KLRU features Sotomayor hearing on Q

PBS will provide full coverage of the Senate Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor expected to begin July 13, 2009 at 9 a.m. on KLRU-Q (broadcast 18-3). The video will also be streaming live online, see bottom of this post for the feed.

NewsHour Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff will anchor live coverage from the hearing room in the Hart Senate Office Building, with analysis from Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal. PBS will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the days when Sotomayor is scheduled to testify before the committee.

Coverage will begin Monday, July 13, at 9 a.m. Monday’s hearing is expected to include statements from each of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and possibly Sotomayor’s opening statement. Over the course of several days, the hearings will continue with questions and answers with Sotomayor followed by testimony from other witnesses. The NewsHour’s coverage will begin with the Committee members’ statements on Monday and will continue through the conclusion of Judge Sotomayor’s appearances before the committee.

the Online NewsHour has a profile of Sonia Sotomayor and a wealth of information about the Supreme Court, the justices and its history at the Supreme Court Watch web page.

Sotomayor Hearing Coverage from NPR News and The NewsHour

Video Coverage Courtesy of: The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Highlights 7/12 to 7/18

Miss Marple hears about a string of murders in a peaceful village town on Masterpiece Mystery! “Miss Marple: Murder is Easy” at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The beloved international humorist and musician Victor Borge is celebrated in this special at 8 p.m. Monday featuring such classic comedy bits as the timeless “Phonetic Punctuation,” “Inflationary Language,” “Autumn Leaves” with Robert Merrill, “The Opera Singer” with Marylyn Mulvey and many more.

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Two new series start July 8

July 8 is the premiere of Time Team America, based on the long-running and highly successful UK series. This five-part series places a team of archaeological experts in a new American dig site each week with only three days to unearth its buried secrets. The first episode’s location is “Fort Raleigh.” Untangle the mystery of the first English settlement in America, where 116 settlers vanished from Roanoke Island more than 400 years ago.  Airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. starting July 8th.

Ascent of Money premieres immediately after Time Team America. Author, economist and historian Niall Ferguson traces the evolution of money and demonstrates that financial history is the essential back-story behind all history.  This four-part series is a more extensive and evergreen financial history than the two-hour special which premiered in January 2009.  Airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 1 p.m. starting July 8th.

Highlights 7/5 to 7/11

When Miss Marple learns of the deaths of businessman Rex Fortescue (Kennetth Cranham, Valkyrie), his young wife, Adele, and their housemaid, Gladys, the circumstances vividly recall the nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence” on Masterpiece Mystery! “Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye” at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Get a sneak preview of Ken Burns new film National Parks, which airs in September, at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
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Mrs Slocombe actress passes away

From the BBC

Actress Mollie Sugden has died at the age of 86, her agent has said.

The TV star, best known for playing Mrs Slocombe in long-running BBC sitcom Are You Being Served?, died at the Royal Surrey Hospital after a long illness.

The Yorkshire-born actress’s twin sons, Robin and Simon Moore, were at her bedside, agent Joan Reddin said.

David Croft, one of the writers of Are You Being Served?, remembered her as a “marvellous character” who would never turn down chances to make people laugh.

“She would never refuse any sort of comedy situation no matter how undignified it was she would always go along with it. She was marvellously funny,” he said.

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Wide Angle's new season starts 7/1

Program: Wide Angle
Date: Wednesdays
Time: 9 p.m.

The new season of Wide Angle begins July 1. This series delivers up-to-the-minute reports from global hotspots to give American television viewers a unique forum for understanding the complex, often dramatic, sometimes explosive and always relevant stories that are shaping the present and future of the world. Each program focuses on a single subject, bringing to life international events and issues that matter to Americans today — from global epidemics to economic development and matters related to the war on terrorism.

July 1 the series premiers with “Crossing Heaven’s Border.” This documentary focuses on North Korean defectors who take life-threatening journeys, some traveling thousands of miles from their homeland through China and Laos, in the hope of settling as free citizens in South Korea. Intrepid South Korean journalists with hidden cameras risk their own lives capturing the action and emotion.

The Wide Angle web site features web only video related to each of the films. In this clip, watch the vivid story of a woman, Myong Hui Eom, who was a model North Korean citizen before being arrested for practicing Christianity, a crime punishable by prison, torture and even death.

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Ken Burns seeks Dust Bowl stories

Filmmaker Ken Burns is seeking stories for his upcoming film “The Dust Bowl.” Burns writes “… Like our earlier films on World War II, Jazz, Baseball, and The Civil War, we think the Dust Bowl is an important event in all of American history. We’re in the early stages of our research, but we know that Oklahoma will be a major part of the Dust Bowl story we want to tell. We’re looking for first-person stories of Oklahomans who lived through those hard, hard times, especially out in the Panhandle, where the Dust Bowl was the worst. We hope to find people who can share their experiences with us – or their photographs, diaries, or home movies from the 1930s, to help us tell this important story.”

If you have or know of a person who has a dust bowl story to share,

email: dustbowl@oeta.tv
call: the Oklahoma PBS station OETA at 1-800-846-7665
or writing to:
OETA Dustbowl Stories
P.O. Box 14190
Oklahoma City, OK 73113