When we experienced a major fire at PBS Hawaii last November,
we lost some of the TV programs in our servers, which had been ready to air. Now we've recouped this nuch-anticipated one: PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock (Sat., Jan. 14, 2012,9:00 pm). From Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga, this performance documentary reveals insights into what it means to be female in the male-dominated world of rock and roll. Among those performing are Hall of Fame inductees Darlene Love, Mavis Staples and Cyndi Lauper.
Students from Aliamanu Middle School (pictured left) in Honolulu will host the next new episode of HIKI NŌ (Thurs., Jan. 12, 2012, 7:30 pm; encores Sat., Jan. 14, 12:30 pm and Sun., Jan. 15, 3:00 pm). In this newscast, the Aliamanu team introduces correspondents from Moanalua High School with a report on how four students and alumni are financing their college educations. Also, in their first contribution to HIKI NŌ, students from Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter School in Honolulu demonstrate how to make pa'i'ai, the traditionally hand-pounded taro paste. This week's other featured schools are: Hilo High (Hawaii Island); Kapa'a High (Kauai); Lahainaluna High (Maui); and Ka Waihona o ka Na'auao, Punahou and Waianae High School (Oahu).
We tend to hear more about under-equipped, underperforming students, so let's balance that with a look at the other end of the school spectrum. This week's INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., Jan. 12, 2012, 8:00 pm; encores Sat., Jan. 14, 1:00 pm) calls attention to students in Gifted and Talented Education. We'll find out how students are designated as "gifted" and what's being done by the DOE, private schools and organizations to meet their needs. Host Dan Boylan's guests are Robyn McMullin, Gifted and Talented Curriculum Specialist, Assets School; Rod Todorovich, Lecturer, UH College of Education and Board Member, Hawaii Gifted Association; and Anna Viggiano, Program Manager, Hawaii Department of Education's Gifted and Talented Program.
More highlights of the upcoming week on PBS Hawaii:
ANGLE OF ATTACK Part 1 of 2 (Sun., Jan. 8, 2012, 7:00 pm; encores Mon. Jan. 9, 11:00 pm) is a two-part series airing on consecutive Sundays beginning this weekend. This first episode follows young recruits training for lift-off and landing a supersonic aircraft on an aircraft carrier deck at sea. The program also looks back at World War II and the U.S. victory in the Pacific.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (Mon., Jan. 9, 2012, 8:00 pm) continues a visit to the oil capital of the world in Tulsa, OK, Part 2 of 3. Appraiser Noel Barrett of the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve takes a look at a 1960 first-edition To Kill a Mockingbird inscribed by Harper Lee; a collection of possible Remingtons and Russells bronzes; and a 1924 Gibson F-5 "Lloyd Loar" mandolin stored in a closet since the Great Depression.
The real story of a notorious Old West gunshooter is revealed on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (Tues., Jan. 10, 2012,9:00 pm). Capturing widespread attention with his reckless violence, Billy the Kid (pictured right) was a poor Irish immigrant whose real name was Henry McCarty. His fascination with Mexican culture, his flair for Spanish and his disdain for Anglo authorities made him a hero to the Hispanic community, who hid him from the law and mourned him when he was gone.
The upcoming week's subjects on NATURE (Wed., Jan. 11, 2012,8:00 pm) are the Kangaroo Mob, a family of street-smart kangaroos making themselves at home in Australia's capital city during a drought-stricken year.
A team of experts come together in a NOVA (Wed., Jan. 11, 2012,9:00 pm) special that recreates the bouncing bomb used during World War II. Bombing Hitler's Dams looks at the pilots of Lancaster Squadron 617 who destroyed two dams in Germany's industrial heartland with the revolutionary invention of British engineer Barnes Wallis.
We're airing the first and second parts of a must-see five-part INDEPENDENT LENS miniseries on South African apartheid and the global movement that changed the world.
-- On Thursday, January 12, 2012, at 10:00 pm, Have You Heard from Johannesburg?: Road to Resistance looks at South Africa's racist laws against non-whites at a time when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Part One also covers the imprisonment of opposition leader Nelson Mandela.
-- On Thursday, January 12, 2012, at 11:00 pm, Have You Heard from Johannesburg?: The New Generation shows young people in the West joining an international movement to sanction South Africa, following the suppression of a youth uprising in Soweto and the murder of resistance leader Steven Biko.
Actor and performer Anna Deavere Smith (pictured right) explores the human body in a GREAT PERFORMANCES (Fri. Jan. 13, 2012, 9:00 pm) special. In Let Me Down Easy, Deavere Smith first interviews a wide range of people and then portrays them onstage using their own words. She portrays cyclist Lance Armstrong, supermodel Lauren Hutton, Texas Governor Ann Richards, a rodeo bull rider, a hospital doctor and an orphanage director.
To mark the 100th anniversary of his grandmother and mother's immigration to the U.S., Burt Wolf and his family sail to Europe on a cruise ship, Cunard's Queen Mary. BURT WOLF: TRAVELS & TRADITIONS Atlantic Crossing (Sat., Jan. 14, 2012, 7:00 pm) shows the history of transatlantic passenger ships and what they're like today.
The INTERNATIONAL DANCESPORT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010 (Sat., Jan. 14, 2012, 8:00 pm) brings us top dancers from all over the world, performing the cha-cha, samba, rumba, paso doble and jive, as they compete in The Latin Championships. This is the first of a three-part series airing over the next three Saturdays.
Boston Globe reporter Geoff Edgers (pictured right) wasn't even born when the British rock group The Kinks first rose to the top of the record charts. That didn't stop him from developing a lifelong love for their music. The offbeat documentary Do It Again (Sat., Jan. 14, 2012,10:00 pm) follows Edgers on a cross-country and cross-Atlantic quest to reunite the band members long after the group split.
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