Hello. My name is Holly. I'm part of a team of people who assemble the programming schedule for OETA.
We look at the PBS national schedule, local programs and programs from other stations and distributors. We take in all that information and combine it with Member ballot feedback and viewer suggestions, and at the end of the month, I put together a schedule for each of our four channels.
The following are some notes about upcoming programs, preemptions and other points of interest that viewers might not hear otherwise. I hope you'll find it useful!
Programming Notes 5/10 to 5/16
Written by Holly on Friday May 10, 2013
Friday, May 10
7pm ONR – Lawmakers decide to push back expanding health care in Oklahoma for at least another year… Access to health care has become a significant issue for Oklahoma’s Hispanic population… A new clinic helps Oklahoma City residents keep dropping the pounds… The historic Cherokee National Capitol building undergoes major restoration… In a Newsmaker Interview, Mickey Hepner, Dean of the College of Business at the University of Central Oklahoma, discusses the Marketplace Fairness Act… The chance of retirement is sliding out of reach for many Americans… The ocean liner Titanic is still teaching lessons, more than 100 years after its doomed maiden voyage… We discuss the latest news from the state Capitol with Shawn Ashley of eCapitol… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
9pm Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings -- A portrait of an inspiring and inventive musician known for his virtuoso skills on the ukulele. (This guy is amazing!)
Saturday, May 11
12pm MEXICO – ONE PLATE AT A TIME – Season 9 premieres!
O K L A Channel 4:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET “Un Ballo In Maschera” -- Marcelo Allvarez and Sondra Radvanovsky star in David Alden's production of Verdi's opera.
Sunday, May 12 – Happy Mother’s Day!
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Higher Education” -- We discuss Oklahoma’s colleges and universities and higher education issues with: Randy Beutler, President, Southwestern Oklahoma State University… Don Betz, President, University of Central Oklahoma… Natalie Shirley, President, Oklahoma State University-OKC
1:30pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Senator Ron Justice (R-District 23) and Representative Eric Proctor (D-District 77)
7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE – Part 7 of 8
8pm MASTERPIECE “Mr. Selfridge” – Part 7 of 8
9pm 10 BUILDINGS THAT CHANGE AMERICA -- This program tells the stories of 10 American architectural marvels, including a state capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson, the original indoor shopping mall, the first airport of the Jet Age and a futuristic concert hall. You may not be familiar with all of these buildings, but they probably shaped the way you live, work, shop and play. Host Geoffrey Baer takes a journey across America and inside these 10 groundbreaking works of art and engineering. (BLETCHLEY CIRCLE had only three episodes. We haven’t been told if there will be more in the future.)
Monday, May 13
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “The Invisible War” -- One of America's most shameful secrets, the epidemic of rape within the US military, is examined.
Tuesday, May 14
8pm CONSTITUTION WITH PETER SAGAL “It’s a Free Country” -- The history of the Bill of Rights and stories of freedom of speech and religion are explored.
9pm FRONTLINE “Never Forget to Lie” -- Marian Marzynski recalls how he escaped the Holocaust and survived in a Catholic monastery.
10pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Senator Ron Justice (R-District 23) and Representative Eric Proctor (D-District 77)
10:30pm NEW MADRID EARTHQUAKES OF 1811-1812 -- A historical look at the massive quakes that struck a tiny frontier town in Missouri in 1811.
Wednesday, May 15
9pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD “Caveman Cannibals” -- A tomb of 49,000 year-old Neanderthal bones are discovered in a remote region of northern Spain.
10pm NATURE “Great Zebra Exodus” – Over 20,000 zebras make their epic migration across the Kalahari's Makgadikgadi Pans in Africa.
Thursday, May 16
7pm GALLERY #1306 – Studio 222 and Hector Lopez - Sketchin & Skatin (Premiere)
9pm DOC MARTIN “The Wrong Goodbye” -- Martin is busy with patients on his last day in town. After a car accident, Louisa goes into labor.
10pm FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S BOYNTON HOUSE: THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS -- An exclusive look inside the painstaking process of restoring and rehabilitating the historic home.
