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Here are this week's home viewing suggestions selected from online advanced program listings and aligned with state and national K-12 academic standards available online.

Wednesday, November 2
10-11 p.m. E/P

National Geographic Channel

Subjects: World History Science

Middle and High School

"Science of the Bible: The Last Supper"

During the Last Supper, Jesus shared bread and wine - symbolically passing on his powers to his followers. In the centuries that followed, this act - now called Holy Communion - was to become the central ritual of the Catholic Church. Less than a week before he was crucified, Jesus traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate a Jewish holiday called Passover. This documentary examines details of that event. If the Last Supper was a Passover dinner, what would that tell us about his final night? Where was the dinner, who were the guests, and what was served?

Thursday, November 3
9-10:30 p.m. E/P

Sundance Channel

Subjects: American History

Middle and High School

"The War Room"

During Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, the insiders to watch were strategists James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. This Oscar-nominated documentary profile cemented the public image of the brainy duo - attack dog/bad cop Carville teamed with cool good cop. From snowy New Hampshire and the Gennifer Flowers scandal to the final election night in November, it presents a wickedly funny and irreverent lesson in '90s power politics. Rated PG

Friday, November 4
8-9:30 p.m. E/P


Subjects: Science and Geography

Middle and High School

"NOW: Global Health: Today's Challenge"

Building on the three-night groundbreaking PBS special "Rx for Survival - A Global Health Challenge" earlier this week, NOW presents a two-part broadcast that looks at U.S. global health policy to assess where it has been and what the future holds.?? In Part 1, "Global Health:??Today's Challenge," host David Brancaccio takes on the latest news about global health issues in a long-form interview with former President Jimmy Carter, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of those in the world afflicted with disease who are isolated, forgotten and ignored.?? Carter just returned from Ethiopia in his fight against Trachoma, a painful and debilitating disease that causes blindness. Part 2, entitled "Global Health:?? America's Response," examines the U.S.'s HIV/AIDS policy from its beginning in the early 1980s through President Bush's historic plan, announced in 2003, to spend $15 billion treating people with HIV/AIDS around the world.?? It reports on Uganda, considered one of the few success stories in the developing world in slowing the spread of the virus. It examines the controversy surrounding prevention strategies, and asks whether America can sustain this ambitious and expensive effort of keeping so many around the world alive with drug treatment.

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Saturday, November 6
7-9 p.m. E/P

Discover Channel

Subjects: Science

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Before the Dinosaurs"

The primitive creatures shown in this documentary may look strange, but they mark the beginning of life as we know it. What were the characteristics that helped them survive millions of years ago and also help humans survive today. TVPG

Sunday, November 6
9-11 p.m. E/P

History Channel

Subjects: World History

Middle and High School

"The Crusades: Crescent And The Cross"

This is the initial episode of a 2 part documentary with historical reenactments about a war between Christian and Muslim that began nearly a thousand years ago. And aspects of that ancient conflict are still with us in today's world. By the close of the 11th century, Jerusalem had been in Muslim hands for over 400 years. In 1095 Pope Urban II launched an unprecedented military campaign to seize it back -- a "Crusade" to purge the Holy Land of "the infidel."??Over 60,000 Christian warriors would journey 3000 miles and for almost three years to reclaim the Holy City in the name of God. But their adversaries, the Muslin rulers of the Middle East at that time would resist them every step of the way. In a series of epic battles and bloody massacres, tens of thousands would die as the crusaders inched ever closer towards Jerusalem.?? Part 2 airs Monday??TVPG V.

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