National Catholic Register

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TV Picks Oct.12-18, 2008

BY Daniel J. Engler

October 12-18, 2008 Issue | Posted 10/7/08 at 2:40 PM

 

SUNDAYS, FRIDAYS

Feeling and Healing Our Emotions

FAMILYLAND TV At 3:30 a.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. Fridays, Dr. Philip Sutton and Apostolate for Family Consecration cofounder Jerry Coniker discuss ways we can recognize our emotions and deal with them.


MONDAY, 9 p.m.

Discovery Investigates: Siberian Apocalypse

DISCOVERY CHANNEL Three scientists visit the remote Tunguska River region of Siberia to try to settle the still-undetermined cause of the massive explosion that hit there at 7:17 a.m. on June 30, 1908. Whether an asteroid, meteorite, comet or something else, the “event” left no crater but knocked down millions of trees in an area 50 miles across.


TUESDAY, 8 p.m.

Nova: Space Shuttle Disaster

PBS Astronauts, relatives and accident probers discuss the space shuttle Columbia’s disintegration over Texas during re-entry on Feb. 1, 2003, and the loss of the seven crew members. Advisory: TV-PG.


WEDNESDAY, 9 p.m., live

Third Presidential Debate

MAJOR NETWORKS This third and final debate between John McCain and Barack Obama is to take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. The topics will be domestic and economic policy.


THURSDAY, 8 p.m., live

Life on the Rock

EWTN Tonight’s guest is Billy Valentine, head of Catholic Students for McCain at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.


THURSDAY, 8 p.m., 11 p.m.

Polar Bears Uncovered

ANIMAL PLANET Grown-up male polar bears can weigh 1,500 lbs. and stand almost 10 feet high, but as newborns, they are just 14 inches long. This show gives us a cub’s-eye view of starting life in an ice den and growing up in the Arctic. TV-G.


FRIDAY, 5:30 p.m.

If Walls Could Talk: Norman Rockwell House

HOME & GARDEN TV This episode takes us to the Arlington, Vt., home where the late artist Don Trachte Sr. hid the original of Norman Rockwell’s painting “Breaking Home Ties” (1954) behind a wall and hung in its place a copy he had painted. Houses in Lebanon, Ind., and Wallace, Idaho, are also visited.


SATURDAY, 8 p.m.

Black Blizzard

HISTORY Adding to Americans’ misery during the Great Depression, a years-long drought turned over-farmed fields in the Midwest into dust mounds, and that in turn, spawned “black blizzards”: gigantic and violent dust storms that buried roads and cars and deposited six-foot sand and dust drifts in their wake. Advisory: TV-PG.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.