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Stories by Jennifer Robinson

NOVA: Poisoned Water

NOVA: Poisoned Water

May 26
By Jennifer Robinson

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure. Discover the chemistry, biology and engineering that led to this disaster.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Farmer/Veteran

INDEPENDENT LENS: Farmer/Veteran

May 24
By Jennifer Robinson

A combat veteran starts a farm to help cultivate a healthier life outside the Army. While the sense of duty he once felt as a soldier returns, his crippling PTSD remains as he and his wife nervously anticipate the birth of their first child.

The Last Ring Home

The Last Ring Home

May 24
By Jennifer Robinson

"The Last Ring Home" is a loving tribute to U.S. Navy officer and hero Lieutenant Commander Nathaniel Minter Dial by his grandson Minter Dial II. After 25 years of research and 130 interviews with his grandparents’ peers, Dial II embarks on a remarkable journey to discover more about his grandparents and bring healing to his father.

PBS Previews: THE VIETNAM WAR

PBS Previews: THE VIETNAM WAR

May 24
By Jennifer Robinson

Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program will give viewers an advance look at this Fall's most anticipated film.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Orlando - Hour 3

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Orlando - Hour 3

May 24
By Jennifer Robinson

Learn more about items discovered at the Orlando ROADSHOW, such as 1946 Einstein-signed photo and prints, an Agassiz pendant watch, ca. 1905, and a Chinese gold-splashed bronze vase, ca. 1850. Can you guess which is the big find of the night?

National Memorial Day Concert 2017

National Memorial Day Concert 2017

May 23
By Jennifer Robinson

The concert features acclaimed actors Joe Mantegna, Laurence Fishburne and Gary Sinise and an all-star lineup of actors and musicians, along with top pops conductor Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra. Show segments include a tribute to the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, who flew the daring bombing mission over Japan after Pearl Harbor

A GROWING PASSION: Wild And Wooly: Native Bee Pollinators

A GROWING PASSION: Wild And Wooly: Native Bee Pollinators

May 22
By Jennifer Robinson

Honeybees are the best-known and most recognizable insect pollinators in our farms and gardens. Without them, we'd have no peaches, nectarines, apples, almonds, lemons, oranges, eggplants, tomatoes, etc. We'll explore California's native bees and their role in native ecosystems, farms and gardens.

Beyond The Wall: A Texas Tribune Investigation

May 22
By Jennifer Robinson

Go past the rhetoric to investigate the reality of the Texas border with The Texas Tribune. Step into the shoes of undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents and a borderland rancher, and explore Texas' thirst for illegal drugs and cheap labor.

CROSSING SOUTH: Parque del Niño Jersey Zoo

CROSSING SOUTH: Parque del Niño Jersey Zoo

May 22
By Jennifer Robinson

Host Jorge Meraz visits a zoo located between Rosarito and Ensenada, called the Parque del Niño Jersey Zoo. We get up close and personal with the exotic animals and feed the monkeys, the tigers, and a camel that likes to stick his tongue out.

Sinking Of An Aircraft Carrier

Sinking Of An Aircraft Carrier

May 22
By Jennifer Robinson

The film follows a demolition team's mission to sink the USS Oriskany, a 900-foot long aircraft carrier, the most complex and best built ship in naval warfare, and to create the largest artificial reef in the world.

FRONTLINE: Bannon's War

FRONTLINE: Bannon's War

May 22
By Jennifer Robinson

Examine Trump advisor Stephen Bannon’s war — with radical Islam, Washington, and White House rivals. Learn about his fight to deliver on Trump’s promises, with a confrontational style based on his personal crusade to dramatically transform America.

INDEPENDENT LENS: They Call Us Monsters

INDEPENDENT LENS: They Call Us Monsters

May 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow the journey of three young offenders residing in the Compound, a facility that houses Los Angeles’ most violent juvenile offenders. Each faces adult sentences for their crimes, sometimes decades if not hundreds of years in prison.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Orlando - Hour 2

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Orlando - Hour 2

May 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Journey to Orlando with ROADSHOW to learn more about vintage and antique items, including a 1965 NASA “Corned Beef” archive, a Korean "The Water Moon Viewing Guanyin" painting, and a 1918 WWI peach can label letter. Which is the big find?

