WVPT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: MAY 2015

May 2015 Primetime Schedule (Printable Grid)
May 2015 Create Schedule (Printable Grid)

THE ROOSEVELTS ENCORE
Tuesdays, Beginning May 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Ken Burns’s seven-part documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The 14-hour series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative.

IN THIS LAND – THE CAMP LYNDHURST SAGA
Thursday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m.
This new feature documentary, from independent film group Alpha Vision Films, explores a little known and fascinating chapter in Virginia history. “In This Land: The Camp Lyndhurst Saga. German Prisoners of War in The Old Dominion” features President of The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, and author of “The Longest Patrol”, Gregory L. Owen, along with President of The Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, Shirley Bridgeforth. You won’t want to miss this incredible story that retraces, and at long last reveals, this compelling story in The Shenandoah Valley.

PRANGE & PEARL HARBOR: A MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION
Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 p.m.
One man’s obsession, 37 years of his life, 10,000 pages of historical documentary, and the book he authored, are the focus of PRANGE & PEARL HARBOR: A MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION. This program explores the work of Gordon Prange, a University of Maryland professor who researched and wrote, At Dawn We Slept: The Untold History of Pearl Harbor, a book The New York Times called “impossible to forget.” His other major works on the war in the Pacific include Tora! Tora! Tora!, which was made into a feature film in 1970. PRANGE & PEARL HARBOR follows Prange’s life from chief historian in occupied Japan under General Douglas MacArthur to his professorship at the University of Maryland, through his unceasing journey to publish what is hailed as the definitive book about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

CALL THE MIDWIFE (SEASON 4)
Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ~ Season Finale May 17
Inspired by the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, CALL THE MIDWIFE follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. In Season 4, the community prepares to enter a new decade – the 1960s.

MASTERPIECE: MR. SELFRIDGE (SEASON 3)
Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ~ Season Finale May 17
Jeremy Piven (Entourage) stars as London’s retail king, Harry Gordon Selfridge. Follow the fascinating rise and fall of this colorful but troubled entrepreneur, and picks up in 1919 just after the end of World War I. Zoë Wanamaker joins the series cast to play trouble-making Russian Princess, Marie de Bolotoff. The Selfridges colorful staff returns, with Amanda Abbington as Miss Mardle, Tom Goodman-Hill as Mr. Grove, Ron Cook as Mr. Crabb, Aisling Loftus as Agnes Towler, Grégory Fitoussi as Henri Leclair, and Aidan McArdle as Lord Loxley.

THE LINCOLN AWARDS: A CONCERT FOR VETERANS & THE MILITARY FAMILY
Friday, May 22 at 9 p.m.
The entertainment community will gather to celebrate our military, veterans, wounded warriors, caregivers, and military families while saluting the Lincoln Award recipients. The All-Star Concert will feature a lineup of the biggest names in music, comedy, film, and television and will be taped for national, primetime broadcast. The awards are named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, whose second inaugural address laid the groundwork for Department of Veterans Affairs.

WING AND A PRAYER
Sunday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m.
In 1947 an improbable group of World War II veterans risked their lives and American citizenships to give the newborn state of Israel a chance to survive. The United Nations voted to partition British-controlled Palestine between the Arabs and Jews. The Jews agreed to the two-state deal, but the Palestinian Arabs (two-thirds of Palestine’s population) rejected the plan. In response, the five-nation Arab League vowed to conquer all of Palestine, and the United States also joined the worldwide embargo against Israel, barring its citizens from supplying military aid to the Jewish state. Moved by the plight of Holocaust survivors and Jews trapped in Palestine, former U.S. Air Transport Command flight engineer Adolph Schwimmer masterminded a plan to arm the besieged Palestinian Jews. Schwimmer and his crew of pilots smuggled 12 million dollars’ worth of World War II surplus rifles, machine guns, bullets and planes into ill-equipped Israel just as the 1948 Arab-Israeli War broke out. Schwimmer’s group - made up of Jews and non-Jews - eluded the FBI, outsmarted the U.S. State Department and created fictitious airlines to help the Israeli army ward off attacks from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt.

DAYTON CODEBREAKERS
Sunday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m.
Throughout 1942, German U-boats were sinking hundreds of American ships in the Atlantic Ocean, effectively cutting the supply line to embattled ally England. In desperation, the United States Navy turned to the National Cash Register Company in Dayton, Ohio, to design and build code-breaking machines. The high-priority and highly classified project involved hundreds of civilians, Naval officers and one engineer of German descent whose insight and technical ability helped break the complex Enigma code. DAYTON CODEBREAKERS uncovers Joseph Desch’s role in helping end World War II, through interviews with eminent historians, scientists and honored war veterans. Although Desch remained faithful to his pledge of secrecy until his death in 1987, he left behind mysterious papers and clues for his daughter to unravel.

