Stories by Jennifer Robinson
After the death of his wife, Fran, several years ago, DI Jimmy Perez moved back to Shetland to create a secure home for himself and his daughter Cassie. However, with Cassie now off to university in Glasgow, Perez finds himself having to re-evaluate his life. When a shocking new case—one that will take a terrible personal toll on him—demands his attention, the newly vulnerable Perez finds himself drawn back to his old stomping ground of Glasgow.
Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to go on an African safari? Jorge Meraz does. Join our host as he camps it out in style. But this isn't Africa, this is Baja's wine country. Camping, dining, zip-lining, and even a visit to what could possibly be the most scenic bathroom of Baja. Next we check out a small time vineyard owned by a local called Minas del Valle.
Rejected by the status quo and embattled to defend his futuristic, yet naturalistic visions, an anti-establishment architect finds unexpected allies in the small town where he hopes to build his architectural fantasia. "TELOS" chronicles the unorthodox life and revolutionary work of Eugene Tssui, an eccentric visionary and a maverick architect. He questions traditional building standards and put nature and the environment at the forefront of his designs long before "green" and "eco-friendly" became buzzwords.
Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS’ premier science series. The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha's Vineyard, is soon to become the next victim of the ocean's relentless erosion of the island's cliffs. In this episode, join engineers as they race to rescue this national treasure.
Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition, and occasional subterfuge. In the fourth season of the series FAKE OR FORTUNE?, Detective Philip Mould, Journalist Fiona Bruce, and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.
Experience powerful investigative storytelling that answers only to you. From criminal justice to politics to global issues, the reporting of PBS’ flagship public affairs series takes you inside the controversial, complex stories shaping our times. Follow journalist Feras Kilani on the ground in war-torn Benghazi, birthplace of Libya’s uprising and now besieged by ISIS and warring militias. Also this hour, Safa Al-Ahmad makes a dangerous trip to report on the fighting in Yemen.
Part human adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 20th season in 2016. Travel to Omaha to see fantastic pieces of history, like a Humphreys’ homeopathic medicine cabinet, a 1939 Gregoire Boonzaier “View of Cape Town” oil painting and a mid-19th-century Mormon book archive. Which treasure is the top find of the hour?
One of the most revered and influential rock ’n’ roll singers of all time, Janis Joplin (Jan. 19, 1943 – Oct. 4, 1970) thrilled audiences and blazed new creative trails before her death at age 27. Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg (“Deliver Us From Evil,” “West of Memphis,” “Prophet’s Prey”) examines Joplin’s story in depth, for the first time on film, presenting an intimate portrait of a complicated and driven artist.
Lawns are the thirstiest and most resource intensive plants in our gardens and frankly, they don’t belong in our climate. The combination of four drought years, state mandated water restrictions, and water agency rebates have finally inspired Californians to remove their lawns. We visit several home gardens, each of which uses a different method to kill and/or remove their lawns, with the intent of replacing each with a water-wise landscape.
This six-part documentary series directed by Ken Burns and co-produced with his longtime colleague, Dayton Duncan, who also wrote the script, is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. As such, it follows in the tradition of Burns's exploration of other American inventions, such as baseball and jazz.
Hosted by Geoffrey Baer, "10 Towns That Changed America," presented nationally by WTTW Chicago, visits ten influential planned towns that transformed our ideas of community. Most cities, towns, and suburbs have evolved organically over time — their design resulting from the disparate actions of individuals. But these ten experimental towns were designed (or redesigned) from the ground up by visionary planners, and ordinary citizens who sought to change the lives of residents using architecture, design and urban planning.
Part human adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 20th season in 2016. In this episode, you'll discover hidden treasures such as 1955 Whitey Ford and 1951 Yogi Berra jerseys, an 1863 gilt bronze-mounted gaslight and an 1887 Seth Whipple oil painting. Which find is appraised at $130,000?
In this episode, we explore the world of "good bugs" by visiting the pollinator garden at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum where children count bugs as part of a nation wide assessment of pollinators, an insectary (bug farm) in Ventura that grows "good bugs" to combat the "bad bugs," a seed company in Salinas, California that uses flies in their breeding programs, and a researcher at UC Riverside who traveled the world to find the "good bugs" that prey on insects that carry citrus greening disease, a disease that threatens California's entire citrus industry.
