Programming Notes 4/20 to 4/26

Written by Holly on Friday April 20, 2012

Friday, April 20

7pm                   ONR -- An overabundance of natural gas is pushing prices down, creating economic uncertainty for producers with little prospect of a quick recovery… Making Oklahoma a little more “green” in some ways you might not expect… We’ll take you to a company in Shawnee to find out why it’s been a success for more than 100 years… Travelling Highway 9 through “Tornado Alley” leads to the country’s center for storm prediction… Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business… Shawn Ashley of eCapitol brings us the latest news @ the Capitol… And, remembering the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, 17 years after the deadly attack.

9pm                  SWITCHBACK – THE CELTIC SESSIONS -- A live concert featuring both original and traditional Celtic music performed in an exciting style.


Saturday, April 21

7:30am             SUNUP – SUNUP shows producers how to identify armyworms in wheat, and explains treatment options and potential yield loss. Plus, storm damage, soil compaction assessment, cow-calf industry trends, grain market analysis, Oklahoma Prescribed Fire Council, composting and rainwater harvesting.


Sunday, April 22

8:30am             TRACKS AHEAD – Premiere of the new season!

1pm                  OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Fallin For Business” – Discussion of the results of a new business climate survey ( and the impact of the survey on state economic development and policy priorities with guests: Dave Lopez, Secretary of Commerce and Tourism and Chris Wright, Ph.D., CEO, Reliant

 8pm                  MASTERPIECE “Birdsong, Pt.1” -- This is an adaptation of Sebastian Faulk's best-selling novel about lovers torn apart by World War I. Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth) plays Stephen Wrayford, whose pre-war affair with Isabelle Azaire (Clemence Poesy, Harry Potter) has an enduring effect on him as he fights in the trenches. The saga concludes next week with Part Two.

9:30pm             FOUND CAUSES #101 “Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans & Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services” -- Found Causes features people who serve the community by actively getting involved in the lives of people in crisis. They participate in nonprofit charities that have a proven record of providing effective support. Each episode gives an in-depth look at two different charities and the solutions they are providing. We also hear from the people whose lives have been changed by the generosity of others. You will witness real people telling their story in their own words. This series will air in different time periods, at least one episode per month, through the end of this year. It will repeat regularly on OKLA.


Tuesday, April 24

8pm                  FRONTLINE “Money, Power and Wall Street” -- In a special four-hour investigation, FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the origins of the financial meltdown and the battle to save the global economy. Over two consecutive weeks, the films explore key decisions, missed opportunities and the unprecedented moves by the government and banking leaders that have affected the fortunes of millions of people.

In Hour 1, FRONTLINE tells the epic story of the rise of modern finance. A revolution in banking begins at a luxury hotel in Boca Raton, FL, where a rowdy team from J. P. Morgan invents a new marketplace for trading risk. Correspondent Martin Smith (College, Inc., The Madoff Affair) interviews leading bankers, officials and journalists to explain how financial engineering on Wall Street brought the global economy to its knees - and the reverberations are still being felt along Main Street. Immediately following, in Hour 2, FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk (Inside the Meldown, The Warning) investigates how the country's leaders failed to prevent an oncoming crisis and ended up initiating the largest government bailout in history. Told by participants from Washington and Wall Street, the story includes inside accounts from the campaign of presidential candidate Barack Obama. By the time of his election Obama is thoroughly up to speed on the disaster, but the question remains - what can he do once he takes office? (Hours 3 and 4 will air next week in this time period.)

10pm                ROLL CALL #119 -- Rep. Charles Key (R) from District 90 in Oklahoma City… Sen. Harry Coates (R) from District 28, which covers parts of Seminole, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, and Oklahoma counties… Rep. Purcy Walker (D) from District 60 covering parts of Beckham, Ellis Greer, Harmon, and Roger Mills counties in Southwestern Oklahoma.


Wednesday, April 25

8pm                  NOVA “Secrets of the Sun” -- It contains 99.9 percent of all the matter in our solar system and sheds hot plasma at nearly a million miles an hour. The temperature at its core is a staggering 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. It convulses, it blazes, it sings. You know it as the sun. Scientists know it as one of the most amazing physics laboratories in the universe. Now, with the help of new spacecraft and Earth-based telescopes, scientists are seeing the Sun as they never have before and even re-creating what happens at the very center of the Sun in labs here on Earth. Their work will help us understand aspects of the sun that have puzzled scientists for decades. But more critically, it may help us predict and track solar storms that have the power to zap our power grid, shut down telecommunications, and ground global air travel for days, weeks, or even longer.

9pm                  AMERICA REVEALED “Electric Nation” -- Our modern electric power grid has been called the biggest and most complex machine in the world - delivering electricity over 200,000 miles of high-tension transmission lines. Travel around the country with host Yul Kwon to understand its intricacies, its vulnerabilities and the remarkable ingenuity required to keep the electricity on, every day of the year. At New York State's governing grid control room, learn how a massive blackout cut power to 40 million Americans; to understand how we can protect against this type of colossal failure, join a team who makes daring repairs from the side of a helicopter in flight. Visit the country's largest coal mine, rappel down the side of a wind turbine, take a rare tour of a nuclear plant and travel on a massive tanker - as Kwon reflects on the challenges and opportunities to keep the power flowing.


Thursday, April 26

7pm                  ASK A LAWYER – A lot of information can be found here.

8pm                  THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR – We recorded the episodes of THIS OLD HOUSE that fed during the pledge drive so that you wouldn’t miss any of the new episodes. Now, all of the 10th season has aired. We’re going to join the regular PBS feed, already in progress, which means we’re starting with episode #1004 instead of #1001. For technical reasons, we need to do it this way. Episodes #1001-1003 are repeats and we hope you had the chance to view them when they first aired last year.

10pm                INDEPENDENT LENS “Facing the Storm: The Story of the American Bison” -- Bison have had a rich and complex relationship with the people of North America. From the first Americans who relied on bison for food, shelter and clothing to modern wildlife conservationists who are struggling to re-establish a place for bison in the Great Plains, this program introduces viewers to a rich history of human sustenance,exploitation, conservation and spiritual relations with the ultimate icon of wild America. (This will air regularly on OKLA, starting Sunday 4/29 at 1:30pm and Monday 4/30 at 10am.)