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Stories by Jennifer Robinson

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CIVILIZATIONS

April 9
By Jennifer Robinson

Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Programs reveal the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures.

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FIRST CIVILIZATIONS (New Series Premiere)

April 23
By Jennifer Robinson

Explore the seedbed civilizations of Mesoamerica, the Middle East and the Indus Valley to learn how and why early humans, who had been mobile foragers, created villages, towns, cities and states, establishing the blueprint for the modern world.

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FRONTLINE: Trafficked In America

April 23
By Jennifer Robinson

Get the inside story of Guatemalan teens forced to work against their will in Ohio. An investigation of labor trafficking exposes a criminal network exploiting undocumented minors, companies profiting from forced labor and the U.S. government’s role.

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A GROWING PASSION: From Fruits To Nuts (New Season 6 Premiere)

April 12
By Jennifer Robinson

In this new episode of A GROWING PASSION, see how fruit tree breeders revolutionized the world of stone fruits, apples, pears and almonds.

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AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED: Season 18 (New Season Premiere)

April 11
By Jennifer Robinson

This season, the cast grills chicken drumsticks and swordfish skewers; harnesses the power of science to make stovetop macaroni and cheese and roasted beef tenderloin; and shares the secrets behind several dishes, including authentic pad thai, the easiest ever broiled chicken, and perfect chocolate sheet cake. They also demonstrate how to perfect classic dishes of the Mediterranean diet and master vegan food that even non-vegans will love.

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Symphony For Nature: The Britt Orchestra At Crater Lake

April 11
By Jennifer Robinson

This vibrant documentary portrays an extraordinary musical experience inspired by and performed at the edge of Oregon's legendary Crater Lake. In 2016, the Britt Music & Arts Festival brought more than 130 musicians to Crater Lake National Park to perform the world premiere of a bold new orchestral work.

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True North: The Sean Swarner Story

April 11
By Jennifer Robinson

The film follows inspirational adventurer and two-time cancer survivor Sean Swarner on his quest to reach the North Pole, and become the world’s first cancer survivor to complete the Explorer’s Grand Slam — scaling the highest point on all seven continents and then hiking to the North and South Poles.

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INDEPENDENT LENS: Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky

April 11
By Jennifer Robinson

Experience the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind's eye of award-winning writer and farmer Wendell Berry, back home in his native Henry County, Kentucky.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Portland - Hour 3

April 9
By Jennifer Robinson

Uncover West Coast wonders such as a Pablo Picasso "Grand Oiseau Vert" pot; an Ottoman zarf made around 1875; and a Tiffany Studios "Bookmark" desk set from around 1924. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is coming to San Diego and we have tickets! Enter to win a ticket to the taping: http://ul.ink/C39A

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Green Bay - Hour 1

April 10
By Jennifer Robinson

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visits Green Bay for the first time ever. Highlights include a 1967 Green Bay Packers “Ice Bowl” sign; a 1636 Rembrandt “Christ Before Pilate” etching; and an 1849-1850 Gold Rush diary.

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NOVA: Decoding The Weather Machine

April 10
By Jennifer Robinson

Join scientists around the globe as they cut through the confusion to better understand climate change and help define the way forward.

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will.i.am And Friends - Landmarks Live In Concert: A GREAT PERFORMANCES Special

April 10
By Jennifer Robinson

Experience will.i.am in a one-night-only event from London’s Royal Albert Hall featuring performances of hits “Scream & Shout,” “I Gotta Feeling,” “Let’s Get It Started” and “Where is the Love?” with members of the Black Eyed Peas and special guests.

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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Island Murder

April 10
By Jennifer Robinson

Discover the truth behind the scandalous 1930s rape and murder case involving a Navy wife, her society mother, Clarence Darrow and five nonwhite Hawai`ians that shook the island paradise and exposed the racial tensions roiling beneath the surface.

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FRONTLINE: McCain

April 9
By Jennifer Robinson

Examine Sen. John McCain’s complicated relationship with President Trump and his own Republican Party. A look at McCain’s life and politics, from POW in Vietnam to choosing Sarah Palin as running mate to his vote against the GOP’s health care bill.

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INDEPENDENT LENS: What Lies Upstream

April 9
By Jennifer Robinson

Travel to West Virginia with investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback in this detective story that uncovers the troubling truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months.

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NATURE: Sex, Lies And Butterflies

April 2
By Jennifer Robinson

Explore the astounding abilities of butterflies – deceptive camouflage, chemical weaponry, and fantastic flight. Look beyond their bright colors and fragile beauty as you follow them on one of the greatest migrations on Earth.

