Stories by Jennifer Robinson
“Voices” is an award-winning documentary that features the stark and intimate portraits of three very different individuals and their struggle with severe mental illness in America. The stories of Sharon, Thomas and Aaron illuminate the challenges, realities, and often complex emotions and choices that surround people with psychotic mental illness and those who love them. In turning the camera on these individuals and their families, the subtle power of "Voices" lies in the brutal honesty of families sharing their stories for the first time, unburdening themselves from the stigma of mental illness.
Award-winning TV host and cookbook author Andreas Viestad returns for more culinary adventures in season six of the international cooking series, NEW SCANDINAVIAN COOKING. Shot on location across Norway, the series offers a rich visual tour of Scandinavian cuisine, culture and history. In each episode, Andreas makes tantalizing dishes, including a Norwegian version of a Mexican taco and classic Italian gnocchi to reindeer meatballs and dessert with rhubarbs and strawberries, all in breathtaking outdoor locations using locally sourced ingredients.
Pati’s family is the perfect example of cultures colliding – Mexican and American. The happy result is the creation of unique and tasty recipes in the kitchen on a daily basis. In this episode, Pati dives deep into the blending of these cultures and comes up with some classic American recipes with a delicious Mexican twist. Of course, the meeting of Mexican and American cultures is happening in small towns and big cities all over America, too! Pati will also take us to a local restaurant where she’ll get the story, and taste the results of, their unique Mex-American story.
Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. Discover how values have changed for appraisals from 15 years ago. Highlights from this episode include a Navajo chief’s blanket, a Connecticut secretary and chair, and a 1924 Charles Russell watercolor. Learn which item is worth $125,000-$135,000.
Join veterinarian teams around the world as they undertake groundbreaking operations to try to save animals’ lives. Find out how pioneering human medicine is transforming ways to look after animals in some of the most remote places on earth. Witness dramatic stories of ingenuity, invention and dedication in this three-part series.
This film examines a pivotal yet largely overlooked moment in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the years just prior to World War I. It looks at a moment of transformation when Ottoman rule in Palestine was still strong, the personal identities of people living there were fluid and overlapping, and few could imagine the conflict that would dominate the region for most of the next century. While most scholars have focused on the later British Mandate period as a locus of the Middle East conflict, this film focuses on the period before World War I, when Arab and Jewish nationalism first made contact, and the conflict was just beginning to germinate.
Head to idyllic San Diego. Restaurant owner and gardener Trish Watlington shows how to pre-soak, inoculate and plant fall peas, and explains why and how to combat the infestation of white flies by planting marigolds. Chef and restaurateur Javier Plascencia prepares a dish of quail and farrato. Go diving with sea urchin diver Pete Halmay, who has been practicing this tradition for more than 30 years, and visit the sisters who grow Thai produce at their home farm to supply their restaurant Suppanee House of Thai.
Celebrating 35 spectacular years on air, "A Capitol Fourth" will kick off the country’s 239th birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza that puts viewers front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. America’s favorite Independence Day celebration is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol, before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.
In this Academy Award-nominated short documentary, worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. Together, they embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration...and friendship.
Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning, too — with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. In "Growing Up Trans," a 90-minute special premiering June 30 on PBS, FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside this new frontier — where it’s now possible for kids who feel they were born in the wrong body to never have to go through the puberty of their biological sex.
FIRST PEOPLES tells the story of how early Homo sapiens moved around the globe and became the dominant human species. Each episode of the five-part series focuses on a different continent and meets the earliest Homo sapiens on that continent – the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Where did they come from? How did they get there? What role did art, culture and technology play in their lives? Whom did they meet along the way? It used to be thought our ancestors kept a distance from other types of human. But now DNA reveals they mated with them and interbred. As a result, our species is a patchwork of modern and ancient humans – we are all hybrids.
Following up on the award-winning collaboration that produced "Rape in the Fields" in 2013, FRONTLINE, Univision, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), the Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at UC Berkeley and KQED are teaming up to uncover the sexual abuse of immigrant women who clean the malls where you shop, the banks where you do business and the offices where you work. The program examines allegations of abuse across the janitorial industry and how companies fall short in dealing with the problem.
This wide-ranging, one-night-only event celebrates the start of Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons’ tenure as the 15th music director of the orchestra and features two of the conductor’s close colleagues, the acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais and the internationally acclaimed German tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Each sings selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires, they then join forces for a powerful duet from Puccini’s "Manon Lescaut."
