FAMILYLAND TV Teenage leaders join with experts in the faith to provide insights, inspiration and encouragement for young Catholics. Airs Wednesdays at 5 p.m., Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.
SUNDAY, 9 a.m.Modern Marvels: D-Day Tech
HISTORY CHANNEL The prayers of all America accompanied our heroic armed forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944. So did an array of new weapons, machines and devices that helped the Allied invasion of Normandy succeed. Instant harbors, “Huff-Duffs,” “Hedgehogs,” “Rhino” barges, DUKW trucks, pole charges and deceptions such as virtual armies of parachuting mannequins, inflatable tanks and dummy soldiers all played their part. Advisory: TV-PG.
TUESDAY, 8 p.m.
Nova Science Now
PBS Segments include the role of sleep in our memory and decision-making, how group behavior emerges, a historical archaeologist’s study of 19th-century Chinese laborers in the American West, and the search for the universe’s ultimate building blocks at the Large Hadron Collider at the Cern laboratory in Switzerland.
WEDNESDAY, 9 p.m.
American Masters: Les Paul: Chasing Sound
PBS Les Paul, born Lester Polfuss in 1915, still plays guitar at a New York City jazz club. His contributions to music include inventing the solid-body electric guitar and multi-track studio recording, as well as a long career in popular entertainment, much of it with his wife Mary Ford. Their hit songs, including “Vaya Con Dios,” have sold 20 million copies.
WEDNESDAY, 10 p.m.
Pilgrimage: A Rediscovery Of Catholic Tradition
EWTN This 60-minute video by Jack Cashill of Video Post Productions shows thousands, including hundreds of priests and seminarians, at the four-day celebration in Rome in 1998 of the 10th anniversary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and of Pope John Paul II’s Ecclesia Dei, which urges bishops to allow wider celebration of the Tridentine Latin Mass. Then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger speaks extensively about that Mass, and we see footage of several solemn Masses and of Benediction.
FRIDAY, 7 a.m.
FBI Stings: Recovering Stolen History
HISTORY CHANNEL This show chronicles three of the many cases solved by Philadelphia-based FBI Special Agent Bob Wittman of the FBI Art Crimes Unit. Shown only in profile here, he poses as an art broker or dealer to recover stolen works of art and other cultural and historical objects. Advisory: TV-PG.
SATURDAY, 9 p.m.
The Man Who Slept for 19 Years
DISCOVERY HEALTH Terry Wallis, who suffered brain damage in a car wreck at age 19, surprised doctors by emerging from an unresponsive state 19 years later, in 2003.
Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.