On-Air Highlights

witf TV Picks for the week of February 23

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Feb 21, 2014 8:17 AM

Sunday February 23 at 5:30pm - The Central Pennsylvania Spelling Bee - 6th to 8th grade students from 10 surrounding counties to demonstrate their spelling knowledge as they attempt to make their way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Interested schools register with Scripps in the fall and then conduct their own qualifying Spelling Bee at their school. Winners from each of the participating schools compete in a 100 word written test held at the witf Public Media Center. The top spellers participate in an oral championship spell down. The winner from that bee qualifies to compete nationally in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Sunday February 23 at 9:00pm - Masterpiece Classic - Downton Abbey - On the final episode of the season, Lady Rose meets the Prince of Wales and faces a dilemma. Trouble also plagues Cora’s mother, her brother, Edith and almost everyone else at Downton Abbey.

Monday February 24 at 10:00pm - Ice Warriors - Watch a portrait of the U.S. sled hockey team as they prepare for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Sled hockey, also known as “murderball on blades,” is played as aggressively as able-bodied hockey — but these players battle with their sticks, sharp sled runners and the serrated ice picks used to propel their sleds. Strapped into molded sleds, they’re often playing at eye level with the fast-moving puck in this game of force, speed and strategy.

Tuesday February 25 at 8:00pm - Triangle Fire: American Experience - On March 25, 1911, a fire ripped through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York’s Greenwich Village. Terrified workers tried to make their way downstairs, but the factory owners kept the doors on the ninth floor locked, and the inadequate fire escape soon crumpled. Hundreds of horrified on-lookers watched as young men and women jumped from the windows. By the time the fire burned out, 146 people were dead. The tragedy of the fire and the ensuing public outrage led to landmark legislation that gave New Yorkers the most comprehensive workplace safety laws in the country.

Wednesday February 26 at 9:00pm - Nature (at a special time) - The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river — camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard or experienced before.

Thursday February 27 at 8:00pm - HealthSmart - We’ll introduce you to people who are living with chronic disease and doctors who are treating them.  Learn about managing these conditions, the price tag associated with chronic illness and get tips on prevention.

Friday February 28 at 9:00pm - Jazz and the Philharmonic - A unique, generational and wholly American concert experience that highlights two of the greatest musical art forms the world has ever seen, classical and jazz. With performances by artists such as Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Terence Blanchard and Elizabeth Joy Roe, this special emphasizes the works of legendary past composers such as Bach and Mozart with these contemporary artists. Songs are performed with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the University of Miami Frost School of Music and National Young Arts Foundation alumni.

Saturday March 1 at 8:30pm - Doc Martin Revealed - Features behind-the-scenes footage from the newest DOC MARTIN series (Season 6) shot on location in Port Isaac, Cornwall, England. Viewers get inside access to the actors and crew as they film sequences on the balcony at Large's Restaurant and in the nearby pub that doubles for the Crab & Lobster.

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