Worth Noting on TV

By , Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

SUNDAY

60 Minutes (CBS, 7-8 p.m.): President Clinton is expected to rebut Republican criticisms in an interview with Dan Rather.

The Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Celebration (PBS, 7-10 p.m.): A star-studded party was thrown in April for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, and now the rest of America is invited. It's perfect for families, arts lovers, and those who would like a crash course in everything from classical music to modern dance, Broadway tunes to jazz. The diverse performers include opera singer Kathleen Battle and actor David Hyde Pierce (Niles on TV's "Frasier"). Although it will likely run over three hours on most stations as this is a pledge-drive month, it is worth staying up for.

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Galapagos: Beyond Darwin (Discovery, 9-11 p.m.): This fascinating documentary explores an area Charles Darwin couldn't on his trip 161 years ago: the deep sea.

Included in the program, filmed last November, are panoramic underwater and land images, bright-colored fish (which, as it turns out, are harder to see than dark ones at substantial depths), and discussions of the history and delicate ecosystem of the Galpagos Islands, located 600 miles west of South America.

Viewers are on hand as articulate scientists discover new species of fish, and, in the few land segments, find ancient fossils. These academics are supporters of Darwin's theory of evolution, which is presented throughout the program. Also featured are animals that inhabit the islands, including the giant tortoise - called galapago in Spanish.

MONDAY

VH1 Presents the '70s (VH1, 8-9 p.m.): VH1 tackles the tumultuous 1970s and its impact on music in a five-part series airing each night for a week. "Power to the People" starts things off with a look at how politics and events of the decade affected pop music. Other episodes cover the surge in the rock-and-roll industry, the rise of R&B and soul music, and the disco "explosion."

*Please check local listings for these programs.

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