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January 4 - January 10, 2021

Masterpiece: All Creatures Great and Small Brings New Life to a Beloved Classic

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Don't miss this new seven-part adaptation of James Herriot's life-affirming autobiography about his adventures as a country veterinarian in 1930s England. Featuring Nicholas Ralph, Anna Madeley, Rachel Shenton and Samuel West, the series uses Herriot's wit, humor, and keen observations to highlight the importance of community.

All Creatures Great and Small airs Sunday, January 10 at 9pm on WETA PBS or stream with the free PBS video app.

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Thriller Thursdays Continue with Season 4 of Prime Suspect, Remastered and in High Definition

The main character, played by Helen Mirren, gazes thoughtfully in the direction of the camera through a broken-glass window.

Helen Mirren stars as Jane Tennison, a keen detective who battles to prove herself in the male-dominated environment of London's Metropolitan Police Force. This Thursday, a newly promoted Detective Superintendent Tennison must spearhead a number of different cases, including the disappearance of a young child and the possibility of a serial sex offender at-large.

Prime Suspect airs Thursday, January 7 at 8pm on WETA PBS or stream with the free PBS video app.

When Disaster Strikes Spotlights the Heroes Who Respond to Nature's Deadliest Catastrophes

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Learn about the mechanics of disaster relief from the heroes responding on the ground, and hear extraordinary personal stories of determination and hope in this three-part miniseries. Episode 1 presents a story of bravery after Cyclone Idai hits Mozambique, as international rescue teams struggle to avert humanitarian disaster.

When Disaster Strikes: A Perfect Storm airs Wednesday, January 6 at 10pm on WETA PBS or stream with the free PBS video app.

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Now Streaming on WETA Passport

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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!

Pianist Aaron Diehl Showcases His Virtuosic, Genre-Defying Sound on Front Row Washington

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This Monday features a solo performance at the Phillips Collection by Aaron Diehl, whose musical accolades include a European tour with Wynton Marsalis and performances with the New York Philharmonic. Diehl weaves through several styles with performances of pieces by Bach, Thelonious Monk, Sergei Prokofiev, and others.

Front Row Washington airs Monday, January 4 at 9pm on Classical WETA 90.9 FM.

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WETA in the Community: Check Out the PBS American Portrait Mural in Columbia Heights

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If you're in the Washington, D.C. area, be sure to check out the new #AmericanPortraitPBS mural in Columbia Heights. The mural, painted on the façade of project partner The Dance Institute of Washington, will be on display on the organization’s 14th Street building until May 2021.

And tune in Tuesdays at 9pm for PBS American Portrait, a four-part series presenting crowdsourced stories from 2020 filmed by everyday people and blended into documentaries that explore what it means to be an American today.

Learn more about PBS American Portrait →

The Time Abe Lincoln Argued a Case at the Supreme Court

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While most Abe Lincoln fans are aware that our tallest president was also a self-taught lawyer (and a successful one, at that!), it is less well-known that Lincoln actually argued a case before the United States Supreme Court in 1849. While the facts of the case itself aren't particularly noteworthy, the case did represent the beginning of Lincoln's adversarial relationship with Chief Justice Roger Taney.

Read more on our Boundary Stones blog →

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Presents We the Young People: an Inauguration Teen Town Hall

A graphic reading " We the Young People: Hosted by Amna Nawaz, Thursday, January 14, 7 pm ET."

Join Amna Nawaz, Yamiche Alcindor, and the Student Reporting Labs for a livestream event showcasing teen perspectives and reflections about their hopes and aspirations for the next U.S. presidential administration and discussions on how to navigate complicated media landscapes.

Please share with teens, young people, educators, and everyone who is interested. The event will be streamed on Thursday, January 14 at 7pm ET. An encore presentation of the event airs Wednesday, January 20 at 7pm on WETA World

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WETA Enters 2021 with an Expanded TV Lineup

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WETA Metro, an exciting new livestreaming WETA local television channel for the Washington, D.C. region, showcases the best of PBS programming and spotlights life in the "DMV" — the District, Maryland and Virginia. On WETA Metro, enjoy primetime PBS programming and much more, including programs created or selected for our local community.

​WETA Metro is the first WETA channel to be made available for livestreaming online — accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Stream free at and on the PBS Video App. It can also be found over-the-air on 26.5; on Verizon Fios, channel 470; RCN, channel 599; and on YouTube TV.

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