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Stories by Jennifer Robinson

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED: Grilled And Glazed

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Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the best Grilled Glazed Pork Tenderloin Roast. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews inexpensive chef’s knives in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Dan Souza uncovers the secrets to perfect Grilled Glazed Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Rhino Who Joined The Family

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Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, Rupert, an orphaned black rhinoceros, was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife vet Dr. John Condy. Rupert captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years later, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Des Moines

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Fifteen years after first visiting Des Moines, Iowa, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks back on featured items to see if their value has changed. Highlights include a Rambling Mickey Mouse toy with its original box, ca. 1934; Charles Lindbergh memorabilia; and a Samuel McIntire medallion that has soared in value from $70,000-$90,000 to $200,000-$300,000.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Ape Who Went To College

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MY WILD AFFAIR, a four-part series, reveals extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions, including an orphaned baby elephant, an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart. This episode tells the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s.

The Reagan Presidency

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THE REAGAN PRESIDENCY, a three-part series produced by the same team behind PBS' "Herbert Hoover: Landslide," focuses on the critical domestic and foreign policy decisions President Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) made during his two terms in office. This complex, thoroughly researched portrait of the nation's 40th president covers the Iran-Contra affair, the end of the Cold War, runaway inflation and rising employment, the air traffic controller strike of 1981, the Lebanese Civil War and the invasion of Granada, among other topics.

GREAT CONTINENTAL RAILWAY JOURNEYS: Series One

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In GREAT CONTINENTAL RAILWAY JOURNEYS, British broadcaster and journalist Michael Portillo travels on the great train routes of Europe as he retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide. Creating a stunning vision of Europe as it was a century ago, GREAT CONTINENTAL RAILWAY JOURNEYS discovers how a way of life and a landscape were changed forever when Europe went to war.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Salt Lake City

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Back in 1999, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visited Salt Lake City, Utah. Tune in to see what happened to the values of the items found during that trip. Highlights include Napoleonic prisoner-of-war pieces; a Mormon certificate of gratitude; and beaded Kiowa objects that previously came in at $29,000-$36,000 and now are appraised at $35,000-$40,000.

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED: Quick & Easy Rib Dinner

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In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to Grilled Glazed Baby Back Ribs. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews charcoal grills in the Equipment Corner. Next, test cook Julia Collin Davison reveals the test kitchen’s tips to perfect Grilled Corn with Basil and Lemon Butter.

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN: Maria Montessori

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Maria Montessori was a woman of vision. In a remarkable life spanning eight decades, Maria Montessori, challenged convention to pioneer a radical new system of education; one which focused on the child as an independent learner and which spread to all corners of the world, affecting the schooling of millions. Her visionary method of education has helped produce some of the most creative and successful people on the planet including the founders of Amazon.com, Wikipedia and Google.

Sex In The Wild

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This four-part series, presented by anatomist Joy Reidenberg and veterinarian Mark Evans, examines the reproductive behaviors and biology of four species — elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins — and takes an in-depth look at how these animals find and woo the opposite sex. It also explores how they mate, give birth and raise their young in extreme environments.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Elephant Who Found A Mom (New Series Premiere)

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Hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions, including an orphaned baby elephant, an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart. The first episode tells the heartbreaking story of Aisha, the baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

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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. To the dismay of Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page, "The Secret Life Of Us"), Phryne’s investigations take her through the back alleys, jazz clubs, and shady markets of Melbourne. Ignoring the dangers all around her, she seems to glide through life determined to enjoy every moment.

HISTORY DETECTIVES SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS: The Disappearance Of Glenn Miller

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One of the most celebrated, beloved entertainers of the wartime era takes off from England in heavy fog, heading to France to entertain troops. His plane vanishes. Glenn Miller’s disappearance is perhaps the biggest mystery and cold case of World War II. This investigation contains a great deal of new information: Miller’s pilot was a rank novice who had never flown over the English Channel; documents from a Lancaster bomber pilot support another possible accounting of the plane’s disappearance; and a 17-year old plane spotter’s notebook answers a question that has long baffled investigators: which route did Miller’s aircraft take?

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: The Mona Lisa Mystery

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In September 2012, headline news shook the art world. A secret Leonardo da Vinci painting had been uncovered, a portrait of a younger and more beautiful Mona Lisa that predated the famous Louvre masterpiece. Now, an elite group of art historians, research physicists, restoration experts and forensic imaging specialists has gained exclusive access to analyze the painting firsthand.

