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Stories by Jennifer Robinson

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: Idomeneo

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: Idomeneo

July 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts an extraordinary ensemble in Mozart’s early masterpiece of love and vengeance following the Trojan War. Tenor Matthew Polenzani sings the title role of the King of Crete, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante, soprano Elza van den Heever as Elettra and soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia.

POV: Joe's Violin/Shalom Italia

POV: Joe's Violin/Shalom Italia

July 18
By Jennifer Robinson

A donated violin forges an unexpected friendship between Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold and Bronx schoolgirl Brianna Perez. Three Italian Jewish brothers seek the cave where they hid as children to escape the Nazis.

POV: Memories Of A Penitent Heart

POV: Memories Of A Penitent Heart

July 18
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s investigation — both a love story and a tribute — of a buried conflict around her uncle Miguel’s death during a time when AIDS was synonymous with sin.

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

July 18
By Jennifer Robinson

HOW TO STAY YOUNG investigates the latest research that could put the brakes on the aging process. In Japan, discover the foods that add years to your life. In the USA, meet the Alzheimer’s sufferers being injected with young people’s blood. In Ecuador, meet the boy with Laron syndrome who could hold the key to curing aging.

RARE - CREATURES OF THE PHOTO ARK

RARE - CREATURES OF THE PHOTO ARK

June 26
By Jennifer Robinson

Discover the diversity, beauty and value of thousands of species at risk of extinction, and travel the globe with renowned photographer and Photo Ark founder Joel Sartore in his quest to save them.

Tom Jones: A Soundstage Special Event

Tom Jones: A Soundstage Special Event

July 17
By Jennifer Robinson

Don’t miss the iconic singer and special guest Grammy winner Alison Krauss. Jones performs signature songs “Delilah,” “It’s Not Unusual,” “Green, Green Grass of Home,” “Kiss” and “Thunderball,” as well as new material from his recent albums.

FRONTLINE: Life On Parole

FRONTLINE: Life On Parole

July 14
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow former prisoners through the challenges of their first year on parole. With unique access, the film goes inside the effort to change the way parole works in Connecticut and reduce the number of people returning to prison.

WILD ALASKA LIVE (New Series Premiere)

WILD ALASKA LIVE (New Series Premiere)

July 14
By Jennifer Robinson

Broadcasting live over three nights with hosts Chris and Martin Kratt, PBS, in partnership with the BBC, will turn the cameras on a must-see natural spectacle as thousands of the world’s wildest animals gather to take part in Alaska’s amazing summer feast.

POV: Presenting Princess Shaw

POV: Presenting Princess Shaw

July 13
By Jennifer Robinson

View the extraordinary true story of Princess Shaw, an aspiring musician down on her luck, who inspired internationally famous YouTube artist Kutiman to create a magical collaboration that would bring her music to a whole new audience.

SIMPLY MING: Season 14: Sam Hayward

SIMPLY MING: Season 14: Sam Hayward

July 13
By Jennifer Robinson

This week on SIMPLY MING, Ming is joined by Maine's master of fresh, local and sustainable food, Chef Sam Hayward. With his restaurants Fore Street and Scales Restaurant & Seafood Market, Sam is credited with transforming Maine's food scene.

Canine Soldiers: The Militarization Of Love

Canine Soldiers: The Militarization Of Love

July 12
By Jennifer Robinson

This film explores the intimate bond between military working dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols. In wars where the rules of engagement have shifted from traditional combat to the unforeseen and the invisible, these highly trained dogs are saving soldiers' lives and giving them comfort, hope and protection.

REMEMBER ME

REMEMBER ME

July 12
By Jennifer Robinson

Watch Michael Palin’s portrayal of pensioner Tom Parfitt, who stages a fall in his eerie Yorkshire home in order to escape into residential care, leading to a chilling and macabre mystery.

Weekend In Havana

Weekend In Havana

July 11
By Jennifer Robinson

Join Geoffrey Baer as he travels to Havana, where dancers, musicians, architects and writers invite him into their lives to experience the color, culture and history of a beautiful and seductive city only recently re-opened to Americans.

SIMPLY MING: Season 14: Shaun Hergatt

SIMPLY MING: Season 14: Shaun Hergatt

July 11
By Jennifer Robinson

This week on Simply Ming, New York Executive Chef Shaun Hergatt from the restaurant Juni joins the show. Today it's duck two ways.

SECRET LIFE OF GROWING UP

SECRET LIFE OF GROWING UP

July 11
By Jennifer Robinson

SECRET LIFE OF GROWING UP meets the people who illustrate how we mature, from the five-year-old girl whose verbal skills saved her mother’s life on a call to the emergency services, to the 100-year-old woman whose yoga practice keeps her young.

