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Chesapeake Bay Week

Program Schedule: April 19-25, 2020

Sunday, April 19, 2020

7pm: Distinctive Homes of the Chesapeake

The lure of waterfront living still remains irresistible to many, with some enjoying a home of their dreams on the Chesapeake Bay year 'round. Distinctive Homes of the Chesapeake opens the door to Maryland's unique, historic and magnificent homes surrounding the Chesapeake Bay for intimate tours. Explore a colonial-era manor hand-crafted in the 1700s, an unusual houseboat with different waterfront views each day, and modern architectural marvels that blend the best of Bay living with gorgeous settings.

Monday, April 20, 2020

9pm: NEW Chesapeake Beacons

Chesapeake Beacons is a breathtaking survey of the Bay’s most treasured navigation landmarks, complete with stunning bird’s-eye aerials, up close and personal tours, and dramatic time-lapse views that capture their iconic beauty. A visual spectacle, this special also introduces viewers to the legends, lore and fascinating maritime history behind these beacons of the past.

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9:30pm: NEW Tidewater

Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, the Hampton Roads region of Virginia is home to the highest concentration of military assets in the country—making its vulnerability to sea level rise a threat to American national security itself. Tidewater is a 30-minute documentary exploring the attempts of a wide range of stakeholders, from ordinary citizens to the U.S. Navy, to tackle the challenges posed by climate change and sea level rise within this community.

10pm: Conowingo Dam: Power on the Susquehanna

Second in size only to the massive hydroelectric works at Niagara Falls, New York when it was opened in 1928, the Conowingo Dam was celebrated worldwide as a miraculous engineering feat. The dam’s unique story and place in Maryland history is now told in this one-hour documentary that recalls the drama and controversy that has swirled around the structure since its opening in 1928. From the drowning of an historic Maryland village and rich valley farmland, to stories focusing on town life downriver, the Conowingo Dam’s story is rich in history and irony–a tale that has waited nearly 90 years to be told.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

7pm: Maryland Farm & Harvest: Water & Agriculture Special

This special themed episode of Maryland Farm & Harvest looks at one of Earth’s most valuable natural resources: water. From a Chesapeake oyster farm impacted by unusually heavy rainfall, to innovative strategies for draining wet farm fields while minimizing agricultural runoff, to an Eastern Shore grain farmer using recycled wastewater to irrigate his crops, this episode investigates the essential role that water plays in food production around the state.

7:30pm: Outdoors Maryland: Blue Ribbon River

This special episode of Outdoors Maryland explores the Gunpowder River through the eyes of those who enjoy it and those trying to protect it for future generations. A tributary of the Chesapeake Bay and a source of drinking water for millions in the region, the Gunpowder is a world-class trout fishing river. It also features class III whitewater rapids, and from its headwaters to its mouth, sustains the complex and diverse ecosystems in the area.

8pm: NEW A Voice for the Rivers

Once havens of beauty and abundance, today the rivers and creeks of Maryland’s Eastern Shore are suffering. Water quality is poor. Excess nutrients from pollution create algal growth, which chokes out light, oxygen, underwater grasses and estuarine life. A Voice for the Rivers is a half-hour documentary profiling four river-keepers: dedicated scientists, environmental activists, educators, volunteers, and advocates who work daily to protect and restore the rivers of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

8:30pm: NEW Shad Run

In the Potomac, American shad were once so abundant that the river was said to “run silver” each spring, when millions of shad returned to its waters to spawn. But by the 1970s, shad populations up and down the east coast were all but decimated due to overfishing, pollution and dam construction. Shad Run chronicles the demise and subsequent triumphant return of the American shad—with a special focus on the individuals who led the charge to protect this important native fish.

10pm (MPT2): The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal: Gateway to the World

This is a little-known but fascinating story of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, a critically-important 14-mile long trade route used extensively by international shipping. It’s known as “Baltimore’s back door” because it’s a moneysaving shortcut between the port of Baltimore and points north via the Atlantic Ocean. The Canal’s construction in the early 1800’s was a major catalyst to Baltimore’s booming growth as a major inland port. Today, it is a nautical gateway to Baltimore and carries more than 40% of all trade traffic into the port. This program shares the canal’s history and impact to the area through the stories of ship pilots, historians, lock operators, re-enactors, engineers, authors and more.

