www.whyville.net Jun 20, 2004 Weekly Issue

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These listings cover television programs up to Sunday, June 20.

Greetings, TV viewers!

This week, there are several shows about inventions that were thought up way, way before they became widely used. "What inventions are you thinking up -- or you hope somebody's thinking up?" is the question for the Media Hour Wednesday. The discussion will take place in the Greek Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Whyville Time.

For the Media Hour, watch the show(s)-of-the-week, jot down some ideas, then talk about them with me and other citizens (including other City Workers, if they're available) at the Greek Theater, over in City Hall. You'll find that the Theater makes discussions pretty easy, since City Workers are able to direct people's movement and behavior, when we need to, and it keeps everyone's chat bubbles from overlapping too much. We meet for MediaHour on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Whyville Time (that's the same as Eastern Standard Time).

Monday, June 21

"X Prize Competition: The Launch Of SpaceShipOne" (early morning coverage on CNN, MSNBC and online at www.xprize.org -- Take-off happens at 9:30 a.m. ET, 6:30 a.m. PT) This is TV and web coverage of the launch of a privately-financed and -built three-passenger rocket. The goal is to compete for the Ansari X-Prize of $10,000,000 intended to jumpstart the private space travel industry. The prize is supposed to encourage competition between entrepreneurs and rocket experts. The cash goes to the first team that privately finances, builds and launches a spaceship able to carry three people to 100 kilometers (62.5 miles) and to return safely to Earth (about 2 hours after takeoff). The competitors must also repeat the launch with the same ship within two weeks. Further information at http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/06/18/ssone.flight.history/index.html, http://www.xprize.org/, and http://www.space.com.

"History Detectives" (PBS, 9-10 p.m. E/P) This is the initial episode of a documentary series about how to do scientific research based on historical objects. The process is very similar to police-lab work, as you will see. This episode covers three cases: the discovery of a submarine-like warship suspected to have been used by the Rebels during the American Civil War, the story of a house built by Thomas Edison in which he used all sorts of modern methods that others took half a century to apply, and the mystery of how Native American warrior chief Red Cloud's pipe came into the hands of U.S. officials over 100 years ago and caused a scandal that continues until today. More info about the series at http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/

Tuesday, June 22

"Tactical To Practical: Crash Survival/Cyberwar/ Video Surveillance" (History Channel 8-9 p.m. E/P) This documentary looks at crash-survival techniques borrowed by Detroit from the military, and how carmakers are experimenting with automatic collision-avoidance systems, developed to aid pilots, and heads-up displays and night-vision technology. It also checks out U.S. defense preparations against a terrorist computer attack, and shows viewers how to protect themselves from cybercrime. Finally, it surveys military tactical surveillance, and how video surveillance has made its way into the everyday world.

Wednesday, June 23

"La Bamba" (AMC Channel 7:45 ???9 p.m. E/P. Movie rated PG-13) This movie is the true story of the rise of Richie Valens, a 17-year-old Mexican American boy from the migrant camps and fruit groves to the front lines of rock and roll in the 1950's. His real name was Ricardo Valenzuela, a third-generation American who couldn't speak a word of Spanish. He had the kind of career that rock legends are made of. From start to finish, it lasted all of about eight months, during which time he had three Top 10 hits, and culminated in 1959 with a plane crash. Lou Diamond Phillips stars.

"Rebels and Redcoats: How Britain Lost America -- Episodes 1 and 2" (PBS, 9-11 p.m. E/P) Told from an unusual point of view -- that of the British losers -- this documentary series explores conflicts within the American populace during the fight for Independence: the battles of brothers, friends and families forced to choose sides between loyalists and rebels. (Episodes 3 and 4 air June 30 at 9 p.m.)

Thursday, June 24

"The Physics Of Motion" (Discovery Channel, 9-10 am E/P) This documentary, airing at an hour when you might prefer to tape it than view it 'live', provides a way for you not to get behind with your science knowledge during the months out of school. The program shows the physics of how roller coasters work, how the measurement of sped and distance relates to driving a car and how electricity is generated.

Friday, June 25

"The Wheel" (History Channel, 7-8 p.m. E/P) Can you imagine life without wheels? The very word means different things to different people.. One of the six simple machines and perhaps the most important invention in the history of mankind, the wheel has been essential in all aspects of life--from farming to fighting, traveling to trading. This documentary features interviews with scientists, historians, philosophers, millers, potters, and spinners.

Saturday, June 26

"Movie Monsters" (Animal Planet Channel, 8-10 p.m. E/P) Here's a zoology documentary that's guarantees not to be boring. It's about a team of experts who separate the science from the fiction and reveal the truth about the animals that star in the classic movie monster films, such as giant gila monsters and killer shrews. You will discover that sometimes reality can be stranger than fiction. TV rated PG.

Sunday, June 27

"Heavyweights" (Disney Channel, 8-10 p.m. E/P) this is a movie about overweight youngsters' experiences with diet and exercise at a health camp. An overweight pre-teen, is sent to a "fat farm" for the summer, lured by the promise of go-karts and swimming fun. However, he finds that the camp has been bought out by an exercise and fitness fanatic. The movie is sympathetic to the problems of fat boys of all sizes, shapes and nationalities, and suggests that we should judge people by the quality of their character and not by how much they weigh. Ben Stiller stars. Movie rated PG.


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