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TV Highlights for Sept. 7-13

Air: America's Investigative Reports

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Fans of the inside-baseball world of media and journalism are sure to enjoy this look at some of the great investigative television, print and Internet journalism of recent years. The difference here is, instead of simply rehashing the stories, this show promises to take viewers inside the newsroom, describing — via interviews with reporters, editors and sources — how award-winning stories went together and the long-term effect they had on public policy, politics and the world. The first two episodes have been riveting, the latest a look at an award-winning story by Bloomberg Markets magazine that delved into the secretive and even deadly world of medical testing. Tune in, especially if you’ve got a little ink in your blood. AETN (Broadcast Ch. 2, Comcast Ch. 3), 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15

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WEIRD WEAPONS OF WWII
The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70)
9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15

War can bring out both the best and the worst in people. And while it might not fit most people’s version of “best,” weapon development usually takes a leap forward whenever we decide to have a major dust-up. The problem is, for every Browning machine gun or Flying Fortress, there’s a weapon that wasn’t as well thought out. Because of the scale and budget of World War II, the world saw more than its share of weird weapons in the early 1940s, some of them downright bizarre. In a two-hour special, viewers are given access to the dustbin of military history, and a peek at some of the Axis’ and Allies’ worst ideas, including a supership made of ice, pigeon-guided missiles, wind cannons designed to blow down enemy planes, a solar death ray, and bombs designed to start earthquakes under enemy cities.


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JURASSIC PARK (1993)
American Movie Classics (Comcast Ch. 31)
7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18


While a lot of summer blockbusters from the early 1990s look about as dated as flannel and grunge rock these days, one flick that has stood the test of time is Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park.” Looking at it now, knowing how much computer technology has progressed in the 13 years since “Park” was made, it’s something like a minor miracle that it exists at all, not to mention the fact that the dinosaurs still look as real as ever. With Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and then-“It Girl” Laura Dern, it’s a testament to Spielberg’s skill that “Jurassic Park” is still a fun time at the movies.

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