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POV: Bill Nye: Science Guy

April 6
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow Bill Nye, once the host of the popular kids show, as he seeks to change the world through science. He’s shedding the “Science Guy” costume with the goal of creating a more scientifically literate world.

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GI Jews - Jewish Americans In World War II

April 5
By Jennifer Robinson

Discover the story of these brave servicemen and women who fought for equality and tolerance around the world. Featuring new interviews with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Henry Kissinger, the late Bea Cohen and others.

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The Price Of Peace: A Personal Exploration By Johan Norberg

April 5
By Jennifer Robinson

This film examines the use of deterrence of enemy aggression in the past, and the efforts to sustain it in the current era of rogue nations and nuclear proliferation.

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Jesus: Countdown To Calvary

April 5
By Jennifer Robinson

Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, there is no denying the impact Jesus of Nazareth has had on world history, particularly the events surrounding his death. Hugh Bonneville, well-known actor and a Cambridge theology graduate, travels to Jerusalem in search of answers.

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FRONTLINE: Trump's Takeover

April 4
By Jennifer Robinson

Venture inside President Trump’s high-stakes battle for control of the Republican Party. Learn how Trump attacked fellow Republicans and used inflammatory rhetoric that rallied his base and further divided the country in his first year as president.

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SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Hannibal In The Alps

April 4
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow a team of experts as they solve the enduring mystery of exactly where Hannibal and his troops crossed the Alps to launch a surprise attack on Rome.

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INDEPENDENT LENS: The Art Of The Shine

April 4
By Jennifer Robinson

Meet the unforgettable people who are turning the job of shoe shiner into an art form. From La Paz to Toronto to New York, these proud craftsmen are transforming an all-but-ignored job into a fulfilling life of freedom and personal connection.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Portland - Hour 2

April 3
By Jennifer Robinson

Take a passage to Portland to learn more about antique and vintage items like a 1942 Oregon State jacket and Rose Bowl trophy, a Ming Dynasty celadon bowl, and Evel Knievel leathers from around 1967.

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MASTERPIECE: Unforgotten: Season 1

April 3
By Jennifer Robinson

Follow a stone-cold case of murder that tests the wits of crime-solving duo DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker, LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX) and DS Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar, INDIAN SUMMERS).

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CROSSING SOUTH: Polo & Oryx (New!)

March 26
By Jennifer Robinson

Host Jorge Meraz visits a Polo club in the Valley of Guadalupe, Ensenada. He learns about the origins of the sport, from its early days as a training game for a king's calvary unit to its modern day reputation as an exclusive activity for the affluent.

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Colored Frames

April 2
By Jennifer Robinson

“Colored Frames” reflects on the last 50 years in African-American art by exploring the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists. Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, it provides a truthful, unflinching look at often-ignored artists and their progeny.

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INDEPENDENT LENS: When God Sleeps

March 28
By Jennifer Robinson

Explore the journey of Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death, incensed by a rap song that focuses on the oppression of women, sexism, and human rights abuses.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Portland - Hour 1

March 28
By Jennifer Robinson

Travel to the City of Roses for fantastic finds such as "Heller in Pink Tights" movie credits; a mid-century modern Eero Saarinen Womb settee; and a Lincoln-inscribed photograph from about 1860.

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Celtic Woman - Homecoming: Ireland

March 28
By Jennifer Robinson

Celebrate the timeless emotion of Ireland’s centuries-old heritage in this live concert filmed in Dublin. Celtic Woman combines the country’s finest musical talents with epic stage production to present a uniquely inspiring live experience.

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THIS OLD HOUSE: Charleston Southern Charm

March 28
By Jennifer Robinson

A new series begins in Charleston, South Carolina, where Kevin and the team introduce two projects: a brick 1840s "single house" — unique to Charleston's historic downtown district — and a multi-generational 1890s home in a nearby transitioning neighborhood.

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HINTERLAND: Season 1

March 27
By Jennifer Robinson

HINTERLAND is noir crime drama set in the scenic, centuries-old town of Aberystwyth, Wales. Into this realm steps the enigmatic DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington - POLDARK), a brilliant but troubled man on the run from his past.

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A PLACE TO CALL HOME: Season 4

March 26
By Jennifer Robinson

Brimming with passion, romance, and intrigue, this series explores the ties that hold families together – and the betrayals that can tear them apart. Season 4 continues following the lives of the complicated and wealthy Bligh family as they adapt to the rapid societal changes sweeping through 1950s Australia.

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CROSSING SOUTH: Children's Hospital & A Trip To The Dentist (New!)

March 26
By Jennifer Robinson

Host Jorge Meraz visits the only pediatric medical specialty in Northwestern Mexico. He also explores what other medical services Tijuana has to offer.

