TV Picks Oct.12-18, 2008
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.
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.
Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.
- October 12-18, 2008