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Stories by Jennifer Robinson

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 (New Season Premiere)

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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.

Life On The Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef is one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on earth—home to a stunning array of animals, from microscopic plankton to 100-ton whales. From the coral cays of the outer reef to the Islands of the Torres Strait, the reef's human residents work to find that critical balance between our needs and those of an ever-diminishing natural world. The three-part LIFE ON THE REEF presents a unique and fresh angle on Australia’s greatest natural icon, seen through the eyes of those who live, work and play in this natural wonderland.

Humanity From Space

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Trace humankind’s long journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. From the perspective of space, this two-hour special uses mind-boggling data and CGI to disclose the breathtaking extent of humanity’s influence, revealing how we’ve transformed our planet and produced an interconnected world of extraordinary complexity. A trip through 12,000 years of development, the documentary shows how seemingly small flashes of innovation—innovations that touch all of us in ways unimaginable to our ancestors—have changed the course of civilization. As our global population soars, the program considers the challenges humanity will face in order to survive.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Driving Miss Daisy

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Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Driving Miss Daisy,” a 2010 hit on Broadway, comes to television with five-time Tony Award-winner and three-time Academy Award®-nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award-winner and Academy Award®-winner James Earl Jones as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, respectively. Actor Boyd Gaines (a four-time Tony Award winner) reprises his Broadway role as Boolie Werthan. Directed for the stage by David Esbjornson, “Driving Miss Daisy” premieres on THIRTEEN’s GREAT PERFORMANCES on Friday, July 17, 2015 on PBS. The Pulitzer Prize-winning work was recorded in Australia at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Madison

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In this episode, we'll journey back 15 years and learn how fantastic finds have fared in today’s market. Highlights include an 1875 Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, Winsor McCay comic art and an Eanger Irving Couse oil. See which item doubled in value to $80,000-$100,000.

NOVA: Chasing Pluto

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Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS’ premier science series. NOVA captures New Horizons' historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft’s nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Blackout

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As July 13, 1977 dawned hot and humid, New Yorkers prepared themselves for another sweltering day. But high temperatures weren’t the only thing making them sweat: the crime-ridden city was on the verge of bankruptcy; unemployment was high; police and firefighters had been laid off; municipal services, including sanitation and after-school programs, had been cut; and a serial killer named Son of Sam was still on the loose, keeping everyone on edge. That evening, a severe thunderstorm hit, and lightning struck a power line in Westchester County; when that line went out, the demand was increased on the surrounding lines. As Con Edison engineers struggled to control the cascading effects of the downed lines, their only choice was to start shedding load, disconnecting customers from the grid in order to prevent a catastrophic failure of the system. But despite their efforts, the lights went out, plunging some seven million city residents into darkness.

FRONTLINE: Escaping ISIS

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Before ISIS overran his town in Northern Iraq, Khalil al-Dakhi was a lawyer. But now, he leads an underground railroad that rescues women and children who have been taken captive by ISIS. In “Escaping ISIS,” a hard-hitting new documentary premiering Tuesday, July 14, 2015, on PBS, FRONTLINE delivers a stunning look at the plight of women and children who are Yazidis, a religious minority that have been targeted by ISIS for particularly brutal treatment.

POV: Web Junkie

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When the words “China” and “Internet” appear in the same sentence, the word “censorship” is usually close by. But in at least one aspect of the Internet revolution, China is establishing a precedent the rest of the world could soon follow. China is the first country in the world to classify Internet addiction as a clinical disorder, the cure for which is the subject of "Web Junkie," an intimate and sometimes jarring documentary having its national broadcast premiere on PBS’s POV (Point of View).

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Las Vegas

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In this episode, we'll take a look back at memorable items appraised in 2000. Highlights include a collection of magic memorabilia, ca. 1925, a Shearer chest of drawers and an album of John Thomson photos. Which item's value jumped from $ 15,000-$20,000 to $35,000-$45,000.

