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July 15 - 21, 2019

8 Days: To the Moon and Back

8 Days: To the Moon and Back

A new BBC documentary co-produced with PBS chronicles the Apollo 11 crew's eight-day, three-hour, 18-minute mission to the moon in July 1969. To bring the adventure to life 50 years later, the film blends recently declassified mission audio — featuring conversations between astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins inside the spacecraft on their historic journey — with newly shot studio footage, NASA and news archive footage, and CGI, recreating the voyage and moon landing.

8 Days to the Moon and Back airs Wednesday, July 17 at 9pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD or stream with the free PBS Video App.

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Shakespeare and Hathaway Season 2 Begins on WETA UK!

Shakespeare and Hathaway

A brand new season of the popular detective drama begins on WETA UK this week! Jo Joyner and Mark Benton return as unlikely private detective duo Lu Shakespeare and Frank Hathaway, who investigate misdeeds in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare and Hathaway airs Saturday, July 20 at 8pm on WETA UK.

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Grantchester Season 4 Continues!

Grantchester: Season 4, Episode 2

The brand new fourth season of the popular mystery series continues on Masterpiece! This week, when a professor dies at a cutting-edge computer laboratory, Geordie turns to Leonard for assistance. As they discover the messy love lives of the computer laboratory team, Cathy is tricked, Will returns and Mrs. C makes a shocking discovery.

Grantchester airs Sunday, July 21 at 9pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD or stream with the free PBS Video App.

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Now Streaming on WETA Passport


Our newest member benefit allows you to watch your favorite WETA shows whenever and wherever you want. This week, enjoy these programs among many others:

  • Woodstock
    WETA Passport members can stream the new American Experience film right now, before it airs in August!
  • Grantchester
    Binge the brand new season in full with WETA Passport!
  • Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life
    Explore four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally's work in theater.

WETA Passport is a benefit for members that provides you with extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming. Featuring both PBS and select local programming, WETA Passport allows you to watch even more of your favorite shows, including full seasons of many current and past series. Click here to learn more or activate now!

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Don't Miss a Brand New Season of Jamestown on WETA Passport!


An all-new season of Jamestown is now available to stream for WETA Passport members! As Season 3 begins, it's boom time in Jamestown, and Virginia promises riches and freedom. But old feuds remain, leading to a revenge plot, a tyrannical leader, and a clash between the English and Pamunkey. These conflicts will shape the New World for centuries to come. Watch all eight episodes of Jamestown's third season now with WETA Passport!

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Classical WETA's Front Row Washington Presents the Music of Debussy

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

This week, Classical WETA's Front Row Washington features a piano concert dedicated solely to the composer Claude Debussy. This Phillips Collection recital features award-winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performing some of the composer's most recognizable music, such as La fille au cheveux de lin, and more than a dozen preludes that also evoke summer, La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune (Terrace of Moonlit Audiences) and Feux d'artifice (Fireworks).

Front Row Washington airs Monday, July 15 at 9pm on Classical WETA 90.9 FM.

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Attend a Special Screening of Ready Jet Go! at the Smithsonian!

Ready Jet Go!

Join us for a special screening of Ready Jet Go!'s "One Small Step" special about the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing on Wednesday, July 17 at 5pm. The program will include live music performances and will be followed by games and a meet-n-greet with Jet, the show's costumed character; Dr. Amy Mainzer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Dr. Christyl Johnson from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Tickets are free to the general public on a first come first serve basis, and can be requested at the link below.

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Summer Reading Starts with a Book

Start With a Book

Read. Explore. Learn. At WETA's summer reading website, Start with a Book, you'll find 24 kid-friendly themes for you and your kids to dive into — dinosaurs, bugs, flight, planets and stars, our green world, inventors, detectives, explorers, and much more. Each theme includes dozens of carefully chosen fiction and nonfiction books, hands-on activities, writing ideas, apps and websites to deepen a child's learning. You'll also find tips on reading aloud and building fluency skills. Sign up for our summer literacy text messages, in English or Spanish!

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Discuss the Grantchester Premiere with Telly Visions!

Grantchester S4 E1 recap

The highly anticipated new season of Grantchester is here! Discuss all your feelings about Sidney Chambers' departure and the arrival of new vicar Will Davenport at Telly Visions. Stop by our British blog for a full recap of the Season 4 premiere.

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The Giant Leap for Mankind Started in Greenbelt, Maryland

The Manned Space Flight Network Control Center at Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. (Source: NASA)

When Neil Armstrong announced that man had successfully landed on the moon's surface July 20, 1969, he addressed his message to mission control, based at the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. While Armstrong's first word may have been “Houston,” those at mission control in Texas were not actually the first ones to hear this historic message from space. Rather, the first people to hear of man landing on the moon were NASA personnel at the Goddard Space Center, just 12 miles from D.C. in Greenbelt, Maryland. In fact, much of the technical success and amazement surrounding the Apollo 11 moon landing was thanks to the hard work of the scientists and engineers in Greenbelt.


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