www.whyville.net Apr 25, 2003 Weekly Issue

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These listings cover television programs up to Thursday, May 2nd.

Greetings, TV viewers!

This week's MediaHour will be held in the Ability First Rec Room, otherwise known as the AF Rec Room in your bus menus. See you there on Wednesday!

Poetry and Politics, on Sunday night, is a web-broadcast of some of America's most outspoken poets, and will keynote this week's MediaHour on poetry. Who is your favorite poet? What is your favorite poem? Do you have a poem you're fascinated with, that you struggle to understand? We'd love to talk about it this Wednesday at 6:30pm!

Reminder! Go to a bookstore or library to get and read "The House On Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros. It will be the topic of the MediaHour on May 7th.

Want some clams? Watch the show-of-the-week, then talk about them with me and other citizens (including other city workers, if they're available) inside the AbilityFirst Rec Room, over in Whyville West. We meet on Wednesdays from 6:30pm and 7:30pm Whyville Time (that's the same as Eastern Standard Time).

If you come and really take part in the meeting, you'll get up to 50 clams from City Hall (or more, if your efforts are exceptional)... you like that?

To sum up: tune to the show, show up to the chat, chat up your thoughts, and get clams!

Everyone is welcome to email me what you and your parents think: Y-mail me, the MediaWiz of Whyville!

And now... the Media Menu!

Thursday, April 24

"Cyberwars" (PBS, 9-10 pm E/P) This is a documentary about computer hackers. "The Slammer" hit on Super Bowl Sunday. "Nimda" struck one week after 9/11. "Moonlight Maze" moved from the Russian Academy of Science and into the U.S. Department of Defense. This is a new form of warfare and the battleground is cyberspace. With weapons like embedded malicious code, probes and pings, there are surgical strikes, reverse neutron bombs, and the potential for massive assaults aimed directly at America's infrastructure -- the power grid, the water supply, the complex air traffic control system, and the nation's railroads. More information at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/cyberwar/.

Friday, April 25

"World of Wild Discovery: Everglades: The Life in the Sea of Grass" (Discovery Channel, 5-6 pm E/P) Explore the 1.5 million-acre Everglades basin to uncover its teeming wildlife and unique ecosystems. From cypress tree islands and hardwood hammocks to mangrove swamps, varied habitats support alligators, bears, snakes and vast numbers of waterfowl.

Saturday, April 26

"Live Coverage Of The Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books" (C-SPAN2's BOOK
TV Channel , 2-7 pm ET, 11 am 4 pm PT, repeating 8-midnight ET, 5-9 pm PT -- Also viewable on web-video at
TV cameras will be on location on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles with panel discussions, live author interviews and viewer calls. Here's a sampling of some of the interesting people you'll see: (Parental discretion is suggested in the cases of some of the books mentioned below about history and social policy.)

2pm ET/11am PT -- Po Bronson, "What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question"
Mark Bowden, "Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million"
Orville Schell, "Virtual Tibet: Searching for Shangri-la from the Himalayas to Hollywood" (about the making of the Brad Pitt movie, "Seven Years In Tibet")
Rebecca Solnit, "River of Shadows: Eadweard Mybridge and the Technological Wild West" (about the invention of basic
moving picture technology)

5pm ET/2pm PT -- Mary Beth Norton, "In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692"
Robert Harms, "The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade"

6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT -- Judith Levine, "Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex"
Timothy Ferris, "Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril"

Sunday, April 27

"Poetry And Politics" (web-broadcast from New Hampshire Public Radio, on
http://www.nhpr.org/static/programs/specials/poets.php in archived formats.) This audio-broadcast poetry event features the the first live gathering ever of the Poets Laureate of the various U.S. States. Expected to participate are over 25 honorees, including some who were reportedly asked not to attend the White House American Poetry Forum in February because of their known political opinions. The New Hampshire organizers explain that, "Poetry is one of the most powerful art forms for unscrambling the complex experiences we find too difficult to face in other ways, teaching us things we did not know we knew about ourselves and the world around us. We want to deepen appreciation for writing and writers among key decision-makers by examining the profound influence poetry can have on public understanding of contemporary issues and explore the historical connections between writing and politics as NH and nation gear up for the 2004 Presidential Primary." More info at http://www.nhwritersproject.org/poetryandpolitics/.

Monday April 28

"Manor House" (PBS, 8-10 pm E/P) Here are parts 1 and 2 of a "Survivor"-like documentary series about the experiences of modern people who have volunteered to live in an authentically recreates bygone era. The clothing, food manners and rigid social
rules (servants and masters) are those of 100 years ago -- but in an actual Edwardian Era manor house in Scotland. Episodes 3 and 4 air April 29th and the concluding ones air April 30. Delicious details at http://www.pbs.org/manorhouse/.

"The Louisiana Purchase" (History Channel, 9-10 pm E/P) This is a documentary about the absolutely best real estate deal ever. On
April 30, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson picked up 800,000 square miles west of the Mississippi from France for $15 million. (Do the math and calculate the price per acre in pennies.) The product of an unlikely chain of events born of mishap, backroom bargaining, and the whims of a few colorful personalities, this monumental deal heralded Napoleon's downfall (his own brothers tried to stop the sale, but failed).

Tuesday, April 29

"Journal of the Unknown: Secrets of Astrology" (The Learning Channel, 10-11pm E/P) Learn what ancient civilizations saw when they looked up at the skies. Find out how the sun and planets guided their daily lives and how people still look to the heavens for counsel today. An interesting website with short descriptions about the role astrology in different parts of the world and in different religious cultures is at http://www.britannica.com/search?query=astrology&ct=&fuzzy=N

Wednesday, April 30

"The Best Years Of Our Lives" (Turner Classic Movies, 5-8 pm ET, 2-5 pm PT) This Oscar-winning black and white movie about 3 returning servicemen's struggle to adjust to life after WWII puts into perspective the current TV news reports about veterans returning home from the war in Iraq. For details about this very highly recommended film log on http://us.imdb.com/Title?0036868

Thursday, May 1

"Frontline: Burden Of Innocence" (PBS, 9-10 pm E/P) This is a documentary about some unexpected social consequences of scientific progress. For years, the media has covered the release of more than 100 longtime prison inmates who have been proven innocent due to advanced in DNA biological testing. But what happens to these wrongly accused inmates after the media spotlight turns elsewhere and they must attempt to rejoin a world far different from the one they left behind? This program examines the many challenges facing exonerated inmates, the vast majority of whom must re-enter society with no financial or transitional assistance whatsoever. It also examines efforts to pass laws that would allow the wrongfully convicted to sue the government for compensation. More info at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/.


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