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36 Shows to Watch This May on WVIA TV

Keystone Edition Reports: PA Parks & Recreation

Monday, May 1st 7pm
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Bureau of State Parks manages 124 state parks featuring over 300,000 acres for activities such as hiking, biking, camping, and more. On the next Keystone Edition Reports, we'll take a look at the state park system and what they mean to the people and organizations who visit and utilize them.

PA Parks & Recreation - Preview

Keystone Edition Business: Farms: More than Just Food

Monday, May 8th 7pm 
Farming and agriculture is vital to everyday life. But there's more to that business than just what shows up on store shelves. Keystone Edition Business dives into agritourism and what it means to be a modern farmer.

Farms: More than Just Food - Preview

Keystone Edition Arts: Creativity in the Streets

Monday, May 15th 7pm 
Murals are one type of public art and are intentionally available to all. Collaboration is key and can include the community, artists, and local government as they address design, funding, and locale. Keystone Edition: Arts explores the past and present of the region’s murals focusing on what inspires artists and who benefits when art is created for public spaces.

Creativity in the Streets - Preview

Keystone Edition Health: School Nurses: Answering the Call

Monday, May 22nd 7pm
More school nurses are leaving the industry due to low wages and fewer faculty for nursing programs to train the next generation. Pandemic aside, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that schools have one full-time nurse for every 750 students. Now, when students and schools may need nurses more than ever, it?s estimated that about a quarter of schools still have no nurses. What can our area school districts do to help retain and recruit nurses for future generations?

Scholastic Scrimmage - Regional Championship Match

Tuesday, May 23rd 7:30pm
The competition continues! This high school academic quiz show challenges top students from WVIA’s member school districts about all academic disciplines.

Scholastic Scrimmage: State Championship Match

Tuesday, May 30th 7pm
Pennsylvania scrimmage teams Moravian Academy (Bethlehem), Berwick Area (Berwick) and Mercyhurst Preparatory School (Erie) vie for the Scholastic Scrimmage state championship title.

Call the Doctor - New Episodes!

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 May:
The Rise of Melanoma - Wednesday, May 3rd
Sports Injuries  - Wednesday, May 10th
Allergies - Wednesday, May 17th

Roar! The Story of the Southern Columbia Football Tigers

Thursday, May 11th 8pm
The story of the 2022 Southern Columbia Area High School Football Tigers season from the locker room to practices to the sidelines of the games, giving viewers an up close and never-before-seen look at one of the top high school football programs in the state. The documentary examines how this small school from rural Catawissa, Pennsylvania finds itself at the pinnacle of high school football every year.

ROAR - Trailer

Mind Over Matter - Youth Mental Health Matters

Thursday, May 18th 7pm
In Pennsylvania, an estimated 1 in 5 youth experienced poor mental health. Join Tracey Matisak and a panel of regional experts on the next edition of Mind Over Matter as they discuss the challenges children and teens face today. They'll provide resources and information on how to identify the warning signs when your child is in crisis.

Youth Mental Health Matters - Preview

Midsomer Murders: The Ballad of Midsomer County

Part 1, Sunday, April 30th 7pm
Part 2, Sunday, May 7th 7pm
Could a ballad made famous by late, lamented folk singer Johnny Carver be an inspiration for murder. Did someone want to kill Toby Winning for threatening to take the Little Crosby Folk Festival away from Midsomer - or is the true motive something hidden for 20 years?

Midsomer Murders: A Vintage Murder

Part 1, Sunday, May 14th 7pm
Part 2, Sunday, May 21st 7pm
The fizz goes out of a sparkling wine launch when the glasses are laced with poison. Who is targeting the Midsomer Vinae Winery and what does the attack have to do with the death of a child in a hit-and-run accident? Guest star Claire Bloom (Doc Martin; Limelight) Last appearance of Tamzin Malleson as resident pathologist Dr. Kate Wilding.

Nature - Attenborough's Wonder of Song

Wednesday, May 3rd 8pm
David Attenborough presents seven of the most remarkable animal songs found in nature and explores the significance of these songs in the lives of their species. Each one - from the song of the largest lemur to the song of the humpback whale to the song of the lyrebird - was recorded in his lifetime. But will they soon be heard no more? Contrary to Charles Darwin's theory of sexual selection, a new generation of scientists have discovered that animal song is not just the preserve of males. Females sing too. But there are also fears that we do not have much longer to hear them. Because as humankind gets noisier, the rest of the planet is falling silent. Joyous, surprising and poignant, this story of pioneering research and astounding insight is a chorus of wonder and a wake-up call.

