The latest programs on MATV

  • What’s New on MATV, April 18, 2019

    By Michael Lynch

    MATV Executive Director

    Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

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    There may not be any contested town-wide office races this Town Election, but voters will be faced with a referendum as to whether to make the Town Treasurer job an appointed position, as opposed to the elected role it is now. Town Government Study Committee Chair Rick Neely dropped by the set of “My Town Matters” this month to take an in-depth look at this issue. Hear from him when this program airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

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    And “Fuller Talks” is taking on the Town Treasurer question as well, as Town Government Study Committee member Leroy Walker, along with Fuller Village Chair Marvin Gordon, makes his pitch to voters. The panelists also get in some history on this episode that is all about how Fuller Village came to be. This discussion is currently airing at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., all on the Public channel.

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    The Apollo Club of Boston, the second-oldest continuously active men’s singing group in the country, recently held a concert at Fuller Village, performing folk songs, show tunes, sea chanteys, love songs and other classical and semi-classical music. This lively and pedigreed production is currently airing during Music Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Public channel.

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    Milton High School and Pierce Middle School musicians recently teamed up for Jazz Night at the MHS auditorium. Groups of all sizes and compositions took the stage to show off their skills and entertain the crowd on this evening that was full of familiar favorites as well as innovative improvisation. Tune in to the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN15) at 2:30 p.m. on weekdays or 9 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to catch this performance.

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  • What’s New on MATV, April 11, 2019

    By Michael Lynch

    MATV Executive Director

    Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

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    Melissa Fassel Dunn, owner and founder of The Milton Scene, recently sat down with MATV Executive Director Michael Lynch to discuss the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) proposed rulemaking that, if approved, could significantly reduce the amount of funding MATV and other local access stations across the country receive from cable providers. Tune in to hear how funding was started, what the proposed rule sets out to establish, and what you as residents can do to help. This interview is currently airing at 7:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13), as well as elsewhere around the MATV channels.

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    Quincy Choral Society’s recent celebration of Irish music and verse, “A Celtic Tradition,” was a concert featuring an array of arrangements, tunes and tones. The full-blown chorus, featuring many Milton residents, took center stage for much of the evening, with variety provided by small groups from solos to quintets, various vocals with accompaniments, poetry, bagpipes and audience participation. This program is currently airing during Music Thursday on the Public channel at 5 p.m.

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    The Milton Public School’s student choruses were also in action, closing out Music in Our Schools Month with a pair of concerts showcasing a variety of groups. Both of these performances are currently airing on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15), with the Grades 6 through 12 concert at 4 p.m. and the Grades 7 through 12 concert at 5 p.m.

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    The MBTA recently held a public hearing at the Council on Aging to share details of the department’s plans for the Mattapan High Speed Line trolley car that run through town, as well as to field questions from the public. Mounting costs and difficulty of repair have put pressure on maintaining this historical railway, and this information-filled meeting is an excellent way to get all of the facts. It is currently airing daily on the Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3) at 9:30 a.m.

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    “Organ Donation: The Impact One Decision Can Make” was a recent presentation given at Pierce Middle School that featured local residents whose lives have been saved by organ donations, or whose loved ones were able to help save others by donating their own organs. Also hear from a leading surgeon in this area about the state of the art, as well as en expert sharing enlightening information and statistics. This program is currently airing on the Education channel at noon Monday through Thursday, and at 10:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

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    Gigi Giraffe is back in action with her pal Mel on a new Easter-themed episode of “Actin’ Up.” This might just be the silliest episode yet, with imaginations running wild during Silly Story Time, hilarious jokes in Mail Time, and a trip across the Atlantic Ocean too. Join in the fun seven days a week at 3:30 p.m., and Monday through Thursday at 7:30 a.m., all on the Public channel.

