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Airs Wed Dec. 3rd at 8:30pm on Channel 17
10:12 am
Wed December 3, 2014

60's Pop, Rock & Soul on WLRN - TV

Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits

My Music: 60's Pop, Rock & Soul (8:30 pm)

Teenage heartthrobs of the 1960s Peter Noone, of Herman's Hermits, and Davy Jones, of the Monkees, co-host an evening of music from the era of peace, love and social change. The singers, both native sons of Manchester, England, perform their classic hits and are joined by other popular acts of the era spanning the pop, rock and soul musical genres, including The Kingsmen, Jefferson Starship, The Miracles and many others.

Airs Thursday November 27th at 8pm on WLRN TV 17
1:11 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

WLRN's New Documentary: Journey to the Macy's Parade!

Credit Mia Laurenzo / WLRN

It’s an iconic American holiday tradition like fireworks on the Fourth of July, trick or treating on Halloween or hunting for Easter eggs.  Every year on Thanksgiving Day before the family gathers around the table for a celebratory feast, all eyes are on the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

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Airs Monday Nov 24th at 8pm on Channel 17
7:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

It's the Quirky, It's the Offbeat, It's the Animal Misfits on WLRN-TV

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Nature: Animal Misfits (8 pm) Focuses on creatures who march to a different drummer and thrive.

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Airs Thurs Nov 20th at 8pm on WLRN-TV Ch 17
2:25 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Bombs Away! LBJ, Goldwater and the '64 Campaign That Changed It All.

Bombs Away: LBJ, Goldwater and the '64 Campaign That Changed It All (8 pm)

Bombs Away examines the 1964 presidential contest between President Lyndon Johnson and Sen. Barry Goldwater. Polarized by very different personalities and ideologies, Johnson and Goldwater attacked each other with gusto — and in the process opened the door to a modern era of campaigning that features highly negative TV advertising campaigns.

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Airs Wed November 19th at 9pm on WLRN-TV Ch 17
2:22 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Mr. & Mrs. Murder are keeping up appearances!

Mr. & Mrs. Murder: Keeping Up Appearances (9 pm)

A beautiful young woman obsessed with cosmetic surgery falls from the second story of an esteemed clinic, an apparent suicide. Nicola and Charlie don't buy the theory that she was distraught over the clinic's refusal to give her further treatments.

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Airs Tuesday November 18th at 8pm on WLRN Ch 17
4:47 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare

Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare (8 pm)

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Airs Friday November 14th at 8pm on WLRN TV 17
1:44 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Ever wonder - How We Got to Now? Watch WLRN-TV.

Steven Johnson
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How We Got to Now - CLEAN (8 pm)

How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson is a six part documentary series that reveals the story behind the remarkable ideas that made modern life possible; the unsung heroes that brought them into the world – and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations has triggered.

In this episode Johnson explores how clean water has changed our world and the way we live our lives.

Airs Wed November 5th at 9pm on WLRN-TV Channel 17
7:45 am
Wed November 5, 2014

The Art of Murder. Draw your own conclusion. Watch Mr. & Mrs. Murder.

Mr. & Mrs. Murder: The Art of Murder (9 pm)

Mr and Mrs Murder are Charlie  and Nicola Buchanan, crime scene cleaners whose unique quirks and talents solve the most baffling murder mysteries. When you combine cerebral Charlie's monumental mind for facts and figures with Nicola's deep sense of justice, observational skills and empathy, there's really no place for a killer to hide.

The death of a homeless man in a modern art gallery registers as no more than an inconvenience for the haughty gallery owner and preening artists in the current show. Certain there's a connection between the victim and the art world, Nicola and Charlie begin to draw conclusions.

Airs Tuesday Nov 4th at 8pm on WLRN-TV Channel 17
8:39 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Emperor Hirohito - A War Hero or War Criminal?

Emperor Hirohito (8 pm)

Hirohito was Emperor of Japan from 1926 until his death in 1989. His role in Japan's government in the World War Two remains highly controversial.

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Airs Monday Nov 17th at 8pm on WLRN-TV Channel 17
1:03 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

A Nature Special Presentation - Penguins: Spy in the Huddle.

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NATURE =- Penguins: Spy in the Huddle (8 pm)

For nearly a year, 50 animatronic cameras disguised as realistic life-size penguins, eggs and rocks infiltrate penguin colonies to record the tough challenges penguins face from the moment they emerge from the sea to raising their chicks and finally returning to the water. The intimate, emotional, and sometimes amusing behavior of nature’s most devoted parents bringing up their young against the most extraordinary odds is revealed as never before.

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Airs Friday Oct 31st at 8pm on WLRN TV Channel 17
6:18 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Are you a boomer? Watch "The Boomer List" on American Masters.

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AMERICAN MASTERS: The Boomer List (8 pm)

From the time of its birth, the baby boomer generation (1946-1964) has significantly and uniquely changed our world. 2014 marks an important shift in American culture, as the last boomers turn 50. American Masters: The Boomer List, tells the story of this influential generation through the lives of 19 iconic boomers—one born each year of the baby boom—including New Age guru Deepak Chopra (b. 1947), singer-songwriter Billy Joel (b. 1949), fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger (b. 1951), author Amy Tan (b. 1952), actor Kim Cattrall (b. 1956), environmentalist Erin Brockovich (b. 1960) and artist David LaChapelle (b. 1963).

Intimate interviews by filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List, The Latino List, The Out List) focus on these individuals’ exceptional achievements, struggles and identities, sharing the experiences of these extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through and often created. Subjects illuminate the key movements and changes that shaped the world during the baby boom years, discussing the environment; arts and entertainment; science; civil, LGBT and women’s rights; law; politics; public service; sports; the military; technology and media.

The Boomer List is a celebration of this generation’s impact on American culture. It is impossible to encapsulate in just a few words, but thanks to the talent both on camera and behind the lens, this remarkable film offers an incredible chorus of voices that somehow captures the zeitgeist of this era,” says Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters.

Airs Thurs Oct 30th at 8pm on WLRN-TV Ch 17
4:07 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

When the Jazz Age Crashed into the Great Depression.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Crash of 1929 (8 pm)

The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, ultimately leading to the Great Depression.

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Airs Wed Oct 29th at 9pm on WLRN-TV Channel 17
4:16 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A Flare for Murder on WLRN-TV

Mr. and Mrs. Murder: A Flare for Murder (9 pm)

This adventurous husband and wife team specialize in cleaning up crime scenes and in turn become amateur sleuths. When a young sailor just back from a year-long voyage, becomes a murder victim, a horrifying crime scene emerges and all eyes are focused on the sailor's alcoholic father as the prime suspect.

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A WLRN Original Production
2:17 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Treblinka's Last Witness

Treblinka's Last Witness (10 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 6 )

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Airs Wed Oct 22 at 8pm on WLRN-TV Ch 17
7:27 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Life and an old girlfriend are driving Doc Martin crazy!

Doc Martin: Better The Devil (8 pm)

Doc Martin finds life in Portwenn even more infuriating now that Louisa is gone. At the local hospital, he is stunned to meet Edith, his former girlfriend from medical school. Martin learns of a job in London just as Louisa comes calling again.

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