TV Picks 04.21.2009


Advanced Catechism Series With Cardinal Arinze

FAMILYLAND TV The late Jesuit Father John Hardon said that unless the Catholic Church in America solved its catechetical crisis, it would disappear like the Church in North Africa. At 3:30 a.m. Mondays, 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, and 11 a.m. Fridays, Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, provides insights into Catholic doctrine and morality.

SUNDAY, 1:30 p.m.

U.S. Open Golf Championship

NBC Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, in Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y., is the site of this year’s U.S. Open Golf Championship. Today’s final round will determine the tournament’s 109th champion.

SUNDAY, 9 p.m.

Timewatch: Last Day of WWI

MILITARY CHANNEL This program tours the Belgian and French battlefields where Allied and German generals forced their soldiers to keep fighting, killing and dying right up to the moment of the armistice: 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. Advisory: TV-PG.

SUNDAY, 10 p.m.

Catholic Compass: March for Life: Exodus 2009

EWTN On May 14, 1969, Canada’s Parliament voted 149-55 for the Omnibus Bill C-150 to legalize artificial contraception, abortions and homosexual acts. This hour-long show captures highlights of this year’s 12,300-strong National March for Life on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. Re-airs 2 p.m. Tuesday, 4 a.m. Friday.

TUESDAY, 9 p.m.

Frontline: Digital Dumping Ground

PBS This special probes the dumping of hundreds of millions of pounds of electronic waste every year around the world and criminal efforts to retrieve data from it.


What You Get for the Money

Home & Garden TV Tonight’s show finds out what homes $200,000 buys in Jackson, Miss.; Omaha, Neb.; Post Falls, Idaho; Austin, Texas; Tampa, Fla.; and Syracuse, N.Y.

FRIDAY, 7 p.m.

Modern Marvels: The World’s Fastest

HISTORY This episode profiles a car, Sweden’s Koenigsegg CCR; a train, the Maglev in Shanghai; a test boat, the Spirit of Australia; a roller coaster, the Kingda Ka; and experimental “sleds” on the Holloman High Speed Test Track at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, one of which hit 6,589 mph in 2008. Advisory: TV-PG.

SATURDAY, 9 p.m.

Lava Hunter

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL Photographer Bob Madden visits Hawaii’s “Big Island” to try for a “perfect” photo of flowing lava from the 4,091-foot Kilauea Volcano. Along the way, he queries scientists and captures air, sea and land shots.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.