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Reconstruction, Reel South & Les Misérables!

(The twelve years that composed the post-Civil War Reconstruction era (1865-77) witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and makeup of our democracy, with millions of former slaves and free black people seeking out their rightful place as equal citizens under the law. Reconstruction: America After the Civil War premieres tomorrow at 8PM.)

Tonight at 7PM on Antiques Roadshow, travel to Tulsa for treasures appraised at Philbrook Museum of Art, including a 2006 J.K. Rowling-signed "Harry Potter" book, the first "Yield" sign with documentation and a 1949 Model 4500 Rolex and box. Which is valued at $71,000? At 8PM on Midsomer Murders, the gruesome discovery of a farmer’s body in an ancient stone circle is made just days before the spring equinox. At 9:30PM on Independent Lens: The Providers, follow three "country doctors" in rural New Mexico -- the site of a physician shortage and an opioid epidemic.

Tuesday at 7PM on Finding Your Roots, radio host Joe Madison receives startling family news, and series host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. learns his own DNA story. The program also features the "Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings" STEM Camp, with science and history inspiring the next generation. At 8PM, see the premiere of Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. Experience the aftermath of the Civil War - a bewildering, exhilarating and terrifying time. For African Americans, despite their hard-won freedom, support for their social, economic and political gains did not last. Reconstruction is generously underwritten by The West Baton Rouge Museum’s Cutting Cane Ain’t All We Do Tour. At 10PM the LPB documentary Signpost to Freedom: 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott takes a look at 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.

"Think Wednesday" & Mystery Thursday on LPB

(The egg is perhaps nature’s most perfect life support system, nurturing new life and protecting it from the outside world, strong enough to withstand the weight of an incubating parent and weak enough for a hatchling to break free. Nature:The Egg: Life’s Perfect Invention, airs this Wednesday.)

Wednesday at 7PM on Nature: The Egg: Life’s Perfect Invention, host Sir David Attenborough reveals the wonder behind these incredible miracles of nature. At 8PM, watch NOVA: Mystery of Easter Island and learn how and why the ancient islander inhabitants of Easter Island built and moved nearly 900 giant statues weighing up to 86 tons. At 9PM on Ozone Hole: How We Saved The Planet, the scientists and politicians who persuaded Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to take action reveal how the planetary problem was solved. Then at 10PM, on Reel South: Two Trains Runnin’ a band of blues hounds traveled to the deep south during the height of the civil rights movement to find two forgotten blues singers. (Featuring music from Gary Clark Jr., Lucinda Williams and more.)

Thursday at 7PM on Father Brown, a new musical director for the bell-ringers of St Mary's leads to discord, disharmony and the bloodcurdling sound of murder. At 8PM on Doc Martin, Morwenna’s missionary parents pay her a surprise visit and are taken aback by her relationship with Al. At 9PM on Death in Paradise, Jack and the team uncover a nest of vipers when a zoo owner is killed with a tranquilizer dart and everyone has an alibi. At 10PM on a special encore of Mrs. Wilson on Masterpiece, Alec’s handler in the secret service drops a bombshell, but is it the truth or another lie? Resigned to uncertainty about the past, Alison receives a final surprise. 

One of the world’s most beloved stories comes to Masterpiece this Sunday

(Dominic West stars as fugitive Jean Valjean, Lily Collins as the luckless single mother Fantine, with David Oyelowo as Valjean's pursuer Inspector Javert. Les Misérables premieres Sunday at 8PM.) 

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. Then, don't miss Samantha Brown's Places to Love at 8PM. Samantha explores Food Around The World from Interlaken and Montreal to Santa Fe and Texas Hill Country. At 8:30PM on LPB's Art Rocks!, we visit the small town of Zachary to learn about their successful public school drama program. At 9PM Joseph Pulitzer: American Masters explores the remarkable man behind the prestigious prizes. Then at 10:30PM on PBS Previews: Chasing The Moon, go behind the scenes with the production team to get a sneak peek of Chasing the Moon, a film by Robert Stone coming to PBS this Summer.

Saturday starting at 7PM, see your favorite British comedies. At 9PM on The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, when a Russian diplomat dies in Iris's arms, the FBI sweep in to control the story and rule the death accidental. At 10PM on 800 Words, the fallout from George’s savage article is immediate, and Terry’s true colors are revealed, much to Hannah’s horror. Then, don't miss Brandi Carlile on Austin City Limits at 11PM.

