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28 Shows to Watch This January on WVIA TV

Keystone Edition Reports: Meet Your Congressmen

Monday, January 9th 7pm
The 2022 elections are behind us, so, what comes next? Join us as we speak with Congressmen Matt Cartwright of the 8th Congressional District and Dan Meuser of the 9th Congressional District in a special 1 hour townhall edition of Keystone Edition Reports.

Keystone Edition Business: The Changing Face of Business

Monday, January 16th 7pm 
Immigrants are increasingly becoming the face of business. More than half of the billion-dollar startup companies in the US were founded by people who weren’t born here. Keystone Edition looks at immigrant-led businesses in our area, what it takes to get there, and what resources are available.

Keystone Edition Arts: The Golden Age of Creativity

Monday, January 23rd 7pm 
The spark of creativity can happen at any age; for some artists, their best work occurs when they are older. Keystone Edition: Arts will ask what changes for artists as they age, what benefits come from being creative while growing older, and more.

Keystone Edition Health: The Smallest Victims: Child Abuse & Trafficking

Monday, January 30th 7pm
The CDC reports at least 1 in 7 children experience child abuse in the United States. In addition, trafficking of children is on the rise - National Human Trafficking Hotline statistics showed a 25 percent jump in human trafficking cases from 2017 to 2018, and the National Center for Missing and exploited Children reported 1 in 7 runaways were likely victims of child sex trafficking. What are the signs to know to spot child abuse and even possible trafficking?

Scholastic Scrimmage

Tuesdays 7pm & 7:30pm beginning January 10th
Returning for an all-new 18th season! This high school academic quiz show challenges top students from WVIA’s member school districts about all academic disciplines.

VIA Short Takes - New TV Season!

Thursday, January 5th 7pm
In this brand new episode of VIA Short Takes for TV stories spotlighted will be "Colebrookdale Railroad" "George Strimel" "George Catlin" "Between the Ropes" and "Joe Nardone"

Knox Mine Disaster

Sunday, January 22nd 12pm
One cold morning on January 22, 1959 the belly of the Susquehanna River broke into the Knox mine, trapping 81 men underground. The cave-in causes a giant, 150ft whirlpool to form in the ice laden river above, flooding the mines below. Knox Mine Disaster examines the coal mining tragedy that occurred in the anthracite region of northeastern Pennsylvania and sheds light into the life of the hard coal miner. This film showcases survival through adversity -- the hope, faith, and courage needed to fight their way out of a dreadful situation. The story continues through the subsequent hearings as investigators try to place blame and responsibility while a community struggles to rebuild its regional economy that the flooded mines destroyed. A film by David Brocca.

Knox...A Disaster

Sunday, January 22nd 1:30pm
Knox...A Disaster, a WVIA Original Documentary Film produced in 1984, features many first-person accounts of the tragedy that helped mark the end of deep mining in much of the Wyoming Valley.

Midsomer Murders: The Christmas Haunting

Part 1, Sunday, January 1st 7pm -  encores Saturday, January 7th 9pm

Part 2, Sunday, January 8th 7pm -  encores Saturday, January 14th 9pm

It's Christmas and new detective Charlie Nelson moves into Midsomer. He's thrown straight into an intriguing mystery in the village of Morton Shallows. A man is fatally stabbed with an antique sword during a ghost-hunting party at a 'haunted' manor house. Can Barnaby and Nelson find a more earthly motive behind the murder and trap the killer? This story features the first appearance of DS Charlie Nelson portrayed by Gwilym Lee.

Midsomer Murders: Let Us Prey

Part 1, Sunday, January 15th 7pm - encores Saturday, January 21st 9pm

Part 2, Sunday, January 22nd 7pm - encores Saturday, January 28th 9pm

A series of murders in Midsomer St. Claire seem to be inspired by macabre images on a medieval fresco recently discovered in the church crypt. As the village prepares for storms and flooding it appears that someone is using ancient torture methods to punish modern-day "sinners." But who is responsible and why?

Great Performances at the Met - Turandot

Sunday, January 1st 12pm
Thrilling sopranos Christine Goerke and Liudmyla Monastyrska share the title role of the legendary cold-hearted princess. Tenors Yusif Eyvazov and Yonghoon Lee trade off as the bold prince determined to win Turandot's love, alongside sopranos Gabriella Reyes, Michelle Bradley, and Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liu and bass-baritone James Morris and basses Alexander Tsymbalyuk and Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini's stirring score.

Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2023

Sunday, January 1st 8pm
Celebrate the new year with this annual classical music celebration featuring waltzes by Strauss from the opulent Musikverein hosted by PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville.

American Experience - The Lie Detector

Tuesday, January 3rd 9pm
Discover the story of the polygraph, the controversial device that transformed modern police work, seized headlines and was extolled as an infallible crime-fighting tool. A tale of good intentions, twisted morals and unintended consequences.

