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WETA is the leading public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational, cultural, news and public affairs programs and services. WETA is one of 354 television stations that make up the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). WETA TV 26 reaches 1.3 million Washington area viewers in an average week who tune in for broadcasts of children’s programs, news and public affairs, history and culture, and science and nature programs. WETA also offers three additional digital channels: WETA HD, WETA UK and WETA Kids. On the radio dial, Classical WETA 90.9 FM is the exclusive home of classical music in Greater Washington. Classical WETA is also available in the Cumberland Valley on WGMS 89.1 FM and in Frederick, Maryland on WETA 88.9 FM.

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On June 6, 1938, Washington Senators prospect Lefty Brewer threw a no hitter in the minor leagues. Exactly six years lat...
06/08/2019
Lefty Brewer's Sacrifice

On June 6, 1938, Washington Senators prospect Lefty Brewer threw a no hitter in the minor leagues. Exactly six years later, he jumped out of a plane over Normandy, France.

Learn more from our Boundary Stones blog. #DDay75

On June 6, 1938 Lefty Brewer threw a no-hitter in the minor leagues. Six years later the Washington Senators prospect was part of the D-Day invasion.

Join the band as they return to New York City’s Beacon Theatre for the first time in 25 years. "The Doobie Brothers Li...
06/08/2019

Join the band as they return to New York City’s Beacon Theatre for the first time in 25 years.

"The Doobie Brothers Live from the Beacon Theatre" airs tonight at 9pm!

A new study shows more caregivers are assuming responsibility for particularly demanding procedures once considered the ...
06/08/2019
Where to Find Help for Difficult Caregiving Tasks

A new study shows more caregivers are assuming responsibility for particularly demanding procedures once considered the exclusive domain of medical professionals, such as managing incontinence, pain and special diets. (via Next Avenue)

A new study shows caregivers need more support and training

Take an epic journey deep through time to explore the evolution of four of the world’s most spectacular creatures: cro...
06/07/2019

Take an epic journey deep through time to explore the evolution of four of the world’s most spectacular creatures: crocodiles, birds, whales and elephants.

"When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time," a companion film to the new Smithsonian exhibit, airs June 19.

Prolonged wet weather and historic flooding are disrupting spring planting for many farmers in America's heartland. (via...
06/07/2019
For farmers, record flooding and a wet spring mean many fields can’t be planted

Prolonged wet weather and historic flooding are disrupting spring planting for many farmers in America's heartland. (via PBS NewsHour)

In parts of America’s Heartland, prolonged wet weather and historic flooding are disrupting spring planting for many farmers. Nearly three months after waters washed over parts of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska, some fields remain submerged -- and President Trump’s trade war with China isn’t maki...

This xkcd theory about Ken Burns's filmography deserves some consideration, just saying.
06/07/2019

This xkcd theory about Ken Burns's filmography deserves some consideration, just saying.

News of the D-Day invasion reached Washington in the early hours of June 6, 1944 and captivated the city.Learn more abou...
06/06/2019
'Simply and literally stunning': Washington Reacts to the D-Day Invasion

News of the D-Day invasion reached Washington in the early hours of June 6, 1944 and captivated the city.

Learn more about how our local area reacted to #DDay from our Boundary Stones blog:

News of the D-Day invasion reached Washington in the early hours of June 6, 1944 and captivated the city.

Explore what happened when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City on June 28, 1969. The streets eru...
06/06/2019
Stonewall Uprising Preview | Season 23 Episode 9 | American Experience

Explore what happened when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City on June 28, 1969. The streets erupted into protests that marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.

"Stonewall Uprising" airs at 9pm on American Experience | PBS. Join us!

Airs Monday, April 25, 2011 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

Promoting good oral language and communication skills is perhaps the most important thing parents, caregivers and educat...
06/05/2019
Language and Communication Skills That Make all the Difference for Kindergarten

Promoting good oral language and communication skills is perhaps the most important thing parents, caregivers and educators can do to prepare children to enter kindergarten. (via MindShift)

Kids learn oral communication skills by practicing with one another and adults. Based on the work of Audrey Prince, kindergarten teacher Devin Walsh offers several steps that have worked in her classroom.

One hundred years ago, on June 4, 1919, Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Learn more...
06/04/2019
The Silent Sentinels

One hundred years ago, on June 4, 1919, Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.

Learn more about the Silent Sentinels, a group of women who spent over two years protesting outside of the White House for women's suffrage. (via Boundary Stones)

A century ago, Washington was the site of "the most militant move ever made by the suffragists of this country."

