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Stories by Jennifer Robinson

Beyond Borders: Undocumented Mexican Americans

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"Beyond Borders: Undocumented Mexican Americans" examines U.S. policy decisions that triggered the rise of undocumented immigration in a deeply moving documentary program that explores the under-reported lives of Mexicans living and raising families in the United States. The film carefully explains the history of the relationship between the two countries - Mexico and America - some of which may be unfamiliar to viewers.

FRONTLINE: The Choice 2016

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in modern history. Investigate where the two presidential candidates came from, how they lead and why they want to take on one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. Examine formative moments in their lives through interviews with those who know them best.

POV: The Birth Of Saké

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Go behind the scenes at Japan’s Yoshida Brewery, where a brotherhood of artisans, ranging from 20 to 70, spends six months in nearly monastic isolation as they follow an age-old process to create saké, the nation’s revered rice wine. “A richly immersive documentary . . . achieves a remarkable level of intimacy without ever sacrificing its reserve or restraint.” —Justin Chang, Variety

MEXICO — ONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS: Season 11 (New Season Premiere)

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Season 11 of MEXICO — ONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS centers on the vibrant food scene and burgeoning chef movement in the Yucatán Peninsula, home to the Mayans, North America's largest indigenous population. Known as one of the world's great cuisines, Yucatán dishes share many of the basic ingredients and culinary practices typically used in the rest of Mexico. However, its unique location puts the peninsula in a position to welcome cultural influences, ingredients and flavors from around the globe, including Spain, Lebanon, Cuba, Africa and the Caribbean.

PBS NEWSHOUR Debates 2016

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The PBS NEWSHOUR presents live coverage (90 minutes) and analysis (30 minutes) of the presidential and vice presidential candidates’ debates. These debates are part of PBS Election 2016 coverage. Get trusted, in-depth and independent election coverage with a comprehensive schedule of news, public affairs, documentary and corresponding digital programming. Simulcast on KPBS TV & FM, and streaming live on KPBS.org.

Royal Wives At War

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“Royal Wives At War” presents a revealing new look at England’s abdication crisis of 1936, seen through the eyes of the two women at its heart. In a series of dramatized monologues set in 1967, Elizabeth the Queen Mother (Emma Davies) and Wallis Simpson (Gina McKee) look back at events that led King Edward VIII (Nick Waring) to give up the throne for the woman he loved. Combining dramatic reconstructions, archives and a chorus of acquaintances and biographers, the program tells the intimate and moving story of two strong women and the friction that characterized their relationship.

PATI’S MEXICAN TABLE: Season 5 (New Season Premiere)

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In Season 5 of PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE, chef and cookbook author Pati Jinich explores the Mayan world in the Yucatán Peninsula. Embarking on a road trip that crosses three states – Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo – she meets with local producers, growers and chefs, both in restaurants and in their homes, to learn about the unique cuisine of the region. Along the way, Pati visits remote fishermen's villages, historic haciendas, bustling markets, the Mayan ruins and more, diving deep into the region’s cuisine and culture.

American Baghdad

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“American Baghdad” is a short documentary profiling Iraqi refugees trying to assimilate into American culture after being displaced from Iraq due to the war. El Cajon, a county in San Diego, has one of the highest concentrations of Iraqi refugees in America. A majority of these refugees are known as Chaldean and are of Christian descent. Many of them fled Iraq after the war broke out in 2003. This is their story.

INDIA - NATURE'S WONDERLAND

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How does a country with a population of more than a billion people still have room for such a huge range of wildlife? Join wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin, actor Freida Pinto and mountaineer Jon Gupta to explore India’s natural wonders. From tigers and gibbons to elephants and rhinos, the sacred Ganges to tea plantations, experience the subcontinent’s marvels. This is India as you’ve never seen it before.

MASTERPIECE: Poldark: Season 2 (New Season Premiere)

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Against the breathtaking backdrop of 18th century Cornwall, Aidan Turner (Poldark), Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza) and Heida Reed (Elizabeth) return as the complicated love triangle in a new season of the popular romantic saga, based on the novels by Winston Graham. At the start of Season 2, Ross stands accused of murder and “wrecking” — luring a cargo ship to the rocks for plunder. It’s a capital offense, the judge is unsympathetic, hostile witnesses have been bribed and Ross appears headed for the gallows.

Liberating A Continent: John Paul II & The Fall Of Communism

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Featuring the unique insights of intellectual and cultural leaders such as papal biographer George Weigel; esteemed Polish historian Norman Davies; Carl Anderson, Vice President of John Paul II Institute, Washington D.C.; John Paul's lifelong assistant Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz; Reagan National Security Advisor, Richard Allen; Polish Prime Minister Hanna Suchoka and many others — this inspiring film gives an inside look at the improbable downfall of one of history's most brutal regimes.

