Stories by Jennifer Robinson
Learn how Asian-American, black millennial, Arab-American and Latino evangelical voters are exerting their growing strength and influence in this 2016 election special about power and politics, demographics and democracy. “The deciders in this year’s presidential election will be young people and citizens of color,” said Executive Producer Maria Hinojosa, who is also executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning weekly radio show, "Latino USA," and president and founder of the Futuro Media Group.
Marking the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S., this program tells the rarely told stories of the attack that took place at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, in which 184 people died. As most of the media coverage of the events of Sept. 11 focused on New York City and United Flight 93, details of the attack that took place at the Pentagon have rarely been heard publicly, until now.
Re-examine the groundbreaking series from the filmmakers' perspective and the viewpoint of civil rights activists. The special explores how far we've come, how far we have to go, the meaning of the ongoing struggle and next steps towards equality. Narrated by music artist Aloe Blacc, “Eyes On The Prize: Then And Now” features EYES ON THE PRIZE filmmakers, present-day activists, human rights leaders and scholars.
What Hippocrates knew 2000 years ago, we’re only just discovering: Our gut is responsible for a lot more than processing the food we eat. With the surface area of a football field, our digestive tract is a vital immune barrier, protecting us from disease and contamination. By expelling and killing foreign invaders, it accounts for 70 percent of our immune system. “Eat Dirt” will identify the specific gut types of leaky gut syndrome. Once viewers identify their own Gut Type, they can heal their gut more quickly, by following a plan that is designed specifically for them.
Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 27 at New York’s historic Beacon Theatre. The special event honored her legendary 50 plus years in music with an intimate, career-spanning live performance. Baez performed alongside a remarkable array of superstar artists including: David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern and Richard Thompson.
Enjoy the groundbreaking folk group's biggest hits and more 1950s and '60s chart toppers, performed by the current trio with Bob Shane, Timothy B. Schmit, Al Jardine, Trini Lopez, Barry McGuire, Sana Christian, The Limeliters and Josh Reynolds. Through changing times and lineups, the Trio has played on, remaining popular for a simple reason — their timeless songs. And nearly 60 years after “Tom Dooley” shot to the top of the charts, today’s Trio is still on the road 30 weeks a year, bringing back all the great memories and making new ones.
If you suffer from allergies, you are not alone. The epidemic of allergies is bigger than you ever imagined. One billion people around the world are now afflicted. But you don't have to be a victim of your allergies. Leo Galland, M.D., renowned physician, researcher, and writer, presents "The Allergy Solution." You will be the first to learn the four hidden truths about allergies that will forever change the way you think - and deal with - the allergies affecting you, your family, or loved ones. You will also learn the astonishing facts about the relationship between allergies and weight gain.
Join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson—"the Mt. Rushmore of country music"—for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like "Big River," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Always on My Mind." In May 2016, Columbia/Legacy released "The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws," a 3-CD and DVD box set of live performances. Support great programming on KPBS and get your box set!
Healthy bones hold the key to remaining mobile, engaged and independent in life. This is a topic of particular importance for baby boomers and all older Americans for whom a fracture can have debilitating consequences for the rest of their lives. In this new PBS special produced by Twin Cities PBS, Dr. Lani Simpson, DC, CCD, an expert in osteoporosis and author of “Dr. Lani’s No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide,” leads viewers in understanding how to take charge of their bone health and retain their independence.
"George H.W. Bush" examines Bush's service in World War II, and his early career in Texas, to his days in the Oval Office, first as Vice President to Ronald Reagan, then as the leader who presided over the first Gulf War. Drawing upon Bush's personal diaries and interviews with his closest advisors and most prominent critics, the film also explores Bush's role as the patriarch of a political family whose influence is unequaled in modern American life.
"Munich ’72 And Beyond" tells the searing account of the kidnapping and murder of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Summer Olympics. The film exposes shocking new information about the tragic events, their devastating aftermath, and the heroic efforts to seek recognition and remembrance for the victims.
