8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23
The Travel Channel (Comcast Ch. 34)
While we’ve never been afraid of ghosts, we’ve always been afraid of what might happen to us if we ever saw one. Pretty much nothing would be off limits: Jump through a plate glass window? Douse ourselves with hot grease? Jump in the toilet feet first, twist the handle, and swirl serenely away? Nothing seems unreasonable in a blind panic we’d undoubtedly be gripped by. Still, we know there are some out there who not only want to see ghosts, but go in search of them. In this British import presented by the Travel Channel as part of their weekly Friday night “Weird Travels” programming, British ghost hunters visit some of the UK’s most haunted places, such as this week’s ethereal hotspots Bodelwyddian Castle and the Jamaica Inn. Not for the faint of heart, but fun in a poking-around-where-you’re-not-supposed-to sort of way.
MOVIES THAT SHOOK THE WORLD: DO THE RIGHT THING
9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23
AMC (Comcast Ch. 31)
There’s no denying that — by anyone’s yardstick, black or white — Spike Lee is a great director. That much is clear from films like his magnum opus “Malcolm X” and one of the small urban jewels of his early career: 1989’s “Do The Right Thing.” Focusing on a Brooklyn pizzeria and the racial violence that erupts in the middle of a heat wave, it’s one of the iconic films of the ’80s. In its “Movies that Shook the World” series, AMC looks at how it changed the face of America and the way we view racism.
GET UP, STAND UP: PROTEST AND POP
8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
Even before Bill Haley and the Comets first encouraged 1950s teens to “Rock Around the Clock,” popular music has served as the heartbeat of many world protest movements. In the late 20th century, however, a new, more pointedly argumentative protest music arose, and the world has never been the same. Here, as part of their slate of programming for “Sixties Week” (continuing nightly Sept. 26-29), PBS goes behind some of the greatest songs of struggle and dissent in history; tunes that fought against everything from Vietnam to apartheid, sung by everyone from Chuck Berry to Bob Marley. All we are saying/is give this one a chance. You won’t be sorry.
Bubbling at the Capitol this week is a legislative effort — a chief instigator is Sen. Bryan King — to end the autonomy of the state Election Commission and put it in the office of Secretary of State Mark Martin. The legislation would create an investigative staff in the secretary of state's office.
Sen. Tom Cotton, cordial to a fault, appeared before a capacity crowd at the 2,200 seat Pat Walker Performing Arts Center at Springdale High tonight to a mixed chorus of clapping and boos. Other than polite applause when he introduced his mom and dad and a still moment as he led the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — his night didn't get much better from there.
Senate Bill 136, an omnibus crime bill that sponsors hope will reduce the state's exploding prison population and increase public safety, advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday on a voice vote.
Sheila Kennedy, a professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd., will give the June Freeman lecture tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center, part of the Architecture + Design Network series at the Arkansas Arts Center.
The Walton College of Business is working to expand its executive education by opening an office in downtown Little Rock that would offer non-degree programs to the health, banking and finance and retail industries in Central Arkansas, the school confirmed today.
A former mental health agency director has won a default judgment worth $358,000 over a claim for unpaid retirement pay and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is apparently to blame for failure to respond to pleadings in the case.
Sure, I'd like to think that Pearls About Swine, that modest batch of haphazard prose, had something to do with motivating Arkansas's beleaguered basketball program to rise from a seemingly inestimable late-season swoon to re-emerge in the NCAA Tournament discussion.