Sunday at 7PM, on Call The Midwife, the Turners oversee a measles vaccination trial while the team prepares for the Whitsun bank holiday. At 8PM, Victor Hugo’s masterpiece Les Misérables comes to LPB in a six-part adaptation by multi award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies. Love, death, and the struggle for social justice in early 19th-century France feature in this beautifully faithful retelling. See the premiere on-air and online. You can also watch all six episodes the night of premiere with LPB Passport, an added member benefit. Then on Unforgotten Season 3 on Masterpiece at 9PM, the search for what happened to Hayley begins as the team travels down to Middenham to meet her family.

Help LPB's Nourish Win a Webby! Please Vote Today!

Help LPB's digital series Nourish • PBS win an International Webby Award! It's stories about food – what it says about who we are, where we're from and the ties that connect us.

Cast your vote for the series at

Watch & share Nourish on YouTube and Facebook - Voting ends Thurs. April 18th! Thanks for supporting this LPB production. Show your Louisiana pride; please vote & share! Help us increase our votes by 5% to take the lead!

The Webby Awards are hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor,” and are the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996, this year’s Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Help Create a Legacy for Your Family & Community

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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 to increase our membership to 20,000 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! ...HERE'S HOW you can help. Thank you!

The LDMA highlights Louisiana's environment in April

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA) is highlighting stories on Louisiana’s environment throughout the month of April. Louisiana is known for its natural beauty and ecological diversity, but the state faces challenges, often man-made, that threaten the future of these habitats.  From the beginning, LPB has provided in-depth coverage of environmental issues ranging from hazardous waste disposal and pollution to conservation, coastal land loss, and disasters. Start exploring some of our best stories on the environment HERE.        

LPB's En Français archive now available to view!

You can now view 223 episodes of LPB’s En Français series on the Louisiana Digital Media Archive at The series, which aired from 1980-1993, was produced in collaboration with the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and is the only original LPB series broadcast entirely in French. It features interviews and performances by the stars of Cajun music, performances of original plays by Le Théâtre ‘Cadien, stories on Acadian history and culture, and much more!   

Join us at the 2019 Louisiana Legends Gala & Auction

(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.

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Now every time you place an order on Amazon a percentage of your purchase will be donated to LPB and help fund more of your favorite programs!

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See ALL of Les Mis even before it airs! LPB has your Passport!

Become a Friend of LPB, and receive a world of exploration and entertainment! Access to LPB Passport starts at $60 or just $5 per month. 

Whenever or wherever you and your family have some free time, LPB Passport is available for you. LPB Passport provides Friends of LPB members extended access to favorite public television programs - including full seasons of many current and past series - from any computer, smartphone or tablet. See great LPB and PBS programs anytime you want! 

Watch ALL seasons of your favorite Masterpiece dramas on LPB Passport including: Les Misérables (beginning this Sunday, April 14 with the national premiere!), Victoria, Poldark, and The Durrells in Corfu.

Introducing the Launch of New Collections from LPB Passport:

Films from Ken Burns featuring all episodes of The National Parks; Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony; The Central Park Five; and Vietnam

Spring Dramas including Mrs. Wilson, Unforgotten, and Les Misérables.

Top Docs: Special titles from Independent Lens.

Also, enjoy great LPB programs on Passport including Attakapas: The Cajun Story; Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall's Journey to Save Our Seeds & Stories; Atchafalaya Houseboat; and many more! 

LPB Passport is another benefit of joining Friends of LPB at the Family Level. 

LPB keeps you informed with Newsmakers & Press Club

Watch Louisiana's Newsmakers anytime on LPB's website, or on LPB's YouTube channelNewsmakers is underwritten by Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC Attorneys at Law. 

Plus, see the latest Press Club on LPB's YouTube channel. Erich Ponti, with the Louisiana Coalition to Fix Our Roads, discusses his organization’s plan for incremental 6-cent increases in gasoline taxes to fund road improvements in the state.

Visit Burden Museum & Gardens via ShopLPB

ShopLPB April Feature: Burden Museum & Gardens: A Family’s Gift Digital Download

In the center of the busiest corridor of one of Louisiana’s largest cities lie hundreds of acres of fields, forests and remnants of a lifestyle from an earlier century. LPB, the Burden Foundation, LSU and the LSU AgCenter present Burden Museum & Gardens: A Family’s Gift. This program takes us on a journey that begins in the 1800’s where we meet the family whose heirs would eventually make an extraordinary gift for future generations.

Burden Museum & Gardens: A Family’s Gift DVD also available.

Be sure to browse all of the DVDs, digital downloads, books, t-shirts, and more available at ShopLPB. If you are a member of Friends, you can get a 15% discount on all ShopLPB purchases. Check Visions for the code for savings.

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