Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Culver City"
Huell travels to the small city with a big history. Did you know that all the little people who portrayed the Munchkins in the Wizard of Oz stayed at the Culver Hotel? Huell visits the Culver City Historical Society Archives and Resource Center, which boast two MGM costume cases. We'll also get a special tour of an historic "tower" that is something to see!
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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Belly Dancing"
Huell spends the day at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at the L.A. Carnival of Belly Dance. Belly dancing has grown to be one of the most popular forms of exercise in the country, with gyms and small schools offering classes all over the U.S. and the world. This two-day celebration is jam packed with workshops, performances, and vendors selling all kinds of belly dance related items. It's quite an education!
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We have heard that some of you are frustrated because when you set your DVR (digital video recorder) to record your favorite program, the first part of the show is sometimes cut off. Here is some helpful information about that!
How can I ensure that my entire show is recorded?
To make sure you have an opportunity to record your favorite programs from start to finish, we will be repeating some popular programs beginning at Sept. 5, 2013 at midnight (12 a.m.) following their primetime broadcast. Please make sure that you select these alternative viewing times if you decide to record the programs. They will start at the top of the hour so your DVR will record the episode in its entirety. These shows include:
Why are my shows cutting off when I record them?
Programs we air from other countries have varying lengths so sometimes they don't fit neatly into traditional American TV schedules. These unconventional start-times skew the recording times for some DVRs. If a show begins at 8:46, for example, some DVRs have a tendency to begin recording at 8:30, and stop recording at 9, even though the show you wanted to record is actually still airing.
Why don't you just air programs "on the hour" during primetime?
We are doing our best to balance all of our viewers' needs; those who want the experience of appointment television -- viewing their favorite shows back-to-back during a primetime block -- and those who prefer to watch a program at an alternate, more convenient time.
We are excited to be able to give you new themed programming blocks beginning Sept. 5, 2013 to enhance your KCET viewing experience featuring back-to-back programs that you've been asking for.
These include Leading Ladies of KCET on Sundays with "Scott & Bailey," "Rosemary & Thyme" and "Miranda" and then on Thursdays Martin Clunes' Bad Martin/Good Martin featuring "Doc Martin" and "William and Mary."
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Epilepsy"
Huell learns all about epilepsy in a visit to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. Included is a short film made by Nathan Jones which shows the viewer what it is like to actually have an epileptic seizure.
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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Starr Ranch"
Huell travels to Orange County to the Starr Ranch Sanctuary, owned by the California Audubon Society. He gets a special tour of the facility and takes a close look at its Owl Cam.
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Yes, what you're seeing at the top is, in fact, Huell Howser on a jetski. For at least some of you, this is a dream finally realized. It's not especially indicative of this week's Retro Huell post, I guess, but it's hard to figure out what would be. It centers around jogging, more or less, but it's... um, a little more eclectic than we're used to. Here, a bulleted list of the clip's contents should illustrate this point fairly well.
- Huell rolls around in a wheelchair for a week to understand what it's like to be disabled.
- Huell rides Barbara Mandrell's jetski (pictured).
- Huell and some boys from a Vanderbilt fraternity slather themselves in mud.
- Huell jogs with Willie Nelson through Nashville.
- Huell discusses jogging with Leslee "Honey" Alexander, wife to then-Tennessee governor Lamar Alexander and her bodyguard, the weirdly Huell Howser-sounding Hugh Hayes.
- Huell jogs with Honey Alexander despite her being seven months pregnant.
- Huell discusses jogging with Dolly Parton.
That's it. That's the whole clip. But even though I just told you everything that happens in the clip, I really didn't give anything away. It's worth the few minutes it takes to watch. These clips make for an interesting peek into Huell's past -- and the kind of weird adventures you end up taking when you're a TV host.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Musicians Institute"
Huell gets a behind the scenes tour of this very special school which is nestled in the heart of Hollywood. The Guitar Institute of Technology opened its doors to full-time students in February of 1977, laying the foundation for the Musicians Institute. This world-class college has state of the art facilities and offers everything you need to succeed in the music industry.
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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Happy Wanderers"
Huell spends a day with the cast and crew of the popular 60s TV travel show, "The Happy Wanderers," and meets Henrietta, wife of the series star Slim Barnard.
