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Program News - August 14-20, 2017



(Tuesday night on LPB, learn more about Louisiana's "first cousins" - Cajun and Creole music.)

Tonight at 7PM, LPB previews Ken Burns' and Lynn Novick's upcoming series The Vietnam War. See interviews and exclusive clips from the 18-hour series premiering in September on LPB. At 8PM, see Fats Domino: Walkin' Back to New Orleans, The special, narrated by actor John Goodman, captures Fats' post-Katrina concert, and provides an up-close, biographical look at the legend's storied career. Then at 9:30PM, see an encore presentation of The Best of Trains Around North America.

Tuesday night, enjoy great Louisiana-themed programs! At 7PM, First Cousins: Cajun & Creole Music in South Louisiana explores the rich musical heritage of the region's French-speaking people. Feel the passion they share for making music and carrying on family traditions. Next at 8:30PM, take a journey from Germany to Louisiana. Meet Dr. Louis "Lippi" Leonpacher, otherwise known as The Flying Vet of Lafayette. Dr. Leonpacher was a pilot and a large animal veterinarian, and was able to combine the two. At 9:30, The Carpenters: Close to You traces the duo's climb to success and features some of their hit songs.

Wednesday at 7PM on Mississippi's Free State of Jones, hear the story of how pro-Union citizens of Jones County, Mississippi, rebelled against the Confederacy in the Civil War. At 8PM, a son of Mississippi, Elvis Presley, had a big year in 1956, Elvis '56 uses photographs, radio and TV appearances, and more to highlight that pivotal year. At 9:30, you'll have another chance to see Fats Domino: Walkin' Back to New Orleans. At 11PM, He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley reveals the King's love for this genre of music.

Thursday at 7PM, enjoy Zachard Richard's wonderful songs and stories in Attakapas: The Cajun Story. See how you can get a DVD of the program, the book The History of the Acadians of Louisiana by Zachary Richard, and other "thank you" gifts. That's followed, fittingly enough, at 9 by First Cousins: Cajun & Creole Music in South Louisiana.

Get the news from all over our area Friday night at 7PM on Louisiana: The State We're In. That's followed at 7:30 by Washington Week. At 8PM, Great Performances presents Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy. Performance footage and interviews highlight why Broadway is a fertile territory for Jewish artists.

Saturday, LPB has a special day of programming! Starting at 9AM, see the complete award-winning LPB series Louisiana: A History. This six-part series tells the colorful story of Louisiana for the citizens and students of our state. More than just a review of historic events, this series explores the rich legacy of the many cultures that have left their imprint on Louisiana, and will help everyone understand why Louisiana is truly a state like no other. At 4PM, Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood, narrated by Harry Connick, Jr., highlights major events in Louisiana since April 30, 1812, the date Louisiana became a state.

Sunday at 7PM, see part one of Secrets of the Six Wives. Take a look at Henry VIII's marriage to his first wife, Katherine of Aragon. At 8PM, on a brand new episode of Endeavour Season 4 on Masterpiece, Morse races against time as he becomes consumed by a nightmarish hunt for a serial killer. At 9:30PM on DCI Banks, a victim of an attack is found in the woods, and banks wonders if the crime is related to the location.


LPB In support of the new landmark series, The Vietnam War, by documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, airing on PBS and LPB beginning September 17, Louisiana Public Broadcasting is launching a new initiative called The Vietnam War - Louisiana Remembers.

Were you affected by the Vietnam War? Did you, a family member, or someone you know serve in the war? If so, LPB wants to preserve and share your story. Every Wednesday between 10AM and 2PM, LPB invites you to come to our studios in Baton Rouge to record your Vietnam experience. Call 225-767-4204 to schedule your recording. You can also share your own history with LPB on our website at through your own videos, photographs or written stories.

Additionally, LPB honors Louisiana’s Vietnam Veterans by inviting them to sign our large-scale movable map of the war theater. Veterans can sign the map to record their service. Friends and families are invited to sign in honor of lost loved ones. LPB wishes to express our deepest thanks to Lamar Advertising for donating this map in honor of those who served.

LPB is hosting a screening of The Vietnam War at LPB’s studios in Baton Rouge on Sunday, September 10. Dinner, graciously provided by DEMCO, is at 4PM and the screening at 5PM.

LPB will also host a screening is at the Alexandria Veterans Administration Health Care System on Tuesday September 12. Enjoy light refreshments at 6PM and the screening at 6:30PM. This screening is generously underwritten by the Louisiana Forestry Association. Reserve your seat for either screening by emailing or by calling 225-767-4274.

The Vietnam War - A Film is a 10 part, 18-hour documentary film series premiering Sunday, September 17 on LPB at 7PM. An immersive 360-degree narrative, the series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film.

The first five episodes will air nightly from Sunday, September 17, through Thursday, September 21. The final five episodes will air nightly from Sunday, September 24, through Thursday, September 28. Beginning Tuesday, October 3, the series will re-air on a weekly basis through November 28, at 8PM.


LPB You've seen them on LPB in Wild Kratts and Wild Alaska Live, now you can see Martin and Chris Kratt in Louisiana! Join the Kratt Brothers for Wild Kratts Live at Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6:30PM. Experience, live-on-stage, the astounding “creature” fundamentals, and the infectious excitement and inspiring quest of the Kratt Brothers that make their hit PBS series so popular with kids and their families. For details and tickets, go to LPB's website.


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New programs are added to Passport each week! Enjoy episodes from your favorite PBS series! Latest additions include: Remember Me (Episode 2); Grantchester Season 3 on Masterpiece (Episode 5); Nature's Great Race: Elephants, and The Story of China: The Last Empire.

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LPB Is school already getting the kids down? Has work been rough lately? PBS Food has great recipes for comfort foods that can brighten up any day.

Make a Breakfast Tostadas bar for your next brunch. Fry corn tortillas and offer a myriad of toppings.

With tender chunks of zucchini in a spicy Arrabbiata sauce, One Pot Tomato Zucchini Penne is the perfect one-pot meal for a busy weeknight dinner.

Marbled Cheesecake Brownies show why making brownies from scratch is almost as easy as using a box mix and much more tasty.


LPB Against the Tide: The Story of Cajun People in Louisiana is the epic story of one of the most celebrated and misunderstood ethnic communities in North America. Ravaged by religious wars, French peasant farmers left western France in the 17th century to establish a new homeland in the wilderness of what is today Nova Scotia. After a brutal deportation by the British, the ancestors of Cajun people were able to end their exile and reunite their families in Louisiana.

In a story that pre-dates America, the multi-cultural Creoles of Cane River, Louisiana see themselves as somewhere between black and white. The Spirit of a Culture: Cane River Creoles recounts the Cane River Creole identity struggle from colonial French Louisiana to today's Creole led multicultural renaissance - against the notion of race as a deciding feature of a population.

Mon Cher Camarade tells the story of the French-speaking Cajun soldiers in WWII. Hundreds of French-Louisiana Cajuns served as interpreters for their field commanders and several of them were secret agents who passed as locals to work with the French underground. This documentary blends an original music soundtrack, film footage and interviews with stunning archival footage in a storytelling fashion that puts the storytelling where it belongs - on the shoulders of those veterans.

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