Stories by Jennifer Robinson
Learn everything you need to know about baking with phyllo, as Martha shares some of her favorites: ruffled milk pie, an elegant dessert that’s often served as part of a traditional Greek Easter celebration; a savory Moroccan meat pie known as bisteeya; and baklava, a layered pastry made with chopped nuts. Plus, spanakopita, a traditional Greek spinach pie.
Highlights include hand-colored Andy Warhol lithographs that were stuck on a shelf for around 20 years; a pair of southern dolls that includes an “Alabama baby” doll purchased for 50 cents; and a Frederic Remington portrait with a letter from the artist to the owner’s great-grandmother, appraised together for $600,000 to $800,000.
Welcome back to the world of Father Brown. This is England in the 1950s – a countryside dotted with small villages, rural parish churches and large country houses. Each episode sees Father Brown investigate a crime in his own particular way, using intuition and psychology. Once again, the enigmatic priest is aided by his no-nonsense parish secretary Mrs. McCarthy, glamorous socialite Lady Felicia Montague and her chauffeur Sid Carter.
In this episode, we search out some of the champion trees listed on the California Big Tree Registry. From San Luis Obispo where the Registry is housed, all the way to Los Angeles where, with the help of a big tree hunter, we climb a giant floss silk tree to measure and crown it as a new champion. We visit San Simeon where William Randolph Hearst honored enormous ancient native oaks by building his castle around them, never cutting down a single tree. And we see native and exotic champion trees, and learn why it's important to recognize and sustain these giants among us.
Witness groundbreaking fetal surgery in this miniseries that takes an intimate, inside look at the Special Delivery Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where rare surgeries are performed on babies inside the womb. With exclusive access to the elite unit, experience rarely seen, real-time footage of operations on fetuses. Join expectant parents who face a gut-wrenching decision: Should they take a leap of faith to repair birth defects with pre-natal surgery, even if it means they could lose their child? Gain insight into the lives of an unusual team of doctors who have defied skeptics and chosen to pursue this high-risk, high-reward career path.
All sales are final as Harry Selfridge gambles his store, his fortune, and his personal happiness on an audacious retail strategy in MR. SELFRIDGE, Season 3. With three-time Emmy® winner Jeremy Piven (ENTOURAGE) back as the irrepressible Harry, the dazzling eight-part series airs on MASTERPIECE, Sundays, March 29 - May 17, 2015 at 9 p.m. on KPBS.
Ken Burns presents CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, a film by Barak Goodman, a three-part, six-hour documentary series. This film tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. It interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.
Alabama Shakes delivered a crushingly electric set at the Loveless Barn, located directly behind Nashville’s famous Loveless Cafe. The crowd of 500 cheered each song as the band delivered a thrillingly uninhibited show. The band dashed through blistering rockabilly boogies, eruptive country-soul ballads, and more from their 2012 debut album, "Boys & Girls," and the collection of new material earmarked for a much-anticipated follow-up.
"Little White Lie" tells filmmaker Lacey Schwartz’s personal story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, New York, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite occasional remarks from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believed her family’s explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather but, when her parents abruptly split, her gut started to tell her something different.
This behind-the-scenes special was shot on location in the Cotswolds in the summer of 2014 and features both clips from the series and interviews with the cast: Mark Williams (Father Brown), Sorcha Cusack (Mrs. McCarthy), Nancy Carrol (Lady Felicia), Alex Price (Sid Carter), and Tom Chambers (Inspector Sullivan). Also included are interviews with series co-creators and writers Rachel Flowerday and Tahsin Guner plus writer Jude Tindall.
A group of passionate restorers resurrect one of the oldest operating steam locomotives in the United States, built in 1891 in New Jersey and made famous in movies like High Noon and Rawhide. Remaining true to the original’s complex engineering and construction requires incredible precision and patience, and the team struggles to complete the project before its scheduled Fourth of July debut.
Highlights include an original Santa Claus oil and advertisement by Hadden Sundblom, who painted all of the Coca-Cola Santa paintings from around 1931-1965; a 1778 letter written and signed by George Washington, dated from Valley Forge; and two Irish dragoon swallowtail guidon flags that were used in the Battle of Nashville and are now valued at $50,000.
In this episode, we explore the history of the gardens in San Diego's iconic Balboa Park, as 2015 marks the centennial of the Park's 1915 Panama California Exposition. By 1909, the 1200 acres set aside by the city 50 years earlier remained little more than dry, dusty chaparral. By 1915, it was a fantasyland of lush, exotic gardens surrounding buildings designed in elaborate Spanish Colonial architecture. How did that magical transformation come to be? We walk the park, and talk to the historians to learn about "The Garden Fair."
