Stories by Jennifer Robinson
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.
More than 2,000 years ago, the thriving city of Petra rose up in the bone-dry desert of what is now Jordan. An oasis of culture and abundance, the city was built by wealthy merchants who carved spectacular temple-tombs into its cliffs, raised a monumental Great Temple and devised an ingenious system that channeled water to vineyards, bathhouses, fountains and pools. But following a catastrophic earthquake and a slump in its desert trade routes, Petra’s unique culture faded and was lost to most of the world for nearly 1,000 years.
This three-part series documents the experience of Italian immigrants in California, which was markedly different from that of their compatriots elsewhere in the United States. Through stories set in seven Italian communities throughout California, this film examines how economic and social mobility became possible for many Italians in the Golden State. It is also a look at how immigrant identity is maintained and transformed as immigrants become assimilated into mainstream America.
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws; a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree; a woman learns about slave genealogy and – with the help of DNA testing – gets the answer she has waited for; and another woman learns her ancestor may have helped others escape the Holocaust.
THE ITALIAN AMERICANS, a new two-part, four-hour documentary series about the Italian experience in America, will premiere on PBS on Tuesdays, February 17 and 24, 2015, from 9 - 11 p.m. The series written and produced by John Maggio and narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Stanley Tucci — explores the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today, from “outsiders” once viewed with suspicion and mistrust to some of the most prominent leaders of business, politics and the arts today.
The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, "Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers And The Emergence Of A People" probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose experiences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon.
Test cook Dan Souza shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Mexican-Style Grilled Steak at home. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of dark chocolate. Then, man on the street Doc Willoughby learns about tacos with chef Alex Stupak of Empellón Cocina. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to the ultimate Shredded Beef Tacos.
KQED presents a new eight-part series, ULTIMATE RESTORATIONS, featuring the spellbinding restorations of irreplaceable masterpieces. The last existing American stream yacht was nothing more than an eyesore stuck in the mud of the Boston harbor until Bob McNeil came to its rescue. His four-year restoration of the 136-foot vessel revives old construction techniques alongside new technologies with the help of the colorful crew of Rutherford’s Boat Shop in San Francisco. After 112 years and more than a few setbacks, the Cangarda finally sails again.
It's Love Day in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Daniel and all of his friends come up with their own special ways to show their love and care for one another. The kids dance, sing, and tell jokes to say "I love you." t's Love Day and Grandpere is coming to visit! How can Daniel find a way to show how much he loves Grandpere? With a treasure hunt, that's how! Daniel hides little hearts all over the house for Grandpere to find... that is, unless little Margaret finds them first! Strategy: Find your own way to say "I love you."
Kim Cattrall has played the role of Cleopatra twice and meets others who have, as well — like Janet Suzman, who is renowned for her performance with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Together, they begin to uncover the truth behind Shakespeare’s “middle-aged” love story. Cattrall also travels to Rome and examines possible inspirations for the play. Contributors include Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW rolls into Bismarck, North Dakota, where host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Ken Gloss at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park to learn about the books of Elizabeth Custer. Highlights include a 1939 collection from the rescue operation of sunken Navy submarine USS Squalus; and two Tlingit Shamanic masks representing a wolf and guardian ancestor that were obtained by the owner’s great-grandfather during an 1890 missionary trip to Alaska and are now worth $250,000.
For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children’s stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids.
Superstar rockers Foo Fighters return to the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage. The band, with special guests, features songs from the best-selling "Sonic Highways." Their set list includes "Young Man Blues," "Skin and Bones," "My Hero," "But Honestly," "Everlong," "Monkeywrench," "All My Life," "Aurora" and "The Pretender."
Vaud and the Villains is a 19-piece band breathing new life into a 1930s New Orleans orchestra and cabaret show with vintage New Orleans jazz, R&B and gospel music all at the heart of a theatrical performance. With each band member having featured parts both musically and in the story that the songs tell in the show, their over-the-top style, part Sunday service, part rock and roll, part circus, is a constantly evolving show that remains buoyed to their motto: “every saint has a past, every sinner has a future…”
1915 EXPO CENTENNIAL: SAN DIEGO’S HISTORIC PLACES: Expo Isthmus, Architects, St. James Hotel, Carousel
Host and producer Elsa Sevilla, travels the county in search of unique stories from the 1915 Exposition in Balboa Park. Hear amazing stories of strength, dedication and passion in planning and hosting the World's Fair in San Diego. Magnificent historic photos and film tell the story of a wonderful time in San Diego a century ago, from planning the 14-hundred acre urban park, the design and location of Cabrillo Bridge, to planning and hosting a World's Fair.
