Stories by Jennifer Robinson
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, you’ll welcome Martha’s expert tips for baking the most delicious fruit desserts. A tempting pink applesauce-filled tart topped with paper-thin slices of apple; a rich pistachio brown butter cake studded with sweet Concord grapes; a pear frangipane tart; and individual apple pies with a surprise ingredient tucked inside.
Test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to the best gluten-free pizza. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of gluten-free spaghetti. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make gluten-free chocolate chip cookies as good as the original!
When President Barack Obama took office in 2008, he had campaigned on ending the war in Iraq and keeping the U.S. out of new military conflicts. But Obama now finds himself exactly where he didn’t want to be: trying to defeat a brutal terrorist group in Iraq and Syria without dragging America into a prolonged regional conflict. How did we get here? In "Obama At War," premiering Tuesday, May 26, veteran FRONTLINE journalist Martin Smith examines the Obama administration's complicated struggle to deal with the deadly civil war in Syria, now in its fifth year — and explores how the accompanying rise of ISIS has raised the stakes.
The final hour in Charleston, West Virginia, features standout appraisals that include a Newcomb College vase, ca. 1905, in need of a good cleaning; an 1875 W.S. Young landscape oil of the Greenbrier River in West Virginia; and a collection of Noel Coward “Sail Away” memorabilia gifted by Coward himself. Watch to find out which item is valued at $35,000 to $37,000!
Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families. The exciting, celebratory night in honor of our veterans and their supporters includes appearances from Dr. Jill Biden, The American Military Spouses Choir, Alec Baldwin, Jon Bernthal, Aloe Blacc, Whitney Cummings, Gavin DeGraw, Rhiannon Giddens, Nick Jonas, Miss America Kira Kazantsev, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Lewis, The Lone Bellow, JR Martinez, Gregory Porter, Rob Riggle and Arturo Sandoval.
"The Homefront," a new two-hour documentary about the lives of U.S. military families, will air on PBS on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. Produced by The Documentary Group, directed by Peabody Award-winning director Gabrielle Tenenbaum, and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), The Boeing Company and the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, "The Homefront" takes a rare, in-depth look at how a new generation of military family has learned to cope with having loved ones deployed overseas for multiple tours over many years. The revealing documentary tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.
Honoring our American heroes for over 25 years, the "National Memorial Day Concert" pays tribute to the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th annual broadcast of this night of remembrance that airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network.
We'll highlight this neighborhood's rich history, evolution and many treasures. Su-Mei will visit Mona Lisa, one of the early neighborhood restaurants that's still around today, and discuss the family's long-time history in the areas as well as learn how to make their famous Italian sausage with the owners. She'll finish at Bencotto and Monello to highlight the new wave of restaurants in the community. We'll weave in commentary about the neighborhood from community leaders as well as showcase the many sights and destinations of Little Italy.
One of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent consists of a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West. This spartan yet spectacular landscape supports more than 170 species of hardscrabble birds and mammals. Among those that have adapted to survive here are birds found nowhere else: greater sage-grouse that lead remarkable lives mostly hidden in the sage. But once each year, males emerge for days on end to strut and display as prospective mates for discriminating females, which mate with only one or two of them. Females must then raise their chicks on their own, with little food, water or shelter to sustain them, while plenty of predators wait for their smallest mistake.
On March 8, 1971, a band of suburban parents, university professors and community leaders broke into a small FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia. Calling themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, the eight activists took hundreds of secret files and shared them anonymously with select members of Congress and the news media. By doing so, they uncovered evidence of the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying on and intimidating American citizens. Despite one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI never solved the mystery of the break-in, and the identities of those responsible remained a secret — until now. For the first time, the members of the Citizens’ Commission have spoken out. "1971" is their story.
