April Highlights on WVIA-TV

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Call the Doctor - Infertility: You Are Not Alone

Wednesday, April 4th, 7:30p

Infertility is a condition of the reproductive system that prevents the conception of children. The diagnosis of infertility is generally given to couples that have been trying to conceive for at least a year. Approximately ten to fifteen percent of couples throughout the United States are affected by this condition that include both men and women.


Call the Doctor - Inside Gynecological Cancers

Wednesday, April 4th, 7:30p

Gynecological cancer is a disease that is diagnosed in women every six minutes in the United States. The cancer is an uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells that originate in the female reproductive system. The National Cancer Institute estimates that there were over 61,000 new cases in 2017.


Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition

Thursday, April 5th 8pm

April is National Poetry Month and WVIA is celebrating all month long. In December top regional high school students participated in the Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition at the WVIA Public Media Studios. Encore presentations: Friday, April 6th 2pm, Sunday, April 8th 3pm, Thursday, April 12th 4pm


Bucknell Forum Presents Ken Burns

Thursday, April 19th 8pm

Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is widely considered among the most accomplished documentarians, with numerous acclaimed works including The Civil WarBaseball  and The Vietnam War. Mr. Burns sits down for a conversation with Bucknell President John Bravman. Taped by WVIA Public Media on April 9th at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Bucknell University in historic Lewisburg, PA. Encores: Friday, April 20th 2pm, Sunday, April 22nd 1pm, Thursday, April 26th 9pm, Friday, April 27th 3pm, Sunday, April 29th 5pm


Child In Time on Masterpiece

Sunday, April 1st 9pm

A moment of distraction triggers a crisis in the lives of a happy, successful British couple in Ian McEwan's haunting tale of a lost child and redeemed love, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire).  


Roads to Memphis American Experience

Tuesday, April 3rd 8pm 

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., WVIA recounts the event in an encore play of ROADS TO MEMPHIS: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. "We were never concerned with who killed Martin Luther King, but what killed Martin Luther King," says former King aide Andrew Young in this film, which tells the wildly disparate yet fatefully entwined stories of an assassin, James Earl Ray, and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., against the backdrop of the seething and turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. The program relies on eyewitness testimony from King's inner circle and the officials involved in Ray's capture and prosecution following an intense two-month international manhunt. 


Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

Part 1 - Tuesday, April 3rd 9pm

Part 2 - Wednesday, April 4th 9pm

To continue marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, WVIA presents an encore presentation of BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE. Beginning with the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X, and the death of Dr. King, veteran filmmaker and historian, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, takes viewers on a journey through the African American experience of the last 50 years. The series features interviews with celebrities, leaders, and common people who lived through the times. It tells the story of the long road to equality.  And while that road has led to the White House, the road doesn't end there.  The series also shows how, for many, the road is still being traveled, and how the struggle for African American equality over the past 50 years has set an example for other minorities.


4 Wheel Bob

Thursday, April 5th 9pm

The story of Bob Coomber, an intrepid adventurer who sets out to becone the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845 foot Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada of California. The one-hour documentary follows the inspirational journey of Bob while encouraging us to look at our own self-imposed limitations and perhaps reach beyond what we think is possible. 


Unforgotten on Masterpiece

Sundays 9pm beginning April 8th

Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Indian Summers) star as police officers investigating the cold case murder of a boy whose diary implicates four seemingly unconnected couples. 


GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II

Wednesday, April 11th 10pm

Based on the book of the same title by Deborah Dash Moore. This documentary tells the story of the 550,000 Jewish American men and women who fought in World War II. In their own words, veterans both famous and unknown bring their war experiences to life, including Mel Brooks and Henry Kissinger. They detail how they fought for their nation and their people to the point of liberating the camps, struggled with anti-Semitism within their ranks, and emerged transformed, more powerfully American and more deeply Jewish. 


In Principle

Fridays 8:30pm beginning April 13th

Co-hosts Michael Gerson, a syndicated Washington Post columnist, and Amy Holmes, a political news commentator, interview guests to explore the framework of today's news and political conversations - examining history, faith and culture.



Tuesdays 8pm beginning April 17th

A reinvention of the classic public television series from nearly 50 years ago. How did art help form empires and religions? Why was it so powerfully persuasive, so controversial and so intoxicating in shaping great nations? And why do we continue to invest so much time, effort, and money in it? This comprehensive story of global art spans millennia and continents, looking at the extraordinary role of art and artists in the development of human culture. Each episode will examine a momentous shift when art played an interconnected role in shaping dramatic change in human civilizations.  


NOVA - Decoding the Weather Machine

Wednesday, April 18th 8pm

Join scientists on a quest to better understand the weather and climate machine we call Earth. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and how can we be resilient-even thrive-in the face of enormous change? 


POV - Bill Nye: Science Guy

Wednesday, April 18th 10pm

Follow Bill Nye, once the host of the popular kids show, as he seeks to change the world through science. He's shedding the "Science Guy" costume with the goal of creating a more scientifically literate world. 


Live From Lincoln Center

Friday, April 20th 9pm 

Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster brings her irresistible talent and effusive charm to the intimate Appel Room for a special night with a special guest, two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Spring Awakening, Glee). 


NOVA Wonders

Tuesdays 9pm beginning April 25th 

This new series take viewers on a journey to the frontiers of science, where researchers are tackling some of the biggest questions about life and the cosmos. From the mysteries of astrophysics…to the secrets of the body… to the challenges of inventing technologies that could rival the abilities of the human mind, these six hours will reveal how far we’ve come in our search for answers. Along the way, we’ll meet the remarkable people who are transforming our world and creating the future. 


Chesapeake Bay Summit 2018

Thursday, April 26th 8pm

Host Frank Sesno once again drives a compelling conversation in this one-hour forum that will delve into the polarizing subjects of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise. Is Climate Change real? Or as some believe, is it merely a hoax perpetrated on the public by scientists and foreign governments? If it is real, what is the evidence and what will be the short and long-term impacts? 


International Jazz Day from Cuba

Friday, April 27th 10pm  

More than four dozen world-renowned artists come together for an International Jazz Day celebration in Havana, Cuba, culminating in an all-star global concert. International Jazz Day is the one day each year that jazz is celebrated worldwide, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Featuring host Will Smith with remarks by Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock and featuring performances by Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Chucho Valdes, and many more, this concert crowns a week of education and community outreach throughout the island nation of Cuba. The program includes scenic footage from throughout the city, exclusive interviews with the artists and performances of jazz standards, original compositions and modern classics. 

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