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February 27, 2020

Leandro’s Don’t Miss List: March 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.


March into spring with THIRTEN!

The Democracy Rebellion: A Reporter’s Notebook with Hedrick Smith (March 2 at 10pm). The journalist travels around the US showing us how grassroots movements of Americans are fighting back on matters, from voter suppression to campaign fiance reform.

Rise Up: Songs of the Women’s Movement (March 3 at 8pm) takes a look at the empowering anthems of the Women’s Movement with performances by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Loretta Lynn, Annie Lennox and Tina Turner (to name a few). The special also features interviews with female icons such as Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda, as well as footage of historic milestones.

NYC-ARTS: Jane’s Carousel (March 5 at 8pm). Located on Dock Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park, sits Jane’s Carousel. Originally located at Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio, the Carousel is an elegant remnant of a bygone era, dating back to 1922. After the park closed in the early 1980’s, artist Jane Walentas acquired it in 1984 and spent the next 27 years painstakingly restoring it. After opening as Jane’s Carousel in 2011, it faced a great challenge one year later: Hurricane Sandy, whose East River incursion it miraculously survived intact. Today, all three-rows of 48 horses, continue to delight visitors young and old, with the romantic nostalgia of yesteryear!

A More or Less Perfect Union, A Personal Exploration By Judge Douglas Ginsberg (Sundays at 7pm). The informative three-part special begins with what it took to create the indispensable document itself (A Constitution in Writing; March 15), followed by the Bill of Rights (A Constitution for All; March 21), finally ending with the contemporary threats to it (Our Constitution At Risk; March 29).

Niall Ferguson’s Networld (March 17 from 8-11pm). Based on his bestselling book, “The Square and the Tower: Networks of Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook,” this thought-provoking three-parter explores and explains the workings and wonders of social networks. In the first hour, Disruption, we take a look at the polarizing effects of social media. Winner Takes All shows how the decentralization of the World Wide Web was a boon for advertisers who vie for our attention with billion-dollar industries. And finally, Networld War shows how the misuse of social networks poses a great threat to the world’s democracies.

A Dream Deferred: The Broken Promise of New York City Public Housing (March 25 at 9:30pm). This Chasing The Dream special takes a sobering look at the health and safety challenges faced by NYCHA residents.

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