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November 17 - 23, 2014

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This Week on WETA Television

New WETA Local Special Washington in the '80s Premieres

It was the decade of Reagan and Barry, the Wall and the Quilt, Go-Go and D.C. punk, the Air Florida crash and crack, a golden age for local media and sports. Prominent local figures — including Kojo Nnamdi, Joe Gibbs, Maureen Bunyan, Pat Buchanan, and Marion Barry — guide us through the disorderly decade that saw Washington, D.C.'s emergence as a true global capital. Don't miss our brand new local television special Washington in the '80s for a unique look at a very unique time in our city's history.

Washington in the '80s premieres Monday at 8pm and repeats Saturday in primetime at 9:30pm.

Watch the show and learn more about the decade on our website with a photo gallery, local history blog articles and a music list!

Washington in the '80s

Washington in the '80s
Monday, November 17 at 8:00pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

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Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain

Don't Miss Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

After 25 years, 12 series and 70 productions, actor David Suchet says goodbye to his signature role as popular Belgian supersleuth Hercule Poirot in the final installment of Agatha Christie's Poirot. For his last adventure, an aging Poirot calls on Hastings to join him at Styles Courthouse, the site of their first murder case some 30 years prior, to investigate a possible serial killer.

Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case airs Thursday at 9:30pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD.

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Great Performances: Cats

Great Performances Presents a Broadway Classic: Cats

As part of the PBS Fall Arts Festival, Great Performances presents an encore broadcast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic, Tony Award-winning musical Cats. Based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, this blockbuster stage production from 1997 features many musical highlights including Elaine Paige's return to her original role as "glamour cat" Grizabella.

Great Performances: Cats airs Friday at 9pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD.

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Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize

Jay Leno Honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Join us as award-winning, former Tonight Show host Jay Leno is honored with the 17th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in a star-studded celebration. This 90-minute WETA co-production was filmed live at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts here in D.C., and the gala was attended by many of Leno's former colleagues and friends, who paid tribute to the entertainer's unique humor and accomplishments. Among the special guests and performers appearing are Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Fallon, Kristin Chenoweth, Chelsea Handler, and Seth Meyers.

Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize airs Sunday at 8pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD.

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This week's WETA Television schedule

How Well Do You Know Washington in the '80s?

President Reagan with Georgetown basketball coach and playerHow well do you remember one of D.C.'s most dramatic decades? In honor of the premiere of our new local special Washington in the '80s, our new trivia quiz will test your '80s-centric knowledge on everything from toys to music to TV. Give it a try and see how you score.

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Classical Radio Highlight

Front Row Washington Presents a Duo Recital

Front Row Washington: James Ehnes and Orson WeissThis week Classical WETA's Front Row Washington presents a fabulous duo recital by violinist James Ehnes and pianist Orion Weiss. Both accomplished soloists and chamber musicians in their own right, the two take the stage at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for Aaron Copland's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Grieg's Sonata No. 2 in G Major, the scherzo from Brahm's F-A-E Sonata, and Schubert's C Major Fantasy for violin and piano.

Front Row Washington airs Mondays at 9pm on Classical WETA 90.9FM.

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Join WETA Kids at EdFEST 2014

In Case You Missed It

CliffordLooking for something to do this weekend? Join WETA Kids and children's character Clifford the Big Red Dog at EdFEST 2014 on Saturday, November 22 from 11am-3pm at the D.C. Armory at 2001 East Capitol Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. (across from the Stadium-Armory metro stop).

This free family event will feature more than 180 DCPS and public charter schools (PK3-12), offering you many opportunities to learn about D.C.'s public education options for your children. There will be fun activities for all ages, including flu shots for adults, immunizations and dental services for kids and teens, free health screenings, sports activities, storytime and much more!

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