk it all for life on the streets.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/index.html

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 28, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/28/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Militant Attacks Kill Scores in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Taliban militants stormed a U.N. guest house Wednesday in Kabul, leaving 12 people dead, including 5 U.N. staffers, and one American. Meanwhile, in Pakistan, a car bombing in the northwestern city of Peshawar killed more than 100 people. Gwen Ifill reports.

REPORT

Deadly Car Bombing Clouds Clinton's Visit to Pakistan

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Pakistan for meetings with top diplomats, a car bombing in Peshawar struck a crowded market, killing at least 101 people and injuring scores more. Margaret Warner reports from Pakistan on the attack and its impact on Clinton's visit.

REPORT

Other News: Obama Expands Hate Crimes Law

In other news, President Obama signed an expansion of the federal hate crimes law, and new home sales fell unexpectedly by 3.6 percent in September.

ANALYSIS

Crackdown Targets Banks Deemed 'Too Big to Fail'

The head of a key House committee unveiled legislation Wednesday that would grant the federal government sweeping new powers to police giant financial firms. Jim Lehrer talks to two financial analysts about the debate over "too big to fail" institutions.

REPORT

Cities Struggle With Access to Green Energy Sources

In cities across the country, officials are faced with the task of getting renewable energy from the outskirts of town to the urban centers where demand is greatest. NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports from Los Angeles.

REPORT

No Insurance? On Borneo, This Clinic Accepts Manure

On the Southeast Asian island of Borneo, the Asri Clinic doesn't take credit cards. Instead, the clinic accepts payments that improve the local ecosystem, be it seedlings for replanting, eggshells for composting, even manure. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.

CONVERSATION

For Ben Folds, an Orchestral Backing Makes Classic Sense

When rock 'n' roll pianist Ben Folds writes songs, he often does so with an orchestra in mind. Now on tour performing with leading symphonies, Folds is experiencing a homecoming of sorts, reports Jeffrey Brown.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 29, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/29/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Economy Shows New Signs of Growth, but Jobs Still Lag

The U.S. economy ended a year of contraction in the third quarter, expanding by 3.5 percent. While much of the growth is being attributed to President Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan, critics continue to ask, when will jobs return?

REPORT

News Wrap: Iran May Not Send Uranium Abroad

In other news, Iran gave no indication it will agree to a U.N. plan to ship most of its nuclear fuel abroad for enrichment, and President Obama traveled to the military post at Dover, Del. to honor 18 American killed in Afghanistan earlier this week.

REPORT

House Health Care Bill Features Public Option Compromise

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled an $894 billion health care reform bill Thursday that would expand insurance coverage to as many as 36 million people. In a nod to moderates, the plan includes a public option in which rates are negotiated with doctors and hospitals. Betty Ann Bowser reports.

REPORT

Lahore on Edge as Insurgency Heightens Attacks

Lahore, generally considered Pakistan's cultural hub, has experienced several terrorist attacks this year, which has put the city on edge. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the city Thursday and promised more U.S. assistance. Margaret Warner provides an on-the-ground report.

CONVERSATION

Ex-State Department Official Explains Exit Over Afghan War Strategy

In an interview with Judy Woodruff, Matthew Hoh, the first U.S. official known to resign in protest to America's presence in Afghanistan, discusses his objections to the war.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 30, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/30/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

As Afghan Strategy Develops, Clinton Focuses On Pakistan

President Obama called in his national security team to the White House on Friday to review U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, in Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended a trip designed to smooth ties between Washington and Islamabad.

REPORT

News Wrap: Stocks Slide on Weak Consumer Spending

In other news, stocks dropped on Friday on news of weak consumer spending, and the White House said it was unhappy with the output of swine flu vaccine.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Clinton: Pakistan 'Making Progress' Against Extremists

In a Friday interview with Margaret Warner in Islamabad, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the goals of her Pakistan trip, how she is encouraged by the country's battle against extremists and the administration's upcoming decision on an Afghan strategy.

ANALYSIS

With Jobs Still Elusive, White House Defends Stimulus

President Obama's $787 billion stimulus package has saved or created about 650,000 jobs, the White House said Friday. But with unemployment at a 26-year high, the administration is facing increased criticism about ongoing weakness in the labor market.

REPORT

In Colorado Desert, Hope Blooms for Pond Scum as Fuel

In the latest in a series about innovation amid economic turmoil, Tom Bearden reports on efforts to convert algae into clean fuel.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks on 'New Candor' with Pakistan, Biden's Poll Numbers

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the top stories of the past week, including Hillary Clinton's visit to Pakistan, Vice President Joe Biden's poll numbers, and upcoming elections in New Jersey and Virginia.

 

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 30, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               10/30/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     Now on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 30, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/30/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 30, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/30/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, November 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/2/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Afghanistan's Next Steps Unclear After Runoff Cancelation

Afghan President Hamid Karzai won another term in office after his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, unexpectedly dropped out of the runoff election. Margaret Warner reports from Afghanistan.

REPORT

Other News: Bomb Kills 35 as Pakistan Violence Continues

In other news, a suicide bombing in Pakistan killed 35 people, and Secretary of State Clinton was criticized by Arab states for her talks with Israel.

REPORT

New York State Race a Showdown for GOP, Democrats

The race for New York's 23rd Congressional District is offering a glimpse of where the political parties stand in voters minds in an off year.

REPORT

Arrogance, Ignorance Recurring in Economic History

Paul Solman speaks with economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff about the financial crisis and how it compares to previous economic meltdowns.

ANALYSIS

Taxpayers' $2.3 Billion 'Gone' in CIT Bankruptcy

The recession claimed another major financial institution, as lending giant CIT filed for bankruptcy after months of struggling to keep the company, which funds about 1 million small- to medium-sized businesses, afloat.

ANALYSIS

Kindle, Price War Changing the Way We Read

Jeffrey Brown explores the shifting world of book publishing, and examines how technology and readers are changing the industry.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, November 3, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/3/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Karzai Calls for Afghan Unity After Election

Margaret Warner updates the situation in Afghanistan, where she has been reporting on President Hamid Karzai's victory after a disputed election.

ANALYSIS

U.S. Policymakers See Potential Shift in Afghanistan

Gwen Ifill speaks with policymakers about the American response to President Karzai's victory this week.

REPORT

Other News: Gubernatorial Contests Held in Key States

In other news, the Taliban denied that the Pakistani army has made gains against militants, and ballots starting rolling in as the key states of Virginia and New Jersey voted for governors.

ANALYSIS

Auto Industry on the Road to Recovery?

The auto industry signaled recovery after GM reported a sales gain and Ford announced an unexpected profit. Jeffrey Brown reports.

REPORT

Democrats Push New Climate Change Legislation

Democrats started pushing climate change legislation a month before the U.S. participates in climate talks in Copenhagen. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

How the Climate Changed Human Evolution

NOVA explores the issue of climate change as it relates to human origins in part one of a three part series on evolution.

UPDATE

Madoff Accountant Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

The consequences of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme continue to trickle down as his accountant pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Judy Woodruff reports.

REPORT

Stimulus Money Trickling Into the Classroom

John Tulenko of Learning Matters Television explores how stimulus money is making its way into classrooms in upstate New York.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: The Medicated Child (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/3/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Ten years ago, stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall were the drugs of choice to treat behavioral issues in children. Today children as young as four years old are being prescribed more powerful anti-psychotic medications that are much less understood. The drugs can cause serious side effects, and virtually nothing is known about their long-term impact. The increase in the use of anti-psychotics is directly tied to the rising incidence of one particular diagnosis — bipolar disorder. Experts estimate that the number of kids with the diagnosis is now more than a million and rising. As the debate over medicating children continues to grow, FRONTLINE producer Marcela Gaviria confronts psychiatrists, researchers and big pharma about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs for troubled children.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     Independent Lens

Program Title: Power Paths

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/3/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

It’s time to cut our dependence on fossil fuel and pursue renewable energy. But how can it be done? Native-American tribes turn to solar and wind sources to provide clean sustainable energy for cities across the west. Their traditional values regarding conservation and the earth offer real solutions to America’s energy crisis.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/index.html

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/4/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

GOP Touts Different Sort of 'Change' in Va., N.J. Wins

Judy Woodruff speaks with Amy Walter, editor of The Hotline, and Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Report, about the political implications of Tuesday's gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia.

REPORT

Other News: Iranian Protesters Clash With Police

In other news, thousands of Iranian protesters clashed with police in the streets of Tehran on the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover, and the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether prosecutors can be sued for damages.

REPORT

Taliban Link Explored in British Troop Deaths

Nick Paton Walsh of Independent Television News reports on a fatal attack in Afghanistan against British soldiers patrolling Helmand Province.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Abdullah Calls for Legitimacy in Afghan Government

Former Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah spoke with Margaret Warner in Kabul Wednesday to discuss his decision to drop out of the runoff election and allegations of electoral fraud shrouding President Hamid Karzai's new term.

REPORT

TV, Radio Talkers Shaping Political Discourse in U.S.

Jeffrey Brown examines the impact of television and radio talk show hosts and how they affect the way Americans think about politics.

UPDATE

In Italy, Judge Convicts 23 Americans in CIA Kidnapping Case

An Italian judge on Wednesday convicted 23 Americans in the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Milan. Ray Suarez speaks with a Los Angeles Times reporter for more on the landmark case.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 5, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/5/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

A Search for Answers Following Fort Hood Attack

At least 12 people were killed and 31 wounded when a gunman opened fire at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas. Jeffrey Brown reports.

REPORT

Other News: Stocks Rally on Falling Jobless Claims

In other news, falling weekly jobless claims contributed to a Wall Street rally, and there are new warning signs that the U.S. might be facing a shortage of the seasonal flu vaccine.

ANALYSIS

Obama Expected to Sign Extended Unemployment Benefits, Homebuyer Credit

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to extend aid to jobless workers and offer tax breaks to homebuyers. President Obama was expected to sign the measure on Friday. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT

Endorsements, Protests Mark Health Care Debate

House Democrats' health reform plan received AARP's backing Thursday, but thousands of protesters rallied against the plan on Capitol Hill. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

U.N. Exits Afghanistan Following Deadly Suicide Bombing

In Afghanistan, the U.N. announced that it is pulling back 600 employees after a deadly attack on staff. Margaret Warner has more from Kabul.

UPDATE

Hedge Fund World Rocked by Insider-trading Charges

Judy Woodruff speaks with a Financial Times reporter about 14 people facing insider-trading charges for allegedly netting $20 million in illegal profits.

REPORT

Teen's Rape Leaves California Community Stunned

Spencer Michels reports from Richmond, Calif., where a teen girl was gang raped while dozens of people looked on without offering help.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: 21st Century Education

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/5/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The world and the job market have changed dramatically in the past decade – but what about our schools? While much of the talk about education reform has focused on improving education, there is growing agreement that we need to change the way we educate our kids.  Dan Boylan moderates a panel of experts on the topic, including Tony Wagner--Co-Director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education--as well as local educators working to transform Hawaii’s schools. Contributing editor Howard Dicus sets the topic in an economical context with his Everybody’s Business reports. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/6/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Fort Hood Army Base Reeling From Attack

Kwame Holman reports from Fort Hood Army Base in Texas, which is reeling in the aftermath of a deadly shooting that killed 13 people.

REPORT

Conflicting Portrait Emerges of Accused Fort Hood Gunman

Ray Suarez digs into the life of suspected Fort Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and possible motives for the attack on the Army base.

ANALYSIS

Unemployment Hits 26-Year High Despite Economic Growth

The U.S. Labor Department announced that unemployment jumped to over 10 percent on Friday, the highest it's been since 1983. Jeffrey Brown talks to an economist for more.

REPORT

Freelancers Struggle As Unemployment Worsens in U.S.

As part of his Making Sen$e series on the financial crisis, Paul Solman looks at how freelancers are faring in the declining job market.

REPORT

Democrats' Health Bill Nears House Vote

Betty Ann Bowser speaks with key policymakers about the ongoing health care debate surrounding House Democrats' new reform proposal.

REPORT

Karzai Faces Western Pressure to Stamp Out Corruption

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the Afghanistan government must wipe out corruption. Margaret Warner reports from Kabul.

