Weekly TV Picks

All times Eastern

SUNDAY, APRIL 25

Pro-life shows

EWTN, 4 a.m.-9 p.m.

This lineup counters today's pro-abor tion march in Washington, D.C. Some highlights: At 10:30 a.m., We Are All God's Children tells the true story of a girl who chooses life for her baby. At 11 a.m., The Women's Center: Saving Lives and Changing Lives depicts alternatives to abortion in Chicago. At 4 p.m., Dear Children explores help for post-abor tion syndrome. At 7 p.m., Franciscan University Presents hosts international pro-life leader Austin Ruse. At 9 p.m., Good Counsel Homes With Father Groeschel shows Chris Bell and Joan Andrews Bell helping unwed moms with shelter, job training and apartments.

MONDAY, APRIL 26

Ultimate Treehouse

Discovery Channel, 8 p.m.

Join the fun as a special team designs, engineers and builds a just-right treehouse.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28

Secrets of Soviet Space Disasters

History Channel, 11 p.m.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the USSR's propagandists and their sympathizers in the West pretended the Soviet space program was ahead of U.S. effor ts. Declassified Soviet documents now reveal multiple hidden disasters that claimed more than 150 lives.

THURSDAY, APRIL 29

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

ABC, 8 p.m.

The makeover team gives the Hardin family a weeklong vacation and tears down and rebuilds their home to give Mr. Hardin's father more spacious quarters.

THURSDAY, APRIL 29

Live From Lincoln Center: Vivaldi, Haydn and Yo-Yo Ma

PBS, 8 p.m.

Tom Koopman leads the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and cellist Ma guests.

THURSDAY, APRIL 29

Frontline: The Jesus Factor

PBS, 9 p.m.

This hour-long special looks into the faith of President George W. Bush and of “born-again” evangelical potential voters. Catholic viewers will take this show with a grain of salt, as they do all discussions of religion by secular news media.

THURSDAY, APRIL 29

The Dark Side of Parole

A & E, 10 p.m.

Thanks to lax parole boards, plea bargains and mass early releases from prison, tens of thousands of violent criminals are free — and many commit robbery, rape and murder. Advisory: Not for children.

SATURDAY, MAY 1

Kentucky Derby

NBC, 5 p.m., live

From Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., here is the 130th running of the Kentucky Derby. “My Old Kentucky Home” and post time should be a little before 6 p.m. in this 90-minute program.

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.