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PASSION AND POLITICS DURING WWII; A NEW MASTERPIECE SERIES PREMIERES

ATLANTIC CROSSING ON MASTERPIECE
Series Premiere
Sunday  8PM

A friendship forged in war, ATLANTIC CROSSING is based on a true story of passion and politics involving President Franklin Roosevelt and Norwegian Crown Princess Martha during World War II. The eight-part series looks into the rarely told story of Norway's struggle against the Nazi invasion and occupation, and the personal struggles that created for Roosevelt and his family as well as the Norwegian royal family. 

After a successful goodwill visit by the royal couple to the United States, a friendship is formed between Martha and Roosevelt. Just months later, neutral Norway finds itself fighting for survival when Nazi Germany invades, hoping to seize their ports and iron ore mines. The Nazi's try to capture the royal family, but they manage to escape, only not together. Princess Martha and her children land in America, while the rest of the Norwegian royal family escape to England. Will Roosevelt defy public isolationist sentiment and help his friend and Norway? Meanwhile Roosevelt's wife and Martha's husband both grow suspicious of their relationship: is it friendship or something more?

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Sofia Helin as Crown Princess Martha and Kyle MacLachlan as President Franklin D. Roosevelt. CLICK HERE for a video taking you deeper into the series.

UNTOLD STORIES & HIDDEN HISTORIES FROM WWII

MY GRANDPARENTS' WAR
4-Part Series Premiere
Sunday 7PM

Follow leading Hollywood actors as they re-trace the footsteps of their grandparents and learn how World War II changed the lives of their families - and the world.

Helena Bonham Carter (Sunday, April 4) - Helena Bonham Carter relates how her grandfather defied orders by helping Jewish people escape the Holocaust, while her grandmother volunteered as an air raid warden and campaigned for women's rights.

Mark Rylance (Sunday, April 11) - Actor and peace campaigner Mark Rylance explores the extraordinary World War II story of his grandfather Osmond Skinner, who spent almost four years as a Japanese prisoner of war.

Kristin Scott Thomas (Sunday, April 18) - Actor Kristin Scott Thomas uncovers the story of how her grandfather William saved thousands of lives at Dunkirk while serving as a commanding officer in the Royal Navy throughout World War II. 

Carey Mulligan (Sunday, April 25) - Actor Carey Mulligan explores how her grandfather travelled thousands of miles to fight the Japanese in the final months of World War II, and lost his closest friends from a kamikaze attack at sea.

A NEW SEASON OF A THURSDAY NIGHT FAVORITE

DEATH IN PARADISE
New Season Premieres
Thursday 8PM

The hugely popular comedy-drama is back for its tenth season with its usual combination of baffling murders, intriguing puzzles and famous guest stars. There are also some big surprises in store – starting with the shock return of D.S Florence Cassell. Can Florence help Neville embrace life on the island? New characters turn up on shore – including 18-year-old petty criminal Marlon Pryce, who quickly stirs up trouble. The arrival of twins is the least of JP’s challenges as Marlon and work test him to his limits. Meanwhile, Selwyn finds himself in the firing line and Catherine faces grave danger following the death of a friend.

BIODIVERSITY LOSS: A LOOK AT WHAT COULD HAPPEN NEXT

EXTINCTION: THE FACTS
Wednesday  7PM 

With a million species at risk of extinction, Sir David Attenborough explores how this crisis of biodiversity has consequences for us all, threatening food and water security, undermining our ability to control our climate and even putting us at greater risk of pandemic diseases.

Interesting fact about Sir David Attenborough: According to his Wiki page, Sir Attenborough is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programs in black and whitecolorHD3D and 4K.

WHAT TO WATCH - AND WHEN

NEW SERIES! Two British widows who met at a wedding trade letters in which they attempt to one-up each other with stories and events from their lives. Based on the iconic BBC radio show! LADIES OF LETTERS Saturday | 8PM.

Click on the links to find out more about each of these LPB programs! For complete listings check schedules at LPB.org.


MONDAY 
7pm - Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Louisville A corner cupboard made in 1815, a nephrite jade basin & an Onderdonk landscape. 
8pm -Secrets of the Six Wives The last three wives. 
9pm - Escape to the Chateau Angel gives the turret a makeover and Dick creates a parkour fitness trail. 