ANALYSIS

Shields, Brooks Examine GOP's 'Morale Boost'

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks sort through the week's news, including impending health care legislation and a worsening job market.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/6/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBSA

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/6/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/6/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 6, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/6/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: 21st Century Education

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/6/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The world and the job market have changed dramatically in the past decade – but what about our schools? While much of the talk about education reform has focused on improving education, there is growing agreement that we need to change the way we educate our kids.  Dan Boylan moderates a panel of experts on the topic, including Tony Wagner--Co-Director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education--as well as local educators working to transform Hawaii’s schools. Contributing editor Howard Dicus sets the topic in an economical context with his Everybody’s Business reports. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, November 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/9/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Battle Lines Emerge in Senate Over Health Care Reform

After narrowly passing the House late Saturday, the focus of the health care reform push now moves to the Senate, where a range of issues, including the public option, and how the bill treats abortion, may prove contentious topics of debate.

REPORT

News Wrap: G-20 Stimulus Pledge Boosts Markets

In other news, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at a 13-month high after G-20 nations pledged to continue stimulus efforts, and Iraq set a date for national elections.

ANALYSIS

Investigators Seek Motive in Fort Hood Rampage

Gwen Ifill speaks with Spencer Hsu of the Washington Post about the investigation into last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

REPORT

Fort Hood Community Struggles to Make Sense of Tragedy

Tom Bearden reports from Killeen, Texas, on how the Fort Hood community is reacting to last week's shooting at the U.S. Army base that killed 13 people and injured dozens more.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Karzai on Firing Corrupt Officials: 'We Have and We Will'

In an exclusive interview with Margaret Warner, Afghan President Hamid Karzai discusses ending corruption in his country, his views on President Obama's rethinking of military strategy in the region, and more.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Extended Interview with Karzai: 'We Do What Is Right' for Afghanistan

In an exclusive interview with Margaret Warner, Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledges there is corruption at different levels of government, but says the country is working to address it and that the international community must respect the decisions of the Afghan courts.

UPDATE

High Court to Rule on Life Sentences for Minors

The Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases Monday over whether sentencing minors to life in prison without a chance for parole constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal discusses the cases with Jim Lehrer.

REPORT

Berlin Remembers Fall of Wall 20 Years Later

On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germans celebrated the event that came to symbolize the end of the Cold War. Jeffrey Brown reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, November 10, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/10/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama: 'No Faith Justifies' Shooting at Fort Hood

President Obama traveled to Fort Hood Tuesday to address a memorial service for the victims of last week's shooting rampage that left 13 dead and 29 wounded. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: White House Disputes Reports of Afghan Troop Surge

In other news, White House officials insisted President Obama has not decided how many more troops to send to Afghanistan, and a suicide car bombing in Pakistan killed at least 24 people.

ANALYSIS

Suspect's 'Radical' Views Examined in Fort Hood Investigation

Gwen Ifill speaks with two reporters about the ongoing investigation into last week's attack at Fort Hood, including new revelations that the alleged shooter had ties to a radical cleric in Yemen known for his anti-American teachings.

REPORT

Iraqi Refugees Discover Security Comes at a Price

Nearly 32,000 Iraqi refugees have come to the United States over the past three years to escape violence and political uncertainty. But as Jeffrey Kaye reports, more refugees are learning that personal safety often comes at the cost of economic security.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Premiums 'Will Go Down' Under Health Bill, Orszag Says

In an interview with Judy Woodruff, Peter Orszag, director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget, outlines how health care reform will reduce medical costs.

CONVERSATION

Counting the Costs of Health Care Reform

Can health care reform change the system and cut costs? Judy Woodruff gets one take from Gail Wilensky, a former administrator of the federal Medicare program.

ANALYSIS

Big Bird Celebrates Big Day with 'Sesame Street' Anniversary

On the 40th anniversary of 'Sesame Street," Jeffrey Brown explores how the classic PBS program has helped shape childhood education in the United States and around the world.

 

Series Title:     Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Program Title: Loretta Ables Sayre, Pt. 1 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/10/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Since the age of three, California-born and Hawaii-raised Loretta Ables Sayre knew that all she wanted to be in life was a singer.   She made her Broadway musical debut 47 years later in the plum role of Bloody Mary in the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and received a Tony Award nomination.  Everything in her life experience seemed to lead to the moment she was given that dream role.  Part One of a two-part interview covers Loretta Ables Sayre’s life before South Pacific.

This program will be rebroadcast at 4pm on Sunday.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: Sick Around the World (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/10/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Four in five Americans say the U.S. healthcare system needs “fundamental” change. Can the U.S. learn anything from the rest of the world about how to run a healthcare system, or are these nations so culturally different from us that their solutions would simply not be acceptable to Americans? FRONTLINE correspondent T.R. Reid examines first-hand how other advanced capitalist democracies — United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland — deliver healthcare and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/11/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

With Afghan Decision Looming, Obama Honors Veterans

Just days after the deadly shooting at Fort Hood, President Barack Obama marked Veterans Day with an address at Arlington National Cemetery. Hours later, he met with military advisers to discuss a new strategy for Afghanistan. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

Other News: Europe Marks Armistice Day

In other news, leaders across Europe commemorated the 91st anniversary of the end of World War I, and 11 people died in a pair of attacks in northwestern Pakistan.

ANALYSIS

Fed's Regulatory Powers Challenged Under Senate Plan

More than a year after the economic crisis hit, legislators continue to work on how to reform financial regulation and stave off a future crisis. The latest proposal comes from Sen. Chris Dodd of the Senate finance committee. Financial experts review the plan.

ANALYSIS

States' Budget Woes Threaten Broad Economic Recovery

With the national economy beginning to see glimmers of a comeback, the budget woes of at least 10 states threaten to derail a broad economic recovery. Gwen Ifill reports.

REPORT

For Some Veterans, the Battle Continues Against PTSD

After returning home from Iraq, Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Workman struggled with the memories of war. As Betty Ann Bowser reports, soldiers like Workman are finding that often time, returning home can mean a new battle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

ANALYSIS

Troops' 'Avalanche of Needs' in Treating Traumatic Stress

Judy Woodruff speaks with a pair of experts about how the military helps treat soldiers dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

Series Title:     P.O.V.

Program Title: The Way We Get By

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/11/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

On call 24 hours a day for the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting nearly 800,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine. Airing on Veterans Day, “The Way We Get By” is an intimate look at three of these greeters as they confront the universal losses that come with aging and rediscover their reason for living. Bill Knight, Jerry Mundy and Joan Gaudet find the strength to overcome their personal battles and transform their lives through service. This inspirational and surprising story shatters the stereotypes of today’s senior citizens as the greeters redefine the meaning of community.

http://www.pbs.org/pov/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 12, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/12/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Competing Philosophies Emerge in Review of Afghan Strategy

President Obama has ordered his top advisers to revise the Afghan war options they presented him. That word came after the top U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan warned against sending large new numbers of troops. Judy Woodruff talks to a reporter for more.

REPORT

News Wrap: Falling Oil Prices Pull Markets Down

In other news, falling oil prices drove down U.S. stocks markets, and the Federal Reserve issued a new rule preventing banks from charging overdraft fees on ATM and debit-card withdrawals.

UPDATE

Fort Hood Suspect Charged With 13 Counts of Murder

Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan has been charged with premeditated murder in last week's shooting at Fort Hood. Jeffrey Brown talks to a reporter for an update.

REPORT

Connections Between Radical Cleric, Hasan Closely Examined

Since the shootings at Fort Hood, authorities have focused not only on the accused gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, but also on Anwar Al-Awlaki, a Muslim cleric Hasan knew. Margaret Warner reports.

REPORT

10 Years After Independence, East Timor Still Rebuilding

Special correspondent Kira Kay examines East Timor's ongoing effort to rebuild itself, 10 years after winning independence from Indonesia. The report is part of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting's Fragile States project, a partnership with the Bureau of International Reporting.

ANALYSIS

The Overload Factor: Is President Obama Too Busy?

As President Obama departs for Asia, he leaves a full menu of unfinished business at home: two wars to manage, a struggling economy and his push for health care reform, to name a few. Jim Lehrer speaks to a panel of experts about the so-called "overload factor" for presidents.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: Teacher Furloughs

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/12/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The ongoing furloughs of state teachers and other public school staff have generated a wave of controversy, resistance, and potential law suits. Host Dan Boylan moderates a panel of players from all sides of the issue: the Chair of the Board of Education Garrett Toguchi, a representative from the Hawaii State Teachers Association, the State Director of Human Resources Development Marie Laderta, Governor Lingle’s Senior Policy Advisor Linda Smith, State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, and a representative from the parent advocacy group Hawaii Education Matters.  Contributing Editor Howard Dicus sets the issue in an economic context. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/13/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Among Detainees to Face Trial in N.Y.

The Justice Department on Friday announced plans to try suspected 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees, in federal court. Ray Suarez reports.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Holder: 9/11 Trials Will Weigh 'Crime of the Century'

In an interview with Jim Lehrer, Attorney General Eric Holder discusses the decision to prosecute the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees in civilian federal court in New York, calling the stakes "enormous."

REPORT

News Wrap: Bombers Strike in Afghanistan, Pakistan

In other news, at least 24 people died in a suicide bombing near a U.S. military base outside of Kabul, and in Pakistan, a truck bomber killed at least 10 people outside the northwestern headquarters of the Pakistani intelligence services.

REPORT

On Asia Tour, Obama Tests New Dynamic With Japan

President Obama kicked off a nine-day trip to Asia on Friday with a visit to Japan, where the newly elected prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, is seeking a more "equal partnership" with the U.S. and the closing of an unpopular Marine base in Okinawa. Jeffrey Brown reports.

ANALYSIS

FDIC's Bair: Bank Bailouts Were 'Not a Good Idea'

In an interview with Paul Solman, FDIC chairwoman Sheila Bair discusses lessons learned from the financial crisis, and looks back on the federal bailout of institutions deemed "too-big-to-fail," saying, "In retrospect, I think it was not a good idea."

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks Gauge 9/11 Trials, Afghan Troop Decision

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks break down the top political headlines of the past week, including Justice Department plans to try five Guantanamo Bay detainees in federal court in New York, and President Obama's Afghan strategy review.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 13, 2009

Distributor:      WET

Date:               11/13/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/13/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/13/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 13, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/13/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: Teacher Furloughs (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/13/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The ongoing furloughs of state teachers and other public school staff have generated a wave of controversy, resistance, and potential law suits. Host Dan Boylan moderates a panel of players from all sides of the issue: the Chair of the Board of Education Garrett Toguchi, a representative from the Hawaii State Teachers Association, the State Director of Human Resources Development Marie Laderta, Governor Lingle’s Senior Policy Advisor Linda Smith, State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, and a representative from the parent advocacy group Hawaii Education Matters.  Contributing Editor Howard Dicus sets the issue in an economic context. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, November 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/16/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

In China, Obama Pushes for More Freedoms

During his visit to China, President Obama urged the government to scale back its censorship, but he also called for more cooperation with the U.S.

REPORT

Other News: Iran on Track for New Enrichment Plant

In other news, the U.N. nuclear agency reported that Iran plans to open a uranium enrichment plant by 2011, and the head of French forces in Afghanistan narrowly escaped a rocket attack in Kabul.

ANALYSIS

U.S., China Explore Deeper Ties as Partners, Contenders

Jim Lehrer speaks with a panel of China experts about the political and economic implications of U.S.-China relations.

REPORT

Beijing Residents React to President Obama's Visit

GlobalPost correspondent Josh Shin gets reactions from Beijing residents about President Obama's three-day trip to China.

UPDATE

GM to Repay Government Loans Early, Cites Profit Progress

Despite reporting more than a billion-dollar loss since July, General Motors says it expects to pay the federal government's bailout money back five years early. Gwen Ifill speaks with David Shepardson of the Detroit News for more.

REPORT

Canadian Oil Sands Produce Economic Benefits, Environmental Costs

Elizabeth Brackett of WTTW-Chicago looks at the economic benefits and the environmental costs of oil production in Canada's Alberta province.

CONVERSATION

'Monuments Men' Explores Hunt for Art Stolen by Nazis

Jeffrey Brown talks to author Robert M. Edsel about his new book "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History."

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, November 17, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/17/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Chinese President Vows Cooperation on Climate Change

Talks between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao yielded a promise of slowing down climate change and nuclear proliferation, but fell short of making progress on human rights. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

Other News: Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Up 2%

In other news, the U.S. Department of Energy reported that global carbon dioxide emissions rose 2 percent in 2008, and Iran sentenced five people to death for inciting June's mass protests.

ANALYSIS

In China, a Struggle for Rights, but Hope for Future

Jim Lehrer speaks with a human rights activist and a China expert about the state of the struggle for human rights in China.

