On-Air Highlights

witf TV Picks for the week of June 29

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jun 26, 2014 12:16 PM

Sunday June 29 at 8:00pm - Last Tango in Halifax - As Alan and Celia seize the day, Gillian spirals into a dark place as skeletons surface. Caroline’s fractious relationship with John leads her to rethink living arrangements as she makes a bold decision involving Kate.

Monday June 30 at 10:00pm - POV - Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese-American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times. Winner, Audience Award, 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Tuesday July 1 at 9:00pm - History Detectives Special Investigations - It was one of the worst maritime naval disasters in U.S. history. Officially, the death toll was 1,500. Unofficially, the count may have been far higher. When it mysteriously exploded on April 27, 1865, the Mississippi steamboat USS Sultana was packed with Union soldiers. The war had ended that month; at every stop more and more men clamored to board the homeward-bound ship, which blew up mid-river. However, the story of the sinking quickly vanished from the papers. What really sank the Sultana? Was it Confederate sabotage? Securing the original investigative report and its archives allows the team to forensically examine and scientifically test theories of the boilers’ failure. The team also researches the stories of a Confederate agent and spy who burned Union ships on the Mississippi and was an expert in using “coal torpedoes” and a former Union inspector’s deathbed revelation.   

Wednesday July 2 at 9:00pm - NOVA - A corpse found in a bog in the hills of Ireland's County Tipperary dates to the Bronze Age, more than 3,000 years ago. A CAT scan reveals a violent demise: the body covered in axe marks, the spine snapped and the arm broken in two places. NOVA follows archaeologists and forensic experts in their hunt for clues to the identity and the circumstances of this and other violent deaths of victims unearthed in bogs. A new theory suggests that they were ritually murdered kings, slain to assure the fertility of land and people.

Thursday July 3 at 8:00pm - Sherlock - When an unidentified woman, dressed all in pink, turns up murdered in an abandoned building, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) must use the science of deduction to catch the killer. Martin Freeman also stars as John Watson.  Episode 2 of Sherlock season 1 follows at 9:30pm.

Friday July 4 at 8:00pm - A Capitol Fourth - Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron, and features musical performances by some of the country's best known and award-winning musicians including American icon Frankie Valli (full lineup to be announced) in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra led by top pops conductor Jack Everly. A CAPITOL FOURTH, is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, to millions more at home, on National Public Radio and around the world to our troops on the American Forces Network. The annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH brings viewers the most spectacular fireworks display any where in the nation, capturing the pyrotechnics with television cameras stationed around the city including at Washington, DC's iconic monuments. In tribute to America's birthday, the show is capped off with Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery.  (Program repeats at 9:30pm) An audio simulcast of this program airs on WITF 89.5 & 93.3 beginning at 8:00pm.

Saturday July 5 at 8:30pm - Vicious - WITF welcomes a new British comedy to the schedule. Partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) have lived together in a small central London flat for nearly 50 years. Constantly picking each other apart and holding on to petty slights for decades, Freddie and Stuart are always at each other’s throats, making snide remarks aimed at the other’s age, appearance and flaws. However, underneath their vicious, co-dependent fighting, they share a deep love. Freddie and Stuart are often joined by feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Ash (Iwan Rheon, “Game of Thrones”), their young, upstairs neighbor.  Episodes also air following Masterpiece Mystery Sundays at 10:30pm.

Next week:  Tuesday July 8 at 8:00pm - Civil War - The Untold Stories - In the final episode: In the spring of 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman’s force of 100-thousand men marches from Chattanooga toward Atlanta, Georgia, the industrial hub of the Deep South. Twenty miles north of Atlanta, Sherman’s army is soundly defeated at Kennesaw Mountain. Sherman’s defeat combined with Grant’s stalemate in Virginia, enrages a Northern electorate already weary of war. The presidential election is in November, and Abraham Lincoln’s chances for a second term are dwindling by the day. The Democrats nominate George McClellan. The party’s platform calls for a negotiated peace with the Confederacy in which slaveholders will be allowed to keep their property. If McClellan is elected, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation will almost certainly be struck down. Though victorious at Kennesaw Mountain, the outnumbered Confederate Army falls back to a defensive position at Atlanta. After 6 weeks of bloody conflicts around Atlanta, Sherman wires Washington: “Atlanta is ours and fairly won.” For the first time in the war, many in the North now believe victory can be achieved. Eight weeks later, the president defeats McClellan in a landslide. After the election, Sherman begins his March to the Sea. The largely unopposed march across Georgia to Savannah is a psychological blow to the Confederacy, and a stunning conclusion to the Western Theater.

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