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!
An Extra Hour of OETA
Written by Holly on Saturday October 31, 2009
Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, November 1 when we get our extra hour of morning "daylight" back. You could use that extra hour to sleep off your sugar high from all the Halloween candy, or you could watch an extra hour of OETA.
Here's how the time change will affect OETA's four channels...
OETA HD (Main)
At Midnight, we'll air MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY "Endgame" until 2am. Then we fall back and air the one-hour FRONTLINE "Close to Home". Then, when everything returns to normal at 2am, we'll air UNNATURAL CAUSES: IS INEQUALITY MAKING US SICK, followed by WASHINGTON WEEK, NOW ON PBS and BILL MOYERS JOURNAL.
TULSA TIMES and OKC METRO will air at 1am and 1:30am respectively. When we turn back the clock at 2am, we'll air TULSA TIMES and OKC METRO again. (You really should catch one of the broadcasts of OKC METRO this week. Gerry Bonds talks with Oklahoma's state epidemiologist, Dr. Kristy Bradley, about the flu season.) Then at 2am, we'll air the fantastic documentary MOORE'S STOP: AN HISTORICAL VIEW OF AN OKLAHOMA COMMUNITY.
At 1am, we have CAPRIAL AND JOHN'S KITCHEN: COOKING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS and BAKE DECORATE CELEBRATE!... And then those two episodes will air again when the clocks get set back to 1am. Then, at the "real" 2am, we'll air KATIE BROWN'S WORKSHOP.
We air kid-friendly programming in the overnight hours on the OETA Kids channel. Those programs are what will repeat. AMERICA'S HEARTLAND and FARMERS' ALMANAC TV will air in the 1am hour... and then again when the clocks roll back. Starting at 2am, GLOBE TREKKER takes viewers to the best "water treks" in Hawaii and Alaska.
Austin City Limits' 35th Season
Written by Holly on Thursday October 29, 2009
No one had any idea that on October 17, 1974 when a rag tag bunch of long-haired, hippie, public television types aimed their cameras at a still-redheaded and youthful Willie Nelson, that he would still be going strong 35 years later. But he is. And so is AUSTIN CITY LIMITS.
October 15, 2009 -- Ben Harper and Relentless7
October 22, 2009 -- Kenny Chesney
October 29, 2009 -- Andrew Bird / St. Vincent
November 5, 2009 -- M. Ward / Okkervil River
November 12, 2009 -- Elvis Costello / Band of Heathens
November 19, 2009 -- Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel
November 26, 2009 -- Pearl Jam
December 3, 2009 -- Tribute to Bluesman Jimmy Reed
December 10, 2009 -- Aimee Mann / Iron & Wine
December 17, 2009 -- The Decemberists / Explosions in the Sky
January 7, 2010 -- Kings of Leon / Roky Erickson
Starting January 21, SOUNDSTAGE comes back to the schedule with their 17th Season, starring Tim McGraw, The Fray, 3 Girls and their Buddy (featuring Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller), Lynyrd Skynyrd, Faith Hill and the Willie Nelson.
The Botany of Desire
Written by Holly on Tuesday October 27, 2009
Flowers. Trees. Plants.
We've always thought that we controlled them. But what if, in fact, they have been shaping us?
Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: To make their honey, the bees collect nectar, and in the process spread pollen, which contains the flowers' genes. THE BOTANY DESIRE proposes that people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.
The two-hour documentary examines this unique relationship through the stories of four familiar species -- the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato -- telling how each evolved to satisfy our most basic yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control.
THE BOTANY OF DESIRE shows how we humans are intricately woven into the web of nature... not standing outside it.
THE BOTANY OF DESIRE airs Wednesday night at 7pm.
Vaccination Day for Sid the Science Kid
Written by Holly on Sunday October 25, 2009
OETA and SID THE SCIENCE KID want to make getting a shot less scary for kids and offer parents and caregivers age-appropriate resources for this important issue.
On Monday, October 26, the Emmy-nominated series SID THE SCIENCE KID will premiere a special episode perfect for flu season.
In "Getting a shot: You Can Do It!," it's vaccination day at Sid's school and Sid and his friends are a little apprehensive about getting a shot. Thankfully, a very special nurse will be giving the kids their vaccination -- Sid's Grandma! Throughout the episode, Grandma, Teacher Susie, Mom and Dad all do their part to make vaccination day a fun learning experience filled with music, games and lots of laughs.
The special episode is supported by online games, activities and resources for kids, parents and educators. At pbskids.org/sid, kids can learn about germs, illness and getting shots through age-appropriate activities and videos. For parents and caregivers, PBS Parents features resources to help children cope with illness and overcome fears they may face about going to the doctor. PBS Teachers will host a PBS Teachers live Webinar for educators about this episode and how teachers can help children stay healthy at school.
SID THE SCIENCE KID airs on OETA weekdays at 7:30am. After its premiere on Monday, October 26, this special episode will air many more times during flu season, with the first repeat being this Thursday, October 29.
New Yankee Workshop
Written by Holly on Saturday October 24, 2009
After twenty-one successful seasons on PBS, the producers of THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP will no longer be making new episodes. But the popular how-to series will not leave the OETA schedule immediately. The producers will supply PBS stations with enough encore episodes to last until the end of the year.
The NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP's companion Web site, www.newyankee.com, will continue to provide viewers the opportunity to get into the shop with project plans, DVDs, a Q&A section, and more.
Host Norm Abram isn't hanging up his toolbelt anytime soon. He will continue his work on the weekly series THIS OLD HOUSE.
Replacing NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP in the OETA schedule will be ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, a question and answer series that takes the THIS OLD HOUSE team to viewer's doorsteps to help solve their home repair problems. ASK THIS OLD HOUSE will air Saturdays at 1pm starting January 2, 2010.