Weekly TV Picks

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Quest for Columbus: In Search of the Santa Maria

Discovery Channel, 9 p.m.

In this premiere, underwater explorer Barry Clifford tries to find the wreck of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus, which ran aground and sank somewhere near present-day Cap Haitien, Haiti, on Christmas Eve 1492.


Bible Tech

History Channel, 7 p.m.

Tells us what we can infer and surmise about architectural engineering, construction and design from Scripture's accounts of battles, Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, the temples in Jerusalem, wells and other structures.


Audie Murphy: Great American Hero

A&E, 7 a.m.

Audie Murphy, a Texas farmer's son, became America's most decorated soldier in World War II. While wounded, he attacked and outfought 250 German soldiers by himself. He won the Medal of Honor and 32 other medals. In later life, he became a star in Hollywood, a country music songwriter and a prominent American patriot.


Incredible Cons and Scams

Travel Channel, 2 p.m.

Find out how to avoid being bilked during your vacation and other travels.


Gold Star Mothers: Pilgrimage of Remembrance

PBS, 8 p.m.

In the early 1930s, the U.S. government took thousands of Gold Star Mothers — the mothers of our World War I dead — to their sons’ graves in Europe's military cemeteries. This is their story, including the tragic segregation of black mothers on the voyages.


Monuments of Freedom: To Those Who Served

History Channel, 6 a.m.

To bury the dead is one of the corporal works of mercy. This edition of Classroom profiles the Women of Arlington, who attend the funerals of military veterans who have no known relatives. It also tells us about the giant Iwo Jima statue Felix de Weldon sculpted for the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial and about other monuments.


World War II Memorial Dedication

History Channel, 2 p.m., live

The new World War II Memorial is a striking addition to the Mall in Washington, D.C. Josh Binswanger hosts this broadcast of the dedication ceremonies as our grateful nation pays solemn tribute to all who served and sacrificed in that terrible conflict.


Stanley Cup Finals

ABC, 8 p.m., live

The National Hockey League's championship series is always full of great play and thrilling echoes of past contests. This year's teams not set as of our deadline.

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.