10:30pm (MPT2): Healing Baltimore's Harbor: A Pipe Dream?

Baltimore's harbor is a national landmark and a source of pride for the people of the city. However, water pollution is a serious issue in Baltimore, affecting human health and the city's economy. Healing Baltimore's Harbor: A Pipe Dream? explores the challenges facing the city as it works to fix and rebuild its infrastructure. This film engages and informs with compelling stories surrounding water pollution in the Inner Harbor and those willing to go out of their way to protect the city they love - and the water they need.

10pm: Potomac by Air: Our Nation's River

Shot from above in amazing High Definition, the program explores incredible natural and man-made history along with our nation's remarkable collection of monuments and memorials, from the Washington Monument, to The U.S. Capitol, the White House, Jefferson Memorial, the National Cathedral, and more.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

7pm: Healing Baltimore's Harbor: A Pipe Dream?

Baltimore's harbor is a national landmark and a source of pride for the people of the city. However, water pollution is a serious issue in Baltimore, affecting human health, wildlife and the city’s economy. Healing Baltimore’s Harbor: A Pipe Dream? explores the challenges facing the city as it works to meet the requirements of a federal consent decree calling for it to fix and rebuild its infrastructure. And it tells the stories of citizens committed to protect the city they love - and the water they need.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

7pm: Your Money & Business: Oysters

7:30: NEW Nassawango Legacy

Amidst a patchwork quilt of farm fields and drainage ditches, one Eastern Shore stream in particular stands out for its wild beauty. This short film chronicles a local family’s multi-generational efforts to protect Nassawango Creek, a tributary of the Pocomoke River. It also highlights the ongoing efforts of environmental non-profit The Nature Conservancy to ensure that the 18-mile waterway continues to flourish into the future as an 11,000-acre preserve.

7:45pm: NEW Cold-Stunned

Every year, hundreds of endangered “cold-stunned” sea turtles wash ashore in Cape Cod Bay, at risk of illness or even death due to the frigid winter waters. This short film explores the work that the National Aquarium does, together with conservation partners, to rescue, rehab and release these turtles into warmer waters.

8pm: Eatin' Oysters: Chesapeake Style

The lowly oyster is a delicacy the world over, yet many people say enjoying one is an acquired taste. Here in Maryland though, home of the Chesapeake Bay - the Chesapeake Oyster is King. Whether it’s slurped raw on the half shell or fried, baked, braised or roasted, it’s a favorite. Eatin’ Oysters: Chesapeake Style takes viewers around the Chesapeake region in search of who’s eating oysters, who’s shucking, why they love them, where to find the best of them, and the best ways to eat them.

8:30pm: NEW Oysterfest

Oysterfest is a collection of three short films showcasing the Bay’s favorite bivalve in all its glory. Lifeline: A Chesapeake Oyster Documentary chronicles the decline of the Chesapeake’s native oyster population, with a particular focus on the impact of over-harvesting. The Incredible Oyster Reef explores oysters as a keystone species, and highlights the ecological significance of the wild oyster reef as a home for fish, crabs and other marine life. The Local Oyster Stout tells the story behind the development of Maryland’s first farm-to-table oyster stout beer.

9pm: Shad Run (repeat - see above)

9:30pm: Chesapeake Beacons (repeat - see above)

10pm: Chesapeake Bay by Air

Chesapeake Bay by Air captures the unparalleled wild beauty, rich history and natural serenity of the bay from 2,000 feet. The program marries gentle verse, prose and music with dramatic images captured by high-definition cameras, which bring the region into razor-sharp perspective. Viewers are transported to many of the Chesapeake Bay's most stunning locations - from dawn over the Susquehanna River and the mysterious carved marsh of Blackwater Wildlife Refuge to the tranquil fishing village of Smith Island and the smokestacks of Sparrow's Point. Cameras also soar above the ancient Calvert Cliffs, Annapolis and bustling Baltimore, the steel spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridges and historic Point Lookout.

