Education doc Most Likely to Succeed premieres Thursday 8 pm on PBS Hawai‘i
Education doc Most Likely to Succeed premieres Thursday 8 pm on PBS Hawai‘i
The PBS Hawai‘i Weekly Newsletter February 12 - February 18, 2017
   Weekly Newsletter                                                                          February 12 - February 18, 2017
Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…
We’re excited to be presenting the broadcast debut of an exceptional film that we strongly urge everyone to watch, particularly those who care about children and America’s future. Keiki will face a workforce in which robots will be doing many jobs that children’s parents and grandparents did. The film, Most Likely to Succeed (Thurs., Feb. 16, 8:00 pm), examines dramatic shifts in the economy, based on the long arm of technology. And it demonstrates that our national school standard, established in 1893, hasn’t changed enough to meet learning needs.
Most Likely to Succeed
Filmmakers Ted Dintersmith and Greg Whiteley say that PBS Hawai‘i’s work across public, private and charter schools through HIKI NŌ, our statewide digital learning initiative, compelled them to choose this television station for the broadcast premiere of Most Likely to Succeed.

The film highlights High Tech High School, a San Diego charter school that uses hands-on, project-based curricula, and serves as a model for what’s possible, as communities across the country attempt to re-imagine education for now and the future.

Meanwhile, HIKI NŌ (Thurs., Feb. 16, 7:30 pm) continues to display outstanding student work in digital media and youth journalism. The fourth in a series of seven programs highlighting programs nominated for top 2017 awards features HIKI NŌ’s Best Writing category, high school division:
  • Kapolei High School (Leeward O‘ahu)
  • Kaua‘i High School (Kaua‘i)
  • Kua O Ka La Miloli‘i Hipu‘u Virtual Academy Public Charter School (Hawai‘i Island)
  • Sacred Hearts Academy (Kaimuki, O‘ahu)
  • Saint Francis School (Manoa, O‘ahu)
  • Waiakea High School (Hawai‘i Island)

This episode is hosted by Lara Sato from Castle High School (Windward O‘ahu) and Zaccai Ceruti from James Campbell High School (Leeward O‘ahu).

LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., Feb. 14, 7:30 pm) celebrates Valentine’s Day with a couple that boldly embarked on a life of adventure and purpose. Partners in both life and career, filmmakers Paul and Grace Atkins have produced acclaimed natural history documentaries that tell the stories of our planet in breathtaking, never-before-seen ways. They’ve done “whatever it takes” to capture the elements they need, including camping in remote and dangerous locales. And they’ve supported each other every step of the way.
If you’ve ever helped fold 1,000 paper cranes to wish a wedding couple or a new baby good fortune, per Japanese legend, you’ll want to know that origami is not only a legacy tradition, it’s the future. NOVA (Wed., Feb. 15, 9:00 pm) delves into how The Origami Revolution is actually reshaping the world around us. The ancient paper-folding art is sparking scientific advances, affecting drug development and future NASA space missions.
Do you know that Chef Ming Tsai’s parents live in Honolulu? Still in Hawaii, SIMPLY MING (Sat., Feb. 18, 5:00 pm) invites us to an intimate family meal in Honolulu. Whipping up a few favorite dishes, the Tsai family trades laughs and stories before sitting down to dinner on the lanai.
Here are other brand-new programs that we believe live up to the claim “TV worth watching”:
On MERCY STREET Southern Mercy (Sun., Feb. 12, 7:00 pm), Hopkins and Emma set out to rescue stranded Union soldiers, wounded after the Second Battle of Bull Run. Lisette, a hospital observer, discovers the truth about a young soldier, which shocks Foster.
The drama continues on VICTORIA ON MASTERPIECE (Sun., Feb. 12, 8:00 pm). At loose ends in a foreign land, Albert finds a noble cause. And Victoria gets her way at court. Meanwhile, Francatelli (pictured, left) does Miss Skerrett (right) a favor – for a price.
INDEPENDENT LENS (Mon., Feb. 13, 10:00 pm) features an African American musician with a peculiar passion. Accidental Courtesy follows Daryl Davis, as he meets and befriends members of the Ku Klux Klan. His goal: to change their minds and forge racial conciliation.
The 1992 FBI siege at Ruby Ridge in Idaho is the subject of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (Tues., Feb. 14, 9:00 pm). Through eyewitness accounts from Randy Weaver’s daughter and federal agents and others involved in the deadly confrontation, examine the siege that helped launch the modern militia movement.
A special INDEPENDENT LENS (Tues., Feb. 14, 10:00 pm) presentation features a documentary that takes a new look at the 1966 shooting at the University of Texas in Austin – the first mass school shooting in America. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation, Tower reveals the untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors, after a man opened fire from atop the university’s tower for 96 minutes. Sixteen people died and three dozen were wounded.
PBS Hawai‘i viewers are loving the ongoing animatronic series, SPY IN THE WILD, A NATURE MINISERIES (Wed., Feb. 15, 8:00 pm). On Friendship, the spycams and their new wild friends rely on each other to look out for predators. A spy meerkat babysits meerkat pups, while spy crocs witness a convenient partnership between real crocodiles and birds.
CITY IN THE SKY (Wed., Feb. 15, 10:00 pm) continues its exploration of a unique metropolis – airplane passengers that constantly traverse our skies. Airborne features the people that keep our planes safe, and what it takes to do so.
An all-Balanchine program of ballet masterpieces is the center of GREAT PERFORMANCES New York City Ballet in Paris (Fri., Feb. 17, 9:00 pm). The Walpurgisnacht Ballet and La Valse are featured, set to music of Gounod and Ravel.
Black Ballerina (Fri., Feb. 17, 11:00 pm) features Delores Brown (pictured), Joan Myers Brown and Raven Wilkinson, three aspiring dancers who confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity in mid-century America. The film follows other young black women in 2015, and finds that many of the same obstacles their predecessors faced are still evident in the ballet world today.
Slovakia: Treasures in the Heart of Europe (Sat., Feb. 18, 8:00 pm) explores the country’s breathtaking landscapes, ancient castles, historic cathedrals, the Andy Warhol Museum, music and dance festivals, traditional villages, national parks and treks in the Tatra Mountains (pictured).
Afterward, visit another Eastern European country on Dear Albania (Sat., Feb. 18, 9:00 pm). Host Eliza Dushku guides us through a land of contrasts and contradictions, of political strife and the deepest of family roots, of majestic mountains and beautiful beaches.
SOUNDSTAGE (Sat., Feb. 18, 10:00 pm) features a performance from Old Dominion, a versatile five-man group from Nashville. The group burst onto the country charts in 2015 with their single, “Break Up with Him.”
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A hui hou kakou — until next time,

Leslie Wilcox 
President and CEO 
PBS Hawai‘i 
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