WFSU Program Highlights http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php A list of upcoming note-worthy shows on WFSU-TV. en-us Copyright 2011 WFSU. All Rights Reserved. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:14:58 -0500 Entertainment 60 Magic Moments - The Best of 50s Pop http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone and Nick Clooney host this nostalgic trip back to the 1950s. The program's mix of live performance and archival footage takes viewers back to the era's pop music days with classic moments from Patti Page, Perry Como, Debbie Reynolds, the McGuire Sisters and more. Showtimes: Monday, March 9, 7:30 pm ET Great Performances - Bryan Adams in Concert http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php With his husky vocal sound, native Canadian singer Bryan Adams has been one of the most successful performers in contemporary pop music, selling over 100 million records. Adams rose to fame with his Cuts Like a Knife album and became a global star with his 1984 album Reckless. In 1991, his Waking Up the Neighbors album included the single “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” which went on to become one of the best-selling singles of all time. GREAT PERFORMANCES captures Adams in peak performance during his current world tour, singing all the hits and audience favorites of his three-decade career. Showtimes: Wednesday, March 11, 8:00 pm ET Soundstage - Blues Summit in Chicago http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Thrill to the music of blues legends Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Pinetop Perkins and others destined for fame, including Mike Bloomfield, Buddy Miles, Johnny Winter, Dr. John and Nick Gravenites in a concert not seen on TV for 40 years. Showtimes: Thursday, March 12, 7:30 pm ET 180 Days - Hartsville http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Experience a year of a Southern town’s efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools, and watch what happens when the systems that can either fuel or diffuse that reform — bureaucracy, economic opportunity and fixed mindsets — interact and intersect. Showtimes: Tuesday, March 17, 8:00 pm ET Nova - The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Every year, 100 million Monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance — and how, year after year, the Monarchs navigate with such hair's-breadth precision. NOVA flies along with the Monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. As this program reveals, the Monarch is a scientific marvel locked in an inspiring struggle for survival. Showtimes: Wednesday, March 18, 9:00 pm ET American Masters - Judy Garland: By Myself http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Judy Garland had one of the most photographed faces ever to come out of Hollywood. She also had one of the most frequently recorded voices of the last century. She is as iconic as she is misunderstood. There were her problems, to be sure, but the proof is in the performances, from The Wizard of Oz to the Palladium, from the Oscars to the Grammies. With singular entrée to the MGM library, including vaulted screen tests and rehearsal footage, this film is wrapped in Garland’s voice, telling her story in her own words. So many outsiders have tried to tell this story and so many friends and family have weighed in — now Judy gets center stage, all to herself. This is her ultimate comeback. Showtimes: Friday, March 20, 9:00 pm ET Father Brown - The Mayor and the Magician http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php When the mayor drops dead during his speech at the Kembleford village fete, Father Brown deduces that he was deliberately electrocuted. Meanwhile, Mrs McCarthy's past comes back to haunt her. Showtimes: Saturday, March 21, 8:00 pm ET James Baker - The Man Who Made Washington Work http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Review the story of a remarkable politician and statesman. James A. Baker III, now 84, helped elect three presidents, served in top posts for two of them and was a central player in momentous events of the late 20th century. With candid testimony from Baker and firsthand accounts from former presidents Clinton, Carter and Bush Sr., former Secretaries of State Rice and Kissinger, former Vice President Cheney, other Washington insiders, journalists and historians, this is an eye-opening story of power, persuasion and diplomacy at the highest levels. Showtimes: Tuesday, March 24, 8:30 pm ET Nature - Ireland's Wild River http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river — camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard or experienced before. Showtimes: Wednesday, March 25, 8:00 pm ET Great Performances - Mark Morris Dance Group: L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Merriment and Milton are hardly synonymous, but the poet who penned Paradise