Stories by Jennifer Robinson
Six new documentaries in the MAKERS project feature groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Each program will profile prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations. In the first episode, track the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like MAUDE to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom to today’s multifaceted landscape.
Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank and even date online. Computers hold our treasured photographs, private emails, and all of our personal information. This data is precious — and cybercriminals want it. In "Rise Of The Hackers," NOVA goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math and a new field called “ultra-paranoid computing,” all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers.
Take a hilarious year-long ride with Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life. The film peels away the mask of an iconic comedian, laying bare both the struggle and thrill of life as a groundbreaking female performer fighting to keep her career thriving. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg ("The Devil Came on Horseback," "The Trials of Darryl Hunt") expose the private dramas of this irreverent, legendary comedian as she fights to keep her career thriving in a business driven by youth and beauty.
New York City mayors have a world stage on which to strut and they have made legendary use of it. Yet few have matched the bravado, combativeness and egocentricity that Ed Koch brought to the office during his three terms from 1978 to 1989. As Neil Barsky’s film recounts, Koch was more than the blunt, funny man New Yorkers either loved or hated. Elected in the 1970s during the city’s fiscal crisis, he was a new Democrat for the dawning Reagan era — fiscally conservative and socially liberal. “Koch” finds the former mayor politically active to the end (he died in 2013) — still winning the affection of many New Yorkers while driving others to distraction.
COOK'S COUNTRY features the best regional home cooking — from potluck dinners and holiday favorites to simple suppers and lost recipes. The Daytime Emmy®- nominated series takes the same practical, no-nonsense and scientific approach as Cook’s Countrymagazine by providing home cooks with foolproof recipes and cooking techniques developed through rigorous investigation and careful testing. In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Quicker Cinnamon Buns at home. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of frozen orange juice. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to “impossible” Ham-and-Cheese Pie.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is in Knoxville, Tennessee, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Ken Farmer head to the Museum of Appalachia to discuss Appalachian musical instruments. Highlights include a Tiffany pottery vase, circa 1905, that was purchased at an estate sale for $75 and is now valued at $9,000 to $12,000; a shoe belonging to Robert Wadlow, the tallest human recorded in history; and a Chinese gilt bronze Amida Buddah, circa 1550, that is unusual in size and is appraised for $40,000 to $60,000.
Take a comprehensive look at 19 iconic baby boomers — one born each year of the boom, 1946-1964. Intimate interviews by filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders focus on these individuals’ exceptional achievements, struggles and identities, sharing the experiences of these extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through and often created. Subjects illuminate the key movements and changes that shaped the world during the baby boom years, discussing the environment; arts and entertainment; science; civil, LGBT and women’s rights; law; politics; public service; sports; the military; technology and media.
FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. - Season 2: In Search Of Our Fathers (New Season Premiere)
From AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES (2006) through the first season of FINDING YOUR ROOTS (2012), Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been helping people identify relatives hidden for generations. Professor Gates employs a team of genealogists and the world’s leading geneticists to uncover the origins of a diverse group of 30 guests. Each of the 10 episodes will feature three guests bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden, link, as Gates treks through layers of ancestral history, uncovers secrets and surprises, and shares life-altering discoveries. Stephen King, Courtney B. Vance and Gloria Reuben are featured in the premiere episode.
The life of a penguin is not an easy one, but recording the challenges faced by nature’s most devoted parents and their offspring in remote parts of the world was nearly as hard, and only possible due to the placement of spycams in their midst. For nearly a year, filmmakers deployed 50 animatronic cameras disguised as realistic life-size penguins, eggs and rocks to infiltrate the colonies of three very different species: emperor penguins in Antarctica, rockhopper penguins on the Falkland Islands, and Humboldt penguins in Peru’s Atacama Desert. The resulting footage shows what it is really like to be a penguin from a whole new perspective.
Acclaimed British actress Julia McKenzie (CRANFORD) returns as spinster sleuth Miss Marple in three new episodes of the popular Agatha Christie’s MISS MARPLE series. In the first episode, see how Miss Marple and a curmudgeonly tycoon unravel a web of deceit, murder and “dark magic.” In the second episode, follow Miss Marple’s search for truth, past and present, at the home of an eccentric botanist. In the final episode, chart the misfortunes of a couple who ignored warnings and built a home on allegedly cursed land.
