Ginsburg hearings (PBS and NPR, please check local listings): The public arms of TV and radio are working together to present live coverage of the Senate confirmation hearings on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's nomination for United States Supreme Court associate justice. NPR's broadcast will be gavel-to-gavel, expected at press time to begin about 10 a.m., E.T., and to run as long as four days. PBS will stay with the proceedings until 5:30 p.m., then break for other programming. Should the hearings run beyond 5:3 0, PBS will include updates in its "MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour," aired in the evenings (check local listings). The co-anchors will be NPR legal-affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and Paul Duke, moderator of "Washington Week in Review" on PBS.
Frontline (9-11 p.m.): Of the public issues covered by this distinguished documentary series over the years, few are more agonizing than the questions about child abuse raised in the 1991 broadcast "Innocence Lost." Producer Ofra Bikel explored, minutely, the web of accusations and retorts over what happened - or did not - in 1990 at the Little Rascal day-care center in Edenton, N.C. Since that broadcast, the center's owner - the first of seven defendants - has been convicted and sentenced to 12 consecut ive life terms.
"Innocence Lost: The Verdict" is a two-part follow-up in which producer Bikel reports on the trial with the same attention to detail she showed in the first program. This time, courtroom testimony is included, as well as interviews with parents, defendants, and townspeople. During Part 2 (airing Wednesday, July 21, 9-11 p.m.), a second trial is covered, but the program's executive producer has written the press asking them not to reveal the verdict (even though it is well known and much discussed in Nort h Carolina). In the interests of potentially better viewing, I'll go along with his request.
Please check local listings for both these broadcasts.