Legends of the Sky: The Liberty Plane

Thursday, January 5th 9pm
LEGENDS OF THE SKY: THE LIBERTY PLANE brings to life the startling development of America's first war plane and the enormous contributions the aircraft has made to aviation history. Meet the men and women of a century ago, as they answer the call of our nation to defend liberty in Europe during WW1.

The U.S. and the Holocaust

Fridays 9pm, January 6th - January 20th

Examines America's response to one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of the 20th century and how the Holocaust challenged the very ideals of our democracy in this three-part documentary series by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein.

Great Performances at the Met - Lucia Di Lammermoor

Sunday, January 8th 12pm

Nadine Sierra takes on one of the repertory's most formidable and storied roles, the haunted heroine of Lucia di Lammermoor, in an electrifying new staging by in-demand Australian theater and film director Simon Stone, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Show-stopping tenor Javier Camarena adds to the bel canto fireworks as Lucia's beloved, Edgardo, with baritone Artur Rucinski as her overbearing brother, Enrico, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as her tutor, Raimondo.

Miss Scarlet and The Duke on Masterpiece (Season 3)

Sundays 8pm, January 8th - February 12th
Miss Scarlet and The Duke team up again to solve crime in the murkiest depths of 1880’s London.

All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece (Season 3)

Sundays 9pm, January 8th - February 19th (Season Finale 8pm)
This season begins in spring 1939 as James and Helen prepare to walk down the aisle. Should their wedding go off without a hitch -- and what are the chances of that? -- James will have a new wife and a new stake in the business to think of.

Vienna Blood (Season 3)

Sundays 10pm, January 8th - February 12th
The mystery series set in early 20th century Vienna returns. The series follows a young English doctor Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard) and police investigator Oskar Rheinhardt (Juergen Maurer) as they investigate grisly crimes.

POV - I Didn't See You There

Monday, January 9th 10pm
When a circus tent goes up outside his Oakland apartment, a disabled filmmaker launches into a meditative journey exploring the history of freakdom, vision, and (in)visibility. Shot from the director's physical perspective -- mounted to his wheelchair or handheld – “I Didn't See You There” serves as a clear rebuke to the norm of disabled people being seen and not heard.

Mind Over Matter Presents - Hiding In Plain Sight

Part 1 - Thursday, January 12th 7pm
Part 2 - Thursday, January 19th 7pm

This series takes a look at the experiences of young people living with mental health conditions with a focus on the importance of awareness and compassion. This series will shine a light on what life looks like for these young people as well as for the parents, teachers, friends, and healthcare providers in their lives.

Great Performances at the Met - Hamlet

Sunday, January 15th 12pm
When Australian composer Brett Dean's Hamlet had its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, "New opera doesn't often get to sound this good ... Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn't always be picked up, but Dean's Hamlet rises to the challenge." Now, this riveting contemporary masterpiece arrives at the Met, with Neil Armfield, who directed the work's premiere, bringing his acclaimed staging to New York. Many of the original cast members have followed, including tenor Allan Clayton in the title role. Nicholas Carter makes his Met debut conducting a remarkable ensemble, which also features soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and bass-baritone John Relyea as the ghost of Hamlet's father.

Independent Lens - The Big Payback

Monday, January 16th 10pm
The Big Payback is the story of how a rookie alderwoman in Evanston, Illinois led the passage of the first tax-funded reparations bill for Black Americans and stirred up a debate about the debt owed from the U.S.

American Experience - Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space

Tuesday, January 17th 9pm
Meet the influential author and key figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Also, an anthropologist, Hurston collected folklore throughout the South and Caribbean - reclaiming, honoring and celebrating Black life on its own terms.

Nature - Wildheart

Wednesday, January 18th 8pm
Immerse yourself in Scotland's wild highland landscape and meet its long-lived forest keeper, a magnificent Scots pine tree. As one of its longest living species, this ancient tree has witnessed the island's history across 500 years.

American Masters - Roberta Flack

Tuesday, January 24th 9pm
Follow the music icon from a piano lounge through her rise to stardom.From "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" to "Killing Me Softly," Flack's virtuosity was inseparable from her commitment to civil rights. Detailing her story in her own words, the film features exclusive access to Flack's archives and interviews with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Peabo Bryson and more.

Next at the Kennedy Center - The Roots Residency

Friday, January 27th 9pm
Hip Hop legends The Roots give an electrifying performance during their residency at the Kennedy Center. Beyond the stage, the band endeavors to inspire others and explore the depths of their creative potential.

Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World

Tuesdays 9pm, January 31st - February 21st
Featuring firsthand accounts from some of rap’s most integral players, this series recounts the origins of this bold and revolutionary art form through the voices of those who were there at the beginning, creating an anthology of how hip hop became a cultural phenomenon against the backdrop of American history. Weaving together interconnected moments via intimate interviews and archival footage, the docuseries will explore how hip hop quickly created a provocative narrative of America.