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ThinkTV16 and CET are launching Think Wednesday – a new primetime line-up featuring television’s best nature, science and technology programming. Nature and NOVA will continue to air at 8pm and 9pm respectively and we’ll be premiering new specials at 10pm each week.


The first week Think Wednesday premieres on April 9th with Nature: My Bionic Pet, NOVA: Inside Animal Minds – Bird Genius and Your Inner Fish


8pm – Nature: My Bionic Pet

Left without fins, flippers, beaks or tails from disease, accidents or human cruelty, some animals face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to survive. Prosthetic parts made possible by the latest engineering and technology can provide what disabled animals need, and scientists are finding that innovations created in the process can benefit humans as well. 


9pm – NOVA: Inside Animal Minds – Bird Genius

When it comes to intelligence, we humans are clearly the most gifted animals around. But what make us so special? Our ability to make and use tools? To solve complex problems? Or plan for the future? Today, researchers are discovering other creatures that have mastered these skills. NOVA tests the limits of some of the planet’s brainiest birds, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.


10pm – Your Inner Fish

Our arms, legs, necks and lungs were bequeathed to us by a fish that lumbered onto land some 375 million years ago. The genetic legacy of this creature can be seen today in our own DNA, including the genes used to build the quintessentially human feature, our hands.


See the rest of the upcoming line-up for Think Wednesday here:


CET Viewers: Due to the CET Action Auction, these programs will air on CET Create on April 9. Think Wednesday will return to CET’s main channel on April 16th


Here's a preview for Think Wednesday:


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The program The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama premiered on March 25th on both CET and ThinkTV16. We aired the first two episodes, Among Believers and In the Beginning, and will follow up this week with the last three episodes in the series: A Leap of Faith, Over the Rainbow and Return.


According to the press release on the program, the five-hour series follows Schama as he travels from Russia and the Ukraine to Egypt, Israel and Spain, exploring the imprint that Jewish culture has made on the world and the drama of suffering, resilience and rebirth that has gone with it.


The series is, at the same time, a personal journey for Schama, who has been immersed in Jewish history since his postwar childhood; a meditation on its dramatic trajectory; and a macro-history of a people whose mark on the world has been out of all proportion to its modest numbers.


Here are details about the three parts still to air. You can watch the two previously broadcasted episodes online for free below or at or


Story of the Jews with Simon Schama: A Leap of Faith

Tuesday, April 1, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Simon Schama explores how the Enlightenment allowed Jews to integrate into modern European culture.


Story of the Jews with Simon Schama: Over the Rainbow

Tuesday, April 1, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

This episode chronicles how the Jewish people of Eastern Europe made their mark on the modern world.


Story of the Jews with Simon Schama: Return

Tuesday, April 1, at 10pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Examine how the Holocaust and creation of Israel changed what it means to be Jewish with Simon Schama.


Watch the first and second episodes here: 



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Sunday night dramas are back!


The third season of Call the Midwife premieres at 8pm Sunday, March 30, on CET and ThinkTV16. This program, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End. The third season takes viewers to 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own.


In the first episode of the season, the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premises, and Sister Winifred, a warm-hearted, slightly innocent young woman, arrives from the Mother House. Sister Monica Joan's increasingly eccentric behavior causes concern, yet she's the one who solves a perplexing medical mystery. New housewife and mother Chummy spearheads an Open Day at the Community Centre and, after helping to deliver a neighbor's baby, she decides she wants to return to midwifery.


Here's a quick preview: 


Mr. Selfridge, which airs at 9pm on Sundays, will premiere its second season on March 30 on ThinkTV16 and CET.  In this season, Jeremy Piven (Entourage) reprises his role as London’s retail king, Harry Gordon Selfridge, for the show that has been hailed as “addicting” by The Wall Street Journal. Created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies, Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 costars Frances O’Connor, Aisling Loftus, Amanda Abbington and Ron Cook. In the first episode of the season, Rose returns from America for the store’s fifth anniversary, Agnes returns from training in Paris and Lord Loxley returns to torture Lady Mae.


Here's an extended look at the new season: 

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March is Women’s History Month – a time specifically dedicated to remembering and celebrating the international contributions of women past and present. In honor of women’s history month, CET and ThinkTV have multiple programs lined-up and a variety of online videos and resources available.


Here are a few of the programs coming to CET and ThinkTV in the rest of March that celebrate the female experience and celebrate the cultural and historical contributions of women.


Independent Lens: Pushing the Elephant

Monday, March 17, at 10pm on CET

Thursday, March 20, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

A mother and daughter reunite a decade after their separation during the Congolese civil war.


Makers: Women Who Make America

Tuesday, March 18, at 11pm on ThinkTV16

Meryl Streep narrates the compelling story of women’s advancement in America over the last 50 years.


Wings for Maggie Ray

Friday, March 21, at 11pm on ThinkTV16

The life and legacy of long-distance aviation racer Margaret “Maggie” Ringenberg are explored.


American Masters: Margaret Mitchell

Monday, March 23, at 9pm on ThinkTV16

Discover the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind the bestselling novel Gone with the Wind.


Live from Lincoln Center: Patina Miller

Friday, March 28, at 9pm on CET

Monday, March 31, at 8pm on CET Arts

Tony Award winner Patina Miller performs music ranging from classic R&B to Broadway's best.


Also, our On Demand system has a great page of Makers women’s history videos including clips not seen on air and full episodes. Check it out:

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As part of our regional Public Media Connect education efforts throughout Southwest Ohio, ThinkTV is working with Jenny Montgomery, an art teacher at the Dayton Regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) School. Jenny is at the forefront of STEAM (STEM + Art) and she’s working with biology classes and multimedia classes at the Dayton Regional STEM School to create instructional resources for younger children who visit the Newport Aquarium.


The project is actually part of a partnership between the STEM School and the WAVE Foundation, the charitable arm of the Newport Aquarium. In addition to being involved in the creation of these videos and resources, ThinkTV plans to document the project and discuss this new problem-based-learning model as applied to STEM if additional funding becomes available.


This project is still in the early stages, but we thought you all might like to see some photos and a quick behind-the-scenes video of some adorable penguins. During the video, listen closely to hear biologist Dan Clady explain why penguins sneeze!






Learn more about our educational efforts: and

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