Stories by Jennifer Robinson
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the Julia Ideson Building of the Houston Public Library. A woman seeks to find out if her roots in Texas are as deep as the character she portrays in her historical re-enactments; the ROADSHOW team investigates the notorious Andersonville prison; a man wants to know if his African-American ancestors fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War; a woman uncovers her link to a prominent figure in Texas history; another learns of her connection to the Cherokee Freedman; and one man traces his roots to the conflicts that shaped early American history.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, affects almost 30 percent of the 834,467 Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans treated through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Consumed by anger and traumatic memories long after their return, soldiers often resort to drugs or suicide to end their suffering. Filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard provides a searing account of how the disorder has affected veterans and their families in “Of Men And War,” an unparalleled look at the enduring consequences of PTSD and the role treatment can play in helping soldiers reclaim their lives.
One of the most important—not to mention notorious—stage works of the 20th century, “Lulu” is the drama of a young woman who sexually and emotionally dominates a wide range of willing victims, both male and female. Herself a victim of society, she seems to embody all the frightening aspects of the human condition, a combination of primal instinct and distinctly modern amorality. Lothar Koenigs conducts.
Travel alongside the experts of Emmy® nominated series ASK THIS OLD HOUSE® and learn how to tackle everyday home improvement projects. In this episode, actor Nick Offerman brings his woodworking expertise to the barn and “What Is It?” See Tom take a chapter from Richard’s playbook by creating a steel pipe shelf in “Build It.” Landscape designer Jenn Nawada helps construct a pond-less waterfall.
Frequently referred to as “the Mount Rushmore of country music,” The Highwaymen – Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson – were American country music’s first bona fide supergroup, an epic quartet comprised of the outlaw country genre’s pioneering stars. An essential musical and cultural influence, the Grammy-winning group was active from 1985 – 1995: recording three albums, touring the world and acting in the movie “Stagecoach” (1986). “The Highwaymen: Friends Till The End” explores how these men came together and the fruits of their historic collaboration.
Filmed at New York's The Town Hall theater and hosted by best-selling author and comedian Baratunde Thurston, TED TALKS “War And Peace” explores the impact of war through the eyes of those who have experienced its every aspect: soldiers, journalists, doctors, mothers and more. Featuring thought-provoking ideas, short films and a special musical performance by Rufus Wainwright, this program explores the complex issues surrounding conflict and how we can build a better future without it.
Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 27th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring 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. The "National Memorial Day Concert" 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.
Through the use of large-scale experiments and remarkable demonstrations, this series decodes the mysteries of evolutionary biology, astrophysics and quantum mechanics. Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out where the universe came from. Hawking leads the trio on an extraordinary journey of discovery featuring racing cars, ice-skaters, balloons and running tracks.
SHELTER ME “Hearts & Paws” is hosted by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Veronica Mars”) and features award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell, creator of the MUTTS comic strip. Patrick spent several days at the New York City animal shelter and turned his experience into a week's worth of MUTTS comics called "Shelter Stories." We also follow the journey of a pet from the day she is surrendered to a shelter until the day she is adopted. The other segment features the first cat cafe in the country.
In this episode, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the HistoryMiami Museum. Follow genealogists as they trace stories about Pocahontas; a Cuban grandfather's secret past; the impact of WWII on a Filipino family; changes wrought by the Tuskegee experiment and a possibly villainous ancestor.
Two thousand years ago, Teotihuacán was one of the largest cities in the world, a thriving metropolis not far from what is today Mexico City. But just a few hundred years later, it was completely abandoned, its former citizens long gone, leaving little trace of their culture. Despite many decades of research, not much is known about the long-lost Teotihuacán society. Who built this magnificent city with its giant pyramids? Why did its people seemingly vanish without a trace? Follow a team of international scientists who believe they have found the answers to these questions and more in newly discovered chambers beneath Teotihuacán, the first Mega City in the Americas.
Attention all doughnut lovers — this show is for you! Martha shares her invaluable techniques while preparing a variety of homemade doughnuts. From raspberry filled doughnuts and crisp apple fritters to the famous yeasted, sugarcoated doughnut from New Orleans known as a beignet. Homemade treats your family will adore.
