Stories by Jennifer Robinson
The third hour in Santa Clara, California, features great finds that include a Booker T. Washington archive collected by Washington's former teacher; a 17th-century Chinese transitional wine pot that was mistaken for a teapot; and an Eanger Irving Couse painting featuring an iconic subject for the artist. Watch to discover which item is valued at $75,000! Host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Brian Witherell at the Computer History Museum to look at the first Apple computer.
The Illions Supreme was once the largest and most spectacular carousel from renowned master carver Marcus Charles Illions, with individual horses valued in the millions today. Incredibly, its provenance faded away under weather and cheap paint and it languished in storage for almost 60 years. Piecing it back together requires engineers and artists alike, but the results are breathtaking.
Water is serious stuff, particularly in California where drought is on everyone's minds. Water flows into our houses and it also flows into our farms and gardens. With supplies growing more limited, how do farms and gardens factor into the water equation? What are the environmental issues? We take a look at California's water supply, where it comes from, where it goes to, its impact on habitats, and how it supplies the farms and gardens that feed us.
This is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind. Elfin-like, they seem both childlike and wise beyond their years. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. The survival of this unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas, depends on strong defensive strategies and the cooperation and interdependence of them all.
A recent Southern Education Foundation report has uncovered that, for the first time in 50 years, the majority of students attending public schools in the U.S. live in poverty. An inspiring new documentary, "180 Days: Hartsville," takes a fresh look at the nation’s poverty and education challenges from a rural South Carolina town triumphing in the face of extraordinary challenges.
The aftermath of the shooting deaths of four college students at Kent State in 1970 has been called the most divisive moment in American history since the Civil War. "The Day The ’60s Died" returns to that turbulent spring 45 years ago through a compelling documentary that takes a new perspective on the incident and what followed: an exploration of how three very different worlds (U.S. college campuses, the jungles of Cambodia and the Nixon White House) collided during that month in 1970.
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With a communist victory inevitable and the U.S. readying to withdraw, many Americans on the ground worried their South Vietnamese allies and friends faced imprisonment or death at the hands of the approaching North Vietnamese. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese as possible.
On the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War, this program examines the war and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of “The Dick Cavett Show,” which featured thoughtful conversation and debate from all sides of the political spectrum. The program combines interviews from Cavett’s shows with archival footage, network news broadcasts and audio/visual material from the National Archives to provide insight and perspective on this controversial chapter of American history.
The question of who serves in America’s military has shaped battle strategy and foreign policy and stranded Americans in uniform for years on distant battlefields. From the Civil War to the conflicts of the Vietnam era, forced military service has torn the nation apart — and sometimes, as in WWII, united Americans in a common purpose. Hear how a single, controversial issue continues to define America. Part of PBS Stories of Service.
This three-part series, hosted by former U.S. dance champions Mary Murphy and Tony Meredith, features all four major styles of competitive ballroom dancing: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard and International Latin. In addition to 25 world-class couples competing to be named “America’s Best,” the series includes backstage footage of the couples preparing for competition; exhibitions featuring other top couples in each style of dance, from children to Pro-Am champions; and behind-the-scenes looks at different aspects of the world of ballroom dancing, from music to hairstyles.
You walk into a nursery, pick up a beautiful plant in one-gallon container, pay for it, take it home and plant it in your garden. Ever stop to think about how that plant got to the nursery? We aren't talking about the truck that delivered it, but rather about what it took to breed, trial, propagate, grow, and then deliver that plant to the nursery. This behind-the-scenes tour of how plants come to market will give you a whole new appreciation for the industry and for the plants you plant in your garden.
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble’s landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. But amazingly, when the telescope first sent images back to earth, it seemed that the entire project was a massive failure; a one-millimeter engineering blunder had turned the billion-dollar telescope into an object of ridicule. It fell to five heroic astronauts in a daring mission to return Hubble to the cutting edge of science. NOVA hears from the scientists and engineers on the front line who tell the amazing Hubble story as never before.
The National Mall, placed in very center of our nation’s capital, is a landscape unlike any other. Lined by some of the world’s finest museums and dotted with monuments to the country’s most revered figures, the National Mall draws millions of visitors each year. Most of them have only a vague sense of the struggles involved in creating this unique space. "The National Mall — America’s Front Yard" presents the surprising story of the Mall’s birth and evolution.
The first comprehensive overview of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and its aftermath, "The Great Invisible" interweaves personal stories, insight from industry insiders, and news footage of the disaster and its aftermath, creating an intimate and emotional look at the people still haunted by the explosion long after the story has faded from the front page. Directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Margaret Brown and winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Award, "The Great Invisible" premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS on PBS and on Pivot, Participant Media’s television network, on the fifth anniversary of the disaster, Monday, April 20, 2015.
Highlights include an Italian hotel proprietor’s autograph book that includes signatures from John Steinbeck, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain; a Margaret Keane “Big Eye” painting; and a collection of 1936-1939 Edward Weston photographs, previously owned by Academy Award-winning special effects artist Warren Newcombe, and now valued at $180,000 to $260,000.
