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Upcoming on Thirteen….
• Oct. 11, 8:30 p.m. “Treasures of New York: Roosevelt House”
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt had many famous homes – Hyde Park, Campobello, Warm Springs and The White House – but few people know the story of the New York City home where the Roosevelts spent 24 years. Today, the house is owned by Hunter College. After extensive renovation, Roosevelt House was reopened in the spring of 2010 as the home of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.
• Oct. 24, 8 p.m. “Magic of the Snowy Owl”
This film is an intimate look at the snowy owl, a bird that stands out for its magical beauty, intelligence and dedication to family. Discover how these striking pure white owls are eagles, falcons and owls rolled into one. Surviving in one of the loneliest and most inhospitable places – the Alaskan tundra – they have gained a magic above all other birds.
• Nov. 7, 8 p.m. “Animal Odd Couples”
A tiger cub with no mother in sight. A golden retriever puppy. An abandoned cheetah cub. Without nurturing, these infants face certain death. Enter stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable – a chimp bottle-feeding a tiger cub, a juvenile gibbon that decides to live with a family of capuchins and a goat guiding a blind horse.
• Nov. 14, 8 p.m. “An Original DUCKumentary”
Working with “Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air” producer Ann Prum, “Nature” hopes to recreate the success of “Hummingbirds” by featuring another popular, beautiful and fascinating bird – the duck. The story follows a wood duck family and uncovers how a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks and come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds.
• Nov. 13, 8 p.m. “Woody Guthrie: Ain’t Got No Home”
An encore presentation in honor of the centennial of Guthrie’s birth and in conjunction with the premiere of Ken Burns’s new two-part documentary “The Dust Bowl” (Nov. 18 and 18, 8 p.m.) His is a complex story filled with frenetic creative energy and a treasure trove of cultural history, as well as personal imperfections and profound family tragedy.
• Nov. 20, 8 p.m. “Inventing David Geffen”
Notoriously press and camera-shy, David Geffen reveals himself for the first time in this unflinching portrait of a complex and compelling man. His far-reaching influence – as agent and manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer and billionaire philanthropist – helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades. He and everyone from Yoko Ono and Cher, Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd, Steven Spielberg and Barry Diller, David Crosby and Neil Young, Elton John and Rahm Emanuel illuminate his rich and riveting story.
• Dec. 28, 9 p.m. “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance”
Discover the story of the first quintessentially American dance company. The Joffrey Ballet founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino pioneered a new dance philosophy by daringly combining modern and traditional techniques, art with social statement and integrating pop and rock music scores. Tracing the struggles and triumphs of the company from 1956 to the present, the film features interviews with former and current Joffrey dancers and rare archival performance footage. Mandy Patinkin narrates.
• December – “Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby”
Rod Stewart’s first solo holiday special, produced by David Foster, features 13 classic songs and includes duets with Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green, Mary J. Blige and even the late Ella Fitzgerald. (Check local listings.)
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• Thursdays, 8 p.m. “NYC-ARTS”
Thirteen’s popular arts and culture showcase, “SundayArts,” has gotten a new name, time slot and robust website as it provides the tristate area with an all-access pass to the area’s unparalleled cultural offerings, from music and dance concerts to Broadway’s best, museum exhibits and more. New York Emmy winners Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn host. With news correspondent Christina Ha.
• Fridays, 8:30 p.m. “Need to Know”
“Need to Know: Campaign 2012” is the weekly half-hour current affairs series from WNET and PBS that covers the issues being considered by candidates and voters, all from Main Street’s point of view. The program also profiles upcoming political leaders and will report regularly from the road.
• Saturdays, 8 a.m. “Consuelo Mack WealthTrack”
Since July 2005, the program has provided understandable advice about building and protecting wealth over the long haul from the best minds in the business world. The weekly financial series remains the only program on television devoted to long-term diversified investing
• Saturdays, 10 a.m. “New York Business Report with Michael Stoler”
This weekly series profiles the movers and shakers affecting Big Apple business trends in both the public and private sectors.
• Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly”
Since its debut in 1997, the program has set itself apart from the mainstream media by providing distinctive, news coverage and analysis of national and international events in the ever-changing religious world. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob.
• Saturdays, 9 p.m. – “Reel 13”
Every Saturday night, viewers can catch a classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler; followed by an indie, hosted by Richard Peña, program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The evening concludes with a short selected from among three each week by visitors to Reel13.org.
Monthly news magazine-style series featuring interviews, in-depth reporting and solutions-oriented stories from across the New York metropolitan region. Major areas of coverage include sustainability, education, science and technology, the environment, transportation, poverty and underserved communities. (Check local listings.)