CPTV to Air a Nova Night of Spies and Secrets on Tuesday, February 3

Release Date: 01/26/2009

 HARTFORD, Conn. – In a time of increasing surveillance both at home and abroad, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) takes viewers inside the world of espionage past and present with two hours of Spy Night on Tuesday, February 3.
 
The evening begins with a look at the Cold War era of uncertainty in Nova: AstroSpies at 8 p.m.. While NASA astronauts were captivating the world with the Apollo lunar landings, the U.S. was engaged in a top-secret military manned space program. Now, investigative author Jim Bamford (acclaimed author of The Puzzle Palace) probes the untold story of the elite corps of clandestine astronauts who were never told of the true purpose of their training program. Bamford travels to Russia to reveal the secrets of the Soviet response – the prototypes of the “Almaz” military space stations that, if deployed, might have led to a Cold War showdown in outer space.
 
Then, fast-forward to the paranoia of the information age – and beyond. Nova: The Spy Factory premieres at 9 p.m, a hunt through the depths of the National Security Agency (NSA) to uncover the truth about high-tech surveillance. For the first time on television, Nova exposes the hidden world of the world’s largest intelligence agency. Based on the latest best-seller by journalist James Bamford, The Spy Factory is a gripping investigation of the NSA, from its tragic failures leading up to the 9/11 attacks to its secret listening rooms currently installed in the nation’s telecom facilities. The program presents groundbreaking new evidence about how the agency listened in to the phone calls of key 9/11 plotters, yet failed to realize they were located in the U.S. This is a suspenseful and eye-opening report on the threat to privacy and the effectiveness of high-tech surveillance in the age of terrorism.
 
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television.  The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and / or www.wnpr.org.
 
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Airdates and Times
NOVA: AstroSpies
Airs Tuesday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
 
NOVA: The Spy Factory
Premieres Tuesday, February 3 at 9 p.m.
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