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KERA-TV new season features several special programs

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This June, KERA-TV unveils the new seasons of several programs, special programs honoring Gay Pride Month, a look at the issues and legacies of American presidents, and music programs to delight and entertain.

This month, the BBC series New Tricks and Waking the Dead, and the PBS series History Detectives launch new seasons. P.O.V. unveils the documentary William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe produced by the daughters of the famous civil rights attorney and anti-war activist. The Beaches of Agnès celebrates the life and career of French “New Wave” film star Agnès Varda.

Programs honoring Gay Pride Month include Out in the Silence about the impact of a same-sex marriage on a small northeastern town. The INDEPENDENT LENS documentary Don’t Ask looks at the political battles that led to the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and The Naked Civil Servant explores the life and times of Quentin Crisp.

President Obama’s health care program is examined in FRONTLINE: Obama’s Deal and KERA’s Krys Boyd hosts Great Debates: Beyond Health Care Reform in a statewide broadcast from Austin. The legacies of U.S. Presidents Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln are also reviewed.

Music programs take viewers from Chicano Rock: Sounds of East L.A. to a harp competition in Bloomington, Indiana. The songs of 1970s icons Carole King, James Taylor and Jackson Browne are celebrated and The Police perform from Argentina. These programs and more are coming your way in June on KERA-TV.

NOVA: Musical Minds
Tuesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks explores the influence of music on the human brain. Through case studies and analysis of Sacks’ own brain, the program looks at the still-unexplained power music has on the human mind.

Music Instinct: Science and Song
Tuesday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin leads researchers through an investigation of music fundamentals, its healing powers and the role it plays in human evolution.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Goodbye Solo
Tuesday, June 1 at 10:00 p.m.
American director Ramin Bahrani mixes fable with the cultural traditions of Africa, Mexico and the new American South in this award-winning drama about the depth of the human spirit and the power of free will.

Most Honorable Son
Wednesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Nebraska farmer Ben Kuroki volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps becoming the first Japanese-American war hero. He survived 58 missions as an aerial gunner then found himself in the midst of controversy for speaking out about against the American internment camps for the Japanese. Mr. Kuroki’s fellow crewman retired Lt. Col. Edward “Red” Weir of Denton is among those interviewed for the program.

1953: Crowning a Queen – a TIMEWATCH Special
Wednesday, June 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Princess Elizabeth proclaimed herself Queen in February 1952 immediately following the death of her father, George VI, but the public had to wait more than a year for her coronation. TIMEWATCH goes behind the scenes for a look at the meticulous planning required for the biggest of royal events.

TIMEWATCH – Princess Margaret: A Love Story
Wednesday, June 2 at 9:00 p.m.
A look at the furore caused by Princess Margaret’s affair with divorced commoner Peter Townsend. Margaret’s dilemma was billed as a constitutional crisis and an event that would shape the future of royal relations with the media.

Out in the Silence
Wednesday, June 2 at 10:00 p.m.
Out in the Silence documents the chain of events that unfolded with the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man, which ignited controversy in his small Pennsylvania hometown. The program looks at the transformation that is possible when those who are constrained by a code of silence summon the courage to break it.

TIME TEAM Special Edition
Thursday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Britain’s TIME TEAM takes viewers on an expedition to high-profile sites on both sides of the Atlantic, beginning at Jamestown, Virginia, where they retrieve 17th-century artefacts and trace the names and stories of early American pioneers. Then it’s on to England to find out what lies beneath The Queen’s palace gardens.

Chicano Rock! Sounds of East L.A.
Thursday, June 3 at 10:00 p.m.
The program investigates how generations of young people in America’s largest Mexican-American community created a unique musical voice and expressed their cultural identity.

New Tricks
Friday, June 4 at 9:00 p.m.
This new season from BBC involves three retired cops who investigate unsolved crimes and are willing to resort to unconventional methods to close cold cases.

