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 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.
Programming Notes 4/05 to 4/11
Written by Holly on Friday April 5, 2013
Friday, April 5
7pm ONR -- Lawmakers and members of the dental profession look for ways to insure safety for patients after a Tulsa dentist is accused of exposing his patients with HIV and hepatitis... Workers Compensation is one of the biggest issues this year in the Oklahoma legislature. After several weeks of work, the House and Senate are still trying to reconcile competing versions of a bill to overhaul the state’s system… Women are small in number in the Oklahoma legislature, but they bring a different perspective when it comes to governing… A museum in Lawton keeps alive the memories of the Comanche Code Talkers from World War II… Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw remembers the Oklahoma City bombing… 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 PAUL SIMON: LIVE AT WEBSTER HALL, NEW YORK – The singer/songwriter performs "Kodachrome," "Slip Slidin' Away" and more in this intimate concert. This program was created as a pledge program, so the video might not be available for standard purchase.
Saturday, April 6
7:30am SUNUP -- 4-H members from Oklahoma visit with legislators at the state capitol. Plus: Hughes County youth livestock feed out program; grain and cattle market analysis; Mesonet weather; oil filter marking; early calf weaning; OSU Community Field Day; and the 2012 national champion OSU Livestock Judging Team.
10am MARTHA STEWART’S COOKING SCHOOL – The second season begins today. We’ll start a new BBQ series in June.
8pm MICHAEL FEINSTEIN’S AMERICAN SONGBOOK “Showtunes” – This is the first episode of the third season of this series. There are three episodes. “Let’s Dance” and “On the Air” will air the next two Saturdays at 8pm.
Sunday, April 7
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “House of Representatives Leadership” -- We discuss the latest news from the Capitol with leaders in the Oklahoma House of Representatives: Rep. Mike Jackson, Speaker Pro Tempore (R) Enid… and Rep. Scott Inman, House Minority Leader (D) Del City
1:30pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Supt. Janet Barresi - State School Superintendent... and... Rep. Todd Thomsen (R) District 25 - Majority Whip
7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE #202 – Second episode of the new season. If you missed the first one, go here to see it plus all of Season 1!
8pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Mr. Selfridge” – Second episode of this new 8-part miniseries. If you missed the first episode, go here to view it online. The episodes will be only one hour in length until the finale on 5/19, which will be 90min in length.
9pm DEFIENT REQUIEM: VOICES OF RESISTANCE – In the face of horrific living conditions, starvation and the threat of deportation to Auschwitz, the Jewish inmates of Terezin concentration camp - artists, musicians, poets and writers - fought back ... with art and music. Led by conductor Raphael Schachter, they re-imagined a Catholic liturgical work, Verdi's Requiem, as a condemnation of the Nazis. Ultimately, they performed for Nazi brass, singing what they dared not say. Six decades later, conductor Murry Sidlin and a new choir take Verdi's Requiem back to Terezin and bring the story of Raphael Schachter's artistic uprising back to life. (90min)
ARE YOU BEING SERVED is preempted this week and next. It will pick back up on 4/21 where it left off.
Monday, April 8
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “The House I Live in/As I Am” -- The House I Live In": As America remains embroiled in overseas conflicts, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever before. This program captures heart-wrenching stories at all levels of America's drug war -- from the dealer to the grieving mother; the narcotics officer to the senator; and the inmate to the federal judge…. "As I Am": This short film floats through South Memphis resident Chris Dean's landscape, revealing the lives that have shaped his world. Poetic and powerful imagery combines with the young philosopher's trenchant observations about life. (120min)
WRITING OUT LOUD will return next week.
Tuesday, April 9
7pm AMERICAN MASTERS “Carol Burnett: Woman of Character” – Examines her career, difficult childhood and the dramatic turn that followed her TV variety show.
8:30pm PIONEERS OF TELEVISION #305 “Carol Burnett & The Funny Ladies” -- Carol Burnett's television comedy career and the funny ladies of TV who joined her are highlighted.
9pm FRONTLINE “Syria Behind the Lines” -- Olly Lambert documents the devastating effect of a religious feud that is shaping Syria's future.
10pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Supt. Janet Barresi - State School Superintendent... and... Rep. Todd Thomsen (R) District 25 - Majority Whip
10:30pm KEY INGREDIENTS -- Aspects of our complex relationship with food, including economic efficiencies, are explored.
Wednesday, April 10
8pm NOVA “Australia’s First Billion Years” (Part 1 of 4) -- Experts explore bacterial slime, the earliest forms of life, in the red hills of Australia.
9pm THE TRUTH ABOUT EXERCISE WITH MICHAEL MOSELEY -- The new and surprising truths about exercise and why we all respond to it differently
Thursday, April 11
10am COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG ELECTRONIC FIELD TRIPS “The Industrious Tradesmen” – This is the final electronic field trip of the season. It preempts SESAME STREET on this day only.
7pm GALLERY #1305 – The inspirational stories of rappers Little Mike and Funny Bone... and... Soul Bird, the happy art of Skip Hill (PREMIERE)
8pm GLOBE TREKKER “Across America: Route 66 and Beyond” – This is the new 12th season… on a new day… and a new earlier time period!