"Jimmy Carter," part of the Peabody Award-winning AMERICAN EXPERIENCE collection The Presidents, will have an encore broadcast on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 on PBS. Jimmy Carter’s story is one of the greatest dramas in American politics. In 1980, he was overwhelmingly voted out of office in a humiliating defeat, but over the following decades became one of the most admired statesmen and humanitarians in America and the world. Produced, written, and directed by Adriana Bosch, this film traces his rapid ascent in politics, dramatic fall from grace, and unexpected resurrection.
Winner of a Writers Guild Award and part of the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Peabody Award-winning collection The Presidents, “Nixon” explores one of the most controversial and enduring figures on the American political landscape. Featuring interviews with former presidential aides John Ehrlichman, Charles Colson, and John Dean, along with many others, “Nixon” will have an encore broadcast on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.
This documentary film looks at Sen. Eugene McCarthy's improbable and historic 1968 presidential campaign and features interviews with, among others, Sen. Eugene McCarthy, California Gov. Jerry Brown, former ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (RFK's eldest child). Special emphasis is placed on how young students and women—many for the first time acting independently of their husbands—worked within the political system to greatly change the landscape of the 1968 election. From New Hampshire to Wisconsin to California and Chicago, the film chronicles the impact of the McCarthy campaign, which has largely been forgotten or ignored in the years that followed.
Lyndon B. Johnson, a poor, rural Texan who became a vice president and president only to see his unprecedented social agenda undermined by a war he supported but never understood, is the subject of "LBJ," a four-hour biography from the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Peabody Award-winning collection The Presidents.
Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, than Niko von Glasow, the world’s best-known disabled filmmaker? Unfortunately—or fortunately for anyone seeking an insightful and funny documentary—this filmmaker frankly hates sports and thinks the games are “a stupid idea.” Born with severely shortened arms, von Glasow serves as an endearing guide to London’s Paralympics competition.
Featuring some of the most iconic images ever recorded on film, five classic Hollywood musicals—“The Wizard of Oz,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” and “Viva Las Vegas”—take viewers on a journey across the Golden Age of movie musicals, spanning the days from the Great Depression all the way to the Civil Rights Movement.
Man on the street Doc Willoughby learns all about Cuban cuisine at La Carreta in Miami, Florida. Then, host Christopher Kimball goes into the test kitchen with test cook Dan Souza to learn how to make the best Cuban braised shredded beef at home. Next, test cook Becky Hays uncovers the secrets to making fried sweet plantains. Then, testing expert Adam Ried reviews grapefruit knives in the Equipment Corner. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make the ultimate mango, orange, and jicama salad.
Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for one last time as Inspector Lewis and CS Hathaway, investigating new cases of murder and other crimes in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford. In three new films, the detectives must contend with complex cases, new faces on the force, and old wounds from family ties. With a new boss piling on pressure, will Inspector Lewis finally decide to end his policing career?
Investigate the rise of spillover viruses like Zika, Ebola and Nipah that can make the leap from animals to humans. Find out how human behaviors spread diseases and what science can do to anticipate and prevent epidemics around the world. The film features scientists across Africa, Asia, North America and South America who are searching for ways to combat these dangerous diseases.
It’s been more than 40 years since Koko, the only “talking” gorilla in the world, captivated the public with her uncanny ability to communicate with humans. Her unique life, which she continues to share with Penny Patterson, the psychologist who adopted her as a baby, is revisited in-depth in a new PBS and BBC documentary, “Koko - The Gorilla Who Talks.”
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. After the promotion and subsequent departure of Barnaby's longtime sidekick Sergeant Troy in episode one, newcomer Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins) arrives to pick up the slack.
“T-Rex: Her Fight For Gold” is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa “T-Rex” Shields from Flint, Michigan. Shields was just 17 years old when she won the gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012 — the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympic games. Directed by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari and produced by Sue Jaye Johnson, the film’s broadcast is timed to coincide with Claressa’s return to the Olympic boxing ring at the Rio de Janeiro games this summer.