ANALYSIS

Co-author: Mammogram Study's Advice 'Misinterpreted'

The vice chair of a government health panel that released controversial new recommendations for mammograms says the study's findings have been "misinterpreted" and apologized for a "lack of clarity."

REPORT

Financial Woes, Layoffs Plaguing D.C. Schools

John Merrow of Learning Matters revisits the Washington, D.C., public school system, which is struggling with budgetary constraints and teacher layoffs amid reform efforts.

ANALYSIS

More Americans Facing Hunger, Report Finds

A new report found that almost 15 percent of U.S. households had trouble finding enough food in 2008. Jeffrey Brown speaks with experts for more.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: A Death in Tehran

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/17/2009  9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

At the height of the protests following Iran’s controversial presidential election this summer, a young woman named Neda Soltani was shot and killed on the streets of Tehran. Her death — filmed on a cameraphone, then uploaded to the Web — quickly became an international outrage, and Soltani became the face of a powerful movement that threatened the hard-line government’s hold on power. With the help of a unique network of correspondents in and out of the country, FRONTLINE investigates the life and death of the woman whose image remains a potent symbol for those who want to keep the reform movement alive.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/18/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Karzai Vows to Stamp out Corruption in Afghanistan

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the eve of his inauguration to discuss corruption. Gwen Ifill reports.

REPORT

Other News: Senate Health Bill Estimated at $849B

In other news, Senate Democrats learned that the Congressional Budget Office estimated that their health reform bill would cost $849 billion over a decade and insure another 31 million Americans.

ANALYSIS

Afghan Corruption Complicates U.S. War Review

Gwen Ifill speaks with Afghanistan experts about the government's corruption and what that could mean for U.S. war strategy there.

REPORT

Palin Takes 'Going Rogue' on U.S. Book Tour

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is taking her new book, "Going Rogue," across the country. Judy Woodruff gets reactions.

REPORT

Holder: 'We Need Not Cower' Facing 9/11 Suspect

U.S. Attorney General appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to defend trying 9/11 suspects in New York. Kwame Holman has the story.

CONVERSATION

Author Auletta Dissects Global Impact of Google

Jeffrey Brown speaks with author Ken Auletta about his new book on Internet powerhouse Google called 'Googled: The End of the World as We Know It.'

REPORT

In Bosnia, Tension Reigns Years After War's End

Although Bosnia and Herzegovina has repaired physically from its bloody civil war, its citizens are experiencing political and social challenges. The report is part of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting's Fragile States project, a partnership with the Bureau of International Reporting.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 19, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/19/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Senate Gears Up for Showdown Over Health Reform Bill

The Senate on Thursday inched closer to debating Majority Leader Harry Reid's $848 billion health care reform bill, despite stiff GOP resistance. After a report from Betty Ann Bowser, Susan Dentzer explains the details.

REPORT

News Wrap: House Rejects Cuts to Medicare Payments

In other news, the House voted to spare doctors from a 20 percent cut in their Medicare payments, and Hamid Karzai was sworn in for a second term as president of Afghanistan.

ANALYSIS

Complex U.S.-China Ties Took Center Stage on Obama's Asia Trip

President Obama concluded a four-nation Asian tour Thursday that marked a potential turning point in relations between the U.S. and an increasingly influential China. A panel of Asia experts discusses the trip's high points and low points with Jeffrey Brown.

ANALYSIS

Gates: Fort Hood Probe Raises 'Troubling Questions' on Warning Signs

As a Senate Committee began the first hearing into the shooting attack at Fort Hood, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the launch of a Pentagon review of the circumstances around the shootings. Judy Woodruff speaks with two reporters for an update.

ANALYSIS

Wu Man's Music Aims to Bridge East and West

Whether playing folk music with villagers in China, or performing scores written just for her by top classical composers, musician Wu Man has emerged as one of the world's foremost musical ambassadors. Jeffrey Brown reports.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: Pidgin

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/19/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Is Hawaii’s Pidgin English a rich expression of our unique island culture or a handicap for those who strive for success in our standard-English-speaking society?  Host Dan Boylan moderates the discussion, with panelists including former Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano, who grew up on the mean streets of Kalihi but feels that Pidgin has no place in Hawaii schools.  National PBS distribution of the Hawaii-made documentary “Pidgin: The Voice of Hawaii” (which airs immediately following this broadcast of “Insights”) makes the topic especially timely. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.  Contributing editor Howard Dicus gives his weekly take on the economy with Everybody’s Business.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/20/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Women May Wait on Pap Smears Until 21, Group Says

Women can delay their first screening for cervical cancer until age 21, and be screened less often than recommended in the past, according to new guidelines issued Friday by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Betty Ann Bowser reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: Democrats Win Key Moderate's Support for Health Bill

In other news, Senate Democrats won over a key moderate as they move to bring health care reform to the floor, and a congressional ethics committee has formally admonished Illinois Sen. Roland Burris.

ANALYSIS

Cancer Screening Debate Reveals Risks, Benefits of Testing

Newly-released guidelines on when, and how often, women should be screened for breast and cervical cancer stirred questions -- and confusion -- this week. Margaret Warner talks to health experts for insight.

ANALYSIS

College Tuition Hike in California Sparks Protests

Students in California got a firsthand lesson Thursday in the cost of their state's budget crisis, as University of California leaders approved a 32 percent tuition hike for undergraduates to make up for lost financing. Spencer Michels reports.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Gerson Review Road Ahead for Health Reform

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, who is also a senior research fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement, break down the biggest stories of the week, including health care reform moves in Congress and President Obama's pondering of a new Afghan strategy.

REPORT

Oprah Looks Ahead to a Future in Cable

After 23 years as a daytime talk show legend, Oprah Winfrey has announced she will be ending her program to concentrate on a new cable channel that will bear her name. Jeffrey Brown reports.

ANALYSIS

Oprah's New Venture: Can She Still Mobilize Fan Base?

After decades as a popular talk show host, Oprah Winfrey will end her daytime program to concentrate on a new cable channel. Jeffrey Brown examines Winfrey's mark on the media landscape.

ANALYSIS

'NOW' Looks at Helping the Families that Care for Vets

In an excerpt from the PBS program "NOW," Maria Hinojosa examines the support system in place for family members providing the around-the-clock care many returning war veterans often require.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 20, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               11/20/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/20/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/20/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 20, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/20/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: Pidgin (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/20/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Is Hawaii’s Pidgin English a rich expression of our unique island culture or a handicap for those who strive for success in our standard-English-speaking society?  Host Dan Boylan moderates the discussion, with panelists including former Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano, who grew up on the mean streets of Kalihi but feels that Pidgin has no place in Hawaii schools.  National PBS distribution of the Hawaii-made documentary “Pidgin: The Voice of Hawaii” (which airs immediately following this broadcast of “Insights”) makes the topic especially timely. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.  Contributing editor Howard Dicus gives his weekly take on the economy with Everybody’s Business.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, November 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/23/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Across the U.S., Shaky Signs of Economic Recovery Emerge

A flurry of economic reports lately paint a mixed picture of a U.S. economy showing new growth, despite mounting job losses. Ray Suarez speaks to experts for a snapshot of just how well the recovery is faring.

REPORT

Other News: 4 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

In other news, four more American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan over the last 24 hours, and prospects for January elections in Iraq dimmed.

UPDATE

U.S. Charges 8 With Aiding Somali War Recruiting

Federal prosecutors in Minnesota on Monday announced charges against eight more people in an ongoing investigation into young Somali-Americans leaving the United States to fight with a terror group in Somalia. Margaret Warner reports.

ANALYSIS

Senate Debate on Health Care Will Put Lawmakers to the Test

While health care reform passed a key Senate hurdle over the weekend, the legislation still faces a full-scale floor debate. Judy Woodruff asks former secretaries of health to preview the road ahead for President Obama's top domestic priority.

REPORT

India's Economy Remains Robust Despite Global Downturn

Amid a global economic crisis, India's economy has managed to remain robust, fueling the growth of a large middle class. As Fred de Sam Lazaro reports, however, about 800 million residents in India still try to survive on less than $2 a day.

REPORT

In Dorothea Lange's Photos, Wisps of 'Great Recession'

America's understanding of the Great Depression has, in large part, been shaped by the photography of Dorothea Lange. With the nation once again steeped in financial turmoil, Lange's images have taken on new relevance. Jeffrey Brown reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, November 24, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/24/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama on Brink of Unveiling New Afghan Strategy

President Obama said Tuesday that he is ready to unveil his decision about whether to deploy more troops to Afghanistan next week. Margaret Warner reports.

REPORT

Other News: U.K. Launches Inquiry Into Role in Iraq

In other news, International Television News reports on the inquiry into the United Kingdom's role in the Iraq war, and the Philippines were placed under emergency rule after election violence continued to escalate Tuesday.

ANALYSIS

Stakes High as Obama Weighs Deploying More Troops

Judy Woodruff speaks with a panel of experts about what is at stake for the U.S. and Afghanistan as President Obama prepares to tweak his administration's strategy there.

REPORT

Military Debt Protection Could Hold Lessons for Congress, Consumers

A special collaboration between the NewsHour and Frontline looks at how a military program aims to protect consumers from amassing too much debt.

ANALYSIS

Record Crib Recall Revives Consumer Safety Concerns

Over 2 million Stork Craft baby cribs have been voluntarily recalled due to safety concerns such as potential suffocation. Ray Suarez has more.

REPORT

Bill T. Jones Tackles History Through Contemporary Dance

Jeffrey Brown profiles American artistic director, dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones. He has created more than 100 original works for his own company, in addition to countless others around the world.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: The Card Game

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/24/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

As credit card companies face rising public anger, new regulation from Washington and a potential perfect storm of economic bad news, FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman examines the future of the massive consumer loan industry and its impact on a fragile national economy. In a joint project with The New York Times — a follow-up to the “Secret History of the Credit Card” — Bergman and the Times talk to industry insiders, lobbyists, politicians and consumer advocates as they square-off over new regulation and the possible creation of a consumer finance protection agency. How are the credit, debit and pre-paid card industries repositioning themselves to maintain high profits under the new rules? The stakes couldn’t be higher as many fear the consumer loan industry could be at the center of the next crisis.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/25/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama to Offer 17% U.S. Emissions Cut at Copenhagen Summit

The White House said President Obama will travel to Copenhagen with a promise to reduce carbon emissions 17 percent by 2020. Judy Woodruff reports.

ANALYSIS

Bound for Copenhagen, Obama Faces Climate Change Obstacles

Ray Suarez speaks with climate experts about what to expect from President Obama's trip to the Copenhagen climate change summit next month.

REPORT

Other News: Recession Complicates Holiday Travel for Many

In other news, airlines are experiencing a 25 percent decrease in holiday travel this year as more people are opting for trains and buses. Also, weekly jobless claims dipped below 500,000 for the first time since January.

ANALYSIS

How Would Obama's Troops Decision Impact Afghan War?

Margaret Warner sits down with two reporters who cover the Pentagon to sort through the various options President Obama is likely weighing as he prepares to make an announcement on the war in Afghanistan.

ANALYSIS

Dollar's Weakness Inspires Modern-day Gold Rush

As part of his series Making Sense of the financial crisis, Paul Solman looks at how the dollar's weakness has spurred a new gold rush.

ANALYSIS

Toyota Recalls 4 Million Gas Pedals Over Concerns of Uncontrolled Acceleration

Toyota recalled four million cars to fix or replace acceleration pedals that could get jammed. Jeffrey Brown reports. Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/25/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama to Offer 17% U.S. Emissions Cut at Copenhagen Summit

The White House said President Obama will travel to Copenhagen with a promise to reduce carbon emissions 17 percent by 2020. Judy Woodruff reports.

ANALYSIS

Bound for Copenhagen, Obama Faces Climate Change Obstacles

Ray Suarez speaks with climate experts about what to expect from President Obama's trip to the Copenhagen climate change summit next month.

REPORT

Other News: Recession Complicates Holiday Travel for Many

In other news, airlines are experiencing a 25 percent decrease in holiday travel this year as more people are opting for trains and buses. Also, weekly jobless claims dipped below 500,000 for the first time since January.

ANALYSIS

How Would Obama's Troops Decision Impact Afghan War?

Margaret Warner sits down with two reporters who cover the Pentagon to sort through the various options President Obama is likely weighing as he prepares to make an announcement on the war in Afghanistan.

ANALYSIS

Dollar's Weakness Inspires Modern-day Gold Rush

As part of his series Making Sense of the financial crisis, Paul Solman looks at how the dollar's weakness has spurred a new gold rush.

