November Highlights on VIA TV

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Call the Doctor - Immunization: The Best Shot at Good Health

Wednesday, November 6th

When receiving a vaccination, a person is injected with a weakened form of a disease that triggers the body’s immune response producing antibodies to that specific ailment. In recent years there has been heated controversy regarding the side effects of vaccines in children in spite of sound scientific evidence that supports the safety of vaccines.

Call the Doctor - Leukemia: Blood Cells Out of Control

Wednesday, November 13th

An estimated 5,390 people will be diagnosed with leukemia in 2019. It is a cancer of the body’s blood forming tissues that include bone marrow and the lymphatic system. Symptoms include persistent fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, easy bruising and joint pain. Treatments are based on age and overall health.

Preventive Medicine Lecture Featuring Petros Levounis, MD, MA - The New Neurobiology Of Addiction

Thursday, November 7th at 8pm

Learn about "The New Neurobiology of Addiction" featuring Petros Levounis, MD, MA, professor and chair, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and chief of service, University Hospital. According to Dr. Levounis, "From a neurobiological perspective, addiction can be seen as the hijacking of the pleasure-reward pathways of the brain with a concomitant weakening of its executive function. In 2019, the fundamental model has been expanded to include newer concepts such as motivational circuitry and anti-reward pathways. These 21st century discoveries inform clinical innovations that are now changing the landscape of addiction and its treatment." Encore airings: Friday, November 8th 1pm, Sunday, November 10th 3pm, Thursday, November 14th 9pm, Friday, November 15th 2pm, Sunday, November 17th 5pm


Best Of State Of Pennsylvania - Revisiting Author Charles Brandt

Thursday, November 21st 9pm

In this special encore presentation originally aired in 2008, Bill Kelly sits down for a one-on-one interview with Charles Brandt author of "I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa". The book is the basis for the soon to be released film "The Irishman" directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran. Encores: Friday, November 22nd 2pm, Sunday, November 24th 2pm


Military Family Documentary: While Time Stands Still

Thursday, November 7th 9pm

For 17 years, our country has engaged in a war most people have now forgotten. Yet, we still have troops deployed... Filmmaker and Iraq War Veteran Spouse Elena Miliaresis travels to Twentynine Palms, a Marine Corps base in the Mojave Desert, to meet two wives on the eve of their husbands' deployment to Iraq with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines. Over six years, "Military Family Documentary: While Time Stands Still" follows their journey revealing how they find the resilience to survive and grow stronger than they ever thought possible. "Military Family Documentary: While Time Stands Still" is the first film to chronicle the lives of military families during wartime, and depict the impact war has on families. This moving documentary created by female filmmaker gives a voice to women, to wives and mothers, a rarely seen perspective. "Military Family Documentary: While Time Stands Still" honors and celebrates the contribution of women to the history of the United States of America. 


Songwriting With Soldiers

Saturday, November 9th 10pm

Join Songwriting With Soldiers' unique collaborative of professional artists working with veterans to tell their stories of war and the return home through song. This concert special celebrates music's power to heal and bring diverse people together. Encores: Thursday, November 14th 8pm, Friday, November 15th 1pm


The Warrior Tradition

Monday, November 11th 9pm

Learn the heartbreaking, inspiring and largely untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. This film relates the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view -- stories of service, pain, courage and fear. 


Christmas Classics (My Music)

Saturday, November 16th 8pm

There’s nothing more heart-warming than the familiar songs of the season at holiday time. Old-fashioned favorites celebrated through the generations are featured in A Classic Christmas (My Music). Hosted by Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and Marion Ross (Happy Days), this nostalgic special spotlights traditional carols (“Silent Night,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,”) as well as popular standards (“White Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”), children’s tunes (“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty The Snowman,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”) and romantic selections (“The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Merry Christmas Darling”). Among the great artists featured are Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Judy Garland, The Carpenters, Andy Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Gene Autry, The Beach Boys, Brenda Lee, Burl Ives, The Lennon Sisters, Eddy Arnold, Mitzi Gaynor, Mahalia Jackson, The Harry Simeone Chorale, Jimmy Boyd, Jose Feliciano and Ronnie Spector. For the first-time ever, these iconic singers and timeless performances spanning the decades are brought together for families of all ages to share and enjoy. Encores: Thursday, November 28th 8pm & 10pm, Saturday, November 30th 6pm


N. Scott Momaday: American Masters

Monday, November 18th 9pm

Delve into the enigmatic life and mind of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday, best known for "House Made of Dawn" and a formative voice of the Native American Renaissance in art and literature. 