SALUTE TO THE TROOPS: IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Friday, May 22 at 10:00 p.m.
President and Mrs. Obama host a PBS music special from the White House, with an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States. Performances by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and active duty military members U.S. Army Sgt. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer. There also will be a performance by Daughtry via satellite of their USO concert at Yokota Air Base in Japan, as well as a live-viewing audience of troops from the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

OMAHA BEACH: HONOR AND SACRIFICE
Saturday, May 23 at 10:00 p.m.
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the green 29th Infantry Division faced some of the most brutal fighting on Omaha Beach. In June of 2014, a handful of remaining members of the 29th Infantry Division made a final trip back to Normandy to recognize the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Prominately featured in this film is a soldier from the First Infantry Division (the Big Red One), who came ashore just down the beach and alongside the 29th Infantry on D-Day. Naval Combat Demolition Unit (NCDU) “frogman” Ernie Corvese also came ashore on Omaha Beach. Ernie’s 8 man crew had the mission of clearing obstacles on Omaha before the invasion began. Of the 8 men in his crew, Ernie was the only one to survive. On June 4, 2014 Ernie made his first return to Omaha Beach since that Day of Days in 1944. Narrated by Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Broadcaster Tim McCarver.

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
Sunday, May 24 at 8:00 & 9:30 p.m.
Honoring our American heroes for over 25 years, the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT pays tribute to 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. Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th annual broadcast of this night of remembrance that 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.

ABOVE AND BEYOND
Sunday, May 24 at 11:00 pm
The true story of Bruce Sundlun, a Jewish-American B-17 pilot and his incredible escape from Nazi-occupied Europe in WWII. During overseas active duty beginning in June 1943, Sundlun served as a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot in the England-based 384th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force at Grafton-Underwood Air Base.

THE HOMEFRONT
Monday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m.
Theisss-section of America’s military community: Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen, some in the active duty force, and some in the National Guard and Reserve. Representing many ranks, and drawn from across the country, these families illustrate what it means to serve.

30 DAYS TO A YOUNGER HEART
May 28 at 8:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Dr. Masley shares the surprising news that Metabolic Syndrome, also known as pre-diabetes – not high cholesterol – is the number one cause of cardiovascular disease. Since the term metabolic syndrome is new to most, the doctor describes how easy it is to determine your risk, and why so many Americans have it.

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:
ANDRIS NELSONS INAUGURAL CONCERT

Friday, May 29 at 9:00 p.m.
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.

VICTOR BORGE’S TIMELESS COMEDY
Saturday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. & May 31 at 5:00 p.m.
Treat yourself to a big dose of laughter and hilarious routines from the master of music and comedy. Host Itzhak Perlman presents the legendary performer’s funniest and most memorable skits.

MY MUSIC: COUNTRY POP LEGENDS
Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Country pop legends unite to perform their biggest and most-loved hit recordings from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. County music legend Roy Clark hosts this emotional trip down three decades of memory lane. New performances from Glenn Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Hank Locklin, Bill Anderson, BJ Thomas, the Bellamy Brothers, the Browns and more are intermixed with classic full-length vintage archival gems from the vaults.

ANNIE LENNOX: NOSTALGIA LIVE IN CONCERT
Saturday, May 30 at 10:00 p.m.
Throughout her four-decade career, music superstar Annie Lennox has defied categorization, diving into blues, soul, folk and pop to create songs that captivate and transcend boundaries. In her latest album, Nostalgia, Lennox reveals yet another dimension to her formidable talent. Although jazz is not the genre for which she is best known, she could no longer resist the magnetic pull of some of the most memorable melodies and lyrics from the American Songbook—songs like “Summertime,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “I Cover the Waterfront” and “God Bless the Child.” Lennox’s sublime interpretations bring a hypnotic intimacy to these timeless classics.

DANIEL O'DONNELL– FRONT THE HEARTLAND
Sunday, May 31 at 3:30 p.m.
Beloved Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell and his melodic voice return to PBS in this new concert special filmed in Iowa, the Hawkeye State. Exuding the same passion and unique sense of humor that have fascinated audiences for years, O’Donnell sings, dances and charms his way into viewers’ hearts with a mix of country, pop hits and fan favorites.

MY MUSIC: SISTER ACTS
Sunday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Join hosts Kathy Lennon and Tina Cole for the sweet, sentimental sounds of sibling singing groups, including the Andrews Sisters, McGuire Sisters, Lennon Sisters, King Sisters and more.
TENORS - UNDER ONE SKY
Sunday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m.
Canada’s multi-platinum vocal quartet performs a mix of originals and new interpretations of familiar favorites. Highlighting their signature blend of classical and contemporary pop, this new performance is sure to please!

JOHN DENVER - COUNTRY BOY
Sunday, May 31 at 9:30 p.m.
Discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

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