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Fourth of July with WITF

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jun 24, 2018 11:03 AM

Enjoy special programming this Fourth of July on WITF

Television Specials:

A Capitol Fourth 2018 - Live broadcast at 8:00pm on July 4 - Repeats July 4 at 9:30pm and July 5 at Noon

Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (FULLER HOUSE, SCREAM QUEENS) is back to host the festivities on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, which will feature all-star musical performances by: multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE; "America's Band," the iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys; three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix; legendary Motown stars The Temptations; acclaimed multi-platinum country music singer-songwriter and winner of the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist Luke Combs; country music star and AMERICAN IDOL alum Lauren Alaina; 12-time Grammy Award-winner and gospel legend CeCe Winans; and internationally acclaimed Grammy award winning violinist Joshua Bell; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly(additional performers to be announced). The concert will pay special tribute to our men and women in uniform by world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano superstar Renée Fleming, who will perform "You'll Never Walk Alone" to honor them. The inspiring moment will be dedicated to our troops serving around the world, their families, and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, fighting for our freedom.

Statue of Liberty - July 1 at 3:00pm - Repeats July 4 at 1:00pm

This 1985 Ken Burns film chronicles the creation and history of the Statue of Liberty and what it represents to all Americans. Narrated by David McCullough, the film traces the development of the monument--from its conception, to its complicated and often controversial construction, to its final dedication--and offers interviews with a wide range of Americans to explore the meaning of the Statue of Liberty.

Anthem - July 3 at Noon

This documentary tells the story behind Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner," the song famously penned after the relentless bombardment by the British of Fort McHenry during The War of 1812. Historians and music experts discuss the Colonial-era songs and events that influenced Key to write what would become the U.S. national anthem. ANTHEM also reveals interesting facts about Key's upbringing and religious leanings while tracing the origins of the song. During the program, the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club and St. John's College Chorus give voice to this stirring and elegant song, including a performance of its first draft.

F.S. Key and the Song that Built America - July 4 at Noon

Against a backdrop of history, and through the eyes of Key's loving wife Polly (played by Deborah Hazlett), the film highlights Key's personal life, legal career and artistic development. The documentary covers Key's major cases (including the Aaron Burr conspiracy), his vehement opposition to the War of 1812, his enlistment in the militia, his participation in the ill-fated defense of Washington, D.C., and his penchant for poetry and art.

Radio Specials on July 4:

9:00am - 10:00am - WITF Music Special - Enjoy an hour of highlights of recent interviews and studio performances from the WITF Music series. Hosted by WITF's Joe Ulrich.  

10:00am - 11:00am - Too Beautiful to Live podcast hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh over a sizzling grill as they celebrate one of America's most beloved and most ridiculed foods: The Hot Dog. Francis Lam, host of The Splendid Table, joins them to explain his own personal love affair with the tubular steak, plus: Luke and Andrew head to a minor league ballpark to see if they'd make good hot dog vendors. They also try to hunt down the best veggie alternative to the hot dog, and they dip into the heated debate over proper (and improper) hot dog condiments.  This hilarious new one-hour special is perfect for lazy summer days or grilling holidays.  More information about Too Beautiful to Live podcast...

11:00am - 12:00pm - Earth Eats Grilling ExtravaganzaChef Daniel Orr will be preparing the feast, which will include a traditional French side dish with peas and bacon, Mexican grilled corn, and a Caribbean-inspired coleslaw. He'll give you tips for how to best work a grill to get the tastiest results while cooking some duck, pork, and lamb.  To drink, we have three kid-friendly beverages that use fresh herbs picked right from the garden. And, the sweet ending to our meal will be a rhubarb and strawberry tart. Summer grilling doesn't get much more local and seasonal than this!

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Hearing Voices: Stars & Bars - Celebrating America with flags, fireworks and summer festivals, featuring recitations and reflections on The Pledge" of Allegiance, the annual Rainbow Family migration into the forest on July Fourth, a town that covets their title of the "Armpit of America", and Mississippi moonshine, barbecued goat and old-time Fife & Drum at Otha Turner's Afrosippi Picnic.

1:00pm - 2:00pm -  Travels with Mike: In Search of America 50 Years After Steinbeck - revisiting Steinbeck's iconic book, Travels with Charley -- published 50 years ago, in 1962 -- and journeying into today's America through the eyes of contemporary artists. Episodes in Sag Harbor, N.Y.; New Orleans; North Dakota; Spokane, Wash.; Humboldt County, Cal., and Monterey, Cal. Produced by John Biewen of CDS and hosted by Al Letson host of Reveal and State of Re:Union.  

2:00pm - 3:00pm -  Let Freedom Sing celebrates Independence Day with the Mormon Tablernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square. Julie Amacher hosts this venerable musical institution as they guide us through the canon of American patriotic music. Music selections for this encore special include John Williams' "Hymn to the Fallen," Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," "America the Beautiful," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and "Shenandoah."

3:00pm - 4:00pm - The Capitol Steps Politics Takes a Holiday -  The political satire troope Capitol Steps poke fun at today's news with their brand new, one-hour 4th of July special. Call your friends! Call your lawyer! Call your lawyer's lawyer! This special promises to be huge, fantastic, tremendous...the highest ratings ever...acording to them.  Tune out and tune in as the Capitol Steps rhyme the news of the day.

7:00pm - 8:00pm - WITF Music Special - Repeat from 9:00am 

8:00pm - 10:00pm - A Capitol Fourth - See description in TV highlights

10:00pm - 11:00pm - The Capitol Steps Politics Takes a Holiday - Repeat from 3:00pm

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