Defying The Nazis: The Sharps’ War

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The 90-minute film tells the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to numerous life-threatening missions in Europe. Over two dangerous years, they helped to save hundreds of imperiled political dissidents and Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe. A new film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Boston

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In this episode, learn how the antiques market has evolved in the last 15 years. Highlights include a violin attributed to Johannes B. Ceruti, an 1836 Joseph H. Davis painting and a frontiersman's pipe tomahawk. Which item saw a value increase of up to $124,000?

CRAFT IN AMERICA: Teachers

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CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award-winning series, begins its eighth season on PBS with a unique hour that celebrates teachers -- renowned individuals who are committed to their own artistic visions and are equally committed to sharing their skills and passion for craft with new generations of students and artists of all ages. Featured are Barbara Teller Ornelas, Lynda Teller Pete, Therman Statom, Mark Mitsuda at Punahou School and Linda Sikora at Alfred University.

PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE: Backyard Picnic

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The fourth season of PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE continues its exploration of the simple, approachable, mouth-watering dishes and ingredients that fuel chef and cookbook author Pati Jinich's cuisine. In this episode, Pati is throwing a picnic for family and friends in her backyard. She'll make some of her favorite "picnic foods" and serve everyone outside picnic-style. It also happens to be her husband Dany's birthday, so a big surprise is in store!

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: Madama Butterfly

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Kristine Opolais brings her heartbreaking interpretation of the title role to the series for the first time. Roberto Alagna sings Lieutenant Pinkerton, the callous officer who crushes Butterfly's dreams of love. Debuting conductor Karel Mark Chichon leads a cast that includes Maria Zifchak as Suzuki and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless.

Poldark Revealed

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Follow the cast and crew of POLDARK on location in beautiful Cornwall. See how the writer, directors and actors are working to re-create the magic of the original TV series. Season 2 of POLDARK, which airs on MASTERPIECE, returns Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 at 8 p.m. on KPBS-TV!

NOVA: School Of The Future

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In a new age of information, rapid innovation, and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? As the divide between rich and poor grows wider, how can schools today help students of all backgrounds meet the challenges of tomorrow? NOVA explores how the science of learning and technological innovations are transforming the way we teach and learn, and are creating a new vision of the future of education for all children.

FORCES OF NATURE

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The forces of nature have kept Earth on the move since it was formed billions of years ago. Though we can’t feel the motion, we experience the consequences – from tidal bores surging through the Amazon rainforest to the ruinous power of hurricanes.

THE CONTENDERS – 16 FOR ’16

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This eight-part series reveals the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. Revisit the past 50 years of presidential election history to see how previous campaigns are still influencing politics in unexpected ways.

TED TALKS Education Revolution

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Explore innovative approaches to education with hosts Baratunde Thurston and Sara Ramirez. Speakers, including Anna Deavere Smith and Sal Khan, discuss the school-to-prison pipeline, the impact of micromanaging kids, and transforming struggling students into scholars.

FRONTLINE: A Subprime Education

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As part of PBS’s “Spotlight Education” initiative, FRONTLINE will present two films examining the realities of education in America. In "A Subprime Education," correspondent Martin Smith returns to the story of for-profit colleges to investigate allegations of fraud and predatory behavior in the troubled industry. Then, "The Education of Omarina" continues a story FRONTLINE has been following since 2012 — showing how an innovative program to stem the high school dropout crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school, and now on to college.

POV: All The Difference

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The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African-American men come vividly—and heroically—to life in "All the Difference," which traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dared to dream a seemingly impossible dream: to graduate from college. As this intimate film shows, Robert Henderson and Krishaun Branch’s determination started them on the road to success, but it was the support from people in their lives—parents, grandparents, teachers and mentors— that brought them to their destination.

The Last Dukes

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With only 24 non-royal ducal estates remaining in Britain today, do the dukes of the 21st century still retain their historical power and wealth? In this fascinating documentary, answers come from a variety of extraordinary characters, including Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill, aunt of the current Duke of Marlborough, who was brought up in Blenheim Palace with 36 servants; the Duke of Atholl, who until 2012 was a rural South African sign-maker named Bruce Murray; the Scottish Duke of Montrose, one of the few dukes remaining in House of Lords; and the Duchess of Rutland, whose business savvy has kept the family seat of Belvoir Castle in good repair.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage San Diego

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See memorable items appraised at the 2001 San Diego ROADSHOW. Highlights include a Dr. Seuss "Kangaroo Bird," a Tiffany & Co. yellow diamond pendant and a 1781 George Washington lifetime print. Find out which treasure has a $75,000 value increase!

