TV Picks August 5-11

All Times Eastern

VARIOUS, check local listings

Pledge Week Shows

PBS Each PBS station will air some of these shows. Liam Lawton: Live in Dublin features platinum singer-songwriter Father Liam Lawton, Roisin O’Reilly, boy soprano Joseph McManners and the Irish Film Orchestra and Chorus. My Music: ’50s Pop Parade presents archival clips and onstage performances by Ed Ames, Robert Goulet, Tony Martin, Patti Page, Kay Starr, Jerry Vale and vocal groups. Andre Rieu: Radio City Music Hall, Live in New York offers classical, pop and patriotic fare. Why Smart People Do Stupid Things With Money features financial whiz Bert Whitehead. The Borinqueneers follows the U.S. Army’s 65th Puerto Rican Regiment in the Korean War.

SUNDAY, 9 a.m., live

Republican Presidential Debate

ABC Sam Brownback, Rudolph Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo and Tommy Thompson face off at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Ex-Bill Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos and reporter David Yepsen will ask questions. The Democrats will debate Aug. 19.

SUNDAY, 5 p.m.

EWTN New Season Preview

EWTN Doug Keck and guests will preview this fall’s new shows.

MONDAY, 9 p.m.

History Detectives

PBS The experts investigate a possible photo of Confederate prisoners of war, a 1953 Sunbeam Alpine that might be from the 1955 movie To Catch a Thief and a 1914 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that might have been in World War I. A re-air from 2006.

TUESDAYS, 10 a.m.

Transformation in Christ

FAMILYLAND TV Alice von Hildebrand analyzes her late husband Dietrich’s Catholic classic, Transformation in Christ: On the Christian Attitude (1948).



EWTN Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa’s guest, Father Vincent Serpa, chaplain and apologist at Catholic Answers, discusses “Apologetics and the Priesthood.”

THURSDAY, 6 a.m.

Classroom: The Great Ships: The Windjammers

HISTORY CHANNEL Come aboard still-surviving examples of the windjammers, the majestic iron and steel tall ships that succeeded the clipper ships.


St. Clare of Assisi

EWTN Celebrate the feast day of St. Clare (1194-1253) with the 30-minute documentary Francis and Clare of Assisi at 2:30 p.m. and the 60-minute biography St. Clare of Assisi at 8 p.m. At age 18 in 1212, after hearing St. Francis preach, St. Clare vowed to serve Jesus and live “after the manner of the holy Gospel.” She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, or Poor Clares, and was abbess at San Damiano from 1215 until her death.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.