NOVA: Manhunt - Boston BombersTuesday | 9 p.m.
At 2:50 p.m. on April 15, two bomb blasts turned the Boston Marathon finish line from a scene of triumph to tragedy, leaving three dead, hundreds injured and a city gripped by heartbreak and terror. Less than five days later, the key suspects were identified and apprehended with one dead, the other in custody.
How did investigators transform the chaos of the bombing into a coherent trail of clues, pointing to the accused killers? NOVA follows the manhunt step by step, examining the role modern technology -- combined with old-fashioned detective work -- played in cracking the case. Given hundreds of hours of surveillance and bystander videos, how did agents spot the bad guys in a sea of spectators? Why couldn't facial recognition software I.D. the criminals? How much could bomb chemistry analysis, cell phone GPS, infrared imagery and crowd sourcing reveal about the secrets behind this horrific crime?
With the help of top criminal investigators and anti-terrorism experts, NOVA explores which technological innovations worked -- and which didn't -- in the most notorious case of today, and how the world of crime fighting could be transformed tomorrow.
Queen and CountryLondon: Royal City | Wednesday, 9 p.m.
London is, indisputably, the capital of Britain's royal life. Here, the young Princess Elizabeth grew up before World War II. Here, she and her sister, Margaret, mingled, incognito, with the joyous crowds on VE Day. It is still the center of a working monarchy.
Join presenter Trevor McDonald as he reports on the tradition of Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visits Horseguards to meet the man who is in charge of the troops who guard the queen.
My WEIU Story - Brittney Sager
My name is Brittney Sager and I am a meteorologist for WITI Fox6 News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since a young age, I have loved science. It was a Weather and Climate class my freshman year of college that made me realize I wanted to pursue it for a career. I started at a local community college but transferred to Eastern Illinois University after hearing about WEIU-TV.
The hands-on experience WEIU-TV offered was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I started at PBS news writing and got my feet wet on just about every position it took to create a live newscast, even getting in front of the camera. After two years of volunteering at the news station, I was able to put together a resume reel. It allowed me to show future employers I not only had the knowledge of weather through my college courses but was able to explain and present it to viewers throughout central Illinois.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without WEIU-TV and the people involved. I am proud to share where I got my start and cherish friendships I made through the journey.
Pioneers of Television: WesternsWednesday | 8 p.m.
Known everywhere as the quintessential American cultural identity, Westerns filled small screens across the country night after night and were some of the most successful television shows in history. Fess Parker's portrayal of Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett channeled the bravery, independence, honesty and rugged individualism of a young nation - and made Walt Disney enough money to build an empire.
Westerns also gave viewers James Garner, who starred in the giant television hit "Maverick," where he developed the reluctant hero character that would cement his successful TV and film career. Parker and Garner tell their stories, and Linda Evans recalls how two strong female characters emerged with her onscreen interaction with Barbara Stanwyck in "The Big Valley." This episode also examines the success of Robert Conrad in "The Wild Wild West," the popularity of "Bonanza" and the creation of the classic series "Gunsmoke" with James Arness - one of the longest-running television series of all time.
Angle of AttackPart 1 | Thursday, 8 p.m.
The first part of this two-part documentary series begins by following young men and women on their way to "earning their Wings." In a rigorous course of instruction, they learn to lift off and land a supersonic aircraft on the deck of an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean, still considered one of the most difficult and hazardous tasks.
Eugene Ely first attempted the death-defying feat in 1911. Ely's act of landing a fragile bi-plane on a make-shift wooden deck would eventually transform into a weapon of unprecedented power and influence. The episode concludes with World War II and the U.S. victory in the Pacific, when carrier aviation reigned supreme. However, Naval soon would face a threat to its existence - not from an enemy source, but from a competing technology - the nuclear bomb.
Tami and Kaylee - Westfield, IL
"I really do enjoy learning; education is really important. I remember reading Dr. Seuss books to the other kindergartners who couldn't read them yet."
WEIU membership is important to Tami and Kaylee, and you can also be a proud member!
Frances Murphy - Charleston, IL
"I appreciate the partnership WEIU has had with child care providers in our area through Child Care Resource and Referral."
WEIU membership is important to Frances, and you can also be a proud member!
Kate Pleasant - Producer/Director
When Did You Start at WEIU? Summer 2007
What Does WEIU Mean to You? WEIU means a safe, family-friendly entertainment and learning source.
Favorite Show on WEIU: I have a 2-year-old, so we're really getting into Super Why and Word World. My personal favorite is a lot of our local programming because it really connects me to our community. On the national side, I'm starting to get into Downton Abbey!
What have you learned while working at WEIU?: What haven't I learned!? WEIU has taught me about valuing my community. WEIU has taken me places I never thought I would go (like an underground river for Heartland Highways). I have learned that not only is WEIU great, quality programming, but the people behind it really believe in the mission too.
Why should someone become a member of WEIU? Everyone should become a member of WEIU. I'm a member. If you value educational programming, information straight from your own backyard, and family-friendly TV, then WEIU is for you. You should know, too, that everyone behind the scenes here at the station really believes in what we do too. For us, it's personal. We're a family and we're always looking to expand, so come be a part of our story!
Is WEIU as important to you as it is to Kate? Become a member today!