In this lesson, Martha shares her love of citrus with four favorite recipes: a light and airy orange chiffon cake bursting with flavor, Shaker lemon pie with a three-ingredient filling, mouthwatering lime squares with pistachio graham-cracker crust and an upside-down cake made with three kinds of citrus.
Filmmaker David Grubin, the son of a general practitioner, takes his camera across the country to uncover a quiet revolution happening in medicine. From Maine to Mississippi, Alaska to California, he visits physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who are placing the patient at the center of their practice — transforming the way medical care is delivered while lowering costs. The film shows how a patient-centered philosophy can improve health outcomes and enrich the lives of patients.
FRONTLINE investigates American-born terrorist David Coleman Headley, who helped plan the deadly 2008 siege on Mumbai. In collaboration with ProPublica, the film reveals how secret electronic surveillance missed catching the Mumbai plotters, and how Headley planned another Charlie Hebdo-like assault against a Danish newspaper.
During the Depression of 1911, bringing fingerling fish from the East Coast to stock Midwest lakes as a food source was big business. Railroad cars known as "fish cars" contained water tanks for the small fish and elegant Victorian accommodations for the crew. All of these rare cars have disappeared except the Badger #2. Join a Wisconsin team for a complex restoration and a glimpse into a rarely-seen chapter of U.S. history.
Every vegetable or fruit gardener has faced the dilemma of too much, all at once, much more than they can eat fresh. The issue becomes, how to preserve that harvest and enjoy it throughout the year. In this episode, we make jam from tomatoes, preserve home grown lemons the Moroccan way, pickle cucumbers, beets, fennel, and onions, make kimchi from cabbages, smoke peppers, and so much more. We'll show you a panoply of preservation, from our kitchens to yours.
Test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to the best homemade Cioppino. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of fire-roasted tomatoes. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus uncovers the best seltzer makers. And finally, test cook Bryan Roof shows Chris how to make Shrimp Fra Diavolo at home.
A landmark historical film discovered by FRONTLINE in a museum vault decades ago has been called “Hitchcock’s lost Holocaust film.” First broadcast by the series in 1985, the documentary shows the first horrifying footage shot as Allied troops entered the Nazi death camps. Drawing on initial editing done by famed director Alfred Hitchcock before the film was shelved 70 years ago, FRONTLINE reconstituted the forgotten reels and script and showed them in public for the first time 30 years ago.
"The Homestretch" follows three remarkable homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a more stable future. Each of these smart, resilient teenagers – Roque, Kasey, and Anthony – challenge stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while coping with the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film explores their plights within the larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.
Built in Atlantic City in 1929, the Midmer-Losh still holds the title as the world’s largest musical instrument, as well as the world’s most complicated mechanical system. With over 33,000 pipes, and blowers requiring hundreds of horsepower, this Goliath requires an involved 10-million-dollar restoration and takes viewers back to an era unequaled in design and craftsmanship.
Throughout her four-decade career, music superstar Annie Lennox has defied categorization, diving into blues, soul, folk and pop to create songs that captivate and transcend boundaries. In her latest album, "Nostalgia," Lennox reveals yet another dimension to her formidable talent. Although jazz is not the genre for which she is best known, she could no longer resist the magnetic pull of some of the most memorable melodies and lyrics from the American Songbook—songs like “Summertime,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “I Cover the Waterfront” and “God Bless the Child.” Lennox’s sublime interpretations bring a hypnotic intimacy to these timeless classics.
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 (John Nettles).
This episode takes us to some of California's most impressive garden tours and garden shows. We start in the Anza Borrego Desert to see how resourceful and creative gardeners create beauty in spite of punishing heat, sun, and very little water. We go to the coast where lush, low water gardens are filled with art and imagination. And we head to the San Francisco Flower Show, California's biggest and best show of all.
"Inside The Court Of Henry VIII," directed by Peter Chinn, gives insight into the intrigue and politics that underlay the royal court, examining the backdrop to one of the most famous and tyrannical reigns in British history, as well as the ongoing legacy of King Henry VIII. Filmed on location at palaces and other places of historical significance - from Anne Boleyn’s childhood home at Hever Castle to the great buildings of Hampton Court, Lambeth Palace and The Tower of London - the documentary provides five historians’ expert commentary on the reality of life under King Henry VIII interspersed with sumptuous dramatic reconstructions of key events that shaped the period.
Animals, like humans, need a place they can call home to provide a safe and stable place to raise a family, but they go about building it in entirely different ways. Whether it is a bird’s nest, bear den, beaver lodge or spider web, these are homes of great complexity, constructed from a wide range of natural as well as man-made materials. This three-part series investigates just how animals build their remarkable homes around the globe and the intriguing behaviors and social interactions that take place in and around them. Hosting the series is ecologist Chris Morgan ("Siberian Tiger Quest," "Bears of the Last Frontier"), who serves as guide and real estate agent. He evaluates and deconstructs animal abodes, their materials, location, neighborhood and aesthetics.