Programming Notes 5/03 to 5/09
Written by Holly on Friday May 3, 2013
Friday, May 3
7pm ONR -- Governor Fallin and legislative leaders announce the state budget deal… Legislation approving tax cuts, state Capitol repairs and changes in the state’s workers compensation system head to the governor… It is not well-publicized, but a program in Oklahoma allows state and local government agencies and departments to acquire equipment at a fraction of the cost… Federal budget cuts will hit Oklahoma’s oldest, youngest and poorest the hardest. We look at the effects of sequestration… Prescription drug abuse is a deadly problem in Oklahoma. We learn more about the pervasive issue and how it led to the death of University of Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box… A new museum and learning center in Tulsa is housing the Woody Guthrie archives and keeping alive the work and legacy of this Oklahoma and American icon… We travel to southwest Oklahoma to check out the quaint community of Medicine Park… We discuss the latest news from the state Capitol with Shawn Ashley of eCapitol… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
9pm FAB FOUR: THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE -- The Fab Four is undoubtedly the Ultimate Beatles Tribute. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of the Beatle's classics, the Fab Four will make you think you are back in time rockin' with John, Paul, George and Ringo!
10:30pm DOCTOR WHO – Just a reminder, the new episodes should begin this fall. They haven’t been made available to us yet.
Saturday, May 4
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP features the 115th annual meeting of the Oklahoma Feed and Grain Association to discuss wheat quality, supply estimates and harvest outlook; culling cattle, beef demand, artificial insemination, summer crops, air tanks and a preview of the 2013 North Central Oklahoma Research Station Wheat Tour.
8pm AMERICA'S ORCHESTRA: CELEBRATING THE 125 YEARS OF THE BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA -- Craig Ferguson hosts this star-studded 125th anniversary celebration of the Boston Pops.
O K L A – 6pm – ASK A LAWYER repeated from Thursday’s premiere on our Main channel.
Sunday, May 5
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus” – Discussion of recent developments at the state Capitol and the goals and priorities of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus with: State Rep. Anastasia Pittman (D) Oklahoma City… State Sen. Constance Johnson (D) Forest Park… State Sen. Jabar Shumate (D) Tulsa… State Rep. Mike Shelton (D) Oklahoma City
1:30pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Senator Greg Treat (R-District 47) and Representative Scott Inman (D-District 94)
4pm SMART TRAVELS WITH RUDY MAXA – We’re returning back to this series because the new RUDY MAXA’S WORLD series was only six episodes long.
6pm IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE “Fiesta Latina” – President and Mrs. Obama celebrate Hispanic heritage. Gloria Estefan and Jose Feliciano perform. This program premiered in 2009. We’re airing it again in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE – Part 6 of 8
8pm MASTERPIECE “Mr. Selfridge” – Part 6 of 8
9pm BLETCHLEY CIRCLE -- Susan tells the other women that she came face to face with the killer - and he let her go. This is the final episode of this series. We haven’t been told yet if they are making any more.
Monday, May 6
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “Seeking Asian Female” -- Two strangers -- an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman --pursue a marriage brokered by the internet, but they get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific to start a new life with him in America.
Tuesday, May 7
8pm CONSTITUTION WITH PETER SAGAL, Pt 1 “A More Perfect Union” -- This series is a multi-media project that explores the Constitution and its role in the American story -- from its creation, to the crises that challenged and reshaped it, to contemporary debates over rights and the role of government. Tonight, the Constitution's most innovative feature, its resilient brand of federalism, is explored.
9pm TED TALKS EDUCATION – Hear inspiring and forward-looking leaders and thinkers on the topic of learning, including Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson, Sir Ken Robinson and Geoffrey Canada, among others. Hosted by John Legend, this special, which is focused solely on education, marks the first TED project produced specifically for television.
10pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Senator Greg Treat (R-District 47) and Representative Scott Inman (D-District 94)
10:30pm FOUND CAUSES #203 – Sunset/Special Care
Wednesday, May 8
8pm NOVA “Venom: Nature’s Killer” -- Scientists track down and capture the planet's most deadly creatures to study their toxic venom.
9pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD “Death on the Railroad” -- Examines the deaths of 57 Irish immigrants hired to lay railroad tracks in Pennsylvania in 1832.
10pm NATURE “The Private Life of Deer” -- Scientists, deer experts and special cameras shed light on the hidden world of white-tailed deer.