ANALYSIS

Toyota Recalls 4 Million Gas Pedals Over Concerns of Uncontrolled Acceleration

Toyota recalled four million cars to fix or replace acceleration pedals that could get jammed. Jeffrey Brown reports.

 

Series Title:     Secrets of the Dead

Program Title: Mumbai Massacre

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               11/25/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

For many, what began as a typical day in a bustling cosmopolitan city turned into a nightmarish 60 hours of orchestrated terrorism broadcast live to the world via cell phones and internet, text and twitter. The same social media tools used in consumer technology to relate vital real-time news of the escalating atrocities and information about victims' situations were also used by terrorists to coordinate and plan their attacks. In a fascinating yet fatal twist, news media relying on recycled information for their headlines played a central role in a deadly game of cat and mouse between the terrorists and the victims. Told completely from the perspective of victims in their own words, voicemail messages, texts and improvised user-group postings made during the ordeal, "Mumbai Massacre" places viewers inside the harrowing experience as it was lived by survivors caught up in a sudden and indescribable horror. This remarkable program captures the desperation and courage of ordinary people in the face of death and how social media became a silent witness and simultaneously transformed news as it happened.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 26, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/26/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Celebrating Thanksgiving From Thousands of Miles Away

While millions of Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at home, thousands of U.S. troops are spending it in Afghanistan and beyond. Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

On Thanksgiving, Afghanistan Strategy Announcement Looms

Judy Woodruff speaks to a Washington Post reporter about developments in Afghanistan just days before President Obama makes a decision about U.S. strategy there.

REPORT

Other News: U.S. Planned Iraq War Just Hours After 9/11

In other news, a U.K. inquiry revealed that the U.S. focused on Iraq just hours after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the United Nations expressed frustration with Iran over its refusal to export its uranium for enrichment.

REPORT

In Mumbai, Tensions Remain One Year After Deadly Attack

One year after terrorist attacks rocked the Indian capital of Mumbai, Simon Israel of Independent Television News updates the political situation there.

ANALYSIS

How Will Proposed Health Care Overhaul Affect Patients?

Ray Suarez sits down with medical experts to talk about possible changes to the U.S. health care system as Congress prepares to vote on a major overhaul.

CONVERSATION

Dr. Kessler Delves Into the Mysteries of Food Cravings

Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser talks to author Dr. David Kessler about overeating and what is behind people's cravings, the subject of his new book, "The End of Overeating."

REPORT

During School Recess, New Focus on Playing Nice

Recess can be a chaotic, even violent, period during the course of a normal school day. Spencer Michels reports on how one non-profit is showing educators the health, and classroom benefits of teaching students how to play nice.

ESSAY

Galway Kinnell on the Pleasures of Ordinary Things

Poet Galway Kinnell reads "Why Regret?" a poem from his new book about "engaging ourselves with the common acts, the ordinary things, the other creatures."

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/27/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

UPDATE

Dubai's Plan to Postpone Paying Debt Shakes World Economy

The Middle East is roiling with news that Dubai will postpone repaying $60 billion in loans to international banks. Faisal Islam of Independent Television News has the story.

ANALYSIS

How Will Dubai's Shaky Economy Affect the World?

Margaret Warner talks to economic expert Simon Johnson about how Dubai's weak economy will affect the rest of the world.

REPORT

Other News: U.N. Censures Iran Over Nukes

In other news, Iran was censured Friday by the United Nations for refusing to cooperate with a uranium program recommended by the U.N.'s nuclear agency, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai reached out to the Taliban in hopes of bargaining a truce.

REPORT

Hard Knocks: Does Playing in NFL Cause Brain Trauma?

A House committee heard testimony from medical experts in October, as well as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to determine whether professional football contributes to brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's. Ray Suarez reports.

ANALYSIS

Shields, Brooks Analyze Obama's Upcoming Afghanistan Announcement

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks go over the week's headlines, including President Obama's upcoming Afghanistan announcement and his promise to curb carbon emissions.

REPORT

'Austin City Limits' Style Still Evolving After 35 Years

Jeffrey Brown reports on the 35th anniversary of "Austin City Limits," the longest-running music series in television history.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 27, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               11/27/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/27/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/27/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 27, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/27/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     Second Opinion

Program Title: H1N1 Special (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/27/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

As concerns about the H1N1 virus escalate across the country, Second Opinion presents an hour-long special designed to educate viewers on the pandemic strain of flu. The panel will also answer viewer questions supplied by PBS stations around the country. Hosted by Dr. Peter Salgo of New York Presbyterian Hospital, the program will offer clear, accurate and timely information on H1N1 symptoms, treatment, vaccines, public health policy and available resources.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 1, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/1/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Full Text: Obama's Afghan Strategy Speech

Speaking from West Point military academy, President Barack Obama outlined a new Afghanistan strategy that includes deploying 34,000 additional troops beginning in early 2010. Below is the full text of his remarks, as provided by the White House.

DEBATE

Afghanistan Strategy Troublesome to Some Lawmakers

Ahead of President Barack Obama's address to the nation, Gwen Ifill speaks with policymakers to gauge reaction to the president's Afghanistan strategy that calls for deploying 30,000 additional troops.

ANALYSIS

Obama to Present Afghanistan Strategy in National Address

Judy Woodruff reports on the White House's Afghanistan briefing, and then columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks sit down with Jim Lehrer to preview President Obama's Afghanistan announcement.

REPORT

Other News: Seattle Police Kill Suspect in Officers' Deaths

In other news, police killed the man suspected of shooting four police officers over the weekend, and the chief executive of General Motors was forced out Tuesday by the board of directors.

REPORT

In Australia, Drought Threatens Natural Resources

Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro takes an in-depth look into the drought plaguing Australia.

CONVERSATION

'Empire of Liberty' Delves Into Early U.S. History

Jeffrey Brown talks to historian Gordon Wood about his new book "Empire of Liberty," which looks at the lasting legacy of early American history.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/2/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Division on Capitol Hill Over Obama War Strategy

Gwen Ifill gets reactions to President Obama's Afghanistan strategy from lawmakers on Capitol Hill who remain divided over the president's announcement.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Gates: Afghans Need to Accelerate Stabilization Efforts

Defense Secretary Robert Gates talks to Jim Lehrer about President Obama's decision to deploy 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan after the new year.

REPORT

Americans Speak Out on New Afghanistan Strategy

Americans throughout the country expressed both approval and concerns regarding President Obama's new Afghanistan strategy. Spencer Michels reports.

ANALYSIS

Afghan War Timeline Remains Point of Contention for Many

Editorial page writers from around the country throw in their opinions and reactions to President Obama's Afghanistan strategy unveiled Tuesday night.

REPORT

Other News: Iraqi Election Postponed One Month

In other news, the United Nations reported that Iraq will delay its national elections by one more month, and China, India, Brazil and South Africa refused to cut carbon emissions by 2050.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 3, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/3/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Top Obama Advisers Face Questioning Over War Strategy

Top White House advisers appeared before congressional committees Thursday to answer tough questions about President Obama's Afghanistan strategy. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT

Other News: Bernanke Defends Tenure as Fed Chief

In other news, Ben Bernanke defended his tenure as Federal Reserve chairman before Congress on Thursday, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested using money left over from the Wall Street bailout to create more jobs.

ANALYSIS

In Afghanistan Plan, Exit Strategy Remains a Sticking Point

Jim Lehrer speaks with former Army and CIA officers with experience in Afghanistan to get their take on President Obama's new plan to increase and eventually decrease the number of U.S. troops there.

ANALYSIS

Comcast, NBC Deal Reshapes Media Landscape

Cable giant Comcast bought a majority stake in NBC Universal in a deal valued at approximately $30 billion. Jeffrey Browns talks to business journalists for more on the merger.

REPORT

States Seek Stimulus Funds Tied to Education Reform

Special correspondent for education John Merrow looks at states that will apply for their share of federal stimulus money tied to education reform.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/4/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Job Loss Slows in Nov., Signaling Some Recovery

Employers cut the fewest number of jobs in November since the recession started in 2007. Judy Woodruff talks to experts about the unexpected good news and what this could mean for the country's economic future.

REPORT

Other News: General Motors Announces Indian Venture

In other news, General Motors and its main Chinese partner have announced a new venture in India, and Indian rebels were dealt a major blow as the top insurgent commanders have been taken into custody by authorities.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Clinton: Many Pakistanis Have 'Reflex of Skepticism' over U.S. Efforts

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to Margaret Warner about the surge in Afghanistan, NATO's help with the war and securing a withdrawal date for U.S. forces.

ANALYSIS

Shields, Brooks Take on Afghan Plan, 'Populist Uprising' Over Economy

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks examine the implications of the latest unemployment figures and President Obama's decision to commit more troops to Afghanistan.

REPORT

Another Chapter Begins for NewsHour

On the final night of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the anchor looks back at the show's 34-year history and ahead to the new PBS NewsHour.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/4/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/4/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/4/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 4, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/4/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: A Death in Tehran (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               12/4/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Frontline

At the height of the protests following Iran’s controversial presidential election this summer, a young woman named Neda Soltani was shot and killed on the streets of Tehran. Her death — filmed on a cameraphone, then uploaded to the Web — quickly became an international outrage, and Soltani became the face of a powerful movement that threatened the hardline government’s hold on power. With the help of a unique network of correspondents in and out of the country, FRONTLINE investigates the life and death of the woman whose image remains a potent symbol for those who want to keep the reform movement alive. The film also explores a number of unanswered questions in the aftermath of the greatest upheaval in Iran since the 1979 revolution: How many were arrested and killed as the security forces attempted to contain the growing protest movement? To what extent was the presidential vote manipulated? What is the nature of the reported divisions among Iran’s ruling elites?

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, December 7, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/7/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

With Afghan Plan Under Fire, Pentagon Issues First Deployments

More than half of the 30,000 additional soldiers President Obama will send to Afghanistan received their deployment orders Monday, despite lingering questions over a planned drawdown beginning in 2011.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Mullen on Afghanistan: 'We Have Not Set a Withdrawal Date'

In an interview with Jim Lehrer, Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen discusses President Obama's plan to send an additional 30,000 soldiers to Afghanistan and a timetable for U.S. withdrawal.

REPORT

Other News: Fresh Protests Erupt in Iranian Cities

In other news, thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with security forces in Iran, and in Somalia, hundreds of students also marched on the capital against the influence there of Islamic militants.

REPORT

Philadelphia Adjusts as Manufacturing Fades

In part one of the Patchwork Nation series examining communities across the U.S., Ray Suarez looks at Philadelphia's shift from a city of skilled blue-collar workers to one where just 1 in 20 workers makes things for a living.

REPORT

Diplomats in Copenhagen Seek Pact on Emissions

As an international climate summit kicked off in Copenhagen on Monday, the EPA took a step toward regulating greenhouse gases by declaring them a risk to human health. Kwame Holman reports.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

EPA: Greenhouse Gases Pose Danger to Humans

In an interview with Gwen Ifill, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson explains the decision to declare greenhouse gases a danger to human health.

ANALYSIS

At The Met, Staging a Revival for Grand Opera

With opera attendance down some 34 percent over the last six years, New York's storied Metropolitan Opera is asking how it can help keep a cherished art form not only alive, but thriving.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 8, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/8/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

UPDATE

Iraq's Recent Calm Shattered by Multiple Blasts

A series of five bombs rocked Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 127 people, and raising new questions about the ability of Iraqi forces to secure their country.

ANALYSIS

News Wrap: 200 Arrested in Iran Protests Crackdown

In other news, more than 200 people in Iran have been arrested in a broad crackdown against opposition protesters, and a death row inmate in Ohio was executed using a method never before used on a human.

DEBATE

Afghan Timetable, Troop Levels Spark Skepticism

Two top U.S. officials in Afghanistan told lawmakers Tuesday they support President Obama's revamped war plan, despite skepticism from some lawmakers. Republican Mike Pence of Indiana and Democrat James McGovern of Massachusetts describe their views to Jim Lehrer.

REPORT

War Weary British Seek An End in Afghanistan

Margaret Warner travels to the tiny English village of Wootton Bassett and finds growing unease about British involvement in Afghanistan.

ANALYSIS

Obama Offers Job Plan, But Deficit Pressures Rise

President Obama outlined a series of initiatives Tuesday aimed at spurring job growth through aid for small businesses, despite mounting pressures to reduce a record federal budget deficit. Judy Woodruff speaks with Nobel laureate Paul Krugman and former presidential economic adviser Bruce Bartlett for their takes on the plan.