Tony® Award-winning actor Mark Rylance ("Twelfth Night") and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Damian Lewis (HOMELAND) star in the six-hour television miniseries adapted from Hilary Mantel’s best-selling Booker Prize-winning novels: "Wolf Hall" and its sequel, "Bring Up the Bodies." The television event presents an intimate and provocative portrait of Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant and enigmatic consigliere to King Henry VIII, as he maneuvers the corridors of power at the Tudor court. MASTERPIECE brings both of these works to life in WOLF HALL, premiering on Sundays, April 5-May 10, 2015 on PBS.
With Yemen in chaos, a gripping report from the heart of the escalating conflict. The film exposes the violent feuds tearing the country apart, the rival anti-American and Al Qaeda aligned forces fighting for control and the dangerous consequences for the region. FRONTLINE in conjunction with BBC Arabic brings this special report from inside the war zone.
Once considered the Rolls Royce of fire engines, the Ahrens Fox was a shining emblem of 1920s civic pride in Kansas City, a rolling work of art that could shoot water to the top of a 40-story building. Now just a rusty relic, a surviving Ahrens Fox challenges volunteer firefighter Doug Klink and his crew to keep their senses of humor as they piece the massive vehicle back together from the drive shaft to the gold leaf detailing.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is in Birmingham, where host Mark L. Walberg heads to the historic site of Sloss Furnaces with appraiser Stuart Whitehurst to learn about iron antiques and the history of the iron and steel industry. Highlights include 1968 letters from a young Bill Clinton that include his candid opinions on politics and war; a Lalique hood ornament in an uncommon amethyst color; and a 1952 John Falter illustration valued at $200,000 to $250,000 in today’s hot illustration art market.
Now settled on the sun-baked island of Saint Marie, Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman has come to terms with his painful split from his wife and finally resolved to confess his feelings for his beautiful Detective Sergeant, Camille Bordey. But when he discovers she may be leaving the island for good, Humphrey has an impossible choice to make – will he follow his heart or let Camille’s career take priority?
Learn everything you need to know about baking with phyllo, as Martha shares some of her favorites: ruffled milk pie, an elegant dessert that’s often served as part of a traditional Greek Easter celebration; a savory Moroccan meat pie known as bisteeya; and baklava, a layered pastry made with chopped nuts. Plus, spanakopita, a traditional Greek spinach pie.
Highlights include hand-colored Andy Warhol lithographs that were stuck on a shelf for around 20 years; a pair of southern dolls that includes an “Alabama baby” doll purchased for 50 cents; and a Frederic Remington portrait with a letter from the artist to the owner’s great-grandmother, appraised together for $600,000 to $800,000.
Welcome back to the world of Father Brown. This is England in the 1950s – a countryside dotted with small villages, rural parish churches and large country houses. Each episode sees Father Brown investigate a crime in his own particular way, using intuition and psychology. Once again, the enigmatic priest is aided by his no-nonsense parish secretary Mrs. McCarthy, glamorous socialite Lady Felicia Montague and her chauffeur Sid Carter.
In this episode, we search out some of the champion trees listed on the California Big Tree Registry. From San Luis Obispo where the Registry is housed, all the way to Los Angeles where, with the help of a big tree hunter, we climb a giant floss silk tree to measure and crown it as a new champion. We visit San Simeon where William Randolph Hearst honored enormous ancient native oaks by building his castle around them, never cutting down a single tree. And we see native and exotic champion trees, and learn why it's important to recognize and sustain these giants among us.
Witness groundbreaking fetal surgery in this miniseries that takes an intimate, inside look at the Special Delivery Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where rare surgeries are performed on babies inside the womb. With exclusive access to the elite unit, experience rarely seen, real-time footage of operations on fetuses. Join expectant parents who face a gut-wrenching decision: Should they take a leap of faith to repair birth defects with pre-natal surgery, even if it means they could lose their child? Gain insight into the lives of an unusual team of doctors who have defied skeptics and chosen to pursue this high-risk, high-reward career path.
All sales are final as Harry Selfridge gambles his store, his fortune, and his personal happiness on an audacious retail strategy in MR. SELFRIDGE, Season 3. With three-time Emmy® winner Jeremy Piven (ENTOURAGE) back as the irrepressible Harry, the dazzling eight-part series airs on MASTERPIECE, Sundays, March 29 - May 17, 2015 at 9 p.m. on KPBS.
Ken Burns presents CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, a film by Barak Goodman, a three-part, six-hour documentary series. This film tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. It interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.
Alabama Shakes delivered a crushingly electric set at the Loveless Barn, located directly behind Nashville’s famous Loveless Cafe. The crowd of 500 cheered each song as the band delivered a thrillingly uninhibited show. The band dashed through blistering rockabilly boogies, eruptive country-soul ballads, and more from their 2012 debut album, "Boys & Girls," and the collection of new material earmarked for a much-anticipated follow-up.
"Little White Lie" tells filmmaker Lacey Schwartz’s personal story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, New York, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite occasional remarks from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believed her family’s explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather but, when her parents abruptly split, her gut started to tell her something different.
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