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June 26 - July 4, 2017
Join Us for an Annual D.C. Tradition: A Capitol Fourth!
A Capitol Fourth
Celebrate America's 241st birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza and the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. America’s Independence Day celebration is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol, and features performances from iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys; legendary Motown stars The Four Tops; The Voice Season 12 winner Chris Blue; Trace Adkins, the National Symphony Orchestra and more!

A Capitol Fourth airs Tuesday, July 4 at 8pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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Grantchester Season 3 Continues
Grantchester Season 3
The brand new third season of the popular mystery series starring James Norton and Robson Green continues on Masterpiece. This week, when several villagers become ill at the local cricket match, Geordie and Sidney must determine if it was an accident or something more sinister. Meanwhile, Sidney and Amanda learn that their secret isn’t so secret after all.

Grantchester airs Sunday, July 2 at 9pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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Witness the Great Yellowstone Thaw
Great Yellowstone Thaw
The dramatic new nature series continues this week, as spring brings new life and a break from the brutal winter temperatures to Yellowstone. But the dangers aren’t over. Wildlife families face a torrent of water cascading down the mountains as the great thaw gets underway. Beavers are in particular danger.

Great Yellowstone Thaw airs Wednesday, June 28 at 8pm on TV26 and WETA HD.

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Front Row Washington Presents Violinist Ji-Young Lim
Ji-Young Lim
This week, Classical WETA's Front Row Washington presents a recital by Korean violinist Ji-Young Lim, whose first prize at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition included a four-year loan of the 1708 “Huggins” Stradivarius violin, courtesy of the Nippon Music Foundation. The program, recorded at the Phillips Collection in November 2015, features Mozart's Sonata for Violin and Piano No.18 in G major, K.301, Brahms' Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A major, Op.100, Hubay's Fantaisie brillante on Bizet's "Carmen" and more.

Front Row Washington airs Monday, June 26 at 9pm on Classical WETA 90.9 FM.

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Summer Learning Starts with a Book
Start With a Book
Read. Talk. Explore. At WETA's summer reading website, Start with a Book, you'll find 24 kid-friendly themes for you and your kids to dive into — dinosaurs, bugs, flight, planets and stars, our green world, inventors, detectives, explorers, and much more. Each theme includes dozens of carefully chosen fiction and nonfiction books, hands-on activities, writing ideas, apps and websites to deepen a child's learning. You'll also find tips on reading aloud and building fluency skills. Sign up for our summer literacy text messages, in English or Spanish!

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When Willie Mays Broke the Color Line In Maryland
Willie Mays in 1951. (Credit: AP)
Few people in history have skipped their senior prom to play baseball in Hagerstown, Maryland. No doubt fewer have hit 660 home runs, played in 24 All-Star games, and won 13 Gold Glove Awards. As far as we know, there’s only one who has done both. But, when Willie Mays took the field on June 24, 1950, the focus was not his play on the diamond. Rather, it was the color of his skin.

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Catch Up on The Great British Baking Show!
Great British Baking Show
Do you love reality competition The Great British Baking Show? Can't get enough scones, tarts and cakes in your life? Stop by our Telly Visions blog for weekly recaps of all the baked goodness in every episode and chat about your favorite contestants with other fans.

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Now Streaming on WETA
Prime Suspect: Tennison
In case you missed it on WETA, you can still catch many of your favorite programs streaming online. This week, enjoy these programs among many others: WETA Passport LogoThis program is available exclusively to WETA members on WETA Passport! Click here to learn more or activate now.

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