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Carl Kasell Does Magic Tricks

Carl Kasell, announcer for the NPR show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me", visited Anchorage earlier this week. Those who came to see him talk at the Wendy Williamson auditorium on the UAA campus were treated with a quick magic show by Kasell.

POV: Heartbreak Hill

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Erica Scharf's Up Heartbreak Hill is a moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern. Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo Reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Alaska Public Television. Thursday, July 26. 9:00 pm

Independent Lens: Strong!

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Olympian Cheryl Haworth is on a mission to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end, challenging popular notions of power, strength, beauty, and health. Alaska Public Television. Thursday, July 26. 8:00 pm

Heartbeat Alaska

This week Heartbeat AK visited with the Gwichin people as they held their organized gathering in Fort Yukon in 2010. Known as the farthest North American tribe, the Gwichin came from far and near to meet to protect the Porcupine Caribou herd. In addition to speeches from local and Canadian Athabascan, also featured are activities such as the jigging dancing to fiddle music, community dinners, and a boat trip up the Yukon River. Alaska Public Television. Thursday, July 26. 11:00 p.m.

Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier/Arctic Wanderers

During the last part of a three-part series, bear biologist Chris Morgan sets up camp at a remote spot in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, alongside the largest concentration of grizzlies in the world. Watch as he experiences close encounters with bears, observing brutal battles among males during mating season as well as tender moments between a grizzly mom and her cubs. Alaska Public Television. Wednesday, July 11. 7:00 pm

History Detectives

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America’s top gumshoes are back for a 10th season leaving no stone unturned as they travel around the country to explore the stories behind local folklore, prominent figures and family legends Alaska Public Television. Tuesday, July 24. 7:00 pm

On Story: First Anders

Austin Film Festival’s On Story is a half-hour series that gives a behind the scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and filmmakers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. Alaska Public Television. Tuesday, July 24. 11:00 pm

Frontline: Alaska Gold

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Frontline investigates the battle between those who depend on the Bristol Bay for salmon and those who want to dig an open-pit mine at its headwaters in Pebble Mine. Alaska Public Television. Tuesday, July 24. 9:00 pm

Market Warriors

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In each episode, four pickers travel to different markets across the country to purchase items with a set amount of money, and use their knowledge and skills to see who can make the most profit at auction. Fred Willard (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) is Market Warriors’ off-screen host, offering wry commentary throughout the show. Alaska Public Television. Monday, July 23. 8:00 pm

Inner Compass: Healthier Healthcare Environments

When we think of the need for an improved healthcare system, often the focus is on the patients' experience. But there can be no strength of care if the caregivers themselves are discouraged to the point of exhaustion. Bonnie Wesorick, founder of the Clinical Practice Model Resource Center, describes how a healthy work culture should feel. Shirley Hoogstra hosts. Alaska Public Television. Monday, July 23. 11:00 pm

Games of the North, Playing for Survival

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For thousands of years, traditional Inuit sports have been vital for surviving the unforgiving Arctic. Acrobatic and explosive, these ancestral games evolved to strengthen mind, body and spirit within the community. Following four modern Inuit athletes reveals their unique relationship to the games as they compete across the North. As unprecedented change sweeps across their traditional lands, their stories illuminate the importance of the games today. Alaska Public Television. Sunday, July 22. 9:30 pm

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis Series V

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Lewis and Hathaway are drawn into a darker side of Oxford while investigating the murder of a suburban babysitter. Will the babysitter's secret life help the detectives unravel a tangled web of lies and deceit to find their killer? Alaska Public Television. Sunday, July 22. 8:00 pm

Pacific Heartbeat, Season Premiere

Pacific Heartbeat is a new anthology series that provides viewers a glimpse of the real Pacific—its people, cultures, languages, music, and contemporary issues. From revealing exposés to rousing musical performances, the series features a diverse array of programs that will draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture. Alaska Public Television. Saturday, July 21. 7:00 pm

Over Hawai’i

While popular visitor destinations such as Honolulu are highlighted, much of this captivating hour features areas that can be accessed only by helicopter—or the extremely adventurous hiker. The itinerary includes unspoiled rain forests, majestic valleys, otherworldly volcanic landscapes, spectacular sea cliffs, and idyllic beaches where turquoise waters meet pristine white sands. "OVER Hawai‘i" also ventures under, diving into Hawai‘i’s waters to visit coral reefs teeming with sea life. Alaska Public Television. Friday, July 20. 9:00 pm

The Kansas Symphony Orchestra

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A concert wrapped by documentary narratives, this special tracks DiDonato’s nostalgic return to her hometown — and her thrilling Kauffman Center debut — after a triumphant appearance with Plácido Domingo at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Alaska Public Television. Friday, July 20. 9:30 pm

Asian Voices

Hosted by NHK's senior commentator Aiko Doden, Asian Voices investigates global and regional issues with Asia’s top academics, economists and politicians. The weekly series explores global issues from the Asian perspective and transmits the voices of Asia to the world. Alaska Public Television. Friday, July 20. 11:00 p.m.

Heartbeat Alaska

This week Heartbeat AK visits Southeast Alaska to tell the story of how the U.S. Forest Service, from the 1920’s to the 1950’s, destroyed Native smokehouses, fish camps, and gardens that were located on U.S. land that was once traditional land of the local Natives. The destruction of these smokehouses smoldered for years until the U.S.F.S. acknowledged these acts of destruction and a ceremony took place to encourage communication and reparation. Nearly every village in Southeast was affected. Alaska Public Television. Thursday, July 19. 11:00 p.m.

POV: The Light in Her Eyes

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Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus, Syria, 30 years ago. Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in a rigorous study of Islam. A surprising cultural shift is underway — women are claiming space within the mosque. View an extraordinary portrait, filmed just before the uprising in Syria erupted, of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams. Alaska Public Television. Thursday, July 19. 9:00 p.m

Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier/The Road North

During part two of a three-part series, bear biologist Chris Morgan sets up camp at a remote spot in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, alongside the largest concentration of grizzlies in the world. Watch as he experiences close encounters with bears, observing brutal battles among males during mating season as well as tender moments between a grizzly mom and her cubs. Alaska Public Television. Wednesday, July 18. 7:00 pm

History Detectives, Season Premiere

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In the season premiere episode, Elyse Luray and Wes Cowan investigate whether they have found rock’s Holy Grail, the long-lost electric Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan plugged in at the ’65 Newport Folk Festival, changing rock ‘n’ roll forever. Tukufu Zuberi tracks down some autographs allegedly signed for two brothers in Miami Beach during the Beatles’ legendary 1964 “British Invasion” tour of the United States. Finally, Gwendolyn Wright investigates a $5 thrift store find and unearths a little-known artistic side of musical iconoclast Frank Zappa. Alaska Public Television. Tuesday, July 17. 8:00 pm