THE MIND OF A CHEF: Season Two

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THE MIND OF A CHEF combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey. In the first eight episodes of season two, chef Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk spotlights southern cooking with heritage varieties of rice, beans and grains. In the second half of the season, chef April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig follows up with an innovative, refreshingly straightforward take on food.

HISTORY DETECTIVES SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS: Civil War Sabotage?

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It was one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history. Officially, the death toll was 1,500. Unofficially, the count may have been far higher. When it mysteriously exploded on April 27, 1865, the Mississippi steamboat SS Sultana was packed with Union soldiers. The war had ended that month; at every stop more and more men clamored to board the homeward-bound ship, which blew up mid-river. However, the story of the sinking quickly vanished from the papers. What really sank the Sultana? Was it Confederate sabotage?

VICIOUS

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VICIOUS tells the story of partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), who have lived together in a small central London flat for nearly 50 years. Constantly picking each other apart and holding on to petty slights for decades, Freddie and Stuart are always at each other’s throats, cracking snide remarks aimed at the other’s age, appearance and flaws. However, underneath their vicious, co-dependent fighting, they have a deep love for one another.

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED: Spiced-Up Cuban Cuisine

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Man on the street Doc Willoughby learns about Cuban cuisine from chef Maricel Presilla of Zafra Kitchens in New York. Then, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make a perfect Cuban-Style Picadillo at home. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews tortilla presses in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to Cuban Shredded Beef.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Endeavour, Season 2

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Before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse, fed up with police work and ready to nip his career in the bud by handing in his resignation. That is, until a murder turned up that only he could solve. Shaun Evans (The Take, The Virgin Queen) returns for a second season as the young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar but with his deductive powers already running in high gear.

LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX: Season Two

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The BAFTA-winning comedy-drama about romance and second chances returns as the reunited childhood sweethearts Celia (Anne Reid) and Alan (Derek Jacobi) plan a life together. As secrets from the past come tumbling out and family members adjust to changing relationships, can Alan and Celia find the long-awaited happiness they deserve?

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN: Amelia Earhart

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Amelia Earhart was an aviation pioneer and female icon. Born to a privileged family in Kansas in the United States, Amelia grew up a tomboy. It was no surprise that when her father, Edwin took her to an air show, Amelia was hooked. She took numerous part time jobs, and borrowed money from her mother’s inheritance, in order to pay for flying lessons and buy her first plane. But Charles Lindberg’s record-breaking flight across the Atlantic awakened in Amelia, a daring need for adventure on a massive scale.

A Capitol Fourth 2014

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America’s national Independence Day celebration will kick off the festivities for our country’s 238th birthday with an all-star salute led by our country’s favorite host, two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron (DANCING WITH THE STARS). Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the event will feature performances by Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald, Sara Evans, Kendall Schmidt and Kelli O’Hara; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN: Indira Gandhi

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Indira Gandhi was always destined for greatness. As the first female leader of the world’s largest democracy, she inherited a country plagued by poverty, famine and social injustice. Yet Indira triumphed over her critics, transformed India into a confident independent democracy, and rose to dominate India’s political stage for nearly 20 years.

MARTHA STEWART'S COOKING SCHOOL: Pork

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There’s no end to the number of impressive dishes you can make with pork. In this episode, Martha makes porchetta, highly seasoned roasted pork with soft, juicy meat and crisp, crackling skin. Next she demonstrates a centerpiece of her holiday table, glazed ham. Then she shows why fruit and pork have always been a harmonious combination as she makes pork and plums, using quick-cooking pork tenderloin.

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED: At The Seafood Counter

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In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Garlicky Roasted Shrimp with Parsley and Anise at home. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for cast-iron skillets and Dutch ovens in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison reveals the secrets to making the best Oven-Steamed Mussels.

Victory Garden's EdibleFEAST

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VICTORY GARDEN’s Edible Feast takes viewers on a journey across America, traveling from garden to sea, mountains to fields, to learn about fresh local foods and the people who grow and produce them. Hosted by passionate foodie and TV personality Amy Devers, each episode features the work of 2013 James Beard Award-winning filmmaker and chef Daniel Klein, who introduces viewers to gardeners, farmers and food producers around the country.

Brazil With Michael Palin

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Join Michael Palin in Brazil, where he travels from the lost world of Amazonia to the buzzing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, meeting the people and visiting the places that shape this South American nation. This series includes four exciting episodes: "Out Of Africa," "Into Amazonia," "The Road To Rio" and "The Deep South."