Thursday, May 9
7pm STATELINE “Crossroads Justice” – Documents modern day crime fighting along Oklahoma’s Interstate Highway System. As the junction of I-40 and I-35, quite a bit of illegal activity passes through this state en route to points all over the country. Whether they are trying to spot vehicles transporting drugs, drug money, or illegal aliens, law enforcement officers use some special techniques to sort out the drivers who are up to no good, and they show us some of their methods they use to gather evidence in the statewide effort to hand out “Crossroads Justice.” (premiere)
8pm GLOBE TREKKER -- Around The World - Pacific Journeys: Tonga to New Caledonia
9pm DOC MARTIN “Do Not Disturb” -- Martin deals with the victim of an accident without hesitation, proving his blood phobia is cured.
10pm 3 MILES PER HOUR -- Invites viewers into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in western Montana to meet legendary backcountry outfitter Arnold "Smoke" Elser. Elser considers "three miles an hour"- the walking speed of a horse - the best way to see and savor life. The documentary combines rare access to one of the largest wilderness areas in the lower 48 states with vintage home movies from backcountry trips and historic photographs to capture Elser's passion for, and connection to, the outdoors. In interviews, fellow outfitters, horsemen, long-time guests, friends, family members and Forest Service district rangers all reflect on their experiences with "Smoke" and comment on the changes in wilderness management he both witnessed and helped realize.
Programming Notes 4/26 to 5/02
Written by Holly on Friday April 26, 2013
Friday, April 26
7pm ONR -- Oklahoma’s water future hinges on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a lawsuit between Oklahoma and a Texas regional water district… The governor and legislative leaders reach agreement on a tax cut, a major changes in the workers compensation system and repair of the state Capitol… Natural disasters lead to a rise in property insurance rates… Breathing fumes from household chemicals is often seen as a cheap, safe high by teens and young adults, but even one hit of some substances can be deadly… Social media and digital technology are changing the way we live, learn and work… We discuss the latest news from the state Capitol with Shawn Ashley of eCapitol… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
9pm LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Carousel' with the New York Philharmonic” – This 2-1/2 hour program preempts RED GREEN SHOW and DOCTOR WHO. They’ll return next week.
Saturday, April 27
7:30am SUNUP -- Discusses freeze damage in wheat and travels to Tillman County to look at damage from earlier in April. Plus, crop insurance, cattle rebreeding, grain market analysis, dry lot feeding, air hoses and a precision agriculture class.
8pm THE WORLD OF NAT KING COLE -- Traces the life and career of the Chicago born singer who passed away in his prime at age 45, but whose music has been loved and enjoyed by generations since.
9pm OETA MOVIE CLUB “Four Weddings and a Funeral” – A charming Englishman and a pretty American woman always seem to run into each other at weddings.
Sunday, April 28
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Capitol Reporters Roundtable” -- We discuss a big week at the Capitol with state Capitol reporters, as legislative leaders and the governor reach agreement on a tax cut, infrastructure repairs and major changes in the workers compensation system: Guests are: Sean Murphy, The Associated Press… Michael Cross, KOSU Radio… Michael McNutt, The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com… Patrick McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK.com
1:30pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Senator Kim David (R-District 18) and Rep. Skye McNeil (R-District 29)
7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE – Part 5 of 8
8pm MASTERPIECE “Mr. Selfridge” – Part 5 of 8
9pm BLETCHLEY CIRCLE – Part 2 of 3
Monday, April 29
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “The Undocumented” -- The story of migrants who die trying to cross an unforgiving desert in search of a better life. (90min)
Tuesday, April 30
7pm THE DUST BOWL – Part 2 of 2
9pm FRONTLINE “Top Secret America – 9/11 to the Boston Bombing” – Last minute programming change! Tonight’s episode was originally scheduled to be “Never Forget to Lie,” which will now air May 14th. The program airing tonight will look at the dramatic changes that have reshaped America in the decade since the 9/11 attacks.
10pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Senator Kim David (R-District 18) and Rep. Skye McNeil (R-District 29)
10:30pm SHILOH: THE DEVIL’S OWN DAY -- The Battle of Shiloh in 1862, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War, is recounted.
Wednesday, May 1
8pm NOVA “Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Creatures” – Part 4 of 4
9pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD “Bugging Hitler’s Soldiers” -- The bugging operation by MI19 that recorded confessions by 4,000 German POW's is highlighted.
10pm NATURE “Legendary White Stallions” – This story of the famous Lipizzaner stallions focuses on the bond between the horses and caregivers.
