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Stories by Jennifer Robinson

Making A New American Nutcracker (on KPBS TV & KPBS 2)

Making A New American Nutcracker (on KPBS TV & KPBS 2)

Nov. 22
By Jennifer Robinson

Join narrator Neve Campbell for interviews with the creative team that brought to life an original Joffrey Ballet production, reimagining the tale of Marie as she falls asleep on Christmas Eve and dreams of the World's Fair.

Last Tango In Halifax Holiday Special

Last Tango In Halifax Holiday Special

Nov. 22
By Jennifer Robinson

Packed with shocks and surprises, the heartwarming drama continues the compelling story of childhood sweethearts, reunited after nearly 60 years apart, as they and their families negotiate the highs and lows of life and relationships.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2018

GREAT PERFORMANCES: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2018

Nov. 21
By Jennifer Robinson

GREAT PERFORMANCES continues the cherished tradition of ringing in the new year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of Italian conductor and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti, featuring Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the dancing of the Vienna State Ballet. This year’s program welcomes new host Hugh Bonneville

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve: Ber...

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve: Bernstein On Broadway

Nov. 21
By Jennifer Robinson

Ring in 2018 celebrating the legacy of the legendary Leonard Bernstein featuring the New York Philharmonic. Led by Bramwell Tovey, with special guests Annaleigh Ashford, Christopher Jackson, Laura Osnes and Aaron Tveit, this loving tribute promises to become a classical music moment to remember.

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW: Christmas Masterclass (On KPBS 2)

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW: Christmas Masterclass (On KPBS 2)

Nov. 21
By Jennifer Robinson

Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, and introduce some tasty treats for the holiday season.

Rick Steves' Tasty Europe (New!)

Rick Steves' Tasty Europe (New!)

Nov. 21
By Jennifer Robinson

From dining al fresco in Rome, to joining the locals on a Madrid pub crawl, to learning the secrets of a wine lover's enoteca in Verona, Rick Steves learns that slowing down to truly appreciate what you eat is an essential part of any great travel experience.

THE FOOD FLIRTS (New Series Premiere)

THE FOOD FLIRTS (New Series Premiere)

Nov. 21
By Jennifer Robinson

Meet the Brass sisters, two passionate food explorers on a mission to tackle their culinary bucket list. The women “flirt” their way into chefs’ kitchens to uncover unique ethnic delights, then head home to create tantalizing cross-cultural mash-ups.

PENELOPE KEITH AT HER MAJESTY'S SERVICE (New Series Premiere)

PENELOPE KEITH AT HER MAJESTY'S SERVICE (New Series Premiere)

Nov. 21
By Jennifer Robinson

In the four-part series, Dame Penelope Keith, host of PENELOPE KEITH'S HIDDEN VILLAGES, travels across the United Kingdom and escorts viewers behind the closed doors of Queen Elizabeth's royal residences.

Changing Face Of... The Queen

Changing Face Of... The Queen

Nov. 20
By Jennifer Robinson

By examining the way the Queen’s royal image and wardrobe have changed over the course of her life, this documentary tells the story of the royal family — and Great Britain itself — in the modern era.

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years

Nov. 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Explore the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966. The film, by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, reveals how the foursome united to become the global phenomenon that was The Beatles.

Christmas In Christ Chapel At Gustavus

Christmas In Christ Chapel At Gustavus

Nov. 20
By Jennifer Robinson

A tradition since 1973, Christmas is a time for the Gustavus Adolphus College community in St. Peter, Minnesota to celebrate the holidays with one another. More than 300 students, faculty, and staff bring the program to life each year through the use of music, dance, spoken word, and the visual arts.

Call The Midwife Holiday Special 2017

Call The Midwife Holiday Special 2017

Nov. 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Join the midwives as they battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family.

LIDIA CELEBRATES AMERICA: Holidays For Heroes

LIDIA CELEBRATES AMERICA: Holidays For Heroes

Nov. 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Join host Lidia Bastianich for an unforgettable holiday special celebrating veterans, who discuss the importance of family during holidays, the challenges and sacrifices of their work and the pride they take in having defended our country.

Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas

Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas

Nov. 20
By Jennifer Robinson

After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo's dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster Elmo and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly street. Everyone was grouchy and there was no holiday spirit. With the help of Grandmonster Elmo's new friends, they try to find a way to bring back the holiday spirit

MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 12 (New Season Premiere)

MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 12 (New Season Premiere)

Nov. 17
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.

NOVA: Extreme Animal Weapons

NOVA: Extreme Animal Weapons

Nov. 17
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow NOVA to uncover the secrets of nature’s battleground — claws, horns, fangs and all. Every animal has some kind of weapon. But why are some armaments huge and extreme, far beyond any practical need?

INDEPENDENT LENS: Shadow World

INDEPENDENT LENS: Shadow World

Nov. 17
By Jennifer Robinson

Based on Andrew Feinstein's globally acclaimed book “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade,” this film reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade - the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives.

