Stories by Jennifer Robinson
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
THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG is a new six-part cooking mini-series documenting the amazing life story of "the Julia Child of Chinese food in America." In the 1950s, Chinese food in the U.S. was mostly westernized Cantonese food such as chop suey and chow mein. Then, along came restaurateur Cecilia Chiang.
Artist Georgia O’Keeffe has been called the “Mother of American Modernism,” well-known for her flowing, colorful works depicting flowers and plants, dramatic cityscapes and Southwestern landscapes. This half-hour documentary highlights the artist’s career while focusing on the little-known story of O’Keeffe’s time spent in Columbia, S.C. as an art instructor at Columbia College.
Gain a unique look into America’s most famous residence when PBS airs The White House: Inside Story,” a two-hour documentary about the rich history of the White House, on July 12 at 8 p.m. Come along on an intimate, behind-the-scenes historical tour told through the first-person stories of First Family members, former employees, historians, members of the press and a rare informal interview with President Obama inside the Oval Office.
Travel back 15 years to learn the current values for previously appraised finds. Highlights include an autographed electric guitar, a Little Orphan Annie dress, ca. 1930, and a 1913 N.C. Wyeth painting. Which item values fell and which ones soared? Part human adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 20th season in 2016.
Seventy years after her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Anne Frank remains an inspiration to millions of people, and her diary is considered one of the most influential books of the 20th century. Featuring heartfelt contributions from a number of famous faces and visits to historically significant sites in Germany, Argentina, and the U.S., the documentary “The Magic Of The Diary Of Anne Frank” examines why the words of an innocent young girl continue to resonate with so many nearly a century after they were written.
In Season 5, Janet and Rachel investigate the sinister world of the Darknet, a place that offers complete anonymity to its users. A ruthless game is being played – one man challenges another to murder, leaving a chalk mark at the scene as proof. The images are loaded to a website and the baton is passed to the next killer. As more chalk marks are left, identifying more victims, will Janet and Rachel be able to stop these vicious killers before it’s too late?
In Season 5 of DEATH IN PARADISE, DI Humphrey Goodman is finally settled on the beautiful island of Saint Marie, but can’t help feeling that something‘s missing from his life. When Humphrey decides buying a boat is the answer to his problems, Dwayne correctly diagnoses a mid-life crisis – the real root of Humphrey’s malaise is a lack of love life. Confident there’s a formula to finding love, Humphrey enlists the help of Florence, only to discover the complexities of dating are more confusing than any case he’s tried to crack.
Join host Tom Bergeron for our country’s 240th birthday festivities, with performances by Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, Cassadee Pope, Amber Riley, Jackie Evancho, Sutton Foster and the Broadway cast of “On Your Feet!” with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. “A Capitol Fourth” airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network. For the first time ever, the broadcast will be live-streamed online on Facebook Live.
9 MONTHS THAT MADE YOU, a three-part series that takes viewers through the astonishing journey of human gestation and its minute-by-minute genetic process, premieres Wednesday, June 29, 2016 on PBS. Told through a series of personal stories that introduce viewers to people born with surprising and unexpected differences, the series explores just how complex the human gestational process truly is. With the help of CGI, go inside the womb to re-create the growth process of a fetus and explains how genetics can cause fascinating and unexpected mutations.
The sky is one of the world’s most challenging places to thrive, but across the planet an extraordinary and unexpected range of animals does something we can only dream of – takes to the air. This phenomenon is captured in greater detail than ever before in SUPERNATURE – WILD FLYERS. Through the use of cutting-edge camera technologies and filming techniques, the series details incredible physical adaptations and makes new discoveries that reveal how these animals have mastered the sky, as well as how taking flight is used as a survival mechanism.
What can a baby see and hear? How does a baby explore the world? Why can they swim underwater? How do they communicate? And why do toddlers have temper tantrums? The first three years are the most important of a human's entire life - it's when we learn to walk, talk and socialize. But as an adult, baby behavior is both mystifying and fascinating. Using the latest specialist filming techniques this program reveals the 'natural history' of a baby starting with newborns and following their growth and development as they become toddlers. Get ready to see your baby in a whole new way...
"Where there's smoke, there's Steven Raichlen," wrote USA Today. The man who demystified grilling and barbecuing for millions of Americans returns with a second sizzling season of STEVEN RAICHLEN'S PROJECT SMOKE. Filmed against a stunning mountain backdrop in Palm Springs, California, Raichlen takes smoked foods—and drinks—in directions you'd never imagine. From a smoking mezcalini cocktail and whiskey-brown sugar pork loin to smoke-grilled sangria and smoke-burnished suckling pig, viewers will discover all the types of foods and beverages that can be smoked. Plus, this season features a PROJECT SMOKE first: hickory-smoked ice cream for dessert.