TUESDAY
7pm - Finding Your Roots S. Epatha Merkerson discovers she is part of the GU272 - visits relatives in Louisiana
8pm - AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Blinding of Isaac Woodard An act of racial violence that led to the racial awakening of President Truman. 
10pm - INDEPENDENT LENS: Jonathan Scott's Power Trip

WEDNESDAY
7pm - Extinction: The Facts Sir David Attenborough -the voice of nature for an entire generation! 
8pm -  Storm Over the AtlanticA voyage into the heart of the elements. 
9pm - NOVA: Mystery Beneath the Ice  Under Antarctica's icy landscape.


THURSDAY 
7pm - Father Brown 
8pm - Death in Paradise NEW SEASON! A news presenter is found murdered. An old colleague returns. 
9pm - Midsomer Murders A cycling competition is killer!


FRIDAY
7pm - Louisiana: The State We're In 
7:30pm - Washington Week
8pm - Samantha Brown's Places to Love NEW SEASON Samantha explores Quebec City & the ice hotel! 
8:30pm - Art Rocks! The Series
9pm - AMERICAN MASTERS: Never Too Late - Doc Severinsen The master trumpeter's career!

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SATURDAY 
7pm - As Time Goes By 
7:30pm - Keeping Up Appearances Hyacinth & Richard go "yachting." I've got a sinking feeling about this. 
8pm - Ladies of Letters Sort of like if we got a peek at Hyacinth's letters. 
8:30pm - Upstart Crow 
9pm - Jazz (1961 - Present) FINAL EPISODE! Next week we begin Ken Burns' "Baseball."

SUNDAY 
6pm - WWII  & Cinema The propaganda and escapism of film during WWII. 
7pm - My Grandparents' War - LIMITED SERIES
8pm - Atlantic Crossing on MASTERPIECE SERIES PREMIERE
9pm - World on Fire on MASTERPIECE Encore! Interwoven stories as WWII breaks-out. 
 

COMING NEXT WEEK! HEMINGWAY AND A HOST OF DOCS FEATURING LOUISIANA  AUTHORS

HEMINGWAY:  A Film By Ken Burns & Lynn Novick
Premiering April 5, 6, 7 at 7PM

Ernest Hemingway is considered one of the greatest American writers – an iconic literary figure with an unparalleled body of artistic work and a complicated emotional legacy. In Hemingway, a new documentary series directed by award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, viewers will get an intimate picture of the writer…and the man behind the myth. LPB airs the three-part, six-hour documentary series on three consecutive nights, April 5 – 7 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. 

Each episode is followed by a documentary spotlighting an author from, or writing about, Louisiana. 

  • KATE CHOPIN: A RE-AWAKENING (Monday, April 4 at 9pm) – Kate Chopin set her stories in New Orleans and in the bayous and backwaters of Louisiana – a lush world that awakened a longing for freedom.
  • ERNEST J. GAINES: LOUISIANA STORIES (Monday, April 4 at 9:30pm) – A look at the author’s life and career as told by his family – and Gaines himself.
  • JOHN KENNEDY TOOLE: THE OMEGA POINT (Tuesday, April 6 at 9pm) – The tragic story of the author of “A Confederacy of Dunces” who took his own life before his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was published.
  • WALKER PERCY: A DOCUMENTARY FILM (Wednesday, April 7 at 9pm) – The life and work of the writer and National Book Award Winner. 

The PBS Hemingway website has a wealth of resources to explore including an educator guide and short videos covering literary analysis and Hemingway's writing style and influences. 

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS

FLAT TOWN – AN LPB & REEL SOUTH VIRTUAL DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE
Thursday, April 1 6:30pm
Click here to RSVP

As part of the REEL SOUTH documentary anthology series, LPB is proud to present this virtual premiere of the short documentary, Flat Town on Thursday, April 1 from 6:30 - 7:45pm.

The thirty-minute film takes us to Ville Platte in Evangeline Parish for a closer look at the Tee Cotton Bowl. This annual exhibition football game between the majority-Black public school and the majority-White private school serves to unite the town, allowing sport to act as a form of intergenerational, anti-racist reconciliation.

Joining us for the premiere and discussion surrounding the film will be:

  • Tim Fontenot - Tee Cotton Bowl Founder
  • Jennifer Vidrine - Mayor of Ville Platte
  • Bryan Tucker - Filmmaker
  • Raymond Partsch - Host

The mission of the REEL SOUTH series is to spotlight Southern stories, revealing the South’s proud, yet complicated heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives. Flat Town will kick-off the broadcast premiere of the REEL SOUTH series on LPB on Thursday, April 8 at 7:00pm.