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CROSSING SOUTH: Orphans & Casa Mayoral (New!)

March 26
By Jennifer Robinson

Jorge visits Rancho de los Ninos, an orphanage located in Baja California, to see how orphaned youth are provided and cared for. He also meets a charming international couple that turned a family ranch into a peaceful bed and breakfast.

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CROSSING SOUTH: El Cielo & Montefiori Wine (New!)

March 26
By Jennifer Robinson

Host Jorge Meraz visits two different wineries located in beautiful Guadalupe Valley, Ensenada. He starts off with a tour of El Cielo's luscious vineyards, and finishes off with some wine tasting at Montefiori winery.

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CROSSING SOUTH: Train To Tecate & Verde Crema (New!)

March 26
By Jennifer Robinson

Take a seasonal train ride from Tijuana to Tecate, complete with a food festival experience. Host Jorge Meraz samples On the way back, it's a mariachi performance with the landscape whizzing by.

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WWII Mega Weapons: Battleship Yamato

March 23
By Jennifer Robinson

Learn how Japan, in a bid to dominate the Pacific, builds the biggest battleship in the world — a floating fortress with the most powerful guns and the thickest armor ever mounted on a warship.

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CROSSING SOUTH: Artisanal Coffee & Tacos (New Season 7 Premiere)

March 21
By Jennifer Robinson

On this new episode, host Jorge Meraz explores the finest coffee spots in Tijuana, and visits a seafood taco place that had its origins on a food truck.

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Mankiller

March 22
By Jennifer Robinson

Learn about the legacy of Wilma Mankiller, who overcame sexism to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman principal chief. Through archival footage and interviews, "Mankiller" examines the life of one of the country’s most important woman leaders.

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INDEPENDENT LENS: Dolores

March 21
By Jennifer Robinson

Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant – and unheralded – feminist activists of the 20th century.

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The Rise And Fall Of The Brown Buffalo

March 21
By Jennifer Robinson

This is a fresh and genre-defying film about the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author and countercultural icon Oscar Zeta Acosta — the basis for the character Dr. Gonzo in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," written by legendary journalist-provocateur Hunter S. Thompson.

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Alan Jackson Precious Memories

March 14
By Jennifer Robinson

Recorded to honor his mother's request that he release an album of gospel classics, Alan Jackson's "Precious Memories" CD quickly made its way to the top of the charts and into the hearts of fans. The concert that followed was taped at the historic Ryman, known as "The Mother Church of Country Music" in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Before I Kick The Bucket

March 20
By Jennifer Robinson

What would you do if you were told you only had months to live? In the heart-warming and life-affirming documentary, a terminally ill young woman with a wicked sense of humor, goes in search of a bucket list by writing and presenting two documentaries, reaching out to other terminally ill patients, and planning an amazing 40th birthday party.

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Into The Night: Portraits Of Life And Death

March 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Learn how an astrophysicist, preacher, philosopher and artisanal mortician grapple with universal questions of mortality. Weaving science, cryonics, near-death stories and green burials, this film invites us to rethink our place in the universe.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: St. Louis - Hour 3

March 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Meet ROADSHOW in St. Louis to search for vintage and antique treasures, including a 1920 Grace Ravlin oil painting; a Michael Jackson-signed fedora and photo from around 1990; and a Tiffany GMT-Master Rolex, ca. 1963.

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The Homeless Chorus Speaks

March 19
By Jennifer Robinson

Founded by musicians and homeless advocates, Nina Deering and Steph Johnson, this film chronicles their efforts to bring people off the street to a small church to sing and perform at venues throughout San Diego. While singing inspirational songs such as "Over the Rainbow," "We are Family," their voices soar, and the harsh realities of the street evaporate.

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MARTHA BAKES: Season 9

March 13
By Jennifer Robinson

Learn to create the finest desserts and goodies in your own home. Martha Stewart shares the best baking tips and techniques, giving you the confidence to create delectable baked goods — from scratch — in your own kitchen. Season 9 — cookies! — begins March 31 on KPBS TV.

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CALL THE MIDWIFE: Season 7

March 12
By Jennifer Robinson

Poplar welcomes Lucille Anderson, the first West Indian midwife to be featured as a series regular. Tested as never before, the nuns and nurses face challenging issues, from leprosy, tokophobia and stroke to Huntington’s chorea and unmarried mothers.

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The Child In Time On MASTERPIECE

March 9
By Jennifer Robinson

A moment of distraction triggers a crisis in the lives of a happy, successful British couple in Ian McEwan's haunting tale of a lost child and redeemed love, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (SHERLOCK) and Kelly Macdonald (BOARDWALK EMPIRE).

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