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The Farthest - Voyager in Space
Wednesday, September 13 at 9:00pm
Learn how NASA’s epic Voyager missions, launched in 1977, revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their dazzling moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.
Featuring a soundtrack of evocative period music including songs from Pink Floyd, stunning cinematography, vivid CGI animations of Voyager traversing the solar system, and original groundbreaking photographs taken by the twin spacecraft, the film tells the story of one of humanity’s most ambitious scientific endeavors.
Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas
Saturday, September 2 at 4:00pm
Tune in as Jim Brickman joins us in the studio
and find out how you can get EXCLUSIVE tickets
to his Christmas Concert in Roanoke!
Jim Brickman brings the spirit of the season into your home with carols, Christmas classics and original songs in his holiday special "A Joyful Christmas." Featuring The People's Tenor, from the UK, Russell Watson, singer Anne Cochran, actress Jane Lynch, the legendary Dick Van Dyke and winner of The Voice Jordan Smith. Gather together with family and friends to celebrate "A Joyful Christmas."
Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World
Tuesday, September 12 at 8:00pm
The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of one on the most important events in western civilization—the birth of an idea that continues to shape the life of Americans today. In 1517, power was in the hands of the few, thought was controlled by the chosen, and common people lived lives without hope. On October 31 of that year, a penniless monk named Martin Luther sparked the revolution that would change everything. He had no army. In fact, he preached nonviolence so powerfully that—400 years later— Michael King would change his name to Martin Luther King to show solidarity with the original movement.
This movement, the Protestant Reformation, changed western culture at its core, sparking the drive toward individualism, freedom of religion, women's rights, separation of church and state, and even free public education. Without the Reformation, there would have been no Pilgrims, no Puritans, and no America in the way we know it.
he film follows the dramatic story of Martin Luther's life: the massive lightning storm that nearly killed him, the bleak self-punishment of his time in the monastery, the corruption that unleashed his anger, his trial before the most powerful man in Europe, and the staged kidnapping that helped him escape the death penalty. Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) narrates.
On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam
Friday, September 22 at 9:00pm
Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on working-class youth and their communities. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a POW and the other protesting at home.