Join Host Jorge Meraz as he tours the most famous hotel of Baja with Hugo Torres, "the Father of Rosarito." A fascinating person, Torres has been mayor several times and is the owner of the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Learn more about his hotel and the history of the region that dates back to before WWII. We then learn about the beautiful Coronado Islands off the coast, and all the wildlife found below the surface. Afterwards, Jorge takes a scuba diving lesson with a young scuba diving expert.
“10 Parks That Changed America” highlights visionaries who transformed open canvases of land into serene spaces that offer city-dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. While European cities were traditionally defined by their private squares and royal hunting grounds, American cities were often built around these democratic, public spaces. From the elegant squares of Savannah, Georgia, to a park built over a freeway in Seattle, to the more recent High Line in New York, each story introduces us to the heroes who brought these parks to life.
Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS’ premier science series. Alzheimer’s ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. Join scientists as they untangle the cause of this tragic illness and go behind the scenes of major drug trials to discover the therapies that may slow and even prevent the disease.
In India’s westernmost state, Gujarat, the Asiatic lion has been making a comeback after being hunted for centuries to the brink of extinction. Today these cats are only found in Gujarat, thanks to a hunting ban imposed decades ago when their numbers had dropped to a mere 20. The population has now increased to over 500. But with success comes a downside: the Gir Forest Sanctuary, home to the Asiatic lions, has reached its natural capacity.
Part human adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 20th season in 2016. Journey to Tucson to see fantastic finds, including a 1994 Pete Seeger original song, an 1889 George Hitchcock oil diptych and an 1861 Abraham Lincoln presidential pardon. Which treasure is top find of the episode?
PBS’s award-winning science series NOVA reveals what may be the first new Viking site discovered in North America in over 50 years. A groundbreaking co-production investigating the truth behind the legends of the Vikings and their epic journey to North America unveils the find and follows the search for evidence at what could be the furthest known point of the entire Viking expansion. NOVA’s two-hour special, "Vikings Unearthed," traces their dramatic exploits in Europe, their extraordinary voyages across the Atlantic and the incredible story of the new discovery.
"JACKIE ROBINSON," a new two-part, four-hour documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, will air April 11 and 12, 9 p.m. on PBS. The film tells the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who rose from humble origins to break baseball’s color barrier and waged a fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans that transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.
Citrus is one of the crops that “made” California. In the late 1800s, Riverside County California was the seat of California’s citrus industry, and the wealthiest county in the country. We go back in time to discover the beginnings of the industry, then fast forward to citrus today. We see how new citrus genetics entering the country are evaluated and treated by the USDA before being conserved for the future, and shared with breeders. We visit a “ living citrus museum” at the University of California Riverside, where there are 1,000 kinds of citrus, both historic and modern.
A brand new series of SAN DIEGO’S HISTORIC PLACES focuses on the first Jesuit priests to arrive in the Baja California Peninsula and how they established 17 missions in the 17th century. The colonization of Baja becomes a major clash between two cultures: the Europeans and the native people. Find out who these priests are, learn about the Missions' architecture and how El Camino Real is still visible today. Join Executive Producer and Host, Elsa Sevilla, for a brand new series with six new episodes on Baja California history.
Hosted by Geoffrey Baer, "10 Homes That Changed America," presented nationally by WTTW Chicago, highlights ten homes that transformed residential living, from grand estates such as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, to the pueblos of Taos, New Mexico, and the tenements of 19th century New York. Featuring interviews with architecture critic Paul Goldberger, historian Peter Onuf, and others, the program offers a primer in residential architecture and a fascinating lesson in the history of American domestic life, as the evolving design of these homes over time reveals our changing relationship with nature, technology and each other.
Join Martha as she shares four of her favorite recipes highlighting the South's rich culinary heritage. An irresistible banana cream pie that's perfect for any occasion, a coconut cake loaded with more coconut than you thought possible, and a spoon bread that's more "pudding" than "bread" and as light as a souffle. Plus, pecan tassies, petite pastries featuring the flavors and textures of pecan pie.
Part human adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 20th season in 2016. Discover hidden treasures in Tucson, Arizona such as a Jackie Robinson archive from around 1938, a 1960 GMT Master model Rolex with the original box and papers, and diamond and onyx jewelry, ca. 1920. Can you guess the top find of the night?