10pm THE LOST BIRD PROJECT -- This nature documentary follows sculptor Todd McGrain's efforts to memorialize five extinct birds.
Programming Notes 3/29 to 4/04
Written by Holly on Friday March 29, 2013
Friday, March 29
10:30am SID THE SCIENCE KID: THE MOVIE -- A robotic tour guide malfunctions and Sid and Gabriela must save the Super Ultimate Science Museum. This 90min special preempts WORDWORLD and BARNEY & FRIENDS.
7pm ONR -- A bill allowing horse slaughter in Oklahoma is headed to the governor. It’s an emotional issue and one of the most high-profile bills in this year’s legislative session… Horse slaughter is just one of the issues high on the agenda of Oklahoma’s rural legislative caucus. Rural lawmakers speak out about issues important to their constituents... The need for health care is growing. We explore the demand for nurses in Oklahoma and how it is affecting the profession… Oklahoma ranks low in a national study on state-by-state well-being, but steps are being made to improve the state’s standing… A U.S. Supreme Court Justice inspires a new way to teach civics… A home-grown Oklahoma media company preserves its history and that of the state… 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 “Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway” – This premiered on Sunday evening and we’re repeating it in this “Friday night music” timeslot. . LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER episodes only have rights windows lasting one week, so we wanted to get it in again before the rights ran out. If you wish to see AMERICAN MASTERS “Philip Roth: Unmasked,” you'll need either to set your DVR or alarm clock for April 1st at 2am. We’re also trying to carve out some time in primetime in early June, but we don’t have a date or time yet.
Saturday, March 30
7pm SUNUP -- SUNUP demonstrates how to check wheat for freeze damage and looks at fungal disease in wheat. Also: Mesonet weather, Canola College, grain market analysis, twin calves, forestry and beef conferences, comparing deer tracks to wild hog tracks, and crop nutrient deficiencies.
O K L A – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET “The Tempest” – This fed during our pledge drive. This is the soonest opportunity we've had to air it.
Sunday, March 31 – Easter!
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “School Security” -- We discuss findings and recommendations from the Oklahoma Commission on School Security with: Kim Carter, Director, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security… Eleanor Goetzinger, Behavior Specialist, Oklahoma City Public Schools… Roger Webb, Headmaster, Oklahoma Christian School
1:30pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Rep. Leslie Osborn (R) District 47… and Sec. Gary Sherrer, Secretary of Environment
6pm THE OTHER HOLY LAND – On this Easter Sunday, we’re replacing the regular HISTORY DETECTIVES with this program that explores the earliest history and growth of Christianity in Asia Minor, now the country of Turkey. HISTORY DETECTIVES will return next week.
7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE #201 – Season Two begins! It's in a different time period than Season One. If you missed this premiere, it will repeat on OKLA Monday night at 7pm and overnight on Main on 4/02 at 2am and 5am.
8pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Mr. Selfridge” – This is a new 8-part miniseries starring Jeremy Piven. You'll never look at department stores the same way again.
Monday, April 1
8pm KIND HEARTED WOMAN #101 -- Part One of an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation. This series follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child. Robin's battles in tribal court with her ex-husband for custody of the children, even after he is convicted of abusive sexual contact with his daughter, illuminates how serious this problem is on the reservation. Her quest to heal her family, find a man worthy of her love, build a career and fulfill her goal of returning to her reservation to help prevent the abuse of women and children, takes her on an intimate and inspiring journey full of heartbreak, discovery and redemption. (2 hours)
Tuesday, April 2
8pm KIND HEARTED WOMAN #102 – Part two of last night’s program. (3 hours)
Wednesday, April 3
7pm THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS – Live call-in program that will air each Wednesday night at 7pm until late May. This pushes NATURE to 10pm for the next few weeks.
8pm NOVA “Ancient Computer” -- An ancient Greek device in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck turns out to be the world's first computer.
9pm EAT, FAST AND LIVE LONGER WITH MICHAEL MOSLEY -- The new science that suggests the ancient idea of fasting can lead to a healthier life is explored. The next few weeks will have other “Michael Mosley” episodes.
10pm NATURE “What Plants Talk About” -- An astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other and talk to their allies is revealed.
Thursday, April 4
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.
9pm DOC MARTIN “Uneasy Lies the Head” -- Martin struggles to deal with the news of Louisa's pregnancy and meets her strange Headmaster.
10pm WATER PRESSURES -- American college students explore a model of water conservation and community cooperation in India.
BBC World News America
Written by Holly on Thursday March 28, 2013
Due to a 12-hour strike by the National Union of Journalists in the United Kingdom, tonight’s episode of BBC WORLD NEWS AMERICA at 5pm will not be produced. Instead, BBC will feed (and we will air) this week’s episode of BBC NEWSNIGHT, which usually only airs on OKLA.
A crawl will run at the top of the program saying: “Due to a strike at BBC News, we are presenting a new episode of BBC Newsnight. Thank you.”
This will not affect any other BBC programs on any of our other channels.
We have been told that BBC WORLD NEWS AMERICA will return tomorrow at the usual time.