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Call the Doctor - Robotics: Surgery for the 21st Century

Wednesday, October 2nd

Many kinds of surgery can be done with robotic assistance, including colorectal surgery, heart surgery, and other complex procedures that may not have been possible without the precision afforded by robotic surgery. Some of the advantages of robotic surgery include quicker recovery time, less risk of infection, and shorter hospital stays.


Call the Doctor - Keep an Eye on Your Vision

Wednesday, October 9th

Did you know an eye exam can detect a number of undiagnosed conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure. and cancer? Learn more about eye disease and conditions on this Call the Doctor.


The Voices Project: Mental Illness

Thursday, October 10th 8pm

The Voices Project: Mental Health is the next chapter of a psychology project that explores society's attitudes towards individuals considered "different." 

Misericordia University students interview individuals from social groups that are misunderstood, stigmatized, and/or ignored and write memoirs of their lives. These memoirs are integrated into staged readings or theatrical programs and performed to the campus and community to educate others on the "real" experiences of these interviewees. Encore airings: Thursday, October 10th 8:30pm, Friday, October 11th 1pm & 1:30pm, Sunday, October 13th 4:30pm


Frontline - The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, October 1st 9pm  

A year since the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, an investigation into the Saudi Crown Prince. His vision for the future, his handling of dissent, and his ties to Khashoggi's murder.


Re-Evolution: The Cuban Dream

Thursday, October 3rd 8pm

Diving into the streets of Havana, RE-EVOLUTION: THE CUBAN DREAM introduces a social worker, an ethnographer, and three artists. Their stories provide unique perspectives on how Cuba is shaped by an ongoing culture of revolution that is more nuanced than meets the eye.This program is the first in an eventual four-part series which will explore pillars of Cuban society that are drastically evolving today. 


Globe Scholars

Thursday, October 3rd 8:30pm

In this pilot episode,EMMY Award winning journalist & travel vlogger Tinabeth Pina documents students from St. Peter's University in New Jersey during their study abroad trip to Cuba. Globe Scholars shows audiences the value of learning outside of a classroom and what is gained from it. In this episode you'll meet the student travelers and learn about Cuba thru their eyes.


Press on Masterpiece

Sundays 10pm, October 6th thru November 10th  

Set in the world of newspapers in London, this razor-sharp and observant drama explores the current turbulent media landscape and the ethical dilemmas that journalists and editors face each day. 


Conservation Kids: A Green Stem Documentary

Monday, October 7th 7:30pm

More than ever before, kids across the U.S. are learning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) inside the classrooms:both public and private. What has been overlooked is Green STEM--the study of natural resource conservation that is found right outside everyone's doorstep. Mother Nature and her landscapes are part of this story but conservation plus kids is unrealized. 


Retro Report on PBS

Mondays & Tuesdays 9pm, October 7th thru October 29th

Retro Report makes sense of the present by revealing the past. Celeste Headlee and Masud Olufani connect the present to the past with stories from Retro Report, and New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz adds his signature wit. 


Hispanic Heritage Awards

Friday, October 11th 10pm

The Hispanic Heritage Awards will honor five to seven individuals or organizations doing outstanding work in a variety of fields to benefit the Hispanic and Latinx community in the United States and abroad. The evening will feature award presentations for each of these honorees, as well as featured musical performances. 


P.O.V. - The Feeling of Being Watched

Monday, October 14th 10pm 

When journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in an Arab American neighborhood outside Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest counterterrorism probes conducted before 9/11, one that has had profound impacts on the community. 


Medical Frontiers: Search for Superfoods in Oita

Thursday, October 17th 8pm  

Australian nutritionist Erica Angyal travels to Oita, where fewer people have died from colorectal cancer over the past ten years than anywhere else in Japan. She examines the role of three superfoods in the local diet, shares the latest science, and offers some healthy, delicious recipes using the three key ingredients: kabosu citrus fruit, shiitake mushrooms and onions.


1955 Seven Days of Fall

Thursday, October 24th 9pm  

1955 SEVEN DAYS OF FALL tells the story of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodger/New York Yankee World Series based upon the poem entitled '1955', by James T. Crawford and directed by Rory Fielding. In unprecedented style, the program uniquely blends the traditional documentary elements of archival footage and stills, narration, period music, player and fan interviews. The poetry recital weaves through 1955 Seven Days of Fall to recount this timeless story six decades later. The film reflects dedication, teamwork, belief in one's self and commitment to achievement against all odds - this is the story of the Brooklyn Dodgers' only World Championship title after 65 years of futility and the team's unique connection with the community that so closely identified with it. '1955' is more than a sports story; it's a time capsule of a period in American history like no other. As the documentary's epilogue states: "To believe was to achieve, back in 1955". The film features many exclusive last interviews with players who have since passed away, including the legendary Duke Snider. Of the original team, only four players currently survive. '1955' is the winner of the NY Independent Film Festival, the Accolade Competition of La Jolla, CA and the Aurora Award - 'Platinum Best in Show'. 


Songwriting with Soldiers

Friday, October 25th 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. 


Independent Lens - Made in Boise

Monday, October 28th 10pm

Go inside the lives of four surrogates in Boise, Idaho and the intended parents whose children they carry. Follows the women as they navigate the rigors of pregnancy and the mixed feelings of their own families, who struggle to understand. 


Davy Jones' Locker

Thursday, October 31st 8pm

DAVY JONES' LOCKER is a family musical adventure, starring the world-renowned Bil Baird Marionettes, which tells the whimsical story of a young boy who unexpectedly slides into adventure on the high seas. He ends up with a rakish group of treasure-hunting pirates who send him down into an undersea world, where he learns about the equally marvelous world of books. By combining live-action film techniques with puppetry, this award-winning film achieves the look of live animation. The characters navigate three-dimensional space without the animators' drop shadow, and perform acrobatics and agility in ways that puppets cannot. The program also includes a new segment, revealing how the look of water was created (using a very thin material called China silk with fans simulating the waves), how many cameras assisted the marionettes' movements, and how the ship's hull was constructed. 


Ghosts of the Elysian Arms: Theater of the Mind

Thursday, October 31st 9pm

It is a stormy night on Highway One in the late summer of 1940, and Al Geery's Studebaker Dictator smashes into a Plymouth convertible head on. Mr. Geery is surprised to wake up unscathed in the twisted wreckage of his automobile, and even more surprised when the mysterious Mr. Maro escorts him to the towering Elysian Arms Hotel, where they wait in the hotel bar for the authorities. But Mr. Maro is much more than he seems, and each room in The Elysian Arms is occupied by a singular and frightening story. Theater of the Mind is a partnership between KTWU and Playwright, Phil Grecian. In these radio play dramas, the actors play multiple roles and employ vintage microphones to simulate radio's Golden Age. It's radio you can see! 

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