April Highlights on WVIA-TV

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Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition

Thursday, April 6th, 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. A total of 10 students participated with the winner having advanced to the state competition in Harrisburg, PA.


Our Town Taylor

Thursday, April 13th, 8pm

The 28th in WVIA's "Our Town Series", Our Town Taylor is a "day-in-the-life" video scrapbook focusing on the people, places and happenings of Taylor, Pennsylvania, as seen through the eyes of its residents. 


Call the Doctor - Does Your Child Have Autism?

Wednesday, April 5th, 7pm

Over the last 15 years, autism among children has risen at an alarming rate. And while the Center for Disease Control says one in 68 children suffers from the disorder, a newer government survey of parents suggests the numbers could be as high as one in 45. We’ll be discussing autism in greater detail including possible causes...symptoms...and what to do if your child shows signs of having the disorder. 


Call the Doctor - Prostate Cancer: What Every Man Should Know

Wednesday, April 12th, 7pm

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men – second only to skin cancer. While the disease is rare before the age of 50, experts believe that most elderly men have traces of it, and over 27,000 American men will die of the disease this year. That’s why important to undergo proper screenings and know the early warning signs.


Scholastic Scrimmage

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm

The 12th season of Scholastic Scrimmage continues with all new programs! Learn more here .


Call the Midwife

Sundays at 8pm, April 2nd - May 21st

All new 6th season of Call the Midwife picks up following the Christmas special with the midwives receiving a rapturous welcome when they return from their South African adventure. But all is not well at Nonnatus House. In their absence, Sister Ursula has been running a very tight ship and it is quickly announced that she will remain in charge above Sister Julienne. Sister Ursula makes unpopular changes, but bound by a vow of obedience Sister Julienne is unable to challenge her.


Home Fires - Season 2

Sundays at 9p, April 2nd - May 7th

In this second season, Great Britain stands alone against German forces. The Battle of Britain rages in the skies overhead and, with daily air-raids, the threat of invasion and defeat is palpable. For some of Great Paxford’s women, the war throws off peacetime limitations, allowing them to flourish in unexpected ways. As Britain finds itself increasingly besieged, the tight-knit community will be tested as never before.  


Independent Lens - Newtown

Monday, April 3rd, 9pm

A testament to a community’s resilience, “Newtown” documents the town’s grief and confusion after the deadliest shooting of schoolchildren in American history. But this film also shows how survivors have tapped hidden reservoirs of strength to make sure these children didn’t die in vain.  Their journeys toward personal healing offer solace, while their efforts to be heard are making this a safer world for all of us.


The Last Days of Jesus

Tuesday, April 4th, 8pm

This drama-doc special exposes the explosive power politics of the ruling Roman Empire at the time of Jesus' downfall. It reveals the astonishing truth that Jesus was no mere Galilean peasant turned preacher -- but a political player who fell victim to a Roman alliance gone wrong.


The Great War - American Experience

Monday, April 10th - Wednesday, April 12th at 9pm

Marking the centennial of America’s entry into World War I,  we premiere The Great War. Drawing upon a rich visual archive and the most recent scholarship, this three-night event chronicles the American experience during World War I. It starts with Woodrow Wilson’s vision for a new democratic world order and covers the mass mobilization of an army to fight in the battlefields of France, along with the often-violent crosscurrents the war unleashed on the home front.


Great Performances at the Met - Romeo et Juliette

Friday, April 14th, 9pm

The team of Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau reunites for this production of Gounod's opera based on the Shakespeare play. Damrau makes her role debut as Juliette in Bartlett Sher's production, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Elliot Madore sings Mercutio and Mikhail Petrenko sings Frere Laurent. Sher's staging is a La Scala production, initially presented by the Salzburg Festival, where it premiered in 2008.


NOVA - Holocaust Escape Tunnel

Wednesday, April 19th, 9pm

During the week of Holocaust Remembrance, NOVA premieres “Holocaust Escape Tunnel.”  Seventy years ago, Vilnius, Lithuania, was known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania -- a bustling town home to more than 100,000 Jews at its peak. But then it all vanished. In three years during the Holocaust, 95% of Lithuanian Jews were killed. But hidden within this tragedy is a story of hope and courage that archeologists are just now bringing to light. Cutting-edge tech is revealing a Holocaust escape tunnel where survivors dug their way to freedom.


Nature - Making of an Ancient Forest

Wednesday, April 26th, 8pm

Forests are far more complex than previously imagined.  The documentary, filmed in 4K, travels deep into the remote forests of the Kalkalpen National Park in Austria – the largest area of wilderness in the Alps.  Abandoned and unmanaged by man for close to a quarter of a century, the forest’s dramatic cycle of growth and decay now rules the landscape. What appears at first to be devastation and destruction is in fact part of the fundamental process of the forest’s regeneration and transformation back to its natural, primeval state.


Chesapeake Bay Summit 2017

Thursday, April 27th, 8pm

The Chesapeake Bay Summit 2017 brings together world renown experts on the Bay to discuss timely and important issues. In a provocative forum broadcast moderated by Frank Sesno in front of a live studio audience, the summit explores why some states failed to regulate and enforce nutrient and sediment pollution that flows into the Susquehanna River, especially since the river is the leading single source of Chesapeake Bay pollutants. The Summit will also ask why officials have failed to meet the federal mandate to clean up the river, and will the Environmental Protection Agency punish the state's recalcitrance by applying tough sanctions as promised.

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