You spent a lot of time watching Huell Howser teach you about the state you live in, but did you ever stop and ask Huell to teach you about where he came from? It's okay: Huell already has you covered. In 1979, an episode of his CBS docu-series had Huell departing from his then-hometown of New York City and kicking around his native Tennessee. But just so you don't miss the out-of-water experience of Huell's accent among a bunch of Californians, this Nashville trip includes Huell's NYC friend, "Carnegie" Leo Steiner, owner the famed Carnegie Deli, apparently because no one seemed more humorously "New York" to plop into Nashville.
Click below to watch the full episode, which has Huell and Leo visiting the Grand Ole Opry, a gourmet Southern kitchen, the Jack Daniels distillery and finally the home of country singer Tom T. Hall.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Low Riders"
Huell spends the day at the Los Angeles Super Show, one of the largest low rider car shows in the world. We see some amazing cars and speak with the artists who created them as well as with their owners.
Tuesday @ 8:00PM -- "Happy Chickens"
Huell visits Lily Farms, home of free range chickens, whose eggs are the best. He also stops by Quicksilver Ranch, home of some very sweet miniature horses.
Is KCET still offering "Al-Jazeera English" on its news line-up?
No. Beginning Aug. 5, 2013, KCET will not be airing Al Jazeera English anymore. KCET was notified by Al Jazeera America that the AJE feed would no longer be available to any clients in the continental U.S. We were one of the first distributors of Al Jazeera content in North America. We have valued Al Jazeera's partnership over the past three years and wish them success.
Why did they discontinue the feed and where can I find "Al-Jazeera English" now?
Upon acquiring Current TV, Al Jazeera has a new distribution strategy in North America which does not include KCETLink or any other American distributor. Al Jazeera America is launching its own American news channel. For more information, please visit www.aljazeera.com.
What news program will replace "Al-Jazeera English" on your channel?
We are proud to offer a strong international news block from 4-7 p.m. every weeknight, which includes BBC, NHK and Nightly Business Report, Deutsche Welle (Germany) and France 24 (France). You can also download our cutting edge Link TV World News mobile app. Funded by the Bertha Foundation, the free app culls content from more than 125 video news outlets, eyewitnesses on the ground, and more than 50,000 global news sources.
What is France 24?
France 24 is leading 24/7 global news authority based in France with more than 1,000 correspondents covering news worldwide, including France, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. Offering a diversity of opinion, debate and viewpoints, the channel is available in its different languages on the main satellite positions and commercial feeds (satellite, cable, IPTV and mobile).
Why don't you have any news from the Middle East?
We were not able to identify a news program from that region of the world on par with the quality and caliber of coverage we would choose to put on our air. KCET recognizes the importance of presenting the latest news and information coming from the dynamic Middle East, and assure you that our world news line-up delivers the latest news from that region presented by multiple leading broadcasters on our international news block. That said, we will continue to search for a suitable news source that is based in the Middle East.
Why didn't we replace VeMe with NHK instead of MHz?
As a public television station for the Southern California market, it's our mission to serve the distinct needs of our culturally diverse community. The Latino community represents significant Spanish-speaking viewership who greatly benefit from a Spanish language channel that can provide quality cultural, educational entertainment addressing key issues and topics that resonate with their lives. Additionally, from a business standpoint, KCET is currently under contract with VeMe.
But I'm really going to miss the programming. Why are you taking it away from me?
We can appreciate that you value the programs MHz offers. We are looking at possible ways in which we can work some of the those into our schedule and we'll keep you posted on how that progresses.
How do you make awkward flirting seem charming? Easy: Let Huell Howser do it. You might expect that watching Huell flirt with someone on-camera would be weird to watch -- he is your honorary uncle, after all -- yet this short clip makes for a fascinating watch. It's a delicate, public dance he's doing with Barbi Benton -- model, singer and the onetime partner of Hugh Hefner -- at the 1980 Country Music Awards.
You really must watch Huell act all hummina-hummina:
No lie -- my jaw dropped open when Huell tells Barbi, "My hands are so hot and sweaty right now. I can't stand it."
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "LAPD Motors"
Huell spends the day learning about the rich history of the LAPD Motor Officers who hop on a motorcycle to protect and serve. You may be surprised to learn that this force has been patrolling Los Angeles for over one hundred years!
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Tuesday @ 8:00PM -- "Press Photographers"
Huell meets the photographers behind some of the most memorable and historical images of the 20th century as he attends the opening of the 75th Anniversary Historical Photo Exhibit onboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
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