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Season 2 of Swedish thriller MODUS begins tonight at 9pm on WETA UK with two back-to-back episodes. Join us!
05/09/2020

Season 2 of Swedish thriller MODUS begins tonight at 9pm on WETA UK with two back-to-back episodes. Join us!

Preview the penultimate episode of period drama "World on Fire's" first season, airing Sunday night on MASTERPIECE | PBS...
05/09/2020
World on Fire | Preview | Episode 6

Preview the penultimate episode of period drama "World on Fire's" first season, airing Sunday night on MASTERPIECE | PBS.

Paris falls to the Nazis, and Webster and Albert's lives are suddenly turned upside down.

05/08/2020
WETA Arts Special Edition: The King's Singers

In our latest special edition of "WETA Arts," watch a message from several members of a capella group The King's Singers, as they discuss the group's connection to Washington, D.C., and their hopes for a December concert at Washington National Cathedral.

Learn how the longest reigning monarch in British history was shaped by World War II. Stream "The Queen at War" with the...
05/08/2020
The Queen at War

Learn how the longest reigning monarch in British history was shaped by World War II. Stream "The Queen at War" with the free PBS Video App.

Learn how the longest reigning monarch in British history was shaped by World War II.

05/08/2020
LA Phil 100

Join us for a night of classical music as we celebrate the LA Phil's hundredth birthday on Great Performances l PBS - tonight at 9:30pm.

Did you miss the latest episode of "Baptiste"? Stream it via the free PBS Video App before the series continues Sunday.
05/08/2020
Baptiste | Episode 4

Did you miss the latest episode of "Baptiste"? Stream it via the free PBS Video App before the series continues Sunday.

Julien finds the money but Edward makes a reckless move that puts the case in jeopardy.

If you're concerned about mental health issues caused by extensive social isolation and anxiety, here are some helpful t...
05/07/2020
4 ways to take care of your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

If you're concerned about mental health issues caused by extensive social isolation and anxiety, here are some helpful tips and resources from PBS NewsHour:

Millions in the U.S. and around the world are under stay-at-home orders as officials hope to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But how do those practices affect individuals' mental health?

"The Musketeers" continues tonight at 10pm on WETA UK. Let us know if you'll be watching - and what you think of the sho...
05/07/2020

"The Musketeers" continues tonight at 10pm on WETA UK. Let us know if you'll be watching - and what you think of the show!

Our Telly Visions podcast does a deep dive into the latest episode of "World on Fire", the battle of Dunkirk and more. L...
05/07/2020
17: A World on Fire Roundtable

Our Telly Visions podcast does a deep dive into the latest episode of "World on Fire", the battle of Dunkirk and more. Listen, subscribe and let us know what you think!

Telly Visions contributor Janet Mullany joins the ladies via the magic of the internet for a deep dive into World on Fire's first season thus far. We swoon over Arthur Darvill's addition to the cast, discuss Lois' future, and speculate about what might be ahead for Robina.

"It's important that this story be told, not only in terms of statistics. We hear about this all the time, thousands of ...
05/07/2020
'It's about human beings.' This photographer's goal in documenting COVID-19

"It's important that this story be told, not only in terms of statistics. We hear about this all the time, thousands of people infected, thousands of people died. But it's about human beings," says photographer John Moore. (via PBS NewsHour)

For weeks, Getty Images photographer John Moore has brought his camera to the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, documenting the new realities of American life. He has accompanied emergency medical workers dispatched to collect the sick and gone inside intensive care units while patients are trea...

From Next Avenue: Some advice if you're job hunting in these uncertain times.
05/06/2020
5 Ways to Find Work in the Pandemic

From Next Avenue: Some advice if you're job hunting in these uncertain times.

Job hunting is never easy, but it's also never looked quite like this.

05/06/2020
Male Koalas Battle over a Female Koala

Spy koala captures two male koalas fighting, a moment rarely seen on film.

"Spy in the Wild 2" continues on Nature | PBS. Tune in or stream at 8pm!

Nicholas Stovall, Principal Flute of the National Symphony Orchestra, joins our Classical Breakdown podcast to discuss t...
05/06/2020
Debussy's La Mer - Part 3

Nicholas Stovall, Principal Flute of the National Symphony Orchestra, joins our Classical Breakdown podcast to discuss the third and final movement of Debussy's enchanting "La Mer". Listen and subscribe:

Debussy's La Mer is as imaginative and playful as it was in 1905, and while the original audience wasn't as receptive, it's become an orchestra staple over the last century. The final movement is called "Dialogue du vent et de la mer" (Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea) and features a theme originati...

