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NATURE: MONSTERS OF THE FOREST 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) While we mostly have no problem with creepy crawlies, worms, no-see-ums and all the other things that are going to take over the world after George W. accidentally plugs his Playstation controller into the nuclear football, the one thing we do have trouble with are spiders. Yeah, yeah, we know: “Charlotte’s Web,” the Circle of Life, and the fact that spiders are performing a service by eating up other pests. But we just can’t help but shiver at the thought of shoving our foot into a boot some morning and meeting up with the brown recluse. This week on “Nature,” entomologists look at the nearly endless variety of spiders that inhabit the Amazon rain forest, and search for a legendary species said to be large enough to eat birds. MASSACRE AT COLUMBINE 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30 The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70) Along with the nightmare of 9/11, one of the events burned into the modern American psyche over the past 10 years is the massacre at Columbine (Colo.) High School. On April 20, 1999, two death-obsessed burnouts, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, armed themselves with a pair of sawed-off shotguns, automatic pistols, a knapsack full of pipe bombs and a submachine gun and went to school. By the time they were through, 12 students and a teacher lay dead, and dozens more had been wounded. Here, the History Channel takes an in-depth look at the killers and the investigation that followed, interviewing police, parents and the young survivors. ORSON WELLES MARATHON Wednesday, April 4 Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30) 7 p.m. — CITIZEN KANE (1941) 9:15 p.m. — THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942) 11 p.m. — THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948) 12:30 a.m. — TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) We have a lot of respect for the auteur — those filmmakers who do it their way or not at all. In almost every case, the films that last in both memory and history are almost always those made to fit the vision of a single, dedicated artist. Meanwhile, Hollywood’s box-office-obsessed, film-by-committee dreck factory continues cranking out crud. Here, Turner Classics pays tribute to the archetypical auteur, with four films directed and starring Orson Welles.

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