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Stories by Jennifer Robinson

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Muhammad Ali

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Enjoy a three-part series that profiles key figures in history by using their most memorable quotes to frame their life stories. The films follow Queen Elizabeth II, Muhammad Ali and Jim Henson. In this episode, follow Muhammad Ali’s path from a gym in Louisville to boxing successes, conversion to Islam, opposition to the draft, exile from the ring, comeback fights, Parkinson’s disease and his inspirational re-emergence at the Atlanta Olympics.

NHK World Special: Hatred And Forgiveness

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On a street in Manila, during the final days of World War II, a man stands devastated, holding the dead body of his baby daughter. This man was Elpidio Quirino, who would later become President of the Philippines. In the Battle of Manila, a fierce battle between Japan and the United States which resulted in 100 thousand civilian casualties, he lost his wife and three of his children. He hated the Japanese. Yet, eight years later, as President he would make a remarkable decision to grant pardons to Japanese war criminals held in the Philippines, sending them home to Japan. Why did Quirino do this against the strong wave of opposition?

MARTHA BAKES: Chocolate

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Learn to create the finest desserts and goodies in your own home. In this episode, discover how Martha takes traditional baked Alaska to new heights with a double dose of chocolate. Learn the technique for creating the warm chocolate center in the chocolate cake on the menu at your favorite restaurant. Plus, a chocolate cream pie with caramel whipped cream topping that is sure to make your guests swoon.

A CHEF’S LIFE: Season 3 (New Season Premiere)

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The character-driven docu-series takes viewers inside the life and kitchen of acclaimed chef Vivian Howard and her restaurants located in the low country of eastern North Carolina. Season three of A CHEF’S LIFE finds Vivian, with husband Ben Knight and her twin children by her side, blending and balancing the high stakes of managing two restaurants, writing a new cookbook and tackling a family reunion feast, all while the farm-to-table chef’s plate is packed with food festivals and competitions.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Arthur & George (New Series Premiere)

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Martin Clunes (DOC MARTIN) stars as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, in a three-part MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! adaptation of a novel by Julian Barnes based on an actual event. Outraged by injustice to an Anglo-Indian solicitor, Doyle uses the methods of his own fictional detective to get at the truth. Also starring are Arsher Ali (THE MISSING) Charles Edwards (DOWNTON ABBEY), Hattie Morahan (THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE), and Art Malik (THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN).

Katrina Ten Years After: A Second Life, A Second Chance

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“It’s not about what we went through in ten years; it’s about the fact I’m here ten years after, and I can still celebrate and be happy,” said Robert Green. He is a lifelong resident of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, who lost his home, and family members in the floodwaters which followed Hurricane Katrina. He is one of the people Louisiana Public Broadcasting will introduce you to in their new documentary “Katrina Ten Years After: A Second Life, A Second Chance,” premiering nationwide on PBS stations around the country.

Chaldean Voices: Seeking Peace & Opportunity In El Cajon

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In light of the conflict in the Middle East and drastic increase in hostility and persecution over the past 10-15 years, thousands of Chaldeans have fled Iraq and are now seeking refuge in the United States. Over the past 30 years they have arrived impoverished and traumatized; and, today, over 400 Chaldeans reside in the City of El Cajon, California. This documentary chronicles the experience of several Chaldean high school students as they assimilate to life in the U.S. and exercise their right to become civically engaged in their community.

POV: The Storm Makers

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Featuring brutally candid testimony, “The Storm Makers” is a chilling exposé of Cambodia’s human trafficking underworld and an eye-opening look at the complex cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels this brutal modern slave trade. More than half a million Cambodians work abroad and a staggering third of these have been sold as slaves. Most are young women, held prisoner and forced to work in horrific conditions, sometimes as prostitutes, in Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan.

MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES: Season 3

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In this new season of MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES, viewers will delve into Phryne's closet for a surprise or two - both of the late 1920s couturier variety (upholding her reputation for style and elegance) but, also of the family skeleton variety! This time around, her father arriving unexpectedly—in trouble and in need of cash—unravels long buried secrets, grows our onscreen ensemble and challenges Phryne's usual composure. While Miss Fisher is as daring and playful as ever—mounting gun fights with the mafia, climbing tall buildings to rescue the helpless, performing death defying feats of escapology and battling villains down back alleys—the overarching story attached to her father sheds fascinating new light on our lead.

AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED: Let's Make Bread

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Christopher Kimball and the cast of AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN use a common-sense, practical approach to solve everyday cooking problems and save viewers time and money. In this episode, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to Easy Sandwich Bread. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of artisanal cream cheese. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus reviews her favorite kitchen gadgets. And finally, test cook Becky Hays shows Chris how to make the best Zucchini Bread.

Tales From The Royal Wardrobe

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Examine the significance of the royal wardrobes of English monarchs over the last 400 years with Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces. Learn why most kings and queens have carefully choreographed every aspect of their apparel and why, for those who haven’t, the consequences have sometimes been calamitous.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Queen Elizabeth II (New Series Premiere)

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Enjoy a three-part series that profiles key figures in history by using their most memorable quotes to frame their life stories. The films follow Queen Elizabeth II, Muhammad Ali and Jim Henson. In the first episode, follow Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life, from her youth to her uncle’s abdication, her father’s coronation as King George VI, her experience during World War II, her sudden ascension to the throne and her eventful reign of more than 60 years.

Big Blue Live

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Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in a live TV broadcast to view the once endangered, now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food. Follow migrating whales, sharks and various birds as they join sea otters, sea lions and other species that live full-time in Monterey Bay. Watch reports from Monterey Aquarium and NOAA research vessels and get facts about humpback whale anatomy. Follow the team on the water and in the sky as they search for the giant of the sea: the blue whale. Venture inside the whale with Dr. Reidenberg, and join Dr. M. Sanjayan on an incredible journey to get up close and personal with these giants of the deep.

MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 5

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Set in the deceptively idyllic fictional English county of Midsomer, the suspenseful drama MIDSOMER MURDERS is based on the popular novels of Caroline Graham. 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.

POV: Point And Shoot

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Matt VanDyke was a recent grad with a love of video games and action movies when he decided to embark on a “crash course in manhood.” With a motorcycle and a video camera, he set off on a life-changing 35,000-mile odyssey across North Africa and the Middle East that led to his participation in the 2011 Libyan revolution against Muammar Gaddafi and six-month imprisonment in Libya. As VanDyke worked to reshape himself, he also helped create a stunning portrait of how the ever-present cameras in our “selfie society” not only record our lives, but also craft who we become.

A Few Great Bakeries

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Bakeries are popular places. They smell great. They are full of wonderful things to eat, from crusty breads to gooey and sweet treats. And they often become neighborhood meeting places, where bakers work hard and where people often leave with good feelings as well as fresh baked goods. In this documentary, we celebrate "A Few Great Bakeries" across America, never claiming that this is a list of “Best Bakeries” but rather just a few warm ones worth checking out.

A Few Good Pie Places

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Who doesn’t love the delicious first bite of apple pie or the smell of fresh baked bread? What are even better are the places where these sweet treats came from, and we celebrate these special spots in two new PBS documentaries titled “A Few Good Pie Places” and “A Few Great Bakeries.” WQED’s popular producer Rick Sebak and his three-person crew started shooting in Pittsburgh, where they visited local favorites Minerva Bakery in McKeesport and Grant Bar in Millvale. They then traveled to the Midwest, New England, the West Coast, and many places in between to check out other outstanding and unusual pie shops and bakeries.

Miss Fisher Uncovered

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Go behind-the-scenes of the highly acclaimed Australian series, MISS FISHER MURDER MYSTERIES. The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis, "Girl with a Pearl Earring") is a thoroughly modern woman of the late 1920s operating in a mostly male world. The glamorous "lady detective" goes about her work with a pistol close at hand-and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer. Gorgeously costumed and evocatively shot, MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES also stars Hugo Johnstone-Burt (CLOUDSTREET), Ashleigh Cummings ("Tomorrow, When the War Began"), Miriam Margolyes (LITTLE DORRIT), and Nicholas Bell ("Shine"). Miranda Otto ("The Lord of the Rings") guest stars.

Rick Steves' Italy: Cities Of Dreams

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In his latest two-hour special, travel guru Rick Steves tours the ancient glories and back-street riches of three great Italian cities — Rome, Venice and Florence. Starting in Florence, Rick beholds the art of Fra Angelico, Botticelli and Michelangelo before savoring a Florentine-style steak. In Rome, he ventures into the rustic neighborhoods of Trastevere and the Ghetto. In Venice, he gazes upon the splendor of the Doge before embracing the good life with a gastronomic pub crawl and a romantic gondola ride.