Over the past several years, the deaths of unarmed black men like these at the hands of police officers have sparked a national debate about race, policing and civil rights, with the Department of Justice stepping in to mandate reform at several troubled police forces. Now, in a new documentary called “Policing The Police,” FRONTLINE and New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb take viewers on a rare, up-close journey inside one police department that’s been ordered to change its ways: the force in Newark, New Jersey.
The loveably quirky Father Brown (Mark Williams) cycles back on to the screens for a fourth series of mysteries in the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford. Once again, he is aided by no-nonsense parish secretary Mrs McCarthy, glamorous socialite Lady Felicia Montague and her chauffeur Sid Carter. In this series a man missing for years returns just as his wife is about to remarry, but when he’s found dead, suspicion falls on those closest to him. The village gets a dose of Hollywood glamour when a film crew arrives. And Sid’s romance with a brewer’s daughter gets complicated when he finds out she’s not only married and he is also her alibi for the night her father is murdered.
All the techniques you’ll need to make pizzeria classics at home. Learn a recipe for make-ahead pizza dough and the all-important trick you’ll need for creating a crisp crust on a spinach and three-cheese pizza. Martha shares her expert tips for making a mouth-watering sausage and roasted red pepper calzone and a pizza made in a skillet and topped with wild mushrooms for a deep dish-like pizza sensation.
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at Los Angeles Union Station. A woman questions her family’s connection to the legendary Hollywood hot-spot, Schwabb’s Pharmacy; another seeks a connection to one of the first African-American college graduates; a woman’s family tree is wrapped in a genealogical web that has captivated the Roadshow team for years; one man’s ancestor lived in the right places at the right times, finding himself connected to historic events and iconic companies; and a woman discovers a scoundrel in her family tree.
Written and directed by acclaimed writer Stephen Poliakoff (“The Lost Prince”), DANCING ON THE EDGE is a 1930s period drama detailing the rise of the Louis Lester Band – a black jazz band in London led by Louis Lester, played by BAFTA Award-Winner Chiwetel Ejiofor. As the band continues to prevail, despite the racism and classism they encounter, Louis finds himself entangled in a series of unfortunate events. He becomes a suspect in a murder case, putting him on the run and possibly leading to the band’s demise.
Follow the personal struggles of four individuals and their families as they face the huge challenges of living with epilepsy and courageously search for new treatments. The one-hour documentary also features leaders in epilepsy research, including: Dr. Orrin Devinsky, director of the NYU Langone Epilepsy Center; Dr. Robert Finkelstein, program director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; and Dr. Karen Parko, neurologist, San Francisco VA Medical Center.
Each summer, an increasing number of polar bears are converging at Kaktovik, a tiny Alaskan town on the shores of the Southern Beaufort Sea, to feast on the remains of whales left on a nearby beach by the Inupiat tribe. The film documents the immense struggle that polar bears face in the wild and how a unique relationship between the bears and the local village is shedding new light on the future of this iconic animal.
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the Providence Public Library. The passport of one woman’s ancestor reveals how her family survived the Holocaust and ended up halfway around the world; a woman discovers more about an African-American relative who served in World War I; experts unlock the mystery of one man’s Amish ties; a woman discovers how deep her roots run in the New England whaling industry; a Rhode Island macaroni company takes a woman all the way back to Italy; and one man’s search for his ancestor reveals a scandal that made headlines.
THE GREEKS, the highly anticipated new three-part miniseries tracing the innovations and legacy of an extraordinary people, airs nationally on PBS, starting June 21, 2016. In this landmark event from National Geographic Studios, historians and archaeologists, actors and athletes, scientists and artists launch a groundbreaking exploration of the ancient Greeks’ journey — not just to better understand their past, but to discover how their legacy illuminates our present, and will shape our future. From the origins of Western civilization to the first democracy to models of art, architecture and philosophy that are still mimicked today, the story of THE GREEKS is the story of us.
THE TUNNEL, a 10-part series, is set against the backdrop of Europe in crisis. When a prominent French politician is found dead on the border between the U.K. and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane, GAME OF THRONES) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II") are sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries.
Ferociously funny and heartfelt as ever, the special VICIOUS episode, titled “A Year,” charts a year in the lives of the beloved leading partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), and their friends Violet (Frances de la Tour), Ash (Iwan Rheon), Penelope (Marcia Warren) and Mason (Philip Voss). The episode opens in springtime, when Freddie and Stuart attempt to hide their recently gained inheritance, while Violet faces financial troubles after her recent divorce and Ash struggles to meet his rent.
It all began on the night of Aug. 18, 2006 on the streets of Greenwich Village in New York City. The gay-friendly neighborhood was considered a safe haven by seven close-knit African-American lesbian friends from Newark, New Jersey. It was a place they went to have a good time, to be themselves. But as the award-winning documentary “Out In The Night” chronicles, on one hot summer night, for these women, the Village would prove anything but safe. Examine the uphill battle of this group of African-American lesbians charged with attempted murder when they fought back after being threatened. The case reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in the criminal justice system.
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