What did you think of the latest episode of Call the Midwife? Catch up and discuss all the drama with other fans at our ...
05/06/2020
'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Episode 6

What did you think of the latest episode of Call the Midwife? Catch up and discuss all the drama with other fans at our Telly Visions recap:

This week on Call the Midwife, the Turners' adoption of May hits a snag, Valerie's cousin suffers a horrible loss and Fred rescues the gardening show.

It's not hard to imagine worries about COVID-19 keeping people up at night. But around the world people have been report...
05/05/2020
Why your dreams have been more vivid during the outbreak

It's not hard to imagine worries about COVID-19 keeping people up at night. But around the world people have been reporting that the pandemic is affecting their dreams as well. (via PBS NewsHour)

Deirdre Barrett is a Harvard University professor and an expert on dreaming who has studied the science of dreams for three decades. And with societal anxieties heightened by the global pandemic, she is now collecting accounts of COVID-19 dreams with the hopes of learning how they are influenced by....

Thoughts on the latest episode of "World on Fire"? Catch up on anything you missed and discuss the series with other fan...
05/05/2020
'World on Fire': Episode 5 Recap

Thoughts on the latest episode of "World on Fire"? Catch up on anything you missed and discuss the series with other fans at our Telly Visions recap.

The drama of Dunkirk unfolds among changing personal relationships. Episode 5 #WorldonFirePBS

In honor of #StarWarsDay: Did you know that when "A New Hope" was originally released, it opened in less than three doze...
05/04/2020
1977: A Long Time Ago, in a Theater Not Far Away ...

In honor of #StarWarsDay: Did you know that when "A New Hope" was originally released, it opened in less than three dozen theaters?

One of those was DC's venerable Uptown Theater, and "Star Wars" created quite a sensation when it premiered there in 1977. Learn more from our Boundary Stones blog. #MayThe4th

The first "Star Wars" movie created a sensation when it premiered at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C. in 1977.

What did you think of the latest episode of mystery series "Baptiste"? Catch up on what you missed and discuss the serie...
05/04/2020
'Baptiste' Season 1 Episode 4 Recap: "Vertrouwen"

What did you think of the latest episode of mystery series "Baptiste"? Catch up on what you missed and discuss the series with other fans at our Telly Visions recap:

In this week's Baptiste, Julien deals with personal drama, as the case begins to claim more lives.

05/04/2020
Asian Americans Featurette

Mark your calendars! Premiering May 11 & 12 at 8pm, a new film series that will chronicle the contributions, and challenges of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing ethnic group in America. #AsianAmPBS PBS #APAHM

"Tens of millions of Americans are food-insecure right now." (via PBS NewsHour)
05/04/2020
More Americans are going hungry amid economic crisis -- and many can't get help

"Tens of millions of Americans are food-insecure right now." (via PBS NewsHour)

The current economic crisis means rising demand for food stamps. While Congress has passed additional benefits for some recipients, a large percentage of the poorest households did not get an increase. Meanwhile, many people, from college students now at home to those at high-risk for COVID-19, are....

05/03/2020
6 Surprising Facts About the 19th Amendment

2020 marks 100 years of National Suffrage for women in the United States. Explore the history of the women's suffrage movement with Origin of Everything and PBS Digital Studios.

How these residents are finding ways to reimagine and reinvent their community for this (hopefully) temporary reality. (...
05/03/2020
When COVID-19 Takes the Community Out of Your Retirement Community

How these residents are finding ways to reimagine and reinvent their community for this (hopefully) temporary reality. (via Next Avenue)

At Northern California's Rossmoor, residents have reimagined their world now that COVID-19 has changed the lives of its older adult residents.

Call the Midwife Season 9 continues tonight! Tune in or stream at 8pm - and let us know what you've thought of the seaso...
05/03/2020

Call the Midwife Season 9 continues tonight! Tune in or stream at 8pm - and let us know what you've thought of the season thus far.

PBS NewsHour asked librarians from across the country for book recommendations geared toward kids and teenagers who are ...
05/03/2020
18 librarian-approved books for kids of all ages

PBS NewsHour asked librarians from across the country for book recommendations geared toward kids and teenagers who are stuck at home. Do you have favorite children’s or young adult books?

Libraries may be closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but many summer reading programs are still on. Here are some titles that librarians hope kids will enjoy while they’re at home during the crisis.