Preview of Attenborough's Wonder of Song

Nova - Save the Right Whale

Wednesday, May 3rd 9pm
The North Atlantic right whale is on the brink of extinction. But a handful of specialists are determined to help save it as they discover new secrets about the lives of these giants of the sea.

Saving the Right Whale Preview

Thousand Pebbles on the Ground

Thursday, May 4th 7pm
Roger is a Chinese-American medical worker facing rising anti-Asian sentiment, he's grieving the loss of his father, but he loves to perform and make people laugh.


Thursday, May 4th 7:30pm
BLOODLINE is an intimate profile of Vietnamese-American chef Tu David Phu and the evolution of his culinary aesthetic - borne from a bloodline that traces back through childhood and his family's unspoken history of war. The film's narrative is framed around Tu as he returns home to Oakland, California after competing on the cooking series Top Chef (Season 15). As he reflects on that experience and his new visibility as a celebrity chef, Tu traces his unlikely journey. From the son of refugees growing up in West Oakland to a professional chef, Tu's acclaimed culinary creations are heralded as the next wave of Asian fusion representing Vietnamese culture. The documentary features illuminating conversations between Tu and his parents on their initial reservations about his career path, their pride in his success in the food industry, and how their experiences during the Vietnam War influenced Tu's upbringing and cooking style. Beyond a personal examination of family ties and food heritage, BLOODLINE is also an exploration of how in placing a premium on pedigree and formal training, the culinary industry often disregards the rich experiences, flavors and practices falling outside those parameters. This is illustrated by how the physical bloodline of the fish - running down the middle of the fillet - is often thrown away by chefs even though it carries the animal's "essence."

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Thursday, May 4th 8pm
MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema and our lives. Through iconic film clips, interviews and archival footage, the documentary captures the history, impact, and creative process of this overlooked artform and the artists behind it. Entertaining and educational insights from legendary directors including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, John Lasseter, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola, and Ryan Coogler, amongst many, whose award-winning work with their sound collaborators have created immersive and multi-sensory audience experiences.

Articulate Hour - Partial Recall

Friday, May 5th 9pm
Memory is the amazing ability of our brains to store and access skills, information, and emotions. Artists and scholars discuss the reliability of our recall and the surprising ways our memories fuel creativity.

Articulate Hour - Together/Alone

Friday, May 5th 10pm
As modern humans, we crave both connection to others and our own solitude. Artists, scholars, and other great creative thinkers explore these contrasting impulses.

Independent Lens - Sam Now

Monday, May 8th 10pm
In this coming-of-age documentary about generational trauma, follow Sam Harkness from age 11 to 33 as his once average, middle-class Seattle family is heartbroken and unsure of what to do after his mother suddenly abandons them.

Trailer | Sam Now

Frontline - Clarence and Ginni Thomas: Politics, Power and the Supreme Court

Tuesday, May 9th 9pm
As controversy erupts around Clarence and Ginni Thomas, the inside story of their path to power. How race, power and controversy collide in the rise of the Supreme Court Justice and his wife – a couple reshaping American law and politics.

"Clarence and Ginni Thomas" - Preview

Wild Scandinavia

Wednesdays 8pm May 10th-24th
Immerse yourself in these breath-taking Scandinavian landscapes, beautiful fjords, magical forests, and volcanic and arctic extremes. Watch as surprising wildlife stories, myths, and modernity are all woven into this icy natural world.

Great Performances - Celebrating 50 Years of Broadway's Best

Friday, May 12th 9pm
Enjoy a revue of milestone Broadway shows and songs from 1973 to 2023 hosted by two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. Features performances by Andre De Shields, Chita Rivera, Vanessa Williams and more from Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater.

Celebrating 50 Years of Broadway's Best Preview

Independent Lens - Silent Beauty

Monday, May 15th 10pm
One woman's road to heal from childhood sexual abuse evolves into the story of a family's journey through generational trauma, of discovery,loss, and bonding-at once agonizing and beautiful.

Trailer | Silent Beauty

American Masters Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV

Tuesday, May 16th 9pm
See the world through the eyes of Nam June Paik, the father of video art and coiner of the term "electronic superhighway." Experience the acclaimed artist's creative evolution, as Academy Award nominee Steven Yeun reads from Paik's own writings.

Nova - Your Brain: Perception Deception

Wednesday, May 17th 9pm
Is what you see real? Join neuroscientist Heather Berlin on a quest to understand how your brain shapes your reality, and why you can't always trust what you perceive. Learn the surprising tricks and shortcuts the brain takes to help us survive.

