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The Best of VIA TV Programming for April 2020

Local Programs

Conversations for the Common Good: Why Google Can't Save Us

Thursday, April 2nd 8pm

Sam Wineburg, Ph.D., the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University, will consider civic responsibility and the Internet: how to use it responsibly, and how to judge between legitimate and irresponsible sources of information found there. He will propose antidotes to the impulsive thinking and premature judgment that too frequently characterizes contemporary American public discourse. This lecture was held at Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium on the campus of Bloomsburg University. Encores: Friday, April 3rd 1pm; Sunday, April 5th 5pm; Thursday, April 9th 9pm; Friday April 10th 2pm; Sunday, April 12th 12pm; Monday, April 13th 3pm

Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition

Thursday, April 9th, 8p

April is National Poetry Month and WVIA is celebrating all month long! In December top regional high school students participated in the Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition at the WVIA Public Media Studios. Encore presentations: Friday, April 10th 1pm; Sunday, April 12th 11am; Tuesday, April 14th 3pm; Thursday, April 16th 9pm; Friday, April 17th 2pm; Sunday, April 19th 11:30am

VIA Short Takes - Episode 2

Thursday, April 16th - 8p & 8:30p

Featuring topics ranging from dramatic and edgy to cute, quirky, thrilling and more, VIA's "Short Takes" aims to provide an entertaining look at the people and places that make Pennsylvania (and beyond) so unique. Segments featured in this all-new episode of VIA Short Takes include: "Return of the Tunis Sheep", "George Graham: Engineer & Pioneer", "DJ Choices", "Take to the Sky", "Bill's Bike Museum". Encores: Friday, April 17th 1pm & 1:30pm; Monday, April 20th 3pm; Sunday, May 3rd 5:30pm

Battling Opioids: A Project of Pennsylvania Public Media Part 5

Thursday, April 23rd, 8pm

Battling Opioids, a project of Pennsylvania Public Media Part 5 features personal stories of courage and hope in the face of opioid addiction interspersed with an informative studio panel discussion. This fifth entry in this series "Looking Back to Look Ahead in Recovery" we'll revisit past stories of those on the journey to recovery and see how they are doing today.

National Highlights

Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story

Thursday, April 2nd - 9p

Tracing the story of Dorothy Day's journey from a young communist journalist, to a Catholic convert, to the co-founder of The Catholic Worker newspaper and the first "houses of hospitality," which sheltered New York City's homeless during the Great Depression. The documentary uses extensive archival footage from Day's own collection, and features interviews with actor Martin Sheen, public theologian Cornel West, Senator Tim Kaine, biographer Robert Ellsberg, and Day's granddaughters.

Dishing with Julia

Fridays at 10p & 10:30p, April 3rd - 17th

In 1963, Julia Child and "The French Chef" began teaching the nation how to cook well, eat well and drink well. Join some of today's top chefs as they share insightful, funny and personal thoughts about the first lady of cooking. Bon appetit!

World On Fire on Masterpiece

Sundays at 9pm, April 5th - May 17th

Follow the intertwining fates of ordinary people as they grapple with the effects of World War II on their everyday lives. Set in Britain, Poland, France and Germany, the events of the series take place during the first year of the war.

The Windermere Children

Sunday, April 5th, 10p

Child survivors of the Holocaust are brought to an estate near England's Lake Windermere to recuperate with the help of volunteer therapists. Without their families, they find kinship in each other and form bonds that give them hope for the future.

Broken Places

Monday, April 6th, 10p

Find out why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. By revisiting childhood trauma victims profiled decades ago, learn how their experiences shaped their lives as adults.

The Gene: An Intimate History

Tuesdays at 8pm, April 7th & 14th

Powerful personal stories and stunning breakthroughs reveal the historical search for the human genome and the promise of modern research. Based on Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee's best-seller on how genes impact heredity, disease and behavior.

Baptiste on Masterpiece

Sunday at 10p, April 12th - May 17th

Tcheky Karyo revives his role as French detective Julien Baptiste in this spin-off of "The Missing." While visiting his daughter in Amsterdam, Baptiste becomes drawn into a missing persons case that may be connected to a human trafficking gang.

Independent Lens: Bedlam

Monday, April 13th, 10p

Hear the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions. Psychiatrist Kenneth Rosenberg visits ERs, jails and homeless camps to examine the national health crisis of mental illness.

Blood Sugar Rising

Wednesday, April 15th, 9p

Diabetes is an epidemic that affects 100 million Americans, costing over $350 billion annually. Explore the history and science of this hidden crisis and meet some of the faces behind the statistics whose stories bring insights and hope.

The Man Who Tried To Feed The World: American Experience

Tuesday, April 21 at 8p

Explore the life of 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, who tried to solve world hunger. He rescued India from a severe famine and led the "Green Revolution," estimated to have saved one billion lives. But his work later faced criticism.

International Jazz Day From Australia

Friday, April 24th, 10p

Join more than two dozen world-renowned artists from across the globe for an extraordinary celebration of jazz music. The 2020 International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert was held at Hamer Hall in Melbourne, Australia.

Independent Lens - Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Monday, April 27th, 10p

Meet a visionary doctor on a journey to find a cure for cancer. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Jim Allison spent decades waging a lonely but ultimately fruitful quest to discover a way the immune system can stop cancer in its tracks.

Inside the Vatican

Tuesday, April 28th, 8p

Go inside the daily lives of those who live and work in the Vatican. From the Pope to the gardener to the head of security, the film gives rare behind-the-scenes access to the inner workings of the city-state.