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Wednesday: Liev Schreiber narrates PBS's illuminating "The Jewish Americans." Plus: What did you think of Frontline's "The Medicated Child" on Tuesday?

By Salon Staff
January 9, 2008 4:00PM (UTC)
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Prime Pick

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If you don't have the time to read Henry Roth's "Call It Sleep," a brilliant depiction of the Jewish experience on the Lower East Side at the turn of the century, you might opt for PBS's six-hour, three-part documentary "The Jewish Americans" (9 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings). Narrated by Liev Schreiber, the first two-hour segment, which airs tonight, offers a detailed look at the challenges faced by Jewish immigrants in America from the 1700s until the early 20th century. This special explores how Jewish immigrants in the U.S. faced anti-Semitism, poverty and other obstacles and yet managed to create a thriving, culturally rich community on the Lower East Side.



Explorer special "Science of Evil" (8 p.m. EST on National Geographic) examines some of the biological bases for good and bad behavior, and the second episode of the four-part PBS series "Pioneers of Television" focuses on Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson and other late-night stand-outs (8 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings). The four female executives of "Cashmere Mafia" bond over $18 glasses of Pinot Grigio at 10 p.m. EST on ABC, and on "Project Runway" (10 p.m. EST on Bravo) the designers are asked to create prom dresses for 16-year-olds. Where oh where is Austin Scarlett when we need him?


Last night

What did you think of Frontline's "The Medicated Child" on Tuesday? Go here to discuss.

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Edward Burns, Ice Cube, Kirk Franklin, guest co-host Mark Consuelos

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

Cybill Shepherd, Jennifer Beals, Montel Williams

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Ivanka Trump, John Legend, Janice Wolf

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Wives Confess They Are Gay

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Alissa Rubin

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST

Dr. Laura

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST


Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST

Matt Taibbi, Gov. Mike Huckabee

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

Morgan Freeman, Tom Brokaw, Chuck Prophet

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST


Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Lupe Fiasco

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST


Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST


Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST

Emile Hirsch, Wolfgang Puck

Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Amy Reiter

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