STEVEN RAICHLEN'S PROJECT SMOKE

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Multi-award-winning author, journalist, cooking teacher and TV host Steven Raichlen takes a side journey away from classic grilling to explore the rich flavors of smoked food in the 13-part series STEVEN RAICHLEN'S PROJECT SMOKE. PROJECT SMOKE is a "how-to" cooking show that focuses on the art of smoking techniques and recipes from hot smoking and cold smoking to smoke roasting and "smoke-tisserie" cooking. Using traditional and cutting-edge techniques in must-try recipes, the grilling and smoking authority shows how to smoke a variety of iconic foods, such as Texas brisket, Kansas City ribs and Carolina pork shoulder. In several episodes, Steven also demonstrates smoking dishes not known for being smoked, such as vegetables, pizza and dessert. There's even an episode devoted to urban dwellers on how to make smoked eggplant dip, smoked gazpacho, stovetop-smoked salmon and smoked ice cream.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: B.B. King

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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, B.B. King performs a set of classic blues in this encore episode from 1983. Songs include "The Thrill is Gone," "Night Life" and "Everyday I Have the Blues."

CROSSING SOUTH: Taco Tour

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Host Jorge Meraz is in his zone - his taco zone that is. In this episode, we start off with some traditional birria tacos in the morning. Next, we go taste the oddly common tongue tacos (tacos de lengua). Then we get a taste of tacos made with cuts of meat from the sizzling pile of rotating, meat on a stick called adobada. Finally we can go through a large selection of tacos at Tacos Kokopelli.

Voices: Untold Stories Of Mental Illness

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“Voices” is an award-winning documentary that features the stark and intimate portraits of three very different individuals and their struggle with severe mental illness in America. The stories of Sharon, Thomas and Aaron illuminate the challenges, realities, and often complex emotions and choices that surround people with psychotic mental illness and those who love them. In turning the camera on these individuals and their families, the subtle power of "Voices" lies in the brutal honesty of families sharing their stories for the first time, unburdening themselves from the stigma of mental illness.

NEW SCANDINAVIAN COOKING: Season 6

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Award-winning TV host and cookbook author Andreas Viestad returns for more culinary adventures in season six of the international cooking series, NEW SCANDINAVIAN COOKING. Shot on location across Norway, the series offers a rich visual tour of Scandinavian cuisine, culture and history. In each episode, Andreas makes tantalizing dishes, including a Norwegian version of a Mexican taco and classic Italian gnocchi to reindeer meatballs and dessert with rhubarbs and strawberries, all in breathtaking outdoor locations using locally sourced ingredients.

PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE: Mexamericana

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Pati’s family is the perfect example of cultures colliding – Mexican and American. The happy result is the creation of unique and tasty recipes in the kitchen on a daily basis. In this episode, Pati dives deep into the blending of these cultures and comes up with some classic American recipes with a delicious Mexican twist. Of course, the meeting of Mexican and American cultures is happening in small towns and big cities all over America, too! Pati will also take us to a local restaurant where she’ll get the story, and taste the results of, their unique Mex-American story.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Tulsa

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Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. Discover how values have changed for appraisals from 15 years ago. Highlights from this episode include a Navajo chief’s blanket, a Connecticut secretary and chair, and a 1924 Charles Russell watercolor. Learn which item is worth $125,000-$135,000.

Operation Wild

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Join veterinarian teams around the world as they undertake groundbreaking operations to try to save animals’ lives. Find out how pioneering human medicine is transforming ways to look after animals in some of the most remote places on earth. Witness dramatic stories of ingenuity, invention and dedication in this three-part series.

1913: Seeds Of Conflict

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This film examines a pivotal yet largely overlooked moment in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the years just prior to World War I. It looks at a moment of transformation when Ottoman rule in Palestine was still strong, the personal identities of people living there were fluid and overlapping, and few could imagine the conflict that would dominate the region for most of the next century. While most scholars have focused on the later British Mandate period as a locus of the Middle East conflict, this film focuses on the period before World War I, when Arab and Jewish nationalism first made contact, and the conflict was just beginning to germinate.

AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED: Favorite Ways With The Catch Of The Day

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Test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to making the perfect Grilled Fish Tacos at home. Then equipment expert Adam Ried reviews bench scrapers in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Bryan Roof shows Chris how to make the ultimate Sesame-Crusted Salmon with Lemon and Ginger.

VICTORY GARDEN'S EDIBLEFEAST: San Diego

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Head to idyllic San Diego. Restaurant owner and gardener Trish Watlington shows how to pre-soak, inoculate and plant fall peas, and explains why and how to combat the infestation of white flies by planting marigolds. Chef and restaurateur Javier Plascencia prepares a dish of quail and farrato. Go diving with sea urchin diver Pete Halmay, who has been practicing this tradition for more than 30 years, and visit the sisters who grow Thai produce at their home farm to supply their restaurant Suppanee House of Thai.

A Capitol Fourth 2015

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Celebrating 35 spectacular years on air, "A Capitol Fourth" will kick off the country’s 239th birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza that puts viewers front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. America’s favorite Independence Day celebration is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol, before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

Facing Fear

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In this Academy Award-nominated short documentary, worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. Together, they embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration...and friendship.

FRONTLINE: Growing Up Trans

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Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning, too — with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. In "Growing Up Trans," a 90-minute special premiering June 30 on PBS, FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside this new frontier — where it’s now possible for kids who feel they were born in the wrong body to never have to go through the puberty of their biological sex.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Denver

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Uncover changes in the value of appraisals from 15 years ago. Highlights include a Bakelite collection, a 19th-century Tabor mining archive and some Jessie Willcox Smith paintings. See which item more than doubles its original valuation.

First Peoples

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FIRST PEOPLES tells the story of how early Homo sapiens moved around the globe and became the dominant human species. Each episode of the five-part series focuses on a different continent and meets the earliest Homo sapiens on that continent – the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Where did they come from? How did they get there? What role did art, culture and technology play in their lives? Whom did they meet along the way? It used to be thought our ancestors kept a distance from other types of human. But now DNA reveals they mated with them and interbred. As a result, our species is a patchwork of modern and ancient humans – we are all hybrids.

FRONTLINE: Rape On The Night Shift

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Following up on the award-winning collaboration that produced "Rape in the Fields" in 2013, FRONTLINE, Univision, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), the Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at UC Berkeley and KQED are teaming up to uncover the sexual abuse of immigrant women who clean the malls where you shop, the banks where you do business and the offices where you work. The program examines allegations of abuse across the janitorial industry and how companies fall short in dealing with the problem.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Sacramento

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In this episode, discover how items appraised in 2000 have fared in today’s market. Highlights include an 1864 Lincoln campaign poster, a Dirk Van Erp lamp and a Marion Kavanaugh Wachtel oil. Learn which find has changed $25,000-$50,000 in value.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons' Inaugural Concert

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This wide-ranging, one-night-only event celebrates the start of Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons’ tenure as the 15th music director of the orchestra and features two of the conductor’s close colleagues, the acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais and the internationally acclaimed German tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Each sings selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires, they then join forces for a powerful duet from Puccini’s "Manon Lescaut."

The Forsyte Saga

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THE FORSYTE SAGA, the dazzling 13-part British television drama of class, sex and power, will return to public television in 2015. Based on John Galsworthy’s novel of the same name, THE FORSYTE SAGA chronicles the lives of an English family over 34 years from the Victorian era through World War I. Superior, arrogant and confident, the Forsytes are the ultimate power family. What lies beneath is a festering core of unhappy and brutal relationships, riddled with tensions and jealousy. The stellar cast includes Damian Lewis (HOMELAND, WOLF HALL on MASTERPIECE); Ioan Gruffudd ("King Arthur," "Fantastic Four"); Corin Redgrave, Gina McKee, and Rupert Graves.

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