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CPT12 to Air Special Egypt Focused Programming on February 5, 2011

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Colorado Public Television  to air Special Programming
with a Variety of Perspectives on Egypt  
on Saturday, February  5, 2011 from 1 pm - 7 pm and an
Egypt-focused “Frontline” on Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Denver (February 4, 2011) – Colorado Public Television’s channel 12.1 (CPT12.1) is dedicating the afternoon and early evening of Saturday, February 5, 2011 to stories, context and news on Egypt. Included in the new programming line-up are:

1 pm   “Veiled Voices,” a program about women in the Arab world as the roles as leaders in Islam are redefined, investigates the world of Muslim women religious leaders through the eyes of these three women in Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. “Veiled Voices” reveals a world rarely documented, exploring both the public and private lives of these women, giving insight into how Muslim women are now increasingly willing to challenge the status quo from within their religion, promoting Islam as a powerful force for positive transformation in the world. Each triumphs over difficult challenges as they carve out a space to lead – both in Islam and in their communities.

2 pm   “Democracy Now: Special Coverage on Egypt.” This special 2-hour episode of the news program with host Amy Goodman, features in-depth coverage of the unfolding street demonstrations across Egypt.

4 pm   “Great Decisions - Egypt Rising: From Pharos to Facebook”
Rooted deeply in tradition, Egypt today is in a state of transition, it has been said that Egypt is not a country, it's a civilization. As the government seeks to reform and maintain control and the economy grows steadily, what does the future hold? This on-location “Great Decisions” special report features interviews with:
- Ambassador Francis Ricciardone, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt
- Ahmet Abul Gheit , Foreign Minister, Arab Republic of Egypt
- Dr. Gamal Abdel Gawad, Director, Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies
- Rachid Mohamed Rachid , Minister of Trade, Arab Republic of Egypt
- Amin Abaza, Minister of Agriculture, Arab Republic of Egypt
- Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, University of Maryland
- Adel Iskandar, Author, Al-Jazeera
- James Zogby, President, Arab-American Institute
- Mona Eltahawy, freelance Egyptian reporter
- Maha Azzazm, Associate Fellow, Chatham House

5 pm   “Rick Steves’ Europe: Egypt” After the urban jungle of Cairo, Steves’ climbs into a Giza Pyramid. In Luxor, he rambles with Ramses through the temple of Karnac and the Valley of the Kings, and bicycles into today's village Egypt.

6 pm   “Richard Bangs' Adventures with a Purpose Egypt: Quest for the Lord of the Nile”  Explorer and travel writer Richard Bangs sets off for an incredible adventure on the great Nile River to uncover the history, myths and culture of the lost crocodiles of ancient Egypt. From Alexandria to Cairo, from the pyramids at Giza to the Valley of the Kings, Bangs explores the way the river and its fearsome "Lord" molded a civilization. Further upstream, he visits a temple dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god, and searches for the beast in the waters of Lake Nasser.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 9 pm:

“Frontline: Revolution in Cairo” dispatches teams to Cairo, going inside the youth movement that helped light the fire on the streets. “Frontline” follows the "April 6th" group, which two years ago began making a bold use of the Internet for their underground resistance-tactics that led to jail and torture for many of their leaders.  Now, starting with the "Day of Rage," we witness those same leaders plot strategy and head into "Liberation Square" to try to bring down President Mubarak.  Also in this hour, veteran Middle East correspondent Charles Sennott of GlobalPost lands in Cairo for the program to take a hard look at Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood-the most well-organized and powerful of the country's opposition groups, as a new fight for power in Egypt begins to takes shape.

Daily at 5 pm, “Al Jazeera English” news airs on CPT12.3.

About Colorado Public Television – CPT12
Every day Colorado Public Television (CPT12) sets itself apart with an unparalleled schedule of local, “community voice” public affairs programming and invites our statewide audience to explore new issues, ideas, people and places in the state, nation and world. CPT12 curates three digital channels including our flagship signal with a mix of local, national and international programming and infused with quality PBS shows (12.1); CPT12+, the best of independently produced documentaries, music, travel, exercise, cooking, public affairs and more (12.2); and MHz Worldview, providing international news from five continents and diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience (12.3). Noted by The Denver Post in its “2010 TV person of the year” honor of CEO Wick Rowland, CPT12 is a “feisty outlet” that takes a tough stance “on matters of censorship & politics.”

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