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PBS Primetime Programming for The Week of March 30

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Easter has passed. Okay, it passed a while ago, but here's the thing – I still have Cadbury Crème Eggs. I do. I love them. I know I said this last year, but those Cadbury eggs are something I take a Quantum of Solace from every year. They're delicious and the day after Easter they go on sale and I buy them. It's a wonderful moment for me every year, a moment I truly adore. Much of life may be hard, but those Crème Eggs are soft and gooey and delicious.

Sunday, March 30:

8:00 – 9:00PM

Nature – “Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean”. This was originally aired in 2005, before Castro stepped down, or announced he was going to step down anyway, so I wonder if things have changed. Maybe there'll be an update here about how while the place is still wild it has changed with the departure of Fidel. Who knows. It could happen.

9:00 – 10:30PM

"The Complete Jane Austen". Holy macaroni! They're going to show pretty much every Jane Austen work they can get their hands on (plus they made a ton of new versions). That's actually why they call it "The Complete Jane Austen," they're going to show all of it. Up this week, part one of "Sense and Sensibility."

10:30 – 11:00PM

PBS Previews – "Carrier". PBS isn't going to show you Carrier, they're just going to show you a preview of it (it airs at the end of April and beginning of May). They're going to tantalize you. They're going to intrigue you. They're going to tell you about some of the people on the USS Nimitz.

Monday, March 31:

8:00 – 9:00PM

Antiques Roadshow – "Spokane (Hour One)". Wow. I am amazed. This week the Roadshow is in Spokane. Spokane! Washington! Spokane, Washington! Say it with me one time: Spokane, Washington! Spokane, the town that can! Spokane, the town with a plan! Spokane, where a man can be a man! Spokane, where they have lots of old stuff for the Roadshow.

9:00 – 10:00PM

American Experience – "Minik, The Lost Eskimo". Back in 1897, Robert Peary returned to New York from an expedition to Greenland. With him he brought back five Eskimos. Within a few years all but Minik had passed away. Minik was seven when he was brought to New York and it took 16 years for someone to adopt him. People can be adopted at the age of 23?

10:00 – 11:00PM

Retirement Revolution – "Hazards and Vicissitudes". Over the past several decades retirement has changed. There are, as this episode will explain, new hazards and vicissitudes. Paula Zahn will delve into these hazards. She will explore the vicissitudes. She will tell the stories of real people.

Tuesday, April 1:

8:00 – 9:00PM

Nova – “Voyage to the Mystery Moon”. Titan — it's not just the name of an American Gladiator. Titan is also the name of one of Saturn's moons. Oh yes, it is. It also, some scientists believe, holds a multitude of secrets. One of those may just be the origin of life. That's right, the origin of life. Watch and find out.

9:00 – 10:00PM

Frontline – "Bad Voodoo's War". There is a group of people in the National Guard that refer to themselves as "The Bad Voodoo Platoon." I'm not saying they are a platoon, just that they refer to themselves as one. However, that's neither here nor there. This film follows them and their work in Iraq during last summer's surge.

10:00 – 11:00PM

Independent Lens – "Compañeras". Most mariachis are men. It's just the way it is. I'm not saying it's good, I'm just saying it is. Well, this film looks at the world of female mariachis. It examines them, their work, and their attitude. I'm sure it'll even go into how they cope with being in such a small minority.

Wednesday, April 2:

8:00 – 9:00PM

Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures – "Return to the Amazon (Part One)". Did you know that the Amazon has one-fifth of the world's river water? It does. 25 years ago, Jean-Michel took a little visit there with his father. Well, now he's going back. He's going to explore it. He's going to see how it's changed. He's going to rock its world.

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  • Margaret Rodgers

    PLEASE HELP. However do I find out what is on daily? You did not deliver my monthly magazine for April, and I want to know what Rick Steves is showing on Thursday, April 3 – and I cannot find out how to see this anywhere. Also, it is impossible to give my postal code in B.C. as it only wants a U.S. zip code. I can’t even find out how to “contact you”. Perhaps this message will get to the wrong place.

  • Josh Lasser


    Unfortunately, your comment has ended up in the wrong place as we are in no way affiliated with PBS. However, the PBS website does have contact info on their “About PBS” page.