Rock Rewind: 1967-1969 (MY MUSIC)

Rock Rewind: 1967-1969 (MY MUSIC)

June 6
By Jennifer Robinson

Take a time-tripping visit to the psychedelic era with host Tommy James. Featuring rare vintage television appearances by the decade’s most popular artists including Sonny & Cher, The 5th Dimension, Dusty Springfield, The Supremes and more.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Venice: City Of Dreams

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Venice: City Of Dreams

July 11
By Jennifer Robinson

After sorting through the monuments of Venice's powerful past, we'll cruise the Grand Canal and be dazzled by masterpieces of the Venetian Renaissance. Along the way we'll feast on Venetian treats, get a splash of modern art, then glide on a gondola through this city of elegant decay.

MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 10

MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 10

July 10
By Jennifer Robinson

Featuring an eccentric cast of characters, ubiquitous red herrings, and quaint countryside scenery, this long-running crime series recalls classic public television British mysteries of the past. At the heart of the show is the perceptive and meticulous criminal investigator Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby

Reaching West: Dreams Of China's New Generation

Reaching West: Dreams Of China's New Generation

July 7
By Jennifer Robinson

This documentary follows several of these determined and engaging students through their senior year at one of the private high schools in Beijing that prepares students for study abroad.

POV: Last Men In Aleppo

POV: Last Men In Aleppo

July 7
By Jennifer Robinson

After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying themselves for a siege. Through the volunteers known as the White Helmets, experience firsthand the daily struggle for sanity in a country at war.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: Rusalka

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: Rusalka

July 7
By Jennifer Robinson

Hear Kristine Opolais in a new production of the Dvořák fairy-tale opera that first won her international acclaim as the water nymph Rusalka. Also starring Brandon Jovanovich, Katarina Dalayman, Eric Owens and Jamie Barton. Mark Elder conducts.

NATURE’S GREAT RACE

NATURE’S GREAT RACE

July 6
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow three groups of animals — caribou, zebra, and elephants — as they face the immense challenges of migration in places around the world. Captured in real-time, using the latest satellite-tracking and filming technology, the program gives unparalleled access to the great obstacles facing each individual herd.

Free To Rock

Free To Rock

June 30
By Jennifer Robinson

Ten years in the making, “Free To Rock” explores how American rock and roll contributed to the end of the Cold War. In the eyes of the Soviet Ministry of Culture, western rock music combined the twin evils of spreading the English language and encouraging illicit free enterprise.

POV: The War Show

POV: The War Show

June 28
By Jennifer Robinson

Obaidah Zytoon captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a circle of friends. Beginning with peaceful Arab Spring protests in 2011, take a four-year, ground-level look at how the country spiraled into bloody civil war.

STEVEN RAICHLEN'S PROJECT SMOKE: Season 3

STEVEN RAICHLEN'S PROJECT SMOKE: Season 3

June 27
By Jennifer Robinson

From the man who launched a revolution in live-fire cooking comes a third electrifying season of the show that brings the art of smoking and grilling from the competition barbecue circuit to the mainstream American backyard — STEVEN RAICHLEN'S PROJECT SMOKE.

A Capitol Fourth 2017

A Capitol Fourth 2017

June 23
By Jennifer Robinson

Celebrate our country's 241st birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. With cameras positioned around the city, viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: L'amour De Loin

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: L'amour De Loin

June 23
By Jennifer Robinson

Experience Kaija Saariaho’s opera. Debuting Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clemence, Eric Owens as Jaufre, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.

POV: Dalya's Other Country / 4.1 Miles

POV: Dalya's Other Country / 4.1 Miles

June 22
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow the nuanced story of a family displaced by the Syrian conflict, walking the line between their Muslim values and the new world they inhabit, and a Greek Coast Guard captain caught in the middle of the biggest refugee crisis since WWII.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Hot Springs

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Hot Springs

June 22
By Jennifer Robinson

Discover how appraisals from 15 years have changed in the antiques market, including Andrew Clemens sand art, ca. 1880, a 1933 All-Star game signed baseball, and an 1886 Jasper Cropsey painting.

First Degree

First Degree

June 22
By Jennifer Robinson

Venture inside the maximum security Sing Sing prison in Ossining, New York, to meet inmates attending college there. Despite high recidivism rates nationwide, for the past 14 years, less than one percent of the Sing Sing prisoners who earned a degree returned to prison.

CROSSING SOUTH: Tuna Farm And Baja Pig

CROSSING SOUTH: Tuna Farm And Baja Pig

May 31
By Jennifer Robinson

Explore an amazing underwater world just beyond the Baja coastline. Host Jorge Meraz takes a deep sea dive into an Open Water Aquarium and swims with a large school of tuna. Visit the Baja Pig restaurant to try a Japanese Mexican fusion dish.

JULIE TABOULIE'S LEBANESE KITCHEN

JULIE TABOULIE'S LEBANESE KITCHEN

June 21
By Jennifer Robinson

Chef and Lebanese-American Julie Taboulie celebrates the colorful and flavorful cuisine of Lebanon. Filmed on location throughout the greater Syracuse area and Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Julie shares her authentic array of original Lebanese recipes that have been handed down in her family for over three generations.

