May Highlights on VIA TV

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Call the Doctor - Brain Cancer: Are You at Risk?

Wednesday, May 8th, 7:30p

Almost 23,000 American adults and children are diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor each year and there are more than 125 different types of brain cancer. Most people diagnosed with brain cancer do not have any known risk factors but there are certain environmental and genetic conditions that have been shown to increase a person’s chances of developing one.


Call the Doctor - Understanding PTSD

Wednesday, May 15th, 7:30p

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, may arise when people experience a traumatic event such as exposure to death, threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence. Some common symptoms are anger, depression, intrusive thoughts or memories, isolation and suicidal thoughts. Recommended treatments are trauma focused psychotherapies that focus on the memory of the traumatic event or its meaning


12th Congressional District Debate

Thursday, May 2nd, 8p

College professor Marc Friedenberg (D) and state Rep. Fred Keller (R) are running in a special election to fill the vacant seat representing Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District in the U.S. House. The election will be held on May 21, 2019. The vacancy occurred following the resignation of former Rep. Tom Marino (R) on January 23,2019. Mr. Friedenberg & Rep. Keller will square off in a live debate held at the VIA Public Media Studios. This debate will be simulcast live on VIA FM and streamed live at The moderator will be VIA's Larry Vojtko.

Encore airings: Friday, May 3rd 1pm; Sunday, May 5th 5pm


Confessions of a Reformed Cardiologist: A Plant-Based Diet and Your Heart

Thursday, May 16th, 8p

The key to good health lies at the end of your fork. That’s the message cardiologist, Robert J. Ostfeld, MD delivers in the eighth installment of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Preventive Medicine Lecture Series. Dr. Ostfeld’s talk, Confessions of a Reformed Cardiologist: A Plant -Based Diet and Your Heart, weaves together personal reflections, stories of amazing transformations plucked from his patient files and scientific data -- including research studies and medical imaging – to demonstrate the powerful benefits of adopting a plant-based diet.

Encores: Friday, May 17th 1pm; Sunday, May 19th 3pm; Thursday, May 23rd 9pm; Friday, May 24th 2pm; Sunday, May 26th 5pm


Caring Hearts 2019

Thursday, May 2nd 9p

The Wright Center for Community Health hosts its third annual Caring Hearts Panel Discussion.  Dr. Charles Schirmer, MD will be joined in an informative and educational panel discussion by Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, Lear Von Koch, MD, Uzzal Roy, MD, Gregory Weiner, MD, Michael Wolk, MD and Alessandro Smeraldi, MD.  

Encore presentations: Friday, May 3rd 2pm; Sunday, May 5th 3pm; Thursday, May 16th 9pm; Friday, May 17th 2pm; Thursday, May 23rd 8pm; Friday, May 24th 1pm


Emilio and Gloria Estefan: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Friday, May 3rd 9p

An all-star tribute to Emilio and Gloria Estefan, the 2019 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and the first married couple or musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent to receive the honor. 


Live from Lincoln Center - Cynthia Erivo in Concert

Friday, May 10th 9p

Enjoy a soulful evening of song from one of Broadway's brightest stars. British-born Cynthia Erivo won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Color Purple before starring in several films, including Widows.


Independent Lens - Harvest Season

Monday, May 13th 10p

Spend an agricultural year in Napa Valley and meet some of the unsung people who play a critical role in making some of the world's most celebrated wines, yet whose stories have largely gone untold.  


NOVA - First Horse Warriors

Tuesday, May 15th 9p

Horse riding played a key role in human expansion and civilization. But when and how did people first master these animals? Scientists use archaeology and genetics to uncover clues about the first horse riders and how they shaped the world.   


Live from Lincoln Center - Annaleigh Ashford in Concert

Friday, May 17th 9p

Described by the New York Times as "luminous" and "a sly comic genius," this Broadway favorite has thrilled audiences in Sunday in the Park with George (opposite Jake Gyllenhaal), Kinky Boots, and You Can't Take It With You, for which she won a Tony Award. She's also earned television fame with turns on Masters of Sex and American Crime Story.Tonight, the stunning provocatreuse lends her vocals and comedic verve to an evening of mischievous fun. 


Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story

Monday, May 20th 9p

Meet the statesman who served as cabinet secretary for Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. Imprisoned by the U.S. during World War II for his Japanese ancestry, Mineta rose to become the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet. 


Emma Goldman: American Experience

Tuesday, May 21st 9p

For nearly half a century, Russian emigrant Emma Goldman was the most controversial woman in America, taunting the mainstream with her fervent attacks on government, big business, and war. To the tabloids,she was "Red Emma, queen of the anarchists," but many admired Goldman for her defense of labor rights, women's emancipation, birth control, and free speech. Emma Goldman explores the life of the notorious lecturer, fearless writer, and merciless publisher. 


Live from Lincoln Center - Megan Hilty in Concert

Friday, May 24th 9p

Join the Tony-nominated star of Wicked, 9 to 5: The Musical, Noises Off and NBC's Smash for a new concert special featuring a versatile set of musical theater favorites and classic standards.


National Memorial Day Concert

Sunday, May 26th 8p & 9:30p; Monday, May 27th 1p

Join hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise for the 30th anniversary live broadcast of America's national night of remembrance from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jack Everly. 


Light Falls

Wednesday, May 29th 10p

Take a theatrical journey with physicist Brian Greene to uncover how Albert Einstein developed his theory of relativity. In this vivid play, science is illuminated on stage and screen through innovative projections and an original score.  

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