THE FORSYTE SAGA, the dazzling 13-part British television drama of class, sex and power, will return to public television in 2015. Based on John Galsworthy’s novel of the same name, THE FORSYTE SAGA chronicles the lives of an English family over 34 years from the Victorian era through World War I. Superior, arrogant and confident, the Forsytes are the ultimate power family. What lies beneath is a festering core of unhappy and brutal relationships, riddled with tensions and jealousy. The stellar cast includes Damian Lewis (HOMELAND, WOLF HALL on MASTERPIECE); Ioan Gruffudd ("King Arthur," "Fantastic Four"); Corin Redgrave, Gina McKee, and Rupert Graves.
Man on the street Doc Willoughby visits Tony Maws at Craigie on Main to learn all about burgers from a pro. Then, host Christopher Kimball goes into the kitchen with test cook Bridget Lancaster to learn how to make the Best Grilled Burger at home. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of Swiss Cheese. And finally, test cook Dan Souza uncovers the secrets to making Thick-Cut Sweet Potato Fries.
Created, written and executive produced by Sarah Phelps (GREAT EXPECTATIONS, EASTENDERS) and directed by David Evans (DOWNTON ABBEY, ONE NIGHT), Richard Clark (DOCTOR WHO, LIFE ON MARS) and Thaddeus O’Sullivan (SILENT WITNESS, SINGLE-HANDED), THE CRIMSON FIELD relates one of the Great War’s untold stories: World War I’s frontline medics. The series follows the lives of volunteer nurses Kitty Trevelyan, played by Oona Chaplin (GAME OF THRONES, THE HOUR), and Sister Joan Livesey, played by Suranne Jones (SCOTT & BAILEY, A TOUCH OF CLOTH), as a tented field hospital on the coast of France becomes a frontier between the battlefield and the home front. The hospital evolves into asocial battleground as well — the old rules, hierarchies and class distinctions against a new way of thinking.
Almost 40 years ago Captain Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions of PBS viewers, vexing villains and winning female hearts in one of MASTERPIECE’s earliest hit series, POLDARK. Now the gallant captain rides again in a thrilling new version with all the action, adventure, and romance of the original, plus even more spectacular Cornish scenery and rousing local color. A Mammoth Screen production for MASTERPIECE and the BBC, the new POLDARK airs in seven exciting episodes starting June 21, 2015 on MASTERPIECE on PBS.
"Balboa Park: The Jewel Of San Diego" highlights the park's past, present and future, using new storytelling tools to showcase the icons of the park and unveil some hidden gems. The filmmakers weave together archival images and artifacts with fresh voices, maps and motion graphics. The film was produced by Electric Ivy, in collaboration with the San Diego History Center.
October 14, 2013, was the 70th anniversary of an event that shook the Nazi party to its core. In east Poland, at Sobibor, the remote Nazi death camp, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. This film travels back to Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. The film uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first-hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story. Through the compelling accounts of Thomas “Toivi” Blatt, Philip Bialowitz, Selma Engel-Wijnberg and former Russian POW Semjon Rozenfled, the true horror of life in Sobibor emerges. Unlike Auschwitz and Dauchau, Sobibor was created purely for extermination. Within 17 months, a quarter of a million people arrived at the camp and were put to death almost immediately.
The program captures an in-depth, participatory discussion between Governor Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Times / San Diego Union-Tribune Publisher and CEO Austin Beutner on critical water conservation issues that includes questions pre-submitted by the public. Governor Brown announced the first ever 25 percent statewide mandatory water reductions in April and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. Contending with the drought means navigating a complex tangle of water policies, regulations and court decrees. The conversation will explore the role that residents, businesses, farmers and government play in meeting our water challenges as well as how the rest of the nation is impacted by California's water policies.
Join noted local cook, author and restaurant owner Su-Mei Yu as she explores and cooks her way around San Diego while sharing captivating tales of our culinary bounty on the Emmy-nominated series, SAVOR SAN DIEGO. In this episode, Su-Mei will visit two food related non-profits to learn about the many programs they offer to help feed San Diego including the San Diego Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.