Lost also inspired Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, which concludes “Mirth, with thee we mean to live.” Choreographer Mark Morris garnered international fame for this 1988 “work of genius” (The New York Times) set to Handel’s Baroque masterpiece, in which a colorful array of dancers embodies the ecstasy of art that transforms. Mikhail Baryshnikov hosts. Showtimes: Friday, March 27, 9:00 pm ET Father Brown - The Blue Cross http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php When his priceless Blue Cross is targeted by the infamous criminal Flambeau, Father Brown takes the initiative to try and save his soul. But is he walking into a trap? Showtimes: Saturday, March 28, 8:00 pm ET Call The Midwife - (Season 4): Episode 1 http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Nurse Barbara Gilbert arrives at Nonnatus and, after a disastrous start, earns the respect of her colleagues by helping a new mother overcome difficulties. Trixie faces one of the most emotionally draining cases of her career, and the Turners broker a domestic deal that breaks the mold for the 1950s and 60s. Sister Evangelina finally agrees to undergo tests for her abdominal pain. Showtimes: Sunday, March 29, 8:00 pm ET Masterpiece: Classic - Mr. Selfridge, Season 3 http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php The third season of the popular series, which stars Jeremy Piven as the flamboyant American entrepreneur who founded the famous Selfridge’s department store, picks up the story in 1919. The acclaimed cast includes Aisling Loftus, Katherine Kelly, Gregory Fitoussi, Amanda Abbington and Tom Goodman-Hill.<br /> Season 3 opens with a funeral and a wedding. World War I has recently ended, and soldiers are returning home to reclaim their jobs—at least any job not already taken by women and others on the home front. Adding to the tension, many of the veterans are haunted by their war experiences. For the store, pent-up consumer demand offers both opportunities and financial perils. Harry, of course, only considers the former, and in short order he is courting disaster—at an auction, at home, and in the bedroom.<br /> Showtimes: Sunday, March 29, 9:00 pm ET Cancer The Emperor of All Maladies - 101 MAGIC BULLETS http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php This three-part film tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The six-hour film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.<br /> <br /> Showtimes: Monday, March 30, 9:00 pm ET Twice Born - Stories From the Special Delivery Unit - Episode 1 http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Dr. Holly Hedrick performs a rare EXIT procedure and attempts to remove a tumor from a fetus still attached to her mother. Bobby and Shelly anxiously wait to find out if they are candidates for fetal surgery to repair their baby’s spine. Showtimes: Tuesday, March 31, 8:00 pm ET Cancer The Emperor of All Maladies - 102 THE BLIND MAN AND THE ELEPHANT http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php This three-part film tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The six-hour film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.<br /> <br /> This episode picks up the story in the wake of the declaration of a “war on cancer” by Richard Nixon in 1971 and the search for a cure. In the lab, rapid progress is made in understanding the essential nature of the cancer cell, leading to the revolutionary discovery of the genetic basis of cancer, but few new therapies become available. Not until the late 1990s do advances in research begin to translate into more precise targeted therapies with breakthrough drugs. Following the history during these fraught decades, the film intertwines the contemporary story of an oncologist diagnosed with breast cancer. Her emotional and physical struggles provide a bracing counterpoint to the historical narrative. Showtimes: Tuesday, March 31, 9:00 pm ET Cancer The Emperor of All Maladies - 103 FINDING THE ACHILLES HEEL http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php This episode starts at a moment of optimism: Scientists believe they have cracked the mystery of the malignant cell, and the first targeted therapies have been developed. But very quickly cancer reveals new layers of complexity and a formidable array of defenses. Many call for a new focus on prevention and early detection as the most promising fronts in the war on cancer. By the second decade of the 2000s, the bewildering complexity of the cancer cell yields to a more ordered picture, revealing new vulnerabilities and avenues of attack. Perhaps most exciting is the prospect of harnessing the human immune system to defeat cancer. A 60-year-old NASCAR mechanic with melanoma and a six-year-old with leukemia are pioneers in new immunotherapy treatments, which the documentary follows as their stories unfold. Showtimes: Wednesday, April 1, 9:00 pm ET