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  • What’s New on MATV, April 4, 2019

    By Michael Lynch

    MATV Executive Director

    Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

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    Making its worldwide debut this week is MATV’s newest show, “A Nurse’s Knowledge, with Eileen,” a short five-to-ten-minute program that features important health information from a host (someone whom many MATV viewers will recognize) who has been a nurse for over 20 years. Each month, Nurse Eileen shares her expertise on a timely and vital area of medical and health knowledge. April is Diabetic Foot Care Health Month, and the host goes over the most important things to keep you or your loved ones’ steppers in good working order. Tune in to the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening, or just keep an eye peeled elsewhere around our programming schedule, to check out this new show.

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    This month’s Creator Spotlight focuses on “It’s All Write with Suzette” host Suzette Martinez Standring. Keep an eye out all around the MATV schedule for this brief testimonial to hear about how she started her long-running interview show that is all about writing, as well as some fascinating stories that happened along the way. And of course, you can visit our Video OnDemand page on our website to check it out, too.

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    And Suzette has a new episode out this week too, with “The Southie Pact” author Kevin Devlin sitting down to talk about his debut novel. A longtime newspaper writer in South Boston, Devlin decided to branch out to the fiction genre to tell a story about a group of friends that is both tragic and funny, dealing with the opioid epidemic. He talks about his book and the process of writing it in this new episode that is airing on the Public channel Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

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    A fresh “Broad Appeal” for the month features MZ Skincare owner Marianne Zullas, who is talking all about natural skincare. This business-owner shares her experiences of being an entrepreneur, including challenges and triumphs, as well as shares her expertise on the biggest pitfalls to avoid, plus some nuanced pro tips, if you want to keep your skin healthy. This program is currently airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. on the Public channel.

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    It’s the 10th anniversary celebration of the public library’s new wing, and they have planned a weekend full of events, including turning the whole library into a miniature golf course. There are lots of other things to keep your brain engaged, from lectures to concerts and more, plus book clubs for every taste, in this month’s “Page Turner” library update. Tune in when it airs Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. as well as Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., all on the Public channel.

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    Rev. John Allen of First Congregational Church in Milton has a long history of humanitarian activism when it comes to immigration, and at a recent lecture at Fuller Village, he shared the story of how he came to be involved in this effort, as well as giving important factual information about this misunderstood and hot-button political area, including how the church is helping those who are caught in the middle. This talk is currently airing during the Monday Forum at 8 p.m. on the Public channel.

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  • What’s New on MATV, March 28, 2019

    By Michael Lynch

    MATV Executive Director

    Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

    (You can view all of the following programs on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.)

    March is Music in Our Schools Month in town, and student musicians of all ages and genres have been performing and showing off their talents.

    Kicking things off for MATV’s coverage of these concerts is the Strings Concert featuring Grades 5 through 12. A host of various arrangements and combinations of strings instruments are featured in this showcase, ranging from classical to pop and contemporary. It’s currently airing on the Education channel at 8:30 p.m. seven days a week.

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    Not to be outdone, the Grades 5 through 12 Band Concert also took place over the past weeks, bringing the flavor of woodwinds, brass and percussion to the MHS Auditorium stage. A wide variety of groups showcase a plethora of genres, from traditional all the way up to modern rock and roll. Tune in to the Education channel seven days a week at 7 p.m. for this program.

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    Many of the finest opera singers in the region once again descended on First Parish Milton church for the fifth annual Sing for Their Supper charity concert benefiting the Milton Food Pantry and the Milton Residents Fund. Arias abound in this set of performances that also includes a very entertaining and lighthearted piano duet. Tune in when this program airs on Tuesday evenings at 8:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

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    Martin Quitt, Professor Emeritus of History at UMass Boston, continues the library’s Milton Reads “Hamilton” programming with a discussion on the musical, the Federalist pamphlets and the founding of the American Republic. Get into the nitty gritty of the history behind this smash Broadway hit when this lecture airs during the Monday Forum at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

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  • What’s New on MATV, March 21, 2019

    By Michael Lynch

    MATV Executive Director

    Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

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    The “Garden Path” is back from its winter break to ring in the advent of spring with a new episode featuring the early season growing preparations at Brookwood Community Farm in Canton. Host Christine Paxhia takes us inside the greenhouse for an inside look at how the foundations are laid for what will be on the dinner plate in a few months, from soil preparation to seed planting, planning and talking to the volunteers that make it all possible. This will be the first in a multi-part series on a season of growing produce at Brookwood. Tune in to the Public channel Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 11 a.m. for this new program.

