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May 2 - May 8, 2016
Join Us for a New Season of Midsomer Murders!
Midsomer Murders Series XI
An all-new season of popular mystery series Midsomer Murders begins this week on TV 26 and WETA HD with two back-to-back episodes! In the Season 11 opener Blood Wedding, Barnaby is torn between work and family obligations when the maid of honor at a high-society wedding is murdered just days before his own daughter's nuptials. The body count rises as the detectives sift through a tangled web of upper-crust affairs and servants' gossip. 

Midsomer Murders Season 11 premieres Thursday, May 5 at 8pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.See all broadcast times →
The Final Season of Wallander Begins on Masterpiece
Wallander Season 4
Kenneth Branagh returns as Inspector Kurt Wallander in the Swedish sleuth's farewell episodes, bringing the beloved, Emmy Award-nominated series to a poignant end. In Season 4 premiere The White Lioness, the case of a missing Swede in South Africa leads Wallander down a dangerous path. And worst of all, he's having blackouts. 

Wallander airs Sunday, May 8 at 9pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.
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American Masters Profiles Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
A documentary chronicles iconic rock singer Janis Joplin's life and career through intimate letters and rare footage in the first in-depth film celebration of her life. Director Amy Berg presents a portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist. 

Janis Joplin: American Masters airs Tuesday, May 3 at 8pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.
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From London to Leningrad on NSO Showcase
NSO Showcase May 2016
The May installment of Classical WETA's NSO Showcase presents two visionary symphonies, focused on two different cities. The program opens with Ralph Vaughan Williams' A London Symphony, which depicts various London scenes, including the Westminster chimes, the street cries of flower sellers, and the rustling of the Thames. It also features Shostakovich's 5th Symphony, a piece composed in 1937 during Stalin's regime, meant to depict the suffering in Leningrad under its brutal oppression and illustrate a "Soviet artist's creative response to justified criticism."

NSO Showcase airs Wednesday, May 4 at 9pm on Classical WETA 90.9 FM.
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Mr. Selfridge Recaps on Telly Visions
Mr. Selfridge Recaps
Did you watch the latest episode of Mr. Selfridge on Sunday? Discuss the show's latest dramatic twists — or catch up on what you missed — at the recap post on our Telly Visions blog. We're recapping every episode this season  so stop by and let us know your thoughts! 
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Bohemian Caverns: Home of D.C.'s Jazz "In Crowd"
Bohemian Caverns
It was a windowless basement located at 11th and U Streets that originally had been a Prohibition-era speakeasy, and had been remodeled in the 1930s into a fake cave, complete with plaster stalactites. Over the years, it showcased performers ranging from District native Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Sarah Vaughn to Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus. Bohemian Caverns also was known to jazz aficionados as the spot where pianist Ramsey Lewis in May 1965 recorded his Grammy Award-winning single, "The In Crowd," one of the most successful jazz crossover hits ever. 
Learn more on Boundary StonesWatch Ken Burns's Jazz on Friday, May 6 at 8:30pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD →
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