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Stories by Jennifer Robinson

Rock Rewind 1965 - 1967 (My Music)

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The Sixties were a period of massive social and political upheaval in America. While much of these changes were reflected in the popular songs of the era, many performers also sang of fun, romance and good times. Iconic actor Adam West, best known as the “Caped Crusader” on the 1960s “Batman” TV series, hosts this newly assembled special with archival performances of hits that still resonate nearly half a century later.

Jackie Evancho - Awakening - Live In Concert

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The angelic Jackie Evancho returns to PBS with her latest collection of songs from her new CD, "Awakening." Drawn from the best-known pieces from the classical canon, along with uplifting sacred music, Broadway tunes and pop songs, Jackie’s astoundingly beautiful young voice soars in the magnificent setting of Longwood Gardens Open Air Theatre, nestled among more than 1,000 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows in Brandywine Creek Valley in Pennsylvania, the singer’s home state. The first television special ever permitted to be taped on site at Longwood, it features Jackie performing onstage and at other stunning locations throughout the gardens, including the Chimes Tower and the spectacular Main Fountain.

The Midtown Men Live In Concert!

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The Midtown Men — Tony winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer – bring a Broadway pedigree and showmanship to the signature sounds of the '60s. Their first public television special, "The Midtown Men Live In Concert!" captures their popular live show on their fifth national tour, recorded in May 2014 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark, New Jersey – a nod to the adopted ‘home town’ of these four stars from the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys.

50 Years With Peter, Paul And Mary

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The program will feature powerful, moving, performances by Peter, Paul and Mary starting with the era of the group's emergence in Greenwich Village through the Civil Rights and anti-war eras where their anthems provided America's soundtrack of social and political change into the 21st century where their legacy and music continues to inform, inspire and enrich successive generations - still providing a moral compass for the way we live our lives.

Downton Abbey Rediscovered

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Relive treasured moments from Downton Abbey’s first four seasons and get a tantalizing preview of what’s in store for the Crawleys and the staff in Season 5. Video clips, cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage help answer some burning questions: Is Lady Mary ready for romance? Did Mr. Bates kill Mr. Green? What will become of Edith’s baby? Carson and Mrs. Hughes — will they or won’t they? Bernadette Peters hosts.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS Presents: Americana Music Festival 2014

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS presents highlights from the 2014 Americana Music Festival, recorded at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium in September. Performers include Loretta Lynn, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Taj Mahal, Flaco JImenez and many more.

Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home

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Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home — to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that is — to perform music from her career. With a classically trained voice set off by a gift for acting and comedy, Chenoweth appears at a state-of-the-art theater that now bears her name, performing Broadway, television and film songs like “Popular” and “For Good” from "Wicked," songs from her acclaimed performances on GLEE and beloved music from "Les Miserables," "Phantom of the Opera" and many more.

First People - Kumeyaay

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The Kumeyaay Nation at one time lived throughout this region and is currently comprised of 13 reservations scattered across San Diego County and four in northern Baja California. The Kumeyaay people who live on and off these reservations share a heritage that goes back, in their words, "to the beginning of time." This film explores some aspects of this resilient culture including the gathering and preparation of acorns, making of various tools, agave harvesting and roasting.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. - Season 2: Decoding Our Past

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Jessica Alba descends from Jewish and Mayan ancestors and the official cartographer of France’s King Louis XIV. Deval Patrick’s roots lead to a black homesteader in Colorado and a white master who gave his former slave land after the Civil War. DNA is used to delve deeper into the families of other guests in the series, including Valerie Jarrett and Anderson Cooper, and to overcome dead ends on host Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s own tree. The secrets encoded in their genomes challenge these guests’ ideas about their families’ histories and their identities today.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre

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Exploring Italy's most remote and romantic stretch of Riviera, we visit five tiny port towns: dramatic Vernazza, surrounded by vineyards; reclusive Corniglia, high on its bluff; pastel Manarola; hardscrabble Riomaggiore; and the pint-sized resort of Monterosso. Fishing for anchovies, sipping wine out of rustic barrels, and savoring twinkling Mediterranean vistas, we enjoy the ultimate Riviera adventure.

COOK'S COUNTRY: Sweet Endings From The Icebox

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In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the secret to perfect Italian Cream Cake. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for round cake pans. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate Summer Berry Pudding.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

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Eighty-five-year-old Jiro Ono, considered the world’s greatest sushi chef, is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearance, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make pilgrimages. “Jiro Dreams Of Sushi” is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family and the art of perfection. By David Gelb.

Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize

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This special celebrates "Tonight Show" host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., a lineup of the biggest names in comedy salutes the 17th recipient of the humor prize.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Eric Church

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Explore the best original music — including contemporary and traditional rock, blues, country, folk, soul and worldbeat — in uninterrupted full concerts recorded live in Austin, Texas. In this episode, country music rocks on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS with Eric Church. The country superstar performs tunes from his hit album "The Outsiders."

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Cats

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One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES for an encore presentation. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Cats" reigned over an 18-year Broadway run and unending touring productions that continue to travel the globe. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Webber’s hit-filled stage version boasts musical highlights aplenty, including Elaine Paige’s return to her original role as Grizabella, the faded “glamour cat” singing the show-stopping ballad “Memory.”

To Catch A Comet

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"To Catch A Comet," a compelling documentary that details the complexities and challenges of the ten-year, four-million-mile journey of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Spacecraft Rosetta as it chased down and landed on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in a history-making feat this week, premieres Wednesday, November 19, 2014 on PBS. The documentary -- which features exclusive, in-depth access to the ESA team at work over the entire year leading up to and including the successful landing -- will premiere with up-to-the-minute details and unprecedented footage from the Philae Lander on the comet itself.

NOVA: Killer Landslides

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In less than two minutes in March, a one-square-mile field of debris slammed into the Washington state community of Oso, killing 41 and destroying nearly 50 homes. Drawing on analyses of other recent landslides around the world, geologists are investigating what triggered the deadliest U.S. landslide in decades and whether climate change is increasing the risk of similar disasters around the globe.

NATURE: Invasion Of The Killer Whales

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As the ice shrinks in the Arctic, polar bears are struggling to survive in a fast melting world. Although classified a marine mammal, the polar bear is not adapted to hunting in the water. And it is certainly no match for the world's greatest aquatic hunter - the killer whale. In the last few years, scientists have noted an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. More and more have been attracted to these hunting grounds by the growing expanse of open water. They attack the same prey as the polar bears: seals, narwhal, belugas and bowhead whales.

KEN KRAMER'S ABOUT SAN DIEGO: Thanksgiving Special

KEN KRAMER'S ABOUT SAN DIEGO is a collection of stories about the history and people of the area we call home. In this episode, we remember the "Turkey Queen" of Ramona; play "Guess The Year" when some curious things were making news in San Diego at Thanksgiving; look at some Holiday light traditions in our county, and much more!

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Cold War Roadshow

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"Cold War Roadshow" tells the story of one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history — the unprecedented barnstorming across America in the fall of 1959 by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of communism and America’s arch nemesis. At the very height of the Cold War, with American schoolchildren practicing duck-and-cover drills, the man who Americans feared could incinerate them in a rain of hydrogen bombs arrived in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of President Eisenhower. For both men, the visit was an opportunity to halt the escalating threats of the Cold War and chart a new course toward peaceful coexistence.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. - Season 2: Ancient Roots

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"Ancient Roots" traces the family histories of three quintessential voices in American life. All descend from ancestors who were part of the wave of Greek immigrants in the early decades of the 20th century. But along the way, the stories of their Greek ancestors were lost. This episode features Tina Fey, David Sedaris and George Stephanopoulos.

FRONTLINE: Firestone And The Warlord

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FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Based on the inside accounts of Americans who ran the company’s Liberia rubber plantation, and diplomatic cables and court documents, the investigation reveals how Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Happiness

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Peyangki is a nine-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas. The nearest road is a three-day walk distant, and Peyangki has never even left his village. In 2012, however, the world comes to him: Laya will at long last be connected to electricity, and the first television will flicker on before Peyangki’s eyes. He will have access to 46 television stations for 13 hours every day. How will these images shape a child so isolated from commerce, materialism and celebrity? By Thomas Balmes.

MARTHA STEWART’S COOKING SCHOOL: Turkey

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Many think of turkey as a grand centerpiece at the holiday table, but it’s a versatile meat that can be served year-round. In Turkey 101, Martha prepares her tried-and-true method for a traditional show-stopping bird, and also a modern technique for roasting turkey in parchment paper. Learn how to braise turkey legs for the dark-meat lovers in your life, and discover a recipe for roasted rolled turkey breast with herbs, sure to become an everyday favorite.

COOK’S COUNTRY: Memphis Ribs And Pretzel Salad

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Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the best Memphis-style Wet Ribs. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of blue cheese dressing. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make the ultimate Strawberry Pretzel Salad.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Los Lobos/Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

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Explore the best original music — including contemporary and traditional rock, blues, country, folk, soul and worldbeat — in uninterrupted full concerts recorded live in Austin, Texas. In this episode, explore contemporary California rock with Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Veteran rockers Los Lobos perform a 40th anniversary career overview. Lively folk rockers Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play songs from their LP "We the Common."

ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Fiction

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Providing unique access to some of the most compelling artists of our time, Season 7 features a dozen artists from the United States, Europe and Latin America, and transports viewers to artistic projects across the country and around the world. What makes a compelling story? In this episode: exploring the virtues of ambiguity, Omer Fast, Katharina Grosse and Joan Jonas mix genres and merge aesthetic disciplines to discern not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning.

Hitmakers

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"Hitmakers" is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process. Today’s artists challenge the paradigm further, taking control of their careers and sometimes shucking the system altogether to record and release music on their own. The special features interviews and performances from notable artists such as Melissa Etheridge, The Roots’ Questlove, Sharon Jones, rising DJ/producer Steve Aoki and many more.

CROSSING SOUTH: Tijuana Swap Meet

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It doesn't cost admission, but it is definitely entertaining. With all sorts of things to see, food to eat, and junk to buy, the Tijuana swap meet is a must do. In this episode of CROSSING SOUTH, follow Jorge as he learns about treasure hunting from somebody who has spent years visiting Mexico swap meets. Later watch as Jorge tastes the delightful food and desserts that can be found.

Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story

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Premiering on Veterans Day, this program recounts the ticking-clock missions of the “Commandos of the Deep” through firsthand accounts — including that of a D-Day demolition team member — and through never-before-seen footage, home movies and personal mementos. Admirals, master chiefs, clandestine operators, demolitioneers and snipers reveal how US Navy SEALs morphed into the world's most admired commandos.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. - Season 2: The British Invasion

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Sally Field learns that she descends from William Bradford, who arrived on the Mayflower and helped his fellow Puritans establish their new lives in colonial America. Deepak Chopra’s family made a similar gamble while living under harsh British rule in India — his grandparents pledged their loyalty to the British in hopes of achieving a higher place in society, and his father chose to fight alongside British soldiers during WWII. Sting’s ancestors, who fueled Great Britain’s world dominance during the Pax Britannica by building its merchant ships and working in its coal mines, toiled under unbearable working conditions and Dickensian poverty.

HOW WE GOT TO NOW WITH STEVEN JOHNSON: Sound

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Imagine a world without the power to capture or transmit sound. Journey with best-selling author and host Steven Johnson to the Arcy sur Cure caves in northern France, where he finds the first traces of the desire to record sound — 10,000 years ago. He also learns about the difference that radio made in the civil rights movement and discovers that telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell thought that the best use for his invention was long-distance jam sessions. During an ultrasound on a pregnant dolphin, he realizes just how big a role sound has played in medicine.

NOVA: Emperor's Ghost Army

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To defend himself in the afterlife, the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, was buried in a vast mausoleum accompanied by around 9,000 life-sized terracotta statues. With exclusive access to groundbreaking new research, NOVA investigates the secrets of how and why the astonishing figures were made and the technology behind the still lethal and highly-advanced crossbows, spears, and swords carried by the clay warriors.

MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY: Worricker

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Bill Nighy ("Pirates of the Caribbean") reprises his Golden Globe–nominated role as master spy Johnny Worricker in two new thrillers, written and directed by Sir David Hare (Oscar®-nominated adapter of "The Reader" and "The Hours"). Wrapping up an intricate plot that began with "Page Eight" in 2011, involving secret crimes and unplumbed depths of political corruption, MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY presents "Turks & Caicos" on Sunday, November 9, followed a week later by "Salting The Battlefield" on Sunday, November 16.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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Explore the best original music — including contemporary and traditional rock, blues, country, folk, soul and worldbeat — in uninterrupted full concerts recorded live in Austin, Texas. In this episode, noir rock hits ACL with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The Australian group's set ranges across their 30-year career, from their first album to their latest, "Push the Sky Away."

ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Legacy

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Providing unique access to some of the most compelling artists of our time, Season 7 features a dozen artists from the United States, Europe and Latin America, and transports viewers to artistic projects across the country and around the world. Why do we break with some traditions and perpetuate others? In this episode, Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Wolfgang Laib use life experiences and family heritage to explore new aesthetic terrain.

CROSSING SOUTH: Seaside Eating & Golf

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Just south of Rosarito we find some restaurants worth visiting. First is Paradise Cove Tiki Bar & Grill with a bit of Aloha south of the border. Next comes Splash Cantina which delivers great food with fantastic ocean waves crashing in background. Last, host Jorge Meraz visits the Bajamar Golf Course where he gets a golf lesson and meets a Tijuana native golf champion.

MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 2

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The rural countryside of a fictional county in England provides the backdrop for season two of MIDSOMER MURDERS, a crime series based on the novels of Caroline Graham. A lush visual style, quirky characters (frequently wealthy eccentrics), and ubiquitous red herrings, recall classic public television British mysteries of the past. The two-part episodes include: "Death's Shadow," “Stranglers Wood," "Blood Will Out," "Beyond the Grave."