The valiant defense of Fort McHenry on the night of September 13, 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” His message 200 years ago and the poem he set to music quickly spread and became the rallying cry for the new nation. Today, “The Star Spangled Banner” plays a central part in our everyday lives, but it wasn’t until 1931 that Congress declared it our national anthem. On the occasion of the anthem’s 200th birthday, GREAT PERFORMANCES and Maryland Public Television present an entertainment event on the beautiful Baltimore Harbor front to commemorate the anthem’s creation and the courageous battle that inspired it.
This documentary takes you inside the studio of Southern California artist David Adey, an award-winning San Diego-based artist and professor who has garnered national recognition for his work. Director Dale Schierholt, best known for his films on acclaimed artist such as Louise Nevelson and Robert Indiana, spent a year with Adey observing the creation of new work and engaging in the intimate conversations with the artist that are the hallmark of his filmmaking style.
Christopher Kimball and the cast of the Daytime Emmy-nominated AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN use a common-sense, practical approach to solve everyday cooking problems and help viewers save time and money. In this episode, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to making the ultimate Lemon Chiffon Pie at home. Then, gadget guru Lisa McManus reviews her favorite new coffee gadgets. Finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make perfect marbled Blueberry Bundt Cake.
The hour-long "Rick Steves' Special: The Holy Land, Israelis And Palestinians Today" weaves together both the Israeli and the Palestinian narratives to better understand a place that is, for a third of humanity, literally holy land. The crossroads for three great religions, the Holy Land has been coveted and fought over for centuries. Host Rick Steves visits the major sights, but delves deeper to better understand and empathize with both peoples.
Tijuana Innovadora shows off innovation, El Mazateño tacos serves us flavor, Entijuanarte gives us art. In this episode, we visit the Tijuana Innovadora event which showcases all the industry, innovations and technology going on South of the border. After learning about the cars, video games, and other interesting things, follow along as Jorge visits one of TJ's favorite taco places, El Mazateño. Lastly, we get meet the creative and talented local artists at the art expo called Entijuanarte.
Country superstar Tim McGraw tore through a dozen songs during his taping of LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN, including hits “Southern Girl” and “One of Those Nights” as well as his latest single, “Lookin’ For That Girl.” Set among the neo-classical columns of the century-old former bank building, McGraw also previewed a number of songs from his forthcoming album, due out later this year.
Ken Burns’s seven-part documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The 14-hour series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative, following the family’s story for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th president of the United States and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry her fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd president. Together, they redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, and redefined, as well, the role of the United States within the wider world.
Mark Evans travels to the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay, where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities. He arrives in the town of Churchill hours after an attack has left two people seriously injured and a bear dead. He joins the Polar Bear Alert team as they transport a captured bear by helicopter to a release site outside town. In the Inuit town of Arviat, Evans works with wildlife officers to test an aerial drone early warning system, a military grade ultra-loud speaker to deter bears, and a controversial experiment to place meat out on the tundra to keep bears away from town.
Mark Evans travels to Namibia’s Chobe River, a place that’s known as the croc attack capital of the world. Crocodiles here are growing in size and number and so is the frequency of attacks. Each time an attack occurs, the locals kill crocs in retaliation. To find a way to keep both people and crocodiles safe, Evans joins leading croc experts Rom Whitaker and Dr. Patrick Aust to carry out a radical new experiment. The idea is to train crocs to associate the sound of a bell with an electric shock. Evans meets attack victims and puts the croc training experiment to the test, with surprising results.
Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. The new NOVA special Vaccines – Calling the Shots takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, and shed light on the risks of opting out. Featuring scientists, pediatricians, psychologists, anthropologists, and parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions.
"F.S. Key And The Song That Built America" celebrates the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." Key, a constitutional lawyer, famously penned the lyrics following the 12-hour bombardment of Ft. McHenry in September 1814. Against a backdrop of history, and through the eyes of Key's loving wife Polly (played by Deborah Hazlett), the film highlights Key’s personal life, legal career and artistic development.
In August of 1943, the last surviving clandestine radio operator in Paris desperately signaled London for additional weapons and explosives for the French underground. She knew her time was limited. Within a month, she too would be taken. This is the story of a woman’s extraordinary courage, tested in the crucible of Nazi-occupied Paris. With an American mother and Indian Sufi father, Noor Inayat Khan was an unusual British agent; her life spent growing up in a Sufi spiritual center in Paris seemed an unlikely preparation for the dangerous work to come. Yet it was in this place of universal peace and contemplation that her remarkable courage was forged.
This tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams features one of his last full-length interviews for the PIONEERS OF TELEVISION series, including never-before-seen comments on his life and comedic and dramatic work, as well as tributes to Williams by those who knew and worked with him, and clips from his career.
From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London emblems of historic British democracy. Today, this building stands as a monument to a fair and open political system, but was this always the case? Go inside its gothic walls and discover the hidden worlds of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, where back-stabbing, intrigue and traditions are the order of the day. Around the corner is one of the world’s most famous churches, Westminster Abbey, steeped in Anglo-Saxon myth and legend, royal extortion and … dead people. More than 3,000 great men and women have been buried or memorialized here throughout the ages.
From the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, FRONTLINE follows health officials tracking the deadly disease and trying to stop its rampant spread. With special access to teams fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone, the film shows how the outbreak is endangering health- care workers, overwhelming hospitals and getting worse. Also this hour, FRONTLINE investigates accounts that members of the Nigerian military have been committing atrocities in the fight against Boko Haram – the Islamist militants who kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April. Amid worldwide pressure to find the girls, FRONTLINE uncovers shocking videos showing arrests, torture and summary executions of alleged Boko Haram suspects.
Gerald Hadleigh, the secretary of the writers circle in the quiet village of Midsomer Worthy, was never in favor of inviting the best-selling novelist Max Jennings to attend one of their meetings. When Hadleigh is found brutally battered to death, the other members of the circle wish they had heeded his reluctance. Barnaby and Troy discover that Hadleigh was a man of mystery, with no National Insurance number, no relatives and no marriage certificate to match the wedding photo on display in his house. When another body is found, they have a double murder on their hands.
Mark Evans travels to Western Australia, where seven people have been killed by sharks in the last three years. Authorities have implemented radical measures to catch and kill any shark they deem a threat. Evans wants to find non-lethal solutions to keep people — and sharks — safe. He enters the water to attach tracking tags to great whites; joins beach patrol teams searching for sharks; and tests a new “multi-spectral” camera that spots sharks from the air even when they are hidden several meters underwater.
This program uses only news and documentary footage -- past and present -- to detail the life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th Century. There is minimal narration in this film and no interviews. Instead, "The Fidel Castro Tapes" relies on the words of journalists who covered the major events in Fidel Castro's life to tell the story. It is a unique approach, one that gives the viewer a chance to experience the life and times of Cuba's leader as if they were actually living through them.
This is a probing portrait of the four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas — and in the face of intense protest from abortion opponents. Rather than offering solutions, “After Tiller” presents the complexities of these women’s difficult decisions and the compassion and ethical dilemmas of the doctors and staff who fear for their own lives as they treat their patients.
Jack Davenport ("Pirates of the Caribbean," SMASH) stars as a brilliant London surgeon in 1961, when doctors were treated like gods and acted the part. Also starring in this stylish story of a dark secret amid the complexities of the sexual revolution are Zoe Boyle (DOWNTON ABBEY), Catherine Steadman (“Mansfield Park”), Iain Glen (DOWNTON ABBEY), Natasha Little (CASE HISTORIES), Oliver Chris (“Sharpe’s Challenge”), Joanna Page ("Love Actually") and Shaun Dingwall (TOUCHING EVIL).
Sample the upcoming Ken Burns documentary THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY in this exclusive PBS Preview. Patricia Clarkson hosts this behind-the-scenes look at the seven-part series, as filmmaker Burns describes how he brings the story of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt to life. Follow the camera crews into the grand estates and intimate cottages of the Roosevelts. Visit the studio as Burns records the voices of the stars who read the diaries, letters and contemporary accounts of this noteworthy family. And see clips from the monumental series that traces more than a century of life with, as Burns calls them, “the most influential family in American history.”
Eat your way to better health with advice from one of the nation’s leading authorities. Nutritionist and #1 New York Times best-selling author Joy Bauer offers compelling information on how specific foods can help manage, treat and in some instances even reverse common health conditions. Learn food remedies to lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure, fight off wrinkles and promote a radiant complexion, relieve arthritis pain and boost energy, enhance brain power and protect memory — and smart secrets to losing weight and keeping it off.
