This Thursday, March 11, marks two grim milestones: the first anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring Covid-19 a global pandemic (the virus has now killed two and a half million people) and the 10th anniversary of the giant Japanese earthquake/tsumani (which killed at least 20,000).
But humans are resilient, as evidenced by some viewing options this week:
On Thursday, at 11:30 am ET, Healthline Media will hold a live town hall featuring several celebrities who have beaten Covid-19 – 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, actor/singer Brian Stokes Mitchell, comedian/author D.L. Hughley and actor/activist Alyssa Milano – as well as ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton and public health professionals.
“This event will feature insightful and fact-based discussions about the way forward,” said Healthline’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Elaine Hanh Le, who will co-moderate the town hall.
If you’d like the way forward to include your kids getting off the computer and back to in-school learning, you may want to tune into a concurrent Congressional hearing, scheduled to start at 10:30 am on Thursday.
The hearing, held by the Congressional Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, is titled, Kids Online During Covid: Child Safety in an Increasingly Digital Age. You can also stream this right here:
NHK World, Japan’s English-language news and lifestyle network, has put together this package of 16 shows, some old, most new, several already available on demand, and others premiering this month on its 24/7 linear channel.
On March 11 itself, at 9:30 pm ET, NHK World will present Miyagi – An Unshaken Spirit, a Cycle Around Japan tour of a region that had been devastated by the tsunami but is now almost totally restored: “We’ll encounter the irrepressible spirit of people who overcame disaster and the loss of loved ones to rebuild their lives.” You can also watch Miyagi – An Unshaken Spirit now on demand.
Friday, March 12, at 10:10 pm brings A Branch of a Pine Is Tied Up, a half-hour edition of Anime Supernova. This anime by Murata Tomoyasu follows twin sisters affected by the tsunami—one who survives and the other who loses her life. The ghost of the deceased twin then wanders through different locations of their shared childhood, searching for memories of her sister.
Earlier on Friday, at 3 pm, you can see an encore presentation of Ken Watanabe – A Compassionate View: The Decade Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, which premiered this weekend. The 50-minute documentary sees the Japanese actor (Oscar nominee for 2003’s The Last Samurai) getting to know survivors in four communities most affected by the disaster.
For info on all the special programming marking the 3.11 anniversary, visit NHK World’s “3.11 – Ten Years On” web page.
To find your local over-the-air station (or cable/satellite channel), go to NHK World’s How to Watch and choose “Americas” and then “USA” in the drop-down menu.
(Top photo: Ken Watanabe and a dairy farmer in Katsurao, Fukushima. Source: NHK World)
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