February Highlights on WVIA-TV
Our Town Pittston
Thursday, February 23, 7pm
The community of Pittston in Luzerne County is a tightly woven tapestry of warmth, pride, and progress. The downtown renaissance reveals a new luster; Customs with multi-cultural roots are celebrated with a true spirit of cooperation. Murals dot the landscape remembering what was, reflecting the new hope of what is…Stories of Faith are recounted through the many houses of worship gracing the skyline; Family—being the most important foundation to legacy; Food--bringing people together for an extra reason to celebrate; and Fortitude--turning ideas into reality for future generations. It’s where people are the genuine article with panoramic vision and hearts of gold. Welcome to Pittston! And feel as though you’ve come home…
Call the Doctor - The ABCs of Heart Disease
Wednesday, February 8, 7pm
It’s a chilling statistic...but one out of every three deaths in America is caused by heart disease...and it’s the number one killer in Pennsylvania. The good news is that many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices and by recognizing risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Call the Doctor - Stroke: Time Lost is Brain Lost
Wednesday, February 15, 7pm
Each year, more than 140,000 Americans die from strokes. In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death in both America and Pennsylvania. That’s why it is essential to recognize the warning signs of a stroke, which include sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg, sudden dizziness or even severe headaches.
Spy In The Wild: A Nature Miniseries
Wednesdays, 8pm February 1 thru March 1
More than 30 animatronic "spy cameras" disguised as animals secretly record animal behavior in the wild. These Spy Creatures reveal that animals show emotions and behavior similar to humans-a capacity to love, grieve, deceive, cooperate and invent.
Aurora - Fire In The Sky
Wednesday, February 1, 10pm
In the earth's polar regions, a ghostly flicker and colorful glow often brightens the night sky. Whoever sees an aurora event will never forget this impressive experience. Finland's Saami people, Alaska's Inuit, Canada's Native Americans and New Zealand's Maori all have legends about the origins and meaning of this magic natural spectacle. These stories tell of spirits dancing in the sky, of a bright and better world where hunting game is abundant, of battling gods and celestial messages. This program links such popular legends to the aurora's physical effects on the natural world. It covers aurora research and the most recent scientific discoveries. Breathtaking time-lapse recordings of aurora events, lavish computer animations of the 'space weather' as well as scenes from the lives of indigenous peoples add up to a comprehensive portrait of the aurora, and shine a light on its influence on humans and the natural world.
Live From Lincoln Center
Friday, February 3, 9pm
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world's major music festivals. The visionary programming celebrates the genius of Mozart with signature performances and new commissions.
Oklahoma City Bombing: American Experience
Tuesday, February 7, 9pm
Follow the rise of the extremist militia movement, from Ruby Ridge to Waco, which led to the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history -- the 1995 bombing by Timothy McVeigh that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City.
Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
Friday, February 10, 9pm
Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan called Smokey Robinson "America's greatest living poet." Indeed, the acclaimed singer-songwriter has created a career of hits spanning over four decades. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, an Honorary Doctorate from Howard University, Kennedy Center Honors, and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of fame.
John Lewis - Get In The Way
Friday, February 10, 10:30pm
The first documentary biography of Lewis, whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past 50 years from his youth in the segregated South, through his leadership within the Civil Rights movement, to his current role as a powerful voice in Congress.
African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Marathon
Sunday, February 12, 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.
Maya Angelou: American Masters
Tuesday, February 21, 8pm
This is the first feature documentary about Dr. Maya Angelou, best known for her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She led a prolific life; as a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer she inspired generations with lyrical modern African American thought that pushed boundaries. This film weaves her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining moments. It also features a series of interviews with friends and family including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson and Quincy Jones.
Africa's Great Civilizations
Tuesday, February 27 & Wednesday, February 28 9pm
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. invites viewers to discover the complexity, grandeur and diversity of the great civilizations that once flourished across the African continent.