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    Clinical psychologist and author Beth Kurland recently stopped by the set of “It’s All Write with Suzette” to talk about her newest book, “Dancing on the Tightrope: Transcending the Habits of Your Mind & Awakening to Your Fullest Life.” Pulling from over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, this week’s guest discusses practical strategies for getting out of our own heads, touching on topics such as mindfulness, living in the present and learning to control the negative, self-defeating thought patterns that many people have found to be holding them back in life. This easy-to-digest discussion is currently airing on the Public channel Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

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    Eileen Maher does her post-Oscar wrap-up on a new episode of “Reel Talk,” looking back at the winners and losers, and giving her take on the outcomes. Should “Green Book” have won the big prize for Best Picture? Eileen will surely hash it out. Plus as a bonus, she went to see the new impossibly cute family of llamas at the Wakefield Estate. Be sure to catch this new installment when it airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on the Public channel.

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  • What’s New on MATV, March 14, 2019

    By Michael Lynch

    MATV Executive Director

    Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

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    On a special single-topic episode of “Fuller Talks,” the town’s top two schools officials, Mary Gormley and Glenn Pavlicek, sat down with the panel to discuss the impending classroom crunch in town, where due to population growth, some 26 additional classrooms will be needed over the next 10 years according to estimates. The panel had a chance to pepper these officials with questions that dig into the problem as well as where the solution-finding process is at the moment. Tune in for this hot-topic discussion when it airs at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., all on the Public channel.

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    Fitness and health consultant Daisy Tenacious is the guest on a new episode of “Broad Appeal,” sharing her story of how she took her experience of getting back in shape after having her first child and turned it into a successful business. There are also tips for being smart and healthy in your workouts and your diet, as well as some advice for anyone trying to build a brand on social media. Tune in for this episode that is currently airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. on the Public channel.

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    Kicking off the “Hamilton”-themed library programming for Milton Reads month, Boston Conservatory Associate Professor or Theater Chris Caggiano recently delivered a lecture that looks at the history of American musical theater, using the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton” as a jumping-off point, with a look at the influence that particular work has had on the genre. Catch this talk during the Monday Forum at 8 p.m. on the Public channel.

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    UMass Boston Professor of History Julie Winch helped close out Black History Month at the library with a talk about an often overlooked area of African-American history that is featured in her book “Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America from Settlement to the Civil War.” In this lecture, she focuses in on her research about one man in particular, following him through military service and across the Atlantic Ocean to a British prison, touching on many important topics of history and culture along the way. Turn to the Public channel during the Monday Forum at 5 p.m. for this presentation.

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  • What’s New on MATV, March 7, 2019

    By Michael Lynch

    MATV Executive Director

    Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

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    Did you know that antibiotics are completely ineffective for treating viral infections? And even when someone has a bacterial infection, it’s not always best to take an antibiotic. This month on “Talk of the Town,” a doctor, a nurse and a medical school student come to the set to discuss a worldwide health crisis that stands to affect every single human: the overprescription of antibiotics. Host Brian Kelley and his panel of experts examine how antibiotics actually work, why their overuse is creating treatment-resistant “superbugs,” and how to be a knowledgeable user of these powerful drugs. This episode airs at 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

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    Hurling is an Irish sport full of action, speed and skill, and in the new St. Patrick’s Day of “Actin’ Up with Mel and Gigi Giraffe,” one of the kid crew members who plays the game is showing Gigi and everyone else how it all works. Learn some new sign language and even capture a leprechaun in this episode that is currently airing seven days a week at 3:30 p.m., and Monday through Thursday at 7:30 a.m., all on the Public channel.