We'll discuss today's various food trends/diets with a nutritionist to try to shed light on what the right, or wrong, ways we should eat are. It seems like there is a new food trend popping up everyday (gluten-free, paleo, vegan, raw, low carb, high carb, protein, etc.) and it's tough for people to know what the best way to eat is. We'll try to find out if there is a "best" practice and explore some of these trends i.e. juicing at Beaming, a local juice bar, and True Food Kitchen to learn about their philosophies and offerings as well. We'll finish up at The Sporting Club with Susan Sange, a fitness trainer, to round out the discussion by emphasizing that regardless of how healthy you eat, exercise is key to ensuring overall wellness.
Since their last PBS special two years ago, The Tenors—Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Clifton Murray—have performed at The White House, Buckingham Palace and in hundreds of sold-out concerts around the world. Now they’re back with a new album and are ready to share it with the world in a television special taped at Caesars Windsor Colosseum before a live audience of over 4000 fans. "The Tenors - Under One Sky" is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning May 2015.
Join hosts Kathy Lennon of the Lennon Sisters and Tina Cole of The Four King Cousins, for this new MY MUSIC special dedicated to the sweet, sentimental sounds of sibling singing groups including the Andrews Sisters, the McGuire Sisters, the Lennon Sisters, the King Sisters and others. "Sister Acts" (MY MUSIC) is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations in May 2015. Beginning with the pioneering and influential Boswell Sisters in the 1920s, sister acts became popular attractions in American music with radio, film, stage and record performances that enchanted audiences with sweetly harmonic love songs and bouncy novelty numbers.
Enrico Caruso was the world’s first international recording star, taking opera to the masses and bringing the street vibrancy of Neapolitan songs to the world. The first classical crossover artist, he blazed the way for Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, and other great international artists of the 21st century. Now, in his first public television special, Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito, born and raised in Caruso’s neighborhood, performs several of Caruso’s most famous songs and arias.
This episode will highlight food-related companies that are working to preserve our environment. We visit George's Modern, one of three restaurants in San Diego that is a three-star certified green restaurant and Burger Lounge. We will highlight how a local restaurant is implementing green practices to preserve our environment and why they feel it's important for their customer, community and business.
An inspirational portrayal of the triumphs and tragedies punctuating the first 50 years of NASA's manned missions. From the pioneering Mercury launches to the daring Gemini project, the program reveals the epic behind the scenes struggle that ultimately carried men to the moon. Charting an adventure that culminates in the majestic space shuttle and the missions of today, "Rocket Men" goes beyond the hardware to focus on the men and women who are prepared to lay their lives on the line in the name of exploration. Beautiful sequences capturing the thrilling magic and mystery of a journey into space give audiences an astronaut's view of a rocket ride into orbit.
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, you’ll welcome Martha’s expert tips for baking the most delicious fruit desserts. A tempting pink applesauce-filled tart topped with paper-thin slices of apple; a rich pistachio brown butter cake studded with sweet Concord grapes; a pear frangipane tart; and individual apple pies with a surprise ingredient tucked inside.
Test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to the best gluten-free pizza. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of gluten-free spaghetti. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make gluten-free chocolate chip cookies as good as the original!
When President Barack Obama took office in 2008, he had campaigned on ending the war in Iraq and keeping the U.S. out of new military conflicts. But Obama now finds himself exactly where he didn’t want to be: trying to defeat a brutal terrorist group in Iraq and Syria without dragging America into a prolonged regional conflict. How did we get here? In "Obama At War," premiering Tuesday, May 26, veteran FRONTLINE journalist Martin Smith examines the Obama administration's complicated struggle to deal with the deadly civil war in Syria, now in its fifth year — and explores how the accompanying rise of ISIS has raised the stakes.
The final hour in Charleston, West Virginia, features standout appraisals that include a Newcomb College vase, ca. 1905, in need of a good cleaning; an 1875 W.S. Young landscape oil of the Greenbrier River in West Virginia; and a collection of Noel Coward “Sail Away” memorabilia gifted by Coward himself. Watch to find out which item is valued at $35,000 to $37,000!
Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families. The exciting, celebratory night in honor of our veterans and their supporters includes appearances from Dr. Jill Biden, The American Military Spouses Choir, Alec Baldwin, Jon Bernthal, Aloe Blacc, Whitney Cummings, Gavin DeGraw, Rhiannon Giddens, Nick Jonas, Miss America Kira Kazantsev, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Lewis, The Lone Bellow, JR Martinez, Gregory Porter, Rob Riggle and Arturo Sandoval.
