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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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Motown 25

Motown 25 commemorates it's 25th anniversary which was founded in 1959.   Among the highlighted performances are: Michael Jackson's performance of "Billie Jean", Smokey Robinson's long awaited reunion with The Miracles, a Temptations/The Four Tops "battle of the bands", Marvin Gaye's inspired speech about black music history and his memorable performance of "What's Going On", a Jackson 5 reunion, and an abbreviated reunion of Diana Ross & The Supremes, who performed their final #1 hit, "Someday We'll be Together" from 1969.

IL-VOLO: Live from Pompeii

Il Volo performs at the arecheological ruins of Pompeii, in Italy. In that exclusive venue they perform some of the most wonderful classics like Volare as well as new songs, like Grande Amore.

If you've never heard il Volo sing, you are in for a treat. The three young Italian tenors, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble  have incredible voices, and they showcase that with their fourth PBS special "Live From Pompei."

Serangoon Road

A detective drama set in the 1960s, revolving around Serangoon Road in Singapore.  The country is at a crossroads as the nation is about to break away from Malaysia and gain independence. The British colonial rulers are gradually pulling out of the country, while racial and political tensions are running high and the ensuing riots are threatening national security. Communist insurgency movements are active in neighboring countries and trying to push into Singapore.

Inside Asprey: Luxury By Royal Appointment

Foyle's War - Fifty Ships (9 pm)

An American multi-millionaire, an old flame of Foyle's, and a mysterious man claiming to be a Dutch refugee, are all implicated when a dead body is discovered on a Hastings beach. Meanwhile, Sam looks for somewhere to live after her home is destroyed in a bombing raid. Foyle investigates a case of looting after coins go missing from the bombed out house Sam was living in.

ALL SHOOK UP: MIAMI'S GLORY DAYS OF MUSIC (8 pm)

“Miami was like a Mecca for three or four months in the winter, everything happened in Miami.  It was the center of the entertainment world really.”   -Dick Cami - Night Club Owner/Entertainment Manager

In the days before heavy metal and hip hop, Miami was a melting pot for the growing music industry.  Miami was considered America’s winter playground, the land of palm trees and sunshine.  It was a hotspot for tourists, entertainers and locals seeking a taste of the good life.  Hailed by many musicians and recording stars as the “most unbelievable place to be”, Miami’s rich musical background is waiting to be discovered by a wider audience.

All Shook Up: Miami’s Glory Days of Music is a one-hour documentary that traces this rich history of music in Miami. Told by those who lived it, witnessed it, played it and created it, this musical journey is categorized by geographical areas and divided into four locations: Downtown, Overtown, Coconut Grove and Miami Beach.  Through in-studio interviews, rare photos, original recordings and archive film, the musical landscape of South Florida unfolds.

VERA(9PM)​ - Muddy Waters

Detective Vera Stanhope is back on the case investigating chilling crimes only she can solve. This week Vera looks into the death of an unidentified man dredged up from a slurry pit on a remote farm. As the case unfolds, clues lead Vera and her team to a number of illegal immigrants working the farm and a traveling community close by that is harboring a lot of secrets. Can Vera connect the dots and solve the case?

EARTH A NEW WILD(8PM) - Water

Secrets And Betrayal

Jul 24, 2015

FOYLE'S WAR(9pm)Eagle Day

In the course of investigating a murder, Foyle uncovers a plot to steal art treasures being moved from the local museum to Wales for safekeeping. Meanwhile, Foyle’s son files his first mission as a Royal Air Force pilot and is accused of passing top secret information to the enemy.

Treblinka's Last Witness (8 pm)

Samuel Willenberg, now 92 years old, is the last living survivor of the Treblinka death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland where an estimated 900,000 Jews were murdered in a period of just 13 months at the height of World War II. Still haunted 70 years later by the horrors he witnessed as a young forced laborer, Samuel has immortalized the Treblinka story in a series of bronze sculptures of the tragic victims who dwell indelibly in his memory like ghosts.

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