Weekly TV Picks

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Historic African-American Towns

Home & Garden TV, 5 p.m.

In the days of segregation, black entrepreneurs and settlers founded towns where they and their families could dwell in relative peace. This one-hour special tells us the history of six such towns, including Eatonville, Fla., and Idlewild, Mich.


The Making of The Passion of the Christb

Pax, 9 p.m.

How many Hollywood film shoots ever include daily Mass and a confessional at the ready? This hour-long special takes us to Italy to show us how director Mel Gibson, actor Jim Caviezel and the rest of the cast and crew operated in a deeply spiritual atmosphere to create their film, which opens Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25. Re-airs Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 9 p.m.



History Channel, 10 a.m., 4 p.m.

Anyone who's ever served in the Army or the Marine Corps knows who really runs the show: sergeants. This two-hour special tells the history of the rank, profiles great people who've held it and examines how today's “sarges” do their job.


Mardi Gras Menu

Food Network, 6: 30 p.m.

On Fat Tuesday, watch From Martha's Kitchen (6:30 p.m.), Food 911 (7:30 p.m.) and Emeril Live (8 p.m.) to see how they fix up Creole crawfish, fried catfish po’ boy and many more delicacies in New Orleans. And don't forget the beignets and coffee!


Faberge: Imperial Jeweler

A & E, 7 a.m.

You can tape this early morning “Classroom” episode and tune in later to learn all about the life and work of the master jeweler Peter Carl Faberge.



PBS, 9 p.m.

For the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, this special reviews the war, the continued fighting and the current situation. The show will offer much information, but not everyone will necessarily agree with its conclusions or its selection of what to report.


EWTN Town Hall Meeting

EWTN, 8 p.m.

Evaluate the findings of our bishops’ National Review Board on the scandals.


Extreme History With Roger Daltrey

History Channel, 7 p.m.

God gave North America's Plains Indians a virtual “general store” in the bison. In this show, host Daltrey (lead singer of raucous classic-rock group The Who) makes his own arrows, brings down a buffalo and then demonstrates how Native Americans butchered and skinned them and made use of almost every part. Advisory: This show is rated PG for language.

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.