Waking the Dead
Friday, June 4 at 10:00 p.m.
This BBC police drama based on following cold cases starts a new season. Boyd and his team go into a psychiatric hospital to uncover an “awful truth” when a psychopath escapes. They have to find her before she kills her next victim.

America’s Home Cooking – What’s for Dinner?
Saturday, June 5 at 11:00 a.m.
Get out of the culinary rut with this new cooking program from PBS. Simple recipes are categorized as proteins, starches and vegetables making menu-planning a breeze.

Diane Warren: Love Songs
Saturday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Diane Warren has been nominated for Academy Awards, Grammys and Golden Globes and sold more records than the Beatles, Elton John and Elvis combined. Gloria Estefan, LeAnne Rimes and other perform some of her biggest hits.

Carole King – James Taylor Live at the Troubadour
Saturday, June 5 at 9:00 p.m.
Filmed at their 2007 concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Troubadour nightclub in L.A., the duo performs some of their most beloved songs.

Dr. Christiane Northrup – Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
Sunday, June 6 at 12:00 p.m.
Best-selling author and acclaimed leader in integrative medicine, Dr. Christiane Northrup presents a new approach to women’s health and teaches viewers how to access the inner tool every woman possesses for ultimate well-being.

Drawing for the Lexus H5250h Hybrid
Sunday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Tune in for the live drawing to find this year’s winner of a new Lexus.

Celtic Thunder – It’s Entertainment
Sunday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m.
The five-man Irish vocal group performs a musical review of songs spanning six decades. Tune in for tickets to their November 12 concert at Verizon Theatre Grand Prairie before they go on sale to the public.

Bellydance Superstars: Live in Paris at the Follies Bergere
Sunday, June 6 at 8:30 p.m.
The Bellydance Superstars perform in Paris as part of their 2009 world tour to popularize this unique dance form and help establish it as among the mainstream dance arts. Tune in for tickets to their October 8 performance at the Palladium in Dallas.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Body with Daniel Amen
Monday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m.
A revolutionary new way to get and keep the body you always wanted along with tips to help you live longer, look younger and be thinner. Dr. Amen is live in the KERA studio.

Magnificent Mind at Any Age with Dr. Daniel Amen
Monday, June 7 at 9:00 p.m.
Developing a balanced brain may be the key to living a happier and healthier life. Dr. Daniel Amen shares his insight into improving your brain no matter what your age. Dr. Amen is live in the KERA studio.

Tackling Diabetes
Tuesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Nutrition researcher Dr. Neal Barnard presents scientifically proven methods for controlling diabetes. His low-fat, vegan diet is proven to be beneficial to both diabetics and non-diabetics who will experience weight loss, glucose control and a reduced risk of heart disease in many cases without medication.

4 Troops: Live from the Intrepid
Tuesday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m.
A new vocal group made up of U.S. combat veterans who served on the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan perform standards, pop hits and new material aboard the USS Intrepid.

Straight No Chaser – Live in New York
Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m.
The a cappella ensemble combines harmony and humor in this performance of musical selections from the 1950s and 1960s, along with contemporary pop hits. Tune in for tickets to their October 15 concert at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium.

George Jones: Live in Tennessee
Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m.
George Jones thrills the audience with some of his biggest hits performed amidst the rolling hills of Tennessee. Tune in for tickets to his June 18 concert at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

Soundstage – Jackson Browne
Thursday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Jackson Browne has set the standard for singer/songwriters for decades. He performs selections from his new recording Time the Conqueror and hits from pervious recordings. Tune in for tickets to his August 13 performance at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.

Stevie Ray Vaughan Live – Play Hard and Floor It!
Thursday, June 10 at 9:30 p.m.
A showcase of some of guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan’s finest performances mixed with on-camera interviews. Don’t miss his debut at the 1982 Montreaux Jazz Festival and performances at the height of his career recorded in Austin, in a special tribute to an amazing talent.

Creating Blue Man Group
Friday, June 11 at 10:00 p.m.
Behind-the-scenes interviews and performance footage tell the story of The Blue Man Group and their creative process. Tune in for tickets to their September performances at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.

