Here's a look at primetime highlights for this week on Hawaii's only public television station:
Students are polishing their final episode of the current season on HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network. They're putting together a recap of some of the exceptional stories from Season Two. To provide students with an in-studio production experience, we invited episode hosts from several schools on different islands to PBS Hawaii in Manoa. The hosts are from Kamehameha Schools - Maui, Waialua High and Intermediate School on Oahu's North Shore and Kapaa High (Kauai). This HIKI NŌ (Thurs., April 12, 7:30 pm) highlights episode also features reports from: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (Kauai), Maui High; and Kapolei High, Moanalua High, Saint Francis School, Waianae High, Waianae Intermediate and Kainalu Elementary (Oahu).
HIKI NŌ encores Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 12:30 pm and Sunday, April 15 2012, at 3:00 pm. You may also view this newscast and past episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino
And stay tuned for the launch of HIKI NŌ Season Three on April 19, 2012!
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., April 12, 2012, 8:00 pm) focuses on Hawaii's scarcity of Affordable Housing and looks at the obstacles continuing to stand in the way of renters and prospective homeowners. Host Dan Boylan's scheduled guests include: Victor Geminiani, Executive Director, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice; Betty Lou Larson, Legislative Liaison, Catholic Charities Hawaii; Karen Seddon, Executive Director, Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corporation; and Claudia Shay, Executive Director, Self-Help Housing Corporation of Hawaii.
Dan will also check in with Richard Borreca, political columnist at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, for an update on key legislative issues.
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Here are more highlights of the upcoming week on PBS Hawaii:
Cultural expert and Harvard scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. continues the series, FINDING YOUR ROOTS (Sun., April 8, 2012, 7:00 pm, encores Tues., April 10, 11:00 pm), helping actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick to discover that each had ancestors who opposed slavery. In 1780, Bacon's Quaker ancestors shunned slavery; Sedgwick's ancestor Theodore Sedgwick in 1781 argued the freedom case of Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman, helping to end slavery in Massachusetts.
Charles Dickens' rags-to-riches tale concludes on MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Great Expectations, Part 2 of 2 (Sun., April 8, 2012, 8:00 pm), with orphan Pip finding self-knowledge. This all-new version stars Gillian Anderson, David Suchet, Ray Winstone and Douglas Booth (pictured).
The Art of the Possible (Sun., April 8, 2012, 10:00 pm) looks at five families creating a "new normal" as they cope with cancer, treatment, caregiving and other issues. (This program was originally scheduled two months ago, but a technical problem kept it from airing.)
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (Mon., April 9, 2012, 8:00 pm) can't leave Texas without taking a look at vintage spurs! Highlights from the Roadshow floor in El Paso, TX, Part 3 of 3 include a 1775 Revolutionary War canteen, an 1834 last will of historic Alamo fighter Ben Milam and a 1787 Debbe Poor sampler from Andover, Massachusetts.
The Titanic with Len Goodman (Tues., April 10, 2012, 8:00 pm) examines the 100-year legacy of the Titanic, exploring the human stories that unfolded in the years after the ship sank. Len meets descendants of passengers and crew, visits the city of Belfast where Titanic was built and journeys to other towns left scarred by the tragedy.
With recent Texas tornadoes fresh in our minds, NOVA looks at last year's string of tornadoes which left a trail of destruction across the U.S., killing more than 360 people. Deadliest Tornadoes (Wed., April 11, 2012, 9:00 pm) studies the science behind the worst tornado outbreak in decades.
A new four-part PBS series, AMERICA REVEALED (starting Wed., April 11, 2012, 10:00 pm) surveys the complex systems and vast networks in our nation's infrastructure that keep us fed, functioning and moving. In the first episode, Food Machine, host Yul Kwon (pictured) explores how food products reach America's 300 million consumers. From bicycling alongside a New York City pizza deliveryman to standing atop a multistory grain silo in California's Central Valley farmland, Kwon shows us firsthand what it's like to be an urban farmer, crop-dusting pilot, long-distance bee trucker and modern-day cowboy. Look for future episodes on the following three Wednesday nights.
The music of Haiti reveals the country's complex history in this INDEPENDENT LENS (Thurs., April 12, 2012, 10:00 pm) documentary. When the Drum is Beating features Haiti's oldest and best-known band, Septentrional, and its founder and leader, Ulric Pierre-Louis. As their country disintegrates around them, the group's three generations struggle to keep their musical tradition alive.
GLOBE TREKKER (Thurs., April 12, 11:00 pm) opens a new season by sending host Brianna Barnes to the Mid-Atlantic States beginning with a visit to Atlantic City and Wildwoods in New Jersey. In Delaware, she stops in Lewes and Annapolis, then goes crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay. Brianna tastes Philly cheesesteaks, visits the Art Museum, Amish country, the UA Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. In Virginia, she concludes her trip at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.
Back for its sixth season, ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (Fri., April 13 2012, , 9:00 pm) reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of contemporary artists. Change features artists Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui and Catherine Opie. This mini-series will run for a total of four weeks on Friday evenings.
From the Angel Orensanz Center in the New York City's Lower East Side, LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN (Fri., April 13, 11:00 pm) presents multi-platinum rockers The Fray. The Denver-based band plays "How to Save a Life," "Over My Head" and "You Found Me," along with new material from the group's Scars and Stories album.
SIMPLY MING (Sat., April 14, 2012, 5:30 pm) has Ming Tsai back in Napa Valley for a visit with his good friend in Masuhara Morimoto and Lightly Cooked Fish. Iron Chef Morimoto shows us how to first break down a fish and then cook it to maintain its pristine flavor.
RUDY MAXA'S WORLD (Sat., April 14, 2012, 7:30 pm) shows us lions, giraffes, elephants and dozens of other animals close up in their natural habitat in South Africa Safari. Award-winning wildlife photographer Joe Pontecorvo filmed this episode.
GREAT PERFORMANCES (Sat., April 14, 2012, 10:00 pm) taps San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas (pictured) to take us on a musical tour of American Yiddish theater. He shares the stage with a 30-piece orchestra and an ensemble cast to bring the repertoire and words of his grandparents Bessie and Boris to life in The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in Yiddish Theater.
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