Tommy Kono is one of America's greatest Olympic champions. He inspired two generations of weightlifters and body builders, including changing the life of one of the world's biggest movie stars. Kono and his family were re-located to an internment camp in World War II, which is where he began weightlifting. After their return, Kono was drafted in 1952, but remained stateside and ultimately entered the Olympics that year. Tommy not only won the gold medal, he captured that prize again at the 1956 games, and took silver at the 1960 Olympics.
The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who took the rowing world and America by storm when they captured the gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Their unexpected victory, against not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast but Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers, gave hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Great Depression.
"The Nazi Games – Berlin 1936" chronicles the story of how the Nazis and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) turned, to their mutual advantage, a relatively small, elitist, sports event into an epic global and mass media spectacle that, despite the IOC’s determined attempts to forget, continues to this day.
This one-hour special features Minnesota humorist, playwright, storyteller Kevin Kling. The documentary explores the experience of loss and the journey to healing through storytelling. See how Kling’s own disabilities — the one he was born with and the one that resulted from a motorcycle accident — have informed his art and life.
Part human adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 20th season in 2016. Travel back 15 years to see our take on treasures then and now. Highlights include a New Orleans art pottery jardiniere, an 1858 map of lower Mississippi and a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ball. Which item's value jumped to $150,000-$200,000?
Dive deep into the real stories that shape urban American. Filmed entirely in one 24-hour period, thousands of filmmakers capture joys and struggles, begging the question: What is the future of the American city? An investigation, prompted by 10 questions, brings together voices of experts and everyday people. From city mayors to homeless citizens, learn from a unique community investigation.
Chateau Carolands was built by one of the richest women in the world to be her ultimate dream home, but nothing went as planned. Once the most fabulous house west of the Mississippi, now a foundation, the story of the rise and fall and rise of Chateau Carolands is a dramatic tale of wealth and ruin, love and loss, art and architecture – with a murder, a porno film, and a couple of earthquakes along the way. It all ends happily, with a multi-million dollar restoration of the Chateau, more grand and glorious now than it ever had been. See how this unique historic architectural masterpiece has come to be preserved for decades to come.
In Newark, New Jersey, where the average high school graduation rate is abysmal, St. Benedict’s Prep is the exception — with a near 100 percent college acceptance rate. Filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno profile the school and the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey to see how they achieve success among a vulnerable population of inner-city African American and Latino teenage boys.
In the tradition of great house documentaries, “Ballyfin: A Portrait Of An Irish Country House” is a new special featuring an eye-popping Irish estate with nearly 200 years of fascinating history. In 1823, twenty years before the Great Famine that ravaged Ireland and twenty years after the Act of Union that transformed the fractious relationship between Ireland and Great Britain, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat built a magnificent mansion. For 100 years, it was a family home until WWI and Ireland's own Civil War ended their way of life, as we all saw unfold on DOWNTON ABBEY.
Comic-Con International celebrates its 47th year in San Diego making it the longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention in the U.S. And this year whether you have a badge or not you can get an exclusive insider's look at what's going on at the San Diego Convention Center and beyond thanks to Comic-ConHQ. KPBS will rebroadcast highlights from the convention on Sunday, July 31 from Noon - 4 p.m.
Every year 65 billion animals are raised and slaughtered for their meat. That’s nine animals for every person on Earth. In this eye-opening documentary Michael Mosley reveals the damage livestock farming is doing to the planet. Is it possible to be an eco-friendly carnivore? Michael also meets the farmers who think that a return to more traditional farming methods, a more efficient use of our food waste and a little cutting back on personal consumption of meat could mean meat for everyone without damaging the planet.
Tune in for gavel-to-gavel primetime coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. PBS NEWSHOUR coverage will be co-hosted by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. NPR host Rachel Martin will report inside the hall with NEWSHOUR’s Lisa Desjardins and John Yang and NPR’s Sue Davis. Ifill and Woodruff will also be joined by NPR’s Mara Liaisson, Ron Elving and Domenico Montenaro and NEWSHOUR regular contributors including syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks and Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter. Coverage will extend online and on social, to include live streaming of stage speeches and floor interviews.
