The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

The best TV programs this week

NOVA: Ocean Animal Emergency

NOVA goes inside the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., where wildlife veterinarians fight to save and rehabilitate injured ocean animals. The show also goes to Oahu, where practices developed at the center are used in an attempt to save the Hawaiian monk seal from imminent extinction. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Frontline: The Hugo Chavez Show

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may be the only world leader with his own weekly TV show: On Aló Presidente (“Hello President”), he muses, pontificates, and even sings. But the man who called President Bush “the devil” is not the buffoon he may appear, Frontline reveals. His canny use of media has helped him keep power in his troubled nation and wield influence in the world. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Independent Lens: The Atom Smashers

Behind the doors of Fermilab near Chicago, scientists are using the four-mile-long Tevatron, the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, to search for the hypothetical Higgs boson—the “God particle” that could reveal the secret of mass in the universe. The stakes are high: America’s science leadership is fading, and the Tevatron may soon be shut down. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 p.m., PBS; check local listings

White House: Behind Closed Doors

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush conduct the first extended television tour of the White House since Jackie Kennedy welcomed viewers back in 1962. Highlights of the 90-minute special include the Oval Office, the Lincoln Bedroom, and a look behind the scenes of an official state dinner. Leigh and Leslie Keno of Antiques Roadshow offer historical perspective. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 9 p.m., History


This award-winning drama is the story of two young British Muslims: a law student so accepting of the government’s post-9/11 policies that he winds up doing surveillance on his own community for MI5, and his sister, whose opposite path leads her to a training camp in Pakistan. Timely and troubling, the two-part TV movie takes a thoughtful look at such issues as racism and civil liberties. Sunday–Monday, Nov.30–Dec. 1, at 8 p.m., BBC America

Other highlights

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Dr. Seuss’ Horton the elephant and a giant version of a Keith Haring drawing debut among the parade’s giant balloons. Thursday, Nov. 27, at 9 a.m., NBC

Punkin Chunkin

At Delaware’s World Championship Punkin Chunkin, inventors compete to see whose device can hurl a pumpkin farthest. Thursday, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m., Science Channel

Sputnik Mania

Long-lost footage highlights this look at an event that shocked America: the Soviet Union’s 1957 launch of the first artificial satellite. Saturday, Nov. 29, at 10 p.m., History

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