Friday, April 24, 2020

9:30pm: Secrets of the Chesapeake

Secrets of the Chesapeake travels the Chesapeake region – east and west, north and south, from mountain to marsh – to ask locals for sage advice to discover and uncover the most unusual places to explore and things to do for the weekender. But these aren't ordinary tourist destinations. Instead, they're spots that only a native would point to: remote shorelines where beachcombers can find beautiful and rare sea glass; an island gem-of-a-seafood-shack; quiet crossroads where tragic local history comes alive. Secrets of the Chesapeake takes viewers to places they'll never forget where they'll meet people they've only read about.

10:30pm: High Tide in Dorchester

This film aims to foster a conversation about climate change and related impacts of sea level rise and erosion, and leverage that conversation into action. The focus, Dorchester County, MD, is already experiencing the future that increasingly faces coastal areas worldwide. This low-lying county on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay is the fourth largest of Maryland’s 23 counties by land area, but it is destined to drop to the 14th largest by 2100 — or sooner — as waters rise and erosion worsens. Dorchester is the coal miner’s canary; ground zero for the Chesapeake Region.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

6pm: The Concert for the Chesapeake Bay: Fan Favorites

In years past, the Concert for the Chesapeake Bay has presented a terrific assortment of music. Ranging from indie chamber pop to rocking soul and American roots to rhythmic beat boxing, we revisit some of the talented artists who performed in support of volunteerism for the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

7:30pm: Maryland Crabs: Tradition & Taste

The story of Maryland's all-important crabbing industry, capturing the stories of watermen and waterwomen who chase and catch the Chesapeake Blue Crab; processors who buy and sell them to restaurants, groceries and crab shacks; and, restaurateurs who buy and sell them again. All, with the goal of telling the crab-eating public the little-known collection of hurdles - and successes - facing this economically and culturally critical 21st century Maryland Industry.

8pm: Eatin' Crabs: Chesapeake Style

We've roamed the state in search of the greatest stories of the blue crab and tell all in Eatin' Crabs Chesapeake Style, MPT's rollicking foray into the world of the blue crab, from dockside to table. From Baltimore's busiest harborside districts and most famed crab shacks to beloved and isolated locales from Ocean City to Oakland, Eatin' Crabs Chesapeake Style captures the world of crab-loving, a uniquely Maryland slice of life and cracks it open for all to see.

8:30pm: Eatin’ Crabcakes: The Best I Ever Had

From G&M's goliath-sized crab cakes to tried-and-true recipes that have survived kitchen-based tests and trials of the ages, Eatin' Crabcakes: The Best I Ever Had is the ultimate crab cake treasure hunt across the Chesapeake region. This follow-up to the popular Eatin' Crabs: Chesapeake Style is a fun-loving, kitchen-hopping adventure that traverses the state in search of crabcake heaven.

9pm: Eatin' the Chesapeake: The Five Feasts

From the quiet brackish shallows at Elk Neck, Maryland to the rolling hills and beauty of southern Maryland farms, and on to the lively talk and song of Eastern Shore church halls, 400 years of seafood, seashore and traditional cooking is coming home to Marylanders and their neighbors. There are favorite Chesapeake-born dishes from colonial cookbooks, crab shacks, German home-kitchen cooks, southern Maryland farms, Eastern Shore chicken-fry kitchens and Smith Island fresh-off-the-boat Chesapeake supper tables. So pull up a chair and sample the best dishes the Chesapeake region has the offer!

9:30pm: Eatin' Oysters: Chesapeake Style

The lowly oyster is a delicacy the world over, yet many people say enjoying one is an acquired taste. Here in Maryland though, home of the Chesapeake Bay - the Chesapeake Oyster is King. Whether it’s slurped raw on the half shell or fried, baked, braised or roasted, it’s a favorite. Eatin’ Oysters: Chesapeake Style, takes viewers around the Chesapeake region in search of who’s eating oysters, who’s shucking, why they love them, where to find the best of them, and the best ways to eat them.

10pm: Chesapeake Beacons (repeat - see above)

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