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April 15 - 21, 2019

Les Misérables Continues on Masterpiece

Les Miserables Episode 2

The brand new Masterpiece adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic continues this Sunday. Living respectably as a provincial mayor and factory owner, Valjean hires the single mother Fantine. Trouble follows that reunites him with his old adversary Javert.

Les Misérables airs Sunday, April 21 at 9pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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Don't Miss the Conclusion of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s Reconstruction

Reconstruction Part 2

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s definitive history of one of the least understood chapters in American history concludes this week on WETA Television. This week, explore the rise of Jim Crow and the undermining of Reconstruction's legal and political legacy, and see how African Americans fought back using artistic expression.

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War airs Tuesday, April 16 at 9pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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Nature: Big Birds Don't Fly

Nature: Big Birds

Explore the evolution and unique stories of ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries and kiwis. Though it's said a bird is three things — feathers, flight and song — these birds can't fly or sing, and their feathers are closer to fluff.

Nature airs Wednesday, April 17 at 8pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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Now Streaming on WETA Passport

Mrs. Wilson

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!


Thanks to our sponsor: National Gallery of Art

Front Row Washington Presents the Busch Trio

This week, Classical WETA's Front Row Washington presents a performance by leading piano trio, the FRW: The Busch Trio

This week, Classical WETA's Front Row Washington presents a performance by leading piano trio, the Busch Trio. Their Phillips Collection recital features major works from the repertoire, Schubert's Piano Trio No. 1, and Dvorak's Piano Trio No. 3.

Front Row Washington airs Monday, April 15 at 9pm on Classical WETA 90.9 FM.

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Discuss the Premiere of Les Misérables with Telly Visions!

Les Miserable Recap on Telly Visions

A brand new adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic Les Misérables is now airing on Masterpiece. Catch up on what you missed and discuss the series' take on these familiar characters with other fans at our Telly Visions blog!

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PBS NewsHour: Katie Bouman ‘Hardly Knew What a Black Hole Was.’ Her Algorithm Helped Us See One

PBS NewsHour: Katie Bouman

Imaging scientist Katie Bouman helped construct the first ever photo of a black hole. But what exactly did the 29-year-old Bouman do to capture an image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy, located 55 million light years away? Bouman explained to PBS NewsHour how she crafted an algorithm to capture the iconic image.

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The Annapolis Tea Party of 1774

Francis Blackwell Mayer's painting of the burning of the Peggy Stewart during the Annapolis Tea Party in 1774. (Source: Maryland State Archives)

As many Americans prepare to file their federal income taxes by today's deadline, we are reminded of the Boston Tea Party, perhaps the most notorious tax protest in our history. But while the Boston demonstration against British taxation measures is certainly the best known, it was not the only one. There were incidents throughout the colonies and one of the most dramatic played out in our own back yard — Annapolis, Maryland — in 1774.


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