Season 5 opens in the year 1961, and Poplar is beginning to feel the winds of social change with the improvements in housing, sanitation and healthcare. But for the midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House, it’s business as usual, as they continue to care for the sick and bring new life into the world. Throughout the season, the midwives encounter complex and challenging medical cases, ranging from an outbreak of typhoid to the increase in lung cancer, a teenage pregnancy and a mother who vanishes. But all are rocked when two babies with severe deformities are born under their care, several months apart from one another.
Oh boy, just when you think it can’t get any more adventurous than riding a camel on the beach, Joe from Rosarito Ocean Sports lets us in on some extreme watersports action. Join Host Jorge Meraz as he rides a water-powered jetpack for the first time. It’s no easy task for a show host afraid of water, sharks and heights. Next, we sit down and have a bite to eat at the famous Laja Restaurant.
Pasadena California’s annual Rose Parade is world famous for spectacular floats covered in petals, seeds, leaves, grasses and bark. We follow a group of Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo college students who together design, build, and drive the Universities’ 68th annual contribution to the float flotilla. We show the entire process, from concept to construction, decoration to operation. Along the way, we take a side trip to one of the dozen California flower growers who supply the project with more than 50,000 flower stems.
The dark psychological drama starring Idris Elba as John Luther, the near-genius detective struggling with his own demons, returns with two distinctive, thrilling crime stories. Devastated by the brutal murder of his wife, John Luther returns to policing in a different world. His old unit has gone and he's working in the newly created Serious and Serial unit, headed by former police complaints officer Martin Schenk. Luther quickly gathers together his team, rescuing his old partner Detective Justin Ripley from uniform. It's not long before they're dealing with their first case.
Jazz has been called the purest expression of American democracy; a music built on individualism and compromise, independence and cooperation. Ken Burns follows the growth and development of jazz music from the gritty streets of New Orleans to Chicago's south side, the speakeasies of Kansas City and to Times Square in this 10-part series.
TED TALKS "Science And Wonder,” the first of three new TED Talks specials planned for 2016, premieres Wednesday, March 30, 2016 on PBS. Filmed at New York's The Town Hall theater and hosted by best-selling author and comedian Baratunde Thurston, this program features talks delivered before a live audience. Each talk examines the riddles of the universe that keep leading scientists awake at night, taking viewers on a mind-blowing journey examining the relationship between science and art, a look deep inside the human body, disappearing landscapes, and the world of Pixar animation as speakers look at the future of nanotechnology, the science of light, and the rise of genetic manipulation.
What happens when people are reunited with the wild animals with which they forged a deep bond years ago? Will these gorillas, elephants, cheetahs and chimpanzees still recognize their human caregivers and how will they react? That is the premise of this program which also raises the question whether wild creatures can really experience emotions like joy, devotion, and love. It’s a debate that many animal lovers are convinced is true and the scientific community is beginning to accept. "Animal Reunions"—narrated by actor Richard Thomas—contains interviews with scientists, authors, and caregivers including scenes of their journeys to reconnect with their former wild charges.
Inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist to date, Loretta Lynn (b. April 14, 1932) has earned four Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sold more than 45 million records worldwide. Still going strong after more than 50 years, “The Queen of Country Music” is now the subject of the new documentary AMERICAN MASTERS “Loretta Lynn: Still A Mountain Girl,” premiering during Women’s History Month as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s AMERICAN MASTERS series. The world premiere broadcast was the same day as the release of Lynn’s first new studio album in over 10 years, “Full Circle” (Legacy Recordings).
Experience powerful investigative storytelling that answers only to you. From criminal justice to politics to global issues, the reporting of PBS’ flagship public affairs series takes you inside the controversial, complex stories shaping our times. In this episode, get an inside account of efforts to bring about change in the Saudi kingdom. With on-the-ground reporting, the film examines Saudi Arabia today.
Comic book legend Stan Lee has co-created more than 500 iconic characters over the course of his extraordinary career, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk. Featuring interviews with family, colleagues, celebrity fans and comic book historians, the artful documentary "Stan Lee: With Great Power" explores the vivid imagination and enduring influence of one of pop culture’s most prolific contributors.
