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October 15 - 21, 2018

Experience the Beauty of Fall with Autumnwatch New England

AutumnWatch New England

In a new three-part television event created by PBS and BBC, travel journalist Samantha Brown, BBC presenter Chris Packham and wildlife cinematographer Bob Poole host a nature show celebrating fall in New England. Travel through colorful landscapes, meet a cast of wildlife characters, and experience some of the best that autumn has to offer, including leaf gazing, pumpkin carving and cranberry harvesting, in this live production.

Autumnwatch New England airs live Wednesday, October 17 at 8pm, Thursday, October 18 at 8pm, and Friday, October 19 at 8:30pm on TV 26 and WETA HD. 

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NOVA: Addiction


Delve into America’s opioid crisis with NOVA. In a world in which many other diseases can be traced to addictive behavior, how do addictions work, and what can the science of addiction tell us about how we can resolve this dire social issue?

NOVA airs Wednesday, October 17 at 9pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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The Woman in White Premieres

The Woman in White

A new adaptation of Wilkie Collins classic novel The Woman in White begins this Sunday. When Walter Hartright, a young drawing master, encounters a spectral woman dressed all in white on a moonlit road on Hampstead Heath, he is drawn into a web of intrigue that will transform his life forever.

The Woman in White airs Sunday, October 21 at 10pm on TV 26 and WETA HD.

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Now Streaming on WETA Passport

Poldark Season 4 on WETA 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 D.C. Metro Map.

Front Row Washington Presents the Parker Quartet

FRW: Parker Quartet

This week on Classical WETA’s Front Row Washington, hear a recital by the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. This program, presented by the Candlelight Concert Society, includes Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet, ShostakovichQuartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73, Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92, and more. 

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

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Discuss the Latest Episode of The Durrels in Corfu with Telly Visions

The Durrells in Corfu, Season 3 Recaps

The new season of The Durrells in Corfu continued this week with an episode that that saw Louisa return to England for a funeral and the rest of the family try to carry on without her. Catch up on everything you missed and discuss the latest installment with other fans at our Telly Visions recap.

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Are Your Ducks in a Row?

Are Your Ducks in a Row?

Whatever your stage in life, it is a good idea to think about and plan for how your affairs will be handled. A few simple steps today can give you peace of mind tomorrow by ensuring that you and your loved ones are well protected. Join other loyal WETA supporters by requesting a copy of our FREE Personal Estate Planning Guide, then get your estate plan off the ground. Request a FREE Planning Guide today!
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PBS NewsHour: A Quiet Rise in Unvaccinated Children Could Put the U.S. at Risk of Outbreaks

PBS NewsHour: Unvaccinated Children

For the third consecutive school year, unvaccinated communities have seen small but notable growth, according to the CDC’s latest National Immunization Survey. One school in Oregon has toddler vaccination rates lower than those in Venezuela.

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Hostage Standoff at the D.C. Jail, October 11, 1972

hotograph of D.C. Jail on September 8, 1973, taken during a rally in support of the "October 11 Brothers" and better prison conditions. (Credit: Reading/Simpson via Washington Area Spark on Flickr. Used via Creative Commons NC 2.0 License.)

In the wee hours of the morning on October 11, 1972, Washington Post reporter William Claiborne was doing what most other Washingtonians were doing: sleeping. When the phone rang at 4:15am, he answered groggily. A panicked voice on the other end of the line said that inmates at the D.C. Jail were holding guards hostage and had requested his presence.

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