Disasters are big business. Follow an investigation with NPR into who profits when disaster strikes. The film focuses on Superstorm Sandy: the thousands still not home, the agencies that were supposed to help and the companies that made millions. Watch Tuesday, May 24 at 10 p.m. on KPBS-TV, and listen that same day on "All Things Considered."
In 2012, California amended its “Three Strikes” law — one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the country. The passage of Prop. 36 marked the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten sentences of those currently incarcerated. Within days, the reintegration of thousands of “lifers” was underway. “The Return” examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines — prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. At a moment of reckoning on mass incarceration, what can California’s experiment teach the nation?
Part human adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 20th season in 2016. Travel to Cleveland to see outstanding vintage finds like a “Big Bronco” coin-operated horse made around 1952, a Bill Watterson archive, ca. 1975, and a Tiffany & Co. pendant watch necklace. Can you guess the $40,000-$60,000 treasure?
Deep in the Guatemalan jungle, there’s an organization whose staff works around the clock to try to save and care for injured, orphaned and endangered animals brought to its facility from all over the country. This rescue center, known as ARCAS, is at full capacity with over seven hundred boarders of all shapes and sizes, chiefly victims of the illegal pet trade. However, the team still tries to accommodate additional rescued animals arriving daily. The program centers on the work and challenges faced by jungle veterinarian Alejandro Morales, his zoologist girlfriend Anna Bryant, and their group of dedicated staff and volunteers, as they try to rehabilitate and prepare all types of wildlife for a return to the wild.
In each of six episodes, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking presents three ordinary people with a series of physical and mental challenges to show them how to think like a genius. In the second episode, join Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out the likelihood of alien life out there in the universe. See why the team has their minds blown in a way they were never expecting.
In each of six episodes, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking presents three ordinary people with a series of physical and mental challenges to show them how to think like a genius. GENIUS BY STEPHEN HAWKING will air Wednesdays, May 18-June 1, 2016. In the first episode, “Can We Time Travel?" the fascinating journey of discovery features DeLoreans, atomic clocks, a giant black hole and a large swath of New York City.
In the annals of world history, few names are as recognizable as Cleopatra, queen of ancient Egypt. Cleopatra VII was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty and the last pharaoh of Egypt. For centuries, archeologists have been searching for her tomb. But there have been very few clues about the remains of this powerful ruler. But could this be about to change? SECRETS OF THE DEAD "Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb,” premiering nationally Tuesday, May 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS, follows Kathleen Martinez, a criminal lawyer from the Dominican Republic turned maverick archaeologist, as she embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of Cleopatra’s final resting place.
Follow a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories. Each individual’s past will link to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America. The series features participants from six American cities—Albuquerque, Miami, Houston, Boston, Providence and Los Angeles—who want to explore a genealogical mystery. In this episode, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the Old Albuquerque Airport Terminal.
Food trucks are hitting Tijuana and the rest of Mexico by storm. These humble kitchens are producing some of the finest and innovative cuisine imaginable. Try Telefónica Gastro Park — where else can you find 10 restaurants all in a single stop without even having to re-park? Then follow along as we meet an engineer from the United Nations who is helping the poor communities of Tijuana by repurposing trash to create recreational areas for residents. Old tires and bottles are recycled into playgrounds, colorful walls, and more through Alter Terra, a nonprofit ecosystem conservation program.
In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the secrets to making the best milk-braised pork loin. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of apricot preserves. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus uncovers the best apple corers. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make the ultimate roasted pears with dried apricots and pistachios.
LUCKY CHOW travels across the United States to explore Asian cuisine's impact on American food culture. Hosted by Danielle Chang, the six-part series explores a wide variety of Asian food and drink—from a famous Japanese noodle dish to Korean kimchi to Chinese fusion—while meeting the new generation of chefs and entrepreneurs dedicated to keeping the traditions alive. The series features many of the country's most renowned chefs and culinary personalities such as Top Chef winner Kristen Kish, YouTube sensation Maangchi, Chinese master chef Susur Lee and ramen renegade Ivan Orkin.
Part human adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 20th season in 2016. Join ROADSHOW in the journey to Cleveland and learn about items such as an Ohio salt-glazed figural stoneware match stand, an 1863 Civil War grave marker group and a 1964 Manoucher Yektai oil painting. Which find is valued at $65,000?
