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GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
The History Channel
(Comcast Ch. 70)
 
More than just the peanut-tinkerer we all learned about in grade school, George Washington Carver was a certified genius, one of a wave of agri-scientists who changed the way we think about crops and the land. The child of illiterate farmers, Carver was a truly self-made man. Largely self-educated, in the late 1800s Carver turned out a slew of new ideas, such as crop rotation and composting, and over a thousand dif-ferent uses — from peanut butter to an organic early plastic — for southern staple crops such as sweet potatoes, soybeans and peanuts. Tune in to find out more about this great scientist and outstanding black American.

WEB JUNK 20
3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
VH-1 (Comcast Ch. 56)
You know you’re not supposed to open e-mails like this, but you just can’t help it: viral videos, those weird, funny, stupid and/or heavily manipulated little clips that circulate on the web like the common cold. Now, VH-1 has done the surfing for you to present this weekly compi-lation of the 20 most downloaded video clips on the web (without the pesky viruses that can sometimes come along with them). As host Patrice O’Neal and the show illustrate, the results are sometimes disturbing, but always hilarious. This week: A cop shoots himself in the foot while giving a presentation on gun safety, and “Godfather of Soul” James Brown turns in a bizarre appearance on a television talk show.

MODERN MARVELS: CANDY
9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14
The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70)
It screws up your teeth, adheres itself to upholstery at a molecular level, and is absolutely no good for your waistline, but dang ain’t some candy good? After all, 100 million slightly sticky trick-or-treaters can’t be wrong. The question, however (beyond “how do I get some more?”) is: Where does it come from? Here, ride along as the History Channel takes you on a calorie- and guilt-free tour of the history and manufactur-ing methods of some of your favorite treats. On the schedule are tours of Hershey’s Chocolate, See’s Candy, Jelly Belly and Schimpff’s Con-fectionery — one of the last that still does it the old-school way, with small batch kettles and hand-cranked machines.

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