Weekly TV Picks

All times Eastern


Secret Aircraft of World War II

History Channel, 6 p.m.

These three hour-long programs highlight the most advanced secret concepts of military aircraft designers in Germany (6 p.m.), Japan (8 p.m.) and the United States and Great Britain (9 p.m.), including rocket, jet and vertical takeoff planes. Advisory: At 7 p.m., a poorly scheduled unrelated show splits up these military history programs for an hour.


Seven Wonders of Ancient Egypt

Discovery Channel, 10 p.m.

This special singles out Egypt's greatest monuments and examines what is known about their builders.


The Real West

History Channel, 7 a.m.

All those Wild West movies and TV shows about rancher-homesteader range wars have a basis in fact. This program looks into the Johnson County War in Wyoming in 1892.


Great Performances

PBS, 9:30 p.m.

At 9:30 p.m., in “Keeping Score: MTT on Music: The Making of a Performance,” conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and individual members of the San Francisco Symphony escort us through the four movements of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony. At 10:30 p.m., they perform the entire piece without interruption.


Frontline: The Plea

PBS, 9 p.m.

Today, more than 95% of criminal cases never go to a jury; they are settled in cost-cutting plea bargains, in which a defendant pleads guilty to a lesser charge and receives a lesser sentence. Some observers believe this system could lead innocent defendants to plead guilty to avoid possible conviction by a judge or jury on a more serious charge.


Staying at a Lighthouse

PBS, check local listings

This show visits California, Lake Michigan, New England and Oregon lighthouses that accept overnight guests.


The New G.I.R.M.

EWTN, 8 p.m.

This new 60-minute special on the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, or General Instruction of the Roman Missal, features an introduction by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb., and an interview with Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.


Sleep: How to Get the Rest of Your Life

ABC, 10 p.m.

Johnson & Johnson is the sponsor and Dr. Nancy Snyderman the host of this hour-long look at sleep difficulties and disorders and how to handle them. Two families will receive “sleep makeovers” from experts. Viewers can use Enhanced TV to interact live with the show via their wireless phones or Internet-connected PCs.

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.