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July 9 - July 15, 2018

Don't Miss Our New Local Special, Washington in the '90s!

Washington in the 90s

A new WETA TV 26 documentary spotlights a fascinating decade of enormous transformation in the nation’s capital through the recollections of those who saw and shaped local events. Highlights include Mayor Marion Barry’s fall and political comeback; the revitalization of downtown D.C. that included the construction of the MCI Center; and the region’s emergence as a technology hub in the early days of the pre-digital era.

Washington in the '90s premieres Tuesday, July 10 at 8pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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No Passport Required Premieres

No Passport Required (Courtesy of Matt Dutile)

In a new six-part series, internationally renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson celebrates America’s cultural and culinary diversity, traveling to under-explored parts of American cities to showcase the people, places and unique flavors of immigrant communities. In the series premiere, Samuelsson explores the savory tastes, sights and sounds of Detroit’s Arab-American community.

No Passport Required premieres Tuesday, July 10 at 9pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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Explore the Kingdoms of the Sky

Kingdoms of the Sky (Credit: Courtesy of BBC/Stuart Dunn)

Landmark three-part series Kingdoms of the Sky, made in conjunction with the BBC, spotlights the extraordinary wildlife and remarkable people who live and thrive in the most iconic mountain ranges of the world: the Rockies, the Himalayas and the Andes.

Kingdoms of the Sky airs Wednesday, July 11 at 9pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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Now Streaming on WETA Passport

The Tunnel Series 3 Passport

Our newest member benefit allows you to watch your favorite WETA shows whenever and wherever you want. This week, enjoy these programs among many others:

WETA Passport is a benefit for members that provides you with extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming. Featuring both PBS and select local programming, WETA Passport allows you to watch even more of your favorite shows, including full seasons of many current and past series. Click here to learn more or activate now!

Boundary Stones: WETA's local history blog

Front Row Washington Presents the Goldman String Quartet

Goldmund String Quartet

This week, Classical WETA's Front Row Washington presents a Phillips Collection recital by the Goldmund String Quartet. This exciting young group has appeared in many prestigious festivals around the world, such as the Festival Aix-en-Provence, Festival de Música y Danza Granada and Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele. Their program includes Haydn's String Quartet in G Major, Op. 54 No. 1, Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73 and Beethoven's String Quartet No. 8 in e minor, ("Rasumovsky No. 2"), Op. 59 No. 2.

Front Row Washington airs Monday, July 9 at 9pm on Classical WETA 90.9 FM.

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Quiz: How Well Do You Remember Washington in the '90s?

Washington in the 90s

The '90s in Washington was a decade of big dreams, big changes and big scandals — in everything from sports to politics to the local music scene. But how well do you really know this decade in our city? Test your memory with our new trivia quiz and find out if you are in touch like a pager, need some jogging like a discman, or have thrown it all away like an AOL trial CD!

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Discuss the Latest Episode of Endeavour with Telly Visions


The fifth season of Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour continues, as Endeavour fears a recent disappearance is linked to the years-old unsolved murder of a teenager. Stop by our British blog for an in-depth recap of "Passenger" and discuss all the twists with other fans.

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PBS NewsHour: ‘My son is not the same’: New Testimony Paints Bleak Picture of Family Separation

PBS NewsHour: Family Separation

Last week, Democratic attorneys general in 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing that its family separation policy violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fifth Amendment. A new motion came with more than 900 pages of declarations that included powerful personal testimonies from parents, children and other family members who were directly impacted by the Trump policy. PBS NewsHour read through all 99 declarations and pulled 12 that offer a window into what has been happening under the family separation policy.

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The Big Summer Booklist from Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets Big Summer Booklist (Illustration by Lizzy Stewart)

Ahh... summer! It is the perfect season for cool drinks, fresh-air reading and a towering stack of books inviting kids to visit new worlds, real and imagined. Reading Rockets' children's literature expert and blogger Maria Salvadore carefully chose each book — to keep kids reading all summer long. The age-leveled lists are ready to print and take to your local library or bookstore.

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WHFS Sells Out the Deejay

WHFS deejays, circa 1983. (WHFS deejays Damian Einstein (far right) and Weasel (front) pose with musician Jesse Colin Young (second from right) and an unidentfied record executive (far left) at WHFS headquarters in Annapolis, MD in 1983.  (Photo source: Handout photo/Steve King).

On June 11, 1989, 8,000 WHFS 99.1 listeners crowded into the parking lot in front of Joe's Record Paradise in Wheaton, Maryland for an eight-hour concert to protest the decision to remove deejay Damian Einstein from the airwaves. As it turned out, Damian's ousting was just the beginning of a roller coaster ride for WHFS and its listeners over the next decade.

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