Three-year-old Monique Corzilius counts to 10, pulling petals from a daisy. A voice from mission control then counts down as the camera zooms into Monique's dark pupil. An atomic blast and ensuing mushroom cloud consumes the TV screen as President Lyndon Johnson's voice proclaims "We must either love each other, or we must die." This political ad, “Peace Little Girl,” aired only once or twice during the 1964 presidential campaign between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater, but it ushered in a new era of the television attack ad. This program includes interviews with historians and participants in the campaign.
Hour two in Charleston, West Virginia, features highlights such as a collection of Marilyn Monroe stills from some of her greatest cinematic hits; a British rainbow spatterware pot, ca. 1860, purchased for $10; and an 1849 ship's log and register chronicling the journey from Boston to San Francisco during the Gold Rush. Can you guess which is valued at $40,000 to $50,000?
Over three special episodes, THIS OLD HOUSE is partnering with Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) to build a house – from the ground up – for one Army veteran and his family, as a way to highlight the heroes who have given so much for their country. Kevin meets the President of HFOT, Four Star General Richard Cody, to understand their mission.
The acclaimed detective series returns with more mysteries set in the uncertain days at the beginning of the Cold War. In 1946 London, former DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen, "Out of Africa") now employs his unerring investigative skills on behalf of MI5, assisted by his ever-faithful driver, Sam Wainwright (Honeysuckle Weeks, "My Brother Tom"). John Mahoney (FRASIER, In Treatment) guest stars.
Both heartbreaking and inspiring, “El Poeta” tells the story of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited mass protests and an ongoing international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year-old son Juan Francisco – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006. A film by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway of Loteria Films, “El Poeta” premieres as part of VOCES, Latino Public Broadcasting’s arts and culture series on PBS, presented by PBS SoCaL.
Su-Mei will explore the burgeoning Asian community in the Convoy District. She'll visit key neighborhood restaurants, markets, and businesses including Chinese restaurant Jasmine Seafood, Zion Market (Korean market) and Pangea Bakery (Taiwanese/French bakery) as well as interview key community leaders about the area's many treasures, special events, history and future plans. At each stop she'll incorporate food related lessons and discoveries including how to make kimchi at Zion Market, Dim Sum at Jasmine and treats at Pangea.
With carbon emissions sharply rising, the silent killer is entering the seas at a staggering rate — raising the oceans’ acidity. As a result, the skeletons and shells of marine creatures that form the foundation of the web of life are dissolving. Follow scientists who are seeking solutions and making breakthrough discoveries, including a unique coral garden in Papua New Guinea that offers a glimpse of what the seas could be like in a half-century. Can experts crack the code of a rapidly changing ocean — before it’s too late?
In every animal’s life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own two feet, so to speak, and face the world alone. For a few, this happens just moments after birth, with no life lessons from parents to help them, no time to hone their survival skills. Others have the advantage of home schooling under the watchful eye of a mentor or family member. But growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally. These are the trials and tribulations of young animals all over the world as they prepare to leave home.
Catherine Gund’s "Born To Fly" follows iconoclastic choreographer Elizabeth Streb as she relentlessly pushes herself and her dancers to break free of the traditional, earth-bound confines of dance. Guided by Streb’s daredevil approach to movement in which dancers slam against walls, dive through glass, and literally fly, the film asks: Can adrenaline be a form of therapy? When does movement become art? Why do her “gladiators” risk injury or worse to follow Streb literally to the edges of buildings and the tops of bridges? "Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity" premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS on PBS.
FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our meat—particularly poultry—and why the food-safety system isn’t stopping the threat. Focusing on an outbreak of salmonella Heidelberg at one of the nation’s largest poultry processors, the film shows how contaminants are evading regulators and causing more severe illnesses at a time when Americans are consuming more chicken than ever.
The Met's effervescent production of Rossini's classic comedy "Il Barbiere di Siviglia"—featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera—returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET with a dynamic young cast including Lawrence Brownlee as the lovestruck Count Almaviva; Isabel Leonard as Rosina, the feisty ward who captures his heart; and Christopher Maltman in his first Met performances of Figaro, the title barber whose skills extend far beyond hair-cutting.
