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BY Daniel J. EnglerTV Critic
MONDAY, Jan. 28, 8pm
The Mark of Zorro
TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES This 1940 drama, directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell and Basil Rathbone, features a classic swordfight and offers a friendly view of California’s Spanish mission padres. A-II and TV-G.
TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 3am, 6:30pm
A Time to Rebuild
EWTN Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa discusses the restoration of the Jesuits’ Nowy Cacz school, which helped the Polish people preserve the faith under persecution. TV-G.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 10am
Demographic Bomb: Demography Is Destiny
EWTN This 2009 sequel to the 2008 documentary Demographic Winter explores the history of population control, refutes the myth of "overpopulation," charges anti-lifers with violating human rights and demonstrates the disastrous effects of falling birth rates.
THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 9pm
Columbia: Mission of Hope
PBS This new documentary observes the anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster of Feb. 1, 2003, by saluting the seven astronauts who died and by telling the story of crew member Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut, who carried with him a miniature Torah scroll that had survived the Holocaust. At 10pm, the re-airing of NOVA: Space Shuttle Disaster investigates the accident.
SATURDAY, Feb. 2, 2pm
EWTN ON LOCATION
EWTN Highlights from Franciscan University’s Science and Faith Conference, with the theme "Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?"
SATURDAY, Feb. 2, 11pm
Healing and Miracles at Lourdes
EWTN Ever since Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette in Lourdes in 1858, she has continued to draw her children to God and shower graces and cures upon them. Re-airing at 7pm Friday, Feb. 8.
SUNDAY, Feb. 3, 3pm
Puppy Bowl IX
ANIMAL PLANET Every year, the Puppy Bowl provides an endearing parody of Super Bowl football as cute puppies in a "stadium" score "touchdowns" by romping into the "end zones." A water-bowl cam captures hilarious bowl’s-eye close-ups of slurping puppies, and a veterinarian is on hand to make sure no puppies get tuckered out. Advisory: TV-PG.
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 10am
EWTN This documentary traces the history of Christianity in the land of the pyramids from the Holy Family’s sojourn there and on to the early Desert Fathers, relations with Muslims and the coexistence of Copts, Catholics and Protestants.
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 9pm
Nova: Building Pharaoh’s Chariot
PBS Archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers build two replicas of Egyptian royal war chariots and test-drive them. The ancient chariots’ advanced features included spoked wheels, springs, shock absorbers and roll bars.
SATURDAY, Feb. 9, 7pm
Mother Angelica Live Classics: The Scapular and St. James
EWTN In this show from 1996, Mother Angelica relates the history of the Brown Scapular and explains the graces attached to wearing it.
Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.