REPORT

In Ann Arbor, Michigan Finds Its 'Life Preserver'

Michigan is home to few bright economic spots these days -- with the exception of the college town of Ann Arbor. Ray Suarez reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 9, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/9/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Senate Deal Attempts to Strike Compromise on Public Option

The health care debate reached a potential turning point in the Senate on Wednesday after leaders reached a compromise that drops the so-called "public option" from the bill. Gwen Ifill talks to experts about the politics and policy of the move.

REPORT

News Wrap: Storm Pounds Midwest, New England

In other news, a major winter storm that rocked the midwest earlier this week has moved east to New England, and General David Petraeus warned the surge in Afghanistan may be tougher than the surge in Iraq.

REPORT

Climate Pact Elusive in Copenhagen as Stakes Rise

Rallying cries for a global reduction in emissions grew louder at an international climate change summit in Copenhagen on Wednesday. Yet as Judy Woodruff reports, a deal is still far from complete.

ANALYSIS

U.S. Man Arraigned for Allegedly Plotting Mumbai Attack

A Chicago man with ties to Pakistani high society was arraigned in federal court Wednesday for his alleged role in plotting last year's terror strike in Mumbai. Jim Lehrer talks to a reporter for an update.

REPORT

Iowa Farmers Squeezed by Belt Tightening

In part three of his Patchwork Nation series, Ray Suarez travels to Sioux Center, Iowa, to look at how the recession has hit agricultural centers known as "tractor country."

REPORT

Pianist Glazier's Love for Gershwin is Here to Stay

Pianist Richard Glazier speaks with Jeffrey Brown about his adoration for the music of George and Ira Gershwin.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 10, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/10/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Wartime President Accepts Peace Prize with an 'American Speech'

Just days after announcing an escalation in Afghanistan, President Obama traveled to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. Jim Lehrer speaks with a panel of experts for reactions and perspective on the president's task in Oslo.

REPORT

News Wrap: Obama Further Details Afghan Timetable

In other news, President Obama further outlined the U.S. timetable for a drawdown in the Afghan war, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, played down concerns about the timetables when he faced lawmakers.

ANALYSIS

Americans Questioned in Pakistan Over Possible Militant Ties

Five Americans who were reported missing last month from the Washington, D.C., area were detained in Pakistan amid questions over possible ties to extremist groups. Jeffrey Brown speaks with experts about their detention.

REPORT

McChrystal: Afghan Corruption Must be 'Wiped Away'

In an excerpt from a conversation with Charlie Rose, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, says ultimate success in the war will depend on the confidence of the Afghan people in their own government.

REPORT

Older Workers Face New Challenges in Tough Job Market

In his continuing series of reports on Making Sense of the economy, Paul Solman looks at the challenges older workers face trying to secure a job, let alone retirement, amid the downturn.

REPORT

Economic Bust Strikes Colorado 'Boom Town'

As part of the Patchwork Nation series, Ray Suarez travels to Eagle, Colo., where the real estate boom of earlier this decade has culminated in an especially painful bust.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: The Legacy of Social Service Cuts

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/10/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

During the current economic crisis, funding for both government and private social service organizations have suffered deep cuts.  Although the cuts initially amount to savings, what are the long-term, ripple-effect costs of reducing social services for people in need?  Dan Boylan moderates a panel of representatives from diverse aspects of social services to tackle this issue  Contributing editor Howard Dicus sets the topic in an economic context, and delivers his weekly “Everybody’s Business” look at the economy. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/11/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

House OKs Sweeping Wall Street Overhaul

The House on Friday voted 223 to 202 in favor of the most far-reaching overhaul of financial regulation since the Great Depression in hopes of averting a repeat of last year's banking crisis. Kwame Holman reports.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Pay Czar Feinberg Rolls Out Salary Caps on Wall Street Execs

The Obama administration's pay czar, Kenneth Feinberg, has set a $500,000 limit on executive compensation at bailed-out financial firms. In an interview with Judy Woodruff, Feinberg explains the pay cap.

REPORT

News Wrap: Gates Looks to Reassure Troops in Iraq

In other news, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told troops in Baghdad Friday that the surge in Afghanistan will resemble what happened in Iraq two years ago, and it was widely reported that a CIA drone attack killed a high-level al-Qaida operative in Pakistan.

REPORT

Good Times Go On Holiday In Oregon Tourist Town

As part of the Patchwork Nation series examining communities across the U.S., Ray Suarez travels to picturesque Lincoln City, Oregon, where the recession has sapped the local tourism industry.

REPORT

In Germany, 'National Guilt' Stirs Against Afghan War

Germany has the third largest contingent of forces in Afghanistan, yet among a population still haunted by World War II a deep-rooted anti-war sentiment persists. Margaret Warner reports.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks on Obama's Nobel Speech, Senate Health Bill

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks talk to Jim Lehrer about the top stories of the week, including President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and the shape of the compromise in the Senate on a health care overhaul.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 11, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               12/11/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/11/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/11/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 11, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/11/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: The Legacy of Social Service Cuts

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/11/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

During the current economic crisis, funding for both government and private social service organizations have suffered deep cuts.  Although the cuts initially amount to savings, what are the long-term, ripple-effect costs of reducing social services for people in need?  Dan Boylan moderates a panel of representatives from diverse aspects of social services to tackle this issue  Contributing editor Howard Dicus sets the topic in an economic context, and delivers his weekly “Everybody’s Business” look at the economy. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, December 14, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/14/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama: Banks Must Lend More to Help Economy

President Obama asked the leaders of top U.S. banks on Monday to assume a larger role in helping the economy to recover. Kwame Holman reports and then Judy Woodruff speaks with presidential senior adviser Valerie Jarrett for more details.

REPORT

Small Businesses Buckling Under Recession's Credit Freeze

Tom Bearden examines how small businesses' inability to get credit is playing out in Colorado.

ANALYSIS

Bailout Banks Continue March Toward Recovery

Judy Woodruff gets another reaction to the White House banker summit from Steve Bartlett of the Financial Services Roundtable, which lobbies for most of the banks represented in Monday's meeting with President Obama.

REPORT

Other News: Iran to Prosecute American Hikers

In other news, Iran will prosecute three Americans who crossed the border from northern Iraq, and Taliban attacks killed at least 16 police throughout Afghanistan.

REPORT

Climate Change Agreement Stifled as Leaders Disagree

Efforts to craft a climate change deal in Copenhagen are moving slowly as world leaders clash on key issues. Ray Suarez reports from the Danish capital.

REPORT

Are Rare Earth Minerals Too Costly for Environment?

Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News examines how mining rare earth minerals -- considered to be an obscure yet profitable industry, is causing a major environmental dilemma in China.

ANALYSIS

Late Economist Samuelson Bridged Math, Money

Paul Solman reflects on the life and work of economist Paul Samuelson, who died Sunday at the age of 94. He was the first American to win the Nobel Prize in economics.

REPORT

Examining the Anatomy of a Pandemic and the H1N1 Scare

Ray Suarez unveils his new documentary, "Anatomy of a Pandemic," Monday evening. It looks at the H1N1 flu virus, how the government is handling the scare and what emergency rooms are doing to combat the spread.

 

Series Title:     Anatomy of a Pandemic

Program Title: MONDAY, December 14, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/14/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This program presents an examination of the overarching human dimension of a pandemic’s impact on modern society and the science and history of these health crises, in response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus pandemic. Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for PBS NEWSHOUR, will report from the front lines of the effort to combat this outbreak; the program will contextualize the current outbreak with pandemics of the past, including the 1918 influenza pandemic that caused between 50 and 100 million deaths worldwide. The program Website, a co-production with the Online NewsHour, will feature up-to-date reporting.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 15, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/15/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Democrats Inch Closer to Sweeping Health Care Overhaul

President Obama urged Senate Democrats to push forward with health care reform and pass legislation before the year ends. The majority party remains divided over the proposals, disagreeing on key elements such as expanding Medicare and providing a public option.

REPORT

Other News: Car Bombings Rock Afghanistan, Pakistan

In other news, car bombings in both Afghanistan and Pakistan killed at least 40 people and wounded scores more, and medical research pointed to possible danger from radiation during CAT scans.

REPORT

In Illinois, 'Gitmo North' Tapped to House Detainees

The Obama administration plans to send some Guantanamo Bay detainees to an underused prison in rural Illinois. Republican lawmakers denounced the plan, while local residents anticipate an economic boom.

REPORT

Time Running Out for Climate Change Talks as Nations Clash

In Copenhagen, a rift continues to divide developing countries and wealthier, developed nations. Ray Suarez reports from the climate summit where time is running out to strike a deal on combating global warming.

REPORT

In Himalayas, Evidence of 'Alarming' Glacial Melting

James Mates of Independent Television News looks at the alarming rate glaciers are melting atop Mt. Everest and how that could affect the rest of the world.

CONVERSATION

How Big is Too Big to Fail?

Paul Solman talks to economist George Schultz about the merging of large, national banks and how that could impact the idea that some companies are too big to fail.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 16, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/16/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

In Copenhagen, Tensions Rise Inside and Outside Summit

Protesters outside the Copenhagen climate change summit clashed with police on Wednesday as more than 100 world leaders made their way to the Danish capital. Negotiators continue to battle over reaching a climate agreement in the conference's waning days.

REPORT

Other News: FTC Accuses Intel of Antitrust Violations

In other news, the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against Intel for allegedly trying to unfairly stifle competition, and the House voted to let the government borrow another $290 billion over six weeks.

REPORT

Nations Pledge $3.5B to Cut Carbon Emissions, Deforestation

Six nations pledged $3.5 billion to cut carbon emissions and deforestation through a new program called REDD. Jonathon Miller of Independent Television News examines how the United Nations-sponsored plan will work.

ANALYSIS

Battle Lines Drawn Around 'Person of the Year'

Amid nationwide dissatisfaction with the economy, Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" Ben Bernanke faces some opposition in Congress as he looks to serve another term as Federal Reserve chairman. Kwame Holman reports, and then Jim Lehrer speaks with economic experts for perspective on Bernanke's performance.

REPORT

Keynes vs. Hayek: Late Economists' Hip-Hop Legacy

As part of his continuing series Making Sense of financial news, Paul Solman has a unique look at the legacy of economist John Maynard Keynes, who first introduced the concept of government intervention in the economy, and his countertenor Friedrich Hayek.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 17, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/17/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

U.S. Looks to Revive Climate Talks With $100B Yearly Pledge

The U.S. took an aggressive stance on climate change Thursday at the Copenhagen summit, promising to help raise $100 billion a year for developing nations struggling with the negative effects of global warming. Ray Suarez reports from the talks.

REPORT

Other News: Mullen Visits Front Lines in Afghanistan

In other news, Adm. Mike Mullen traveled to the front lines in Afghanistan on Thursday to urge tribal leaders to clean up corruption within their ranks, and U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan killed at least 17 people near the Afghan border.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Axelrod 'Confident' on Health Reform Prospects in Senate

President Obama is facing major challenges in the next 48 hours, including opposition to climate change and health care reform legislation. White House senior adviser David Axelrod speaks with Jim Lehrer about those obstacles.

REPORT

In India, Battling Global Warming One Stove at a Time

Special correspondent Fred De Sam Lazaro looks at reducing black carbon emissions in North India, where the simple act of cooking can be dangerous for the environment and lung health.

REPORT

In Arizona, Schools Fighting Back Against Recession

In Arizona, public schools are buckling under the weight of a weak economy. John Merrow examines how two schools are handling the crisis.

REPORT

Mexican Drug Lord Killed in Bloody Shootout

The Mexican government claimed a major victory in the war against drug cartels: kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed Thursday in a shoot out with a Mexican navy unit. Global Post correspondent Ioan Grillo reports.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaiii

Program Title: Health Care reform Update

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/17/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The Healthcare Reform debate is still raging in Washington, but Congress is getting closer to a bill that has a chance of passing.  How will anticipated changes to national health care affect us here in Hawaii?  Dan Boylan moderates a diverse panel of experts on the topic, including State Senator and emergency room doctor Josh Green, MD; Executive Director of the Hawaii Business Health Council Gary Allen; and Vice President of Hawaii Pacific Health Virginia Pressler, MD.  Contributing editor Howard Dicus sets the issue in an economic context and delivers his weekly “Everybody’s Business” look at Hawaii’s economy. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with  Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/18/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Leaders Reach Climate Accord, but Skepticism Remains

Leaders from the U.S., China, India and South Africa have reached a "meaningful agreement" on combating global warming at the international climate summit in Copenhagen, but many officials say the deal fell short of expectations. Ray Suarez reports.