Salute To The Troops: In Performance At The White House

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President and Mrs. Obama host a PBS music special from the White House, with an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States. Performances by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and active duty military members U.S. Army Sgt. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer. There also will be a performance by Daughtry via satellite of their USO concert at Yokota Air Base in Japan, as well as a live-viewing audience of troops from the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

HOW WE GOT TO NOW WITH STEVEN JOHNSON: Cold

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Only in the last 200 years have humans learned how to make things cold. Host Steven Johnson explains how ice entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made ice delivery the second biggest export business in the U.S. and visits the place where Clarence Birdseye, the father of the frozen food industry, experienced his eureka moment. He also travels to Dubai to see how mastery of cold has led to penguins in the desert. From IVF to food, politics and Hollywood to human migration, the unsung heroes of cold have led the way.

NOVA: Bigger Than T.rex

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Almost a century ago, paleontologists found fossil bones from a dinosaur that was bigger than Tyrannosaurus rex. The Spinosaurus fossils were destroyed in a WWII bombing raid. Now, the discovery of new bones in Morocco is reopening the investigation into this epic beast. Follow the paleontologists who are reconstructing this terrifying carnivore, a 53-foot-long behemoth with a huge dorsal sail, scimitar-like claws and super jaws.

NATURE: A Sloth Named Velcro

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Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers. Sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers are also springing up, as development often displaces these gentle creatures. Filmed in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia, this is a story of friendship between a journalist and the sloth she named Velcro and a network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them.

MAKERS: Season Two: Women In Politics

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View profiles of women in public office who were “firsts” in their fields. From the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013, the documentary explores the challenges confronting American women in politics. Trailblazing leaders like Hillary Clinton, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Olympia Snowe, the youngest Republican woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, and Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to serve in Congress, provide a backdrop for younger women like Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim-American woman elected to the Michigan House, and Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, who chronicles her run for Detroit City Council.

COOK’S COUNTRY: Steakhouse Specials Off The Grill

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In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to the best Grilled Cowboy-Cut Rib Eyes. Next, host Christopher Kimball reveals the text kitchen’s tips for grill cleaning. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for salad spinners. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make the ultimate Grilled Caesar Salad.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: France's Loire: Château Country

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Along the Loire River Valley, the beautiful French countryside is studded with evocative châteaux. Home-basing in Amboise, we visit four unique castles: elegant Chenonceau, massive Chambord, stately Cheverny, and fragrant Villandry. Along the way, we tour Leonardo's home, feed hunting dogs, enjoy the local cuisine, and savor a princely garden. Each episode contains Rick's valuable insights on art, culture and history, and his practical, experience-enhancing travel advice.

Secrets Of Scotland Yard

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From Dickens to Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie to James Bond — no police institution in the world has caught the public imagination in the same way as Scotland Yard. The name has become synonymous with London’s police force, but actually comes from the location of the original police headquarters building. Its officers and “Bobbies” are often seen as protectors of the Royal Family and British officials, but Scotland Yard is most often associated with police detectives. Some contemporary sleuths reveal the secrets of what it takes to become a modern-day Sherlock Holmes and the program uncovers some grim and grisly details of detectives who have gone before.

MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES: Season 2

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The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher is back! The second season of MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES builds on the meticulously constructed world of season one as it follows the independent, glamorous and unflappable leading lady detective Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis). This lush take on the traditional crime drama explores the fascinating and varied sub cultures of 1920s "between-the-wars" Melbourne. From the shadowy lanes of the city to the halls of academia, from high-class brothels to haute couture, she defends the innocent and juggles admirers with her usual panache, all the while keeping up her delicious dance around Detective Inspector Jack Robinson.

ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Secrets

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Providing unique access to some of the most compelling artists of our time, Season 7 features a dozen artists from the United States, Europe and Latin America, and transports viewers to artistic projects across the country and around the world. How do artists make the invisible visible? What hidden elements persist in their work? In the second episode, Elliott Hundley, Trevor Paglen and Arlene Shechet share some of the secrets that are intrinsic to their work.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Tweedy

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Explore the best original music — including contemporary and traditional rock, blues, country, folk, soul and worldbeat — in uninterrupted full concerts recorded live in Austin, Texas. In this episode, Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs. Songwriter Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from "Sukierae."

CROSSING SOUTH: Tijuana Lifeguards

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The lifeguards in Tijuana are reported to be the best trained and well equipped in all of Mexico. Follow along as host Jorge Meraz gets to know them and the history behind these aquatic heroes. In a visit to Playas de Tijuana, learn about beach safety, as well as observe a real-life rescue that occurs while we are filming. Lastly, watch as Jorge attempts to keep up with everybody at the lifeguard training facility.

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