Thursday, May 2
7pm ASK A LAWYER 2013 – The theme of tonight's program is “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” It will feature segments on sexual abuse of children, elder law and legal questions about social media. People can call 800-456-8525 (statewide) or 918-838-8770 (Tulsa) for free legal advice from 9am to 9pm on this day only. More information can be found here.
8pm GLOBE TREKKER -- Pacific Journeys from Santiago to Pitcairn
9pm DOC MARTIN “Midwife Crisis” -- Martin meets the midwife who will be looking after Louisa and the two of them do not hit it off.
10pm WILDERNESS: THE GREAT DEBATE -- Robert Redford and leading experts explore a host of environmental issues in the American West.
Programming Notes 4/19 to 4/25
Written by Holly on Friday April 19, 2013
Friday, April 19
7pm ONR -- As the investigation continues into the Boston Marathon bombing, we examine the status of terrorism, foreign and domestic… The Executive Director of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, David Cid, discusses the attack in a Newsmaker Interview… Eighteen years later, we remember the bombing of Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building… We take you behind-the-scenes at the largest gun show in the world… Legislative efforts are underway to reduce the number of boards and commission in our state… The state Capitol now been placed on a list of most endangered historic places in Oklahoma while waiting for decisions about what to do about the crumbling structure… Oklahoma video game-makers are finding a new market niche… We discuss the latest news from the state capitol with Shawn Ashley of eCapitol… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
9pm LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith Starring Stephanie Blythe” -- Stephanie Blythe's commanding voice has captivated audiences in the world's great opera houses. Now she returns to Lincoln Center with her popular music show paying tribute to the great Kate Smith, whose stirring songs helped comfort and galvanize our nation in wartime.
Saturday, April 20
7:30am SUNUP -- Explains how the recent ice storm is impacting canola. Also: severe weather, soil moisture, wheat and cattle market analysis, cow breeding season, freeze-damaged wheat as forage, file handles and the 4-H National Youth in Action award winner.
O K L A 4:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET “La Clemenza Di Tito” -- Elina Garanca, Giuseppe Filianoti and Barbara Frittoli star in this production of Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito."
Sunday, April 21
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – Discussion of the state budget, tax cuts, workers comp, veteran’s centers, energy, health care, state Capitol repairs, economic development and more with Governor Mary Fallin
1:30pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Senator John Ford (R-District 29)
9pm BLETCHLEY CIRCLE (Part 1 of 3) -- Follows Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean, ordinary women with extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom's main decryption establishment. Now, in 1952, the four have returned to civilian life, keeping their intelligence work secret from all, including family and friends. A series of ghastly murders targeting women, however, reunites the team as they set out to decode the pattern behind the crimes.
Monday, April 22
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “The Island President” -- President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives has become a leading voices for action on climate change.
Tuesday, April 23
7pm THE DUST BOWL “The Great Plow Up” -- In the first episode of Ken Burns's THE DUST BOWL, feel the full force of the worst manmade environmental disaster in America's history as survivors recall the terror of the dust storms, the desperation of hungry families and how they managed to find hope even as the earth and heavens seemed to turn against them. (The next episode will air next Tuesday, April 30th at 7pm.)
9pm FRONTLINE “The Retirement Gamble” -- Questions are raised about how America's financial institutions protect the savings of individuals.
10pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Senator John Ford (R-District 29)
10:30pm THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS “From Kenya to the Arctic Circle” -- Six passionate and dedicated activists fight for environmental justice in their communities.
Wednesday, April 24
8pm NOVA “Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Monsters” (Part 3 of 4) -- Experts explore mammals and the previously unknown reptilian rulers of prehistoric Australia.
Thursday, April 25
7pm GALLERY #1305 -- The inspirational stories of rappers Little Mike and Funny Bone… and Soul Bird, the happy art of Skip Hill (OB 4/11/13)
9pm DOC MARTIN “The Departed” -- On the ride back from a job interview in London, one of Martin's patients dies in the next seat.
10pm FORT PECK DAM -- President Roosevelt set the stage to tame the mighty Missouri River during the Great Depression.