ANALYSIS

Binding Pact, Congress Remain Major Climate Hurdles for Obama

Judy Woodruff asks two experts to weigh the outcome of the non-binding agreement reached Friday at the international climate summit in Copenhagen.

ANALYSIS

News Wrap: U.S., Russia Near New Nuclear Accord

In other news, the U.S. and Russia moved closer to reaching a new deal on nuclear arms control, and Democrats blocked a potential GOP filibuster of the Senate health bill.

REPORT

DNA Evidence Frees Florida Inmate After 35 Years

A Florida inmate has become the longest-serving prisoner to be exonerated using DNA evidence. Jeffrey Brown reports.

CONVERSATION

Nobel Laureate Explores Links Between Climate Change, Biodiversity

As the Copenhagen climate summit comes to an end, Paul Solman speaks to a Nobel Prize winner about how a warming planet affects biodiversity.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks on Climate Deal, Senate Health Bill

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks break down the top stories of the past week, including the twists and turns of the Copenhagen climate summit.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 18, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               12/18/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/18/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/18/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 18, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/18/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaiii

Program Title: Health Care reform Update (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/18/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The Healthcare Reform debate is still raging in Washington, but Congress is getting closer to a bill that has a chance of passing.  How will anticipated changes to national health care affect us here in Hawaii?  Dan Boylan moderates a diverse panel of experts on the topic, including State Senator and emergency room doctor Josh Green, MD; Executive Director of the Hawaii Business Health Council Gary Allen; and Vice President of Hawaii Pacific Health Virginia Pressler, MD.  Contributing editor Howard Dicus sets the issue in an economic context and delivers his weekly “Everybody’s Business” look at Hawaii’s economy. The panel will also field viewer questions and comments sent in via phone, e-mail, and Twitter.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, December 21, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/21/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Senate Inches Toward Historic Health Care Vote

With a 60-40 test vote early Monday morning to shut down a Republican filibuster, Senate Democrats moved closer to passing the broadest overhaul of the nation's health care system in a generation. Betty Ann Bowser reports.

ANALYSIS

Stage Set for Christmas Eve Health Care Clash

With Senate Democrats on the cusp of passing the most sweeping overhaul of the nation's health care system in a generation, Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina speak with Gwen Ifill about the merits of the bill.

REPORT

News Wrap: East Coast Digs Out From Wintry Deluge

In other news, states in the Mid-Atlantic spend the first official day of winter digging out from a record weekend blizzard, and the Obama administration announced new rules for tarmac delays.

REPORT

Iranian Cleric's Death Sparks Renewed Protests

Tens of thousands of mourners took to the streets of the Iranian city of Qom on Sunday to honor a founding father of modern Iran and to protest the government he came to oppose.

ANALYSIS

A Look at Climate Change After Copenhagen

In the aftermath of the Copenhagen climate summit, about the only thing certain is the need for more talks. Ray Suarez speaks with Jeffrey Brown about how the nonbinding agreement struck in Copenhagen will impact future negotiations.

REPORT

D.C. Schools Chief Rhee Faces High Hopes for Reform

As part of a series of reports on how educators are attempting to reform urban schools, education correspondent John Merrow reported in 2007 on the efforts of Washington, D.C., school chancellor Michelle Rhee to turn around the city's troubled school system.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 22, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/22/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

For Community Banks, Survival Can Often Trump Lending

President Obama met with community bank leaders at the White House on Tuesday and pressed them to boost lending. Yet in a year in which some 140 community banks have been forced to close, the focus among small lenders is often more about keeping afloat.

REPORT

News Wrap: Senate Health Fight Nears End

In other news, the goal line appeared in sight Tuesday for the health care debate in the U.S. Senate, and Republicans picked up another vote in the House after freshman Democrat Parker Griffith announced he is switching parties.

ANALYSIS

Exploring the Big Money Behind Health Care Reform

With Senate Democrats inching towards passage of landmark health care reform legislation, Gwen Ifill examines the massive lobbying effort behind the bill.

ANALYSIS

Effort to Reform D.C. Schools Stirs Fierce Pushback

John Merrow reports on the controversial steps D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee is using to shake up the city's school system, including closing 23 schools by 2010.

ANALYSIS

How Dangerous is the Cyber Crime Threat?

The White House named a new chief for the nation's cyber security efforts Tuesday, part of a new emphasis on digital threats. A digital security expert weighs in on the realities of cyber crime in the U.S.

REPORT

Photographers Lend a Hand With Portraits of Military Families

For troops in the field, few things are more important than reminders of their families -- particularly photos. Tom Bearden reports on how some photographers are lending a helping hand.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/23/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Newsmaker: Obama on Health Reform Politics, Copenhagen Climate Outcome

In an exclusive interview with Jim Lehrer, President Obama says despite Republican opposition and backlash from some members of his own party, he is '95 percent' satisfied with the Senate's health care reform bill set for another vote on Thursday.

REPORT

News Wrap: Plan to Close Gitmo Hits New Delays

In other news, President Obama's plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay has run into new hurdles, and the State Department said in a report that U.S. efforts to stop the opium trade in Afghanistan is failing.

REPORT

Mexico's Drug War Further Shaken by Brazen Killings

Four family members of a Mexican Naval hero were gunned down this week in an apparent revenge attack by one of Mexico's top drug cartels, thrusting an already escalating drug war into a dangerous new territory.

REPORT

In Somalia, Militant Attacks Threaten to Topple a Fragile Regime

Jeffrey Brown speaks with The New Yorker's Jon Lee Anderson about how the militant threat to Somalia's fragile government impacts counter-terror efforts.

REPORT

Hallelujah!: How Handel Orchestrated a Classic Financial Portfolio

When 18th century composer George Frideric Handel wrote his timeless "Messiah" oratorio, he not only penned a classic holiday composition, he also established a foundation for a new business approach to opera. Paul Solman reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 24, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/24/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Senate Health Bill Sets Stage for Tough Negotiations With House

In a landmark vote Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 60-39 to approve an overhaul to the nation's health care system. Judy Woodruff examines the negotiations ahead to reconcile Senate and House versions of the bill, and what the measures might mean for patients.

REPORT

News Wrap: Winter Storm Roils Travel Across Midwest

In other news, a winter storm spread across the Midwest on one of the busiest travel days of the year, and Christmas celebrations began around the world.

REPORT

As Global Temperatures Rise, So Too Do Health Risks

While there may be debate over what's causing global climate change, there are far fewer questions about the effect of a warming planet on human health, reports Ray Suarez.

ANALYSIS

Airstrike in Yemen Targets Terror Operatives

An airstrike in Yemen has killed at least 30 militants. Among the dead is believed to be an outspoken cleric with ties to the alleged gunman at Fort Hood. Jeffrey Brown talks to experts for details.

REPORT

Beset by Low Expectations, D.C. Schools Chief Looks for New Breed of Educators

As part of a series of reports on school reform in the nation's capital, John Merrow checks in with D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee, who has had to make difficult -- and controversial -- decisions regarding school closures and staff cuts.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 25, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/25/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Around the World, Celebrations of Christmas

This Christmas day brought all the traditional festivities and religious observances, but it was also marked by questions about the pope's safety and a harsh winter storm in the Midwest. Jeffrey Brown reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: Passenger Allegedly Tries to Set Off Bomb on Flight to Detroit

In other news, a passenger allegedly tried to blow up a Delta Air Lines flight today as it landed in Detroit, police in Pakistan said they plan to charge five American Muslims with violating anti-terror laws, and a Christmas Eve bus crash in mountains of Peru has killed at least 42 people.

REPORT

Chinese Dissident's Prison Sentence Draws Rebuke

A Chinese court has sentenced a prominent political dissident to 11 years in prison. Margaret Warner recaps the developments.

ANALYSIS

Chinese Dissident's Prison Sentence Draws Criticism

A Chinese court has sentenced a prominent political dissident to 11 years in prison. Margaret Warner speaks with an advocate for human rights in China and a former National Security Council Asia expert for more on the meaning of the conviction.

REPORT

Billions in Pension Payments Loom for Struggling State Budgets

In a weak economy, many states, cities and towns may be facing billions of dollars in pension liabilities that are currently underfunded. Spencer Michels reports from California on that state's pension challenge.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks on Impact of Health Reform, Politics of 2009

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the next steps for health care reform legislation and look back on the year in politics in 2009, including President Obama's first year in the White House.

REPORT

Financial Woes, Layoffs Plaguing D.C. Schools

A second look at John Merrow's series on school reform in Washington, D.C., which has struggled with budgetary constraints and teacher layoffs amid reform efforts.

UPDATE

Despite Teacher Pushback, D.C. Continues Schools Reform

Gwen Ifill speaks with John Merrow for an update on efforts to reform Washington, D.C.'s troubled public school system.

 

Series Title:     Washington Week

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 25, 2009

Distributor:      WETA

Date:               12/25/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week.  The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

 

Series Title:     NOW on PBS

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 25, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/25/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

PBS’ Emmy-winning weekly news magazine NOW engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy. The series occupies a unique place in the American television landscape by pursuing the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts and travels the nation to shed light on public policy issues that have real-world impact on working Americans.

http://www.pbs.org/now/

 

Series Title:     Bill Moyers Journal

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 25, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/25/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers re-invents his original public television series with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy in the 21st-century.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

 

Series Title:     The McLaughlin Group

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 25, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/25/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     Insights on PBS Hawaii

Program Title: The Year in Review

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/25/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

As 2009 comes to a close, journalists Richard Borreca of Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Wayne Yoshioka of Hawaii Public Radio, Denby Fawcett of KITV 4 News plus Howard Dicus will join Dan Boylan to discuss the hot topics of the year. They will look back and reflect on the economy, education, changes in the media, health care, and social services, and many more newsworthy events of the year.

http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, December 28, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/28/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Christmas Day Bomb Scare Prompts Review of Airport Security

An attempted bombing aboard a transatlantic Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit on Christmas Day has raised new questions about U.S. air safety.

ANALYSIS

A Search for Answers After Attempted Attack on U.S. Flight

In the wake of an attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit, Gwen Ifill speaks with a panel of terror experts about the state of U.S. counter-terror efforts and airline security.

REPORT

News Wrap: Yemen Vows to Step Up Hunt for al-Qaida

In other news, Yemen vowed Monday to step up its hunt for al-Qaida militants, and a suicide bomber killed at least 30 people in Pakistan.

ANALYSIS

Deadly Clashes in Iran Spark Another Government Crackdown

About 300 people, including at least seven prominent opposition leaders, have been jailed in Iran following renewed protests over the weekend, the largest in six months.

ANALYSIS

New Clashes Test Iranian Regime's Grip on Tehran

In the wake of weekend protests in Iran that left at least eight people dead, Margaret Warner speaks with a pair of experts about the enduring opposition movement.

REPORT

Retirees Flock to Mexico for the Sun and the Health Care

Thousands of Americans are increasingly traveling to resort towns like Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico, not for vacation, but for the cheap health care. In many cases, reports Ray Suarez, for care they couldn't afford in the United States.

ANALYSIS

Looking Back at Wall Street's Behavior in 2009

Jeffrey Brown speaks with Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times and John Cassidy of The New Yorker about the fallout from the financial crisis, the big bailouts and Wall Street's mentality.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 29, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/29/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Sharpens Criticism of Bomb Plot's 'Human and Systemic Failures'

President Obama criticized "human and systemic failures" that allowed an attempted bombing of a flight bound for Detroit. Margaret Warner reports and speaks with Jeffrey Brown about the latest developments.

REPORT

Other News: Death Toll Grows in Pakistan Bombing

In other news, Pakistani authorities called for calm as the death toll from Monday's suicide bombing grew to 43, and an Afghan soldier reportedly shot and killed a U.S. soldier at a military base in western Afghanistan.

ANALYSIS

Christmas Scare Renews Questions Over Travel Security, Privacy

Gwen Ifill speaks with transportation and homeland security experts about striking the right balance between providing safety in air travel and accommodating the privacy needs of passengers.

ANALYSIS

Yemen's Ties to Terrorism a Lingering Threat

Yemen has taken center stage in recent weeks for being a base of operations for Islamic extremists. Washington Post reporter Sudarsan Raghavan speaks with Jeffrey Brown about the nation's ties to terrorism.

ANALYSIS

In Yemen, U.S. Must Get Ahead of 'Failure Curve'

Jeffrey Brown speaks with terrorism experts about the potential threats coming out of Yemen.

REPORT

In Mexico, a Plan to Beat Poverty With Health Care and Education

In the next installment of his series on Mexico, Ray Suarez examines how the government is lifting people out of poverty and inspiring nations throughout the world to do the same.

