Shows take up number of teen issues


Some of the issues and problems of being young surface in three programs tonight: teen sex, community violence and the custody consequences of divorce.

FTC * "In a New Light: Sex Unplugged" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Rosie Perez and Stephen Baldwin are co-hosts of a special about teen health and sexual behavior. Greg Louganis, Melissa Etheridge and model Veronica Webb are among guests discussing topics ranging from abstinence to couples coping with HIV. ABC.

* "Street Watch: Youth Voices Count" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- A documentary from St. Paul, Minn., focuses on young people leading projects to reduce violence.

* "World of Discovery" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Actor Mel Gibson, currently on the silver screen as a 13th-century Scottish rebel ("Braveheart"), goes back to his real-life homeland as narrator of a documentary about life in Australia's Outback. The show tracks a year in the life of the McBean family, which raises cattle. ABC.

* "NBA Basketball, Western Conference Final" (9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The Houston Rockets lead the San Antonio Spurs in the best-of-seven series. Game six tonight is from Houston. NBC.

* "48 Hours" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- People used to stay together for the kids. Now they divorce and fight over who gets custody. Dan Rather anchors a report on how children cope with the confusion when their parents can't agree. CBS.

* "Independent Eye: Women's Voices: Mama Awethu" (11 p.m.-midnight, MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Screened in Baltimore last year as part of the "Taste of Sundance" by the Baltimore Film Forum, the film by Bethany Yarrow focuses on five black women in South Africa. Ms. Yarrow, daughter of singer Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), made the film on a trip in 1991.


* "Music Inside/Out" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., BET) -- A one-hour edition of the nightly magazine show launches the network's Black Music Month programming, with a look at top black executives in the recording industry, including Russell Simmons, Ed Eckstine, Andre Harrell and Sean "Puffy" Combs.

* "This Century" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., The Learning Channel) -- English adventurer T. E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, and explorers David Livingstone and Sir Henry Morton Stanley, better known as Stanley and Livingstone, are subjects of the documentary series.

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