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WSIU Public Broadcasting Salutes Our Veterans

For Immediate Release
May 13, 2010

Contact: Monica Tichenor, Public Information & Promotions Coordinator, (618) 453-6160, monica.tichenor@wsiu.org

Carbondale, Ill. – WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), pays tribute to veterans this May and June with special programming honoring our service men and women, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for our country.

From nationally produced documentaries such as the Voices of a Neverending Dawn, which tells the story of the young Americans who fought in Northern Russia during World War I, to local programs such as Quiet Acres: Mound City Cemetery and WSIU's local World War II features on WSIU InFocus, WSIU-TV is proud to salute the men and women in uniform who serve and protect America.

Learn more about WSIU's veterans programming schedule online at www.wsiu.org.

WSIU-TV Veterans Programming Schedule
May 18, 8pm • Frontline: The Wounded Platoon
(repeats 5/19, 12am; 5/20, 3am; 5/23, 1am)
Frontline tells the dark tale of the men of Third Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion of the 506th Infantry and how the Iraq War has followed them home. It is a story of heroism, grief, vicious combat, depression, drugs, alcohol, and brutal murder; an investigation into the Army's mental health services; and a powerful portrait of what multiple tours and post-traumatic stress are doing to a generation of young American soldiers.

May 19, 7pm • Secrets of the Dead: Deadliest Battle
(repeats 5/21, 3am)
This is the story of the Battle of Stalingrad, which not only changed the course of World War II, but established the Soviet Union as a superpower to be reckoned with in the long Cold War that lay ahead. More than a half-century later, the full impact of this horrific battle is revealed.

May 19, 8pm • Ground War: Warrior Weapons
(repeats 5/20, 12am; 5/21, 1am; 5/24, 1:30am)
This episode traces the evolution of soldiers and their gear, from the phalanx formations of Alexander the Great to the development of wearable exoskeletons that will one day soon make human soldiers stronger and faster. Part 1/4.

May 19, 9pm • Ground War: Battlefield Mobility
(repeats 5/20, 1am; 5/21, 2am; 5/24, 2:30am)
Part 2 of the Ground War series explores mobility on the battlefield and the never-ending challenge to maximize effectiveness and find the right balance of protective armor, speed, mobility and firepower.

May 20, 8pm • Voices of a Neverending Dawn, Part 1
(repeats 6/29, 9pm)
Told in the haunting words of first-person accounts, this program tells the moving story of a 5,500 American soldiers selected by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson to fight an unknown enemy called “Bolsheviks” (an early name for Communists) in northern Russia during World War I. Stripped of everything American and placed under British command, the young men find themselves quartered in sixty-degree below-zero weather not knowing that WWI ended just sixty days after they arrive. Part 1/2.

May 20, 9pm • Voices of a Neverending Dawn, Part 2
(repeats 7/6 9pm)
As WWI ends and America celebrates its son's home from war, a group of young American soldiers, sent to fight the Bolsheviks in Northern Russia, find that their call to return home never comes. As the Arctic winter closes in, morale plummets in the face of below-zero blizzards and a confusing midnight sun. One of the most decorated units in all of WWI, these soldiers became known as The Polar Bears. Part 2/2.

May 23, 1pm • America's Veterans: A Musical Tribute 2009
(repeats 5/27, 8pm; 5/30, 8pm)
America's Veterans: A Musical Tribute 2009 is a star-studded tribute to the Armed Forces. Recorded live at the Music Center at Strathmore, in Bethesda, Md., the special features Michael Feinstein, one of the premier interpreters of American popular song, renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, and blues dynamo Shemekia Copeland - all led by The United States Air Force Band and accompanied by The Singing Sergeants chorus.

May 25, 9pm • Passing Poston: An American Story
Between 1942 and 1945, the Poston Relocation Center in Arizona housed more than 18,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans, who worked as laborers to construct schools, farm the land, and construct an irrigation system. Passing Poston: An American Story recounts the moving and haunting stories of four former detainees about their life in an internment camp.

May 26, 7pm • Secrets of the Dead: The Airmen and the Headhunters
Secrets of the Dead investigates the extraordinary survival story of a crew of airmen shot down over the jungles of Japanese-occupied Borneo during World War II. The documentary features an exclusive interview with the sole surviving member of the U.S. crew, as well as interviews with a number of the Dayak tribespeople and Japanese and Australian veterans.

May 26, 8pm • Ground War: Firepower
(repeats 5/27, 12am; 5/28, 2am; 5/31, 2am)
Part three of the series tracks the development of artillery from the ancient Greeks through the invention of gunpowder in China, to the very latest generation of big guns and directed-energy weapons.

