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September 8, 1993
In conjunction with International Literacy Day, cable's Learning Channel will present three hours of programming called "Great Books" Wednesday, beginning at 5 p.m. Each hour will focus on a specific book--Thomas Malory's "Morte D'Arthur," Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species"--explaining not only why the works were so important but also the historical context in which they were written and the impact they've had since publication.
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NEWS
July 7, 2002 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Egypt may be home to the most famous pyramids, but the new three-hour Learning Channel documentary "Pyramids, Mummies and Tombs," airing Sunday, notes that these ancient, mammoth religious structures were also built in many locations around the world, including China, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Indonesia and the Sudan. Hosted by mummy expert Bob Brier, who teaches at the C.W.
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BUSINESS
February 15, 1991 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Discovery Channel, one of the fastest-growing cable TV networks of the 1980s, said Thursday that it had agreed to buy the Learning Channel. The Learning Channel is the latest asset to be sold in the dismantling of the Infotechnology Inc. and Financial News Network Inc. empire. Infotech and its sister company FNN own 51% of the Learning Channel and are selling assets to repay creditors. The price was not disclosed, but one executive close to the negotiations said Discovery paid $31.5 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2001 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The North Anatolian fault in Turkey is known as a "sister" of California's San Andreas fault because they are the same age, the same length, and their slip rate, or average annual movement, down through the centuries has been about the same. But in the last century, the North Anatolian fault has been more active, with 12 major quakes to the San Andreas' two, and its magnitude-7.4 Aug. 17, 1999, quake was far more costly in terms of human life than anything California has experienced.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 1992
Cable-TV's Learning Channel will introduce a six-hour block of commercial-free educational programming for preschoolers Dec. 28. Airing weekdays from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m., "Ready, Set, Learn!" will consist of six half-hour series airing twice each day in three-hour packages. The programs are aimed at teaching young viewers educational and social skills. "Ready, Set, Learn!"
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 1999 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
The Learning Channel's new documentary on the human body, "The Ultimate Universe," begins with a stunning visual trope. The camera pans across a human chain of being, composed of dozens of naked people standing shoulder to shoulder, each person a year older than the one before, from birth to dotage: Squirming, squalling, shy, bold, firm, fat, pubescent, pregnant, pendulous, bald, muscular, flabby, round, short, tall and senescent.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 1992 | RICK DU BROW
TV or not TV. . . . REBOUND: Charlie Rose is a franchise-maker. He made CBS' 2 a.m. talk show, "Nightwatch," a must-see for insomniacs, before moving on. And in just two weeks on the air, he already is helping to give an identity to cable's Learning Channel with his new talk series from New York, seen twice nightly in Southern California.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1993 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There's an old adage in journalism that yesterday's news is today's lining at the bottom of the bird cage. But for certain cable channels that can't always afford to produce their own fresh programming, yesterday's news is today's news too. Beginning tonight at 6 and repeating at 10, the Learning Channel will present "Only Human," a 13-part series about human behavior that has been recycled from the archives of ABC's magazine show "20/20."
NEWS
December 27, 1992 | N.F. MENDOZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Good news for mothers looking for help in times of need: nap time and bedtime, that is. This week, the Disney Channel premieres Child of Mine, a musical special featuring a group of ethnically and artistically diverse female vocalists performing songs, many of them lullabies written by the performers for their children.
NEWS
November 26, 1995 | N.F. MENDOZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Did you know Paul Revere never really said on his famous ride, "The British are coming! The British are coming!" Or that the Battle of Bunker Hill was not fought on Bunker Hill? And here's a shocker: George Washington tried to become a British officer but was turned down. These surprises and more are revealed in the six-part series The Revolutionary War, narrated by Charles Kuralt and airing on The Learning Channel this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2001 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rocio Calvillo was on summer break from her teaching job when, bored, she started channel surfing. She came upon a show that hooked her like a powerful drug. It wasn't a soap opera, but reality television showing people in excruciating pain, shedding all dignity and overcoming challenges that no man could endure. It was a show about women in labor. Simple enough, as old as time, and yet for Calvillo, there was something entrancing about watching actual births, starring real-life couples.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2001 | WILLIAM STEIGERWALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Geoff Mackley doesn't look like one of the planet's most daring adventure cameramen. He could show you photos of himself holding on to a rope for dear life in a 200-mph Pacific cyclone. Or standing in a heat suit at the lip of a lava-spitting Italian volcano. Or stalking a tornado with his trusty $25,000 Panasonic digital video camera.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2000 | Alex Katz, (714) 966-5977
The first part of a documentary on Children's Hospital of Orange County will air on the Learning Channel at 9 p.m. Monday. The documentary will look at the lives of doctors, patients and families inside the hospital.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2000 | TARA WEISS, HARTFORD COURANT
Prince Andrew's 1986 marriage to Sarah Ferguson may have ended in divorce, but their televised nuptials--a ratings success--had a lasting effect. The royal wedding's huge ratings illustrated a valuable point for TV executives: Young women like to watch real people get married on television. That sparked the idea for the Learning Channel's "A Wedding Story"--a daily half-hour "lifestyle documentary" series that chronicles the days leading to a real-life couple's wedding and the ceremony itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 1999 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
The Learning Channel's new documentary on the human body, "The Ultimate Universe," begins with a stunning visual trope. The camera pans across a human chain of being, composed of dozens of naked people standing shoulder to shoulder, each person a year older than the one before, from birth to dotage: Squirming, squalling, shy, bold, firm, fat, pubescent, pregnant, pendulous, bald, muscular, flabby, round, short, tall and senescent.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Among the new movies premiering this weekend are a comedy directed by "Friends" star David Schwimmer, a Canadian miniseries featuring a former regular on "Law & Order" and a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation. Schwimmer stars in and directed the ABC movie "Since You've Been Gone," Saturday at 8 p.m. on Channel 7. The comedy, set at a high school reunion from hell, also stars Teri Hatcher and Lara Flynn Boyle.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 1991 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its first distribution deal with a cable network, WNET-TV, the PBS station here, said Tuesday that its nightly talk show with interviewer Charlie Rose will also be carried on the Learning Channel. Beginning Jan. 6, the Learning Channel will air "Charlie Rose," hosted by the former anchor of CBS' "Nightwatch," at 10 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday, a day after the original broadcast on WNET. Rose's talk show, which premiered in September, is carried live on WNET weeknights at 11 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
Coincidence? On the weekend before the fall television season begins, cable's Learning Channel will present a 36-hour festival of its "Great Books" series. The marathon will feature the premieres of nine new installments of the 3-year-old series, which examines both the contents and the cultural repercussions of important books.
NEWS
November 26, 1995 | N.F. MENDOZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Did you know Paul Revere never really said on his famous ride, "The British are coming! The British are coming!" Or that the Battle of Bunker Hill was not fought on Bunker Hill? And here's a shocker: George Washington tried to become a British officer but was turned down. These surprises and more are revealed in the six-part series The Revolutionary War, narrated by Charles Kuralt and airing on The Learning Channel this week.
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