U.S. Government

Former Secretary of State and congressman Ken Hechler is 100 years old Saturday. 

Hechler was an Army combat historian during World War II and served in the Truman White House, writing speeches among other duties.

He served in the U.S. House between 1959 and 1976 and was secretary of state from 1985 to 2001.

According to the Associated Press, Hechler and his wife Carole will celebrate the milestone with a private event on Sunday in Romney. 

West Virginia Public Broadcasting filmmakers Chip Hitchcock and Russ Barbour produced a documentary on Hechler's life and work. The 2008 film, Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice, is a two-part documentary examining the role of political office throughout 20th century America.

You can begin watching The Pursuit of Justice by streaming the embedded video below. To continue with the remaining parts, visit our YouTube playlist.

Can you hear it? Click, whir, wait, shake - ahhhh! 

Listen Thursday night at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio, Shake it- a modern Polaroid love story.

Taking a Polaroid picture is a totally sensory experience. But it is more than just the sensation of a snapshot; there is something special and social about seeing, giving & receiving that white-framed photo.

West Virginia Morning
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A McDowell County clinic is worried that federal cuts could compromise care for coal miners with Black Lung Disease. Also, a segment from West Virginia at 150, which won the Best Documentary Award at the Associated Press Broadcasters Association of The Virginias.

Righteous Remnant Bartizvah
Tom Sopher

Righteous Remnant: Jewish Survival in Appalachia is the West Virginia PBS documentary produced by West Virginia University School of Journalism Professor Maryanne Reed. The half-hour film, produced in 1997, examines the history and modern-day concerns of the small Jewish community in Beckley, W.Va. Click play below to watch the entire film.

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American Experience: The Amish, Tuesday February 4 at 8 p.m., followed by the premiere of The Amish: Shunned, 9 p.m. on West Virginia PBS

With the January 9 chemical leak from Freedom Industries leading to the water supply being compromised for 300,000 residents who rely on West Virginia American Water, the ripple effects are sure to impact our state, our region, and possibly even the entire nation on environmental, political, and cultural levels. Yet, concerns over the safety of the environment and health of the local population are nothing new around the Kanawha Valley.

Fictional Detective Ahead of Real-World Forensics

Dec 17, 2013
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Watch How Sherlock Changed the World Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. on WV PBS

The world’s most legendary fictional detective has had an astonishing impact on the development of real criminal investigation and forensic techniques. From blood to ballistics, from fingerprints to footprints, Sherlock Holmes was 120 years ahead of his time, protecting crime scenes from contamination, looking for minute traces of evidence and searching for what the eye couldn’t see.

West Virginia night on WV PBS

Dec 9, 2013

Watch these two documentaries Monday, Dec. 9 beginning at 8 p.m. on WV PBS

8:00 p.m. -- West Virginia: A Road to Statehood -- This documentary brings to life the issues, differences and disagreements that divided the Commonwealth of Virginia, turning families and neighbors against one another throughout what is now West Virginia.

WGBH Boston

As the world responds to Nelson Mandela's passing, Frontline is making “The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela” — its definitive two-hour documentary film on the remarkable leader — available to watch online for the very first time. The documentary originally aired in 2011.

Additionally, West Virginia PBS will air “The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela” on Monday, Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. Where available, viewers may also watch this program on WV PBS.2 on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

For 30 years and with over 800 episodes, Mountain Stage has been a mainstay in public radio and American music.

Like anything that evolves into a lasting endeavor, Mountain Stage’s success is part happenstance mixed with years of dedication and hard work. Truly, though, it all comes down to the people who made the show possible coming together with a shared vision.

Celebrate Bridge Day on WV PBS.2

Oct 15, 2013
Official Bridge Day Logo
New River Gorge Bridge Day Commission

This Saturday, hordes of people will gather on the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County and watch people jump off of it. Bridge Day has been celebrated for over 30 years now with daredevils BASE jumping from the top of the bridge to the New River below.

As part of our mission of "Telling West Virginia's Story,"  we will broadcast special programming this week on WV PBS.2, celebrating the upcoming Bridge Day celebration.

Actor Liev Shreiber, host of Superheroes documentary
Courtesy of Stephanie Berger

It's not a bird or a plane, and it can't leap tall buildings in a single bound. And at three hours, it's not going to be faster than a speeding bullet.

But what Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle will be is informative and entertaining. It's finally here. We premiere this documentary on WV PBS Tuesday, Oct. 15, beginning at 8 p.m.

56 Up on POV
Documentary poster

Imagine your life in a bubble since age 7. Every 7 years, cameras returned to capture your life and interview you, revealing your dreams to everyone. You grow up before the world. And now you're 56.

WV PBS brings the eighth film in a series begun 49 years ago in England when a group of 7-year-olds were chosen for this landmark documentary series. "56 UP" will air on POV Monday, Oct. 14, at 10 p.m. on WV PBS.

John Nakashima
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For more than 30 years, John Nakashima has made documentaries at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. But he’s also done more.

He co-edited the cult classic film “Chillers,” and worked on animated films, like “The Griffin and the Minor Canon," which is based on a book of short stories penned by Frank Stockton. Nakashima is now being honored by his filmmaking colleagues with the state’s award for Filmmaker of the Year.

  Here is the 26 minute documentary, Clifftop:

Newcastle H.S. athletic trainer Damon Glass administers the King Devick test
Courtesy the producers of The Smartest Team

For some high school youth, playing for a winning football team can be the ultimate dream. But what are the risks in a sport that now goes beyond the high school field? Players not only compete with other teams, but their performance on the gridiron can lead to scholarships at universities that could ultimately determine their future. Greater competition, some say, is leading to more injuries, which could also determine a teenager's future.

Superheroes: Spotlight on Wonder Woman

Oct 5, 2013
Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the famous poster
Courtesy of Courtesy of The Kobal Collection at Art Resource

When psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman in the 1940's,  he said it was because boys had heroes like Superman to look up to, but girls had no one. By the time the 1970's had arrived, it was time for the comic book character to make it to television, and it became a role that would define actress Lynda Carter throughout her career.