David Letterman: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize

David Letterman: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize

Nov. 17
By Jennifer Robinson

Celebrate beloved broadcaster David Letterman, the 20th recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Indecent (on KPBS 2)

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Indecent (on KPBS 2)

Nov. 13
By Jennifer Robinson

See Paula Vogel's Tony Award winner inspired by the true story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s "God of Vengeance." The play with music looks at an explosive moment in theatrical history.

Ethan Bortnick: Generations Of Music

Ethan Bortnick: Generations Of Music

Nov. 13
By Jennifer Robinson

Join the talented young virtuoso for a concert spanning generations and genres. Featuring guests Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), Bethany Yarrow and cellist Rufus Cappadocia, this concert will appeal to audiences of all ages and musical tastes.

PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE: Turkey Day

PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE: Turkey Day

Nov. 13
By Jennifer Robinson

Pati and her family celebrate Thanksgiving in the Jinich house. Pati cooks for and hosts the Jinich family traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all of the essentials - turkey, stuffing, veggies, the works - all with a Mexican twist, of course.

CROSSING SOUTH: Tijuana: Zonkeys And Polka

CROSSING SOUTH: Tijuana: Zonkeys And Polka

Nov. 13
By Jennifer Robinson

Host Jorge Meraz gets to know Tijuana's professional basketball team called the Zonkeys, and attempts to take on the pro players. Then Jorge hangs out with a quirky gypsy polka band from Tijuana called "Ballenas de Jonas."

Beyond A Year In Space

Beyond A Year In Space

Nov. 13
By Jennifer Robinson

"Beyond A Year In Space" picks up where the first film left off: Scott Kelly’s last day in space and return to Earth. The final installment also introduces viewers to the next generation of astronauts training to leave Earth’s orbit and travel into deep space.

Take Me Home Huey

Take Me Home Huey

Nov. 9
By Jennifer Robinson

"Take Me Home Huey" portrays the journey of a Medevac helicopter, shot down in 1969 during a medical rescue in Vietnam, as it is resurrected from a "boneyard" in Arizona and transformed into colorful sculpture by artist Steve Maloney.

POV: Almost Sunrise

POV: Almost Sunrise

Nov. 9
By Jennifer Robinson

In an attempt to put haunting combat experiences behind them, two friends embark on a 2,700-mile trek on foot across America. The film captures an unprecedented portrait of veterans — one of hope, potential and untold possibilities.

VA: The Human Cost Of War

VA: The Human Cost Of War

Nov. 9
By Jennifer Robinson

Explore the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, from the troubled beginnings of the Veterans Bureau of 1920s to the modern VA system. Learn details of this vast, crucial American institution: its successes, failures and need for reforms.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Junk In The Trunk 7

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Junk In The Trunk 7

Nov. 9
By Jennifer Robinson

Discover never-before-aired appraisals from all six Season 21 cities, including an American Folk Art cane, a 1927 Yankees team-signed baseball, and a Vairocana Buddha, ca. 1410.

Foo Fighters - Landmarks Live In Concert: A GREAT PERFORMANCES Spec...

Foo Fighters - Landmarks Live In Concert: A GREAT PERFORMANCES Special (on KPBS 2)

Nov. 9
By Jennifer Robinson

Rock with the great American stadium rock band, having sold 25 million records and won of 11 Grammy Awards, captured in peak performance at the iconic ancient amphitheater at Athens’ Acropolis, hosted by Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer.

Christmas At Belmont 2017 (on KPBS 2)

Christmas At Belmont 2017 (on KPBS 2)

Nov. 9
By Jennifer Robinson

Join Grammy-winning host Sheryl Crow and nearly 700 student musicians, Belmont School of Music faculty and Nashville Children’s Choir for a production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: Falsettos

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: Falsettos

Oct. 26
By Jennifer Robinson

Nominated for five 2017 Tonys, this is a poignant and hilarious look at a modern family set amidst the emerging AIDS crisis. Christian Borle stars as Marvin, with Stephanie J. Block as his ex-wife, Trina, and Andrew Rannells as his lover, Whizzer.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Noël Coward’s Present Laughter

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Noël Coward’s Present Laughter

Oct. 26
By Jennifer Robinson

Enjoy legendary Tony Award winner Kevin Kline in Noël Coward's backstage comedy about a self-obsessed actor in a midlife crisis amidst fawning ingenues, crazed playwrights, unexpected twists, with Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen and Cobie Smulders.

'As One' Live Performance From The San Diego Opera

'As One' Live Performance From The San Diego Opera

Nov. 8
By Jennifer Robinson

KPBS Arts in partnership with the San Diego Opera present “As One” — a live broadcast of this seminal and critically acclaimed work. A coming of age story about gender identity...and learning to love oneself in an unforgiving world.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn - The Broadway Musi...

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn - The Broadway Musical (on KPBS 2)

Nov. 3
By Jennifer Robinson

Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score including the Oscar-winning "White Christmas" with big dance numbers, comedy and a hit parade of the great songwriter's famous tunes.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: The Good Stars

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: The Good Stars

Nov. 3
By Jennifer Robinson

Join Anne Shirley as she turns 13 and faces complex issues with friends, adults and Gilbert. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to be sensible, a journey fraught with confusion and some unfortunate — albeit amusing — mishaps.