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW: Masterclasses 1-4

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After ten weeks of baking mayhem, the winner has been chosen and calm finally descends on the Bake Off tent. Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood take up the reins to revisit the signature, technical and show-stopper challenges that they set the bakers over the course of the series, and show us what they would have done had the roles been reversed in the tent. In a step by step guide, they demonstrate all the tips and tricks viewers at home need to know to get a perfect result every time.

MASTERPIECE: Indian Summers: Season 2

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As a nation of 300 million vies for independence, India’s colonial rulers soldier on. MASTERPIECE continues its story of love, death, and unbridled ambition, set in British India’s exotic summer capital in the 1930s. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a terrific melodrama with brains,” INDIAN SUMMERS returns with Season 2, airing in ten enthralling new episodes on PBS.

MASTERPIECE: Churchill’s Secret

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Michael Gambon stars as Winston Churchill in this dramatization of Churchill's life-threatening stroke in 1953, when he was prime minister. His illness was kept secret from the world. Romola Garai plays the remarkable nurse who cared for him. The movie-length drama is an adaptation of Jonathan Smith’s acclaimed 2015 novel, “The Churchill Secret: KBO.”

NOVA: 15 Years Of Terror

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NOVA investigates the psychology of a terrorist and examines how radical organizations have grown to make use of modern propaganda and social media tools in order to cultivate an army of self-radicalized killers. Can we understand what happens in the mind of a terrorist and intercede to stop the next attack... or at least stay one step ahead to thwart their destructive plans?

AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS WITH MARIA HINOJOSA: The New Deciders

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Learn how Asian-American, black millennial, Arab-American and Latino evangelical voters are exerting their growing strength and influence in this 2016 election special about power and politics, demographics and democracy. “The deciders in this year’s presidential election will be young people and citizens of color,” said Executive Producer Maria Hinojosa, who is also executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning weekly radio show, "Latino USA," and president and founder of the Futuro Media Group.

9/11 Inside The Pentagon

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Marking the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S., this program tells the rarely told stories of the attack that took place at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, in which 184 people died. As most of the media coverage of the events of Sept. 11 focused on New York City and United Flight 93, details of the attack that took place at the Pentagon have rarely been heard publicly, until now.

Eyes On The Prize: Then And Now

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Re-examine the groundbreaking series from the filmmakers' perspective and the viewpoint of civil rights activists. The special explores how far we've come, how far we have to go, the meaning of the ongoing struggle and next steps towards equality. Narrated by music artist Aloe Blacc, “Eyes On The Prize: Then And Now” features EYES ON THE PRIZE filmmakers, present-day activists, human rights leaders and scholars.

Inside Poldark

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Relive the thrilling first season of the swashbuckling romantic series with hints of what’s to come for the dashing Captain Ross Poldark. Featuring cast and creator interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and the spectacular Cornish coastline.

I Miss Downton Abbey!

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Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable series, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations of the most successful British drama ever. Allen Leech (who played Branson) hosts.

Eat Dirt With Dr. Josh Axe

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What Hippocrates knew 2000 years ago, we’re only just discovering: Our gut is responsible for a lot more than processing the food we eat. With the surface area of a football field, our digestive tract is a vital immune barrier, protecting us from disease and contamination. By expelling and killing foreign invaders, it accounts for 70 percent of our immune system. “Eat Dirt” will identify the specific gut types of leaky gut syndrome. Once viewers identify their own Gut Type, they can heal their gut more quickly, by following a plan that is designed specifically for them.

Rhythm And Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular

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Celebrate legendary artists of the 1960s and ‘70s brought together in a once-in-a-lifetime concert: Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ben E. King and The Drifters, Dionne Warwick, The Isley Brothers, Percy Sledge, Little Anthony & The Imperials and many more perform their most memorable soul classics.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration

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Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 27 at New York’s historic Beacon Theatre. The special event honored her legendary 50 plus years in music with an intimate, career-spanning live performance. Baez performed alongside a remarkable array of superstar artists including: David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern and Richard Thompson.

The Kingston Trio Celebration

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Enjoy the groundbreaking folk group's biggest hits and more 1950s and '60s chart toppers, performed by the current trio with Bob Shane, Timothy B. Schmit, Al Jardine, Trini Lopez, Barry McGuire, Sana Christian, The Limeliters and Josh Reynolds. Through changing times and lineups, the Trio has played on, remaining popular for a simple reason — their timeless songs. And nearly 60 years after “Tom Dooley” shot to the top of the charts, today’s Trio is still on the road 30 weeks a year, bringing back all the great memories and making new ones.

The Allergy Solution With Leo Galland, M.D.

