February Highlights on WVIA-TV

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Call the Doctor - Getting to the Heart: Cardiovascular Disease

Wednesday, February 6th - 7:30p

Cardiovascular disease is a range of conditions that affect the heart and include blood vessel diseases such as narrow or blocked arteries. Approximately 610,00 die of heart disease each year in the US, which makes it the leading cause of death for both men and women. However, recent advancements in disease treatment have proven to improve quality of life.


Call the Doctor - Opioids: Anatomy of a Health Crisis

Wednesday, February 13th - 7:30p

The Opioid crisis is one of the largest epidemics of addiction ever recorded in the United States.  Each day more than 200 people in the US die after overdosing on Opiods that include prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic drugs such as fentanyl. In Pennsylvania alone there has been a 64% increase in overdose deaths from 2015 to 2017.     


Battling Opioids: A Community Conversation

Thursday, February 7th 8pm 

The opioid crisis has become a nationwide issue. It was declared a disaster emergency in Pennsylvania by Governor Wolf in January 2018. VIA Public Media continues its commitment to increase awareness and empathy to reduce the stigma around opioid use, aid prevention and help people find treatment. This panel discussion was held in front of a studio audience at Dallas High School featuring state and local leaders discussing current strategies to fight the opioid crisis in our region.  Panelists include: Motivational speaker Alexis Johnson, Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, Wyoming Valley Alcohol & Drug Services CEO Jason Harlen and Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski. Moderated by Paola Giangiacomo.  Encore broadcasts: Friday, February 8th 1pm, Tuesday, February 26th 3pm


VIA's Primetime Rewind Starts 1 Hour Earlier

Weekdays at 1pm starting February 4th

Catch the best programming from the previous night's primetime line-up weekday afternoons. That means more Nature, Nova, Antiques Roadshow and all of your other PBS favorites for you to enjoy!


Amanpour & Company Joins VIA's Afternoon Lineup

Weekdays 4pm starting February 4th

Christiane Amanpour leads wide-ranging in-depth conversations with global thought leaders and cultural influencers on the issues and trends impacting the world each day, from politics, business and technology to arts, science and sports.



Live from Lincoln Center - Pipeline

Friday, February 8th 9pm

Meet Nya, an inner-city teacher desperate to save her son, in Dominique Morisseau's new play. When her son gets in trouble at school, Nya must confront his rage and her choices, and try to reach him before he gets pulled away forever. 


Sammy Davis Jr. - American Masters

Tuesday, February 19th 9pm

Explore the entertainer's vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Features Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and clips from his TV, film and concert performances. 


Charley Pride - American Masters

Friday, February 22nd 9pm

Explore the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Raised in segregated Mississippi, his journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice.  


Margaret: The Rebel Princess

Sundays 10pm, February 10th & 17th

Learn how Princess Margaret's life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed the western world during the 20th century, and redefined society's image of the modern princess.  


Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Saturday, February 9th 8pm  

A feature documentary about the lessons, ethics and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.  


Great Performances at the Met - Marnie

Friday, February 1st 9pm & Sunday, February 3rd 12pm

Watch composer Nico Muhly's reimagining of Winston Graham's novel about a beautiful, mysterious woman who assumes multiple identities. Starring Isabel Leonard in the title role alongside Christopher Maltman as Mark Rutland. Robert Spano conducts.  


African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Series Marathon

Sunday, February 10, 12pm to 8pm  

The Black Atlantic explores the truly global experiences that created the African American people. Beginning a full century before the first documented '20-and-odd' slaves arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on these shores. But the Trans-Atlantic slave trade would soon become a vast empire connecting three continents. Through stories of individuals caught in its web, like a ten-year-old girl named Priscilla who was transported from Sierra Leone to South Carolina in the mid-18th century, we trace the emergence of plantation slavery in the American South. The late 18th century saw a global explosion of freedom movements, and The Black Atlantic examines what that Era of Revolutions-American, French and Haitian-would mean for African Americans, and for slavery in America. 


Roads to Memphis: American Experience

Tuesday, February 26th 9pm

"We were never concerned with who killed Martin Luther King but what killed Martin Luther King," says Andrew Young, former aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in ROADS TO MEMPHIS. From Emmy Award-winning director Stephen Ives, this film 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. ROADS TO MEMPHIS features eyewitness testimony from King's inner circle and the officials involved in Ray's capture and prosecution, and Hampton Sides, author of the upcoming book "Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin."  


Great Performances - Movies for Grownups Awards 2019 with AARP The Magazine

Friday, February 15th 9pm

Watch filmmakers and actors receive the 2019 Movies for Grownups Awards. The awards were established to celebrate and encourage filmmaking that appeals to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind -- and to recognize its artists.  

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