REPORT

Psychiatric Demands Jump as India Battles Mental Illness

Mark Scheffler of GlobalPost looks at the ailing profession of psychiatry in India, where only a handful of doctors are equipped to handle the increasing demands of mental health there.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 30, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/30/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Dutch: Reports Appear to Confirm al-Qaida Role in Bomb Plot

The Dutch interior ministry said Wednesday that initial findings appear to confirm al-Qaida's claim of responsibility in the Christmas Day airliner bombing attempt. Ray Suarez reports on the day's updates.

ANALYSIS

9/11 Commission Staff Consider Still-Needed Security Upgrades

Jeffrey Brown talks to three people involved with the 9/11 Commission about the latest security failures that allowed a potential terrorist to board a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day eight years after the Sept.11 attacks.

REPORT

Other News: Afghan Suicide Attack Kills At Least 8 Americans

In other news, at least 8 Americans were killed by a suicide bombing in Afghanistan Wednesday, and hardline government supporters protested in Iran.

ANALYSIS

Exploring Congressional Role in Air Travel Security

A new debate is growing in Congress over what role the legislative branch should take in preventing terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Gwen Ifill speaks with members of the Homeland Security Committee to dissect the politics of national security.

REPORT

Google's Goal: Digitize Every Book Ever Printed

In a new era of E-books, Internet giant Google is attempting to offer millions of books online. Spencer Michels looks at the controversial plan and what it could mean for the future of reading.

ANALYSIS

Journalist Kati Marton Examines Human Cost of War

Margaret Warner chats with author Kati Marton about her book "Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America," which looks at the human cost of the Cold War.

 

Series Title:     A Girl's Life

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 30, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/30/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Today, American teenage girls compete on the athletic field and regularly outperform the boys in their classroom. But research shows that once girls reach puberty, their self-confidence can take a nose-dive. In this documentary from the producers of RAISING CAIN, best-selling author and girls expert Rachel Simmons embeds herself in the lives of four remarkable teenage girls - Analuz, Libby, Carla and Sonia - to explore their most personal thoughts and experiences as they face new challenges posed by cyber-bullying, increased violence, poor body image and the often rocky transition from girlhood to womanhood. Simmons reaches out to parents, psychologists, teachers and social workers to find out the best ways to nurture girls into capable, resilient adults.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 31, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/31/2009 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

CIA Hunts for Answers After Deadly Afghanistan Attack

The director of the Central Intelligence Agency reported Thursday that seven CIA employees were killed in an attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Jeffrey Brown reports, and then Ray Suarez speaks with a Washington Post reporter who covers U.S. intelligence.

REPORT

Blackwater Guards Cleared of Charges; Prosecution Could Appeal

A federal judge dismissed charges against five Blackwater guards accused of killing seven Iraqis in 2007. Matt Apuzzo of the Associated Press speaks with Ray Suarez about the developments.

REPORT

Other News: 5 Americans Face Possible Life Sentences in Pakistan

In other news, Pakistani police announced that five Americans will face terror charges for allegedly trying to train with a militant group linked to al-Qaida, and U.S. war deaths soared in Afghanistan in the past year.

ANALYSIS

Intelligence Panel Considers Needs in Security Overhaul

The discussion over failed security measures that led to the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound flight continues with three veterans of the intelligence community. Jeffrey Brown moderates the debate.

REPORT

Economists Explain Why Hints of the Economic Crisis Eluded Them

Some of the nation's brightest economists failed to predict the foreclosure crisis and economic recession that followed. Paul Solman asks them why no one connected the dots in time to warn the public.

ANALYSIS

From Wars to Recession, a Review of Decade's Politics

Starting with a divisive presidential election and ending with the rancorous debate over health care reform, Gwen Ifill and political analysts look back at the highs and lows of the decade's politics.

CONVERSATION

Russian Poet Pavlova Celebrates Desire in New Collection

A profile of Russian poet Vera Pavlova, who will release her first collection of poems in English, "If There is Something to Desire," next month.

 

 

 

 

 

Education & History:

                   

Series Title:     The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Program Title: Great Nature (1933 – 1945)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii   

Date:               10/1/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

To battle unemployment in the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the Civilian Conservation Corps, which spawns a “golden age” for the parks through major renovation projects. In a groundbreaking study, a young NPS biologist named George Melendez Wright discovers widespread abuses of animal habitats and pushes the service to reform its wildlife policies. Congress narrowly passes a bill to protect the Everglades in Florida as a national park — the first time a park has been created solely to preserve an ecosystem, as opposed to scenic beauty. As America becomes entrenched in World War II, Roosevelt is pressured to open the parks to mining, grazing and lumbering. The president also is subjected to a storm of criticism for expanding the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming by accepting a gift of land secretly purchased by John D. Rockefeller Jr.

http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/

 

Series Title:     The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Program Title: Great Nature (1933 – 1945) (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii   

Date:               10/1/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

To battle unemployment in the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the Civilian Conservation Corps, which spawns a “golden age” for the parks through major renovation projects. In a groundbreaking study, a young NPS biologist named George Melendez Wright discovers widespread abuses of animal habitats and pushes the service to reform its wildlife policies. Congress narrowly passes a bill to protect the Everglades in Florida as a national park — the first time a park has been created solely to preserve an ecosystem, as opposed to scenic beauty. As America becomes entrenched in World War II, Roosevelt is pressured to open the parks to mining, grazing and lumbering. The president also is subjected to a storm of criticism for expanding the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming by accepting a gift of land secretly purchased by John D. Rockefeller Jr.

http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/

 

Series Title:     The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Program Title: The Morning of Creation (1946 – 1980)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii   

Date:               10/2/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Following World War II, the parks are overwhelmed as visitation reaches 62 million people a year. A new billion-dollar campaign — Mission 66 — is created to build facilities and infrastructure that can accommodate the flood of visitors. A biologist named Alfred Murie introduces the revolutionary notion that predatory animals, which are still hunted, deserve the same protection as other wildlife. In Florida, Lancelot Jones, the grandson of a slave, refuses to sell to developers his family’s property on a string of unspoiled islands in Biscayne Bay and instead sells it to the federal government to be protected as a national monument. In the late 1970s, President Jimmy Carter creates an uproar in Alaska when he sets aside 56 million acres of land for preservation — the largest expansion of protected land in history. In 1995, wolves are re-established in Yellowstone, making the world’s first national park a little more like what it once was.

http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/

 

 

Series Title:     The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Program Title: The Morning of Creation (1946 – 1980) (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii   

Date:               10/2/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Following World War II, the parks are overwhelmed as visitation reaches 62 million people a year. A new billion-dollar campaign — Mission 66 — is created to build facilities and infrastructure that can accommodate the flood of visitors. A biologist named Alfred Murie introduces the revolutionary notion that predatory animals, which are still hunted, deserve the same protection as other wildlife. In Florida, Lancelot Jones, the grandson of a slave, refuses to sell to developers his family’s property on a string of unspoiled islands in Biscayne Bay and instead sells it to the federal government to be protected as a national monument. In the late 1970s, President Jimmy Carter creates an uproar in Alaska when he sets aside 56 million acres of land for preservation — the largest expansion of protected land in history. In 1995, wolves are re-established in Yellowstone, making the world’s first national park a little more like what it once was.

http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Darwin’s Darkest Hour

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               10/6/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

NOVA and National Geographic Television present the extraordinary human drama that led to the birth of perhaps the most influential scientific theory of all time. Acclaimed screenwriter John Goldsmith brings to life Charles Darwin’s greatest personal crisis: the anguishing decision over whether to “go public” with his theory of evolution. Darwin, portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”), spent years refining his ideas and penning his seminal book On the Origin of Species. Daunted by looming conflict with the orthodox religious values of his day, he resisted publishing — until a letter from naturalist Alfred Wallace forced his hand. In 1858, Darwin learned that Wallace was on the brink of publishing ideas similar to his own. In a sickened panic, Darwin grasped his dilemma: To delay publishing any longer would be to condemn all of his work to obscurity — his voyage on the Beagle, his adventures in the Andes, the gauchos and bizarre fossils of Patagonia, the finches and giant tortoises of the Galapagos. But to come forward with his ideas risked the fury of the church and perhaps a rift with his own devoted wife, Emma, portrayed by Frances O’Connor, who clung to a devout, orthodox view of creation. This moving drama about the birth of a great idea is seen through the inspiration and personal sufferings of its brilliant originator.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Hubble’s Amazing Rescue

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               10/13/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In the spring of 2009, NASA sent a shuttle crew on a risky mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope for the last time. Hubble has enthralled scientists and the public by capturing deep views of the cosmos and a wealth of data from distant galaxies. It has helped lead the search for alien planets and is a key tool in cosmology’s quest to investigate and map the universe’s mysterious dark matter. The astronaut servicing team carried out the first-ever in-space repairs of Hubble’s defective instruments, a task that required ingenious engineering fixes and the most intensive NASA spacewalk ever. From training to launch, NOVA presents the inside story of the mission and the extraordinary challenges faced by the rescue crew.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Lizard Kings

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               10/20/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Though they may look like dragons and inspire stories of man-eating, fire-spitting monsters with long claws, razor-sharp teeth and muscular, whip-like tails, these creatures are actually monitor lizards, the largest lizards to walk the planet. With their acute intelligence — including the ability to plan — these lizards are a very different kind of reptile, blurring the line between reptiles and mammals. And even though these bizarre reptiles haven’t changed all that much since the dinosaurs, they are a successful species, versatile at adapting to all kinds of settings. “Lizard Kings” looks at what makes these tongued reptiles so similar to mammals and what has allowed them to become such unique survivors.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     American Experience

Program Title: The 1930s: The Crash of 1929

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               10/26/2009 8:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In the “roaring twenties,” while the stock market was rising, there were few critics. It was a “new era” when everyone could get rich. Wall Street leaders such as Charles Mitchell, president of the National City Bank (which would become Citibank), stock specialist Michael Meehan and Jesse Livermore, a Wall Street insider, found new ways to manipulate the stock market and grew incredibly wealthy, helping create the economic boom of that fabulous decade. Their success made them folk heroes of the day. The upward climb of the market seemed limitless. But in October 1929, the market plunged, taking with it the finances of the Wall Street titans and everyday investors alike.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/

 

Series Title:     Herbert Hoover: Landslide   

Program Title: MONDAY, October 26, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/26/2009 9:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Herbert Hoover was a politician and a humanitarian whose legacy has been largely defined by the Great Depression. When he was elected president in a landslide victory in 1928, Hoover had never before held public office. Yet his remarkable humanitarian work and career as a mining engineer, businessman and U.S. Secretary of Commerce carried him to office. When the stock market crashed on October 29, 1929, Hoover’s agenda was derailed by the worsening economic crisis. Despite various efforts to pull the nation out of depression, Hoover’s unsuccessful attempts led to his sound defeat by Franklin Roosevelt just four years after his landslide victory. HERBERT HOOVER: LANDSLIDE looks at the life of the controversial figure through interviews with notable historians and Hoover scholars.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Family That Walks on All Fours (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               10/27/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

An intense scientific debate has ignited around a quiet but extraordinary family living in rural Turkey – a family with five adults who walk on all fours. Since bipedality has long been considered one of the defining characteristics of modern humans, such a discovery raises fascinating questions about genetics, society and the evolutionary history of our species. Is this the anthropological find of the millennium or simply a unique medical case? NOVA sets out to unravel the controversy and meet the individuals who have captured the imagination of scientists around the world in this moving documentary.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     The Botany of Desire

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 28, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/28/2009 7:30:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world — seen from the plants' point of view. Narrated by Frances McDormand, the program shows how four familiar species — the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato — evolved to satisfy human yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control.

