Weekly TV Picks


My Secret Friend:

A Guardian Angel Story

EWTN, 5 p.m.

On the Feast of the Guardian Angels, gather your children and enjoy this lively animated video. In the story, little Angie and her family learn big lessons about angels and relying on God as they take an action-packed vacation.


Leonardo's Dream Machines

PBS, 9 p.m.

Did you ever wish someone would try to build some of the fantastic machines that the Italian genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) designed? Now some experts have, and here are the results.


Nova: Sinking the Supership

PBS, 8 p.m.

A Nova crew locates the shipwreck of the giant Japanese battleship Yamato in the East China Sea, 200 miles east of Okinawa, and interviews two survivors and a U.S. pilot and military experts. In April 1945, the Imperial Navy sent the Yamato and its crew of 3,000 on a suicide mission — with not enough fuel to get home — to attack the U.S. fleet off Okinawa; but U.S. dive bombers sank the ship long before it could do any harm.


The 12th Annual Van

Cliburn International

Piano Competition

PBS, 10 p.m.

Alexander Korbin, 25, of Russia, won the gold medal and Joyce Yang, 19, of South Korea, took the silver in this 17-day contest of 19 women and 16 men in Fort Worth, Texas. This 90-minute special, taped in June of this year, focuses on several competitors.


Feast of St. Faustina



Jesus gave Sister Faustina (1905-1938) the Divine Mercy devotion and asked her to spread it. Today, see Sister Faustina: The Promise of Mercy at 4 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Saint Faustina Kowalska at 5:30 a.m., Join the Celebration: The Beatification of Sister Faustina at 2 p.m. and The Life and Times of Sister Faustina at 5 p.m.


Seven Wonders of the World

History Channel, 8 a.m., 2 p.m.

“‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: / Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’” wrote the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1817 of a king's unintentionally ironic boast about his now long-gone monuments. Except for the Great Pyramid at Giza, the wonders of the ancient pagan world are gone, too. Advisory: TV-PG.


Investigative Reports:

Medical Mistakes

A&E, 6 p.m.

Host Bill Kurtis teams with The New York Times reporters to look into mistakes by medical personnel that kill 100,000 Americans a year and injure more. Survivors speak out and Kurtis probes a medical “culture of secrecy.” Advisory: TV-PG.

Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.

The Earth is Not Our Mother

“The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate.”—G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy