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February 1, 2020

Leandro’s Don’t Miss List: February 2020

WNET’s very own Leandro Mejia, a self-proclaimed public media superfan, writes a monthly column of his must-see recommendations on THIRTEEN. Check out his suggestions for new and encore programs you won’t want to miss. And if you want to expand your vocabulary, click on the hyperlinked words for a definition.


February is for lovers of great public media!

Treasures of New York: MoMA (February 2 at 7PM). With nearly a quarter million pieces of priceless art, this museum is a treasure that houses many treasures!

Independent Lens: Leftover Women (February 3 at 10PM). Three powerfully poignant tales from three professional women, stigmatized by the Chinese state for being young and successful, but still unmarried.

NOVA: Polar Extremes (February 5 at 8PM). Beech tree fossils…in Antarctica?! Hippo-like mammals…in the Arctic?! Join paleontologist Kirk Johnson as he endeavors to decipher the pasts and predict the futures of both poles!

Independent Lens — Cooked: Survival By Zip Code (February 10 at 10PM). This episode looks into the politics of why 739 mostly elderly and poor African-Americans, lost their lives to Chicago’s 1995 heatwave.

Nature: Wild Florida (February 12 at 8PM). From limpid, manatee-populated waters to predation-practicing baby alligators in the verdant Everglades, Florida has a wonderful wealth of ecosystems. Though deleterious factors like human encroachment and climate change threaten them, some scientists are working to counter these threats.

Count Basie: Through His Own Eyes (February 13 at 8:30PM). Home movies and personal letters, performances with other greats like Sinatra and Sammy, and interviews with former band mates give viewers insight into the private life of this “King of (the Swing) Kings.”

Nature: The Mighty Weasel (February 19 at 8PM). If you feel badgered by misconceptions of this fascinating family of animals, then this mustelidae must-see ferrets out incredible insights that might result in a newfound respect for them weaseling into your heart!

Independent Lens: Always in Season (February 24 at 10PM). North Carolinian teenager Lennon Lacy, was found hanging from a swing set, believed to have been lynched, in August 2014.

NYC-ARTS: Moshe Safdie (February 27 at 8PM). Phillipe de Montebello interviews the great architect and urban planner, Moshe Safdie. His catalogue includes beautifully diverse buildings and structures spanning the globe, from North America to the Middle East and Asia. The Israeli-Canadian architect aims for his buildings to emulate the cultural essence of its locations. A great example is the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas (above right), which  is harmonious with its landscape, bringing, as Mr. Safdie puts it, “art and nature together.”

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