Programming Notes 4/12 to 4/18
Written by Holly on Friday April 12, 2013
Friday, April 12
7pm ONR -- A field of flags at the state Capitol raises awareness of child abuse and its long-term effects… Lawmakers approve scores of bills ahead of a legislative deadline, including proposals aimed at bringing down Oklahoma’s high divorce rate… The Chickasaw Nation shows off its new state-of-the-art medical clinic in Tishomingo… This is severe storm season in Oklahoma. Are you prepared for what may be headed your way over the next few months?... An international expert on civil society discusses the role of women in promoting peace and security… The Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame inducts six new members… We discuss the latest news from the state capitol with Shawn Ashley of eCapitol… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
9pm LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Josh Groban: All That Echoes” -- Josh Groban performs hits from his 12-year career and songs from his new album, "All That Echoes."
Saturday, April 13
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP discusses the extent of freeze damage to the Oklahoma wheat crop. Plus: Mesonet weather; J-M Mushroom Farm in Miami, Okla.; cattle injections; grain market analysis; and the 2013 DASNR Champions.
Sunday, April 14
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “STEM Education” -- We discuss STEM education and its importance to the state of Oklahoma with: Dr. Stephen McKeever, Oklahoma Secretary of Science and Technology and Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, Oklahoma State University… Becki Foster, Associate Director, Oklahoma Department of Career Tech for Careers, Innovation and Academic Services… Dr. Tamara Carter, Director of the Department of Mathematics, Oklahoma City Community College… Rod Elam, Principal, Lawton Eisenhower High School
1:30pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Senator Gary Stanislawski (R-District 35)… and… Senator David Holt (R-District 30)
9pm ORCHESTRA OF EXILES -- In 1936, Bronislaw Huberman created a top-flight symphony orchestra in the desert of Palestine.
Monday, April 15
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS ” Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” -- This program traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, this film looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.
Tuesday, April 16
7pm IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE “Memphis Soul” -- Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama, this program honors the memorable soul sounds from the mid- to late-1960s that came from Memphis, Tennessee and legendary labels like Stax-Volt Records, that featured artists such as Al Green, Mavis Staples, Carla Thomas, Otis Redding and many more. The evening pays homage to Memphis, a segregated city in the 1960s where many whites and blacks nonetheless came together to make soulful music, a mix of gospel and potent rhythmic grooves - known today as "Memphis Soul."
8pm CENTRAL PARK FIVE -- Late in the evening of April 19, 1989, Tricia Meili, a 28-year-old white investment banker, went jogging through Central Park in New York City. When she was found hours later, she had been brutally raped, beaten and left for dead. This film examines the notorious crime, the media response and the public outcry it triggered, and the miscarriage of justice that followed it, probing the larger issues it raises about our nation's complicated past.
10pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Senator Gary Stanislawski (R-District 35)… and… Senator David Holt (R-District 30)
10:30pm TAKE 2 -- The decades-long partnership between jazz virtuosos Frank Glover and Claude Sifferlen is explored.
Wednesday, April 17
8pm NOVA “Australia’s First 4 Billion Years” – This is Part 2 of 4. I know I say this about a lot of things, but this is really, really good!!
9pm GUTS WITH MICHAEL MOSELY -- Medical imagery is used to take viewers on a remarkable journey through the digestive system.
10pm NATURE “The Mystery of Eels” -- A look at the mystery of the eel and the strange behavior it inspires in those who seek to know it.
Thursday, April 18
7pm BACK IN TIME #201 “Gangster Road” -- The 1920’s and 30’s were a time of bathtub gin and jazz, but in Oklahoma, it was also a time of bootleggers, outlaws, and gangsters. Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd of Akins was a farm boy who fell in with the wrong people and turned to a life on the run robbing banks. George “Machine Gun” Kelly was transformed by an ambitious wife from a common thug into a kidnapper on J. Edgar Hoover’s “Public Enemies” list. Kate “Ma” Barker raised her sons in Tulsa, five bad boys that went from petty crime to a spree of robberies, kidnappings and murder. OETA’s award winning documentary series Back in Time looks beyond the legends to examine why the state is so attractive to outlaws and how with the help of newspapers and radio, they captured the imagination of the people along Oklahoma’s Gangster Road. (Original Broadcast 4/04)
8pm GLOBE TREKKER #1202 “Panamericana: Conquistadors, Aztecs & Revolutions” – This is the new season in a new time period.
9:45pm EARTH SONGS -- Pristine and beautiful places around the world are highlighted with an enchanting musical score.