TV

Nature dives into "Saving Otter 501"

Oct 9, 2013
Sea Studios Foundation

Nature tells the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save a stranded orphan otter and teach it to fend for itself in the wild when Saving Otter 501 airs on Wednesday, October 16 at 8 p.m. on West Virginia 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.

Protesters at the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt.
Courtesy of Shehab El Den

When artist Jim Lee and his family came to America from South Korea, he didn't know any English. That posed problems for a young immigrant in a preppy, upper-class neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri. He says he often felt like an outsider. On occasion his parents would buy him comic books, and he could follow the story by looking at the pictures. He also began to learn English through the graphic stories. Lee would be inspired enough by the comic books with their superheroes to forge his way into the competitive world of comic book artist.

FRONTLINE League of Denial
Courtesy of Nick Veasey / Getty Images

There's no denying the popularity of football in American culture. The sport draws parents and high school students out on Friday nights. College and university arenas fill up on the weekends. The NFL draws some of the highest ratings on television.

But has the sport been safe for the players? The National Football League has been accused of knowing about and covering up reports that the sport has caused long-term brain injuries on many players.

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.

Elton John in Concert, Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m.
Courtesy of Joseph Guay

In a new television special airing on WV PBS, superstar Elton John proves he still has what it takes to entertain the crowds.

Just in time for the release of his first studio album in 7 years, we are happy to bring our viewers ELTON JOHN IN CONCERT on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. on WV PBS. We will replay the special at 9:30 p.m. the same night.

The Law Works - False Confessions

Oct 4, 2013

When a defendant in a criminal case confesses to the crime, that should be the end of it. Right? What if the defendant then says, "no, I was lying," or says that the police forced the confession? Professor Valena Beety of the WVU College of Law and Attorney Ifeoma Ike join host Dan Ringer to talk about False Confessions on this episode of The Law Works.

Masterpiece: Downton Abbey, Season 4

Oct 3, 2013
The cast of Downton Abbey
Courtesy of ©Carnival Film and Television Limited 2013 for MASTERPIECE

The most-watched drama in PBS history enters its fourth gripping season with the whole world waiting to learn how the beloved characters deal with a shocking tragedy.

See a preview from Season 4:

Peg + Cat has an app! Check it out!

Oct 3, 2013
PBS Pressroom

Today, PBS Kids launched a collection of new online and mobile games and activities from its newest media property Peg + Cat. The collection includes a new app: the Peg + Cat Big Gig App for iPad, Kindle Fire and other Android devices, in addition to online games and offline activities that families can enjoy together.

Maxine Peake stars in Silk
Courtesy of © BBC 2011 for MASTERPIECE

Due to popular demand from our viewers, West Virginia PBS will air the three-part Masterpiece Mystery! series "Silk" in October. West Virginia PBS pre-empted the series in September because of a fund-raising campaign.

The series will air on Thursday nights, Oct. 3rd, 10th and 17th, at 9 p.m.

"West Virginia PBS always appreciates feedback regarding our programming decisions and we always make every attempt to listen to our viewers and make adjustments accordingly," said Craig Lanham, director of TV Programming.

Here's a sneak peek of Peg + Cat

Oct 1, 2013

Peg + Cat = Hilarious Adventure! This new preschool series follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures, solve problems and learn foundational math concepts and skills.

This video is from the first episode where Peg and Cat have to find all the chickens and get them back in their coop.

The Law Works - Sexual Harassment

Sep 27, 2013

Have you ever been sexually harassed? Are you sure? How would you know? To the target of the harassment the answer to those questions is often very clear. The harasser may be clueless. My guest is Attorney C. David Morrison and we'll talk about Sexual Harassment on this episode of The Law Works. 

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Celebrating Irene McKinney, Sept. 15, 2013

Sep 27, 2013
Poet Irene McKinney
West Virginia and Regional History Collection, WVU Libraries

Irene McKinney was West Virginia's Poet Laureate until her death in 2012. 

The body has a remarkable way of healing itself, but sometiime the process doesn't go as nature intended. Learn about wound care and how medical treatment can help wounds to heal.

Frank Kearns: American Correspondent Screening

Sep 25, 2013
Frank Kearns family

Frank Kearns: American Correspondent

Screening and panel discussion

Room 205, Martin Hall

West Virginia University, Morgantown

West Virginia has one of the highest percentages of veterans of any state. And many of those veterans come from the "Greatest Generation," who saved the world from fascism.

Clifftop - the Appalachian String Band Music Festival.

Sep 20, 2013

  A documentary look at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival -aka Clifftop - where many of the participants are musicians. Each night at any given moment,there are literally a hundred jam sessions going on. The documentary  also explores the evolving concepts behind Old Time. Also featured are interviews and performances of legendary West Virginia fiddler Lester McCumbers.

Abracadabra "Cyber Safety"

Sep 17, 2013

Mike and Joey explore the issues of safety on the Internet.

Last Tango in Halifax
DKC Public Relations

The critically acclaimed British drama LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX premieres Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 8 p.m.  on West Virginia PBS.

The six-part series leads into the finale of the MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! courtroom drama “Silk” as part of the continuing Sunday night destination for drama on PBS. LAST TANGO is an uplifting comedy/drama about romance and second chances. Full of zesty humor, authentic characters and glorious dialogue, it’s about timeless love in a very modern setting.

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