Test cook Julia Collin Davison reveals the secrets to making perfect Eggplant Involtini. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus reviews microwave pasta cookers. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of prosciutto. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make Fusilli with Ricotta and Spinach.
Built in 1885, the Coronet sailed to fame as a trans-Atlantic race winner and one of the first U.S. yachts to round Cape Horn and circumnavigate the globe. Its design is credited with forever changing U.S. commercial ship standards. This intricate restoration will take the team from the jungles of Guatemala to the harbor at St. Tropez, but the schooner finally regains its original grace, complete with a custom Steinway piano.
We'll visit local food artisans Prager Brothers Breads, and a local artisan food shop Venissimo Cheese to highlight the passion, dedication and art behind these small food-related businesses. During our visits, we'll offer viewers lessons in the art of making bread and cheese as well as weave in commentary from local food community leaders about our area producers and purveyors, and why San Diego has such a rich variety and abundance of them as well as why we should support them.
ANIMAL R&R is a documentary series about imperiled wild animals in San Diego County and the people who give them a second chance. In a city well known for its celebration of exotic species, ANIMAL R&R reveals the heroism and beauty of the region’s humble, native creatures and the animal rehabilitators who work tirelessly to save them. With their stories as through line, ANIMAL R&R goes further, taking a broader look at the history and environment of San Diego, the most biologically diverse county in the nation, with the aid of an expert panel.
Long before 9/11, a far deadlier, little-known attack from the ocean depths struck our shores, lasting three-and-a-half years and claiming 5,000 lives. Now, famed undersea explorer Bob Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, investigates the wreck of one of the attack craft, a German submarine that lies at the bottom of the gulf just a few miles off New Orleans. U-166 was part of Operation Drumbeat, a highly successful U-boat operation that caught East Coast cities and shipping almost completely unprepared. With state-of-the-art survey gear, Ballard probes the wreck and explores a dramatic mystery in the official story of the sub’s sinking.
This is the inside story of how the Ebola outbreak began and why it wasn't stopped before it was too late. With exclusive access to key global decision-makers and health responders, and accounts of victims from the slums of Monrovia to the jungles of Guinea, this film exposes tragic missteps in the response to the epidemic.
The third hour in Santa Clara, California, features great finds that include a Booker T. Washington archive collected by Washington's former teacher; a 17th-century Chinese transitional wine pot that was mistaken for a teapot; and an Eanger Irving Couse painting featuring an iconic subject for the artist. Watch to discover which item is valued at $75,000! Host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Brian Witherell at the Computer History Museum to look at the first Apple computer.
The Illions Supreme was once the largest and most spectacular carousel from renowned master carver Marcus Charles Illions, with individual horses valued in the millions today. Incredibly, its provenance faded away under weather and cheap paint and it languished in storage for almost 60 years. Piecing it back together requires engineers and artists alike, but the results are breathtaking.
Water is serious stuff, particularly in California where drought is on everyone's minds. Water flows into our houses and it also flows into our farms and gardens. With supplies growing more limited, how do farms and gardens factor into the water equation? What are the environmental issues? We take a look at California's water supply, where it comes from, where it goes to, its impact on habitats, and how it supplies the farms and gardens that feed us.
This is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind. Elfin-like, they seem both childlike and wise beyond their years. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. The survival of this unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas, depends on strong defensive strategies and the cooperation and interdependence of them all.
A recent Southern Education Foundation report has uncovered that, for the first time in 50 years, the majority of students attending public schools in the U.S. live in poverty. An inspiring new documentary, "180 Days: Hartsville," takes a fresh look at the nation’s poverty and education challenges from a rural South Carolina town triumphing in the face of extraordinary challenges.
The aftermath of the shooting deaths of four college students at Kent State in 1970 has been called the most divisive moment in American history since the Civil War. "The Day The ’60s Died" returns to that turbulent spring 45 years ago through a compelling documentary that takes a new perspective on the incident and what followed: an exploration of how three very different worlds (U.S. college campuses, the jungles of Cambodia and the Nixon White House) collided during that month in 1970.