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If you suffer from allergies, you are not alone. The epidemic of allergies is bigger than you ever imagined. One billion people around the world are now afflicted. But you don't have to be a victim of your allergies. Leo Galland, M.D., renowned physician, researcher, and writer, presents "The Allergy Solution." You will be the first to learn the four hidden truths about allergies that will forever change the way you think - and deal with - the allergies affecting you, your family, or loved ones. You will also learn the astonishing facts about the relationship between allergies and weight gain.

The Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum

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Join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson—"the Mt. Rushmore of country music"—for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like "Big River," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Always on My Mind." In May 2016, Columbia/Legacy released "The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws," a 3-CD and DVD box set of live performances. Support great programming on KPBS and get your box set!

Stronger Bones, Longer Life

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Healthy bones hold the key to remaining mobile, engaged and independent in life. This is a topic of particular importance for baby boomers and all older Americans for whom a fracture can have debilitating consequences for the rest of their lives. In this new PBS special produced by Twin Cities PBS, Dr. Lani Simpson, DC, CCD, an expert in osteoporosis and author of “Dr. Lani’s No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide,” leads viewers in understanding how to take charge of their bone health and retain their independence.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: George H.W. Bush

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"George H.W. Bush" examines Bush's service in World War II, and his early career in Texas, to his days in the Oval Office, first as Vice President to Ronald Reagan, then as the leader who presided over the first Gulf War. Drawing upon Bush's personal diaries and interviews with his closest advisors and most prominent critics, the film also explores Bush's role as the patriarch of a political family whose influence is unequaled in modern American life.

Munich '72 And Beyond

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"Munich ’72 And Beyond" tells the searing account of the kidnapping and murder of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Summer Olympics. The film exposes shocking new information about the tragic events, their devastating aftermath, and the heroic efforts to seek recognition and remembrance for the victims.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Jimmy Carter

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"Jimmy Carter," part of the Peabody Award-winning AMERICAN EXPERIENCE collection The Presidents, will have an encore broadcast on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 on PBS. Jimmy Carter’s story is one of the greatest dramas in American politics. In 1980, he was overwhelmingly voted out of office in a humiliating defeat, but over the following decades became one of the most admired statesmen and humanitarians in America and the world. Produced, written, and directed by Adriana Bosch, this film traces his rapid ascent in politics, dramatic fall from grace, and unexpected resurrection.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Nixon

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Winner of a Writers Guild Award and part of the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Peabody Award-winning collection The Presidents, “Nixon” explores one of the most controversial and enduring figures on the American political landscape. Featuring interviews with former presidential aides John Ehrlichman, Charles Colson, and John Dean, along with many others, “Nixon” will have an encore broadcast on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

Hi Gene! Meet The Real Senator McCarthy

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This documentary film looks at Sen. Eugene McCarthy's improbable and historic 1968 presidential campaign and features interviews with, among others, Sen. Eugene McCarthy, California Gov. Jerry Brown, former ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (RFK's eldest child). Special emphasis is placed on how young students and women—many for the first time acting independently of their husbands—worked within the political system to greatly change the landscape of the 1968 election. From New Hampshire to Wisconsin to California and Chicago, the film chronicles the impact of the McCarthy campaign, which has largely been forgotten or ignored in the years that followed.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: LBJ

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Lyndon B. Johnson, a poor, rural Texan who became a vice president and president only to see his unprecedented social agenda undermined by a war he supported but never understood, is the subject of "LBJ," a four-hour biography from the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Peabody Award-winning collection The Presidents.

POV: My Way To Olympia

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Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, than Niko von Glasow, the world’s best-known disabled filmmaker? Unfortunately—or fortunately for anyone seeking an insightful and funny documentary—this filmmaker frankly hates sports and thinks the games are “a stupid idea.” Born with severely shortened arms, von Glasow serves as an endearing guide to London’s Paralympics competition.

Classic Hollywood Musicals

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Featuring some of the most iconic images ever recorded on film, five classic Hollywood musicals—“The Wizard of Oz,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” and “Viva Las Vegas”—take viewers on a journey across the Golden Age of movie musicals, spanning the days from the Great Depression all the way to the Civil Rights Movement.

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED: Dinner In Cuba

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Man on the street Doc Willoughby learns all about Cuban cuisine at La Carreta in Miami, Florida. Then, host Christopher Kimball goes into the test kitchen with test cook Dan Souza to learn how to make the best Cuban braised shredded beef at home. Next, test cook Becky Hays uncovers the secrets to making fried sweet plantains. Then, testing expert Adam Ried reviews grapefruit knives in the Equipment Corner. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make the ultimate mango, orange, and jicama salad.

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