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Stories by Jennifer Robinson

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution

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Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging, one that sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. Directed, produced and written by Stanley Nelson, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution” premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 on PBS.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Charleston, S.C. - Hour 1

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Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. Travel with ROADSHOW to Charleston, S.C. and learn about a Babe Ruth archive, a Japanese Komai iron and gold vase from around1890, a Virginia Federal walnut cellarette and more. Which one is valued at $ 80,000 to $100,000?

David Bowie - Five Years

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Survey five pivotal years in David Bowie’s extensive career, each illustrating his inspiration and where his innovative ideas led him. The program features unseen footage and interviews with close collaborators, and charts Bowie’s continual evolution.

PBS Democratic Presidential Debate 2016, A PBS NEWSHOUR Special

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Live from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, PBS NEWSHOUR co-anchors and managing editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate the DNC-sanctioned debate, the first Democratic presidential debate following the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. The live debate will be streamed online at pbs.org/newshour.

NATURE: Moose: Life Of A Twig Eater

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There is a growing problem in North America affecting moose, the largest species of the deer family. Whether they make their home in the Canadian Rockies or in Minnesota, moose populations are declining at a rapid rate. One reason is that many of the newborn calves are not surviving their first year. In order to find out why, one intrepid cameraman spends a year documenting the life of a moose calf and its mother to understand what it takes to survive. The program is a first-person account by cameraman and naturalist Hugo Kitching of his year spent in Jasper National Park in the Canadian province of Alberta, a wilderness area that covers over 4,000 square miles.

NOVA: Memory Hackers

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Memory. Whether it’s sharp, fuzzy, poignant or thrilling, it’s the glue that binds our mental lives. Without it we’d be prisoners of the present, unable to use the lessons of the past to change our future. From our first kiss to where we put our keys, memory represents who we are and how we learn and navigate the world. But how does it work? For the first time, using cutting-edge research, neuroscientists are exploring the precise molecular mechanisms of memory.

Growing Up Gambling

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Featuring cutting-edge science on gambling addiction, this documentary takes viewers inside the brain of an online gamer and online gambler, telling the story of a student’s downward spiral into addictive online sports betting. Technology allows college students and adolescents, who otherwise couldn’t set foot on a casino floor, to bet as much as their credit cards will allow. Easy 24/7 access via mobile gambling puts a tech-savvy generation at greater risk than prior generations.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Perfect Crime

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In 1924, the murder of a 14-year-old boy by two wealthy college students shocked the nation. But more horrifying than the brutal killing—the boy was bludgeoned to death—was the motive. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb admitted they planned to abduct and kill a child at random simply for the thrill of it. Legendary defense attorney Clarence Darrow summoned experts to show that the murderers had been shaped by childhood trauma and that it was society and its barbaric death penalty that deserved to be put on trial. Set in 1920s Chicago—a city of gin joints, gangsters, and political corruption—"The Perfect Crime" tells a story that set off a national debate about morality, individual responsibility, and capital punishment.

FRONTLINE: The Fantasy Sports Gamble

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See an investigation with the New York Times into fantasy sports and online sports betting. With law enforcement cracking down, the film traces the growth of these booming businesses and goes inside their operations at home and abroad.

INDEPENDENT LENS: A Ballerina's Tale

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Few dancers make it to the highest levels of classical ballet; of that already small number only a fraction are black women. But Misty Copeland has risen to the highest level, making history as the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Get an intimate look at this groundbreaking artist during a crucial period in her life in “A Ballerina’s Tale,” directed by Nelson George. The film premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 on PBS.

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE: Smart Lock, Outdoor TV

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Travel alongside the experts of Emmy® nominated series ASK THIS OLD HOUSE® and learn how to tackle everyday home improvement projects. Get smart. In this episode, see Kevin replace a front door deadbolt with a smart lock controlled by Bluetooth. From indoor to outdoor, watch Scott install a weather-resistant television on a patio. And see who shows off his table tennis skills in “What is it?”