Elaine Paige: Celebrating a Life On Stage
Saturday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m.
The “First Lady of British Musical Theatre,” Elaine Paige performs her greatest hits in celebration of her 40th anniversary in showbiz. The program includes selections from the musicals Hair, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and others.

Red Green Live!
Saturday, June 12 at 8:00 p.m.
This two-hour program features the Canadian comedian and his sidekicks offering handyman tips and philosophy. Red Green joins us live in the studio via Skype. Tune in for tickets to his November 24 event in Dallas.

Canadian Tenors: Live in Toronto
Sunday, June 13 at 9:00 p.m.
The Canadian Tenors showcase classical and contemporary pop hits joined by David Foster and Sara McLachlan from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada.

Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil and The Presidency
Monday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Andrew Jackson was the son of poor Irish immigrants who rose to become a national military icon and the 7th President of the United States. During his term as president, he moved the nation beyond the politics of the Founding Fathers to become one of the most striking and polarizing figures in American history.

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom
Monday, June 14 at 10:00 p.m.
In Texas, African slaves learned of their liberty on June 19, 1865, some two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. When Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the news that the Civil War had ended and slaves were free, African-Americans throughout Texas celebrated. Juneteenth continues to be honored in celebration of Granger’s announcement.

The Story of God: Life, the Universe and Everything
Tuesday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m.
This three-part series presented by Professor Robert Winston explores the nature of our beliefs, the understanding of God in different times and different cultures, and what it means to be a human.

FRONTLINE: Obama’s Deal
Tuesday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m.
FRONTLINE takes viewers behind the headlines to reveal the political maneuvering behind Barack Obama’s effort to remake the American health system and transform the way Washington works.

The New Recruits
Tuesday, June 15 at 10:00 p.m.
This new documentary takes an unflinching look at social entrepreneurship as an alternative to charity as it follows a battalion of jet-setting business students armed with a radical plan to end global poverty: charge poor people for goods and services. The program is a hilarious thrill ride along a road paved with good intentions.

Paris: City of Dreams
Wednesday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Part travel guide, part cultural history, the first episode of this three-part series takes viewers from the Louvre, through the streets of the French Revolution and visits two of the beautiful city’s great icons.

Paris: Blood and Chocolate
Wednesday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Visit the Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame and the elegant Le Marais district to learn about the era of Salon and the indulgences of chocolate and champagne.

Paris: Bohemian Rhapsody
Wednesday, June 16 at 9:00 p.m.
In the conclusion of the series, visit the Paris Metro, learn about the French influence on cinema, the revival of the Latin Quarter and the May ’68 Revolution. The series wraps up with a look at contemporary art, fashion and architecture.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Ask Not
Wednesday, June 16 at 10:00 p.m.
INDEPENDENT LENS explores the political battles that led to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and reveals the personal stories of gay Americans who serve in combat under a veil of secrecy.

Great Debates: Beyond Health Care Reform
Thursday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m.
KERA’s Krys Boyd hosts the statewide broadcast of this special program focusing on health care affordability in Texas.

History Detectives
Monday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m.
The season premieres with a launch into space for an exhilarating hour exploring the excitement, promise and ingenuity that fueled America’s foray into space exploration.

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln – American Experience
Monday, June 21 at 9:00 p.m.
Interviews with the nation’s foremost Lincoln scholars recount the tumultuous months when the joy of peace was shattered by the heartache of Lincoln’s death.

The Story of God: No God but God – Part 2
Tuesday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Part two of the series embarks on a journey across continents, cultures and eras to examine the belief in a higher power.

P.O.V. – William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
Tuesday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m.
This new documentary offers an insightful examination of the life of the civil rights attorney and anti-war activist told from the perspective of his two daughters who search for the real story of what made their father one of the most beloved and hated lawyers in America.

America’s Orchestra: 125 Years of The Boston Pops
Wednesday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.
A star-studded celebration of the Boston Pops on its 125th anniversary, the documentary tells the story of the orchestra’s transformation from summertime entertainment for Bostonians to a national icon. Hosted by Craig Ferguson.