The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens, including ...
06/04/2019
Trump administration bans educational and recreational travel to Cuba

The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens, including a ban on many forms of educational and recreational travel. (via PBS NewsHour)

A Treasury Department statement says the U.S. will no longer allow the group educational and cultural trips known as "people to people" travel to the island.

A nostalgic, locally focused WETA production explores the history of annual Independence Day celebrations here in the na...
06/04/2019

A nostalgic, locally focused WETA production explores the history of annual Independence Day celebrations here in the nation’s capital.

Join us for "Discovering Washington: The 4th of July" tonight at 8pm!

Available to stream online: American Experience | PBS offers an intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking book...
06/04/2019
Rachel Carson | Season 29 Episode 3 | American Experience

Available to stream online: American Experience | PBS offers an intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking books revolutionized our relationship to the natural world.

Watch "Rachel Carson" below or via the free PBS Video App:

“Rachel carson” premieres Jan. 24 at 8/7c on American Experience PBS.

When I.M. Pei set out to design a modern addition to the National Gallery of Art, he knew it would be a difficult task.....
06/03/2019
How I.M. Pei Brought Modern Architecture to the National Mall

When I.M. Pei set out to design a modern addition to the National Gallery of Art, he knew it would be a difficult task... and the skeptics didn't make it any easier.

Learn more from our Boundary Stones blog:

When I.M. Pei set out to design a modern addition to the National Gallery of Art, he knew it would be a difficult task.

Join us as best-selling author, podcast host and happiness guru Gretchen Rubin explains how small things done consistent...
06/03/2019

Join us as best-selling author, podcast host and happiness guru Gretchen Rubin explains how small things done consistently can make us healthier, more productive and more creative.

"Roadmap to Happiness with Gretchen Rubin" premieres tonight at 8pm. Will you be watching? Let us know! #gretchenrubinpbs

"Describing previous mass extinctions and changes to the climate, showing ancient animals in their habitats, along with ...
06/03/2019
At Smithsonian's renovated Hall of Fossils, dinosaurs are just the beginning

"Describing previous mass extinctions and changes to the climate, showing ancient animals in their habitats, along with present-day environmental issues, the exhibit tries to drive home the connections between our ecosystems and life's evolution, and how lessons from the past might help guide a sustainable future," reports William Brangham. (via PBS NewsHour)

The dinosaur bones at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History now boast new accommodations. After a four-year, $125 million renovation, the Hall of Fossils now features state-of-the-art technology and new exhibits housing more than 700 specimens. As William Brangham report...

Join host Jim Carter for a celebration of the beloved hit series, new cast interviews, and a sneak peek at the upcoming ...
06/02/2019

Join host Jim Carter for a celebration of the beloved hit series, new cast interviews, and a sneak peek at the upcoming movie, slated for theatrical release in September 2019.

"Downton Abbey Returns" airs tonight at 9pm. Will you be watching?

The 12 people who were fatally shot in a Virginia Beach government building were remembered Saturday during a somber new...
06/02/2019
Virginia Beach shooting victims were veteran city employees

The 12 people who were fatally shot in a Virginia Beach government building were remembered Saturday during a somber news conference and prayer vigil as officials sought to put the focus on those who died and not the gunman. (via PBS NewsHour)

The 12 people who were fatally shot in a Virginia Beach government building were remembered Saturday during a somber news conference and prayer vigil as officials sought to put the focus on those who died and not the gunman.

Excited for "Jamestown" Season 3 this June?Catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 with WETA Passport:
06/01/2019
Jamestown | WETA

Excited for "Jamestown" Season 3 this June?

Catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 with WETA Passport:

Watch Jamestown videos on demand. Stream full episodes online.

Celebrate the legendary musical with a stellar cast including Alfie Boe, Nick Jonas, Lea Salonga, Colm Wilkinson, Norm L...
06/01/2019

Celebrate the legendary musical with a stellar cast including Alfie Boe, Nick Jonas, Lea Salonga, Colm Wilkinson, Norm Lewis and Ramin Karimloo, filmed at London's O2 Arena.

"Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2" airs at 7pm. Join us!

In 1987, a convicted murderer from Massachusetts was apprehended in Prince George's County after a short police chase.  ...
06/01/2019
How a Maryland Crime Shaped a Presidential Election

In 1987, a convicted murderer from Massachusetts was apprehended in Prince George's County after a short police chase. His arrest would set off a chain of events that would become the hot button issue of the 1988 presidential campaign.