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With a communist victory inevitable and the U.S. readying to withdraw, many Americans on the ground worried their South Vietnamese allies and friends faced imprisonment or death at the hands of the approaching North Vietnamese. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese as possible.
On the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War, this program examines the war and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of “The Dick Cavett Show,” which featured thoughtful conversation and debate from all sides of the political spectrum. The program combines interviews from Cavett’s shows with archival footage, network news broadcasts and audio/visual material from the National Archives to provide insight and perspective on this controversial chapter of American history.
The question of who serves in America’s military has shaped battle strategy and foreign policy and stranded Americans in uniform for years on distant battlefields. From the Civil War to the conflicts of the Vietnam era, forced military service has torn the nation apart — and sometimes, as in WWII, united Americans in a common purpose. Hear how a single, controversial issue continues to define America. Part of PBS Stories of Service.
This three-part series, hosted by former U.S. dance champions Mary Murphy and Tony Meredith, features all four major styles of competitive ballroom dancing: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard and International Latin. In addition to 25 world-class couples competing to be named “America’s Best,” the series includes backstage footage of the couples preparing for competition; exhibitions featuring other top couples in each style of dance, from children to Pro-Am champions; and behind-the-scenes looks at different aspects of the world of ballroom dancing, from music to hairstyles.
You walk into a nursery, pick up a beautiful plant in one-gallon container, pay for it, take it home and plant it in your garden. Ever stop to think about how that plant got to the nursery? We aren't talking about the truck that delivered it, but rather about what it took to breed, trial, propagate, grow, and then deliver that plant to the nursery. This behind-the-scenes tour of how plants come to market will give you a whole new appreciation for the industry and for the plants you plant in your garden.
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble’s landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. But amazingly, when the telescope first sent images back to earth, it seemed that the entire project was a massive failure; a one-millimeter engineering blunder had turned the billion-dollar telescope into an object of ridicule. It fell to five heroic astronauts in a daring mission to return Hubble to the cutting edge of science. NOVA hears from the scientists and engineers on the front line who tell the amazing Hubble story as never before.
The National Mall, placed in very center of our nation’s capital, is a landscape unlike any other. Lined by some of the world’s finest museums and dotted with monuments to the country’s most revered figures, the National Mall draws millions of visitors each year. Most of them have only a vague sense of the struggles involved in creating this unique space. "The National Mall — America’s Front Yard" presents the surprising story of the Mall’s birth and evolution.
The first comprehensive overview of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and its aftermath, "The Great Invisible" interweaves personal stories, insight from industry insiders, and news footage of the disaster and its aftermath, creating an intimate and emotional look at the people still haunted by the explosion long after the story has faded from the front page. Directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Margaret Brown and winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Award, "The Great Invisible" premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS on PBS and on Pivot, Participant Media’s television network, on the fifth anniversary of the disaster, Monday, April 20, 2015.
Highlights include an Italian hotel proprietor’s autograph book that includes signatures from John Steinbeck, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain; a Margaret Keane “Big Eye” painting; and a collection of 1936-1939 Edward Weston photographs, previously owned by Academy Award-winning special effects artist Warren Newcombe, and now valued at $180,000 to $260,000.
In this lesson, Martha shares her love of citrus with four favorite recipes: a light and airy orange chiffon cake bursting with flavor, Shaker lemon pie with a three-ingredient filling, mouthwatering lime squares with pistachio graham-cracker crust and an upside-down cake made with three kinds of citrus.
Filmmaker David Grubin, the son of a general practitioner, takes his camera across the country to uncover a quiet revolution happening in medicine. From Maine to Mississippi, Alaska to California, he visits physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who are placing the patient at the center of their practice — transforming the way medical care is delivered while lowering costs. The film shows how a patient-centered philosophy can improve health outcomes and enrich the lives of patients.
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