A PLACE TO CALL HOME: Season 3

A PLACE TO CALL HOME: Season 3

Nov. 2
By Jennifer Robinson

In Season 3, the residents of Inverness find themselves facing both internal and external threats to their way of life, and previous relationships are tested as secrets are revealed.

CROSSING SOUTH: Tijuana: Turista Libre

CROSSING SOUTH: Tijuana: Turista Libre

Nov. 2
By Jennifer Robinson

Host Jorge Meraz rides along with a fun tour company called Turista Libre on a Calafia Bus. The first stop is Mercado Hidalgo which is a large local market in Tijuana.

NATURE: The Cheetah Children

NATURE: The Cheetah Children

Nov. 2
By Jennifer Robinson

For nearly two years in the forested hills of Zimbabwe, wildlife cameraman Kim Wolhuter shadowed a wild cheetah family on foot, to reveal in intimate detail the cubs' remarkable journey to adulthood and their mother's dedication in raising them.

NOVA: Killer Floods

NOVA: Killer Floods

Nov. 2
By Jennifer Robinson

Uncover geologic fingerprints of colossal floods that violently reshaped the ancient world. Follow geologists around the globe as they reconstruct catastrophic Ice Age floods more powerful than all the world's top ten rivers combined.

CRAFT IN AMERICA: Neighbors

CRAFT IN AMERICA: Neighbors

Nov. 1
By Jennifer Robinson

Travel to and from the U.S. and Mexico to explore the people, history, traditions and crafts, noting how aesthetics cross from one country to another and back again in an organic and ongoing cultural exchange.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art 2

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art 2

Nov. 1
By Jennifer Robinson

Objects brought in for scrutiny include a sketchbook believed to have been made on the journey from England to Australia in 1851 aboard the S.S. Great Britain; a landscape of a valuable maritime scene found in a skip; and a jade Buddhist lion dog that brings good fortune to its owner.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Exeter Cathedral 2

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Exeter Cathedral 2

Nov. 1
By Jennifer Robinson

Treasures featured include Chinese objects which revealed a shocking family secret; rare artworks by the sculptor Elisabeth Frink; a map of the Battle of Waterloo drawn by an eyewitness; and one of the earliest dolls to be featured on the show.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

INDEPENDENT LENS: Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

Oct. 31
By Jennifer Robinson

"Chasing Trane" is about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This portrait of a remarkable jazz artist reveals the critical events, passions, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of John Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Our 50 States 2

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Our 50 States 2

Oct. 31
By Jennifer Robinson

Finds include a Green Bay Packers championship group, a Joseph Henry Sharp oil, and a Molesworth lamp and furniture. Which is $130,000-$180,000?

NOVA: Killer Hurricanes

NOVA: Killer Hurricanes

Oct. 31
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow a team of experts investigating the Great Hurricane of 1780 that killed more people than any other Caribbean hurricane. Discover what made the storm so deadly and whether mega-storms are more likely to strike in our rapidly changing climate.

NATURE: H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter

NATURE: H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter

Oct. 31
By Jennifer Robinson

Helen Macdonald’s international best-selling book “H Is for Hawk” told the story of a grieving daughter who found healing in the form of Mabel, a goshawk. For the first time after Mabel’s death, Macdonald tries again to train another one of these secretive birds of prey and intimately explore their lives in the wild forests they call home.

AMERICAN MASTERS: Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive

AMERICAN MASTERS: Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive

Oct. 27
By Jennifer Robinson

Discover the real story of the notorious author, starring Denis O’Hare as Edgar Allan Poe. Explores the misrepresentations of Poe and reveals how he tapped into what it means to be human in a modern and sometimes frightening world.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Our 50 States 1

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Our 50 States 1

Oct. 27
By Jennifer Robinson

Celebrate America's hidden treasures from all 50 states in part one of this two-hour special, with finds such as a Thomas Hart Benton oil on tin, a Kentucky sugar chest, and a 1960 inscribed "To Kill a Mockingbird."

COOK'S COUNTRY: Season 10

COOK'S COUNTRY: Season 10

Oct. 24
By Jennifer Robinson

The series launches Season 10 with hosts Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison at the helm. They're heading into the test kitchen to bring you equipment reviews, taste tests, and honest-to-goodness American recipes for the home cook. Bridget and Julia are joined by new test cooks Ashley Moore, Bryan Roof and Christie Morrison, who test and create America’s favorite recipes from COOK'S COUNTRY magazine.

CRAFT IN AMERICA: Borders

CRAFT IN AMERICA: Borders

Oct. 23
By Jennifer Robinson

Explore the relationships and influences Mexican and American craft artists have on each other and on our cultures. The program features traditional weaving and the creation of paper jewelry.

Arthur And The Haunted Tree House

Arthur And The Haunted Tree House

Oct. 23
By Jennifer Robinson

This Halloween is sure to be the spookiest ever for Arthur and his friends. While trick-or-treating, Francine meets an elderly woman with a very mysterious past, while Binky finds himself at Mr. Ratburn's amazing haunted house (that's scarier than math class!).

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