March Highlights on WVIA-TV

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Call the Doctor - Understanding Parkinson's Disease

Wednesday, March 6th - 7:30p

Parkinson’s Disease is a type of movement disorder that happens when nerve cells in the brain don’t produce enough of a brain chemical called dopamine. The cause of the disease remains largely unknown and there is no cure. While Parkinson’s itself is not fatal, the disease complications can be serious.


Call the Doctor - Urology: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, March 13th - 7:30p

Urology is the branch of medicine that focuses on surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary-tract system and the male reproductive organs.  The diseases associated with urology are diagnosed and treated by a urologist who, in some cases, can perform surgery.


Scholastic Scrimmage

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, at 7:30pm beginning Monday, March 4th.

Returning for an all-new 14th season! This high school academic quiz show challenges top students from WVIA’s member school districts about all academic disciplines. Contestants try to answer questions more quickly than members of the opposite team. At the end of the Scholastic Scrimmage season the winning school is awarded $5,000, with second place receiving $3,000 and third place receiving $1,000. The winning team also receives medals, a plaque for their high school's trophy case, and the bragging rights of being the very best. Grades 9-12.


Our Town Honesdale

Monday, March 18th - 8pm 

Venture atop Irving Cliff and get a panoramic view of the city of Honesdale. Over the years, Honesdale has accomplished some remarkable things on the foundations of its past. Grand dwellings are now occupied by a host of new independent businesses; The Stourbridge Line is back on track taking tourists along the banks of the Lackawaxen River; The Cooperage is a diverse meeting space for local artists and musicians; The iconic Hotel Wayne adds a blend of history and nostalgia to the landscape, while Wayne Memorial Hospital has expanded to a state-of-the-art medical facility near the heart of town. Highlights Magazine for Children continues to delight youngsters around the world; and when a gentle snowfall around Christmastime gets you reminiscing, thank composer Dick Smith, inspired by the “Winter Wonderland” of his hometown. It’s a community driven by heart and perseverance—fueled with the enthusiastic hope the BEST is yet to come. Welcome to Honesdale!  The “Maple City" of Wayne County! The 34th in VIA's "Our Town Series", Our Town Honesdale is a "day-in-the-life" video scrapbook focusing on the people, places and happenings of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, as seen through the eyes of its residents. Encores: Monday, March 18th, 10pm, Tuesday, March 19th, 2pm, Saturday, March 23rd 9pm.


Working Class - Helping and Healing

Thursday, March 21st 8pm

“Working Class: Helping & Healing” is the fifth in a series of Telly Award-winning documentaries produced by VIA Public Media in partnership with Pennsylvania College of Technology that connect career awareness and academic subjects. This episode highlights the importance of science, math, communication and hands-on experience in preparing students for success in health and human service careers. Encores: Friday, March 22nd 1pm, Sunday, March 24th 11am.


Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx

Saturday, March 2nd 9pm & 10:30pm

In March of 2014, Dennis DeYoung, lead singer of Styx, held his first solo concert in Los Angeles at the El Rey Theater. DeYoung performed some of the band’s biggest and most unforgettable hits, which are showcased in this intimate and electrifying concert. Songs include “Lady,” Best of Times,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Come Sail Away,” and more.


Josh Groban - Bridges: In Concert from Madison Square Garden

Monday, March 4th 8pm & 9:30pm

Filmed at New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2018, this new concert features international superstar Josh Groban performing songs from his much-praised recent album Bridges, as well as a selection of classic songs and fan favorites from the last 20 years. Joining him on stage as special guests are Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Nettles, along with a choir and orchestra.  Encore: Tuesday, March 5th 1pm, Sunday, March 10th 8pm, Monday, March 11th 1pm


Roctopia Live in Budapest: A Classical Revolution

Tuesday, March 5th - 8pm

Immerse yourself in this revolutionary performance that fuses classical music with classic rock in a concert filmed live at the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest. From Mozart to Queen, this concert delivers one-of-a-kind musical arrangements. Encore: Wednesday, March 6th 1pm, Sunday, March 10th 9:30pm, Monday, March 11th 2:30pm


Great Performances - Andrea Bocelli @ 60

Tuesday, March 5th - 9:30pm

Join GREAT PERFORMANCES for an international celebration of Andrea Bocelli's 60th Birthday. World renowned for being equally at home in the worlds of popular music and opera, GP spotlights both sides of the tenor's career with a program of well-known arias spectacularly staged at Italy's Arena di Verona. Also featured are songs from Bocelli's new CD, Si, performed at an all-white party in the picturesque Italian coastal town of Porto Venere. Special guests include Josh Groban and Andrea's son Matteo, who joins his father for a performance of the duet "Fall on Me."  Encore: Wednesday, March 6th 2:30pm


Tommy Emmanuel - A Music Gone Public Special

Wednesday, March 6th 8pm

The world's best acoustic guitarist (according to Guitar Player magazine, Eric Clapton, Les Paul, Steve Vai, and thousands of public television fans) brings "The Best of Tommy on public television" curated from various performances around the country.  Encore: Thursday, March 7th 1pm


Livingston Taylor Live From Sellersville Theater: Songs & Stories

Wednesday, March 6th 9:30pm

Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor performs a cross-section of songs from his 50-year career. Taped at Pennsylvania's historic, 300-seat Sellersville Theater, the musician brings to life songs and stories from his early days, popular staples and recent recordings. Livingston, a full professor at Berklee College of Music, is joined by two of his former students, Matt Cusson (piano, vocals) and Chelsea Berry (vocals). Encore: Thursday, March 7th 2:30pm, Saturday, March 9th 10:30pm


Quincy Jones Presents: Sheléa

Thursday, March 7th - 8pm

Join Quincy Jones, David Foster and the multi-talented Shelea for this intimate concert taped in Los Angeles. Shelea performs a wide range of songs, including a Whitney Houston medley, a tribute to Aretha Franklin and West Side Story's "Somewhere."


