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Press tour photo
Courtesy of Rahoul Ghose/PBS

A new six-part series titled The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross will chronicle the full sweep of African-American history. Beginning with the origins of slavery, the series will present four centuries of truly remarkable historic events up to present day.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning Oct. 22 on WV PBS. 

The Cast of The Cafe
Courtesy BBC Worldwide

You're about to be introduced to a zany cast of characters at a small seaside English cafe. Run by three generations of women, The Cafe -- the newest British comedy to be added to the WV PBS program library -- plays host to the strangest array of customers to hit the small screen. The series is warm and funny, and as is the case with most of our British comedies, it's filled with observational humor.

The Law Works - Americans with Disabilities Act

Oct 18, 2013
Robin Mazza / WV PBS

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communication and governmental activities.  Sounds nice, but what does it mean to you and your family. Beth Loy of the Job Accommodation Network and Carol Kisner McGraw, an Occupational Therapist join host Dan Ringer to talk about the ADA on this episode of The Law Works.

Official Bridge Day Logo
New River Gorge Bridge Day Commission

This Saturday, hordes of people will gather on the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County and watch people jump off of it. Bridge Day has been celebrated for over 30 years now with daredevils BASE jumping from the top of the bridge to the New River below.

As part of our mission of "Telling West Virginia's Story,"  we will broadcast special programming this week on WV PBS.2, celebrating the upcoming Bridge Day celebration.

Actor Liev Shreiber, host of Superheroes documentary
Courtesy of Stephanie Berger

It's not a bird or a plane, and it can't leap tall buildings in a single bound. And at three hours, it's not going to be faster than a speeding bullet.

But what Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle will be is informative and entertaining. It's finally here. We premiere this documentary on WV PBS Tuesday, Oct. 15, beginning at 8 p.m.

56 Up on POV
Documentary poster

Imagine your life in a bubble since age 7. Every 7 years, cameras returned to capture your life and interview you, revealing your dreams to everyone. You grow up before the world. And now you're 56.

WV PBS brings the eighth film in a series begun 49 years ago in England when a group of 7-year-olds were chosen for this landmark documentary series. "56 UP" will air on POV Monday, Oct. 14, at 10 p.m. on WV PBS.

Downton Abbey, Season 2
Courtesy of Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE

Everyone is anxiously awaiting the Jan. 5 premiere of season 4 of Masterpiece Classic's "Downton Abbey," but in the meantime WV PBS is giving our viewers a chance to catch up and re-familiarize themselves with the key players in this British drama.

Season 1 aired in a marathon in September, and starting Sunday, oct. 13, at 10 p.m., we begin broadcasting season 2 on a weekly basis.

Behind the Scenes of Abracadabra

Oct 11, 2013
Chuck Roberts / WV PBS

Production on season three of "Abracadabra" has begun in our studio in Beckley, WV.  The cast and crew, under the direction of Larry Dowling, are hard at work producing segments for children relating to health, nutrition, and safety.  Season three is slated to begin airing in the summer of 2014.

The Law Works - Social Media & Employment

Oct 11, 2013

Are you active on Facebook, on Twitter, Pinterest, or other forms of social media? They can be fun. They can keep you in touch. They can be dangerous.  Attorney C. David Morrison joins host Dan Ringer to talk about Social Media and Employment on this episode of The Law Works.

This episode premiers October 17, 2013 at 8:30pm on WV PBS.

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Tom Hiddleston as Henry V in Hollow Crown
Courtesy of Nick Briggs © Neal Street Productions

The Hollow Crown is a lavish new series of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays: Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V  from  Great Performances.

The series is completed with the premiere of Henry V on Friday, October 11 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia PBS.

Science journalist and public television host David Pogue will be the keynote speaker for the fifth biennial Science, Technology and Research Symposium, sponsored by the Division of Science and Research of the WV Higher Education Policy Commission.

The symposium takes place Oct. 22-23 in Morgantown.

Pogue is a New York Times columnist, author, CBS News correspondent and host of NOVA Science Now.

Nature dives into "Saving Otter 501"

Oct 9, 2013
Sea Studios Foundation

Nature tells the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save a stranded orphan otter and teach it to fend for itself in the wild when Saving Otter 501 airs on Wednesday, October 16 at 8 p.m. on West Virginia PBS.

John Nakashima
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For more than 30 years, John Nakashima has made documentaries at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. But he’s also done more.

He co-edited the cult classic film “Chillers,” and worked on animated films, like “The Griffin and the Minor Canon," which is based on a book of short stories penned by Frank Stockton. Nakashima is now being honored by his filmmaking colleagues with the state’s award for Filmmaker of the Year.

  Here is the 26 minute documentary, Clifftop:

Newcastle H.S. athletic trainer Damon Glass administers the King Devick test
Courtesy the producers of The Smartest Team

For some high school youth, playing for a winning football team can be the ultimate dream. But what are the risks in a sport that now goes beyond the high school field? Players not only compete with other teams, but their performance on the gridiron can lead to scholarships at universities that could ultimately determine their future. Greater competition, some say, is leading to more injuries, which could also determine a teenager's future.

Protesters at the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt.
Courtesy of Shehab El Den

When artist Jim Lee and his family came to America from South Korea, he didn't know any English. That posed problems for a young immigrant in a preppy, upper-class neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri. He says he often felt like an outsider. On occasion his parents would buy him comic books, and he could follow the story by looking at the pictures. He also began to learn English through the graphic stories. Lee would be inspired enough by the comic books with their superheroes to forge his way into the competitive world of comic book artist.

FRONTLINE League of Denial
Courtesy of Nick Veasey / Getty Images

There's no denying the popularity of football in American culture. The sport draws parents and high school students out on Friday nights. College and university arenas fill up on the weekends. The NFL draws some of the highest ratings on television.

But has the sport been safe for the players? The National Football League has been accused of knowing about and covering up reports that the sport has caused long-term brain injuries on many players.

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the famous poster
Courtesy of Courtesy of The Kobal Collection at Art Resource

When psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman in the 1940's,  he said it was because boys had heroes like Superman to look up to, but girls had no one. By the time the 1970's had arrived, it was time for the comic book character to make it to television, and it became a role that would define actress Lynda Carter throughout her career.

Elton John in Concert, Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m.
Courtesy of Joseph Guay

In a new television special airing on WV PBS, superstar Elton John proves he still has what it takes to entertain the crowds.

Just in time for the release of his first studio album in 7 years, we are happy to bring our viewers ELTON JOHN IN CONCERT on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. on WV PBS. We will replay the special at 9:30 p.m. the same night.

The Law Works - False Confessions

Oct 4, 2013

When a defendant in a criminal case confesses to the crime, that should be the end of it. Right? What if the defendant then says, "no, I was lying," or says that the police forced the confession? Professor Valena Beety of the WVU College of Law and Attorney Ifeoma Ike join host Dan Ringer to talk about False Confessions on this episode of The Law Works.

Masterpiece: Downton Abbey, Season 4

Oct 3, 2013
The cast of Downton Abbey
Courtesy of ©Carnival Film and Television Limited 2013 for MASTERPIECE

The most-watched drama in PBS history enters its fourth gripping season with the whole world waiting to learn how the beloved characters deal with a shocking tragedy.

See a preview from Season 4:

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