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These new “pledge” programs air between May 31-June 8 and are listed below in chronological order.
Saturday 5/31 at 8:00 pm & Tuesday 6/3 at 7:00 pm
Chubby Checker hosts this first-ever MY MUSIC special on the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll dance music for kids of all ages. From the Eisenhower era explosion of Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis to the 1960s cultural phenomenon of “The Twist” to the youthful frat-rock sounds of the Kingsmen, this is a good-time celebration of classic party music that has spanned generations.
Saturday 5/31 at 8:00 pm & Tuesday 6/3 at 9:00 pm
Filmed in October 1980 in Radio City Music Hall, the luminous performances on DEAD AHEAD captured the band at a moment of transformation. These concerts were the culmination of a month-long musical odyssey in San Francisco and New York City during which the band stretched the boundaries of more than 100 songs, from “Lost Sailor” to jug-band tunes, such as “Monkey and the Engineer,” played in coffeehouses. Performances include “Fire on the Mountain,” “Ripple,” “Bird Song” and “On the Road Again.”
Monday 6/2 at 9:00 pm & Thursday 6/5 at 7:00 pm
Travel the world with the composer/performer whose music transcends borders and boundaries and speaks to people of all races and nations. Over two years in the making, this unique behind-the-scenes special follows Yanni and his orchestra as they perform concerts in more than two dozen countries.
Wednesday 6/4 at 8:30 pm & Saturday 6/7 at 6:00 pm
Explore the secrets of our most valued emotion in this compelling global journey in search of what makes people happy. Combining real-life stories from around the world and powerful interviews with leading scientists in happiness research, this program leads us toward a deeper understanding of how our sense of happiness and well-being can be cultivated and even learned.
Friday at 6/6 at 9:30 pm
Musical icon Billy Joel is captured at his electrifying best in this series of stadium concerts taped in 1987, the first fully staged, high-energy rock show ever presented in the Soviet Union. The program features classic songs and hits including “Only the Good Die Young,” “Big Shot,” “Uptown Girl,” “A Matter of Trust,” “You May Be Right,” “Innocent Man,” “Honesty,” “Allentown” and a cover of the Beatles’ “Back in the U.S.S.R.”
Saturday 6/7 at 12:00 Noon
Eat your way to better health with advice from one of the nation’s leading authorities. Nutritionist and #1 New York Times best-selling author Joy Bauer offers compelling information on how specific foods can help manage, treat and in some instances even reverse common health conditions. Learn food remedies to lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure, fight off wrinkles and promote a radiant complexion, relieve arthritis pain and boost energy, enhance brain power and protect memory — and smart secrets to losing weight and keeping it off.