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January 1, 2020

Leandro’s Don’t Miss List: January 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.


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NYC-ARTS: Sugar Hill Children’s Museum (January 2 at 8PM). Located at 898 St. Nicholas Avenue on 155th Street, the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling offers a beautiful buffet of creative and constructive opportunities for kids 3-8, with a focus on the arts. Asides from serving the local community with 124 units of housing and an early childhood center, this Broadway Housing Communities building, also houses the above mentioned museum. Kids can interact with art in various ways. Story Time, for example, starts off with musical or dance-oriented presentations and finish with giving kids the opportunity to make their own art. Next, The Studio Lab provides kids more hands-on interactions with art, by thinking about and tinkering with the colors and ideas that compose the Museum’s exhibitions. Finally, the Reading Nooks allow for children and/or their parents to read books curated by the Museum, quietly and comfortably. And as part of its community-centered focus, the Artist In Resident uses the 450 feet of office space and a stipend provided to them by the Museum to allow kids and parents to observe the art as its being made. For more information on activities, events and exhibitions, visit their website: www.sugarhillmuseum.org

Sanditon on Masterpiece (Sundays, January 12-February 23 at 9PM). Jane Austen’s last unfinished novel is adeptly adapted by Andrew Davies (as with other Austen oeuvres, such as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility). The level-headed Charlotte Heywood, charming Sidney Parker and a quirky cast of characters populate this peculiar seaside resort.

American Experience: McCarthy (January 6 at 9PM). Chronicles the beginning and end of the infamous senator’s controversial Cold War crusade.

Dave Chappelle: The Mark Twain Prize (January 7 at 9PM). The 22nd annual prize is awarded to the famous funnyman behind such memorable projects as The Chappelle Show and Half Baked.

Frontline: Targeting El Paso (January 7 at 10:30PM). Interviews with folks ranging from former to current government officials, border patrol agents and migrants themselves shed light on the current border crisis.

Nature: The Whale Detective (January 8 at 8PM). A wildlife filmmaker uses his brush with certain death by a breaching whale as a diving board to explore and learn more about the sensational cetaceans.

Frontline – America’s Great Divide: Obama to Trump (January 13-14 at 9PM). This two-part special explores the great discord in America’s current politics, and how the Trump presidency has exploited it.

Expedition With Steve Backshall (Wednesdays, January 15-29 at 10PM). The explorer and naturalist travels to an unexplored region of the Arabian Peninsula in Oman – Desert Canyon, followed by the algid Arctic in Greenland – Frozen Frontier, and finally encounters exotic wildlife in Suriname – Lost World (though hopefully not dinosaurs). Stay tuned next month for information on the remaining three episodes!

Secrets of the Dead: Bombing Auschwitz (January 21 at 9PM). Explore the Allies’ dilemma in the feasibility of bombing the death camp.

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