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    For the layperson, there’s a lot of jargon that gets in the way of understanding the basics of digital technologies. MIT visiting lecturer and author Mark Stuart Day recently stopped by the set of “It’s All Write with Suzette” to talk about his new book, “Bits to Bitcoin: How Our Digital Stuff Works,” which sets out to explain some of those slippery computer topics in simplified terms that anyone can grasp. Tune in for a digestible discussion on computer security, the cloud, the blockchain and more when this episode airs on the Public channel Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

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    In this month’s Creator Spotlight, get to know “Talk of the Town” host and producer Brian Kelley, who has been putting his own spotlight on Miltonians with his cable access show for over 23 years. Take a look back at some of the early days of the program, with Thatcher Farm milk truck rides and interviews with bedrock community members, and hear anecdotes about times where things may have gone a bit sideways during production. This brief sit-down is airing all around the MATV schedule, and it is also available on our website via Video OnDemand.

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    On New Year’s Day, 1984, 24-year-old Kevin Walsh rigged himself to 57 helium-filled balloons and took off a mile into the sky. Now, this Milton resident has written a book about his experience, including the FAA investigation into the incident, called “57 Balloons,” and he recently visited the Milton Public Library to deliver an author talk. This presentation is currently airing during the Monday Forum at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

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  • What’s New on MATV, February 28, 2019

    By Michael Lynch

    MATV Executive Director

    Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

    (You can view all of the following programs on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.)

    The John Kordalewski Jazz Quintet recently performed at the public library, offering “A Celebration of African American Composers” that featured a sampling of musicians who made their mark as both composers and improvisers, including Thelonious Monk, Tadd Dameron, Cedar Watson, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Bill Barron and John Stubblefield. by. Piano, trombone, tenor saxophone, bass and drums filled the Keys Room for this program that is currently airing during Music Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

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    “Underage Drinking Prevention: Practical Parenting Facts and Tips for ‘The Talk’ and Much More” was the title of a talk recently delivered by Tufts University School of Medicine Professor Margie Skeer at a meeting of the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. Parents will learn about a number of common misconceptions regarding underage drinking and talking to their children about alcohol use, as well as many other useful tips and pieces of information. This program is currently airing seven days a week at 5 p.m. on the Education channel.

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    A new installment of “The Great American Songbook” takes a look back at a seminal year in music: 1968. Host Jeff Stoodt recalls some of his favorites from that heady time, while he is joined in the studio by local band Lower Falls, comprising Geoff Shaw, Kevin Dambruch, Adam Winkler and Gary Gardiner, along with musicians Franc Graham, Claudia Wellington, Dan Deleo, Jeremy Blanchard and Steve Cousineau. This program is currently airing at 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, all on the Public channel.

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    Musician and storyteller Eshu Bumpus brought his magical tales to the library recently, weaving a variety of African, African-American and world folktales with music, humor and mystery. Hear a new take on the Tortoise and the Hare, find out how the cat learned to purr and join in some sing-and-dance-alongs when this program airs during the Library Children’s Hour every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

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    It’s a “Hamilton” takeover at the Milton Public Library this month, as Milton Reads events fill up the schedule. In the March library update, you can learn the details of these programs inspired by the book that accompanies Lin Manuel Miranda’s smash hit musical, as well as get the the lowdown on everything else going on at the library. The “Page Turner” is currently airing Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. as well as Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., all on the Public channel.

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  • What’s New on MATV, February 21, 2019

    By Michael Lynch

    MATV Executive Director

    MATV will broadcast the upcoming Special Town Meeting live on the Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3), as well as via our Video OnDemand service (click here), starting on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., including any subsequent evenings until the close of proceedings.

    Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

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    Prepare for the upcoming Special Town Meeting with an article-by-article overview discussion between Town Moderator Bob Hiss and Warrant Committee Chair George Ashur. The two town leaders recently stopped by the MATV studio to go over the warrant and put into plain English the items that are up for a vote this February 25. Turn your TV set to the Government channel at 7:30 p.m. every evening until Town Meeting to get up to speed in just a half-hour.