MASTERPIECE: Dark Angel (New)

MASTERPIECE: Dark Angel (New)

May 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Joanne Froggatt, who stole the hearts of millions of viewers as Anna, the loving and resilient lady’s maid on DOWNTON ABBEY, stars in a totally different role in this spine-tingling drama. Dispensing death from the spout of a warm teapot, Froggatt plays the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, Britain’s first female serial killer.

A GROWING PASSION: Urban Forests: Trees And Plants In The City

A GROWING PASSION: Urban Forests: Trees And Plants In The City

May 17
By Jennifer Robinson

Andy Lipkis, world-renowned leader in urban forestry, is founder of Tree People. We kick off this episode with Andy giving an overview and creating an appreciation for urban forestry. We meet him at TreePeople facilities in the Santa Monica Mountains.

CROSSING SOUTH: Water Park And Baja Burger

CROSSING SOUTH: Water Park And Baja Burger

May 17
By Jennifer Robinson

The word is getting out about a new Tijuana water park called “El Vergel.” Will Host Jorge Meraz be brave enough to take the plunge? Afterwards, we warm up with a meal at Baja Burgers with some tasty meaty bites.

FOOD - DELICIOUS SCIENCE

FOOD - DELICIOUS SCIENCE

May 12
By Jennifer Robinson

Seen at a microscopic level, your food resembles a vast range of strange and beautiful landscapes, which transform in mouthwatering ways as you cook. Using state-of-the-art photography and groundbreaking CGI, this landmark series uncovers a secret world of exquisite chemical reactions. Presented by Michael Mosley and James Wong.

NOVA: Chinese Chariot Revealed

NOVA: Chinese Chariot Revealed

May 12
By Jennifer Robinson

For over 1000 years, chariots thundered across China's battlefields-dominating warfare longer than anywhere else on earth. Now, a series of amazing archaeological findings enable a team of experts to reconstruct and test China's first super-weapon.

FRONTLINE: American Patriot

FRONTLINE: American Patriot

May 11
By Jennifer Robinson

FRONTLINE goes inside the violent battle between a ranching family in the West and the federal government, examining how a simmering fight over land in Nevada and Oregon became deadly, invigorated a wider right-wing anti-government movement, and continues to challenge prosecutors and law enforcement.

AMERICAN EPIC

AMERICAN EPIC

May 11
By Jennifer Robinson

Travel the country in search of unknown 1920s artists, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time, transforming music forever, in a three-part film narrated by Robert Redford, featuring Jack White, Nas, Taj Mahal and others.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Orlando - Hour 1

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Orlando - Hour 1

May 10
By Jennifer Robinson

Travel to sunny Orlando for fantastic finds like Joe Strummer’s boots, ca. 1979, Ned Hanlon championship pins and cufflinks, ca. 1895, and a 1941 Grant Wood “March” lithograph. Learn which is appraised for $200,000!

MASTERPIECE: King Charles III

MASTERPIECE: King Charles III

May 10
By Jennifer Robinson

The hit Broadway show "King Charles III" is adapted for television. A 2016 Tony nominee for Best Play, "King Charles III" imagines Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death.

THE CROWD & THE CLOUD

THE CROWD & THE CLOUD

May 10
By Jennifer Robinson

THE CROWD & THE CLOUD is a documentary series showcasing the power of Citizen Science in the Digital Age. This multi-part series, hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of citizen science and crowdsourcing.

CROSSING SOUTH: Baja Craft Beer Tour

CROSSING SOUTH: Baja Craft Beer Tour

May 8
By Jennifer Robinson

San Diego is known as a craft beer capital, but Tijuana, Mexico is catching on. In this episode, Host Jorge Meraz scopes out the local businesses, beer bloggers, and home brewers. We interview the owners of two different popular breweries Wendlandt and Cerveceria Insurgente.

A GROWING PASSION: Aquaponics: Fish Poop To Plant Roots

A GROWING PASSION: Aquaponics: Fish Poop To Plant Roots

May 8
By Jennifer Robinson

Aquaponics is a mashup of hydroponics and aquaculture. In this episode, we visit homeowners, a non-profit, and even a restaurateur using this highly efficient system to grow a stunning array of fruits, vegetables and freshwater fish.