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Little Rock, Arkansas - Hour 3

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Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. Discover hidden treasures in Little Rock, such as a 1985 Charles Schulz Snoopy sketch, Chinese altar garniture, ca. 1850, and a 1919 William Faulkner handmade poetry book. Can you guess which is valued at $70,000 to $100,000?

CROSSING SOUTH: Football (New Episode)

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Did you know that organized American football has been played in Mexico since the days of leather-head helmets? Discover Baja's gridiron legacy first-hand with Jorge as he explores the history of the sport in this region, profiles the storied collegiate team Cetys Osos (Bears), and chats with Justin Mckenzie, president of the newly formed football arena league in Baja.

LUTHER: Season 1

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Idris Elba stars as maverick Detective John Luther in this gripping, smart and entertaining thriller. A detective working for London's Serious Crime Unit, Luther is a dedicated policeman, an inspired maker of connections and a whirlwind genius. He is dazzling, obsessive and sometimes dangerous in the violence of his fixations. Throughout the series, Luther faces a succession of psychological duels between hunter and hunted, predator and prey. But as the stakes get ever higher and more personal, Luther's lonely path pulls him towards the very edge of temptation.

NOVA: Creatures Of Light

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Whether it’s to scare off predators, fish for prey or lure a mate, the language of light is everywhere in the ocean depths, and scientists are finally starting to decode it. NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to this hidden undersea world where most creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer, or simply glow. Join deep sea scientists who investigate these stunning displays and discover surprising ways to harness nature’s light — from tracking cancer cells to detecting pollution, lighting up cities, and even illuminating the inner workings of our brains.

JOANNE WEIR GETS FRESH: Season 2

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From the cold waters of Alaska and the farms and orchards of California’s Central Valley, to the bustling culinary hot spots of San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston, in each episode, Joanne Weir will take you on a quest to find the perfect ingredient. Each show sparkles with Joanne's reflections, practical insights and love of adventure. Sometimes humorous, often personal, Joanne's mission is clear: that each of us can learn to create and improvise meals from an ever-changing wealth of fresh, market ingredients — and that by the end of each episode, the viewer, too will “get fresh.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Murder Of A President

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Based on Candice Millard’s best-seller "Destiny of the Republic," "Murder Of A President" is the story of James A. Garfield, one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president, his shooting by a deluded madman named Charles Guiteau, and its bizarre and tragic aftermath. Just four months after Garfield took office, Guiteau fired two bullets at the president in a Washington, D.C. train station. Amazingly, Garfield survived, and for the next 79 days, the nation held its breath while his medical team and others—including inventor Alexander Graham Bell—struggled in vain to keep him alive.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Little Rock, Arkansas - Hour 2

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Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. Journey to Little Rock to see fantastic finds, including a 1983 Truman Capote "Playboy" manuscript, a jazz musician photograph archive, ca. 1945, and a Mississippian effigy figure circa 1000-1500 AD. Which is the top find of the hour?

FILM INDIEGO: A Film Community Awakens (New Series Premiere)

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Voted “San Diego’s Funniest Person,” Dallas McLaughlin hosts FILM INDIEGO, a new six-part series, which takes an inside look at the growing film industry right here in America’s finest city. In the premiere episode, we take a look at some award-winning documentaries. Our courageous host goes diving off the coast of San Diego with cinematographer and producer Elke Specker ("Diver’s Backyard"), as we get a firsthand look at what it takes to film deep in the Pacific Ocean. Next, McLaughlin joins American Dream Cinema producers Devin and Jeanne Scott, cruising San Diego Bay as they talk about their desert documentary “The LEGend of Peg Leg’s Leg”- winner of Best Short Documentary at the 2015 San Diego Film Awards.

FILTHY CITIES: Industrial New York

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With ground breaking CGI historian Dan Snow travels back to a seething Manhattan in the throws of the industrial revolution. Millions fled persecution, poverty and famine in Europe in the 19th century in search of the Promised Land. When they arrived what they found was even worse than what they'd left behind.