Journey deep into the great forests of Earth for a new way of looking at these wild places and the animals that live there. Sanjayan travels into an uncharted area of the Amazon that scientists believe is the most bio-diverse place on Earth. From there he follows unique animal behavior in Alaska’s Great Bear Rainforest and then meets the farmers in Portugal’s cork forests.
The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical arena, tens of thousands of gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals met their deaths. Now, with access to one of the world’s most protected world heritage sites, archaeologists and engineers team up to re-create ancient Roman techniques to build a 25-foot lifting machine and trap-door system capable of releasing a wolf into the Colosseum’s arena for the first time in 1,500 years.
By the dawn of the nineteenth century, the most deadly killer in human history, tuberculosis, had killed one in seven of all the people who had ever lived. The disease struck America with a vengeance, ravaging communities and touching the lives of almost every family. The battle against the deadly bacteria had a profound and lasting impact on the country. It shaped medical and scientific pursuits, social habits, economic development, western expansion, and government policy. Yet both the disease and its impact are poorly understood: in the words of one writer, tuberculosis is our “forgotten plague.” Written, produced, and directed by Chana Gazit, "The Forgotten Plague" premieres on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.
FRONTLINE teams up with writer and surgeon Atul Gawande to examine how doctors care for terminally ill patients. In conjunction with Gawande’s new book, "Being Mortal," the film explores the relationships between doctors and patients nearing the end of life, and shows how many doctors – including Gawande himself – struggle to talk honestly and openly with their dying patients.
At St. Louis’ historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; and a schoolteacher who has all the answers for her students has very few about her own past.
George wants to make his friends the best Valentine's Day card ever, but even with four paws, it takes a long time to create homemade cards for everyone. With a little help from sponge shapes, red paint, and a waffle iron, George creates the first ever monkey Valentine's Printing Press! Then, when a hungry deer keeps nibbling on the flowers in George and Allie's garden, George uses all of his five senses to keep the deer out. But a scarecrow, loud noises, sticky tape, and stinky rotten eggs don't work, leaving George with one last sense -- taste! Will George's recipe keep the deer away or make them hungry for more?
Some of Martha’s all-time favorite recipes have something in common — they’re made with nuts, lending both flavor and texture. See how she uses almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts and pecans to create a traditional linzertorte, oatmeal cookies sandwiched with a creamy peanut butter filling, a famous walnut cake named after Saint Andrew, and an impressive-looking pecan tart with a secret ingredient.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW honors Black History Month with this special episode. Highlights include an 1821 U.S. citizenship certificate for George Barker, a free man of color; an African-American beauty book written by Madam C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire; and a trip with host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Leila Dunbar to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
Highlights include a scrapbook of World War II photos from the owner’s grandfather-in-law who was one of the “Monuments Men”; an 1875 “Pictorial St. Louis” atlas including birds-eye maps of the entire city, drafted in a hot air balloon; and an inherited jade ring with case, made around 1930, whose impressive size and rich green color give it its value of $60,000 to $80,000.
Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real is an American rock band based out of California and Hawaii. In their early days, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real begin selling their first EP “Live Beginnings” which featured live tracks recorded off the soundboard at the world famous Belly Up in Solana Beach. In this episode, the band returns to that same stage to perform such favorites as “Peaceful Solution,” “Living it Up,” “Diamonds on the Souls of her Shoes,” “Don’t Lose Your Mind,” “Four Letter Word," “Bloody Mary Morning” and more.
Actor Christopher Plummer originally played the role of King Lear under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller, who has directed the play six times. Plummer explores how the work might have been staged during Shakespeare’s time, and acclaimed actors Sir Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale give their insight into playing the part of the troubled king.
At the center of the MIDSOMER MURDERS is Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles), who investigates killings with a professional, no-nonsense style, ably assisted by his chief deputy, Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey). The cases include the cricket-bat murder of a landowner’s wife, the bludgeoning of an unidentified tramp, a series of suspicious deaths in a nursing home, and the pitchfork slaying of a local man. Full of the best elements of the classic British murder mystery, season 3 of MIDSOMER MURDERS consists of fascinating, entertaining cases of intrigue and suspense.
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