The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter: January 6 - January 12, 2019
The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter: January 6 - January 12, 2019
The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter: January 6 — January 12, 2019
    WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                           January 6 - January 12, 2019
Aloha mai kākou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…
A new episode of LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., Jan. 8, 7:30 pm) features my conversation with Eran Ganot, University of Hawaiʻi Men’s Basketball Coach. Coach Ganot speaks with gratitude in recalling his upbringing in a blue-collar New Jersey community with his twin brother, two sisters, immigrant parents and the influence of grandparents who survived the Holocaust. Ganot would draw upon childhood values when in 2015 he accepted what he refers to as his “dream job” as the head coach. He was thrilled, even though the UH Men’s Basketball program was mired at the time in controversy, suspicion and uncertainty. He tells how Hawaiʻi embraced him and the team found its mojo.
The New Year brings a new session of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. What meaningful changes are lawmakers pledging to achieve in a virtual one-party system? Join the conversation as INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI (Thurs., Jan. 10, 8:00 pm) returns with a 2019 Legislature Preview. You can phone in, or leave us a comment on Facebook or Twitter. INSIGHTS is also live streamed on and PBS Hawaiʻi’s Facebook page.
FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Grandparents and Other Strangers
FINDING YOUR ROOTS (Tues., Jan. 8, 8:00 pm) is back, with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. exploring the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of famous Americans. On Grandparents and Other Strangers, he helps author George R. R. Martin (pictured left, with Gates) and actor Andy Samberg solve family mysteries when DNA results reveal new branches of their family trees.
WE’LL MEET AGAIN: The Fight for Women’s Rights
WE’LL MEET AGAIN (Tues., Jan. 8, 9:00 pm) features two women searching for friends and colleagues who were part of The Fight for Women’s Rights. One of the first female commercial pilots wants to thank her mentor, and an advocate hopes to find the woman who inspired her to join the movement. Pictured: host Ann Curry with participant Zoe Nicholson.
USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter
USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter (Tues., Jan. 8, 10:00 pm) is a scientific detective story detailing the discovery of the USS Indianapolis wreck site, 18,000 feet below the Philippine Sea. The ship’s sinking during World War II was the largest loss of life in U.S. Naval history. (There’s a local connection to this tragedy: The ship commander, Capt. Charles McVay III, was married to Hawaiʻi heiress Kīnaʻu Wilder and had a son, Charles “Kimo” McVay IV, once Don Ho’s manager in Honolulu. Kimo, who died in 2012, worked most of his adult life to clear his father’s name of findings of negligence. Exoneration came in the year 2000, more than three decades after the senior McVay committed suicide at his home in Connecticut.) Pictured: the USS Indianapolis at Pearl Harbor, 1937.
NATURE: Attenborough and the Sea Dragon
Join Sir David Attenborough as he pieces together the remarkable discovery of the ichthyosaur, a fearsome fish lizard that lived during the age of dinosaurs on NATURE Attenborough and the Sea Dragon (Wed., Jan. 9, 8:00 pm). Pictured: a computer-generated image of ichthyosaur.
NOVA Einstein’s Quantum Riddle
Genius Albert Einstein liked to call it “spooky action at a distance” but the conventional term is quantum entanglement. This entanglement is the subject of NOVA Einstein’s Quantum Riddle (Wed., Jan. 9, 9:00 pm). Physicists have gradually become convinced that the phenomenon – two subatomic particles that mirror changes in each other instantaneously over any distance – is real and could revolutionize technology from computers to cryptography.
Through revealing portraits of brutality and power, learn how dictators have shaped the world in a new six-part series THE DICTATOR’S PLAYBOOK (Wed., Jan. 9, 10:00 pm). In the first episode, witness Kim Il Sung’s transformation from guerrilla fighter to brutal dictator of North Korea. How did he build the most controlled society on Earth and launch a dictatorship that has lasted for three generations? Pictured: Statues of Kim Il Sung and son Kim Jong Il in North Korea.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: The Cleveland Orchestra’s Centennial Celebration
GREAT PERFORMANCES (Fri., Jan. 11, 8:00 pm) presents The Cleveland Orchestra’s Centennial Celebration, a gala concert conducted by Franz Welser-Most, featuring pianist Lang Lang in performances of works by Mozart and Ravel.
FAKE OR FORTUNE? That’s the question that journalist Fiona Bruce, art expert Philip Mould and a team of scientists endeavor to answer as they investigate a new batch of potential fine-art forgeries, in this season premiere on Saturday, January 12 at 8:00 pm. They’re on the trail of a striking sketch that appears to depict the same scene as John Constable’s 19th-century masterpiece The Hay Wain (pictured). If genuine, the sketch’s value could be counted in millions of dollars.
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Aloha nui,
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Leslie Wilcox 
President and CEO 
PBS Hawaiʻi 
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Honolulu, HI 96819-2295

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