Join Hawaiʻi’s own Ed Kenney and friends on a culinary adventure. In this six-part series, get an introduction to interesting people and riveting stories linked by a family recipe, starting from a base in Hawai'i to locations such as Japan and Puerto Rico. Find the rich and sometimes surprising connections to a treasured family dish.
A science story and a human story, this documentary shows the transformative impact of technology for those who use prosthetics. The film interviews inventors such as Van Phillips, the creator of the Flex-Foot and Cheetah Leg that was used by Oscar Pistorius at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as researchers who are developing prosthetics that can be controlled through thoughts alone.
This fascinating film sees Michael Mosley put himself through some extreme challenges to discover how our blood protects us from infection, heals us when we’re wounded, and powers our lives. Packed with absorbing stories about the science of blood—from the grisly history of transfusion to pioneering medical engineering—"The Wonderful World Of Blood" is a comprehensive take on a subject that’s central to our survival. Always engaging and inquisitive, Michael animates each story in his uniquely accessible style.
Ronald Reagan has been heralded as one of the architects of the modern world and since his death many Americans have been working to cement his legacy. But some critics argue that the aftershocks of Reaganomics is still causing economies to crumble the world over and that the hubris of Reagan’s foreign policy continues to propel America into a cycle of overseas ventures. Featuring in-depth interviews with those who worked with him and knew him best, this film provides a definitive and penetrating look at Reaganism, whose grip on the public mind has been rekindled by recent events in Republican politics.
This 90-minute documentary film tells the story of the man historians have dubbed the most powerful vice president in the history of the United States. Former Vice President Dick Cheney recounts the story in his own words, reflecting on his modest upbringing in Casper, Wyoming, his lifelong high-risk heart problems, and his assessment of the world leaders he dealt with. In intimate detail, he recalls the attack on September 11, 2001 that shook the world, and reveals details of the crisis never told before.
Director Wayne Wang (“The Joy Luck Club”) ventures into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film is equal parts delectable showcase of gastronomy and a touching portrait of Chiang's journey.
Tune in for gavel-to-gavel primetime coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. PBS NEWSHOUR coverage will be co-hosted by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. NPR host Rachel Martin will report inside the hall with NEWSHOUR’s Lisa Desjardins and John Yang and NPR’s Sue Davis. Ifill and Woodruff will also be joined by NPR’s Mara Liaisson, Ron Elving and Domenico Montenaro and NEWSHOUR regular contributors including syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks and Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter. Coverage will extend online and on social, to include live streaming of stage speeches and floor interviews.
A dozen charming amateur bakers offer trays of edible treats and a tent full of doughy drama this summer when PBS brings back the U.K.’s unstoppable competition series, THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, for a brand new season. Returning judges Mary Berry, a best-selling cookbook author and the U.K.’s “doyenne of baking,” and Paul Hollywood, an artisan bread-making expert whose personal appearances rival those of rock stars, join hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc in search of the best all-around baker among the contestants.
In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate mu shu pork at home. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews rice cookers in the Equipment Corner. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to making the best crispy orange beef.
After a week of violence, grief and horror, with five police officers shot dead in Dallas, and two African American men shot dead by police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, this news special will dig deep to explore the roots of these events, competing accounts of responsibility and justice, and televise the conversation that America is having around so many losses, mutual fears, and also around the common ground where progress may be made. The special will draw on recent and upcoming PBS content, including FRONTLINE’s “Policing The Police,” the Gwen Ifill special “America After Ferguson” and the forthcoming documentary, “The Talk,” about the talk that many parents of color have with their kids about interacting with police.
Florida Justice Transitions trailer park is home to 120 sex offenders all battling their own demons as they work toward rejoining society. This film considers how the destructive cycle of sexual abuse-and the silence surrounding it-can be broken. “Challenging yet open-minded. . . . Most [viewers] will go in with minds set about rapists and child molesters, only to find their assumptions challenged by . . . pic’s daring approach and the courageous candor of its subjects.” — Peter Debruge, Variety
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