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! The Escape Artist

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David Tennant (BROADCHURCH, DOCTOR WHO) stars as a brilliant defense lawyer with a storybook family and a potent nickname, “The Escape Artist,” for his ability to spring the obviously guilty. But then he gets a trial that changes his life forever. Written by David Wolstencroft (SPOOKS), this gripping legal thriller costars Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda") as the hero’s rival, along with a courtroom full of ambitious attorneys and one very unnerving defendant.

DEATH IN PARADISE: Season Three

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DEATH IN PARADISE returns for more impossible murders on the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Marie. The new series brings a new detective – but can he prove he’s the man for the job? This series opens with the shocking murder of DI Richard Poole, an event which heralds the arrival of new detective DI Humphrey Goodman, who is quite unlike his predecessor.

The Charles W. Morgan

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"The Charles W. Morgan" tells the extraordinary story of America's last wooden whale ship still in existence and the incredible saga of the United States' first global industry. From her humble beginnings in New Bedford, Mass. in 1841, the documentary follows the adventures of the Charles W. Morgan on her 37 voyages around the world.

SNAPSHOT: Loco For Lucha - Mexican Wrestlers

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Host Tim Mantoani heads across the border to Tijuana, Mexico where he discovers a new vibe around the familiar streets on and off Avenida Revolucion. Tim also takes in a night of Mexican wrestling. Luchadores are famous for their colorful costumes and Tim has long been fascinated with photographing these athletes. This Friday night match features Rudos on Rudos (bad guys versus bad guys) competing for the ultimate prize of revealing their opponents identity.

SNAPSHOT: Paralympic Athletes - Rudy Garcia-Tolson & Blake Leeper

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Through Tim's work with Challenged Athletes Foundation he's met and photographed not just amazing athletes, but truly inspirational people. Tim catches up with his old friend and Paralympic medalist Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a championship swimmer and the first athlete Tim photographed for the foundation. We also meet another Paralympic medalist and the man who hopes to become the first bilateral amputee to compete with able bodied athletes in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Blake Leeper.

NATURE: The Gathering Swarms

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Get a look at some of the planet’s great gatherings, creatures that come together in inconceivable numbers — sometimes in millions, billions, even trillions. Included are bats and bees, locusts and ants, monarch butterflies in Mexico, 17-year cicada hatches, grunion in the Sea of Cortez and carp in the Mississippi River, sardine runs off the coast of South Africa, super flocks of parakeets in the Australian Outback, mayflies on the 4th of July and even penguins and wildebeest. Check out swarm intelligence, essentially a living embodiment of social media in the natural world.

SNAPSHOT: AP Photographer - Lenny Ignelzi

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Associated Press photographer, Lenny Ignelzi sits down with the host of SNAPSHOT, Tim Mantoani, and together they pour over pictures from Lenny's historic 40 year career in San Diego. Tim and Lenny shoot a Padres home game batting practice and legendary Padres closer Trevor Hoffman also weighs in on Lenny documenting his baseball career.

Animal R&R

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"Animal R&R" is a two-part documentary about imperiled wild animals in San Diego County and the people who give them a second chance. Narrated by Joan Embery, the series follows Project Wildlife and Fund for Animals, San Diego rescue centers that take in sick, injured, lost, and orphaned wild animals. In a city well known for its celebration of exotic species, "Animal R&R" reveals the heroism and beauty of the region's humble, native creatures.

SNAPSHOT: Tintype Photography And Civil War Re-Enactment

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Tintype portraits, popular throughout the 1860s and 1870s, have a unique place in photographic history. The SNAPSHOT team discovers a Civil War re-enactment in Vista, the perfect avenue to highlight this special art form and for Tim to try his hand at making these one of a kind images. Tim takes his place amongst the soldiers to help the canon unit and he meets plenty of colorful characters along the way. Meet the inspiring people, true history buffs, recreating the past for a new generation of Civil War enthusiasts.

NATURE: Leave It To Beavers

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A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grassroots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in the effort to reverse the disastrous effects of global warming and worldwide water shortages. View these industrious rodents, once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes.

SNAPSHOT: Surfboard Shaper - Jeff McCallum

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Photographer Tim Mantoani photographs local surfboard shaper Jeff McCallum. Jeff is an artist, entrepreneur and modern day visionary in his field. Tim investigates the rich history of shaping in San Diego that has been passed down from mentor to student, while documenting Jeff's process of shaping and glassing a surfboard as it evolves into a rideable work of art.

