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May 21 - 27, 2018

Join Us for the National Memorial Day Concert!

National Memorial Day Concert 2018

On the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, WETA and Capital Concerts present the 29th annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert. This night of remembrance, airing live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, honors the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.  Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise co-host the show, which will feature appearances by General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), Allison Janney, Cynthia Erivo, Leona Lewis, Charles Esten, Alfie Boe, Megan Hilty, the National Symphony Orchestra and more.

The National Memorial Day Concert airs Sunday, May 27 at 8pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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The Great American Read Begins This Week

The Great American Read

Examine the power, passion and joy of reading through the lens of America's 100 best-loved books, as chosen by the public. The Great American Read features reflections from notable and everyday citizens, culminating in a summer voting campaign to choose "America’s Best-Loved Book." Meredith Vieira hosts.

The Great American Read airs Tuesday, May 22 at 8pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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Meet the Pangolin on Nature

Nature: Pangolin (Credit: Maria Diekmann)

Join conservationist Maria Diekmann in the crusade to save pangolins, the most trafficked animal in the world. Learn about these little-known, yet highly desired scaly mammals whose basic biology remains a mystery, hampering conservation efforts.

Nature airs Wednesday, May 23 at 8pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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Now Streaming on WETA Passport

Jamestown 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: Historical Metro Map

Front Row Washington Presents Cellist Andrei Ioniţă

FRW: Andrei Ioniță

This week, Classical WETA's Front Row Washington presents a Phillips Collection recital by cellist Andrei Ioniţă, winner of first prize in the cello section of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and one of the leading cellists of his generation. Joined by pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, their program features Beethoven's Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102/1, Schubert's Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D. 821, Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor and more.

Front Row Washington airs Monday, May 21 at 9pm on Classical WETA 90.9 FM.

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As the Thunder Rolls Into D.C.

Rolling Thunder (Credit: Cristiano Del Riccio. Used via CC BY-SA 2.0 license.)

If you've ever spent Memorial Day in Washington, you've probably seen — and heard — the annual Rolling Thunder commemoration. But do you know the history behind it? Head over to our Boundary Stones blog to learn more about this unique Washington tradition, which celebrates its 31st anniversary this weekend.

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Photo by Cristiano Del Riccio. Used via CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

PBS NewsHour: Why We Should Be More Like Cats Than Dogs When It Comes to Social Media

PBS NewsHour: Deleting Social Media Accounts

Computer scientist and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier doesn't mince words when it comes to social media. His latest book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, says the economic model is based on "sneaky manipulation." Economics correspondent Paul Solman sits down with Lanier to discuss how the medium is designed to engage us and how it could hurt us.

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