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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Monday


Spies of Mississippi 10 p.m., WGBH 2

It remains a mystery why everyone seems so surprised by recent NSA revelations. The United States has a long and not-so-proud history of state-sponsored surveillance. Witness this documentary, which goes back to Mississippi in 1964, where the civil rights struggle was causing a far more significant stir than the Fab Four, and the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission was quietly going about infiltrating civil rights groups in order to quash activists’ “Freedom Summer” before things got too hot. Some things never change, even while everything’s changing.

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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 8 p.m., CNBC

Meanwhile, in the ever-shrinking world of things that aren’t being watched, it’s once again time for this annual pageant of canine pulchritude. It’s opening night, so expect hounds, toys, non-sporting, and herding groups. Do not expect adorable kittens or a special appearance from Parker Posey — I know, points off.

2014 Winter Olympics 8 p.m., NBC

Alpine skiing, short track racing, speed-spackling.

Stalked: Someone’s Watching 10 p.m. ID

His name is Vladmir and he thinks your shower singing is pitchy.

WWE Monday Night Raw 8 p.m., USA

Oily wrestlers, high drama, neon lycra, and a Betty White cameo! Pretty much the anti-Sochi.

Michael Andor Brodeur can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MBrodeur.
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