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WLRN Original Documentaries

Producing award winning original programs remains a high priority for WLRN. Take a closer look at some of the incredible stories that we have had the pleasure of producing for our South Florida viewers.

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Airs Thursday Oct. 2nd at 8pm on WLRN Channel 17
10:19 am
Wed October 1, 2014

An in-depth look into the lives of Jewish Americans on WLRN-TV

Jewish Americans - They Came to Stay (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.

Airs Monday Sept. 29th at 8pm on Ch 17
4:48 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Cold Warriors: Wolves & Buffalo on Nature tonight on WLRN-TV

Nature - Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo (8 pm)

Witness the life-and-death relationship of wolves and buffalo in Canada's Wood Buffalo National Park. Buffalo and wolves still engage in epic life and death dramas across in Canada's Wood Buffalo National Park. By getting to know a specific pack of wolves and the individuals that make up the pack, we get a sense of how these two animal species live together in what seems like a forgotten corner of the world.

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Experience Jimi Friday Sept 26 at 9pm on Ch 17
5:33 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Purple Haze Permeates WLRN. Watch American Masters: Jimi Hendrix

American Masters: Jimi Hendrix (9 pm)   

Considered one of the greatest rock guitarist of all time, Hendrix played with a raw, blues-influenced style that brought fire and emotion to rock music unseen before or since.

Hear My Train A Comin’, unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies taken by Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician’s personality and genius.

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Airs Thurs Sept 25th at 8pm on Channel 17
5:22 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Prohibition and the South Florida Connection on WLRN-TV

Prohibition and the South Florida Connection (8 pm)                                                                               An original production by WLRN, South Florida's Storyteller.

For many, the word Prohibition conjures up scenes of gang wars in New York, New Jersey and Chicago along with some of the decade’s most infamous characters, Bugs Moran, Meyer Lansky and Al Capone. Yet few realize the prominent role South Florida, and its Caribbean neighbors played in the transportation of illegal booze into the U.S. during this infamous era. Depicting the prohibition era experience from Palm Beach to Key West is the engaging documentary, “Prohibition and the South Florida Connection.”

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The Doc Airs Wednesday Sept 24 at 8pm on Ch 17
6:00 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Everybody’s favorite doctor with the questionable bedside manner, Doc Martin.

Doc Martin: The Practice Around the Corner (8 pm)

Mrs. Tishell returns to the village. Martin has to work out what is wrong with beachcomber Lorna. Al and Morwenna each have an internet dating disaster, and romance is blossoming for Bert.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

WLRN-TV Documentary, “Deep City: The Birth Of The Miami Sound”

09/23/14 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents recalls the early days of soul music . . . in Miami. The first black-owned music label was created by Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall.  They learned their trade on the streets of Overtown and at Johnny’s Record Store. Numerous Miami artists charted music during the period, including singers Betty Wright and Helene Smith.

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Premieres Tuesday Sept 23rd at 9pm on WLRN-TV
5:08 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound - A WLRN Original Production

Deep City: the Birth of the Miami Sound (9 pm)                                                                                           An Original Production by WLRN, South Florida's Storyteller.

WLRN’s new documentary tells the story of how two musical geniuses created the first black-owned record label in Florida and changed the face of soul music in Miami forever.

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Airs Monday Sept. 22nd at 8pm on Channel 17
1:50 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Nature's Relentless Warrior. Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem

Credit Oxford Scientific Films and THIRTEEN Productions

Nature - Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem (8 pm)

This relentless little creature is one of the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo, and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. Our film will follow three badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.

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WLRN-TV Original Documentary
1:06 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound

An Original Documentary from WLRN

Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound tells the story of how two musical geniuses created the first black-owned record label in Florida and changed the face of soul music in Miami forever.

This one-hour film explores the early days of soul music in Florida, the era’s pioneers and their lasting contributions to the broader American musical landscape.

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Airs Friday Sept 19th at 8pm on Channel 17
8:34 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

From British Prince to Nazi War Criminal, watch Hitler's Favorite Royal on WLRN

Credit KQED

Hitler's Favorite Royal (8 pm)

The extraordinary story of how a British prince, the current Queen's cousin and youngest grandson of Queen Victoria, became embroiled in the Nazi war machine.

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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.

Credit PBS

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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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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