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Sleeper Picks - June

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Although you'll be hearing a lot about our Summer of Adventure this June, we have some amazing, lesser known shows coming up we don't want you to miss. Jim Weiner, our Chief Programming Officer, is back with eight shows to watch out for…

D-Day Over Normandy
Friday, June 2, at 9pm on ThinkTV 14

This alternates between footage from 73 years ago and present day drones capturing today’s serene beaches. It’s nature and history rolled into one.

Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution
Saturday, June 3, at 8pm on CET & ThinkTV16

The Beatles quit touring in 1966. Too many concerts where screaming fans were loud enough that they couldn’t hear their own playing. So unlike other bands that would alternate between quick studio sessions to churn out a new album, then going on tour to play those new songs, the Beatles simply poured all their energy into making a new and very different album.

Word was that Paul McCartney heard the Beach Boys “Pet Sounds,” and figured the Beatles had to respond with something entirely innovative as well. And they had George Martin, their producer who knew how to take their ideas and put them into arrangements, and even supply a few tricks of his own.

The result was “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” No more Fab 4 playing 2-3 minute singles. This was a highly produced concept album. And while some fans bristled at the complete change of direction for their favorite band (much like folkies who hated Bob Dylan going electric), the overall reaction to the album was plenty positive, and its legend grew with time, often cited as one of—if not the greatest—rock albums of all time.

Some of the ground here was covered in the Soundbreaking series from last fall. But here we get a far more detailed story of how the album came together.

76th annual Peabody Awards
Friday, June 9, at 9pm on CET & ThinkTV16

Despite all of its award winning children’s series, PBS has managed to be “the adult in the room” when it comes to news and public affairs. There is PBS NewsHour with more news and analysis and fewer weather and feel good stories. FRONTLINE continues to provide top investigative reporting while Independent Lens and P.O.V. supply a year round presence of independent filmmaking that largely deals with important issues from a personal viewpoint.

So while the networks roll out fashion displays to dole out Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, etc. PBS provides the Peabody Awards, a tribute to outstanding news from print, television radio and the internet. Rashida Jones hosts. Achievement awards will be bestowed upon Norman Lear (his American Masters profile aired last October) and to ITVS, the funders of so many independent documentaries that have aired on public television.

Great American Railroad Journeys
Wednesday, June 14 and August 2, at 8pm on ThinkTV 14
Our train fans have enjoyed our European excursions, and now Michael Portillo comes to America to ride the rails, and even the short rides in the east, like Grand Central to the World Trade Center, or Schenectady to Niagara Falls, or Philadelphia to Gettysburg.

How to Find Love Online
Thursday, June 15, at 9pm on CET

The internet has transformed the dating landscape. One in five committed couples met on the internet, and over 90 million worldwide log on to internet dating sites.

So here we have a meeting of two doctors. Xand van Tulleken is an expert in public health issues at Fordham University. Hannah Fry lectures on mathematics at University College London. She uses her statistical knowledge to help secure him the partner of his dreams. This IS a light-hearted documentary and one gets the feeling that maybe these two should just have their own date.

Kate 
Thursday, June 15 and July 27, at 11pm on ThinkTV16

Music from the intimate 250-seat Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Connecticut, known as “The Kate.” Artists include Jane Lynch (yes, the comedic actor is also quite the singer), Darlene Love, Kieffer Sutherland (no, he doesn’t have a single titled “Dammit, Chloe!’), Mary Lambert, Maurice Hines and Rosanne Cash

The Answer to Cancer Might Be Walking Beside Us 
Sunday, June 18, at 3pm on CET
Sunday June 18, at 5pm on ThinkTV16

Humans and dogs have formed an inseparable bond for millennia. They also have a common enemy in cancer. One in three people and one in four dogs develop some sort of cancer in their lifetime. This looks at the promise and potential of something called Translational Oncology.

Buddy LaRosa’s Sports Hall of Fame 
Sunday, June 25, at 2pm on CET
Cincinnati area scholastic sports are honored in this live event in our studios. On the menu for the participants before the awards will be… hmmm, Sushi? Thai fusion? Vegan? Me thinks it will be pizza and general carbo loading for the top flight athletes.