We Are Superman

We Are Superman

May 8
By Jennifer Robinson

Kansas City has suffered from hyper-segregation for over 60 years. On the corner of 31st Street and Troost Avenue, a community of people are battling against prejudicial legislation, exploitative corporations, and a stereotype that has stigmatized the urban core since the suburban revolution.

FRONTLINE: Poverty, Politics And Profit

FRONTLINE: Poverty, Politics And Profit

May 8
By Jennifer Robinson

Investigate the billions spent on housing the poor and why so few get the help they need. With NPR, the film examines the politics, profits and problems of an affordable housing system in crisis.

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Prison In Twelve Landscapes

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Prison In Twelve Landscapes

May 4
By Jennifer Robinson

Explore how America’s prison system, which has the highest incarceration rate in the world, is shaping all facets of life, not only in prisons but through the people around them, connected by proximity, money, family and work.

MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 9

MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 9

May 4
By Jennifer Robinson

Featuring an eccentric cast of characters, ubiquitous red herrings, and quaint countryside scenery, this long-running crime series recalls classic public television British mysteries of the past. At the heart of the show is the perceptive and meticulous criminal investigator Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby.

CROSSING SOUTH: Wine Valley Ride And Moroxican Food

CROSSING SOUTH: Wine Valley Ride And Moroxican Food

May 4
By Jennifer Robinson

In this episode, we visit the Baja California Wine Country by horseback, and check out Mi Casa Supper Club.

A GROWING PASSION: The Story Of Seeds: From Breeding To Eating

A GROWING PASSION: The Story Of Seeds: From Breeding To Eating

May 3
By Jennifer Robinson

In this episode, we discover the world of vegetables seeds, starting with breeding. We learn about the four different target markets for vegetable breeders: commercial farmers, home growers, farmer's market farmers, and the growers who grow the seedlings that we buy in the nursery.

PLANTS BEHAVING BADLY

PLANTS BEHAVING BADLY

May 2
By Jennifer Robinson

Take an in-depth look at the intriguing behavior of orchids and carnivorous plants and witness a world of deceit and treachery worthy of any fictional thriller. David Attenborough narrates this two-part series.

The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away

May 1
By Jennifer Robinson

This special examines the issues surrounding teaching, and family and community responsibility for at-risk children. It is the compelling story of Tourrie Moses, a highly promising student from Montclair, New Jersey who was inquisitive, engaged and eager to learn when he entered Glenfield School in the sixth grade, yet is now serving 15 years in a New Jersey state prison for murder.

NATURE: Dolphins: Spy In The Pod

NATURE: Dolphins: Spy In The Pod

May 1
By Jennifer Robinson

The camera eyes of 13 ingenious Spy Creatures, including Spy Dolphin, Spy Nautilus and Spy Turtle, capture the dolphin’s “superpod” behavior never filmed before. Infiltrate the social world of dolphins from strange gatherings to gang rivalries.

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED: Hearty One Pot Meals

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED: Hearty One Pot Meals

April 28
By Jennifer Robinson

Host Julia Collin Davison shows host Bridget Lancaster how to make the best ground beef chili. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews food processors. Erin McMurrer uncovers the secrets to the ultimate red lentil soup with north African spices.

FRONTLINE: Second Chance Kids

FRONTLINE: Second Chance Kids

April 28
By Jennifer Robinson

A fight over the fate of juveniles in prison for murder, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling. The film examines the impact of the order to re-evaluate thousands of juvenile murder cases and follows two of the first convicts to be released.

VICTORIAN SLUM HOUSE

VICTORIAN SLUM HOUSE

April 27
By Jennifer Robinson

VICTORIAN SLUM HOUSE takes viewers back to the British slums of the 1800s, where a group of modern day families, couples and individuals recreate life in London’s East End as their forbearers once lived between 1860-1900.

INDEPENDENT LENS: National Bird

INDEPENDENT LENS: National Bird

April 26
By Jennifer Robinson

"National Bird" is the first in-depth investigation of the U.S. drone war with unique access to two courageous women, a drone-target analyst and a retired intelligence officer, who connect with a former NSA analyst to become whistleblowers on the drone program, risking backlash.

