THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TEENA BRANDON
A&E (Comcast Ch. 51)
6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24
With the Far Right bent on excluding our homosexual neighbors from society, it might be a good time to recall the sad tale of Teena Brandon. Found murdered in a rural Nebraska farmhouse in 1993, investigators soon learned that Brandon had been living a double life: masquerading as a teenage boy named “Brandon Teena” — which included dating many young women in town. When the local boys she had befriended discovered her secret, their homophobia cost Brandon her life. Eventually made into the Oscar-winning film “Boys Don’t Cry” (starring “Million Dollar Baby” star Hilary Swank), the story has since become one of the legendary tales of American prejudice, and deserves a second look, especially in today’s climate.
HITLER’S LOST PLAN
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb 27
The History Channel
(Comcast Ch. 70)
In 1958, in an old warehouse in Alexandria, Va., historian Gerhard L. Weinberg was digging through drifts of captured Nazi documents when he made a startling discovery: a manuscript dated 1928 which appeared to be the long-lost sequel to Adolph Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” Here, the History Channel lays out Weinberg’s decades-long struggle to authenticate and legitimize the manuscript as a rightful addition to the historical record. If true, the manuscript is a new window into the mind of one of history’s most evil men. Supposedly dictated to an aide in the years before Hitler came to power, it lays out his plans for the Final Solution, for a Europe under Nazi rule, and — most chillingly — Hitler’s plot to conquer and control the United States.
A DAM STORY
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 2
On October 3, 1963, President John F. Kennedy came to Cleburne County to dedicate Greers Ferry Dam and Reservoir, his last official appearance before his assassination in Dallas. Though JFK is gone, the lake he dedicated continues to provide beauty, recreation, money and electrical power to what was once a rural backwater. Originally envisioned during the New Deal, Greers Ferry Lake brought a boom to the area that went far beyond the WPA’s dreams of free electricity, including the construction of upscale retirement communities like Fairfield Bay. Here, AETN looks back at the construction and impact of the dam and lake, with rare archival footage, and commentary from historians, engineers, and those who worked to see the lake completed.