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April 14 - 20, 2014 Donate to WETA

This Week on WETA Television

The Address

Tune in tomorrow night as we present a poignant new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns and WETA. The Address tells the story of the tiny Greenwood School for boys in Putney, Vermont, where each year students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in a rite of passage that is a school tradition. This would be a daunting assignment for any student, but the boys at Greenwood all face a range of complex learning differences that have made their personal, academic and social progress extremely challenging.

Burns embedded camera crews at the school for a semester to chronicle the boys' struggles to learn the speech and deliver it in a public recitation. The inspiring documentary reveals how the historic speech motivates and engages these students, and shows them heroically confronting past failures and humiliations.

Watch Tuesday at 9pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD


The Address

The Address
Tuesday, April 15 at 9pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

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Independent Lens: The Trial of Muhammad Ali

Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Monday, April 14 at 10pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning civil rights, religion and wartime dissent. This film zeroes in on the years 1967 to 1970, when Ali lived in exile within the U.S., stripped of his heavyweight belt and banned from boxing, sacrificing fame and fortune on principle.

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Pioneers of Television: Standup to Sitcom

Pioneers of Television: Standup to Sitcom
Tuesday, April 15 at 8pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

Season 4 for the Emmy Award-nominated documentary series kicks off with a star-studded episode about how America's top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format. Enjoy interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart, as well as clips from their programs.

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Spy: Codename: Family Bonds

SPY: Codename: Family Bonds
Thursday, April 17 at 8pm on WETA UK

Judith believes she's still married to Tim after she receives a blow to the head; Chris takes a devastated Philip under his wing.

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The WETA Movie: Easter Parade

The WETA Movie: Easter Parade
Saturday, April 19 at 9:30pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

In the classic 1948 musical comedy featuring music by Irving Berlin, a professional New York dancer (Fred Astaire) grooms a chorus girl (Judy Garland) to be his new partner, falling in love along the way in the 1948 "Pygmalion" adaptation. Ann Miller and Peter Lawford co-star.

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This week's WETA Television schedule


Muhammad Ali's Visit to Washington

Muhammad Ali in 1967.Before you watch the new Independent Lens documentary, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, check out our latest Boundary Stones blog post about the champ's visit to Howard University in 1967.

Before a crowd of nearly 1,000 students, Ali delivered his famous "Black is Best" speech. It was a pivotal moment in Ali's life and in the Vietnam era.

Learn more on Boundary Stones



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Classical Radio Highlight

Clarinetist Moran Katz and Pianist Amy Yang on Front Row Washington, Tonight at 9pm

Clarinetist Moran KatzTonight at 9pm tune into Classical WETA's weekly local performance program, Front Row Washington, as The Phillips Collection presents clarinetist Moran Katz and pianist Amy Yang in a recital recorded November 10, 2013. An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, Katz is the 2013 first-prize winner of the Ima Hogg Competition. The varied program includes works by Berg, Schumann, Brahms and more! Learn more →







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President Lincoln Please join WETA in an extraordinary initiative encouraging all Americans to recite the Gettysburg Address. WETA camera crews will be at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Steps and Plaza on Wednesday, April 16 and Saturday, April 19 between noon and 4 pm to tape members of the public who wish to recite Abraham Lincoln's famous speech alone or together in small groups. Videos will be uploaded to the WETA website, LearnTheAddress.org. Learn more, including the words to the speech, at weta.org/TheAddress.

The online initiative is inspired by the film The Address, a WETA co-production with award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, that will air April 15 at 9 pm on WETA TV 26, WETA HD and PBS stations nationwide.

Did you miss a program when it aired on WETA Television? Don't fret! Many are now available online, including:

Visit the WETA video portal to watch these and many more full-length programs!


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Tonight's primetime schedule


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