NOVA: Himalayan Megaquake

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Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS’ premier science series. Dramatic eyewitness footage reveals the shocking quake that rocked Nepal in April 2015. Join scientists as they examine why this earthquake was so devastating, how the victims are rebuilding and whether another earthquake looms on the horizon.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Mine Wars

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At the dawn of the 20th century, coal was the fuel that powered the nation. Yet few Americans thought much about the men who blasted the black rock from underground and hauled it to the surface. "The Mine Wars" tells the overlooked story of the miners in the mountains of southern West Virginia— native mountaineers, African American migrants, and European immigrants — who came together in a protracted struggle for their rights.

MARTHA BAKES: Pumpkin

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Loved by Americans since colonial times, pumpkin is just as popular today as it was back then. Discover how Martha incorporates it into four remarkable recipes. A delectable pumpkin pecan pie that's perfect for entertaining, a velvety smooth cheesecake swirled with pumpkin, and the best pumpkin bread you've ever tasted, along with a show-stopping deep dish pumpkin pie that's billowing with meringue.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Little Rock, Arkansas - Hour 1

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Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. Travel to Little Rock and discover finds like an Olin Travis Ozark hilltop painting, a 1936 Lou Gehrig autograph and an English giltwood cabinet-on-stand, ca. 1730. Which one is appraised for $80,000 to $120,000?

INDEPENDENT LENS: In Football We Trust

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"In Football We Trust" is an insightful and moving documentary that transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the chief sources for the NFL’s influx of Pacific Islander players. Shot over a four-year period with unprecedented access, the film follows four young Polynesian men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football. Directed by first time feature filmmakers Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn.

FILTHY CITIES: Revolutionary Paris

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Just 200 years ago Paris was famously one of the foulest and smelliest cities in Europe. In this program, historian Dan Snow sniffs out the rotten story of the French revolution. Stunning CGI reveals the stinking streets where ordinary people slaved in toxic industries and suffered grotesque poverty and disease. Dan immerses himself in their world, visiting a perfumer to recreate the stench of the 18th century city - Pong de Paris.

NOVA: Mystery Beneath The Ice

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Tiny, transparent, and threatened, krill are crucial to the Antarctic ecosystem. But the population of krill is crashing for reasons that continue to baffle the experts. A leading theory says that krill’s life cycle is driven by an internal body clock that responds to the waxing and waning of the Antarctic ice pack, and as climate change alters the timing of the ice pack, their life cycle is disrupted. To test it, NOVA travels on the Polarstern, a state-of-the-art research vessel, to the frigid ice pack in the dead of winter.

COOK'S COUNTRY: Bringing Home Tex-Mex Favorites

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Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas at home. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of corn tortillas. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for tortilla keepers. And finally, test cook Erin McMurrer uncovers the secrets to making perfect huevos rancheros.

MARTHA BAKES: Northeast

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Join Martha as she shares four mouthwatering regional favorites from the Northeast. A delectable cranberry tart flavored with currant jelly and cognac, mini chocolate whoopie pies filled with chocolate ganache, and the technique for getting those beloved crumbs on New York crumb cake. Plus, an easy-to-make babka that is so delicious you'll be tempted to eat it morning, noon and night.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Bonnie & Clyde

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Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow had been on a year-long crime spree, leaving a trail of dead bodies in their wake, yet were little more than a local curiosity until photos of the couple were discovered at a hastily abandoned hideout in 1933. The image of a beret-clad Bonnie, cigar in mouth, pistol in hand, striking a defiantly provocative pose, would soon achieve near mythic status. Overnight, the country became transfixed by the scandalous images and press accounts of their improbable escapes and illicit romance. Told through interviews with cultural historians and descendants of the outlaws and those who captured them, "Bonnie & Clyde," executive produced by Mark Samels and written, produced, and directed by John Maggio, premieres on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 on PBS.

FRONTLINE: Supplements And Safety

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It’s estimated that half of all Americans take a health supplement every day, from fish oil to multivitamins to diet pills. The booming 30-billion-dollar-plus vitamins and supplements industry says these products can make consumers healthier — but a new FRONTLINE investigation with The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation raises troubling questions. “Supplements And Safety,” premiering Tuesday, Jan. 19 on PBS stations and online, investigates the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements — exploring how they’re marketed and regulated, and how it’s often hard to know what’s really in the bottles you buy.

