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What to watch and listen to this week: Where to watch the solar eclipse on TV, Constitutional podcast

Where to watch the solar eclipse on TV

NASA TV Coverage of the Total Solar Eclipse, noon, CSPAN: NASA TV hosts four hours of the eclipse is it crosses the U.S., the first total solar eclipse visible in any part of the country since 1979.

The Great American Eclipse, 1 p.m., ABC: Coverage from locations across the country, including Lincoln Beach, Ore., Nashville and Charleston, S.C.

Total Solar Eclipse Live, 2:30 p.m., WUSF: Features images from the South Carolina State Museum Observatory telescope and explores the impact on plants and wildlife.

The Total Solar Eclipse, 4 p.m. Weather Channel: Coverage of the first total solar eclipse seen from the U.S. in more than a generation.

NOVA: Eclipse Over America, 9 p.m., PBS: The network does a quick turnaround with a documentary with commentary from scientists and citizens witnessing the first total solar eclipse in more than a generation. Also includes the history of eclipse science and research into the solar corona.

Watch this week

Monday

Dirty Dancing marathon, starting at 7 a.m., Freeform: Who wouldn't want to watch Baby carry a watermelon for 12 hours? Don't worry, they're only airing the 1987 original.

The New Age of Terror, 9 p.m., CNN: In the conclusion to this special, the war on terror enters a new phase as homegrown lone wolves start to strike the U.S. while the military struggles to contain threats coming from the internet.

Tuesday

Diana - Her Story, 8 p.m., PBS: The controversial special originally aired in the U.K. and features never-seen-before footage of Diana talking intimately about her private life with her speech coach.

Princess Diana: A guide to all the 20th anniversary specials

The Murder of Laci Peterson, 10 p.m., A&E: The media attention on the case escalates after the appearance of Scott Peterson's girlfriend, Amber Frey.

Wednesday

MasterChef, 8 p.m., Fox: The top 11 have to cook live crawfish to get the most meat possible, and the six weakest cooks go head-to-head in an elimination challenge.

The Farthest - Voyager in Space, 9 p.m., PBS: An exploration of NASA's Voyager missions, which launched in 1977, and how they have shaped our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The special also includes photographs taken by the twin spacecraft.

Thursday

SEASON FINALE: Boy Band, 8 p.m., ABC: The first season finale sees the remaining eight contestants learning their fates and the winning five are awarded with a recording contract.

CNN Films: Elian, 9 p.m., CNN: Elian Gonzalez, now 23, reflects on the harrowing memories of his rescue from the Florida Straits and the media circus surrounding his 2000 international custody battle.

Plug in

Constitutional

The Washington Post has really excelled with podcasting.

Last year came Presidential, hosted by Lillian Cunningham and exploring the lives and legacies of all 45 U.S. presidents. Now Cunningham is back with Constitutional, a follow-up to Presidential that seeks to explore America's story through its Constitution.

Plug in: The Washington Post's Presidential podcast

The series explores this founding document word by word and concept by concept, starting with the preamble, particularly the phrase "We the people."
What does "We the people" mean? Who are the "people"? What makes someone American? Where do indigenous people fit into all this? Constitutional explores all that in episodes 2 and 3.

In the first, Cunningham takes listeners all the way back to the stifling summer of 1787, where the Founding Fathers wined and dined and drafted this country's most important legal document. Its laws and amendments have been interpreted and argued over ever since that fateful summer 230 years ago.

The key part of this podcast is that it doesn't focus on just those who helped create the constitution and those who interpret it. It zones in on those who continue to help reframe it - from presidents and justices to protesters and revolutionaries. It attempts to get to the heart of those people and groups who question the interpretation of the laws laid out in the Constitution in order to form a more perfect union.

Listen on iTunes and washingtonpost.com.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.


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