On-Air Highlights

witf TV Picks for the week of March 30

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Mar 28, 2014 3:43 PM

Sunday at 8:00pm -  Call The Midwife - The nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premises, and Sister Winifred, a warm-hearted, slightly innocent young woman, arrives from the Mother House. Sister Monica Joan’s increasingly eccentric behavior causes concern, yet she’s the one who solves a perplexing medical mystery. New housewife and mother Chummy spearheads an Open Day at the Community Centre. After helping to deliver a neighbor’s baby, she decides she wants to return to midwifery.

Sunday at 9:00pm - Mr. Selfridge - Witness the welcome, and unwelcome, return of Rose, Agnes and Lord Loxley.

Monday at 10:00pm - Independent Lens - A once-booming rural community with a thriving middle class has seen its factories and farms close as the population dwindles. A deeply personal look at small-town life, “Medora” follows a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team as its struggles to compete parallel the town’s own fight for survival.

Tuesday at 8:00pm - Story of the Jews - Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down — allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe. One of the most of fruitful branches of this Jewish renaissance was in music, and the stellar careers of Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn established the enduring tradition for Jewish musical prodigies. However, the remarkably successful integration of Jewish talent into the mainstream of European culture and commerce stirred up the ghosts of ancient prejudice, decked out in the new clothes of romantic nationalism and the pseudo-science of anti-semitism. The road to the hell of the Holocaust was paved by the diatribes of Richard Wagner, while the trial of Alfred Dreyfus led Theodor Herzl to conclude that without a homeland of their own, Jews would never be free of the millennia-old persecution.

Wednesday at 9:00pm - NOVA - Over the last few centuries we have shot, trapped and skinned the predators that formerly thrived at the top of the food chain in the wild. Wild bears, wolves and big cats are all in retreat, and a growing number of scientists are discovering that by eliminating predators, we have changed the environment. Removing predators from the wild has thrown ecosystems off-kilter, triggering domino effects that scientists are just beginning to understand. In Wild Predator Invasion, NOVA follows scientists who are trying out a simple but controversial solution: returning apex predators-like wolves, bears, and panthers-to their natural environments. Can these newly reintroduced predators restore the natural balance of their ecosystems without threatening the humans who live among them?

Thursday at 8:00pm - History Detectives - A HAM radio operator who now lives in Beverly Hills, Florida made contact with another radio hobbyist in Baltimore, Maryland. The second man said he was a NASA engineer and pioneered some early space projects. Before signing off, he promised to send a memento of their conversation. Some time later our Florida contributor received a three inch-square of metallic fabric, one half covered in a mysterious pink powder, along with a hand-drawn diagram. Piecing together information from the radio exchange and notes on the diagram, our contributor believes this could be a piece of an early space satellite. History Detectives host Tukufu Zuberi consults with experts at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, and visits the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society in New Jersey to see whether this swatch of reflective material ever orbited the earth.

Friday at 10:00pm - Chautauqua: An American Narrative - (Please note - this is a replacement program, the previously program scheduled at this time was unavailable for broadcast) The Chautauqua Institution is a timeless, idyllic community where artists hone their crafts, the greatest thinkers of our time speak their minds and tens of thousands come to engage in learning and self-improvement. Founded 135 years ago in a remote corner of Western New York as a place of learning, renewal and inspiration, this unique utopia, where the arts, philosophy, current events, religion and education synergize and thrive, inspired a national movement. Chautauqua: An American Narrative traces the Institution’s history and impact and captures its contemporary essence and energy. From a NASA engineer, a former U.S Supreme Court Justice, renowned authors, scholars and performers, learn what still makes Chautauqua one of the most distinctive summer destinations in America.

Saturday at 9:00pm - Doc Martin - P.C. Joe Penhale is desperate to keep Maggie and show her he's changed; that he's the macho husband she wants. But Maggie plans to return to Bude. Penhale resorts to desperate measures to convince her to stay, including surreptitiously paying people to be nasty to her so he can step in and assert his authority, and show her he can be tough.

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