NATURE: Shark Mountain

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Underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall have spent 25 years diving and documenting the most remote and beautiful underwater locations, always learning something new about the fantastic creatures that live there. In this episode, they take viewers along on the dive of a lifetime, to a tiny outpost 300 miles off the coast of Central America — Shark Mountain.

NATURE: Snow Monkeys

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In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys functions in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows his and her place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. One innocent little monkey, unaware of his own low status, reaches out to this lonely leader and they form a rare and remarkable bond that alters both their lives. Changing seasons bring new babies, family disagreements and tragedies. Mating season brings competition for females as the days grow shorter and colder in the rush to winter. With their now confident leader to guide them and their families to shelter and care for them, these snow monkeys are ready to face the world.

SNAPSHOT: The Luthiers - Pepe Romero Jr. And Keith Kifer

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SNAPSHOT is a half-hour magazine-style show that takes the KPBS viewer on a journey around the San Diego region, on assignment with professional photographer Tim Mantoani. Tim is famous for his portraits but what he loves more than anything is meeting new and interesting people. In the first episode, Tim brings two guitar makers together from two totally different worlds as he photographs luthiers, Pepe Romero Jr. and “The Blues Wizard”, Keith Kifer.

NATURE: Touching The Wild

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Joe Hutto has dedicated seven years of his life to becoming a wild mule deer. Ordinarily, the deer herd would run from any human, but these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own. As he crosses the species divide, Hutto taps into a new understanding of these elusive animals. His joy in his new family is infectious, but this human predator also learns to see the world from the point of view of prey — and it’s an experience that will rock him to his core; sharing their world so personally takes a toll that sends him back to his own kind.

NATURE: My Bionic Pet

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The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology can provide just what they need, and scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefiting both animals and humans.

Civil War: The Untold Story

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With the 1860 election of anti-slavery candidate Abraham Lincoln, the divisions between North and South reached their breaking point. Thirteen states from the South seceded and formed the Confederate States of America. Union military leaders, along with Lincoln himself, realized that ending the rebellion rested on controlling the Western Theater territory, the area between the Appalachians and the Mississippi River. The five-part series, CIVIL WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY, examines this well-documented conflict through the lens of the Western Campaign, which dramatically shaped the final outcome of the Civil War. Narrated by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth McGovern (DOWNTON ABBEY).

LIVE AT THE BELLY UP: The Heavy Guilt/The Earful

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Sometimes all you need is music. And sometimes you need that music live. Welcome to LIVE AT THE BELLY UP. San Diego has long been known as a hotbed of great musical talent. What’s more, San Diego is home to one of the best music venues on the West Coast. Since 1974, the Belly Up has been featuring great local bands from the Cedros Design District. Groove, dance and sing! This episode features performances by The Heavy Guilt and The Earful.

NATURE: Ireland's Wild River

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The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river — camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard or experienced before.

LIVE AT THE BELLY UP: Common Sense/Sara Petite

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Sometimes all you need is music. And sometimes you need that music live. Welcome to LIVE AT THE BELLY UP. San Diego has long been known as a hotbed of great musical talent. What’s more, San Diego is home to one of the best music venues on the West Coast. Since 1974, the Belly Up has been featuring great local bands from the Cedros Design District. Groove, dance and sing! This episode features performances by Common Sense and Sara Petite.

NATURE: Honey Badgers: Masters Of Mayhem

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“Honey badger is badass.” Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation, with 51 million hits. This “thug of the savannah” is one the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. This film follows badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.

LIVE AT THE BELLY UP: Steve Poltz/Trouble In The Wind

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Sometimes all you need is music. And sometimes you need that music live. Welcome to LIVE AT THE BELLY UP. San Diego has long been known as a hotbed of great musical talent. What’s more, San Diego is home to one of the best music venues on the West Coast. Since 1974, the Belly Up has been featuring great local bands from the Cedros Design District. Groove, dance and sing! This episode features performances by Steve Poltz and Trouble In The Wind.

LIVE AT THE BELLY UP: Stripes And Lines/Earl Thomas And The Rhumboogies

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Sometimes all you need is music. And sometimes you need that music live. Welcome to LIVE AT THE BELLY UP. San Diego has long been known as a hotbed of great musical talent. What’s more, San Diego is home to one of the best music venues on the West Coast. Since 1974, the Belly Up has been featuring great local bands from the Cedros Design District. Groove, dance and sing! This episode features performances by Stripes and Lines plus Earl Thomas and The Rhumboogies.

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