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.
A former inmate who claims she was sexually assaulted over 70 times by former McPherson Womens' Unit chaplain Kenneth Dewitt has filed a federal lawsuit against Dewitt, several staff members at the prison, and officials with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, including former director Ray Hobbs.
Bob Scoggin, 50, the Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist whose job it was to review the work of agencies, including DAH and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, for possible impacts on historic properties, resigned from the agency on Monday. Multiple sources say Scoggin, whom they describe as an "exemplary" employee who the week before had completed an archeological project on DAH property, was told he would be fired if he did not resign.
Reforms promised by the Division of Children and Family Services are "absolutely necessary," the president of DCFS's independent consultant told a legislative committee this morning. But they still may not be enough to control the state's alarming growth in foster care cases.
Fake news is a new phenomenon in the world of politics and policy, but hokey economic scholarship has been around as long as Form 1040 and is about as reliable as the news hoaxes that enlivened the presidential campaign.