At the peak of his fame in the 1970s, John Denver was the most popular singer in America. He performed at sold-out concerts, his albums sold more than 100 million copies, his TV specials got top ratings, and he was named poet laureate of his adopted Colorado. Yet this man, who brought happiness to millions, was filled with insecurity, suffered from depression, and was savaged by the music critics. Exploring the private life and public legacy of America’s Everyman, this intimate profile includes exclusive accounts from those closest to him, including former wives and managers, his son and brother, the musicians who toured with him for decades and the friends who knew the real John Denver.
Recorded in the Scottish Highlands, TRANSATLANTIC SESSIONS brings together an array of the top vocal and instrumental artists in the Americana and Celtic traditions to perform 12 folk favorites, old and new. For more than 20 years, Jerry Douglas, the dobro master from Nashville, and Aly Bain, the Shetland fiddle virtuoso, have been inviting their friends from both sides of the pond to get together and play. And when their friends include the likes of Sam Bush, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Julie Fowlis, Béla Fleck, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and Dan Tyminski (just to name a few), viewers know they’re in for something special.
"The Jewish Journey: America" begins by exploring what it meant to be part of a tight-knit Jewish community in this diverse range of countries, and what prompted those families to leave their enclaves for America. Some left the warmth of multi-generational Eastern European shtetls or cities for the experience of life in a land with seemingly unending horizons. As the film explains, contrary to common belief, most of these Jewish families and those from Russia came not to escape pogroms but actually for economic opportunity. Others made the “Jewish Journey” from the Islamic World. In these lands many Jews had to leave when the politics and treatment of Jews changed with the creation of Israel in 1948, and for other political and economic reasons in the years and decades that followed.
Shot on location in Port Isaac, England, "Doc Martin’s Portwenn" is a new behind-the-scenes look at the international hit series DOC MARTIN. The program features revealing interviews with cast members, a look at the town known as Portwenn, and a unique guided tour of the sets from producer Phillippa Braithwaite. The special, filmed during the sixth season, also contrasts rehearsals with final content to provide viewers a fascinating look at how the finished product is made.
We start in Jerusalem, alive with religious tradition and passion — Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. We then visit cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, with its in-love-with-life beaches; ponder the sad fortress of Masada; and join pilgrims at biblical sights around the Sea of Galilee. We'll also pay our respects at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, drop into an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, and savor the local cuisine.
Go behind the scenes of the acclaimed, must-see series with host John Mahoney (FRAISER) and learn the secrets of the final FOYLE'S WAR episodes in season 8. The program includes interviews with creator and writer Anthony Horowitz, executive producer Jill Green, director Stuart Orm, historians, and co-stars Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell and Daniel Weyman.
Justin Hayward, the legendary lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for The Moody Blues, recently embarked on a series of solo concerts across the United States. His rich vocals and incredible guitar playing served to highlight classic Moody Blues tunes plus songs from his latest solo album "Spirits of the Western Sky." Justin’s PBS show was recorded live at the Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta’s premier intimate theatrical venue. This new concert special showcases a powerful performance from an artist who has played a significant role in the history of rock.
With his husky vocal sound, native Canadian singer Bryan Adams has been one of the most successful performers in contemporary pop music, selling over 100 million records. Adams rose to fame with his "Cuts Like a Knife" album and became a global star with his 1984 album "Reckless." In 1991, his "Waking Up the Neighbors" album included the single “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” which went on to become one of the best-selling singles of all time. GREAT PERFORMANCES captures Adams in peak performance during his current world tour, singing all the hits and audience favorites of his three-decade career.
Ed Slott shows how to take retirement savings on a permanent vacation from taxes and avoid Uncle Sam "Ed Slott's Retirement Road Map!" This program is filled with the ingredients that made Ed's previous programs so successful - wisdom, humor and insight, helping viewers navigate the potholes, detours and road blocks to a prosperous and worry-free retirement. Learn how to move your retirement savings from accounts that are forever taxed to accounts that are never taxed.
"Sacred Earth" was filmed in often inaccessible and sacred lands of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and California. Academy Award-winning actress Linda Hunt delivers poetic and contemplative spoken words for "Sacred Earth." The original soundtrack was composed by Grammy-nominated composer David Arkenstone, and dancer Caroline Richardson, formerly First Soloist for the Royal Canadian Ballet, also appears in the film.
