May Highlights on WVIA-TV

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State of Pennsylvania - Congressman Lou Barletta

Tuesday, May 9th - 9pm

WVIA's premiere public affairs program returns to the WVIA airwaves, addressing the issues of importance to Northeastern Pennsylvania & the Central Susquehanna Valley. In this special edition, 11th District U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta gives a one-on-one interview with host Larry Vojtko.


Call the Doctor - Diabetes: The Silent Killer

Wednesday, May 3rd, 7pm’s a disease that affects almost 1.5 million people in Pennsylvania. Over the past two decades, diabetes rates have nearly doubled throughout the nation and our region. Linked to the equally disturbing rise of obesity in our country, diabetes now claims the life of one American every three minutes. Learn what you can do to prevent or treat and control this debilitating and often deadly disease.      


Call the Doctor - Precision Medicine: It's About You

Wednesday, May 10th, 7pm

Precision Medicine... It’s a term you’re likely to hear more often, as a greater number of healthcare providers adopt more individualized approaches toward keeping people healthy. This approach allows doctors and researchers to more accurately predict which treatment and prevention strategies will work best for specific diseases affecting each individual. Learn more on the next Call the Doctor: Precision Medicine: It’s about you. 


Our Town Mountain Top

Thursday, May 11th, 8pm

Steeped in the history of glorious summer homes that still stand today, and the railroad that brought a thriving economy to the area, Mountaintop is an energetic, growing community that celebrates its history and relishes the past. It’s where Teddy Roosevelt often visited, where a rare tornado once wreaked havoc, and where the annual Fourth of July parade grows bigger every year. A community of faith and service nestled in the beauty of the Poconos. 


GCSOM Preventive Medicine Lecture Series

Thursday, May 25th, 9pm

Doug Lisle, PhD, one of psychology's most innovative & curious minds gives a lecture on the "Psychology of Healthy Eating & The Pleasure Trap" 


James Beard: American Masters

Friday, May 19th, 9pm

Experience a century of food through the life of iconic chef James Beard. The quintessential American cook, he hosted the first cooking show on television in 1946, was a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, and introduced Julia Child to New York.


Julia Child: American Masters

Friday, May 19th, 10pm

Savor the life and legacy of Julia Child, who introduced French cuisine to America through her public TV series, The French Chef, in 1963. First aired in August 2004, the film tells two love stories: "Julia & Paul Child" and "Julia & French food."


Jacques Pepin: American Masters

Friday, May 26th, 9pm

Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pepin, a young immigrant with movie-star looks and a charming Gallic accent, who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form to become one of America's most beloved food icons.


Alice Waters: American Masters

Friday, May 26th, 10pm

Discover Alice Waters, who, with her cafe Chez Panisse, became a major force behind the way Americans eat and think about food, launching the explosion of local farmers' markets and the edible schoolyard.


Victorian Slum House

Tuesdays at 8pm beginning May 2nd

Follow participants as they move into an 1860s tenement made up of sparse rooms, a shared water pump and outdoor privies. They seek to make a living by matchbox making, wood turning and the rag trade, work once done by their impoverished forebears.


Nature - Dolphins: Spy in the Pod

Wednesday, May 3rd & 10th, 8pm

Dolphins are known to be one of the most social animals on the planet. They form tightly knit pods of family units. This mini-series takes an in-depth look into the lives of these dolphins. Unique footage is captured from 13 ingenious "spy" cameras including a robotic turtle and a dolphin "double agent." The series explores the complex, unexpected and often humorous adventures of these iconic sea mammals.


King Charles III on Masterpiece

Sunday, May 14th, 9pm

The hit Broadway show "King Charles III" is adapted for television. A 2016 Tony nominee for Best Play, the drama imagines Prince Charles' ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth's death.


Dark Angel on Masterpiece

Sunday, May 21st, 9pm

Joanne Froggatt, who stole the hearts of millions of viewers as Anna on "Downton Abbey," stars in a totally different role in this spine-tingling drama - the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, Britain's first female serial killer.


American Epic

Tuesdays at 9pm beginning May 16th

Go inside one of the greatest-ever untold stories: how the ordinary people of America were given the opportunity to make records for the first time. This three-part film, narrated by Robert Redford, melds space, time and technology to reveal the raw roots of American music. Tracing the odyssey of the first recording teams, from the gritty streets of Memphis to the Texas plains and the islands of Hawaii, American Epic captures the breathtaking variety and excitement of their discoveries. Musicians featured include Jack White, Nas, Taj Mahal, The Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, the Memphis Jug Band,Elder J.E. Burch, Dick Justice, Charley Patton, Son House, Joseph Kekuku, Lydia Mendoza, and the Cajun Breaux Family.


National Memorial Day Concert

Sunday, May 28th, 8pm

For almost three decades, the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT has brought Americans together to honor and celebrate our military and pay tribute to 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. This year’s program features segments on The 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the daring U.S. bombing mission over Tokyo, in the response to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also featured is the survival story of Captain Luis Avila, who was severely wounded on his fifth combat tour in Afghanistan. And lastly, the National Memorial Day Concert will share the healing journey of a Gold Star Family from the Vietnam era, who reaches out to support grieving families from recent conflicts.


NOVA - Troubled Waters

Wednesday, May 31st, 9pm

NOVA investigates how the water disaster in Flint, Michigan, has brought to light a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of water systems across the country. This eye-opening new one-hour investigates exactly what went wrong in Flint. From the delicate intricacies of water chemistry to the biology of lead poisoning to the engineering challenge of replacing a ravaged water system, NOVA uses the lens of science to peer into the complex crisis ... and to explore what it means for our nation’s infrastructure.

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