The Music Of Northern Ireland With Eamonn McCrystal

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Shot before a live audience at the historic Grand Opera House in Belfast, this program stars Northern Irish pop tenor Eamonn McCrystal and features performances by singer/songwriter Brian Kennedy, singer/actress Rachel Tucker, and singers/songwriters Keith and Krysten Getty, all of whom hail from Northern Ireland. The concert celebrates a wide array of music and artists originating from Northern Ireland, including Van Morrison ("Moondance," "Brown Eyed Girl") and Jimmy Kennedy ("Red Sails in The Sunset," "South of the Border"), along with haunting, traditional pieces like "Carrickfergus, " "Danny Boy" and more. An impressive orchestra accompanies the performance led by musical director Nigel Wright, producer for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Simon Cowell.

Benise: Strings Of Passion

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Fresh off their groundbreaking 34-city tour through China, and with more than 100 additional performances in 2014, Benise and cast return in 2015 with their new multi-cultural stage show “Strings Of Passion,” where classic rock anthems are brilliantly and seamlessly fused with fiery Spanish guitar and dazzling Spanish dance. Included in the lineup are songs from rock icons like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, The Eagles and more.

The Jewel In The Crown

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THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN, the beloved drama series based on Paul Scott’s epic four novels known collectively as “The Raj Quartet,” returns to PBS in 2015, more than a quarter-century after it first aired. Winner of a Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series or Television Film, an International Emmy Award for Drama and many other awards when it premiered, THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN is set in India when the country was still the empire’s “jewel.” The miniseries begins in 1942, when Gandhi was telling the British to “quit India” and the Japanese were threatening to invade.

Wheat Belly Total Health With William Davis, M.D.

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New York Times #1 bestselling author William Davis, M.D. debunks the three most widely-held myths about grains, and provides viewers with commonsense steps to regain health and lose weight in his groundbreaking new program, "Wheat Belly Total Health." Using his signature combination of easy-to-understand science, history, nutrition and humor, Dr. Davis presents his startling conclusion that eliminating wheat and grains is the key to eliminating the symptoms and causes of many of our most common and chronic health issues.

Midsomer Murders: Super Sleuths

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“Midsomer Murders: Super Sleuths” is a behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the cast and crew of MIDSOMER MURDERS as they reflect on their experiences in the deadliest "county" in all of England. The special investigates the much loved DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and the mysterious mayhem of Midsomer.

60s & 70s Slow Songs (MY MUSIC)

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Beautiful ballads from the late 1960s and 1970s are back in a relaxing celebration featuring unforgettable hits from Andy Williams, Dusty Springfield, The 5th Dimension, Engelbert Humperdinck, Anne Murray and many others. Hosted by actress-singer Cheryl Ladd (“Charlie’s Angels”), "60s & 70s Slow Songs" is a romantic retrospective of the love songs that ruled radio airplay and warmed listeners’ hearts during an otherwise tumultuous time in history.

Disease Proof With Dr. David Katz

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Studies have confirmed time after time that we can reduce our risk of all chronic disease by an amazing 80 percent just by being more active, eating nutritious food, and having healthy habits. But if we’ve known this for decades, why isn’t everyone healthy? Is it just a lack of willpower? The truth is that there are serious (and sneaky) obstacles in our way, and now we can learn to avoid them. Dr. David Katz, a world-renowned preventive medicine expert at Yale University, and president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, shows us how to develop the "skillpower" we need to lose weight, find health, and protect ourselves from devastating disease. "Disease Proof With Dr. David Katz" is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning August 2015.

Starlight Ballroom (MY MUSIC)

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Return to the glorious days of legendary orchestras, bandleaders and singers that ruled America’s radio waves and dance halls, bringing joy and escape during the days the country went to war and through the era of victory that followed. Featuring songs from Perry Como, Doris Day, Benny Goodman, Tex Beneke, Peggy Lee, The Mills Brothers and more, "Starlight Ballroom" (MY MUSIC) is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning August 2015.

Il Volo: Live From Pompeii

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Having won the hearts of viewers nationwide in their first three specials — "Il Volo Takes Flight," "We Are Love" and their enchanting Christmas special "Buon Natale," the charming trio is back with a new television concert special that is sure to delight their fans. Shot with the incredible archaeological ruins of Pompeii as its stunning backdrop, "Il Volo: Live From Pompeii" features Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble performing classic Italian favorites in the ancient amphitheater at Pompeii.

Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert In Central Park

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On September 19, 1981, Simon & Garfunkel reunited for a free public concert on the Great Lawn of New York City’s Central Park, raising awareness and funding to help restore the world’s most famous urban park. The duo had rarely performed since their breakup in 1970, but their music continued to resonate with the city from which they came. This unforgettable performance, which drew one of the largest audiences ever assembled for a single concert, features all of Simon & Garfunkel’s greatest hits as well as selections from their solo catalogs, newly arranged with an expanded 11-man band. “Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert In Central Park” is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning August 2015.

CROSSING SOUTH: Bikes, Pizza & Music

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Tijuana Bike Tours takes Jorge and friends on a ride down Revolution Avenue. We learn how bike riding is a great way to see the city without having glass between you and everything else. Next we taste some culinary goodies, including pizza, at Hornero Restaurant. Lastly, we meet Pablo Dodero, the musician behind "Late Night Howl." We learn about his motivations as well as enjoy hearing him play.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: Iolanta/Bluebeard's Castle

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Acclaimed Polish film director Mariusz Treliński makes his highly anticipated Met debut with the Metropolitan Opera’s new production, inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s, bringing together two rarely performed one-acts: Tchaikovsky's lyrical fairy tale “Iolanta,” about the psychological awakening of a blind princess, and Bartók's harrowing “Bluebeard's Castle,” in which newlywed Judith must open seven locked doors to discover the full depths of her husband's dark secrets.

Fixed: The Science/Fiction Of Human Enhancement

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From botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more “upgradeable” than ever. But how much of it can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process? Award-winning documentary, "Fixed: The Science/Fiction Of Human Enhancement," explores the social impact of human augmentation. Haunting and humorous, poignant and political, Fixed rethinks "disability" and "normalcy" by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever.

JFK & LBJ: A Time For Greatness

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For many, President Lyndon B. Johnson is chiefly remembered for escalating the United States military involvement in Vietnam. But his legacy is much more than his role in the Vietnam War. In fact, Johnson engineered the passing of two of the most important laws Congress ever approved: the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965, “JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness” examines how Johnson meticulously worked behind the scenes to outwit the Southern segregationists who were determined to maintain the racial divide. He cajoled, flattered, wheeled and dealed, using all the tricks he had learned as a long-serving senator, to ultimately transform America.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: London: Historic And Dynamic

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In many-faceted London, we ponder royal tombs in Westminster Abbey, learn how to triple the calories of an English scone at teatime, discover treasures in the British Library, enjoy the vibrant evening scene in Soho, uncover Churchill's secret WWII headquarters, join the 9-to-5 crowd in the new London, shop where the queen shops, and straddle the Prime Meridian at Greenwich.

MARTHA BAKES: Cupcakes

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Swirled or sprinkled, small or large, cupcakes are adored by adults and kids alike, the “it dessert” that makes everybody smile. In this episode, Martha shares four scrumptious cupcake recipes: blueberry swirl, lemon meringue with a toasted meringue topping, red velvet with cream cheese frosting, and one-bite double diablo cupcakes (for the unrepentant chocoholics in your life).

AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED: Get A Rise Out Of Your Eggs

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In this episode, test cook Dan Souza teaches host Christopher Kimball how to cook the best Pasta Frittata with Sausage and Hot Peppers. Next, Chris answers cooking questions in Letters to the Editor. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster updates a classic recipe for Cheese Souffle.

AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED: Introducing Caldo Verde & White Gazpacho

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Test cook Julia Collin Davison teaches host Christopher Kimball how to cook a traditional Portuguese soup, Caldo Verde. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus reviews her favorite ladles, and finally, test cook Becky Hays reveals the secrets to ultimate Spanish Garlic and Almond Soup.

