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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. Airs April 16th at 8pm
2:17 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Treblinka's Last Witness

Treblinka's Last Witness (8 pm)

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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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Airs Tues Oct 21 at 8 pm on WLRN Ch17
3:35 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

A War Time Investigation leads to a Military Hideaway on Foyle's War

Foyle's War: The Funk Hole (10 pm)

October 1940. London is in the grip of the Blitz. In Hastings, the disappearance of a young boy and a break-in at a local food depot lead Foyle and his team to a "funk hole," a hotel catering to wealthy guests seeking a wartime retreat. There they discover a nest of cowardice, greed, and deceit.

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Airs Monday Oct 20 at 8pm on Channel 17
10:25 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Animal Odd Couples on WLRN - TV.

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Nature - Animal Odd Couples (8 pm)

Are animals capable of feeling complex emotions?  Recent observations of unexpected cross-species relationships in zoos and animal sanctuaries around the world may provide some answers.  Endearing interactions between a cheetah and a retriever, a lion and a coyote, a dog and a deer, a goat and a horse, and even a tortoise and a goose offer captivating glimpses of supportive connections in the animal world.  Each interspecies pair challenges the conventional wisdom that humans are the only species capable of feeling compassion and forming long-lasting friendships.  Animal behavior experts weigh in with their opinions, and animal caretakers share their personal experiences with cross-species relationships in this compelling tale of unlikely animal couples. 

Airs Friday October 17 at 8pm on Channel 17
7:53 am
Fri October 17, 2014

A Woman of Character - Carol Burnett on American Masters

American Masters - Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character (8 pm)

America, in the 1960s and ‘70s, was in turmoil - the civil rights struggle, the war in Vietnam and the sexual revolution defined a nation in conflict. But, at 10:00 every Saturday night, in dorms and dens, in living rooms and bedrooms across the country, Americans watched The Carol Burnett Show. For 11 years, this whacky performer yelled like Tarzan and won our hearts, often breaking our hearts, with her edgy - always sympathetic characters. She could fall down a flight of stairs or take a pie in the face like nobody else. She could also wear a slinky sequined gown and hold her own in a duet with Bing Crosby or Julie Andrews. She was open, honest, a real person - our friend. Yet, as with so many brilliant comedians, hers was a difficult childhood and a glimpse of something deeper, darker began to emerge in the dramatic career that followed her TV variety show.

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Airs Thursday Oct 16th at 8pm on Channel 17
7:47 am
Thu October 16, 2014

A Historical Journey of Jewish Americans on WLRN-TV

Jewish Americans - Home (8 pm)

THE JEWISH AMERICANS is a journey through time, from the first settlement in 1654 to the present.  It is about the struggle of a tiny minority who make their way into the American mainstream while, at the same time, maintaining a sense of their own identity as Jews. Focusing on the tension between identity and assimilation, THE JEWISH AMERICANS is quintessentially an American story, which other minority groups will find surprisingly familiar.

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