One of the world’s leading authorities in the field of women’s health and wellness, Christiane Northrup, M.D., turns her attention to the subject of women and aging and once again proves to be a fearless thinker and visionary pioneer whose work is always based on impeccable research. Turning the notion of “aging” on its head, she challenges the most popular but least helpful perspectives, replacing the notion of decline and decrepitude with the profound understanding that growing older means an increase in wisdom and value.
"Aging Backwards With Miranda Esmonde-White" provides valuable insights on combating the physical signs and consequences of aging. Scientific, yet entertaining and accessible, the three-part special shares practical information on slowing down and potentially reversing the aging process through exercise and other lifestyle choices. Charismatic CLASSICAL STRETCH series host Miranda Esmonde-White, a former National Ballet of Canada dancer, motivates viewers to stretch and strengthen their way to feeling and looking younger.
Celtic Woman celebrates its ten-year anniversary with a festival of fan favorites. Many viewers will never forget the first time they were swept away by the spellbinding songs, mesmerizing voices and dazzling dances of this unique all-female ensemble. Now relive the most magical moments from the Emerald Isle with the amazing artists who have touched hearts and lifted spirits for a decade with this new collection of classic Celtic Woman performances.
Do you ever wish you could erase the poor health choices you’ve made and start over? Now, no matter what you’ve done in the past, Dr. Mike Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic, shows how to change habits, reverse the damage, and find a new beginning. Co-author of the "YOU: Owner’s Manual" series, and dubbed “The Enforcer” on the THE DR. OZ SHOW, Dr. Mike offers life-changing medical advice aimed to help people turn their health around.
The Bala Brothers, three gifted South African siblings lifted out of poverty through their sheer musical talent and already stars in their own country, promise to become one of the most exciting new vocal trios to take the world stage. Produced by Daniel Hart and recorded in the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg, this concert presents the multi-talented group accompanied by a chamber orchestra, a five-piece band, and South Africa’s famous Drakensburg Boys Choir, where all three Bala Brothers received some of their earliest musical training and which instilled their love of performing.
Guitar hero Joe Bonamassa performs an exclusive concert experience at Red Rocks Amphitheater celebrating the music of blues legends Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Beginning just before sundown, the concert highlights the natural beauty of the amphitheater and focuses primarily on the catalogs of Howlin' Wolf, one of the most influential Chicago bluesmen of all time, known for his deep, scratchy voice, and Muddy Waters, considered the "father of modern Chicago blues" and a major inspiration for the British blues explosion of the 1960s, a genre that Bonamassa grew up with and that influences his own music to this day.
"The Corporation" explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, "The Corporation" is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis. Taking its status as a legal "person" to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?" "The Corporation" includes interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics - including Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Vandana Shiva and Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.
From the late 1940s through the early 1970s, THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, based in the heart of New York’s theatre district, presented live special performances by cast members from the most beloved stage musicals of Broadway’s golden age. Not seen for decades since their original broadcasts, these rare selections include legends Julie Andrews, Ethel Merman, Joel Grey, John Raitt, Gwen Verdon, Dick Van Dyke, Richard Burton and others in songs from classics such as "Oklahoma!," "My Fair Lady," "West Side Story," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Sweet Charity," "George M!" and "Camelot."
Taped live in November 2014 in Budapest’s historic Vigadó Concert Hall on the Danube River, "Zoltán Mága: From Budapest With Love" introduces the beautiful music of Hungary’s foremost violin virtuoso. Zoltán Mága has performed in concert halls throughout Europe and in arenas on five continents before audiences who embrace his classical crossover style and endearing personality. Zoltán and his guest ensemble perform a heart-rending and exhilarating selection of familiar waltzes, wonderful arias, and light classical pieces.
When "MOTOWN 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever" aired on NBC on May 16, 1983, it was an immediate sensation and became one of the most talked about concerts and TV specials ever. In an era before social media, "MOTOWN 25" was a true water-cooler event, marking the first time that music fans saw Michael Jackson do the Moonwalk (aka: the six seconds that changed the world) in addition to many other iconic performances. Six months after the broadcast, the show deservedly won a George Foster Peabody Award and an Emmy® Award for Best Variety Program but has been unseen on television for over 20 years.
San Diego is home to one of the best music venues on the West Coast. This episode features The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito. Rock legend Mick Fleetwood returns to the blues music of his roots. As well as The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band’s own material, the band pays tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac, the all-male blues band that started it all in 1967. Bringing together four stellar blues and rock musicians, Fleetwood, Vito, John McVie (bass) and Mark Johnstone (keys).