VERA: Season 4

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VERA, the critically acclaimed ITV crime drama starring multi-award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhope, returns to public television for a fourth season of in-depth, edge-of-your-seat, crime-solving drama. Based on the best-selling Inspector Stanhope books by renowned writer Ann Cleeves, this season takes Vera down by the sea to investigate a community’s deep secrets.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Dudamel Conducts A John Williams Celebration With The LA Phil

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By any standard, John Williams is one of the greatest film composers of all time; his 49 Academy Award nominations are second only to Walt Disney himself. And Williams and Walt Disney Concert Hall have gone hand in hand since Williams opened the Hall’s inaugural gala in 2003 with the world premiere of his concert work “Soundings.” The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s gala celebration of Williams’ peerless achievements reunites Williams with master violinist Itzhak Perlman, who performed on the composer’s original score for “Schindler’s List,” which earned both Oscars and Grammys. This gala opening night performance, hosted by Natalie Portman and featuring Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, airs on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances, Friday, July 24, 2015.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Toronto

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks back at some of the items appraised in Toronto, Canada, in 1999 and how their values have fared in today’s market. Highlights include a Victorian carved oak bed; a Duiffopruggar-style violin; and a Demetre Chiparus “Starfish” bronze that first appraised for $100,000-$150,000 and is now valued at $150,000-$250,000.

CROSSING SOUTH: Rancho Ojai, Tecate Beer, Asao

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In this episode, we enjoy a trip outside of town at Rancho Ojai, a quaint little getaway with cabins, pool, bikes and miniature golf. Next, we move back into the town of Tecate and visit the famous Tecate Beer Factory. This beer was named after this town, so we had to check it out. Finally, we visit a restaurant that everybody was telling us about, Asao, which actually means "food" in Kumiai.

FRONTLINE: Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty

FRONTLINE presents a feature documentary about two filmmakers who set out to interview El Chapo Guzmán, leader of one of the biggest drug cartels in history. Before his capture in 2014, he had been on the run from the U.S. and Mexican governments for over a decade.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Charleston

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cameras watch as owners recount tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-neglected items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds. Look back to 2000 and learn what has since happened in the antiques market. Highlights include Newcomb College vases, Fred Meyer photographs, ca. 1900, and a Léon Julien Deschamps bronze. Learn which item is now worth $55,000-$60,000.

NOVA: Nuclear Meltdown Disaster

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Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS’ premier science series. Four years after one of history’s worst nuclear accidents, NOVA reveals the minute-by-minute story of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and its ongoing aftermath, told by the brave workers who stayed behind as an earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant.

Uranium: Twisting The Dragon's Tail

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Host and physicist Dr. Derek Muller unlocks the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth’s most controversial elements. Dr. Muller embarks on an epic journey across the globe to explain the fascinating details of uranium’s birth and longevity. Born from the collapse of a star, uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction. It has revolutionized society, from medicine to warfare. It is an element that has profoundly shaped the past, will change the future and will exist long after humans have left the Earth. Filmed on five continents, this two-hour program, produced by Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Sonya Pemberton, delivers a gripping story of an ancient element’s footprint on the world.

POV: Return To Homs

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Witness the transformation of 19-year-old Basset Saroot from star goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team to peaceful advocate for reforms to armed insurgent. Get an inside look at the brutal war Assad’s regime has waged, a conflict that many accuse the world of overlooking.

AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED: Scallops & Shrimp Hot Off The Grill

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Test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to making the ultimate Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Scallops. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of frozen yogurt. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus reviews her favorite kitchen gadgets. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make perfect Southern Shrimp Burgers.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Paris: Embracing Life And Art

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In this second of two episodes on Europe's "City of Light," we ride a unicorn into the Middle Ages at the Cluny Museum; take a midnight Paris joyride in a classic car; get an extremely close-up look at heavenly stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle; go on a tombstone pilgrimage at Pere Lachaise Cemetery; and savor the Parisian cafe scene. Few cites are so confident in their expertise in good living - and as travelers, we get to share in that uniquely Parisian joie de vivre.

CROSSING SOUTH: Fausto Polanco

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Art comes in many shapes and styles. In the case of Fausto Polanco, his art is in the form of furniture. Learn about how traditional woven materials from southern Mexico are integrated into his creations. Jorge even tries to help Fausto finish some furniture in his wood shop. Next, we investigate a possible archaeology site where some interesting things have been found. Lastly, we visit La Resaka seafood joint where we taste some fancy shrimp tacos and ceviche.

The Bomb

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“The Bomb” tells a powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history, outlining how America developed the nuclear bomb, how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives. The program premieres on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 on PBS in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the detonation of the atomic bomb. Through state-of-the-art transfer techniques that have turned recently declassified images into vivid, jaw-dropping footage, viewers witness the raw power and strangely compelling beauty of rare views of above-ground nuclear tests.

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