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Samantha Brown in Lafayette, Miss Louisiana on Art Rocks! and more

(All eyes on Louisiana as Samantha Brown's Places to Love is in Cajun country, Friday at 8PM!)

Tonight at 7PM on Antiques Roadshow: Ca’ D’zan, there’s no clowning around when it comes to capturing showstopping appraisals at the Ringlings’ Sarasota mansion. Highlights include a Nakashima table and a Yankees ring. At 8PM on Midsomer Murders, new DCI John Barnaby arrives in Midsomer and is bemused by the quaint villages and their quirky residents. But he soon discovers that murder and deception are never far away. At 9PM on New Tricks, Ned and Sasha have to team up on a case connected to the 20-year-old murder of an artist. Then at 10PM on Shetland, the personal and the professional collide for Perez, as he finally closes in on the truth.

Tuesday at 7PM on Finding Your Roots, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the diverse family histories of politicians Paul Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard and Marco Rubio. They each see a shared vision of the great American melting pot reflected in their ancestors' stories. At 8PM on Sealab: American Experience, discover the mostly forgotten story of the U.S. Navy's daring and groundbreaking Sealab program, whose "Aquanauts" tested the limits of human endurance and revolutionized our understanding of underseas exploration. At 9PM on FRONTLINE: Predator on the Reservationlearn about a pediatrician accused of sexually abusing Native American boys for years. This is an investigation with The Wall Street Journal into the decades-long failure to stop a government doctor who moved from reservation to reservation despite warnings. At 10PM on Independent Lens, visit the world of Hale County, Alabama. Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments in the lives of people in the community, the film offers a richly detailed glimpse at life in America's Black Belt.

Wednesday at 7PM on Nature: Wild Way of the Vikings, experience the natural world through the eyes of the Vikings. From the killer whales of the North Sea to the volcanic mounts of Iceland, see the deep history and cultural respect the Vikings had with the land and sea. Ewan McGregor narrates. At 8PM on NOVA: Rise of the Rockets, marvel at a new era of space exploration and accessibility, thanks to NASA's return to crewed spaceflight, as well as private companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, and technologies that make rockets cheaper and more powerful than ever. That's followed at 9PM by The Dictator's Playbook. See how Idi Amin used lessons learned in the colonial British Army to build a powerful dictatorship in Uganda. Then at 10PM on And Then There Were None, the guests on Soldier Island are dying one by one, according to the rules of the nursery rhyme Ten Little Soldier Boys. As they make plans to combat the killer, the body count continues to rise - and dreadful secrets are teased into the light.

Thursday at 7PM on Father Brown, Inspector Mallory is forced to turn to Father Brown for help when a VIP policeman is murdered at a bowls match. At 8PM on Doc Martin, Penhale decides to have a police open house to raise community awareness, but the turnout is not what he hoped for. At 9PM on Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators, Frank and Lu investigate death threats made against a former soap star who is about to stage her return to the limelight. Then at 10PM on Endeavor Season 5 on Masterpiece, after a teacher mysteriously disappears, Endeavour goes undercover to investigate the dark world of a public school. With the unexpected discovery of a body, he questions whom to trust.

Friday at 7PM, get news from across the state on Louisiana: The State We're In. That's followed at 7:30PM by Washington Week. At 8PM on Samantha Brown's Places to Love, Samantha is in Louisiana! She is instantly engulfed in Cajun and Zydeco music at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. The journey continues with a visit to Tabasco to learn the 5-year process of bottling the hot sauce, followed by a kayak tour through the swamps. At 8:30PM on Art Rocks!, meet Holli Conway, the current Miss Louisiana and second runner up to Miss America. Then at 9PM on Great Performances: Movies for Grownups 2019 with AARP the Magazine, watch filmmakers and actors receive the 2019 Movies for Grownups Awards. The awards were established to celebrate and encourage filmmaking that appeals to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind -- and to recognize its artists.

Saturday at 7PM, enjoy your favorite British comedies. At 9PM, see the new series, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco. Set during the trilling social change of the mid-1950s, this series captures the lives of four remarkable women, code-breakers who solve mysteries. In this episode, Millie, Jean, Iris, and Hailey continue their complex investigation that has spanned two continents, but can they crack the codes before the killer hits close to home? On 800 Words at 10PM, George and Fiona put the heat on their new relationship with a dinner party and a new table. However, if they're to survive as a couple, there are many dramas to overcome both in and out of the kitchen. Then don't miss Ed Sheeran on Austin City Limits at 11PM. 