Willie Nelson: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize

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Rosanne Cash, Edie Brickell, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo, Neil Young and more pay tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Nelson’s lyrics give voice to America’s heartland and his music pushes genre boundaries.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Spokane, Wash. - Hour Three

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Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. Journey to Spokane to learn about treasures like a 1938 Snow White banner, a Chinese huanghuali cosmetic case and an 1860 John J. Audubon chromolithograph. Which is the night’s big find?

MERCY STREET

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Based on real events, MERCY STREET takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of a distinctive cast of characters—doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists—realizing the chaotic world of Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia, and the Mansion House Hospital in the early years of the Civil War. This series is not about battles and glory, it’s about the drama and unexpected humor of everyday life behind the front lines. It’s a fresh twist on an iconic story, one that resonates with larger themes we still struggle with today.

DOC MARTIN: Season 7

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In the highly-anticipated Season 7 of DOC MARTIN, Martin Clunes reprises his role as Dr. Martin Ellingham, the G.P. with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood. Heartbroken after Louisa’s (Caroline Catz) departure at the end of Season 6, the new season finds Martin ready to make some changes and win his family back. Also returning are Dame Eileen Atkins (Aunt Ruth), Selina Cadell (Mrs. Tishell), Ian McNeice (Bert Large), Joe Absolom (Al Large), John Marquez (PC Penhale), and Jessica Ransom (Morwenna). Guest stars include Tristan Sturrock ("Saving Grace"), Caroline Quentin (JONATHAN CREEK, MEN BEHAVING BADLY), and Sigourney Weaver ("Alien").

FILTHY CITIES: Medieval London (New Series Premiere)

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Do you have to dodge the contents of bedpans or step over rotting corpses on your way to work? Well, you may have had to if you'd lived in London, New York or Paris when they were filthy cities. Dan Snow presents this immersive three-part series, which brings these cities' stinking histories vividly to life. In the first episode, historian Dan Snow gets down and dirty in medieval grime to discover the hard way how the London we know today was forged in the filth of the 14th century. State of the art CGI reveals London's streets as they were 700 years ago and Dan steps into the shoes of a medieval Londoner - wooden platforms designed to help him rise above the disgusting mess underfoot.

NOVA: Life's Rocky Start

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Four and a half billion years ago, the young Earth was a hellish place—a seething chaos of meteorite impacts, volcanoes belching noxious gases, and lightning flashing through a thin, torrid atmosphere. Then, in a process that has puzzled scientists for decades, life emerged. How did it happen? NOVA joins mineralogist Robert Hazen on the rocky trail to resolve this enduring mystery.

NATURE: Natural Born Hustlers

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When it comes to the most important goals in the animal kingdom, learning how to survive and raising the next generation are right at the top of the list. This may seem clear cut, but the lengths to which some animals go to achieve these objectives can often be downright devious. This three-part series reveals the modus operandi of some of nature’s greatest animal con artists as they outwit predators, line up their next meal, and get the girl. NATURAL BORN HUSTLERS airs Wednesday, Jan. 13, 20 & 27, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Ball Of Confusion: The 1968 Election

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Has there ever been a year like 1968? Assassinations, racial unrest, nationwide riots, and an endless war in Vietnam put the nation on edge and produced a historic three-way presidential election where all the candidates were deeply flawed. Backed into a corner by rising casualties in Vietnam and with no easy exit strategy, President Johnson stunned the nation in March 1968 when he announced he would not seek a second full term in the White House. As his efforts to secure a compromise peace proved futile, LBJ's popularity plummeted further. Even darker hours came when Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were cut down by assassins' bullets. In “Ball Of Confusion: The 1968 Election,” the story of 1968 and the presidential election are told through interviews with Larry J. Sabato, Ted Koppel, Skip Humphrey, Walter Mondale, Mark Updegrove, Fred Malek, George Wallace Jr., and Peggy Wallace, among others.

