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BY Daniel J. Engler
All Times Eastern
Familyland TV At 10 a.m. Mondays, 2:30 a.m. Tuesdays
and 11 p.m. Thursdays, hear reliably reported news about the Pope and the
Church, direct from Rome.
Among the new specials this week: Songstress Vickie Carr hosts Fiesta Mexicana, which
places singers and musical groups in beautiful settings to perform pieces from all
over Mexico; Timeless, a
National Parks Odyssey, which features spectacular views of 14 parks
out west; and Visions of
Israel, which flies us over Jerusalem and the rest of the Holy Land
to see Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other sites, such as Mount Carmel, the Sea
of Galilee, the Dead Sea Scrolls’ Qumran caves and today’s cities. Check local
SUNDAYS, 11 p.m.
History International This new weekly
series employs on-site visits, interviews and archival film to profile historic
U.S. fighting vessels. Tonight’s subject, the 1790s frigate U.S.S.
Constitution, never lost a battle, earned the proud nickname “Old Ironsides”
and survives to this day. Next up each week this month: the submarine Nautilus,
the aircraft carrier Hornet and the battleships Texas and New Jersey.
3 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
A Mystical Journey
On St. Kevin’s feast day, come to picturesque Glendalough in Ireland’s County
Wicklow to visit the site of the monastery he founded there in the sixth century
3 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
This documentary by Elisabetta Valgiusti, founder of Salva i Monasteri
(Save the Monasteries), introduces us to Iraq’s community of Christians, now
beset by Muslim persecution after centuries of relative coexistence, and shows
us many churches and monasteries in the Mosul region, which the ancient world
Longtime Alaskan Geo Beach, host of this new weekly series about life in
the Last Frontier state, tonight leads us on a 450-mile trip on the Alaska
Railroad, a major freight and passenger lifeline. Along the way, he joins the
rugged and resourceful crews in loading coal, maintaining tracks and clearing
Design: A Kidney for a Friend
Home & Garden TV Amanda Jolley has
donated a kidney to help save the life of her friend Judy Baird, so program
host Vern Yip decides to reward her and her husband Dale by redesigning their
pool pavilion and master bedroom.
SATURDAY, 5 p.m.
See if Big Brown can become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner since
Affirmed in 1978. Post time will be 6:25 p.m.
Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.