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The LPB Premiere of Won't You Be My Neighbor? and more!

(In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues. See Won't You Be My Neighbor? Saturday at 7PM.)

Tonight at 7PM on Antiques Roadshow: Ca’ D’zandiscover treasures that are fitting for a celebration of “The Greatest Show on Earth,” like an 1866 Otto Georgi painting and “How Man Learned to Fly” illustrations. At 8PM on the season 14 premiere of Midsomer Murders, there is a new policeman in town as DCI John Barnaby joins DS Benjamin Jones. The two investigate the scandals and deadly deeds that lurk just beneath the well-manicured surface of the seemingly idyllic county of Midsomer. At 9PM on New Tricks, a team of retired former detectives with over 80-years service between them and three very distinct personalities is recruited to re-examine unsolved crimes. Then at 10PM on Shetland, a teenage girl is murdered and it is up to DI Jimmy Perez to shed light on the killing.

Tuesday at 7PM on Finding Your Roots, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delves deep into the roots of actor S. Epatha Merkerson and athlete and television personality Michael Strahan. At 8PM, PBS NewsHour will provide live coverage of President Trump’s State of the Union Address. Coverage will include the President’s speech, the Democratic response, and analysis from the PBS NewsHour team. From the South to Brooklyn to China, meet the people who reproduce, consume and reclaim black memorabilia, on Independent Lens at 10PM.

Wednesday at 7PM on Nature: Arctic Wolf Pack, discover the white wolf, one of the most hardened predators on the planet, in Ellesmere Island's unforgiving ice and snow. At 8PM on NOVA: Decoding the Great Pyramid, see stunning new archaeological evidence that provides clues about the Egyptians who built the Great Pyramid of Giza -- and how they did it.  That's followed at 9PM by The Dictator's Playbook. Learn how Francisco Franco used the tactics of colonial war to win control of Spain. Then at 10PM on And Then There Were None, ten strangers are drawn away from their normal lives to an isolated rock off the Devon coast. As the mismatched group waits for the arrival of their hosts, the weather sours and they find themselves cut off from civilization, a murderer in their midst.... 

Thursday at 7PM, Father Brown spies trouble when Lady Felicia returns to Kembleford. At 8PM on Doc Martin, with James teething, Martin and Louisa are desperate for more sleep, and in an unusual display of mourning, Mrs. Tishell closes the pharmacy, inconveniencing everyone. At 9PM on Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators, Lu and Frank try to exonerate local criminal Billy after the mayor is murdered in the dead of night. Then at 10PM on Endeavor Season 5 on Masterpiece, the investigation of an assassination attempt is quickly brought to an unexpected end, but Morse continues to probe.

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 Seoul, South Korea and begins her journey on a tour in Yeonnam-Dong, a re-purposed green space filled with a resurgence of diverse restaurants and coffee shops. At 8:30PM on Art Rocks!, meet Monroe painter Don Cincone, whose studies in fine art began as an eighth grader through correspondence courses with great American great painters, including Norman Rockwell.  Now, it’s Cincone's work that is sought after worldwide. Then at 9PM on Live from Lincoln Center Pipeline, Nya, an inner-city teacher is desperate to save her son, in Dominique Morisseau’s new play. At 10:30PM, Antiques Roadshow: Celebrating Black Americana honors Black History Month with this special episode. Highlights include an 1815 U.S. citizenship certificate for George Barker, a free man of color; an African-American beauty book written by Madam C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire; and a trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Saturday at 7PM, LPB presents the PBS broadcast premiere of Won't You Be My Neighbor? In this feature documentary, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. During the broadcast, we will invite viewers to make this year a beautiful day in the neighborhood for LPB by joining our Be A Friend Campaign. For a sneak peek, click HERE!

Saturday at 9PM, see the premiere of 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 together. On 800 Words at 10PM, George and Fiona's budding relationship is headline news in Weld, and Monty finally mans up to his big brother and there's a rumble in the main street. At 11PM, enjoy the best performances from ACL Presents: Americana 17th Annual Honors. Featured artists include John Prine, Buddy Guy, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell and more.

Sunday at 8PM on Victoria, after an assassination attempt, the Royal household visits Ireland. Intrigue, conflict and romance all blossom during a stay at the Palmerston estate. 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.

Enter to win tickets to see James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt!

Enter the LPB YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Giveaway through this Thursday, February 7, 2019 for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt. All members of Friends of LPB are eligible to win. If you’re not already a member, become a member, and you too will be entered in the giveaway.

James Taylor and his all-star band and special guest Bonnie Raitt are playing the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge on Monday, February 11th and Friends of LPB wants to send you to the concert! Click HERE for details.

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 Monday, February 18, 2019.

To enter, filmmakers should send a link of their film to 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

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.

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LPB | Edcamp Statewide Partnership

Edcamps build and support communities of empowered educators through peer-led, participant-driven professional learning, and are free to attendees, ensuring that all local educators have access to them. LPB’s goal is to support Edcamps around the state so educators can connect with one another to spark innovation in the classroom. This partnership will help Edcamps in Louisiana bring educators together to transform teaching in learning, especially early childhood educators. LPB recognizes the need for strong peer-to-peer teacher networks and looks forward to bringing the Edcamp model to communities in Louisiana.

Edcamp Lafayette will be held on February 9 at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School in Scott, LA. Register HERE.

Learn more about the national Edcamp movement:

Funding provided in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Watch the new season of Victoria in its entirety before episodes air nationally!  

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! 

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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 channel. In the latest episode, State Senator Dan Claitor discusses “Criminal Justice Reinvestment” in Louisiana. Newsmakers is underwritten by Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC Attorneys at Law. 

Plus, see the latest Press Club on LPB's YouTube channel as Adam Knapp, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, discusses how his organization will be “Thinking Bigger in 2019.” 

Explore Louisiana at ShopLPB

ShopLPB Feature of the Week: An Enduring Legacy: Louisiana’s Croatian-Americans DVD

The Croatians of Lower Plaquemines parish have used grit and determination to build an oystering industry that has made Louisiana famous. Little-known even in their home state, the history of the tight-knit Croatian-American community is portrayed in this documentary through the lives of four figures who embody the 150-year Croatian experience in Louisiana: George Barisich, Domenica Cibilich, John Tesvich, and Pete Vujnovich. Seen at work on the water, in home movies, at social gatherings and in interviews in their homes, these figures put an immediate and compelling face on a people who have endured economic privation, hurricanes, loss of their homes, oil spills, and the never-ending toil of a watery farming existence. As their stories unfold, it becomes clear that these individuals offer a premier example of the American dream—and of the drama that lies behind this quintessentially American saga.

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