36 Shows to Watch This April on WVIA TV
Keystone Edition Reports: Broadband in the Heartland
Monday, April 3rd 7pm
According to the Federal Communications Commission, 4 percent of Pennsylvania residents are unable to access the internet at broadband speeds. In rural areas, this percentage rises to 13 percent. Some recent studies, however, suggest that figure may actually be doubled. At a time when the Internet is front and center in our lives, how can we ensure that those in rural communities have access to the same online resources as those in higher, more densely populated areas? On the next Keystone Edition Reports: Broadband in the Heartland we discuss the issue with area experts on the matter.
Keystone Edition Business: Making the Pitch
Monday, April 10th 7pm
Some entrepreneurs get started young. Keystone Edition Business checks out a program that may help some students get their ventures off the ground.
Keystone Edition Arts: WVIA Radio's 50th Anniversary
Monday, April 17th 7pm
WVIA Radio began broadcasting in 1973 and continues today with a curated blend of classical, jazz, and contemporary music highlighting local musicians. In addition to music, the audience stays well-informed with ArtScene and its focus on regional arts and cultural events, along with local and national news. Keystone Edition: Arts will ask the radio hosts to share favorite memories and talk about how they engage, educate, and inspire the audience.
Keystone Edition Health: Under the Weather? Climate Change & Your Health
Monday, April 24th 7pm
It's hard to deny the climate is changing. Summers are getting hotter, sometimes to dangerous degrees, and catastrophic weather events have become more frequent throughout the country. But how else does climate change impact individual and public health?
Tuesdays 7pm & 7:30pm
The competition continues! This high school academic quiz show challenges top students from WVIA’s member school districts about all academic disciplines.
Call the Doctor
Wednesdays at 7pm
Now in its 35th season on WVIA, Call the Doctor is the region's premier medical series, with a focus on addressing the critical health & wellness needs of our region. Moderated by Julie Sidoni.
New episodes for the month of April:
- Parkinson's Disease - Wednesday, April 5th
- Digestive Disorders - Wednesday, April 12th
- Stress - Wednesday, April 19th
- Balance Issues - Wednesday, April 26th
Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition 2023
Thursday, April 6th 7pm
Poetry Out Loud is a national program from which high school students learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. WVIA is proud to host the NEPA regional competition from which our winner will advance to the state championship in Harrisburg.
Conversations for the Common Good - The Dobbs Decision: Women's Rights, Law, and Health Care in America
Thursday, April 13th 9pm
A panel discussion originating from WVIA's Sordoni Theatre in Pittston. The discussion will feature Dahlia Lithwick, the author of Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America (New York: Penguin, 2022). Ms. Lithwick is a columnist and senior editor at Slate, and the creator of a podcast called Amicus. Other panelists are expected from the health care and legal professions. The discussion will focus on the implications of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision for the future of U.S. society at large. Moderated by Larry Vojtko.
Midsomer Murders: The Dagger Club
Part 1, Sunday, March 26th 7pm
Part 2, Sunday, April 2nd 7pm
The unveiling of a newly-discovered novel by deceased Midsomer crime-writer George Summersbee at the Luxton Deeping Crime Festival is jeopardized when the manuscript is stolen and a woman is fatally electrocuted by a booby-trapped roulette wheel. Can new dad Barnaby untangle a web of jealousy and obsession to find the killer?
Midsomer Murders: Murder By Magic
Part 1, Sunday, April 9th 7pm
Part 2, Sunday, April 23rd 7pm
When a pub landlady is crushed to death during a magic show in Midsomer Oaks, Barnaby and Nelson uncover conflict between the village church and ancient pagan traditions. Is famous magician Gideon Latimer to blame or is he the target? Guest star Amanda Burton ( Silent Witness; Waterloo Road).
La Frontera with Pati Jinich - Season 2
Mondays 9pm, April 3rd - April 17th
Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of New Mexico, Arizona and California alongside acclaimed chef and James Beard Award-winning host Pati Jinich as she experiences the regions’ rich culture, people and cuisine.
American Experience - The Sun Queen
Tuesday, April 4th 9pm
For nearly 50 years, chemical engineer and inventor Maria Telkes applied her prodigious intellect to harnessing the power of the sun. She designed and built the world's first successfully solar-heated modern residence and identified a promising new chemical that, for the first time, could store solar heat like a battery. And yet, along the way, she was undercut and thwarted by her boss and colleagues - all men - at MIT. Despite these obstacles, Telkes persevered and, upon her death in 1995, held more than 20 patents. She is now recognized as a visionary pioneer in the field of sustainable energy. An unexpected and largely forgotten heroine, Telkes was remarkable in her vision and tenacity - a scientist and a woman in every way ahead of her time. Her research and innovations from the 1930s through the '70s continue to shape how we power our lives today.
