October Highlights on WVIA-TV

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Call the Doctor - Marijuana as Medicine

Wednesday, October 4, 7:30p

One of the most controversial treatments to challenge the medical profession is the use of Marijuana or cannabis, to treat various medical conditions such as cancer, dementia and epilepsy to name a few. The use of marijuana can be found in written records dating back to the 6th century B.C. but extensive research in its medicinal benefits has only just begun.


Call the Doctor - Sports Medicine 101

Wednesday, October 11, 7:30p

Whether you're a weekend, high school or a college athlete, treatment, ​rehabilitation ​and prevention of injuries is key to staying on top of your game. Today's athletes are bigger, faster and stronger which demand special attention to nutrition, exercise and safety. This is where Sports Medicine comes into play.


Demo Boss

Thursday, October 12, 9pm

WVIA premieres a new reality based program called Demo Boss. The demolition business is a $3 billion dollar a year industry. In the first of two 30 minute episodes, witness the demolition of a landmark bank in Plains Township including the removal & recovery of an antique valut and check out the world's largest free flying flag. In the second episode see the demolition of a large industrial complex spanning a whole city block. The complex in Williamsport served as a silk mill in the 1800's and later became a furniture factory.


Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters

Thursday, October 19, 8pm

Mountain climbers, a superhero and the legendary video game pioneer who founded Atari join with faculty to explain the importance of mathematics in the third episode of the Telly Award-winning Working Class documentary series. The episode features an interview with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, who was named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men Who Changed America” and is featured in the PBS series, They Made America. A recent article in Fast Company declared, “In the annals of Silicon Valley history, Nolan Bushnell’s name conjures up both brilliant success and spectacular failure. His two landmark achievements were founding Atari in 1972–laying the groundwork for the entire video game industry–and starting Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre in 1977. But there’s another highlight of Bushnell’s bio that has long gone undocumented: pioneer of the high-tech incubator.” Bushnell, who began following the “Working Class” documentary series on Twitter last year, told producers he believes classrooms that “look like business startups” – with technology and tools to inspire experiential learning – help encourage student engagement.


This Is My Song: 500 Years of the Reformation

Thursday, October 26, 8pm

The musical ensembles of Susquehanna University mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. 500 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, igniting one of the greatest religious and cultural upheavals in human history. One of Luther's reforms was the renewed emphasis on congregational singing. Luther himself wrote about three dozen hymns and sought to position music at the forefront of the religious service. Susquehanna marks this anniversary with a concert of music based on, or inspired by, hymn tunes, including a brand-new setting of three hymns for choir and orchestra written especially for Susquehanna. Featuring the Susquehanna University Choir, Chamber Singers, Chorale, Orchestra, Wind and Brass Ensembles. Filmed on location at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, and in St. Anne's Church in Augsburg, Germany.


Poldark: Season 3 on Masterpiece

Sundays at 9p, October 1 thru November 19

The third season of action-packed episodes starring Aidan Turner as charismatic Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as his remarkable partner, Demelza, finds Poldark in revolutionary France, where the firebrands outdo even Warleggan for ruthlessness.


Finding Your Roots

Tuesdays at 8p beginning October 3

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. returns to PBS with 10 all new episodes. The series combines history and science in a fascinating exploration of race, family, and identity in today's America. Each hour features a different pair of celebrity guests, who are bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link, whether it be as old friends, through long-lost relatives, or even through a common ancestral past.


The Vietnam War

Tuesdays at 9p beginning October 3

Weekly encore of this landmark series begins this month. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the war as it's never before been told on film. The 10-part series features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, American and Vietnamese, bringing the war and its chaotic epoch viscerally to life.


Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017

Friday, October 13, 9p

Salute Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, Velvet Underground and more, with Dionne Warwick, Andra Day, Kirk Franklin, Randy Newman, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson and Vernon Reid.


The Durrells in Corfu - Season 2 on Masterpiece

Sundays at 8p, October 15 - November 19

Keeley Hawes stars as a plucky widowed mother in the adventures of an eccentric English family on a Greek isle in the 1930s. The bohemian Durrells fit right in with the light-hearted Greeks-except when they disastrously don't.


Great Performances - She Loves Me

Friday, October 20 at 9p

Enjoy Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's classic 1963 musical of two feuding clerks in a Budapest parfumerie who don't realize they're romantic pen pals. Roundabout's 2016 production stars Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel.


Frontline: Putin's Revenge - Part 1

Wednesday, October 25 at 10p

Amid claims he hacked the 2016 election, the inside story of Vladimir Putin's conflict with the U.S. An investigation of Putin's mounting grievances with the U.S. and his efforts to exact revenge leading up to the presidential election.


Edgar Allan Poe: American Masters

Monday, October 30 at 9p

Discover the real story of the notorious author, starring Denis O'Hare as Edgar Allan Poe. The program explores the misrepresentations of Poe and reveals how he tapped into what it means to be human in a modern and sometimes frightening world.

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