Leandro’s Don’t Miss List: Start 2019 with THIRTEEN

Leandro Mejia | December 28, 2018

Here’s a resolution for the New Year: watch more THIRTEEN in January! WNET’s very own Leandro Mejia, a self-proclaimed public media superfan, writes a monthly column of his must-see recommendations on THIRTEEN. Check out his suggestions for new and encore programs you won’t want to miss. And if you want to expand your vocabulary, click on the hyperlinked words for a definition.

January brings the highly anticipated return of Victoria Season 3, and these additional must-see programs, from a December 2018 conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a stunning two-part NATURE program on the horse.

Folding the Hudson detail. Photo courtesy of Maya Lin. Photo credit: Kris Graves

“Folding the Hudson” detail. Photo courtesy of Maya Lin. Photo credit: Kris Graves

The NYC-ARTS (January 3 at 8PM) segment on “Maya Lin: A River is a Drawing” shows us the skillful sculptor’s revolutionary renderings of the Hudson River System. Lin’s exhibition at Yonkers’ Hudson River Museum are most salient, literally. In one installation, 20,000 stainless steel pins represent the river’s watershed. The river and its tributaries are rendered by green industrial marbles (to me, reminiscent of the human circulatory system) in another work. Outdoors, an arrangement of bamboo reeds allow one to walk the meanders of the river! Ms. Lin draws from a wealthy source of scientific data ranging from satellite views to sonar, the result of which are organically immersive pieces that provide a fascinating contrast with the edenic paintings of the Hudson River from earlier periods.  You can also watch the segment now on NYC-ARTS.org.

Oyez, oyez, oyez. In WNET’s local production  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Conversation (January 7 at 9PM), the octogenerian jurist confabulates with NPR’s Nina Totenberg about 25 years on the Supreme Court at the Museum of the City of New York. Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes!

In USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter (January 8 at 10PM), learn about the US Navy’s infamous tragedy, where a little more than 300 out of nearly 2,000 souls survived Poseidon’s trident. Stream the live tour of the wreckage that took place in the 2017 episode USS Indianapolis LIVE – From the Deep</em.

In NOVA: Einstein’s Quantum Riddle (January 9 at 8PM) quasars (quasi-stellar radio sources) help scientists to further our understanding of the universe.

The Dictator’s Playbook (Wednesdays in January at 10PM) presents four “how-to” cases on autocracy. A day after Kim Jong-Un’s birthday, Kim Il Sung (January 9) reveals the start of the multi-generational dictatorship. Then, in Saddam (January 16) learn about the desert dictator’s 30 year reign. Next, travel back to early 20th century Italy to learn of the rise, decline and fall but of Il Duce’s attempted Roman Empire reboot in Benito Mussolini (January 23). Finally, Great Scott! It’s back to the future to learn about the controversial Central American caudillo, in Manuel Noriega (January 30).

Words such as “warhorse,” “horsepower,” “horseplay,” remind us that this ungulate is man’s other best friend. In NATURE — Equus: Story of the Horse (January 16 and 23 at 8PM) learn first about the origin and then the relationship humans have had with this hardworking heroic herbivore. Anthropologist Niobe Thompson helps explain this revolutionizing partnership. Stream other NATURE programs now.


“Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy” — Albert Einstein. Beginning January 28, let ALL ARTS be the conduit of that passing energy. WNET’s new broadcast channel and streaming platform is dedicated to arts and culture.

From written to visual media, from the proscenium to the projector, and from dance to music, ALL ARTS’ canvas of content will cover everything with behind-the-scenes shows like Broadway Sandwich (January 30 at 9PM) to social commentary House Seats: Antigone in Ferguson (February 3 at 9PM). From cable, to streaming, to an app, be all in with ALL ARTS!

Visit the ALL ARTS website (allarts.org) for more great arts news, to watch programs online, and sign up for the weekly ALL ARTS e-newsletter. Follow ALL ARTS at @allartstv on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and join the conversation using #AllArts.