SHELTER ME: Community Matters

SHELTER ME: Community Matters

June 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Hosted by Dr. Jane Goodall, this episode features shelter dogs that are trained to protect endangered species. Learn about an inspiring program where junior high school students read to dogs and cats at an animal shelter. This helps socialize the animals making them more adoptable, and increases the self-esteem and confidence of the kids.

Prison Dogs

Prison Dogs

June 20
By Jennifer Robinson

In the inspirational documentary "Prison Dogs," inmates convicted of violent crimes find a second chance at life by training puppies to become service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD. Bound together by fate, the uniquely vulnerable trio of puppy, prisoner and veteran come to discover the redemptive power of second chances.

MASTERPIECE: Prime Suspect: Tennison

MASTERPIECE: Prime Suspect: Tennison

June 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Survey the early career of iconic detective Jane Tennison — the role played by Helen Mirren in PRIME SUSPECT. The drama rewinds to 1970s London, when Jane (Stefanie Martini) is a young probationary officer in an environment where sexism is the norm.

GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW

GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW

June 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Journey with Kirk Johnson to Yellowstone, where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and Great Gray owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. As the temperature swings 140 degrees, cameras capture how the animals cope.

Rikers: An American Jail

Rikers: An American Jail

June 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Come face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. In searing testimonials, they describe their experience from the trauma of entry to assaults and solitary confinement in this riveting documentary from Bill Moyers about the human toll of mass incarceration.

BIG PACIFIC

BIG PACIFIC

June 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Over four cinematic episodes and a “Making Of” special, BIG PACIFIC breaks boundaries between land and sea to survey the array of rare and dazzling creatures found in and around the Pacific Ocean. Actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim (HAWAII FIVE-0, LOST) narrates the series.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Real Boy

INDEPENDENT LENS: Real Boy

June 16
By Jennifer Robinson

"Real Boy" is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens.

Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution

Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution

May 31
By Jennifer Robinson

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," the groundbreaking album that ranks #1 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Features material never before accessible outside of Abbey Road Studios.

Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30

Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30

May 31
By Jennifer Robinson

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of an iconic concert with an all-star cast including Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J. D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes. Newly edited and remastered.

THE STORY OF CHINA

THE STORY OF CHINA

June 15
By Jennifer Robinson

Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the history of the world’s newest superpower. A thrilling and moving epic of the world’s oldest continuous state with the landscapes, peoples, and stories that made today’s China.

MASTERPIECE: My Mother And Other Strangers

MASTERPIECE: My Mother And Other Strangers

June 14
By Jennifer Robinson

Shot on the stunningly beautiful Ards Peninsula in Northern Ireland, the series portrays the culture clash when a U.S. bomber base is established near the fictional village of Moybeg in 1943, bringing hundreds of gum-chewing, swing-band-listening American airmen to a remote Ulster farming community, with its winsome women and stolid workingmen.

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW: Season 4

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW: Season 4

June 13
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow 12 amateur bakers in their quest to be named Britain’s best. As judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood create 30 new challenges to test their skill and creativity, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are with them every step of the way.

MASTERPIECE: Grantchester: Season 3

MASTERPIECE: Grantchester: Season 3

June 13
By Jennifer Robinson

Join James Norton and Robson Green as the improbable crime-fighting team — Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating, respectively — bringing justice and spiritual nourishment to early 1950s England.

A Conversation With Bill Moyers

A Conversation With Bill Moyers

June 8
By Jennifer Robinson

Join the award-winning journalist, political commentator and author as he reflects on his life and storied career, from his days as White House press secretary for President Johnson to network news reporter to host of numerous programs for PBS.

Ken Burns: America's Storyteller

Ken Burns: America's Storyteller

June 1
By Jennifer Robinson

Join Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sam Waterston, Doris Kearns Goodwin and more for a tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker and an exclusive look at the upcoming production THE VIETNAM WAR.

The American Epic Sessions

The American Epic Sessions

June 2
By Jennifer Robinson

Witness a historic recording session led by Jack White and T Bone Burnett with top artists, including Willie Nelson, Elton John, Nas, Taj Mahal, Alabama Shakes, Beck, and Los Lobos, as they recreate America’s musical past using a recording lathe.

NOVA: Poisoned Water

NOVA: Poisoned Water

May 26
By Jennifer Robinson

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure. Discover the chemistry, biology and engineering that led to this disaster.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Farmer/Veteran

INDEPENDENT LENS: Farmer/Veteran

May 24
By Jennifer Robinson

A combat veteran starts a farm to help cultivate a healthier life outside the Army. While the sense of duty he once felt as a soldier returns, his crippling PTSD remains as he and his wife nervously anticipate the birth of their first child.

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