Check out this information from our PA Forward partners and tune in on Sunday, March 11!
PA Books on PCN TV Celebrates 800 Episodes
Sunday, March 11, at 7 pm
Did you know…
-Pennsylvania once fought a shooting war against Connecticut?
-The highest paid spy in the American Revolution was the wealthy Philadelphia loyalist Peggy Shippen, the wife of Benedict Arnold?
-The first six Negro Leagues players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame all played for teams in Pittsburgh?
-The world’s first computer, ENIAC, was built in Philadelphia, and still resides there?
-At age 22, George Washington was famous in the courts of England and France for having started the French and Indian War at Jumonville Glen, PA?
Most people don’t, unless they watch PA Books on PCN (Pennsylvania Cable Network).
A Books is a television program that features one-hour interviews with authors of books about Pennsylvania. For more than 20 years, PCN has offered this unique collection, showcasing the state’s history, culture, and people. Selected for the program are newly-released books about some aspect of Pennsylvania’s multi-faceted story.
With each episode, PA Books engages the viewers beyond the written words and personally connects them with the authors who discuss not only the stories in their book, but also reflect on their research, writing process, and personal impressions of the people and events they’ve spent years studying. Viewers are rewarded with an audiovisual dimension of the book and author exclusive to the PA Books program.
On March 11, PCN will televise episode number 800 of this long-running series.
For program number 800, the guest is Chester County’s Walt Koken, a master of the fiddle and banjo, playing “Old Time Music”, traditional music handed down through generations of mountain folks in West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. The music was brought to America by Scots-Irish immigrants who carried the tunes with them as they headed west from Philadelphia, through Pennsylvania, and into the Blue Ridge Mountains. “The wonderful thing about Old Time Music,” says PA Books host Brian Lockman, “Is that it has a devoted audience who appreciate something out of the mainstream. Kind of like PCN viewers.”
To celebrate PA Books’ contribution to preserving Pennsylvania’s history and culture, the top 18 episodes, including the 800th one, will be available free of charge streaming on the PCN Select app and our website through the end of March. The 18 PA Books programs were selected to tell the story of the state through a wide range of topics and guests including Martin Guitars, organized crime, the Civil War, New Sweden, Andrew Wyeth, and Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine plus David McCullough, John Updike, Lisa Scottoline, M.K. Asante, and John Grogan.
Back when PA Books premiered in 1996, it was only available on PCN on cable. With the recent addition of the streaming service, PCN Select, viewers can stream new and on demand episodes of PA Books. PCN has a devoted fan-base who enjoys its coverage of PA Books and other unique historical and cultural programs. Fans also watch PCN’s politics and policy coverage, and a variety of sports championships and events from the state of Pennsylvania. PCN is a statewide, non-profit television network.
The 800th episode of PA Books featuring Author and Musician Walt Koken will air on PCN and the PCN Select Sunday, March 11, at 7 p.m. Please visit pcntv.com/pabooks for more information.