Frontline - For Sama

Tuesday, November 19th 10pm

The astonishing personal story of a young Syrian mother's perseverance through the siege of Aleppo. Told as a love letter from a mother to her daughter, the film explores the agonizing dilemma of whether to abandon Aleppo and the fight for freedom. 


America's Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, November 21st 8pm 

To celebrate 20 years of the most-watched cooking show on public television, AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN fans around the country voted for their all-time favorite recipes from the series. The results are presented in the AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, as cast members including Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison, Jack Bishop and Adam Ried count down the series' 20 most popular recipes and look back on moments from the show's two decades on air. Encores: Friday, November 22nd 1pm, Saturday, November 23rd 5pm


Chaperone On Masterpiece

Sunday, November 24th 9pm

Journey from Kansas to New York City with the diffident chaperone to uninhibited dancer Louise Brooks in this Jazz Age drama that reunites DOWNTON ABBEY screenwriter Julian Fellowes, actress Elizabeth McGovern and director Michael Engler. 


College Behind Bars

Monday-Tuesday, November 25-26 9pm

Directed by Lynn Novick, this series follows a small group of men and women serving time for serious crimes in New York State, as they struggle to turn their lives around in a rigorous liberal arts college degree program. Executive produced by Ken Burns, COLLEGE BEHIND BARS is Novick’s solo directorial debut.


Carol Burnett: A Celebration

Saturday, November 30th 8pm

Carol Burnett: A Celebration is a 50th anniversary tribute to the career of a comic genius - filled with pure nostalgia, great clips and memories from iconic stars. The program includes exclusive interviews with: Carl Reiner, Tim Conway (his last interview), Vicki Lawrence, Betty White, Cloris Leachman, Tina Fey, Phyllis Diller, Barbara Eden, Jim Nabors, Tony Orlando, Pat Carroll, Joan Collins... and of course, Carol Burnett. 


America Live At The London Palladium

Saturday, November 30th 9:30pm

The band America celebrates 50 years of great music with a dynamic concert recorded at the London Palladium in October 2018. From their formative years, America has been a band capable of transcending borders with its uplifting music and positive message. Embracing a rainbow of divergent cultures, their audiences continue to grow, comprising a loyal legion of first, second and third generation fans, all bearing testament to the group's enduring appeal. This special features the enduring hits “A Horse With No Name”, “I Need You“, “Ventura Highway”, “Don’t Cross The River”, “Tin Man” and many others. 


Great Performances - 42nd Street

Friday, November 1st 9pm

Tap-dance along to this musical extravaganza about a starry-eyed performer who gets her big break on Broadway, set to a lively score of iconic songs including "Lullaby of Broadway," "We're in the Money" and the show-stopping title song. 


Great Performances - Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King And I

Friday, November 8th 9pm

Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe star in a Tony Award-winning revival of the beloved musical about a British schoolteacher instructing the royal children of the King of Siam, featuring classic songs including "Hello, Young Lovers" and "Shall We Dance." 

Great Performances - Red

Friday, November 15th 9pm  

Experience the passion of painter Mark Rothko in this six-time Tony-winning play dramatizing Rothko's greatest challenge: creating the murals for New York's iconic Four Seasons restaurant. Stars Alfred Molina with Alfred Enoch as Rothko's assistant. 


Great Performances - Much Ado About Nothing

Friday, November 22nd 9pm

Recorded live at The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park, this modern interpretation of Shakespeare's romantic classic with an all-black cast features Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman. Directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. 


Great Performances - Kinky Boots

Friday, November 29th 9pm

Rejoice with the Tony Award-winning high-heeled hit musical with songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein about an unexpected duo that embraces their differences to create an extraordinary line of shoes. 

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