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    The Academy Awards are Feb. 24, but Oscar Night is already here on “Reel Talk with Eileen Maher.” Will “The Favourite” upset “Roma” for Best Picture, or will a dark horse take the prize? What are the politics at play that might determine many of the categories? Hear some interesting angles you may not have thought of from the town’s film buffs, including guest host Matt Bernstein, when this Oscar preview episode airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on the Public channel.

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    The kids are at it again, with the completely student-run Milton High School Cabaret Part II. Jazz ensembles, solo performances, sketches, poetry, duets, trios, quartets and more are all part of this fun, light-hearted concert that is hosted and performed by the talented young artists of MHS. You can catch it seven days a week on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15) at 9 p.m.

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    Baby Boomers facing retirement and the important decision of when, if ever, to sell their home will find important and practical insight on the new episode of “It’s All Write with Suzette.” Author and financial planner Penelope Tzougros sits down in the MATV studio to talk about her book, “Your Home Sweet Home: How to Decide Whether You Should Stay or Move in Retirement,” and her process for evaluating if it’s a smart move for retirees to stay in their homes, looking at the question from physical, financial and social perspectives, as well as strategies to make staying put a possibility. This program is currently airing on the Public channel Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

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    The Milton Art Center is back with its monthly Open Mic showcase of local talent. Always a cradle of creativity, this new installment opens with a comedy sketch, followed up with music from local performers. Tune in at 8 p.m. during Music Thursday on the Public channel.

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  • What’s New on MATV, February 14, 2019

    By Michael Lynch

    MATV Executive Director

    Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

    (You can view all of the following programs on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.)

    Jazz legend Sheila Jordan rose to fame in the mid-20th Century putting lyrics to the music of  Charlie Parker, while also pioneering a unique vocal style, gathering commendations from some of the most important names in the genre. In Boston for a recent performance, she stopped by the MATV studio to speak to Jeff Stoodt on the set of “You’ve Got To Have Art,” reflecting on her career, influences and some of the finer points of how she approaches her craft and teaching her students. Hear from one of the past 100 years’ most renowned jazz vocalists when this episode airs Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at 1 p.m. as well as Thursdays at 4 p.m., all on the Public channel.

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    Boston Globe film critics Ty Burr and Janice Page return to the Milton Public Library for their annual dissection of the Academy Awards, “Handicapping the Oscars.” These two movie experts give their predictions on who will win and why, along with their takes on who got snubbed, industry subterfuge and all kinds of other insider information. Opinions will fly during this program (that does contain a spoiler or two, so viewer be warned) that is currently airing during the Monday Forum at 8 p.m. on the Public channel.

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    Professional photographer Ellen Rogers has been serious about taking photos since high school. As the latest guest on “Broad Appeal,” she shared the winding journey of her career in the medium, from finding the best college to pursue her passion, to pie-in-the-sky post-college years, agency work, covering weddings, working as a location and talent scout for films, to founding her own company, Ellen Rogers Photography, while raising a family. Anyone who has ever picked up a camera will enjoy this conversation that is currently airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. on the Public channel.

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    A chamber trio from the Brockton Symphony Orchestra recently visited Fuller Village to perform “A Taste of Symphony.” This intimate, hour-long program features original compositions as well as some well-known works with regional roots played on piano, flute and clarinet. Brief informational backstories are included along with the music in this concert that is currently airing during Music Thursday at 5 p.m. on the Public channel.

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    Curry College professor Grant Burrier closes out his Fuller Village lecture series on Argentina with a survey of the country’s art. Beginning with some of the South American nation’s most prominent cultural symbols and institutions, this talk then moves into various prominent mediums, such as paintings, sculpture, music and dance. Find out why Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of South America when this presentation airs during the Monday Forum at 5 p.m. on the Public channel.

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