WVPT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: APRIL 2014

April 2014 Primetime Schedule (Printable Grid)
April 2014 Create Schedule (Printable Grid)

CIVIL WAR – THE UNTOLD STORY
Sundays, April 6 & 13 at 2:00 p.m.
CIVIL WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY breaks new ground by examining America’s civil war through the lens of the Western Campaign and provides new insights into causes of the war, the home front and the Civil War: The Untold Story opposing politics between the Union and the Confederacy. The series also explores the issue of slavery and the surprising roles that African-Americans played in the conflict.

YOUR INNER FISH
Premieres Wednesday, April 9 at 10:00 p.m.
How did the human body become the complicated, quirky and amazing machine it is today? This cutting-edge scientific adventure reveals a startling truth: hidden within the human body is a story of life on Earth, and the legacy of animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. Based on the best-selling book by Neil Shubin, the series travels from Africa to the Arctic Circle to uncover the 3.5 billion year history of the human body — and how a colorful cast of ancient characters made us who we are today.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
Friday, April 11 at 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy a new production of Verdi’s classic drama of political intrigue and thwarted romance, staged by acclaimed opera director David Alden and led by Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi. Leading Met stars take on the central roles in the opera’s love triangle: Marcelo Álvarez as the ill-fated King Gustavo III; Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his best friend and eventual rival, Count Anckarström; and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, Anckarström’s wife and the object of the king’s secret passion. Kathleen Kim sings the coloratura role of Oscar and Stephanie Blythe is fortune-teller Mme. Ulrica Arvidsson. Soprano Deborah Voigt hosts the broadcast and conducts backstage interviews with the stars.

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE SEASON 2
Premieres Sunday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m.
THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE returns for a second season, following four ordinary women with the extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment. The women use their code-breaking skills to solve crimes in post-war London.

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION: SEASON 4
Premieres Tuesday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m.
More than 200 breakthrough stars bring their stories to life in season four of this Emmy-nominated documentary series. Each episode melds compelling new interviews with irresistible clips to offer a fresh take on TV’s biggest celebrities. Featured stars in this season’s four new episodes (“Standup to Sitcom,” “Doctors and Nurses,” “Breaking Barriers” and “Acting Funny”) include Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, Bill Cosby, Tim Allen, Ray Romano, Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Diahann Carroll, Howie Mandel, Bob Newhart and many more.

THE ADDRESS
Tuesday, April 15 at 9:00 p.m.
Ken Burns tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of Greenwood, whose students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

PETER PAN FROM THE MILWAUKEE BALLET
Friday, April 18 at 9:00 p.m.
Artistic Director Michael Pink’s adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s most famous work is performed by the Milwaukee Ballet. This production, taped at the Marcus Center for the Arts in Milwaukee, brings to life Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and many of the notable characters, including a larger than life alligator that crawls along the orchestra pit.

INDEPENDENT LENS: MUSCLE SHOALS
Monday, April 21 at 9:00 p.m.
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and the Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start its own successful studio, Muscle Shoals Sound. In this joyful film, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism and mystery, and why it remains influential today.

AMERICAN MASTERS: A FIERCE GREEN FIRE
Tuesday, April 22 at 9:00 p.m.
Experience the battle for a living planet in the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism. Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep narrate.

RUBEN SALAZAR - MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Tuesday, April 29 at 9:00 p.m.
This documentary examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is his transformation from a mainstream, establishment Los Angeles Times reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed by a law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became an instant martyr to the Latino community — which had often criticized his reporting. Featuring material from recently released files, the program removes Salazar from the glare of myth and martyrdom and offers a clear-eyed look at the man.

Virginia Farm Bureau

University of Virginia Health Center

Capital Ale House

Dominion Power

BRCC

JMU Forbes Center

Factory Antique Mall

Shenandoah Spring Water

One Block West

2010 South African Safaris

 

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