Anahita: A Mother's Story

Thursday, May 18th 9pm
ANAHITA - A MOTHER'S JOURNEY tells the story of an Afghan refugee who evacuated Kabul in August 2021 with her five children. The documentary details her harrowing escape from Afghanistan and the beginning of her new life with her family in Minneapolis. Anahita was a police officer in Kabul who fled after being tipped-off that the Taliban was looking for her. Unfortunately, her husband didn't make it out of Afghanistan. In this hour-long documentary, Anahita recounts her escape from Afghanistan: getting to the airport, climbing over barbed wire fencing, nearly being shot by the Taliban, and trying to keep her children safely by her side throughout the ordeal. The film follows Anahita and her children as they settle into a new home with the help of a sponsor, Amy, and cope with the challenges of living in a new country without familiar support systems or knowledge of the language. With Amy's help, Anahita works to raise her children, learn English, and build a strong future for her family in the United States.

Great Performances - Richard III

Friday, May 19th 9pm
Experience The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare at the Park production of Shakespeare's tragedy with one of his most indelible villains starring Danai Gurira in the title role. Recorded live in July 2022 from Central Park.

Richard III Preview

Fanny: The Right to Rock

Monday, May 22nd 10pm
Sometime in the 1960s, in sunny Sacramento, two Filipina American sisters got together with other teenage girls to play music. Little did they know their garage band would evolve into the legendary rock group Fanny, the first all-women band to release an LP with a major record label. Despite releasing five critically-acclaimed albums over five years, touring with famed bands from Slade to Chicago and amassing a dedicated fan base of music legends including David Bowie, Fanny's groundbreaking impact in music was written out of history... until bandmates reunite 50 years later with a new rock record deal. With incredible archival footage of the band's rocking past intercut with its next chapter releasing a new LP today, the film includes interviews with a large cadre of music icons, including Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Bonnie Raitt, The Go-Go's Kathy Valentine, Todd Rundgren,The Runaways' Cherie Currie, Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian, The B52's Kate Pierson, Charles Neville and David Bowie guitarist and bassist Earl Slick and Gail Ann Dorsey. Fighting early barriers of race, gender and sexuality in the music industry, and now ageism, the incredible women of Fanny are ready to claim their hallowed place in the halls of rock 'n' roll fame.

Frontline - Once Upon a Time in Iraq

Tuesday, May 23rd 10pm
The enduring story of the battle of Fallujah, told by the people who lived through it. Twenty years after the invasion of Iraq, soldiers, journalists and ordinary Iraqis recount one of the defining episodes of the war.

"Once Upon A Time In Iraq" - Preview

Nova - Your Brain: Who's in Control

Wednesday, May 24th 9pm
Are you in control of your brain, or is your brain controlling you? Dive into the latest research on the subconscious with neuroscientist Heather Berlin to see what's really driving the decisions you make.

Midsomer Murders - 25 Years of Mayhem

Sunday, May 28th 7pm
Celebrating 25 years of MIDSOMER MURDERS, this landmark documentary explores this most-enduring, beloved British crime drama.

National Memorial Day Concert 2023

Sunday, May 28th 8pm
The 34th annual broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, returning live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. A more than three-decades-long tradition unlike anything else on television, America's national night of remembrance takes us back to the real meaning of the holiday through personal stories and tributes interwoven with musical performances. Co-hosted by acclaimed actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, joined by Mary McCormack, and an all-star lineup with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly, the deeply moving and reverential night brings us together as one family of Americans to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, military families and all those who have given their lives for our country.

Tuskegee Airmen: Return to Ramitelli

Monday, May 29th 3pm
THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN: RETURN TO RAMITELLI tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of Black military pilots who broke stereotypes and helped win World War II with their daring fighter escorts of American bombers. Narrated by country music star Darius Rucker, the film returns to Ramitelli airfield in Italy to share the history of the air squadron that helped shift the tides of the war. The legacy-themed documentary features interviews with many original Tuskegee Airmen, family members, and historians - both Italian and American. It also follows the daughter of a Tuskegee Airman back to Italy to visit what remains of the base at Ramitelli and includes a visit to the cemetery at Nettuno, Italy, where several Tuskegee Airmen are buried. In addition, United States Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown reflects on the Airmen's legacy, both on his career and society today.

Lidia Celebrates America - Flavors that Define Us

Tuesday, May 30th 9pm
Traveling from big cities to small towns in rural America, Lidia Bastianich shares the inspiring stories of first, second, and third-generation Americans forging their own way and shaping the shifting definition of what it means to be an American.

Frontline - After Uvalde: Guns, Grief & Texas Politics

Tuesday, May 30th 10pm
A year after the Uvalde school shooting, the community’s trauma and the fight over assault rifles. With the Texas Tribune, journalist Maria Hinojosa examines the police response, Uvalde’s history of struggle and its efforts to heal.