WORTH NOTING ON TV

SATURDAY Grand Ole Opry 65th Anniversary (CBS, 9-11 p.m.):An American institution whose stars have made country music an increasingly mainstream form, the Opry stage has drawn everyone from Pee Wee King to President Richard Nixon, who played the piano when the Opry's new house was dedicated in 1974. In this celebration - called ``The New Tradition'' - a spectrum of new and veteran headliners salute their cultural home base.

MONDAY

Making Sense of the Sixties (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): If you thought little was left of that rebellious decade and its then-revolutionary values, the series premiering with this show - and airing on three consecutive nights - may give you pause. Interviews with some 100 people speaking from several vantage points build a compelling picture of the period's decisive impact.

TUESDAY

The Emancipation of Lizzie Stern (CBS, 4-5 p.m.): You're 16 and your mother plans to remarry, then move the family to another state. You have no choice but to go, right? Not according to this fact-based ``Schoolbreak Special.'' It tells an emotional but informativestory about a girl who takes her mother to court to gain independence.

WEDNESDAY

SMITHSONIAN WORLD (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): The august institution begins its sixth TV season dangerously - with ``Gender: The Enduring Paradox,'' a hotly debated topic given here a sane and studious look. The documentary examines cross-cultural differences and other carefully researched subjects.

Please check local listings for all programs, especially on PBS.

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