05/03/2020
WETA Arts Special Edition: Adventure Theatre

On the latest special edition of "WETA Arts", the artistic director at Adventure Theatre MTC joins Robert Aubry Davis to discuss how they’re working to provide joy for their audiences via digital programs.

Don't worry "World on Fire" fans - the series has already been renewed for a second season. (via Telly Visions)
05/02/2020
'World on Fire' Will Return for a Second Season

Don't worry "World on Fire" fans - the series has already been renewed for a second season. (via Telly Visions)

Don't worry "World on Fire" fans. The drama will return for a second season.

"We are very poor at critical thinking. We are very poor at evaluating sources. And that makes us very vulnerable to the...
05/01/2020
The dangerous global flood of misinformation surrounding COVID-19

"We are very poor at critical thinking. We are very poor at evaluating sources. And that makes us very vulnerable to the sheer amount of disinformation that is spreading online (via PBS NewsHour)

Misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 have spread rapidly online, creating what some experts are now calling an “infodemic.” Health officials across the globe are scrambling to refute a flood of bogus claims, some of which could have harmful consequences. John Yang reports on the...

Gain unprecedented access to one of the most important places in the Christian world on "Inside the Vatican," now availa...
05/01/2020
Inside the Vatican

Gain unprecedented access to one of the most important places in the Christian world on "Inside the Vatican," now available to stream online and via the PBS Video App:

Gain unprecedented access to one of the most important places in the Christian world.

04/30/2020
George W. Bush | American Experience | PBS

Born into a political dynasty. Tested by political reality.

The latest in our award-winning Presidents series, GEORGE W. BUSH premieres May 4 & 5 at 9pm on @American Experience | PBS.

Need to catch up on "World on Fire" before the series continues on Sunday Our Telly Visions recap can help:
04/30/2020
'World on Fire': Episode 4 Recap

Need to catch up on "World on Fire" before the series continues on Sunday Our Telly Visions recap can help:

Fighting intensifies across Europe and at home in the fourth episode of World on Fire.

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You GEO BLOCK ... Quit asking me for money/donations, some people work overseas... it's 2020 duh....
In the middle of its fund-raising season WETA UK needs to get its act together. If you want to get us to renew our membership or win new members you don't show a Midsomer Murder that was aired the week before (and set at Christmas to boot) and you don't skip Modus this weekend!
Can't see it in Europe guys. Help?
SORRY GUYS....THAT WAS A VERY SUBPAR FIRST MOVEMENT TO TONIGHTS BEETHOVEN 9TH SYMPHONY
I have just seen a PSA regarding membership of WETA. I have no complaints about that, but the person making the announcement starts by saying, "My name is Doctor Lina......". I really don't think that is how her parents named her--no baby is born with a medical (or other tertiary) degree--and her arrogance in identifying herself that way really bothers me, to the point that I have no wish to listen to anything else she says. Preferably, she would start by saying, "My name is Lina..... and I am a (medical) doctor...".
Ahhhh..the Notturno by Schubert: a massage for the body and soul! Thanks for my mid-afternoon relaxation.
Today was a special day listening to WETA -FM 90.9! You played the beautiful Johannes Brahms Symphony #3. Do you know that the third movement melody of this symphony was adapted years ago into a beautiful song sung by Mario Lanza in the film The Great Caruso, about the famous opera tenor? I can still see Mario Lanza in the church choir loft singing, "Your the song angels sing..." Someone on staff at WETA should start recognizing the many adaptations of classical music for the film genre, and the very fine film composers should be recognized on 90.9 radio! I'd be glad to help make a list of the film composers. Happy to add this wonderful genre to the 90.9 playlist for all ears to enjoy! gratefully, gail
So 15 minutes and 4 trips the length of the house, and that only because nothing followed your instructions. Dish had automated a lot of it and set up it's own process which mercifully was smooth.
A flogging for WETA for assigning me to run back and forth across my house 4 times with all kinds of code letters and two pages of hand copied instructions in order to activate passport. I could launch nuclear missiles more easily. I mean really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Need to cut my donation back next year for this punishment. I'll be back when I tell you how long it took me and how many tries, because when you build in this many fail points, they fail. Always.
A quick shout-out to our wonderful classical music station and public television here in Washington! WETA keeps me going throughout the day as I work and then attempt to wind down in the evening during these trying times. Ever grateful for WETA!
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Ahhh..the Archduke trio is just meltingly beautiful. Although I play a version for piano only, it doesn't have the same effect without strings. This makes me feel like a pat of butter on hot bread.