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10:24 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Nature: The Animal House

A burrowing owl peers out from its burrow, California.
Courtesy of ©Tom Vezo/Nature Picture Library

Why do some animals build structures and others don’t? And how do animals decide where to build? Animal homes need to be safe and secure, protected from predators and the weather. An eagle’s nest can weigh up to one ton, a termite mound can stand eight feet tall, and some falcon nest sites have been around for centuries. Going above ground and under, NATURE investigates just what goes into making a home when you’re wild and cost is not a factor.

Airs Wednesday at 7pm on Channel 5.

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Channel 5
10:04 am
Wed September 19, 2012

FRONTLINE: Dropout Nation

Sharpstown High School graduation ceremony, June 3, 2012, Houston, Texas. Of the 455 students who entered the class as freshmen, 217 made it to graduation.
Courtesy of FRONTLINE

What does it take to save a student? Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas — an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country’s future. At Houston’s Sharpstown High, once a notorious “dropout factory,” a high-stakes experiment is underway to rescue students from the edge.

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Channel 5
9:59 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Market Warriors: Brimfield, MA

This week on MARKET WARRIORS, our pickers (Miller, John, Bob and Kevin) return to one of the largest markets in the world, the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, MA. As off-screen host Mark L. Walberg describes, they scour the 16 fields of vendors in search of the best piece of art pottery. Some notable picks include a Rookwood vase and a painted blanket chest. In this week’s episode, one picker is drawn to an item that will bring them great rewards while another buys a forgery that will cause them to second-guess their knowledge.

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Channel 5
9:55 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Wallander: Before the Frost

Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander
Courtesy of ©Laurence Cendrowicz/Left Bank Pictures/BBC for MASTERPIECE

An escapee from a psychiatric hospital sets fire to a flock of geese and then incinerates a passing hiker. And he’s far from finished. While investigating, Wallander is unexpectedly visited by Anna, an old friend of his estranged daughter, Linda (Jeany Spark, “Sherlock”). Then Anna disappears. As more arson attacks occur, it appears that Anna may be connected and that Wallander must reconcile with Linda and join forces to find Anna at all costs. Father-daughter concord is hardly helped by Linda’s memory that her dad once had an affair with Anna’s mother.

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Channel 5
9:47 am
Wed September 19, 2012

ACL: Coldplay

Courtesy of Scott Newton for KLRU

Grammy-winners Coldplay, the modern-rock giants who have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, perform hits and selections from their newest LP, Mylo Xyloto.

Airs Saturday at 8pm on Channel 5.

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