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WITF TV Picks for the week of May 24

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | May 20, 2015 2:37 PM

Sunday May 24 at 8:00pm - National Memorial Day Concert - Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The concert airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network.  More information about the National Memorial Day Concert...

Monday May 25 at 9:00pm - The Homefront - View intimate portraits of America's military families, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military. The revealing documentary tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.

Tuesday May 26 at 8:00pm - The Roosevelts - Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president in 1920 and seems assured of a still brighter future until polio devastates him the following summer. He spends seven years struggling without success to walk again, while Eleanor builds a personal and political life of her own. FDR returns to politics in 1928 and, as governor of New York, acts with such vigor and imagination during the first years of the Great Depression that the Democrats turn to him as their presidential nominee in 1932. He survives an attempted assassination as president-elect and at his inauguration tells his frightened countrymen the only thing they have to fear is "fear itself."

Wednesday May 27 at 9:00pm - NOVA - When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, he won instant fame. Yet this accomplished engineer and test pilot was so determined to stay out of the limelight that few know the personal story of how his rare combination of talent, luck and experience led to his successful command of Apollo 11.  NOVA presents an intimate portrait of an unassuming American hero through interviews with Armstrong's family and friends.

Thursday May 28 at 9:00pm - A Program About Unusual Buildings & Other Roadside Stuff - Celebrate some of America's most interesting and goofy buildings, places like Long Island's duck-shaped Big Duck and the National Fresh Water Fishing National Hall of Fame (in the shape of a giant fish) in Heyward, Wisconsin. Rick Sebak presents a droll and informative look at wacky architecture that salutes all-American energy and individuality built into some unforgettable structures.

Friday May 29 at 9:00pm - Great Performances - Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons' Inaugural Concert - This wide-ranging, one-night-only event celebrates the start of BSO music director Andris Nelsons' tenure as the 15th music director of the orchestra and features two of the conductor's close colleagues, the acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais and the internationally acclaimed German tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Each sings selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires, they then join forces for a powerful duet from Puccini's Manon Lescaut. The concert opens with Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture -- the work that first inspired a five-year-old Nelsons to a life in music -- and closes with Respighi's spectacular orchestral showcase, Pines of Rome.

Saturday May 30 at 8:00pm - Doc Martin Behind the Scenes - While we wait for another season of Doc Martin, go behind the camera and get an inside look at the early episodes of Doc Martin in the revealing special Doc Martin Behind the Scenes.

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