“They came out of nowhere.” That was the common refrain when ISIS captured the world’s attention by seizing large swaths of Iraq, declaring an Islamic caliphate, and initiating a series of deadly terrorist attacks around the globe, including in Paris and Brussels. But as the new FRONTLINE documentary “The Secret History Of ISIS” reveals in grim detail, the emergence of the brutal terrorist group should not have been a surprise — especially to the U.S. government.
Samuel Willenberg, 92 years old (during production of this film), is the last living survivor of the Treblinka death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, where an estimated 900,000 Jews were murdered in a 13-month period at the height of World War II. Still haunted 70 years later by the horrors he witnessed as a young forced laborer, Samuel has immortalized his harrowing experiences in a series of bronze sculptures of the tragic victims who dwell indelibly in his memory like ghosts. In “Treblinka's Last Witness,” the sculptures, together with archival footage and photographs from the period, illustrate Samuel's riveting narrative.
Have you ever dreamed of waving that little wand in front of a professional orchestra? Enjoy such an experience vicariously through Host Jorge Meraz as he gets to meet the Baja Orchestra. We chat with the director, the musicians, the youth symphony and more. Music is a beautiful thing, and we get to explore the musicians that give a cultural touch to Tijuana, Mexico. Afterwards, we wash down all that musical education with an organic meal at the Alma Verde restaurant.
Algae are probably the most overlooked of all plants. These are aquatic plants that can be a single cell, or a 20-foot long seaweed, yet they live mostly out of sight. Still, algae play huge roles in our day to day lives. In this episode, we'll talk about what algae are, visit UCSD's research laboratories and field stations, see a farm that grows algae for human food supplements in the desert, head to Mexico to see how algae surfboards are made and much more.
Growing desperate in 1943, Hitler hatches plans for a diabolical weapon: a bank of “superguns” housed in a massive underground complex in Nazi-occupied northern France. Join NOVA as engineers, archaeologists and WWII historians investigate this fearsome weapon. And discover the two audacious missions designed to destroy the seemingly impregnable supergun complex, one of which is led by Joseph Kennedy, Jr.
It won’t come as any surprise that survival is the number one goal in the animal kingdom. But to ensure success on a continual basis, many creatures have opted to form alliances rather than go it alone. There are all kinds of partnerships to fulfill different needs, but as this film explains, these relationships are not only between animals of the same species. What is really astonishing is that completely unrelated species also form unlikely collaborations to succeed in the wild. "Perfect Partners" travels around the world to profile an array of such animals who have joined forces.
The film tracks Reverend Schenck, a well-known anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, as he breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Rev. Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically-explosive issue. Along the way, he meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story casts a spotlight on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. McBath, also a devout Christian, decides to work with Schenck.
Winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, "Peace Officer" is the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained one of Utah’s first SWAT teams — only to watch in horror as that same unit killed his son-in-law in a controversial standoff years later. Driven by an obsessive sense of mission, Lawrence uses his investigative skills to uncover the truth about that incident and other officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide.
Part human adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 20th season in 2016. Discover hidden treasures such as 1920 World Series stubs, a Charles Rohlfs music stand from around 1905 and an Ohio folk art double portrait, ca. 1838. One is the top find of the night!
Frangipane, a sweet nut cream, is a common component of many well-loved baked goods. In this lesson, discover how Martha incorporates frangipane, made with a variety of nuts, into four remarkable recipes: the beloved French pastry known as Bostock, a classic English bakewell tart, an apricot tart made with a hazelnut frangipane and a pecan-frangipane coffee cake that is sure to become a family favorite.
Idris Elba returns as John Luther, the near-genius detective waging his own war on crime. This series sees a twisted fetishist targeting young women in London. Luther is convinced the man will strike again, but when the detective is ordered to investigate another case, the chances of catching the killer start to fall. But Luther's biggest threat could be closer to home, when it emerges that his own colleagues are willing to break every rule in the book to bring him down... Elsewhere it looks like Luther might have finally found love again, but is he ready to leave his past behind?
Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn”) returns as Inspector Kurt Wallander in the Swedish sleuth’s farewell episodes, bringing the beloved, Emmy®-nominated series to a poignant end. As age catches up with the peerless crime-solver, he’s getting dangerously careless. Could there be a connection to his father’s Alzheimer’s? Based on the novels of Henning Mankell, the WALLANDER series was recently praised as “satisfyingly twist-filled and chilling in every sense” by Entertainment Weekly.
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?
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