Part human adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 20th season in 2016. In this episode, travel to Tucson to learn more about finds like a 1943 Allen Ginsberg-signed yearbook, an 1884 Anna Pottery temperance snake jug and an Alfons Walde oil painting dating to around 1935. Which item is valued at $200,000-$300,000?
The clock nears closing time as mercantile genius Harry Selfridge faces creditors, swindlers, mob bosses, irate relatives, and spurned mistresses in the farewell season of MR. SELFRIDGE. Starring three-time Emmy® winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as the man who revolutionized the world’s retail experience, MR. SELFRIDGE, THE FINAL SEASON, airs on MASTERPIECE in nine nail-biting final episodes, on Sundays, March 27 - May 22, 2016 on PBS. Follow the unpredictable arc of Harry’s career to its thrilling climax, charting the fate of the showman with the big heart, shaky morals, and dogged belief that the dice roll will save him—and the store—every time.
Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Italy, and Greece, "Rick Steves' European Easter" celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures. You'll feel the emotion of this special time as the Passion of Christ unfolds during Holy Week. He joins Andalusians carrying parade floats, Greek priests tossing showers of flower petals, and villagers blessing olive branches, plus feasting, fireworks, and more. Exploring a rich and fascinating mix of traditions — from its pagan roots to its glorious finale — Rick Steves' European Easter sheds new light on this timeless holiday.
James Norton (WAR AND PEACE) dons his priestly collar and Robson Green (RECKLESS) his rumpled raincoat for a new season as the improbable crime-fighting team, Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating, bringing justice and spiritual nourishment to early 1950s England. GRANTCHESTER, Season 2 airs in six exciting episodes on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!, Sundays, March 27 - May 1, 2016 on PBS.
In the spring of 1959, NASA introduced Americans to a new kind of hero — the astronaut. But deep in the New Mexico desert, far from the Project Mercury spotlight, the Air Force would soon be launching a man towards the heavens. With a fraction of NASA’s budget and none of its renown, Project Excelsior would send Captain Joseph Kittinger 100,000 feet above Earth, lifted not by rocket, but by balloon. Though largely forgotten, this group of daring explorers would be the first to venture into the frozen vacuum on the edge of our world, testing the very limits of human physiology and ingenuity in this deadly realm. Written and directed by Amanda Pollak, produced by Pollak and Stephen Ives, and executive produced by Mark Samels, “Space Men” premieres on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.
“Inside Mercy Street” takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the new PBS Civil War-era drama about Americans on the home front as they face the unprecedented challenges of one of the most turbulent times in the nation’s history. Donna Murphy, who stars in MERCY STREET as Jane Green, the quintessential Southern matriarch, guides viewers through clips from the series, interviews with the creative team and tantalizing footage showcasing the compelling themes of this powerful new drama.
“BAFTA Celebrates Downton Abbey” is a star studded television event hosted by British talk show host Jonathan Ross. This special is the definitive look into the world's most popular drama with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access from cast and crew. The BAFTA Award was presented on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Richmond Theatre.
“This Land Is Your Land” (MY MUSIC) takes a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village. The program is hosted by Tom and Dick Smothers and Judy Collins, and features The Brothers Four, Glenn Yarbrough, The Highwaymen, The Limeliters, Randy Sparks and The Minstrels, and Roger McGuinn from The Byrds.
A follow-up to the popular television special "Super Brain," "Super Genes With Dr. Rudy Tanzi" follows the same winning formula: a lively mix of compelling stories, attributed scientific research, and actionable wisdom from Dr. Rudy Tanzi, a leading genetic researcher and author. Dr. Tanzi explores the latest scientific research and the ongoing revolution in genetics, opening up for the first time the possibility that we may be able to influence our own gene activity.
WEST OF THE WEST: TALES FROM CALIFORNIA’S CHANNEL ISLANDS is a three-part documentary mini-series on the human history of the eight California Channel Islands. The series is presented by the Santa Cruz Island Foundation and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. The films are engaging and enlightening “tales” told from the point of view of the people who have experienced the Channel Islands – lived on, wrecked on, dived under, filmed, raised children on, bootlegged on, fished, surfed, sailed, explored and restored, in a remarkable saga that begins 13,000 years ago.
‹ Newer Stories Older Stories ›