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This illicit drinking affair airs Thurs Sept 18th
1:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The rise, rule and fall of Prohibition on WLRN-TV

Credit Library of Congress

Prohibition - A Nation of Hypocrites (8 pm)

This compelling series tells the story of Prohibition, America's "Great Experiment", and raises questions on individual rights and responsibilities which are just as relevant now as they were then.

In "A NATION OF HYPOCRITES" support for Prohibition diminishes in the mid-1920s and the playfulness of sneaking around for a drink gives way to disenchantment with its glaring unintended consequences. Once the Great Depression sets in, Americans begin to re-examine their priorities. By December of 1933, Prohibition's reign finally comes to an end under President Franklin D Roosevelt, and for the first time in thirteen years, Americans can legally buy a drink.

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Airs Wednesday September 17th at 8pm on Ch 17
5:20 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Life for the Doc keeps changing. Watch Doc Martin on WLRN-TV.

Doc Martin - Nobody Likes Me (8 pm)

Martin's once tranquil existence has been taken over by family life as clutter and noise is now everywhere. Louisa insists on the Doc taking baby James to play group, with predictable success. Aunt Ruth moves into town, but has problems with the property and her neighbor. Both Bert and Al face problems with their love lives.

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Parrots take Flight Monday Sept 15 at 8pm
9:39 am
Fri September 12, 2014

A Celebration of Parrots! Watch Nature on WLRN-TV.

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Nature: Parrot Confidential (8pm)

From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a lovable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Nature explores the difficulties of raising parrots.

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Airs Friday Sept 12 at 8pm on Channel 17
10:12 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Edward the VIII - Britian's Nazi King Revealed on WLRN-TV

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor (King Edward VIII and his wife the former Wallis Simpson) visit Adolf Hitler at the Berghof on October 22, 1937.

Edward VIII - The Nazi King (8 pm)

Was a member of the British royal family in cahoots with the Nazis? Recently declassified FBI files expose a surprising twist in the legacy of Edward VIII. In 1941, President Roosevelt had the Duke of Windsor investigated for suspicion of sympathizing with Nazi Germany. What the investigation found was an astonishing plot to put Edward VIII on Britain's throne as Hitlers Nazi puppet. Under different circumstances, could this relationship have changed history as we know it?

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Airs Thursday Sept 11 at 8pm on Ch 17
10:08 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Prohibition and the illicit affairs it created on WLRN-TV.

Prohibition: A Nation of Scofflaws (8 pm)

In 1920, Prohibition goes into effect and millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight. Drys had hoped Prohibition would make the country a safer place, but the law has many victims.

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Series Premiere Wed Sept 10 at 9pm on Ch 17
4:38 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

A Very Dirty Cleaning Business! Mr. & Mrs. Murder - Series Premiere on WLRN-TV

Mr. & Mrs. Murder (10 pm) Follow the adventures of married couple Nicola and Charlie Buchanan, who run an industrial cleaning business. They specialize in crime scenes and using this experience, they become amateur sleuths.

Early Checkout - The murder of a national hero in a swank hotel looks like an open-and-shut case to the police but not to Charlie and Nicola. To research their suspicions, they work undercover as hotel guests. Their niece, Jess, has less fun posing as a chambermaid.

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Journey to Macy's
11:58 am
Mon September 8, 2014

The Big Day Has Finally Arrived!

At 3am sound check rehearsal for NBC crew

Its the big day and the band is running on pure adrenaline.  For them, sleep was not in the cards.  Far from the land of Sunshine these students are now having to endure the wind and the cold, but that's okay, the energy from the crowd makes them forget all about it.  For this is one of life's most memorable moments...

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Journey to Macy's
11:58 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Final Rehearsal before the Big Day

Final Rehearsal in Sheraton Ballroom, NYC

This is it! The last "official" rehearsal inside the Sheraton Ballroom before the big day.  Yes, I said inside because outside it's been raining, cold and I could swear I saw a snow flurry or two.  That could be me though, a typical Floridian looking for the excitement that snow brings.  Momentarily of course!

There will be one more rehearsal  at 3 am the day of the parade for the NBC crew.  The students have a whopping 10 minute time slot to perform their "American Reunion" themed piece for the cameras. 

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Journey to Macy's
11:56 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Goodbye Tarpon ... Hello New York !!

Very excited and very goofy group of students from Tarpon Springs waiting for takeoff!

Three different airlines transporting upwards of 180 students arriving at three different airports and somehow, if the wind blows just right and the planets are are aligned, everyone is to meet at Grand Central Station. 

Journey to Macy's
11:54 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Countdown to Macy's!

The countdown to the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is on!  With three weeks to go, the Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts is practicing up to 10 hours on some days or shall I say nights.  The energy is high and the anticipation grows stronger each passing day, though the time is going by so fast.  These students are amazing and I can barely keep up.  This is truly an incredible team, from the staff to the students and parental support, everyone is dedicated to the success of this program.  Do people really know the talent that exists at this school in this qu

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War Night - Tues Sept 9th beginning at 8
10:04 am
Mon September 8, 2014

It's Back to the Battlefields Tuesday nights on WLRN-TV

Credit Acorn Media

Foyle's War (10 pm) While WWII rages across the Channel, police detective Christopher Foyle reluctantly remains on duty in his quiet English coastal town. The battle comes to Foyle in its own way as he probes war-related cases of murder, espionage, and treason.

The White Feather

The arrest of a young girl on a sabotage charge brings Foyle into contact with a group of English Nazi sympathizers. Foyle investigates the murder and uncovers a plot to smuggle a vitally important letter to the enemy.

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Revealing the Leopard airs Mon Sept 8th at 8pm
12:54 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Get Wild about Nature on WLRN-TV. Love Cats? Tune in to see the ultimate cunning cat!

Nature - Revealing the Leopard (8 pm)

Leopards are the ultimate cats. They are the most feline, the most intelligent, the most dangerous and, until recently, one of the least understood. They hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka, and are the most widespread predator of their size on land. A leopard is a cat that walks by itself, unseen and secretive. Leopards are the beautiful killers that live in the shadows. This film will accumulate the evidence and put together a psychological profile of this extraordinarily cunning cat.

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Airs Friday September 5th at 8pm on Channel 17
4:27 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

A Night of Royalty on WLRN TV! Get the inside secrets of the British Empire.

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Secrets of Henry the VIII's Palace (8 pm)

Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace — embodying the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. Through its rooms, chart King Henry VIII’s decline from fit young warrior to bloated womanizer and recall the vivid stories of the ladies who became his queens.

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Airs Thursday Sept 4th at 10pm on Channel 17
2:44 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

WLRN TV premieres a new detective series - Vera !

Vera - Hidden Depths (10 pm)

Forthright, drink loving, Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is an experienced and brilliant murder investigator in Northumberland, England.  Vera, along with her young sergeant Joe Ashworth investigate the murder of  15-year-old Luke Armstrong who was found strangled and placed in a bath strewn with flowers and candles. When a second victim is found dumped on the beach and surrounded by flowers, DCI Stanhope finds suspects and motives mounting.

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Airs Wednesday September 3rd at 8pm on Channel 17
9:53 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? See this disastrous dinner party on Doc Martin.

Doc Martin - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (8 pm)

Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party for the chairman of the school, their new nanny quits when Martin tells her she's unhealthy and PC Penhale goes on a charm offensive to win friends.

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