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February 08, 2001

Some broadcast and cable programs contain material included in the public school curriculum and on standardized examinations. Here are home-viewing tips:

* Today--"David Hockney: Pleasures of the Eye" (OVTN 7-7:30 p.m., repeats 11:30 p.m.-midnight) Profiles the modern British artist known for his depictions of California.

* Friday--"Titus" (CMAX, 7-10 p.m.) Movie based on the Shakespeare play "Titus Andronicus," about a ruthless Roman general's struggle for political power. Anthony Hopkins stars. Rated R. Also, "Teen People's 20 Teens Who Will Change the World" (KTLA 9-10 p.m.) Reports on teens whose efforts in volunteerism, political activism, athletics and the arts are making a positive contribution to society. Also, "Tutu and Franklin" (KCET 9-11 p.m.) Historian John Hope Franklin and Nobel Peace prize laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa conduct a seminar on racial reconciliation for high school students at a seaport in Senegal formerly used by slave traders.

* Saturday--"Roots--The Next Generation" (ODSY 2-6 p.m.) Two-part miniseries continues the story of Alex Haley's family line begun in his African American history book "Roots." James Earl Jones, Debbie Allen, Ruby Dee star. Also, "Book TV: Public Lives" (C-SPAN2 5-6 p.m.) Author Rebecca Walker discusses "Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self," about her mixed ethnic identities. Also, "Save Our History: Frontier Homes" (HIST 9-10 p.m.) Describes efforts to preserve historic frontier homes originally constructed from logs, adobe mud or sod.

* Sunday--"The American Wedding" (A&E 8-9 p.m.) As Valentine's Day approaches, this documentary surveys U.S. history by highlighting wedding practices in various eras. Also, "Haven" (KCBS 9-11 p.m.) Four-hour miniseries based on the book "Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America" by Ruth Gruber, about a young Jewish U.S. government official who escorted Holocaust survivors to America in 1944. Natasha Richardson stars. Second part airs Wednesday from 9-11 p.m.

* Monday--"'Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind" (KCET 9-10:30 p.m.) Traces the rise and fall of the leader of the "Back to Africa" movement that boasted 2 million members in the early 20th century. For background material, log on

* Tuesday--"Mysteries of Mating" (TLC 10-11 p.m.) Examines the psychological and physiological conditions that influence a human's choice of a potential mate. Also, "Transistorized" (KCET 10-11 p.m.) On the development of transistors, which made space travel and the Internet possible.

* Wednesday--"The Ultimate Ten: Machines" (TLC 8-9 p.m.) Describes the most influential machines today, such as artificial hearts and the space shuttle. Also, "Bob Marley: Rebel Music" (KCET 9-10:30 p.m.) About the world's first reggae superstar, who also was a leading peace activist and an influential musician. Includes newly found concert footage.


Compiled by Richard Kahlenberg in consultation with Crystal J. Gips, dean of the School of Education, College of St. Rose, Albany, N.Y. Columns available at

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