January Highlights on WVIA-TV

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Wednesday, January 10th at 7:30pm

You’re never too young or too old to develop healthy habits.  It is recommended that leading a healthy lifestyle should begin during childhood by learning what foods to eat and the importance of daily exercise. Recently, Obesity has been declared a national epidemic in the U.S.; this condition is a result of many factors that could include lack of exercise, bad eating habits and also genetics. 



Wednesday, January 10th at 7:30pm

A hernia is a bulging of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening and is caused by muscle weakness and strain. They are most common in the abdomen but can appear in the upper thigh and groin area. A surgeon usually recommends one of two types of procedures to correct the problem. A third option has recently developed using robotics.  



Weeknights at 11pm

CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour has earned every major television journalism award, including eleven News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award. She has received nine honorary degrees, has been named a CBE and was this year inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She is an honorary citizen of Sarajevo and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of the Press and the Safety of Journalists. Amanpour on PBS will feature conversations about important global issues, joining a stable of trusted news and public affairs programs on WVIA Public Media.



Weeknights at 11:30pm

The acclaimed BBC World News nightly public affairs show recorded in Washington, DC and London, will air following AMANPOUR ON PBS. Premiering onTuesday, January 2, 2018, BEYOND 100 DAYS will air weeknights Monday-Thursday, with BBC WORLD NEWS, a half hour of the top global news stories of the day, filling the time slot on Fridays. BEYOND 100 DAYS is hosted by Katty Kay in the United States and Christian Fraser in the UK. With President Trump making headlines each day in the White House, the UK rapidly moving towards its exit from the EU and nearly daily tensions as North Korea tests its long-range missiles, BEYOND 100 DAYS cuts to the heart of the seismic stories changing the global political landscape. 




Monday, January 1st 9pm

Ring in the new year with the Vienna Philharmonic, at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of conductor Riccardo Muti and featuring favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. Hugh Bonneville hosts. 



Tuesday, January 9th 9pm

This documentary tells the remarkable story of the journey taken by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest in 1913. Their mission along with 20 others was to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. Over eight eventful weeks, the ill-equipped expedition navigated deadly rapids in crude dugout canoes. Hunger and exhaustion were compounded by the rainforest’s unforgiving topography. Before it was all over, one member of the expedition had drowned and another had committed murder. Roosevelt would badly injure his leg and beg to be left behind to die. More than a dramatic adventure story, INTO THE AMAZON shines a light on two of the western hemisphere’s most formidable men, and the culture and politics of their two formidable nations. NOVA - BLACK HOLE APOCALYPSE – Join astrophysicist Janna Levin on a mind-bending journey to the frontiers of black hole research. Discover how scientists may soon be able to "see" a black hole and are revealing new clues to the strangest and most extreme objects in the universe.



Thursday, January 11th 8pm

Presented by WVIA Public Media & distributed nationally by American Public Televison, Balancing the Scales provides an insightful look at the story of female lawyers in America. The film chronicles pioneering attorneys, including twins Ruby and Ruth Crawford (who first began practicing law in the 1940s), as well as contemporary stories detailing the challenges that women in the legal profession still face today. Through interviews conducted over the past 20 years with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her daughter, Columbia law professor Jane Ginsburg; civil rights attorney Gloria Allred and her daughter, attorney and media figure Lisa Bloom; State Supreme Court and Appellate Court Justices; as well as female equity partners, women of color, young associates, and law-school students - the documentary examines a range of topics from discrimination and work/life balance to what it takes to become a partner in today's law firms.  



Friday, January 12th 9pm

Tony Bennett is next in line to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the Library of Congress announced, calling the 90-year-old crooner “not just an artist for the ages, but an artist for all ages.” The 19-time Grammy winner’s power is a testament to the enduring appeal of the Great American Songbook the Gershwins helped write, and his ability to collaborate with new generations of music icons. Guest stars include Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Michael Feinstein, Sheryl Crow and more. 



Sundays, 9pm January 14th thru February 25th

The series that gives Queen Victoria a whole new image returns for a second season. Jenna Coleman is the feisty rookie monarch, and Tom Hughes is her smoldering consort Prince Albert. Dame Diana Rigg joins the acting ensemble this season. The drama all takes place against the backdrop of the early years of the Industrial Revolution, when society was changing as fast as the queen's growing family. 



Thursday, January 18th 8pm

Join us for an intimate journey into Leonard Nimoy's personal life. Featuring stories from his childhood growing up in Boston, his early career in Hollywood, his big break out role on the Star Trek series, highlights from his remarkable career- to the remaining years of his life battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The film features interviews with Leonard's closest family members including his children, Julie and Adam, his wife, Susan, step-son, Aaron and his six grandchildren sharing poignant stories and special memories. This memorable documentary also includes never-seen-before home videos and photos. 



Friday, January 19th 9pm

This film is a portrait of the late playwright Lorraine Hansberry's life as artist, activist and visionary.  Hansberry, who lived from 1930 – 1965, is best known for “A Raisin in the Sun,” the first play written by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway.



Tuesdays, 8pm January 23rd thru February 27th

Presented by Ann Curry, this series considers momentous events in modern American history and the personal stories of citizens whose lives were affected by them. The series uses a combination of personal testimony and fascinating archive to bring these events to life, from social and political upheavals to wars and natural disasters. Every dramatic story reveals how the human spirit is tested to its limits, surviving tragedies, finding love and forging unbreakable new bonds. 



Sundays, 10pm January 28th thru February 11th

This series uncovers the secret state that helped keep Queen Elizabeth in power for over 40 years. During a time when Britain was divided, unstable and violent, the world's first secret service was born. Run by William and Robert Cecil, this father and son team had the duty of protecting the Queen and the Country. The series asks leading historians to each study the period from a different key players point of view. They dissect the minds and motivations of key players, to reveal a covert spy network. 



Wednesdays 8pm January 31st thru February 14th

Witness the secret lives of animals as never before, as this three-part series uncovers truly unprecedented behavior. See a side of the animal kingdom where human cameramen can't go when animals become the cinematographers. 

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