A compelling departure from much of television fare, "Red Rock Serenade" takes viewers on a meditative journey through the breathtaking scenery of the American West’s iconic red rock country, including Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Grand Canyon National Parks — all set to music by some of the world’s greatest classical composers, including Bach, Brahms, Chopin and Beethoven.
"Everything Comes From The Streets" features the men and women who pioneered and shaped the unique car customizing tradition of lowriding among Chicanos and Mexicans in San Diego, California, and the borderlands. The documentary tells the stories of the car craftsmen who first experimented with lowering and custom-painting cars in the 1950; later generations of lowriders who used old airplane hydraulic parts to modify their cars; and some of the first women lowriders who organized their own car clubs. This inspiring portrait of a community determined by creative self-expression and cultural preservation explores how identity and collective strength originates in the streets.
From the R&B pioneers to the teen crooners, the 1950s and early 1960s were an exciting musical time for the youth of America. In this all new MY MUSIC special, the spotlight shines on the original sounds of the American rock and pop scene with all archival footage of the hit makers in their prime. Fast songs, slow dances and the backbeat were all the rage as teenagers tuned in to their radios while they “readied for their steadies,” and went from pony tails to senior proms. The age of innocence and adolescence created rock-and-roll’s first revolution.
Break free from dieting once and for all with practical, effective advice from Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a New York Times best-selling author, leading expert and board-certified physician who specializes in the prevention and reversal of disease using nutritional solutions. The program includes cooking demonstrations; advice on staying active, vibrant and healthy later in life; and nutritional methods to prevent and even reverse obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and more.
Get ready for "The Australian Bee Gees Show," a multimedia theatrical concert experience that takes a nostalgic trip through the legacy the Bee Gees left behind. With mesmerizing resemblance in sound and mannerisms to Barry, Maurice and Robin, the concert celebrates over four decades of the infectious music written by the brothers Gibb. The Australian Bee Gees have mastered the look, sound and personality of the adored trio, while cementing their reputation as the world's leading Bee Gees show.
Hosted by award-winning actor Stanley Tucci. After 25 years of playing one of television's greatest icons comes to an end, David Suchet attempts to unravel the mysterious appeal of the great detective Hercule Poirot. Along the way, he reveals what it has been like to play one of fiction's most enduring and enigmatic creations. In this entertaining and revealing documentary, Suchet allows the camera crew to follow him as he prepares for the emotional final days of filming on set.
Since people first settled in Alaska, water travel has been a necessity and part of life. For fifty years, a constant, stalwart and integral part of that history has been the blue and gold hulls of the Alaska Marine Highway ships. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Alaska's Marine Highway and join residents and visitors on an adventure through the most rugged and beautiful surroundings in our country - the Last Frontier of Alaska.
A fascinating land with a hard-fought history in a complex corner of Europe, Croatia is emerging as one of Europe's top destinations. Sampling the very best of Croatia, we start by exploring the fabled Dalmatian Coast from dramatic Dubrovnik to crusty Adriatic island ports. Heading inland, we hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park and enjoy the thriving capital city Zagreb. Our Croatian finale: the Istrian Peninsula and its enchanting port town of Rovinj.
In this episode, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make a Turkish favorite, Grilled Lamb Kofte, and gadget guru Lisa McManus reveals her favorite skewers. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of hummus. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to making the best Tunisian-Style Grilled Vegetables.
From 1972 to 1974, the Watergate scandal was frequently a part of “The Dick Cavett Show.” In fact, Cavett was at the forefront of national TV coverage, interviewing nearly every major Watergate figure as the crisis unfolded. With exclusive access to the archive of the show, DICK CAVETT’S WATERGATE documents the scandal in the words of the people who lived it: from the botched burglary at the Democratic National Headquarters; to the must-see TV of the daily Congressional Watergate hearings; to the ongoing behind-the-scenes battle between the White House and “The Dick Cavett Show,” culminating with the resignation of President Nixon on August 9, 1974.
“The Seal Who Came Home” is the true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness.
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. At age 15, Kenneth Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free. “15 To Life: Kenneth’s Story” follows Young’s struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society’s most dangerous criminals.
In commemoration of the Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial in 2013, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform a thrilling concert of Verdi’s towering "Requiem Mass" at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert presentation features soloists Julianna Di Giacomo (soprano), Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano), Vittorio Grigolo (tenor) and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (bass).
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.
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.
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, 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.
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