May 26, 9pm • Ground War: Command and Control
(repeats 5/27, 1am; 5/28, 3am; 5/31, 3am)
The final episode of the Ground War series considers the ways in which armies have used or modified the terrain of the battlefield to their advantage for both defense and attack.

May 28, 1am • Most Honorable Son
(repeats 5/29, 2am; 6/7, 4am)
After the Pearl Harbor attack, Nebraska farmer Ben Kuroki volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps later to become the first Japanese-American war hero. Between tours of duty, he found himself at the center of controversy - a lone spokesman against the racism faced by the thousands of Japanese Americans who were sent to internment camps. Most Honorable Son recounts one man's remarkable journey through World War II, providing context to two seemingly disparate histories - the U.S. air war and the Japanese-American experience.

May 28, 9:30pm • The Tragedy of Bataan
(repeats 5/30, 1pm)
Through personal accounts of 15 survivors, The Tragedy of Bataan tells the story of the fall of the Philippines and the Bataan Death March during the early months of World War II.

May 30, 1:30pm • WSIU InFocus: Quiet Acres: Mound City National Cemetery
(repeats 9:30pm)
During the American Civil War, a stretch of the Ohio River from Cairo to Mound City on the Illinois shore served a strategic importance second only to the nation's capitol. From there, union land and naval forces launched campaigns to clear the Mississippi River of Confederate strongholds. Quiet Acres recounts how this tranquil burial site offers a visual testament of Southern Illinois' Civil War heritage. Produced by Richard Kuenneke of Oakview Road Media.

May 30, 7pm • National Memorial Day Concert
(repeats at 11pm same night; 5/31, 12:30am; 6/1, 2am)
For more than 20 years, PBS has been proud to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and their families with the annual broadcast of The National Memorial Day Concert. Hosted by actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, who have dedicated themselves to veterans' causes and supported our troops in active service, the concert will feature Gen. Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), music legend Lionel Richie, country music artist Brad Paisley, actor Dennis Haysbert, classical crossover artist Katherine Jenkins, Broadway star Kelli O'Hara, and gospel superstar Yolande Adams with The National Symphony Orchestra.

May 30, 10pm • Hallowed Grounds
Hallowed Grounds provides a rare glimpse of America's extraordinary overseas military cemeteries. The program weaves historical elements with contemporary scenes of the cemeteries and powerful stories about the men and women who are buried in them. It contains interviews with formal and informal historians and witnesses to the wars and the creation of the cemeteries.

June 4, 5pm • WSIU InFocus: Honor & Sacrifice: Larry Breeze; Walt & Juanita Ramsey
Larry Breeze recounts the horror of his wartime experiences during the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest and the Allied invasion of Nazi Germany during the final months of World War II. Also, Walt and Juanita Ramsey of Herrin reflect on their experience as husband and wife during two terrible months of the war. In 1944, while on a bombing mission to Munich, Walt was shot down over the former Yugoslavia, barely escaping the plane as it blew up around him. Listed as missing in action, his wife and family waited anxiously for news for nearly two months until Juanita received a telegram reporting that Walt was alive.

June 21, 9pm • Unforgettable: The Korean War
(repeats 6/23, 3am)
Korean War veterans from different branches of U.S. armed forces recount their memories of America in the late 1940s and early '50s, when young men from all over the country were being shipped off to defend South Korea against the advancing Red Army in the north. The program recounts the soldiers' stories in their own words, from their own homes…sharing moments of heartbreak, fear, and victory, and times of camaraderie with fellow soldiers. The film also examines how U.S. citizens socially grappled with the “conflict in Korea,” which eventually became known as the Forgotten War.

June 27, 10:30pm • SS United States: Lady in Waiting
Shot in high-definition, this program follows the journey of America's only superliner, from a mid-20th century maritime marvel to a largely forgotten relic. Previously unseen footage and compelling interviews tell the fascinating story of the SS United States' construction, record-breaking maiden voyage in 1952, its heyday during the 1950s and '60s, its retirement in 1969, and its gradual decline. Cameras aboard the ship, now moored at a Philadelphia pier, reveal its top-secret design and technological capabilities.

June 28, 8pm • History Detectives: Iwo Jima Map; Copperhead Cane; Theremin
(repeats 6/29, 12am; 6/30, 2am & 11pm)
In the first segment, detective Eduardo Pagán investigates the history of a hand-drawn map taken from the body of a Japanese soldier during the World War II battle of Iwo Jima. Then, Wes Cowan follows the story of a cane topped with a coiled snake with ties to the anti-Abraham Lincoln group the “Peace Democrats.”

June 28, 9pm • The Wall - A World Divided
(repeats 6/30, 3am)
The Wall tells that story from the unique perspectives of three world leaders - Helmut Kohl, then Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mikhail Gorbachev, then General Secretary of the Soviet Union, and George H.W. Bush, then President of the United States, and the remarkable events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

 

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