Learn more from our Boundary Stones blog:

In 1987 he garnered little attention outside of the D.C. area. But soon Willie Horton would be the face of criminality, just in time for Election Day.

Sesame Street was an innovative and radical children’s television program when it premiered in 1969. Discover its orig...
05/31/2019
Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

Sesame Street was an innovative and radical children’s television program when it premiered in 1969. Discover its origin story with the National Museum of American History:

Sesame Street was an innovative and radical children’s television program when it premiered in 1969. Discover its origin story.

From Robert Mueller's statement to  President Trump's response, explore the week's political headlines with Robert Costa...
05/31/2019
This week on Washington Week: Robert Mueller speaks

From Robert Mueller's statement to President Trump's response, explore the week's political headlines with Robert Costa and the Washington Week panel, tonight at 8pm.

Watch Washington Week Friday at 8/7c on PBS.

Get an intimate look at one of the world’s most intelligent and sensitive animals.Watch "Soul of An Elephant" from Nat...
05/30/2019
Soul of the Elephant | Season 34 Episode 4 | Nature

Get an intimate look at one of the world’s most intelligent and sensitive animals.

Watch "Soul of An Elephant" from Nature | PBS online or through the free PBS Video App:

An intimate look at one of the world’s most intelligent and sensitive animals.

05/30/2019
Godzilla and Mothra: King and Queen of the Kaijū

Godzilla and Mothra are the two most well known forms of kaijū, a Japanese film genre that features giant monsters.

In #MonstrumPBS Dr. Zarka shows kaijū are deeply rooted in past events in Japan including the deployment of nuclear weapons there during World War II. (via PBS Digital Studios)

Marta Dusseldorp stars in "Janet King" Season 3, which continues tonight at 10pm on WETA UK. Join us!
05/30/2019

Marta Dusseldorp stars in "Janet King" Season 3, which continues tonight at 10pm on WETA UK. Join us!

Do you remember the name of D.C.'s first baby panda? Test your knowledge of local history with our "Washington in the 20...
05/30/2019
How Well Do You Remember Washington in the 2000s?

Do you remember the name of D.C.'s first baby panda? Test your knowledge of local history with our "Washington in the 2000s" trivia quiz:

The 2000s were a strange time for Washington, D.C. A new millenium meant big changes, and D.C. suffered through more than its fair share of triumphs, tragedies, and history-making moments. But how well do you really know this decade in our city?

A new season of popular mystery series "Endeavour" is coming this June. Watch the new trailer at our Telly Visions blog:
05/29/2019
Watch the PBS Preview for 'Endeavour' Season 6

A new season of popular mystery series "Endeavour" is coming this June.

Watch the new trailer at our Telly Visions blog:

PBS has dropped a new trailer for Endeavour Season 6, ahead of its June Masterpiece premiere.

The one-room schoolhouse may seem like a distant memory from U.S. history, but about 200 of them still exist today, incl...
05/29/2019
How Wyoming manages to keep its rural schools open

The one-room schoolhouse may seem like a distant memory from U.S. history, but about 200 of them still exist today, including Wyoming’s tiny Valley Elementary School. (via PBS NewsHour)

The one-room schoolhouse may seem like a distant memory from U.S. history, but about 200 of them still exist today, including Wyoming’s tiny Valley Elementary School. It has only six students, but in Wyoming, education funding is redistributed so that students can have access to similar resources,...

From 9/11 and the D.C. sniper to the return of Major League Baseball and a baby panda’s birth, relive the moments that...
05/29/2019

From 9/11 and the D.C. sniper to the return of Major League Baseball and a baby panda’s birth, relive the moments that shaped our city with our new local special "Washington in the 2000s" - narrated by Donnie Simpson - tonight at 10pm!

Will you be watching? Let us know! #weta2000s

In 1962, Rachel Carson wrote one of the landmark works of the environmental movement in her Silver Spring, Maryland home...
05/29/2019
Rachel Carson in Silver Spring

In 1962, Rachel Carson wrote one of the landmark works of the environmental movement in her Silver Spring, Maryland home.

Learn more from our Boundary Stones blog:

Rachel Carson, whose 1962 book "The Silent Spring" helped launch the environmental movement, lived in Silver Spring.

New research reveals that people find it more acceptable for managers to ask passionate workers to work extra hours with...
05/28/2019
Why Do Employers Lowball Creatives? A New Study Has Answers

New research reveals that people find it more acceptable for managers to ask passionate workers to work extra hours without additional pay. (via KQED Arts)

New research shows that exploitation is seen as more acceptable if workers are passionate about what they do.

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