Frontline - America and the Taliban
Part One: Tuesday, April 4th 10pm
Part Two: Tuesday, April 11th 10pm
How America's 20-year investment in Afghanistan culminated in Taliban victory. Drawing on decades of on the ground reporting, and interviews with Taliban and US officials, a two part investigation of the missteps and consequences.
Nova - Arctic Sinkholes
Wednesday, April 5th 9pm
Scientists investigate colossal explosions in Siberia and other evidence that rapidly melting soil in the Arctic is releasing vast amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. What are the implications for our climate future?
Thursday, April 6th 9pm
An award-winning documentary showing the most extensive diversity of marine mammals ever seen on film. OCEAN SOULS is an emotive documentary about cetaceans - aquatic mammals such as whales, dolphins and porpoises. Cetaceans are possibly the closest relatives to humans in terms of cognitive abilities and family ties. The film focuses on the concepts of family, emotions, language, social organization, intelligence and human interaction in these species. The film highlights new science and discovers an intelligence beneath the waves that closely mirrors our own. Featuring previously unpublished images of the largest range of cetaceans seen on screen, the film is an unprecedented collaboration of more than 100 filmmakers, scientists & cetacean experts. Join us as we explore the remarkable lives of these magnificent ocean souls.
Great Performances - Now Hear This - Piazzolla's History with Tango
Friday, April 7th 9pm
Tango to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with host Scott Yoo and flutist Alice Dade to explore the evolution of composer Astor Piazzolla's work and the music genre itself as it becomes fused with jazz across time and numerous instruments.
Art in the Twenty-First Century
Friday, April 7th 10pm
Four contemporary artists breathe new life into some of humanity's oldest artforms, icons and monuments, creating paintings, sculptures, and films out of everyday objects and popular culture. Includes Michelle Obama portrait painter Amy Sherald.
Great Performances at the Met - La Traviata
Sunday, April 9th 12pm
The new Met production of Verdi's beloved tragedy stars soprano Nadine Sierra as Violetta, the consumptive heroine fighting to find true happiness. Tenor Stephen Costello portrays Violetta's ardent, yet impetuous lover, Alfredo, and baritone Luca Salsi rounds out the principal cast as Alfredo's disapproving father.
My Grandparents' War - Season 2
Tuesdays 9pm, April 11th - May 2nd
Follow leading Hollywood actors as they re-trace the footsteps of their grandparents and learn how World War II changed the lives of their families and the world.
Nova - Weathering the Future
Wednesday, April 12th 9pm
It's hard not to notice: our weather is changing. From longer, hotter heat waves, to more intense rainstorms, to megafires and multi-year droughts - the U.S. is experiencing the full range of impacts from a changing global climate. But people on the front lines of these destabilizing weather trends around the country are coming up with new ways to adapt to the many challenges they bring. The lessons they're learning today can help all of us adapt in the years ahead, as the planet gets warmer and our weather gets weirder.
Earthshot Prize 2022
Wednesday, April 12th 10pm
Celebrate the annual ceremony of Prince William's prestigious environmental award: The Earthshot Prize. The star-studded event honors this year's five winners and their innovative solutions to help repair our planet.
Great Performances - Now Hear This - Schumann: Genius and Madness
Friday, April 14th 9pm
Visit Europe with host Scott Yoo as he investigates Schumann's bipolar disorder and creative genius.
Great Performances - Remember This
Sunday, April 16th 6pm
Adapted from the play by Clark Young and Derek Goldman, and starring Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn in a virtuoso solo performance as World War II Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski in a genre-defying true story of a reluctant hero and Holocaust witness. After surviving the devastation of the Blitzkrieg, Karski swears allegiance to the Polish Underground and risks his life to carry the first eyewitness reports of war-torn Poland to the Western world, and ultimately, the Oval Office. Escaping a Gestapo prison, bearing witness to the despair of the Warsaw ghetto and confronted by the inhumanity of a death camp, Karski endures unspeakable mental anguish and physical torture to stand tall in the halls of power and speak the truth. Strathairn captures the complexity and legacy of this self-described "insignificant, little man" whose timely story of moral courage and individual responsibility can still shake the conscience of the world. The program also includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes companion film produced by The WNET Group's Exploring Hate initiative that examines the ongoing relevance of Jan Karski's story for today's world.
Nature - Niagara Falls
Wednesday, April 19th 8pm
Embark to this geological wonder and witness its stunning beauty and a wide variety of wildlife mammals, birds, and reptiles that call it home. Three separate waterfalls combine to form the second largest waterfall in the world.
