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BY Daniel J. EnglerRegister TV Critic
SUNDAY, May 6, 10pm
Franciscan University Presents: Catholics and Islam
EWTN This discussion features Scott Hahn, Franciscan University of Steubenville panelists and scholar Robert Spencer, who founded and directs the blog Jihad Watch. Spencer, a Melkite Greek Catholic, has authored several books on Islam and the Quran. Re-airings at 1pm Tuesday and 5am Thursday.
MONDAY, May 7, 10pm
America Revealed: Made in the USA
PBS Host Yul Kwon, a lawyer and management consultant who won the reality TV show Survivor in 2006, visits companies he says are transforming the roles of ideas and information in U.S. manufacturing, including scrap-into-steel recyclers, microchip engineers and “personalized robot” builders.
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, May 7-9, 6:30pm
EWTN In three 30-minute installments, Word on Fire’s Father Robert Barron, producer of the Catholicism TV and DVD series, which has aired on EWTN, explains “the mystery of God’s presence in our lives and the centrality of the Eucharist.”
THURSDAY, May 10, 8pm
Life on the Rock
EWTN Guest Father Larry Richards, founder of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation, discusses his new book, Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God’s Will. His first book was Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be (2009).
THURSDAY, May 10, 10pm
Extreme Civil War Re-Enactors
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL This new documentary visits Civil War 150th anniversary re-enactments at Fort Sumter, Manassas/Bull Run and Gettysburg and profiles four people whose devotion typifies that of the re-enactor community.
SATURDAY, May 12, 2:30pm
PBS In a new episode of this long-running do-it-yourself home-improvement series, Dean and Miriam Johnson replace a kitchen’s older countertops with new quartz ones. The series aims “to help homeowners achieve professional-looking results.”
WEDNESDAY, May 16, 8pm
Nature: Cracking the Koala Code
PBS In this new documentary, scientists in Australia track the daily lives of koala bears in a forest near Brisbane to chart their habits, study their communication and social structure, and determine which conditions are most critical to koalas’ survival. Advisory: Typical scenes of territorial battles, mating season, birth and hazards.
SATURDAY, May 19, 5pm, live
The Preakness Stakes
NBC This 137th annual second leg of Thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown will take place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The race is known as “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” because a blanket of those flowers always drapes the winner’s neck.
Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.