Courtesy Capitol Concerts.

 West Virginia Public Broadcasting honors the sacrifice of those who died while serving the country's armed forces with special programs on television and radio. From the musical tributes on the National Memorial Day Concert airing live from the nation's Capitol, to television and radio documentaries that recall important moments in history and first-person perspectives of conflict, these programs offer an opportunity for reflection and remembrance on this Memorial Day.

National Memorial Day Concert 2015    Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m.

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More than 250 guests turned out to the Culture Center on May 6 to meet  our special guest, Antiques Roadshow Executive Producer Marsha Bemko.

Many had volunteered or even brought their items in to be evaluated at the taping in the Charleston Civic Center last August, so they were anxious to see which treasures and finds made it into the three one-hour episodes. Those episodes are scheduled for air May 11, 18 and 25 at 8 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Get an insider's look at a visit from Antiques Roadshow  when Behind the Scenes - Antiques Roadshow in Charleston, West Virginia premieres  May 25 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public  Broadcasting. The program follows the final of three episodes the PBS series recorded last August,  scheduled to air Mondays at 8 p.m. on May 11, 18, and 25. 

As part of the Rockefeller Production Blog, we've asked producer Russ Barbour to talk about his work with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and explain why Jay: A Rockefeller's Story was such an important project for him. 

Rockefeller while living in Japan
The Rockefeller Family

View Images of Jay Rockefeller's life from the upcoming documentary, "Jay: A Rockefeller's Journey."

The new documentary recounts the half-century career of John D. Rockefeller IV in his chosen home of West Virginia. Why would the heir of one of the wealthiest families in America come to one of its poorest states – and stay? What influenced him and who inspired him along his journey to becoming one of the state’s most influential leaders of the last 50 years?

Watch it June 22 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Producer Profile: Russ Barbour

Apr 22, 2015

As part of the Rockefeller Production Blog, we've asked producer Russ Barbour to talk about his work with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and explain why Jay: A Rockefeller's Story was such an important project for him. 

RSVP for a Preview of 'Last Days in Vietnam'

Apr 20, 2015

Join a live online screening event featuring the Academy Award-nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam. A special guest appearance by filmmaker Rory Kennedy kicks off a 50-minute preview of the PBS film.

Chat with a live panel of veterans and Vietnamese Americans from the film that escaped hours before the fall of Saigon 40 years ago this April.

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A new documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Jay: A Rockefeller’s Journey, traces the 50-year public service career of John D. Rockefeller IV, while capturing much of the political history of West Virginia, his adopted home.

The free public premiere of the program will be hosted at West Virginia University’s Erickson Alumni Center, Wednesday at 7 p.m., in advance of the broadcast premiere scheduled for late June. RSVP here.

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On April 27 and 28, West Virginia Public Broadcasting presents two nights of programs that look back at the era of the Vietnam War, 1964 through 1975. From the politics of the time, the protests, the casualties and finally the fall of Saigon, these programs reflect on the impact of the events that saw about 36,578 West Virginians serving, and ultimately reporting the highest death rate among all states. 

WV Cooks Recipes

Apr 14, 2015

West Virginia Cooks brought those who loved to cook, together. "Everyone has their own special recipes," said Host Harvey Christie. "I want to not only share the recipe, but the heritage and traditions that go with each one. I don't think this happens much anymore and this show gives us a great opportunity to keep tradition alive."

We join family, friends, and viewers in mourning the passing of Harvey Christie on December 1, 2006. His contributions to WV Public Broadcasting were many and he will be missed.

In 2003, West Virginia University's P.I. Reed School of Journalism teamed up with West Virginia Public Broadcasting for a documentary chronicling the lives of five cancer patients from diagnosis through their treatments.

Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss and Hope won a Midwestern Regional Emmy in the Informational Program category. The documentary also won an Award of Excellence in the 2004 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts documentary category.

Special thanks to Charleston Area Medical Center, exclusive underwriter for West Virginia Public Broadcasting's presentation of Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, A Film By Barak Goodman.

A Charleston Area Medical Center doctor, Suzanne Cole, is featured in episode three's exploration of the current state of cancer treatment. Watch episode three, "Finding An Achilles Heel," April 1 at 9 p.m. on WVPB.

Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn and Damian Lewis as King Henry VIII.
Courtesy of Ed Miller/Playground & Company Pictures for MASTERPIECE/BBC

Get the first look at the newest Masterpiece mini-series, "Wolf Hall," based on the novel by Hilary Mantel. Join us Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. in The Clay Center Digital Dome theater (Charleston, WV.) You'll get brief tour of the newly-renovated and updated planetarium projection system, and then settle in for an exclusive peek of this new hit series from across the pond.

Travel with us to experience the elegance of Downton Abbey in America's own legacy of excellence, Biltmore. See a special exhibit of more than 45 costumes from PBS Masterpiece's hit series Downton Abbey, displayed through the lavish rooms of America's largest home.

April 26 & 27. Bus Connections in Clarksburg, Charleston & Beckley. Overnight Stay at Inn on Biltmore Estate. Reserve now by calling Michelle Lewis (304) 556-4973 by March 25.

Cost includes transportation, lodging, meals, admission tickets & gratuities. Cost per person, double $399.

Production still by Raelyn White.

In West Virginia, low income, unemployment and parent’s long work schedules are having a devastating impact on children under the age of three. It’s a period of children’s lives when parents and caregivers will have the greatest impact on a child’s ability to learn—the “developmental years.” The First 1,000 Days: Investing In WV Children When It Counts is new documentary that explores the multi-faceted and often misunderstood world of early child development.

If you missed this year's live performance of Joy to the World with Mollie O'Brien and Bob Thompson, don't worry! You can watch it right here.

It's a great jazzy performance of some of your holiday favorites, such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and songs that are sure to become favorites, such as Cool Yule.

Quick Look: Early Head Start

Dec 10, 2014

The best time to help children do well in life is during their first three years of life.   The First 1,000 Days:  Investing In WV Children When It Counts is a new documentary from WV Public Broadcasting that explores the impact of this time in a child's life. 


Would you like to see the entire first episode of Masterpiece's Downton Abbey, Season 5 in a theater (and before all the spoilers start coming in?) Call your friends and make a date to join us for these special premiere events  in Beckley (December 7), Charleston (December 9), and Morgantown (December 14)!

West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy

The Summit will offer a unique opportunity for people from throughout West Virginia to participate in a constructive, in-depth conversation about the complicated history of race relations and racial inequality in the state. Participants will examine the causes and consequences of structural inequities that exist across social, political, education and financial systems and how those inequities negatively affect everyone. It will encourage strong leaders, working together, to commit themselves to building a community that improves the well-being of all West Virginians.

The PBS series Antiques Roadshow has announced three May broadcast dates for episodes shot in Charleston, W.Va., last August. The episodes are scheduled to air at 8 p.m. on May 11, 18, and 25 on West Virginia PBS and other public television stations nationwide.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting also is producing a behind-the scenes look at the visit to be broadcast with the national premiere of the Charleston episodes.