Weekly TV Picks

VARIOUS

Women's Issues

For the Third Millennium

Familyland TV

Hostess Betty Kelly and her guests discuss topics such as prayer, differences between the sexes, marriage, motherhood, the role of women and fostering joy and self-worth. Airs Mondays at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 18

Journey Home Roundtable

EWTN, 10 p.m.

In this special, host Marcus Grodi interviews three converts from Mormonism who analyze their former religion's history, theology, practices and stance toward the Catholic faith. Re-airs Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 23, at 3 a.m.

MONDAY, SEPT. 19

Guess Who Lived Here?

Home & Garden TV, 9 p.m.

This special shows us where movie and music stars lived before they became famous. Interviews with relatives, friends and the present owners of the homes shed light on the early years of Bing Crosby, Miles Davis, James Dean, Walt Disney, Judy Garland and others.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 20

Nova: Mystery of the Megaflood

PBS, 8 p.m.

“Mainstream” scientists scorned geologist Harlan Bretz in the 1920s because he hypothesized that an ancient thousand-foot wall of water was the cause of a sheared, boulder-strewn landscape in eastern Washington. He was vindicated decades later when evidence surfaced that at the end of the last ice age a half-mile-high ice dam in western Montana had collapsed and unleashed an unimaginably high wall of lake water.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21

Modern Marvels:

Civil War Tech

History Channel, 6 p.m.

Military firsts in the Civil War included aerial observation, metal ships, the machine gun, forward battlefield medicine, instant communication and even the aircraft carrier.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22

Live from Lincoln Center:

A Night of Firsts

PBS, 8 p.m.

In this two-hour broadcast, the New York Philharmonic performs Chopin's First Piano Concerto with soloist Lang Lang and follows that with Mahler's First Symphony.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23

Search for the Sea Serpent

Travel Channel, 4 p.m.

Move over, Nessie. Beautiful Seljord Lake in the mountains of southern Norway supposedly has its own lake monster, dubbed “Orm.”

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24

Ask This Old House

A&E, 8:30 a.m.

In the first of three half-hour episodes, we learn about sawhorses, outdoor faucets and composting. Next up are paint sprayers, fireplace dampers and how to split logs, and after that are shower faucets, robot lawnmowers and how to “critter-proof” a house.

Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.