Sunday at 8PM on Victoria, a Georgian ball at the Palace could not come at a worse time as private pictures of the Royal family are made public. At 9PM on Margaret: The Rebel Princess, learn how Princess Margaret’s life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed the western world during the 20th century and redefined society’s image of the modern princess.

Be A Friend - Help Us Reach 20,000 Members!

The Friends of LPB Be A Friend campaign has an ambitious goal to increase our circle of friends to 20,000 members by 2020. We currently have about 14,000 members so we have a ways to go--- but we know with your help, anything is possible! 

LPB is your trusted source for information and is the state’s largest classroom. Your participation and generosity will ensure LPB continues to educate, inspire, and create exceptional programs for generations to come. 

Take the challenge and become a part of LPB’s Be A Friend campaign today! We are counting on our current members to help us reach our goal...HERE'S HOW you can help.

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LPB is seeking Independent Films from Louisiana Filmmakers!

LPB is calling for entries for short films from local filmmakers. The films submitted will be nominated for inclusion in the eighth annual PBS Online Film Festival. The PBS Online Film Festival showcases powerful stories from filmmakers across the country and reaches an engaged and digitally savvy audience. The 2019 PBS Online Film Festival will take place in Summer 2019, but entries must be submitted to Louisiana Public Broadcasting by next Monday, February 18, 2019.

To enter, filmmakers should send a link of their film to filmfest@lpb.org so it can be reviewed. In addition, please include the title of the film, the filmmakers’ contact information, plus a two to three sentence description of the film. Films should be 3-15 minutes in length, and can be fiction or non-fiction. More information at lpb.org/filmfest.

The LDMA Celebrates Black History Month

During the month of February, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA) is highlighting Black History Month. Explore our videos about Louisiana history during the periods of slavery, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement.

The LDMA is the online home of the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Digital Collection and the Louisiana State Archives Multimedia Collection. This is the first project in the nation to combine the media collections of a public broadcaster and a state archives.

Announcing the 2019 Louisiana Legends Honorees

(Pictured: 2019 Louisiana Legends: Todd Graves, Denise Lewis Patrick, Roy O Martin III, Newton Thomas, and Rebecca Vizard)

The Louisiana Legends Awards Gala and Auction is a very special annual event hosted by Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The event honors the best and brightest of Louisiana’s sons and daughters who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines and have brought honor to the state.

Friends of LPB is proud to announce that the 2019 Louisiana Legends are: Todd Graves, American entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers; Denise Lewis Patrick, writer and editor of children’s books; Roy O. Martin III, CEO, President and CFO of RoyOMartin; Newton Thomas, founder of the Newtron Group, leader in industrial electric and instrumentation; and Rebecca Vizard, internationally renowned textile artist.

This year’s gala and auction will be held Thursday, May 9 at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Click HERE for ticket information.

The Louisiana Legends Gala will feature a champagne reception and buffet, a silent auction featuring items donated by the honorees, music and an awards ceremony. Highlights from the event will be broadcast at a later date on LPB.

Congratulations to our latest contest winners!

Congratulations to Bess & Melvin Stacy of Baton Rouge and Dianne Guidry of Baton Rouge - Winners of the LPB YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND Giveaway. They will get to see James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt in concert courtesy of Friends of LPB!

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LPB keeps you informed with Newsmakers & Press Club

Watch Louisiana's Newsmakers anytime on LPB's website, or on LPB's YouTube channel. In the latest episode, Dr. Christopher Zambakari discusses “War and Peace,” as part of his research on international conflict and nation-building. Newsmakers is underwritten by Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC Attorneys at Law. 

Plus, see the latest Press Club on LPB's YouTube channel. Stephen Waguespack of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), discusses the Industrial Tax Exemption Program, known as ITEP, as well as upcoming state elections. 

The Civil Rights Movement in Louisiana

ShopLPB Feature of the Week: SIGNPOST TO FREEDOM: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott  DVD

A one hour documentary that recounts the circumstances and events that led to the nation's first large-scale boycott protesting segregation and then examines its impact on the evolution of grassroots civil rights activism across the country during the early years of America's Civil Rights Movement. Regardless of whether the Baton Rouge bus boycott is viewed as a success or failure, the boycott's impact on the larger civil rights movement is indisputable. Not only did the boycott provide proof that African Americans could take a brave, unified, and peaceful stand against segregation, it also brought to light a specific, yet fundamental inequity suffered by most black Southerners, paying the same bus fare as whites, but having to stand up over empty seats, simply because they were black. Music by Grammy-winning artist Chris Thomas King.

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