Off The Menu: Asian America

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Delve into a wealth of stories, traditions and unexpected characters that nourish this nation of immigrants. Go into the kitchens, factories, temples and farms of Asian Pacific America to explore how the bond with food reflects an evolving community. The feature documentary by award-winning filmmaker Grace Lee ("American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs") is co-produced by the Center for Asian American Media and KQED, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Spokane, Wash. - Hour Two

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Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. In this episode, discover fantastic finds in Spokane, including a 1961-1963 JFK archive, a grotesque face jug and Gone with the Wind sketches. Can you guess which is valued at $60,000-$80,000?

VERA: Season 5

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Its twists and turns of plot, stunning performances and high production values have earned VERA a reputation as an exquisite and classic crime drama. Based on the novels by best-selling author Ann Cleeves, this compelling, character-driven British series stars Academy Award-nominee and BAFTA-winner Brenda Blethyn as Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Vera is a brilliant murder investigator and kindhearted loner with a tendency to become obsessed with her job. Her trusted, long-suffering colleague Sergeant Joe Ashworth receives a promotion in the fifth series, which requires the addition of a new team member: DS Aiden Healy, who will have to get used to Vera's dry wit quickly.

Doc Martin - Seven Grumpy Seasons

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Shot on location in the picturesque seaside village of Port Isaac during the filming of DOC MARTIN'S highly anticipated seventh season, “Doc Martin - Seven Grumpy Seasons” is public television's third behind-the-scenes look at the international hit series. Featuring interviews with producers, cast members, and director Ben Gregor, this special is an enjoyable sneak peek at what Martin Clunes - the Doc himself - is calling the "best" series yet.

Particle Fever

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For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to our generation’s most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. “Particle Fever” follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

NOVA: Secret Tunnel Warfare

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During World War I, the Allies and Germans repeatedly struggled to break the hideous stalemate of trench warfare. In the winter of 1916, Allied engineers devised a massive surprise attack on the German army. Their weapon of choice: 600 tons of explosives, hidden in secret tunnels driven under German lines. Now, archaeologists are revealing the extraordinary scale and risks of the Allied tunneling operations in the biggest excavation ever undertaken on the Western Front.

FRONTLINE: Netanyahu At War

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the most polarizing political leaders on the world stage. His hardline politics on Iran and Israeli-Palestinian affairs have won him both intense support and bitter criticism at home and abroad — all the more so after his dramatic attempt in March to derail President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran in front of the U.S. Congress. Now, with new waves of violence between Israelis and Palestinians unfolding and Israel-U.S. relations already emerging as a 2016 campaign issue, FRONTLINE presents an epic, two-hour documentary tracing Netanyahu’s path to power, his combative relationships with multiple U.S. presidents and the implications in America and the Middle East.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Italy's Veneto: Verona, Padua And Ravenna

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In the shadow of Venice, we visit three great cities. Padua is famed for its venerable university, precious Giotto frescoes, and pilgrim-packed Basilica. Verona is a hit with aficionados of Roman ruins and "Romeo and Juliet" fans. And Ravenna, with its shimmering mosaics, was once the western bastion of the Byzantine Empire. We enliven each stop with a tasty dose of Italian dolce vita.

COOK'S COUNTRY: Simplified Showstoppers

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In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate one-pan prime rib and roasted vegetables. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of frozen dinner rolls. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison revives a classic recipe for blitz torte.

THE MIND OF A CHEF: Season 4, Part 1: Chef Gabrielle Hamilton

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Narrated by Executive Producer Anthony Bourdain, THE MIND OF A CHEF is that rare and beautiful thing: an intelligent show about cooking. Season four of the Emmy & James Beard Award-winning series from Zero Point Zero Production, presented by WGBH Boston, enters the minds of chefs Gabrielle Hamilton and David Kinch, and follows these two great culinary figures from their home kitchens to destinations around the globe in search of ingredients, inspiration and the perfect meal.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Season 3

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Today’s leading artists, authors, politicians, activists, business moguls, architects and journalists will discover their fascinating family stories going back many generations in the new third season of the critically acclaimed series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. The ten-part series will begin airing on PBS on January 5, 2016 at 8 p.m. Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, continues exploring the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of 28 of today’s most intriguing cultural trailblazers.

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