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August 30, 2019

Leandro’s Don’t Miss List: September 2019

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.


Though the sun is setting on summer, it never sets on THIRTEEN’s tradition of great fall programming.

Country Music (September 15- September 18 and September 22- September 25 at 8PM). Ken Burns returns with this sweeping octet recounting the birth and rise of this great genre of American music. Through interviews with more than 80 country music pioneers, including Hank Williams, Charley Pride, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline (past subjects of individual American Masters episodes), the Carter Family, and Johnny Cash (past subjects of American Experience and POV, respectively), and Willie Nelson, learn all about this Swiss army knife of genres. For as Dolly Parton notes:

“You can dance to country music. You can cry to it. You can make love to it. You can play it a funeral. It has something for everybody.”

Frontline returns with its timely and topical reportage with Trump’s Trade War (September 3 at 9:30pm) about the President’s controversial trade war with China and Flint’s Deadly Water (September 10 at 10pm) exploring the aftermath of Flint, Michigan’s water woes.

POV Shorts: The Changing Same (September 3 at 10:30pm). This story of a Marianna, Florida resident’s marathon run to commemorate a lynching of a man is sobering, especially having been committed a mere 80 years ago.

American Masters – Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage (September 13 at 9pm). On the eve of National Hispanic Heritage Month, let us take a retrospective look at this Latino acting luminary. From Broadway to TV (including Sesame Street), this Boricua’s varied talent dominated multiple mediums. And as it’s kind of creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky that premieres on Friday the 13th, Gomez Addams would approve. Snap, snap.

NYC-ARTS: Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree (September 19 at 8pm). Now through September 29, at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn, the Public Art Fund presents this exciting excursion of urban installation art. It comes from the creative mind of octogenarian Iranian sculptor and architect Siah Armajani. This is a true treat, for it was first presented back in 1970 by Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center, and never since, until now. There is much that can be meditated upon with this installation. To paraphrase Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator at the Public Art Fund, two ways the installation can be interpreted are biographically (as Armajani is an Iranian exile, who came to the US back in 1960), or ecologically, as the bridge does not go through but rather around the tree “and kind of respects it as a form.”

Great Performances: Now Hear This (September 20 and 27 at 9PM). Maestro Scott Yoo of the Mexico City Philharmonic takes you on an aural odyssey focusing on some of history’s great composers. Our first stop is Italy — in Vivaldi: Something Completely Different we see the impact “The Four Seasons” had on Western music. The following Friday, we journey to Germany and France in The Riddle of Bach and learn about the eponymous composer’s solo violin works. Stay tuned for the following two episodes in October.

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