 

Series Title:     American Experience

Program Title: The 1930s: Civilian Conservation Corps

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/2/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

American Experience

In March 1933, within weeks of his inauguration, President Franklin Roosevelt sent legislation to Congress aimed at providing relief for the one out of every four American workers who were unemployed. He proposed the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide jobs in natural resource conservation. Over the next decade, the CCC put more than three million young men to work in the nation's forests and parks, planting trees, building flood barriers, fighting fires and maintaining roads and trails. Corps workers lived in camps under quasi-military discipline, and received a wage of 30 dollars per month, 25 of which they were required to send home to their families. This film tells the story of one of the boldest and most popular New Deal experiments, positioning it as a pivotal moment in the emergence of modern environmentalism and federal unemployment relief.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/

           

Series Title:     The People v. Leo Frank

Program Title: MONDAY, November 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/2/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

This program brings to vivid life one of the most fascinating criminal cases in American history: the 1913 murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a child laborer in an Atlanta pencil factory, and the trial and lynching of Leo Frank, the Jewish factory supervisor accused of her murder. The film illuminates the scandalous trial and its shocking aftermath with dramatic sequences created verbatim from transcripts, documents and letters.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Becoming Human, Pt. 1

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/3/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NOVA presents a comprehensive three-part, three-hour special — investigating explosive new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human. The first program, “First Steps,” explores fresh clues about our earliest ancestors in Africa, including the stunningly complete fossil nicknamed “Lucy’s Child.” These three-million-year-old bones from Ethiopia reveal humanity’s oldest and most telltale trait — upright walking, rather than a big brain.

 

Shot “in the trenches” as discoveries were unearthed throughout Africa and Europe, each hour of “Becoming Human” unfolds with a forensic investigation into the life and death of a specific hominid ancestor. Dry bones spring back to vivid life with stunning animation, the product of a unique NOVA collaboration between top anthropologists and a talented team of movie animators.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     American Experience

Program Title: The 1930s: Hoover Dam

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/9/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Rising more than 700 feet above the raging waters of the Colorado River, it was called one of the greatest engineering works in history. Hoover Dam, built during the Great Depression, drew men desperate for work to a remote and rugged canyon near Las Vegas. There they struggled against heat, choking dust and perilous heights to build a colossus of concrete that brought electricity and water to millions and transformed the American Southwest.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Becoming Human, Pt. 2

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/10/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NOVA presents a comprehensive three-part, three-hour special — investigating explosive new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human. “Birth of Humanity,” the second program, tackles the mysteries of how our ancestors managed to survive in a savannah teeming with vicious predators, and when and why we first left our African cradle to colonize every corner of the earth.

Shot “in the trenches” as discoveries were unearthed throughout Africa and Europe, each hour of “Becoming Human” unfolds with a forensic investigation into the life and death of a specific hominid ancestor, such as Lucy’s Child. Dry bones spring back to vivid life with stunning animation, the product of a unique NOVA collaboration between top anthropologists and a talented team of movie animators.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     Secrets of the Dead

Program Title: Airmen and the Headhunters

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               11/11/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This documentary investigates the extraordinary survival story of a crew of airmen shot down over the jungles of Japanese-occupied Borneo during World War II. The film recounts the rescue of a U.S. bomber crew by Dayak tribesmen, known for taking the heads of their enemies. The Dayaks fed and protected the airmen before leading them to the base of the maverick British special ops officer, Major Tom Harrisson, who was fighting a guerrilla war against the Japanese with a band of Australian commandoes. The program features an exclusive interview with the sole surviving member of the U.S. crew, as well as interviews with a number of the Dayak tribe and Japanese and Australian veterans.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/

 

Series Title:     American Experience

Program Title: The 1930s: Surviving the Dust Bowl

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/16/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

They were called “black blizzards,” dark clouds reaching miles into the sky, churning millions of tons of dirt into torrents of destruction. For 10 years, beginning in 1930, dust storms ravaged the parched and overplowed southern plains, turning bountiful wheat fields into desert. Disease, hardship and death followed, yet the majority of people stayed on, steadfastly refusing to give up on the land and a way of life.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/

 

Series Title:     Documenting the Face of America

Program Title: MONDAY, November 16, 2009 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/16/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This film brings to life the remarkable stories behind the legendary group of New Deal-sponsored photographers who traversed the country in the 1930s and early 1940s, capturing the face of Depression-era America. The program explores the personal vision and the struggles experienced by photographers Gordon Parks, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott and Jack Delano, who created some of the most iconic images in history. This unlikely group of photographers and artists was brought together by a fiery prairie populist and government bureaucrat named Roy Stryker.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Becoming Human, Pt. 3: Last Human Standing

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/17/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NOVA presents a comprehensive three-part, three-hour special — investigating explosive new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human. In Part Three, “Last Human Standing,” NOVA probes a wave of dramatic new evidence, based partly on cutting-edge DNA analysis, that reveals new insights into how we became today’s creative and “behaviorally modern” humans and what really happened to the enigmatic Neanderthals who faded into extinction. Shot “in the trenches” as discoveries were unearthed throughout Africa and Europe, each hour of “Becoming Human” unfolds with a forensic investigation into the life and death of a specific hominid ancestor, such as Lucy’s Child. Dry bones spring back to vivid life with stunning animation, the product of a unique NOVA collaboration between top anthropologists and a talented team of movie animators.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     American Experience

Program Title: The 1930s: Seabiscuit

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/23/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

He was boxy, with stumpy legs that wouldn’t completely straighten, a short straggly tail and an ungainly gait, but though he didn’t look the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. In the 1930s, when Americans longed to escape the grim realities of Depression-era life, four men turned Seabiscuit into a national hero. They were his fabulously wealthy owner Charles Howard, his famously silent and stubborn trainer Tom Smith and the two hard-bitten, gifted jockeys who rode him to glory. By following the paths that brought these four together and in telling the story of Seabiscuit’s unlikely career, this film illuminates the precarious economic conditions that defined America in the 1930s and explores the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of thoroughbred racing.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/

 

Series Title:     Elbert Hubbard: An American Original

Program Title: MONDAY, November 23, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/23/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The life of Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) is a story of love, art, passion and controversy set against the backdrop of the Arts and Crafts Movement at the turn of the 20th century. To this “back-to-basics” artistic and cultural movement, Hubbard contributed his bold, ingenious talent and creative force. As the flamboyant founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, Hubbard was an influential national figure ― an author, publisher, lecturer and entrepreneur ― who died as dramatically as he lived.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: What are Dreams?

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/24/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

What are dreams and why do we have them? Are they a window into a hidden realm within us? Science is only just beginning to understand. NOVA joins the leading dream researchers and witnesses the extraordinary experiments they use to investigate the world of sleep. From human narcoleptics to sleepwalking cats, from recurrent nightmares to those who can’t dream, each sequence contains a vital clue to the question these scientists are pursuing: Why do we dream?

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     American Masters

Program Title: Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               11/25/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

The music of the nation's signature folk singer/songwriter has been recorded by everyone from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to the Irish rock band U2. Originally blowing out of the Dust Bowl in 1930s Depression-era America, he blended vernacular, rural music and populism to give voice to millions of downtrodden citizens. Guthrie’s prolific music, poetry and prose were politically leftist, uniquely patriotic and always inspirational. He joined music with traditional oral history and was central to the folk music revival. His is a complex story filled with frenetic creative energy and a treasure trove of cultural history - as well as personal imperfections and profound family tragedy.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/

 

 

Series Title:     For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska

Program Title: MONDAY, November 30, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/30/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

FOR THE RIGHTS OF ALL: ENDING JIM CROW IN ALASKA traces the Native Alaskan civil-rights movement. The film profiles the remarkable people behind the victories for citizenship, voting rights and school desegregation, including Alberta Schenck Adams and Elizabeth Peratrovich, an unassuming young woman whose compelling testimony helped sway the Alaska State Senate to pass the first civil-rights bill since the Civil War. Blending re-enactments, rare and newly discovered historic footage and photographs, and interviews with tribal elders, FOR THE RIGHTS OF ALL chronicles Alaska Natives' efforts to honor their heritage and leverage their future.

 

Series Title:     Long Days Working Hard

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 2, 2009

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/2/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Long Days Working Hard is a documentary about the West Coast World War II experience. Long Beach, California, is highlighted as a community uniquely positioned to fully participate in the war effort, including shipbuilding, aircraft manufacturing, petroleum production, Navy activity and more. From Pearl Harbor's precursor to Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose, from B-17s and Rosie the Riveter, to enemy submarines and Japanese internment, it all happened in Long Beach. The documentary is a richly detailed historical account of the era with plenty of poignancy and first-person storytelling.

 

Series Title:     Secrets of the Dead

Program Title: Killer Flu (Encore)

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               12/14/2009 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This encore program follows scientists, led by Jeffrey Taubenberger, who have been seeking to learn where the 1918 flu virus came from and what made it so deadly. Using fragments of undamaged 1918 virus found in lung tissue of a flu victim, Taubenberger and his team set out to map the genes of the killer flu. Since the original broadcast of this program, Taubenberger's team successfully created a genetic sequencing of the 1918 virus, resurrected the virus itself to study its effects on lung tissue and announced a striking similarity between the 1918 virus and the H5N1 avian flu virus. The updated episode includes new material and interviews with Taubenberger that reflect new findings.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Spy Factory (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               12/15/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NOVA

Based on the best-seller by journalist James Bamford, “the Spy Factory” exposes the hidden world of high-tech, 21st-century eavesdropping carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA). Today, the NSA is the world’s largest intelligence agency, three times the size of the CIA and far more secret. Its mission is to eavesdrop on the world — from cell phones in Europe to pay phones in Afghanistan to email messages from Pakistan to Baghdad. But since 9/11, it also has turned its giant ear inward, listening in without warrant on thousands of American citizens, many of whom are on the government’s secret watch list, now more than half-a-million names long.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians, Pt. 1 (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               12/15/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity.  Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, the series transports viewers back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity.

The first hour traces the life of Jesus of Nazareth, exploring the message that helped his ministry grow and the events that led to his crucifixion around 30 C.E. The film then turns to the period that followed Jesus' death, examining the rise of Christianity and concluding with the first revolt - the bloody and violent siege of Jerusalem and the beginning of a rift between Christianity and Judaism. New evidence suggests that Jesus' followers, because of their diversity and the differences in their cultures and languages, looked at and interpreted Jesus and his teachings in many different ways.

In the second hour, FRONTLINE examines the period after the First Revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels and looking at the increasingly hostile relationship between the Christians and the Jews. The film looks at another bloody Jewish war against Rome, the Second Revolt, assessing its impact on the Christianity movement. The broadcast documents the extraordinary events of the second and third centuries in which Christianity grew from a small Jewish sect to an official religion of the Roman Empire.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/?utm_campaign=homepage&utm_medium=proglist&utm_source=proglist

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Last Great Ape (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               12/22/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Deep in the Congo lives a little-studied group of apes called the bonobos. Like chimpanzees, bonobos are among humans' closest relatives. But unlike chimps, known for their violent behavior, bonobos are far more peaceful, even matriarchal. They embrace their neighbors and resolve conflict in an unusual way - by having sex. Much like humans, bonobos have sex not just to procreate, but for pleasure as well. The discovery of these more gentle ape traits has fascinated scientists and led them to question our origins and the roots of human nature as a whole.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

 

Series Title:     Frontline

Program Title: From Jesus Christ: The First Christians, Pt. 2 (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               12/22/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity.  Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, the series transports viewers back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity.

The first hour --"Let the Reader Understand"- -examines the period after the First Revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels, looking at the increasingly hostile relationship between the Christians and the Jews, concluding with another bloody Jewish war against Rome, the Second Revolt. "Kingdoms in Conflict"--the final hour--documents the extraordinary events of the second and third centuries in which Christianity grew from a small Jewish sect to an official religion of the Roman Empire.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

 

Series Title:     American Masters

Program Title: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Distributor:      WNET

Date:               12/28/2009 9:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

The author of Little Women is an almost universally recognized name. Her reputation as a morally upstanding New England spinster, reflecting the conventional propriety of late 19th-century Concord, is firmly established. However, raised among reformers, Transcendentalists and skeptics, the intellectual protégé of Emerson and Hawthorne and Thoreau, Alcott was actually a free thinker with democratic ideals and progressive ideas about women - a worldly careerist of sorts. Most surprising is that she led, under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard, a literary double life, undiscovered until the 1940s. As Barnard, Alcott penned scandalous, sensational works with characters running the gamut from murderers and revolutionaries to cross-dressers and opium addicts - a far cry from her familiar fatherly mentors, courageous mothers and appropriately impish children.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: What Darwin Never Knew

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               12/29/2009 8:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

On the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, NOVA reveals answers to the riddles that Darwin couldn't explain. Stunning breakthroughs in a new science - nicknamed "evo devo" - are linking the enigma of origins to another of nature's great mysteries: the development of an embryo. To explore this exciting new idea, NOVA takes viewers on a journey from the Galapagos Islands to the Arctic, from the Cambrian explosion of animal forms half a billion years ago to the research labs of today. Here, scientists are finally beginning to crack nature's biggest secrets at the genetic level. And the results are confirming Darwin's insights, while exposing clues to life's breathtaking diversity in ways he could scarcely have imagined.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/