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witf TV Picks for the week of June 8

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jun 5, 2014 8:45 AM

Sunday June 8 at 8:00pm - 50s and 60s Party Songs - Chubby Checker hosts this first-ever MY MUSIC special on the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll dance music for kids of all ages. From the Eisenhower era explosion of Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis to the 1960s cultural phenomenon of “The Twist” to the youthful frat-rock sounds of the Kingsmen, this is a good-time celebration of classic party music that has spanned generations.

Monday June 9 at 9:00pm - Brazil with Michael Palin: Out of Africa - Michael Palin’s Brazilian odyssey begins in the northeast, where modern Brazil was born. He starts in the city of Sao Luis before traveling down the coast to Recife and Salvador, dropping in on the vaqueros — Brazilian cowboys — who work on vast cattle ranches. His travels also take him south to the stunning coastal lagoons of the Lencois Maranhenses national park. In Salvador, he learns to drum with the famous Olodum School and has a lesson in cooking Bahian-style, before finding out what lies behind the beguiling moves of capoeira dancers.  This four part series continues at 10:00pm Monday, Part 3 Tuesday at 9:00pm and Part 4 Tuesday at 10:00pm.

Tuesday June 10 at 8:00pm - Civil War: The Untold Story - With the 1860 election of anti-slavery candidate Abraham Lincoln, the divisions between North and South reached their breaking point. Thirteen states from the South seceded and formed the Confederate States of America. Union military leaders, along with Lincoln himself, realized that ending the rebellion rested on controlling the Western Theater territory, the area between the Appalachians and the Mississippi River. CIVIL WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY examines this well-documented conflict through the lens of the Western Campaign, which dramatically shaped the final outcome of the Civil War. Narrated by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), the five-part series features poignant letters from both soldiers and civilians that provide new insights into the causes of the Civil War, life on the homefront, the politics of war, the issue of slavery, and the relatively unheralded role African Americans played in the conflict. Filmed at the actual battle sites, CIVIL WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY uses hundreds of re-enactors to recreate the epic battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Atlanta. Interviews with scholars and 3D graphics convey the strategy and tactics of the battles while underscoring the relationship between the Western Campaign and the more famous battles waged in the East. This five part series continues on Tuesday at 8:00pm on subsequent weeks. A repeat occurrs Sunday at 10:30pm following Masterpiece Mystery as well.

Wednesday June 11 at 9:00pm - NOVA - Earth from Space is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth. Viewers witness how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the sun's heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.

Thursday June 12 at 8:00pm - HealthSmart - Informal or unpaid caregiving can include many things like helping your loved one with personal hygiene, preparing meals, managing medications and paying bills.  Acting as a caregiver can be stressful and it can be very hard to find time to care of yourself.  On HealthSmart: Caring for the Caregiver we'll talk about the importance of finding time for you and ways you can do just that.  Plus, if a day comes when you're no longer needed as a sole caregiver, what happens next?

Friday June 13 at 9:00pm - Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration -  Located in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Tanglewood is one of the world’s most beloved music festivals. The anniversary concert, a presentation of GREAT PERFORMANCES, will feature appearances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra — led by conductors John Williams, Keith Lockhart and Andris Nelsons — and iconic Tanglewood artists Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Serkin and James Taylor.

Saturday June 14 at 9:00pm - Death in Paradise - When DI Poole is bedridden with a tropical fever and Camille is on a course in Paris, Dwayne and Fidel have to solve the murder of a local diver. The commissioner puts in charge Det Sgt Angela Young (Shirley Henderson), who is holidaying on the island, and whose eccentric behaviour is even more annoying than Poole's, as well as less effective. Dwayne and Fidel go behind her back supplying case details to DI Poole, who is being looked after by Camille's mother and her chicken soup.

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