TV Picks 10.09.11

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 9pm

The War of 1812

PBS This new two-hour documentary uses re-enactments, animation and 26 experts’ analysis to chronicle a conflict between the United States and Great Britain that saw Washington, D.C., burned — but also gave birth to our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 6:30pm

Faith Bowl IV

EWTN Catholic sports figures share stories and offer advice to parents and children. Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, retired baseball slugger Mike Sweeney Jr., his baseball-coach dad Mike Sweeney Sr., and the University of Notre Dame’s Kristen Sheehan star in this show from Family Theater Productions.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 7am

Modern Marvels: The Technology of Lewis and Clark


This program documents the technology and survival techniques that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark used on their epic 1804-1806 exploration of the Pacific Northwest. Filmed on location along the Lewis and Clark Trail. TV-G.

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 10pm

Craft in America: Family

PBS This show spotlights artistic families whose crafts include woodturning, glass creations, ceramics, metal objects and boots. Advisory: TV-PG.


World Series, Games 1-3

FOX In major league baseball’s 107th Fall Classic, the National League champion hosts the American League champs in Games 1 and 2 on Wednesday and Thursday, and the AL will host the NL for Saturday’s Game 3. Teams were not set at press time.

SATURDAY, Oct. 22, noon, 8:30pm

Pope John Paul II: Crusader for Human Dignity

CATHOLICTV This documentary from the “Great Souls” series analyzes the life, character and spirituality of Pope John Paul II; it airs on his feast day.

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.