July Highlights on VIA TV

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State of Pennsylvania - Revisiting Glynn Lunney

Thursday, July 18th, 8pm 

In this very special 2004 State of Pennsylvania program brought back from the VIA archives Bill Kelly sat down with Old Forge native Glynn Lunney for a one on one interview. An employee of NASA since its creation in 1958, Lunney was a flight director during the Gemini and Apollo programs, and was on duty during historic events such as the Apollo 11 lunar ascent and the pivotal hours of the Apollo 13 crisis. At the end of the Apollo program, he became manager of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first collaboration in spaceflight between the United States and the Soviet Union. Later, he served as manager of the Space Shuttle program before leaving NASA in 1985 and later becoming a vice president of the United Space Alliance. Encores: Friday, July 19th 1pm, Saturday, July 20th 9pm, Sunday, July 21st 2pm


U.S. Marine Band: An All-Star Orchestra Special

Thursday, July 4th 1pm, 2pm & 3pm  

The All-Star Orchestra's Gerard Schwarz conducts the U.S. Marine Band,America's oldest continually performing musical ensemble, in the three-part program U.S. MARINE BAND: AN ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA SPECIAL. The U.S. Marine Band was founded by an act of Congress in 1798, and dubbed "The President's Own" by President Thomas Jefferson. The program concludes with "The Stars and Stripes Forever," a patriotic American march widely considered to be the magnum opus of John Philip Sousa. 


A Capitol Fourth

Thursday, July 4th 8pm

Celebrate America's 243rd birthday with an Independence Day celebration for our entire nation. The country's longest-running July 4 national broadcast tradition returns from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.  Encores: Thursday, July 4th 10pm, Friday, July 5th 1pm


PBS Previews: Country Music

Thursday, July 4th 9:30pm  

Meet the filmmakers and go behind the scenes of the sweeping new series from director Ken Burns. 


Great Performances at the Met — La Fille Du Regiment

Sunday, July 7th 12pm    

Watch Donizetti's romantic comedy about a budding military relationship starring Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena in a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks. Special guest Kathleen Turner makes her Met debut. Enrique Mazzola conducts. 


Antiques Roadshow — Out Of This World

Monday, July 8th 8pm  

Explore the universe of space-themed treasures, including NASA Space Program autographed photos, a 1737 celestial & terrestrial atlas, and a Star Trek treatment, script and letters. Have the values of these stellar finds skyrocketed in the market?  


Chasing the Moon: American Experience

Monday-Wednesday, July 8-10, 9pm 

CHASING THE MOON reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. Utilizing previously overlooked and lost archival material, the film features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Encores: Monday-Wednesday, July 8-10 11pm, Tuesday-Thursday, July 9-11, 2pm, Tuesdays, July 16-30 8pm


NOVA — Back to the Moon

Wednesday, July 10th 8pm

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, new scientific discoveries are fueling excitement for a return to the lunar surface -- this time, perhaps, to stay. Join the scientists and engineers working to make life on the moon a reality. 


Grantchester Season 4 on Masterpiece

Sundays, July 14th - August 11th 9pm  

The fourth season begins with a new vicar. Tom Brittney joins the cast as Reverend Will Davenport -- man of the people and crime-solving partner to Geordie Keating in 1950s Grantchester. James Norton, who plays Sidney Chambers, makes his final appearance during the season.


Eights Days: To The Moon and Back

Wednesday, July 17th 9pm

Join Apollo 11 on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with new footage, NASA archive and stunning CGI to recreate the first moon landing.


Space Chase U.S.A.

Thursday, July 18th 9pm  

SPACE CHASE USA explores the extraordinary events that transformed the small beach town of Cocoa Beach, Florida into a bustling center for the American space program. Featuring a trove of archival material and interviews with long-time residents, former Apollo astronauts, and Cape Canaveral-based engineers and employees, the program charts the history of the space program in Florida during the 1950s and 1960s. 


Ancient Skies

Wednesdays, July 24th - August 7th 8pm

Explore the history of the entire universe with Professor Brian Cox, a chorus of singers and dancers, show tunes, and guest stars Warwick Davis, Noel Fielding, Hannah Waddingham and Robin Ince in this comedic musical extravaganza. 


NOVA — The Planets

Wednesday, July 24th 9pm & 10pm

Wednesdays, July 31st - August 14th 9pm

This five-part series treats viewers to an up-close look at some faraway worlds, including the dark side of Pluto, an ancient Martian waterfall and the storm twice the size of Earth seen from high above Saturn. The series reveals how each of the planets has impacted the understanding of our own planet.


Symphony in D

Thursday, July 25th 8pm

Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer Tod Machover, a professor of music and media at MIT, and his group Opera of the Future are commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to crowdsource a symphony from Detroit citizens. Tod Machover works with citizen submissions to compose a piece that encompasses the city's character, its concerns, and its questions about the future. 

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