TV Picks August 19-25

All times Eastern

SUNDAY, 9 a.m.

This Week: Democratic Presidential Debate

ABC Pro-abortion all, Joseph Biden, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christopher Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson debate at Drake University in Des Moines. Ex-Bill Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos of ABC and reporter David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register will ask questions.

SUNDAY, 9 a.m.

Whitetails in America

DISCOVERY CHANNEL Whitetail deer live in most of the lower 48 states. This show follows the deer through a year’s seasons.

MONDAY, 9 p.m.

History Detectives

PBS Experts research a Nebraska man’s letter that Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum wrote to Lakota Sioux leader James Red Cloud, a California man’s 1932 Ford Roadster that might have raced on dry lakebeds and a New Jersey family’s 12-foot-high cast iron eagle that might be from the old Grand Central Station in Manhattan.


The Choices We Face

FAMILYLAND TV At 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Ralph Martin and Peter Herbeck of Renewal Ministries urge us to be faithful to Christ and the Gospel.


How It’s Made

DISCOVERY CHANNEL This fun and educational episode shows us how book bindings work, how yogurt is cultured, how neon signs are lit and how candles are formed.

THURSDAY, 10 p.m.

Adventure Lodges of North America: United States Adventure Lodges

PBS See the Winterlake Lodge in Alaska, the Camelot Lodge on the banks of the Colorado River near Moab, Utah, and the Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island, Fla.

SATURDAY, 5 p.m.

Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed

HISTORY CHANNEL The Army base Fort Knox, in Kentucky, houses the U.S. government’s repository of perhaps $73 billion in gold bullion. Archival photos and film give us glimpses of the highly guarded grounds, as do interviews with congressmen and journalists who were admitted to the base for a visit in 1974. Advisory: TV-PG.

SATURDAY, 8 p.m.

Thecla: A Life Spent for the Gospel

EWTN “The power idea which must animate us is the thought of souls,” Venerable Mother Thecla Merlo (1894-1964) told her Daughters of St. Paul sisters. She and Blessed Father James Alberione (1884-1971) co-founded that order in 1915 to spread the Gospel worldwide through print, film and the mass media. Said Mother Thecla, “Our congregation will always be young, because it will make use of every new means to do good.”

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.