Wednesday, April 19th 9pm
In its second year, CHANGING PLANET revisits six of our planet’s most vulnerable ecosystems and catches up with the truly inspiring people introduced in the first series; scientists and local experts fighting to safeguard their communities and wildlife, charting the progress of their game-changing environmental projects. Building on this crucial foundation, we’ll meet some new faces who’ll deepen our understanding of these habitats and introduce new potential solutions to combat the effects of the climate crisis.
Mind Over Matter Presents - Lives Well Lived
Thursday, April 20th 7pm
Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of people aged 75-100, who reveal their secrets for living a meaningful life. Encompassing 3,000 years of collective life experience, diverse people share life lessons about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive in the midst of life's greatest challenges. Their stories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you.
Carbon Farming: A Climate Solution Under Our Feet
Thursday, April 20th 9pm
Carbon farming, also called regenerative agriculture, is a revolutionary method that traps carbon from the air into the ground to produce nutritious food. Instead of tilling and using agrochemicals, farmers let the natural ecosystem do the work. CARBON FARMING: A CLIMATE SOLUTION UNDER OUR FEET offers viewers insights on the possibilities of carbon farming and its potential benefits to the environment. The program features pioneers of this method, including Gabe Brown in the U.S. and Yoshida Toshimichi in Japan.
Great Performances - Now Hear This - Andy Akiho Found (His) Sound
Friday, April 21st 9pm
Experience the creation of music from this Japanese American composer with host Scott Yoo.
Independent Lens - Free Chol Soo Lee
Monday, April 24th 10pm
Sentenced to death for a 1973 San Francisco murder, Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee was set free after a pan-Asian solidarity movement of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Americans helped to overturn his conviction. After 10 years of fighting for his life inside San Quentin, Lee found himself in a new fight to rise to the expectations of the people who believed in him. On his journey from an inspiring icon to a swing-shift janitor struggling with drug addiction, Chol Soo Lee personifies the ravages of America's prison industrial complex.
Nova - Chasing Carbon Zero
Wednesday, April 26th 9pm
The US recently set an ambitious climate goal: to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But is that feasible? What exactly would it take? Chasing Carbon Zero takes a hard look at the problem and identifies the most likely real-world technologies that could be up to the task. From expanding renewable energy options and designing more energy-efficient buildings, to revolutionizing the transportation sector, to "negative emissions" technologies, the film casts a hopeful but skeptical eye. A wave of innovation is beginning to take hold, but can these solutions be scaled and made available and affordable across the country? The problem is vast, and time is running out. Find out why there is still hope that we can achieve Chasing Carbon Zero in time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Iconic America: Our Symbols and Stories with David Rubenstein
Wednesdays 10pm, April 26th to May 17th (Episodes 1-4)
David Rubenstein examines the history of America through some of its most iconic symbols, objects and places, on location and in conversation with historical thinkers, community members and other experts. Together, they dive deep into each symbol’s history and how its meaning has changed over time, using them as a gateway to understanding America’s past and present.
Great Performances - Now Hear This - Albeniz: Portraits of Spain
Friday, April 28th 9pm
Discover the musical inspirations of Spain with host Scott Yoo and GRAMMY winner David Russell.
International Jazz Day from the United Nations
Friday, April 28th 10pm
Jazz stars from around the globe come together to celebrate the unifying power of music. International Jazz Day is the one day each year on which jazz is celebrated worldwide, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities in more than 190 countries on all seven continents. This inspiring program showcases some of today's finest artists using their talent to proclaim the positive message of America's greatest cultural gift to the world. Following the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, International Jazz Day makes its triumphant return to the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City, illuminating the seat of global diplomacy with never-before-seen musical collaborations. From living legends of jazz like Herbie Hancock, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller to next generation luminaries including Gregory Porter, Joey Alexander, Lizz Wright, Linda May Han Oh and many more, enjoy a veritable world tour of the past, present and future of jazz.
Tom Jones on Masterpiece
Sundays 9pm, April 30th - May 21st
This four-part television miniseries reimagines “The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling,” Henry Fielding’s classic novel. A picaresque story of the title character’s complicated journey to find real love, Tom Jones has delighted and scandalized readers since it was originally published in 1749. Solly McLeod (“The Rising”) stars as the hero Tom, alongside Sophie Wilde (“You Don’t Know Me”) as the heroine Sophia Western. Written by Gwyneth Hughes (“Vanity Fair,” “Miss Austen Regrets”), Tom Jones is directed by Georgia Parris (“Mari”) and produced by Benjamin Greenacre.