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For all you art fans in the Delaware Valley who can pick up the signal from WHYY-55, here's some interesting program news.


I do not know if this a national feed. You may want to check with your local PBS station to see if they will carry the program in the future.


Pete Putman


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"THOMAS EAKINS: SCENES FROM MODERN LIFE: - BROADCAST PREMIRE -

WEDNESDAY

10/31 - 9:00 PM


An artist’s exploration of life stretches from Europe to Philadelphia and the Badlands of North Dakota. A century later, WHYY’s cameras retrace the steps taken by the eminent American painter and photographer of the 19th century (1844 – 1916), Thomas Eakins.


WHYY’s THOMAS EAKINS: SCENES FROM MODERN LIFE will debut on WHYY on Wednesday, October 31 at 9:00 p.m. Produced by Glenn Holsten, WHYY’s THOMAS EAKINS: SCENES FROM MODERN LIFE will be broadcast in both regular format and in High Definition – a first.


HD is almost a must for such a film as the individual brushstrokes of this American master become visible. Blythe Danner, Tony-award winning actress of screen and stage, is the narrator for the film. The original music was composed by Philadelphia native Tina Davidson.


Repeats on WHYY DTV 12-3, Thursday 11/1 at 11:00pm and on Sunday 11/4 at 6:00 pm


For additional information visit our website at:
www.whyy.org/tv12/eakinspreview/index.html


DTV ALERT:


Tuesday Afternoon - October 30th, we will be signal testing on DTV 12-3, on occasion you may see excerpts from "Thomas Eakins: Scenes from Modern Life as we prepare for WHYY's first local HD broadcast on Wednesday evening.



EVOLUTION, an eight hour series, explores the power of evolutionary

theory and its implications for today. From Darwin to the role of mass

extinction in species' survival to the power of sex to drive evolutionary

change. EVOLUTION is far-reaching in scope. From WGBH/NOVA Science Unit

and Clear Blue Sky Productions, the series will be broadcast Monday

(10/29) thru Thrusday (11/1) 6:00 - 8:OO P.M. ET


Monday: 10/29 - 6:00-8:00 "Darwin's Dangerous Idea"-Why does Charles

Darwin's "dangerous idea" matter more today

than ever, and how does it explain the past and predict the future of life

on Earth? The first show interweaves the drama of

Darwin's life with current documentary sequences, introducing key concepts

of evolution.


Tuesday: 10/30 - 6:00-7:00 "Great Transformations"--What underlies

the incredible diversity of life on Earth? How have complex life forms

evolved? The journey from water to land, the return of land mammals to

the sea and the emergence of humans all suggest that creatures

past and present are members of a single tree of life. "


Tuesday: 10/30 - 7:00 - 8:00 "Extinction!"--Five mass extinctions have

occurred over the life of the planet. Are humans causing the next mass

extinction? And what does evolutionary theory predict for the world we

will leave to our descendants?


Wednesday: 10/31 - 6:00 - 7:00 "The Evolutionary Arms Race"-"Survival

of the fittest"-- raw competition or intense cooperation? Both are

essential. Interactions between species are among the powerful

evolutionary forces on Earth, and understanding them may be a key to our

own survival.


Wednesday: 10/31- 7:00 - 8:00 "Why Sex?"--In evolutionary terms, sex

is more important than life itself. Sex fuels evolutionary change by

adding variation to the gene pool. The urge to pass on genes has shaped

our own lives -- perhaps much of human culture is a result of own own

sexual drives.


Thursday: 11/1 - 6:00 - 7:00 The Mind's Big Bang"--Fifty thousand

years ago, something happened -- the modern human mind emerged, triggering

a creative, technological and social explosion. What forces contributed

to that breakthrough" Where might our power ultimately lead"


Thursday: 11/1 - 7:00 - 8:00 "What About God?"--Of all species, humans

alone attempt to explain who we are and how we came to be. This final

episode explores the struggle between science and religion. Through the

personal stories of students and teachers, it offers the view that they

are compatible.


For additional information and related sites visit:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/
 

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Both the standard definition and high definition versions of the special Eakin's documentary that will be broadcast on WHYY-TV12/WHYY-DT are also being submitted to the PBS national program service for possible airing next year.


Consider this a special "advance sneak preview", thank you to our regional supporters. It's also WHYY's first major HD post production. There will be a companion DVD product released later.
 
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