"The Homefront," a new two-hour documentary about the lives of U.S. military families, will air on PBS on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. Produced by The Documentary Group, directed by Peabody Award-winning director Gabrielle Tenenbaum, and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), The Boeing Company and the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, "The Homefront" takes a rare, in-depth look at how a new generation of military family has learned to cope with having loved ones deployed overseas for multiple tours over many years. The revealing documentary tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.
Honoring our American heroes for over 25 years, the "National Memorial Day Concert" pays tribute to 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. Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th annual broadcast of this night of remembrance that 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.
We'll highlight this neighborhood's rich history, evolution and many treasures. Su-Mei will visit Mona Lisa, one of the early neighborhood restaurants that's still around today, and discuss the family's long-time history in the areas as well as learn how to make their famous Italian sausage with the owners. She'll finish at Bencotto and Monello to highlight the new wave of restaurants in the community. We'll weave in commentary about the neighborhood from community leaders as well as showcase the many sights and destinations of Little Italy.
One of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent consists of a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West. This spartan yet spectacular landscape supports more than 170 species of hardscrabble birds and mammals. Among those that have adapted to survive here are birds found nowhere else: greater sage-grouse that lead remarkable lives mostly hidden in the sage. But once each year, males emerge for days on end to strut and display as prospective mates for discriminating females, which mate with only one or two of them. Females must then raise their chicks on their own, with little food, water or shelter to sustain them, while plenty of predators wait for their smallest mistake.
On March 8, 1971, a band of suburban parents, university professors and community leaders broke into a small FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia. Calling themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, the eight activists took hundreds of secret files and shared them anonymously with select members of Congress and the news media. By doing so, they uncovered evidence of the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying on and intimidating American citizens. Despite one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI never solved the mystery of the break-in, and the identities of those responsible remained a secret — until now. For the first time, the members of the Citizens’ Commission have spoken out. "1971" is their story.
Three-year-old Monique Corzilius counts to 10, pulling petals from a daisy. A voice from mission control then counts down as the camera zooms into Monique's dark pupil. An atomic blast and ensuing mushroom cloud consumes the TV screen as President Lyndon Johnson's voice proclaims "We must either love each other, or we must die." This political ad, “Peace Little Girl,” aired only once or twice during the 1964 presidential campaign between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater, but it ushered in a new era of the television attack ad. This program includes interviews with historians and participants in the campaign.
Hour two in Charleston, West Virginia, features highlights such as a collection of Marilyn Monroe stills from some of her greatest cinematic hits; a British rainbow spatterware pot, ca. 1860, purchased for $10; and an 1849 ship's log and register chronicling the journey from Boston to San Francisco during the Gold Rush. Can you guess which is valued at $40,000 to $50,000?
Over three special episodes, THIS OLD HOUSE is partnering with Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) to build a house – from the ground up – for one Army veteran and his family, as a way to highlight the heroes who have given so much for their country. Kevin meets the President of HFOT, Four Star General Richard Cody, to understand their mission.
The acclaimed detective series returns with more mysteries set in the uncertain days at the beginning of the Cold War. In 1946 London, former DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen, "Out of Africa") now employs his unerring investigative skills on behalf of MI5, assisted by his ever-faithful driver, Sam Wainwright (Honeysuckle Weeks, "My Brother Tom"). John Mahoney (FRASIER, In Treatment) guest stars.
Both heartbreaking and inspiring, “El Poeta” tells the story of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited mass protests and an ongoing international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year-old son Juan Francisco – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006. A film by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway of Loteria Films, “El Poeta” premieres as part of VOCES, Latino Public Broadcasting’s arts and culture series on PBS, presented by PBS SoCaL.
Su-Mei will explore the burgeoning Asian community in the Convoy District. She'll visit key neighborhood restaurants, markets, and businesses including Chinese restaurant Jasmine Seafood, Zion Market (Korean market) and Pangea Bakery (Taiwanese/French bakery) as well as interview key community leaders about the area's many treasures, special events, history and future plans. At each stop she'll incorporate food related lessons and discoveries including how to make kimchi at Zion Market, Dim Sum at Jasmine and treats at Pangea.
With carbon emissions sharply rising, the silent killer is entering the seas at a staggering rate — raising the oceans’ acidity. As a result, the skeletons and shells of marine creatures that form the foundation of the web of life are dissolving. Follow scientists who are seeking solutions and making breakthrough discoveries, including a unique coral garden in Papua New Guinea that offers a glimpse of what the seas could be like in a half-century. Can experts crack the code of a rapidly changing ocean — before it’s too late?
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