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September 27, 2018

Leandro’s Don’t Miss List: October 2018

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.


THIRTEEN’s TV treats are by the pumpkin load this October!

The Great American Read (Tuesdays at 8PM) continues with: Villains And Monsters (to paraphrase Scott Hall: ‘Say hello to the bad guys;’ October 2); What We Do For Love (the many-splendored thing; October 9), Other World’s (From Middle Earth to Lilliput; October 16) and The Grand Finale (October 24) presents the best of the 100!

Frontline: Trump’s Showdown (Wed. 3rd, 9:00 PM) explores the prosecutorial pugilism between Special Counselor Mueller and President Trump.

Secrets of the Dead returns with The Woman in the Iron Coffin (October 3 at 10PM). The Iron Coffin was not a castigation device (like the Iron Maiden) but rather an aristocratic coffin disinterred in Elmhurst with the remains of an antebellum African American woman! How did she get there?

Nature roars back into action with Super Cats: A Nature Mini-Series (October 24 at 8PM). This new three-parter is the ‘cats pajamas’ with a wide-range of felines, including South African black footed cat; a diminutive but prodigious predator; the sea-bathing swamp cat; new data on the cheetah’s secret to success; and much more meow! From the boreal lynx to the desert-dwelling African leopard, feline behavior is always more than meet’s the (cat’s) eye.

Alas, poor Yorick…Shakespeare Uncovered concludes with its third season. If the series were a play, than this third act satisfactorily closes the curtain. The sensational sextet is trisected into three consecutive Friday nights, each airing two episodes. First up: Much Ado About Nothing and Merchant of Venice (October 12 at 9PM) – the latter of which will be hosted by Super Cats narrator, F. Murray Abraham. Friends, Romans, and countrymen lend your ears (and eyes) to Julius Caesar, which is Measure for Measure (pun intended, but also the title of the second episode covered; October 19 at 9PM) both media impacting of our time. Finally, though barely fall, The Winter’s Tale (October 26 at 9PM) is a one to learn about in any season, as is the perennial Richard III who has been played by the likes of Ian McKellen (AKA, Magneto) himself!

American Experience: Eugenics Crusade (October 16 at 9PM). A topical episode about a dark chapter in the nation’s book, as overt racism motes America’s eyes, once more.

NOVA: Addiction (October 17 at 9PM) science breaks down addiction amidst the American opioid epidemic, but also constructs one of man’s primitive ancestors: the Neanderthal.

Reel 13 has a saccharine treat for baseball and/or Latino viewers: Sugar (October 20 at 11:20PM) is about a Dominican baseball player receiving a chance to play in an American minor league team. Play ball!

Native America: From Caves to Cosmos (October 23 at 9PM) explores the origins of America’s First Peoples, coupling modern technology with age-old traditions. This is a four-parter that continues into November, so stay tuned next month’s List for further details!

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