This groundbreaking musical redefined entertainment and changed the face of American theater. Spanning the years from 1880 to 1927, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s lyrical masterpiece concerns the lives, loves and heartbreaks of three generations of show folk on the Mississippi River, in Chicago and on Broadway. The musical’s impact remains unparalleled, addressing racial prejudice, and introduced a bi-racial cast to Broadway at its premiere while also pointing the way toward a new synthesis between music and spectacle.
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Researchers at the University of Virginia are participating in a massive, international experiment, to study the origins of the universe. Neutrinos, subatomic remnants of the early universe, are high-energy particles that pass at nearly the speed of light through everything- our planet and our bodies. These ghostly particles are of intense interest to physicists because they may be a key player in how the universe came to be.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and 88.9 WCVE producer Steve Clark talk about velvet ants, their defensive strategies, and a recent study detailing their mimicry complexes in North America.
We have a desire to go into space to find out what’s on other worlds and to learn more about dangers such as Cosmic radiation. Nine University of Virginia students have teamed up with NASA to send a cosmic ray experiment 23 miles into space on a giant high-altitude balloon to determine how much radiation is too much. The students have been working on the project for 2 years and the NASA balloon with payload will launch any day now.
Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the human brain in an epic new PBS series beginning October 14th at 10:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS / WHTJ PBS. The six part series, The Brain with David Eagleman, tells the story of the inner workings of the brain and takes us on a visually spectacular journey into why we feel and think the things we do.
As we approach elections and another Virginia General Assembly session, you are invited to join The Community Idea Stations, as part of the studio audience, for the first annual WCVE News Virginia Political Preview.
Host Amy Williams travels to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to talk with Peggy Cornett about late-blooming annuals. John Wise from Reynolds Community College presents the Plant of the Month: Cryptomeria japonica. Co-host Peggy Singlemann visits a private butterfly garden and nursery cultivated by Master Naturalist Linda McBride.
Julie Walters stars as the glamorous doyenne of an English social club in the twilight era of British rule in India. Set in a subtropical paradise, the 9-part series explores the collision of the high-living English ruling class with the local people agitating for Indian independence. As the drama unfolds, the two sides alternately clash and merge in an intricate game of power, politics and passion.
Watch Masterpiece: Indian Summers Part 1 September 27 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS. Check listings for additional air-times.
Join a town hall meeting to explore the many issues propelled into public discourse after a white gunman shot and killed nine African-American parishioners in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June. Gwen Ifill, PBS NewsHour co-anchor, moderates.
Watch America After Charleston September 21 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS. Check listings for additional air-times.