Jeff Lynne's ELO Live At Hyde Park

Thursday, March 7th 9:30pm

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), led by iconic songwriter and producer Jeff Lynne, is one of the most successful British bands of all time with global sales of more than 50 million albums. In September 2014, Jeff Lynne's ELO headlined BBC Radio 2's Festival in a Day in London's famous Hyde Park. It was the first time in almost 30 years the band had performed on a festival stage. Tickets for the event sold out in minutes and fans sang along to hit after hit. JEFF LYNNE'S ELO LIVE AT HYDE PARK captures Lynn, the band, and the accompanying BBC Concert Orchestra as they performed such classics as "Evil Woman," "Strange Magic," "Don't Bring Me Down," "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Handle with Care." Encore: Friday, March 8th 2:30pm


Great Performances - Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy 

Friday, March 8th 9pm

Why has the Broadway musical proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds? From Broadway's golden age, names like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwin's, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim immediately come to mind. More recently, Broadway babies such as Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman and Andrew Lippa represent a sampling of the Jewish talents who continue to leave their mark on musical theater. Filmmaker Michael Kantor focuses on this central question left largely unaddressed in his Emmy-winning Broadway: The American Musical, combining interviews with performance footage, including many of the rousing anthems and timeless ballads America has loved for a century.  


John Denver: Country Boy

Saturday, March 9th 9pm

Discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.  Encore: Wednesday, March 13th 9:30pm, Thursday, March 14th 2:30pm


Dick Van Dyke: A Celebration

Sunday, March 10th 4:30pm

Dick Van Dyke is a beloved entertainment icon. His enduring career includes The Dick Van Dyke Show and movies like Mary Poppins, Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang, Bye Bye Birdie and Night at the Museum. This engaging special includes the entire cast of The Dick Van Dyke Show, with Mary Tyler Moore, Carl Reiner, Morey Amsterdam, Rose Marie and Dick Van Dyke. Interviews also include: Tim Conway, Sid Caesar, Pat Boone, Pat Carroll and Tim Allen. Encore: Monday, March 11th 8pm, Tuesday, March 12th 1pm


Live On Mars: A Tribute To David Bowie

Sunday, March 10th 7pm

A brand new tribute show celebrating the very best of iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship...Influenced by Bowie’s legendary concert performances, LIVE ON MARS fuses sound and vision to portray the essence of Bowie, his alter egos and creative muses. Featuring the electrifying vocals and uncanny likeness of singer and lifelong Bowie fan Alex Thomas, with a hand picked world-class band, and covering the Bowie back-catalogue from Space Oddity to Let’s Dance and everything in between. 


Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - Uncovering America

Tuesday, March 12th 8pm

Celebrating the life and work of the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and literary scholar. A leading figure in American cultural life and one of its most renowned, respected and popular cultural historians and personalities, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has authored or co-authored 22 books and created 18 documentary films. His award-winning programs on PBS have helped history come alive to tens of millions of people, often telling surprising and unexpected stories of our collective heritage. Encore: Wednesday, March 13th 1pm


A Conversation With Ken Burns

Tuesday, March 12th 9:30pm

Celebrating the life and work of the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and literary scholar. A leading figure in American cultural life and one of its most renowned, respected and popular cultural historians and personalities, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has authored or co-authored 22 books and created 18 documentary films. His award-winning programs on PBS have helped history come alive to tens of millions of people, often telling surprising and unexpected stories of our collective heritage. Encore: Wednesday, March 13th 2:30pm


Ken Burns: The National Parks

Wednesday, March 13th 8pm

This new PBS special celebrates one of Ken Burns’ most beautiful and beloved series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales — from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska — the series is filled with incidents and characters as gripping and fascinating as American history has to offer. Filmmakers Burns and Dayton Duncan vividly reveal behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the series, and engaging interviews with Park Ranger Shelton Johnson and cinematographer Buddy Squires provide additional background.Ken Burns: The National Parks is also a story of the unforgettable Americans who made the parks possible. People from every conceivable background — rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs — who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy. Encore: Thursday, March 14th 2pm


Meltdown At Three Mile Island: 40 Years Later 

Thursday, March 28th 8pm

The Three Mile Island accident on March 28, 1979 is still considered the worst at a U.S. nuclear plant in history. Due to a series of human and technical errors, the core of the Unit Two reactor at TMI partially melted down. Though debated and controversial, research over the past 40 years concluded only a small amount of radiation escaped into the atmosphere and didn't result in any deaths or injuries. This documentary details what happened inside the containment building at TMI on March 28, the chaos, confusion, miscommunication and fear in the area surrounding the plant afterwards and the legacy of TMI after the accident. Encore: Friday, March 29th 1pm, Sunday, March 31st 2pm


Three Mile Island: The New Nuclear Dilemma

Thursday, March 28th 8:30pm

The nuclear accident at Three Mile Island came dangerously close to a disaster. Forty years later we're facing a new crisis. In 1979 people were not adequately prepared for the problems inherent in nuclear power. Now, with a warming climate we're not prepared for a future without these plants. There's little hope of tackling climate change in the immediate future without low-carbon nuclear energy. But many nuclear plants in the U.S. are old and uneconomical-including Three Mile Island, which is set to close in fall 2019, 15 years before its license expires. Governments, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, have been facing a dilemma: do they save a struggling industry-to fight climate change and preserve jobs? Or do they let the plants fail? Encore: Friday, March 29th 1:30pm, Sunday, March 31st 2:30pm

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