Joseph Fiennes, the star of "Shakespeare In Love," examines Royal Ballet productions, musicals such as "West Side Story" and Baz Luhrmann’s extraordinary cinematic re-imagination of "Romeo & Juliet" to understand why the love story remains the most adapted and performed of all of Shakespeare’s works. Features interviews with Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad and Stephen Sondheim.
Sanjayan explores humankind’s relationship with the Earth’s most important resource: water. Unraveling dramatic connections between fresh water and the health of the planet, he uncovers spectacular wildlife stories that center on managing the natural pulse of the planet’s water. The episode includes a kayak journey that follows the Colorado River to the sea; the elephants and people at the singing wells of Kenya; the surprising connection between AIDS and a small fish in Lake Malawi; and a look at how hunters in America saved one of the greatest gatherings of birds on the continent.
Istanbul’s magnificent Hagia Sophia has survived on one of the world’s most active seismic faults, which has inflicted a dozen devastating earthquakes since Hagia Sophia was built in 537 AD. As Istanbul braces for the next big quake, a team of architects and engineers is investigating Hagia Sophia’s seismic secrets. NOVA follows the team’s discoveries as they examine the building’s unique structure and other ingenious design strategies that have insured the dome’s survival.
Ecologist Chris Morgan travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the efforts to save its wild orangutan population, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation. Morgan spends time with orphaned orangs at rehabilitation centers observing the process of teaching them the survival skills they’ll need to be released back into the wild. He also travels to a peat swamp forest known as Suaq Balimbing in a protected area and part of a World Heritage Site. Working with a team of experienced researchers, he becomes immersed in a unique social band of wild orangs that use tools, share food, forage together and create their own distinct culture.
In 1938, the Carnegie Corporation commissioned Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal to begin his landmark study of race and inequality in the United States. His question: How could a people who cherish freedom and fairness also create such a racially oppressive society? Published in 1944, “An American Dilemma” was cited in the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision to desegregate America’s schools. Seventy years later, Myrdal’s question continues to challenge America –- how do we explain the disconnect between what we believe and what we practice in what some have called a “post-racial” America?
Test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to Rigatoni with Beef and Onion Ragu. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews colanders in the Equipment Corner. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of white beans. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make perfect Pasta with Pesto, Potatoes, and Green Beans.
Of the 3,000 Lysander airplanes built in World War II, only three have survived, even though it was the first airplane in the war to shoot down a bomber. At the Vintage Wings Museum in Ottowa, Canada, restorers reconstruct this priceless spy plane from the fabric-covered fuselage to the machine guns in its wheel spats so it can once again demonstrate the unique landing and take-off capabilities that saved hundreds of lives.
Highlights include a miniature Japanese china set, ca. 1925, made for dolls and includes high-quality china place settings for 12; a fashion forward ranchwear outfit, ca. 1935, that has a split skirt for riding astride as well as side saddle; and a Chinese Imperial ceremonial outfit, ca. 1900, acquired on a missionary trip to China and left in a storage building for more than 50 years, appraised at $100,000 to $150,000.
Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another.
Explore the best original music — including contemporary and traditional rock, blues, country, folk, soul and worldbeat — in uninterrupted full concerts recorded live in Austin, Texas. Enjoy highlights from the first annual AUSTIN CITY LIMITS Hall of Fame presentation. Performers include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble.
In 1997, David Harewood was the first black actor to play Othello on stage at the National Theatre in London. In this episode, he unravels the complex issues of prejudice and jealousy that are threaded throughout the play, as well as returning to the National to meet the most recent actor to take on the role at the theatre, Adrian Lester. Interviews include Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles and Patrick Stewart.
The White Buffalo features Jake Smith’s bone-chilling baritone voice and songs with a country face and punk attitude. The band’s songs are of rebels, outsiders and troubled souls, telling timeless tales set against our recognizably contemporary backdrops. You may recognize The White Buffalo’s music from hit shows such as FX’s SONS OF ANARCHY and HBO's CALIFORNICATION, as well as “American Dream,” written specifically for the 2013 feature film "The Lone Ranger."
Starting on the most pristine reef on Earth, home to more predators than prey, M. Sanjayan draws on his own ocean experiences to reveal a vibrant community of scientists, engineers and fishermen who are providing solutions that can help restore the oceans in astonishing ways. Sequences include a mass gathering of fearsome ocean predators at the most pristine coral atoll on earth; a shark birth and migrations off the coast of Florida; coral gardeners in Australia; and futuristic offshore fish farms in Mexico.
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