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PHILLY D.A.: A VIRTUAL SCREENING & DISCUSSION
Monday, April 12 6:00 – 7:30 PM
TO REGISTER:
www.lpb.org/phillyda

In 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had one of the highest incarceration rates of any major city in the United States. When civil rights attorney Larry Krasner mounted a long-shot campaign to become District Attorney, he ran on a bold pledge: to end mass incarceration by changing the culture of the criminal justice system from within. LPB will offer a virtual preview of the series followed by a panel discussion about criminal justice reform in Louisiana. 

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LPB'S STATEWIDE VIRTUAL FAMILY COMMUNITY SUMMIT
Saturday, April 17 10-11am
Click here to RSVP

This hour long family summit will provide parents and caregivers of children ages birth to six an opportunity to learn about the Sesame Street in Communities resources to help their children prepare for school. Two early childhood experts will be available for Q&A. Special prizes will be available to win for participation!

DEADLINE EXTENDED! NOMINATE A YOUNG HERO

2021 LOUISIANA YOUNG HEROES
Deadline: Sunday, April 18, 2021

Louisiana Public Broadcasting is proud to recognize exemplary students in our state as Louisiana Young Heroes. Parents, principals, teachers, guidance counselors, family, friends, and in fact, anyone who knows of an exceptional high school student deserving of recognition for their tenacity, good work and commendable deeds, is encouraged to nominate them by Sunday, April 18, 2021 at www.lpb.org/heroes.

Each year, LPB celebrates the achievements of a new class of Young Heroes. This year’s Young Heroes will join the ranks of the almost 200 students who have been recognized as Louisiana Young Heroes since LPB founded the program in 1995. 

“This has been an extraordinary year for students in our state. We hear every day about young people in our communities making a difference, lending a hand, and being a positive influence. By nominating them, they have the opportunity to be honored as the role models they truly are,” LPB President, Beth Courtney.

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors: the U.S. Army Baton Rouge Recruiting Battalion, Community Coffee, DEMCO, and Hotel Indigo. 

ARE YOU READY FOR LPB’S ULTIMATE OUTDOOR LIVING EXPERIENCE?

LPB's Ultimate Outdoor Living Experience
Tickets - $45 (Buy 2 & get the 3rd FREE!)
www.lpb.org/raffle

Spring is quickly approaching and there’s no better way to soak in the sun than in your own backyard. 

Enter LPB’s Ultimate Patio Raffle. One lucky winner will receive an amazing outdoor makeover perfect for entertaining! Grand prize is a $25,000 gift card to BBQ Guys, www.bbqguys.com. Design the patio of your dreams with a BBQ island, smoker, fire pit, furniture, outdoor television and more.

Enter to win the ultimate patio and take your backyard to the next level! 

Ticket are $45! Buy two and get the third ticket FREE!

Deadline to Enter: Sunday, May 2, 2021

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QUICK TIPS FOR BUSY PARENTS

ONE TO GROW ON
LPB's new children's health and education initiative. 

LPB is an active partner to Louisiana parents and has been for 45 years. Whether it’s an educational television series that’s fun AND engaging, or curriculum-based digital learning resources that supplement efforts of both parents and teachers, the education and welfare of ALL of Louisiana’s children is at the very core of our mission and has been since Louisiana Public Broadcasting first went on the air.

Now LPB is offering even more help with One To Grow On. Designed for parents, parents-to-be, grandparents, teachers, or neighbors, One To Grow On is a far reaching health and education initiative designed to improve the health, safety, education and overall well-being of Louisiana’s children.

Watch for quick, one-minute long videos during LPB children's programs and check - out our website (www.onetogrowon.org )  for more videos and resource links. 

One To Grow On is underwritten by Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health. 

LPB NOW STREAMING LIVE FOR LOCAL VIEWING ONLINE AND ON THE GO!

Viewers can now watch the award-winning local content they love from Louisiana Public Broadcasting  as well as all of their PBS favorites and they won’t even need a television set! LPB-HD is now streaming live online on lpb.org and on the LPB app.

Viewers can visit lpb.org/livetv or go to lpb.org and click on LIVE TV. If you have not allowed “Location Services” you may be asked to do so. It is as simple as that and it is absolutely free; there is no subscription nor cost associated. Other ways to access the LPB HD live stream is through the LPB app,or pbs.org

“LPB is committed to providing quality educational, informative and entertaining programs to the citizens of Louisiana,” says Beth Courtney, CEO and President of LPB. “As the ways our citizens watch our programs changes, then so must LPB. From apps, online, to YouTube, Facebook and even our digital first series, LPB is expanding its digital frontiers.”

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