Harp Dreams
Wednesday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m.
This new documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the demands of the 2007 USA International Harp Competition held in Bloomington, Indiana. The winner serves as principal harpist with the Bolshoi Ballet. Blythe Danner narrates.

The Naked Civil Servant
Wednesday, June 23 at 9:30 p.m.
The life and times of Quentin Crisp, an outrageous and flamboyant homosexual, coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England.

Helen of Troy
Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Bettany Hughes travels across the eastern Mediterranean in search of the truth about Helen of Troy, known as “the face that launched a thousand ships.” Hughes travels from the mountains of Greece to an archaeological site in modern Turkey in an effort to separate myth from reality.

Great Performances – The Police: Certifiable
Thursday, June 24 at 10:00 p.m.
More than two decades after the break-up and 30 years since the release of their first hit, Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland regroup as the Police to perform a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

CEO – Peter Beck/The Beck Group
Friday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m.
This month on CEO, a conversation with Peter Beck who heads up The Beck Group.  The Dallas-based design and construction company boasts a diverse portfolio from museums to speedways and shapes skylines across the country.  Beck and host Lee Cullum also tour the Botanical Research Institute of Texas where The Beck Group is incorporating the highest green standards into the design of the Fort Worth facility.

MOVIE 13: The Magnificent Seven
Saturday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m.
A western remake of The Seven Samurai, the film tells the story of seven men who are selected to guard a Mexican village from bandits that terrorize the village every year.

Great Performances at the Met – Simon Boccanegra
Sunday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m.
For the first time in his Met career, Plácido Domingo performs the role of baritone Simon Boccanegra. Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani and James Morris also star in Giancarlo del Monaco’s production of Verdi’s opera. James Levine conducts.

Great Performances – La Danse: Le Ballet de l’Opera de Paris
Sunday, June 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Step behind the scenes for a look at the living and rehearsal space of the Paris Opera Ballet as they prepare and perform selections from seven ballets. The administration of the company along with the work of choreographers, musicians, costumers and lighting designers are also chronicled in this documentary by filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple V: The Secret of Chimneys
Sunday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Miss Marple accompanies Lady Virginia Revel to a weekend party at her family home of Chimneys when an important dignitary goes missing. The search reveals a decades-old murder that might be connected to a mysterious diamond theft.

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple V: The Blue Geranium
Sunday, June 27 at 8:30 p.m.
Miss Marple visits an old friend and discovers there may be new evidence concerning the Blue Geranium murder case. She works to uncover the clues before the wrong person is convicted.

American Masters – Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character
Monday, June 29 at 9:00 p.m.
American Masters chronicles the life and career of Carol Burnett who rose from poverty to become one of the best-loved comediennes of a generation.

The Story of God: God of the Gaps – Part 3
Tuesday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m.
The final episode of the series looks at our collective belief in a God who made us who were are, the role of God and religion in contemporary society and offers a fresh look on the oldest story in the world.

P.O.V. – The Beaches of Agnès
Tuesday, June 29 at 10:00 p.m.
Agnès Varda was the darling of the French “New Wave” school of filmmaking and is usually known for her work with art-house luminaries Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Alain Resnais and her late husband, Jacques Demy. Now 81-years old, The Beaches of Agnès takes a look at Varda’s life and career.

Great Old Amusement Parks
Wednesday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Before the days of giant theme parks, there were many small amusement parks throughout the U.S. where families gathered for a cool escape on a hot summer day. This documentary visits some of the best: Playland in Rye, New York; Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana; and California’s Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, where vacationers can still ride merry-go-rounds and wooden roller coasters.

Baseball – Shadow Ball
Wednesday, June 30 at 8:00 p.m.
One of the most popular episodes of Ken Burns’ Baseball series, Shadow Ball looks at the sports attempt to survive the Great Depression, Babe Ruth’s fading career and new stars of the era, Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio.

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