MARTHA STEWART'S COOKING SCHOOL: Season 5: Arabian Gulf Edition

MARTHA STEWART'S COOKING SCHOOL: Season 5: Arabian Gulf Edition

April 25
By Jennifer Robinson

Martha shares tips in every 30-minute episode, inspiring and educating home cooks everywhere. Season 5 - the Arabian Gulf Edition - with 13 new episodes premieres April 2017.

A GROWING PASSION: Distant Roots And Tasty Shoots: Plants At The Zoo

A GROWING PASSION: Distant Roots And Tasty Shoots: Plants At The Zoo

April 25
By Jennifer Robinson

San Diego Zoological Society is world renowned for its animal collections at the San Diego Zoo and the Zoo Safari Park. What few people realize is that the Zoo and Safari Park have world-class collections of more than a million plants, too.

CROSSING SOUTH: Indian Food

CROSSING SOUTH: Indian Food

April 25
By Jennifer Robinson

Host Jorge Meraz meets a man from India who opened up the first Punjabi Indian restaurant of its kind in Baja, Mexico. Ramesh Kumar has made Tijuana his home and enjoys sharing the flavors of India with the community. Jorge partakes in the delicious cuisine, using his hands instead of a fork. Later, we meet Ramesh’s family and play a game of cricket.

Wild Weather

Wild Weather

April 24
By Jennifer Robinson

Watch an innovative documentary that illustrates how weather works by performing brave, ambitious (even unlikely) experiments that show how nature transforms simple ingredients like wind, water and temperature into something spectacular and powerful.

NOVA: Building Chernobyl's MegaTomb

NOVA: Building Chernobyl's MegaTomb

April 24
By Jennifer Robinson

An international team of engineers races to construct a gargantuan dome to contain the lingering radioactive materials and crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, decades after being the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

NATURE: Forest Of The Lynx

NATURE: Forest Of The Lynx

April 24
By Jennifer Robinson

Travel deep into the remote forests of the Kalkalpen National Park in Austria. What appears at first to be devastation and destruction is in fact part of the fundamental process of the forest’s regeneration and transformation back to its natural, primeval state. One of the most salient changes in the forest, however, is the return of the lynx.

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Last Laugh

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Last Laugh

April 21
By Jennifer Robinson

Hear Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner and other Jewish comics and thinkers discuss the provocative question of whether any topic — including the Holocaust — should be off-limits in comedy.

It's Just Anxiety

It's Just Anxiety

April 21
By Jennifer Robinson

Filmed over a period of five years, the documentary follows several individuals with anxiety symptoms ranging from excessive worry and fear to more extreme manifestations such as compulsive behavior and torturous panic attacks.

SECRETS OF GREAT BRITISH CASTLES: Season 2

SECRETS OF GREAT BRITISH CASTLES: Season 2

April 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Historian and author Dan Jones returns to uncover the dramatic stories behind a new set of iconic fortifications, including Edinburgh Castle, a fortress whose sordid history inspired the shocking "Red Wedding" episode of GAME OF THRONES; Leeds Castle, an idyllic structure owned by six medieval queens and an American-born heiress; and Lancaster Castle, one of Britain’s oldest and most notorious strongholds.

FRONTLINE: The Fish On My Plate

FRONTLINE: The Fish On My Plate

April 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Journalist and author Paul Greenberg ("Four Fish" and "American Catch") spends a year eating only fish. From farmed fish in Norway to the biggest wild fishery in the world off Peru, he travels to investigate the health of the ocean - as well as his own.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Rome: Ancient Glory

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Rome: Ancient Glory

April 20
By Jennifer Robinson

This episode resurrects the rubble and brings back to life the capital of the ancient world. Focusing on the grandeur of classical Rome, we marvel at the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the empire's exquisite art.

Violins Of Hope: Strings Of The Holocaust

Violins Of Hope: Strings Of The Holocaust

April 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Narrated by Adrien Brody ("The Pianist" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel"), "Violins Of Hope: Strings Of The Holocaust" follows the journey of Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein in his efforts to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust, and captures the lessons and highlights the music the instruments now bring to others.

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