May Highlights on WVIA-TV

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Call the Doctor: Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze At 

Wednesday, May 2nd, 7:30p

If you suffer from unexplained sneezing, coughing, have itchy eyes and or a runny nose you might have some type of allergy. In severe cases an allergy could cause rashes, hives, low blood pressure and breathing difficulties. There is no cure for allergies but they can be managed with prevention and treatment.


Call the Doctor: Skin Care: Protect the Skin You're In


Wednesday, May 9th, 7:30p

Skin is the largest organ of the human body and the biggest barrier against infection. However, there are many diseases that can affect the skin. Some of those diseases include acne, Plaque Psoriasis and Skin Cancer.


Janet Weis Fellow In Contemporary Letters Featuring Peter Balakian

Thursday, May 3rd 8pm

Bucknell established the Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters in 2002 to honor and recognize individuals who represent the highest level of achievement in the craft of writing within the realms of fiction, non-fiction or biography. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Peter Balakian '73, the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English and director of creative writing at Colgate University, is the 13th Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters at Bucknell. Encore presentations: Friday, May 4th 2pm; Sunday, May 6th 1pm; Sunday, May 13th 5pm; Thursday, May 17th 9pm; Friday, May 18th 3pm


Our Town Lehighton

Thursday, May 10th 8pm

The 32nd in WVIA's "Our Town Series", Our Town Lehighton is a "day-in-the-life" video scrapbook focusing on the people, places and happenings of Lehighton, Pennsylvania, as seen through the eyes of its residents. Encores: Friday, May 11th 2pm; Saturday, May 12th 9pm; Sunday, May 13th 12pm


Caring Hearts

Thursday, May 17th 8pm

The Wright Center Patient Engagement Council (PEC) hosts a Caring Hearts Panel Discussion. Moderated by Paola Giangiacomo, host of the popular WVIA television series "Call the Doctor". Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak will be joined in a panel discussion by Jumee Barooah, M.D., Pranjal Boruah, M.D., and Sukrut Nanavaty, M.D. Encores: Friday, May 18th 2pm; Sunday, May 20th 12pm


Preventive Medicine Lecture with Dr. Gail Cresci


Thursday, May 24th at 8pm

Gail A. Cresci, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC gives a lecture on "The Gut Microbiome and Health: How Tending to the Health of Your Gut Microbiota Improves Overall Health" / "Gut Microbiota and Its Fermentation Byproducts in Intestinal Health". Presented by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, The Wright Center and WVIA Public Media. Encores: Friday, May 25th 2pm; Sunday, May 27th 12pm; Thursday, May 31st 9pm; Friday, June 1st 3pm; Sunday, June 3rd 4pm


The Coopers & Conservation at the Headwaters of the Susquehanna

Thursday, May 31st 8pm

The Coopers and Conservation at the Headwaters of the Susquehanna examines the literary and conservation legacy of 19th-century authors James Fenimore Cooper and his daughter, Susan Fenimore Cooper. Key figures in American nature writing, the Coopers' work helped establish an early ethic of environmental stewardship at the river's headwaters in Cooperstown, N.Y. This film is part of Bucknell University's Stories of the Susquehanna Valley project, produced in conjunction with WVIA Public Media. Encores: Friday, June 1st 2pm; Sunday, June 3rd 1pm


The Jazz Ambassadors

Friday, May 4th 10pm 

Discover how the Cold War and Civil Rights movement collided when America asked Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to travel as cultural ambassadors and combat racially charged Soviet propaganda through their music. 


Little Women on Masterpiece

Part 1 - Sunday, May 13th 8pm
Part 2 - Sunday, May 20th 8pm

Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott and loved by generations of women worldwide, "Little Women" is a universal coming-of-age story. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee -- and while their father is away at war -- the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love to loss and marriage. This adaptation is from the award-winning creator of "Call the Midwife," Heidi Thomas, who also wrote "Cranford" and the latter-day "Upstairs Downstairs" for Masterpiece.


Royal Wedding Watch

Monday, May 14th thru Thursday, May 17 10pm & Friday, May 18th 10:30pm

Produced by BBC Studios’ Topical and Live Unit and coming nightly from London, ROYAL WEDDING WATCH will be hosted by American news anchor Meredith Vieira and British television presenter Matt Baker, who will update viewers on the preparations for the much-anticipated wedding of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle. During the week prior to the ceremony, which will occur in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor, the hosts will be joined in-studio by experts, commentators and special guests. BBC presenter and host Anita Rani will report live from  Windsor each night, and English historian Lucy Worsley, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, will delve into the pageantry, pomp and protocol surrounding Harry and Meghan’s nuptials.


Hedy Lamarr: American Masters

Friday, May 18th 9pm

Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr was known as the world's most beautiful woman -- Snow White and Cat Woman were both inspired by her looks. Her beauty stood in the way of her being credited as an ingenious inventor. This film explores how Lamarr's true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer. 


The Great American Read

Tuesday, May 22nd 8pm 

Examine the power, passion and joy of reading through the lens of America's 100 best-loved books chosen by the public. The series features reflections from notable and everyday citizens, culminating in a vote to choose "America's Best-Loved Book." 


National Memorial Day Concert

Sunday, May 27th 8pm & 9:30pm

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 29th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. 


Going to War

Monday, May 28th 9pm

What is it really like to go to war? For millennia, only warriors could really answer that question. This documentary takes us inside the experience of battle and reveals the soldier's experiences as never before. War is the ultimate paradox. Filled with terror, pain and grief, it also brings exhilaration, and a profound sense of purpose. Going to War helps us make sense of this paradox and get to the heart of what it's like to be a soldier in times of war. The film illuminates the experiences of training, battle, and coming home for soldiers across conflicts, revealing the universals of the warrior's journey. Leading our exploration are Sebastian Junger, bestselling author and director of the Academy Award-nominated film Restrepo, and Karl Marlantes, decorated Marine officer and author of the bestselling novel Matterhorn and the fearless memoir What It is Like to Go to War. Both men bring firsthand experience, hard-won wisdom, and a abiding commitment to telling the warrior's story with insight and unflinching candor. 


Independent Lens - Served Like a Girl

Monday, May 28th 10pm

This documentary provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran America” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope.  


Chinese Exclusion Act: American Experience

Tuesdays May 29th 8pm

Examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. It remained in force for more than 60 years. 

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